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Crafty Nest

Crafty Nest
My first ever DIY blog posts appeared in Sunset magazine’s now defunct blog, Because Sunset is no longer hosting these projects, I’m making revised and updated versions available here at Crafty Nest. This post comprises Make a ribbon wreath, originally published October 2007. I originally made this as a Christmas wreath, but now that I see it again, it looks more like a Valentine’s Day wreath. So I’m posting it now instead of waiting for Christmas. It requires few supplies and is easy to make as long as you can tie a bow.

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DIY Macrame Bracelet Growing up by the beach in Southern California, the ability to knot a macrame bracelet was practically a right of passage. Although those days are long behind us, we’ve never forgotten the ever-so-simple square knot technique. This time, however, we’re replacing hemp and wooden beads for more updated elements like colorful nylon cord and glossy metal charms.

design. wash. rinse. repeat. Birthday parties. Sure to be the death of me! Luckily I've got my littles somewhat convinced that it is reasonable to do a big bash every-other-year... so we can all have plenty of time to recover. That being said, this is a non-party year, and i must admit i'm feeling a titch nostalgic for last year's good times.

The Idea Room: How to Make Leaf Skeletons I wanted to share with you a project from one of my readers who shares with us how to make leaf skeletons. I LOVE this! I have several leafs in various forms displayed in my home and knew I needed to make some of her leaf skeletons to add to my decor. I love how a pattern of leaves can enhance the beauty in your home. So I asked Heather if she would mind sharing her project with you.

2011 Camp Craft No. 4: Wire mesh jewelry holders with beads These jewelry holders were the one original camp craft idea I had this year. When I discovered the different types of hardware cloth and chicken wire stacked in the back of The Home Depot, my mind started churning out all kinds of projects I could make with them. Baskets and suncatchers were my first notions, but jewelry holders were more economical, practical, and fun for teenage girls. Perfect Summer Bangle Here's a fun tutorial on how to make a message bangle that's one-of-a-kind, done in the sun, waterproof and weatherproof. Even after several trips to the beach, it won't fade or wash off! Essentially, it's the Perfect Summer Bangle. Used in this tutorial: Inkodye Red

rolled paper flowers {tutorial} Welcome to flower week – five days of simple and delightful flower projects. I could probably do three weeks of flowers because there are so many different ways to create them, but I’ve limited it to five of my current favorites. Before we get started, let me make a few disclaimers: 1. Tutorial: Homemade Sidewalk Chalk by Michelle Vackar, Modern Handmade Child One of our favorite outside activities at our home is drawing with chalk on the driveway. You can play hopscotch, four-square, and of course draw and create silly stories. My daughters and I were talking one day as we played hopscotch about how to make chalk and I thought to myself, let’s try it! It ended up being quite a lot of fun. What you will need: • Toilet paper or paper towel tubes • Scissors • Duct tape • Wax paper • Small bucket or disposable container to make the recipe • ¾ cup of warm water • 1 ½ cups Plaster of Paris • 2-3 tablespoons of tempera paint • Paper bag or a “mess mat”

Meet Lola! Lola is my beautiful new Singer sewing machine I got from Santa this Christmas!I named her Lola because it's what I would've named a daughter if I had one ;)My other machine died (R.I.P.) from a fall a few months ago.She's the one on my blog banner.The machine cover I had made for it didn't fit Lola so I'm making her a new one :)I dyed a yard or so of natural canvas into a military green color that I lovemixing olive green, black & a little bit of brown store bought fabric dye.I cut patchwork birds out of 100% wool felt and attached them by handusing blanket stitch and a few french knotswith my favorite stash of vintage crewel wool I bought a few years agofrom my dear friend Carlene's Etsy Shop.I might turn the old cover into a new pillow. I'm so happy to be sewing again :)

Wedding Trends for Stylish + Creative Brides - StumbleUpon If you loved the beautiful DIY wedding this morning and Nata’s gorgeous paper flower bouquets, you are in luck as Nata is sharing how she crafted them with us! She was inspired by a template created by Morgan Levine on Martha Stewart (as was I in the flowers I created for this styled shoot). I just love that this basic idea has inspired different brides to create their own version of giant paper flowers – you might remember these equally awesome giant paper flowers from this wedding I shared last year. :) Thanks so much Nata for sharing how you created your giant pink paper rose + special thanks to Studio Castillero for the photos of the DIY + her wedding! Step 1: Cut the petals

25 Cool and Creative MacBook Stickers As much as I hate Apple and their often overpriced hardware, I do admit that their products look beautiful and can be used just like jewelry to make you look better. Heck, one of my friends even put an Apple logo sticker on her Dell laptop! *insert a facepalm image here* Build It: Upholstered Storage Bench - Sawdust & Paper Scraps I”m happy to share some free plans and a tutorial for the upholstered storage benches that I made for Madison”s bedroom. They are SUPER easy to make. Now you can make your own storage bench or benches! I built them 18″ tall (the height of a standard chair) so she can slide one over and use it as a chair when she wants to do homework at her desk/hutch. That way, we don”t have to have a designated chair in the small bedroom taking up valuable floor space and the benches double as storage for all the things that never get used but we can”t seem to part with. (Or maybe extra blankets and pillows.)

elsewhere In recent posts both here and High Up in the Trees, you will have read mention to not one, not two, but four new zines for 2014. As if from the clouds, restless is one. Four Rainbow Lorikeets who visited my garden one summer's day is another.

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