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The Row House Nest

The Row House Nest
Map coasters. Do it. Spotted here. Maps are one HOT TAMALE right now… Notice that? This might be the easier one: candles and vases wrapped with a little map paper. Don’t have any wrapping paper? Lovely garland – would make for cool decor in a kids room. Ok I lied before. Multiple maps. A sweet map monogram. Heart art. Love it – re-purpose a tray! Love this map idea – get that baby use to travelling! Map table. Heart eyes. A handmade map. Magnetic map board. Map pinwheels. Maps in embroidery hoops. DIY corkboard map. Very cool idea…. Original source unknown. Okay so as you can see there are a lot of cool map projects out there – think I went a little over board…Sorry! Who occupies this nest? Related:  And Exhale

Make Lotus Candle Holders in 5 Minutes! If you know me by now, you know that I am obsessed with making any and everything into either a garden planter or a candle holder. I do not know where this infatuation came from but it's fun. I enjoy it. I love flickering candle lights and cozy gardens. Things you will need: Super Sculpey or any baking clay Cubcake panFlower cookie cutter about 3.5 or 3.75 inches inches in diameter (I stretched mine out)Rolling pinCooking spray Find a flower cookie cutter big enough to cover the size of the cupcake pan's bottom. Use cooking spray to lightly coat the bottom of your cupcake pan. Anyway, this is my cookie cutter (never used it for cookies) it is big enough to cover the bottom of the cupcake pan and more. Place one layer over the cupcake pan's bottom and paste to the sides gently. See below. Press all three layers down firmly. Follow the instructions on the box/brand of clay that you use. After it cools and hardens, gently remove...As you can see the colors were starting to change/burn.

60 Historical Photos Worth 1000 Words posted by Katharine J. Tobal The American newspaper editor Arthur Brisbane said that “a picture is worth a thousand words” in 1911. Each photograph tells a story, a special event or moment, and helps us witness the past. 1. 2. 3. 106-year-old Armenian Woman Guards Her Home, 1990 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55.Nagasaki, 20 Minutes after the Atomic Bombing in 1945 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. About Author Katharine J. I'm Syrian activist, reporter, photographer, and graphic designer. Coolest Earth Day Craft Ideas Earth Day will be here in just a couple of weeks. In honor of Earth Day I thought I would scour the internet looking for cool ideas for Earth Day crafts. All of the crafts that I found and have listed here are made from recycled materials. Earth Day is a special day to celebrate the Earth and to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment. And, I think making crafts from recycled materials such as the ones found here is a great way to teach children about recycling and the importance of doing that to help save our Earth. (1) Newspaper Roses Look how beautiful these Roses are? (2) Serving Tray I love, love, love this idea!! (3) Can-Do Robots Made from tin cans these robots are so freakin cute. (4) Cardboard Ottoman or Side Table What a clever and creative idea!! (5) Smashed Soda Can Animals Ok, this cow is really cute, isn’t he?! (6) Milk Jug Shade Now, this recycled craft turns out beautiful, doesn’t it? (7) Recycled Picnic Basket (8) Newspaper Basket

Straight From The Curls: Paper Inspired I'm always in awe of creative thinkers and innovators. People who take simple, everyday things and make them beautiful. Case and point -- these artists, who have taken their love for words, letters, script, and literature to a whole new level. Spectacular! Who would have thunk it? So true. Brilliant idea. I wouldn't even open this gift if it came my way. Love! xo SimiImages courtesy of Pinterest.com

Toilet Paper Roll Wall Art Well that’s a mouthful! So the time has come, it’s Pinterest Challenge time again! Every season Sherry from YHL and Katie from Bower Power throw a little link party to get people to stop pinning things and actually start making. This couldn’t have come at a better time because I have wanted to start this project forever and once Miss Kelly made her way into my kitchen I knew it was time to start it. This was the image I saw that sparked me to start saving my toilet paper rolls. You can find the post here. I literally have been saving my rolls for. ever. Here’s what my toilet paper wall art turned into! Ok let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Next, I cut them up. Then, I took 4 pieces and glued them together using a hot glue gun. I continued doing this until I had about 40. Then I took the mirror I was going to use (10″ mirror purchased at Joann’s for $8) and placed it on the floor and started adding all the circles around keeping in mind that I wanted to keep it in a circle. Linking Up To:

Valentine Garland And a give away!My house looked very barren after taking down my Christmas decorations, so I whipped up this heart garland using a my trusty paper punch and a stack of old magazines. I wanted my hearts to be in shades of red and pink, so I found pages with those colors and in no time I had a pile of paper hearts. I took the hearts to my sewing machine and just started sewing them together to make my garland. I had so much fun with this project that I made an extra 12 foot long garland to give to one lucky reader! Buon Appetito! 20 Yummy Homemade Pasta Sauces | Brit + Co We’re pretty sure that pasta is one of those foods that’s just universally loved by everyone. It’s right up there with chocolate chip cookies. We’ve already shown you some awesome ways to make pasta at home, so why not go all out and make your own sauce, too? Make them today, and enjoy them whenever you want (just make sure to stick ‘em in your fridge!). 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Which fresh pasta sauce caught your fancy?

Creative and Cool Reuses of Umbrellas. You would be surprised to know that a broken/used umbrella has so many useful and creative uses too! Umbrella Skirts: Italian designer, C Felli transforms old umbrellas into unique skirts, complete with the original spokes and dangling Velcro. Umbrella Apparel and Accessories: Himane uses used materials to make one-of-a-kind apparel and accessory designs. Laptop Pouch: Shopping Tote: Umbrella Shade: Sunshade made from sewing umbrella fabric together; "they simply sewed the edges of each umbrella together, then added grommets around the perimeter." Umbrella Dog Rain Coats: Designer Taryn Zychal works exclusively with broken umbrellas. Hood: The modern day babushka for the woman, another product from designer Taryn Zychal. Umbrella Apparel: Fashion designer Melanie McClintock creates sustainable style out of used umbrellas. Umbrella Chandelier: Umbrella chandelier installation created with used umbrellas by artist Shelly Sabel. Yarn: How about spinning an umbrella into a yarn?

Birthday Boy Pop Box Set Today is the hubby’s birthday. He turned 29. He would probably die if he knew I was posting about him, but I don’t care – I just want to gush about how stinkin’ awesome he is. Not only is he a great father and hubby, but he’s my biggest fan, my favorite person, AND he’s my best friend in the whole world! I wanted to think of something fun to make him from me and the kids and decided to make him a Birthday Pop Box Set. I made it so that it can be for DAD, BOYFRIEND/SPOUSE or SON – all the boys in your life!! Here is what you’ll need if you would like to make one too: -IBC Cream Soda Pop Bottle Set -Paint/Spray Paint -Washi Tape/Scrapbook Paper -Scissors -Jute/Twine -Hot Glue Gun -Treats/Snacks -Pop Bottle Tags 1. {the kiddos LOOOOVED helping me fill the bottles with daddy’s favorite treats – trail mix, jelly beans, whoppers, sour patch kids, sunflower seeds, and honey roasted peanuts!} 2. 3. 4. 5. {To save & print click HERE.} 6. 7. 8. Happy Birthday, Daddy! Happy Birthday, Hot Stuff! and CUTE.

Cord and Chain Double Wrap Bracelet The Braided Chain Bracelet tutorial that I posted back in August was so well loved, that I decided to do yet another bracelet tutorial. This one doesn't involve braiding, but it uses the same concept of incorporating some sort of thread/cord into chain. (By the way - Check out S&P's Facebook fan page for an entire album full of other talented ladies' versions of the Braided Chain Bracelet! I've gotten submissions from people as far away as Texas, Romania, and Denmark. ) I spotted CC Skye's Thompson Double Wrap Bracelet on CoutureCandy.com about a month ago - I loved how the leather cord adds a touch of badass to the chain. It's currently out of stock on CoutureCandy.com...but after doing a bit of searching, I found that it was roughly $224. CC Skye - Thompson Double Wrap Bracelet (Polyvore.com/Zappos.com) Thompson Double Wrap Bracelet, $264 (CoutureCandy.com) Supplies:- Curb chain (I used brass) - At least 60 inches of cord (The original version used leather. 5) And keep on repeating.

DIY Elbow Patch - Honestly WTF While perusing Pinterest one evening, I came across an intriguing tutorial on the wonderful art of needle felting. I had to learn more – especially after realizing it entailed repeatedly stabbing a needle up and down into a piece of fabric or sweater. A satisfying stress reliever that results in something wearable? Sign me up. And now that I can officially call myself a needle felting maven (and nerd), trust me when I say that you’re going to have a blast with this technique. So grab your supplies and let’s get started on a pair of heart shaped elbow patches! You’ll need: With the sweater on, place a piece of tape about half an inch below the elbow. Align and center the bottom of the cookie cutter along the top of the tape. Fill the cutter, spreading out the wool fibers evenly. At the base of all felting needles are tiny, sharp burrs, which grab and interlock the wool fibers. Continue stabbing away until the surface is flat and even. Carefully peel the sweater away from the foam. Ta da!

Mysterious Fashion from between 1940s and 1950s by Cristóbal Balenciaga Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895–1972) was a Spanish Basque fashion designer and the founder of the Balenciaga fashion house. His impact on fashion has been profound. Yet to the world at large he remains an enigma. He is not associated with a signature outfit, like Coco Chanel, nor with a pivotal moment, like Christian Dior and the New Look of 1947, nor a cultural phenomenon like Vivienne Westwood and punk. From the moment he opened his Paris house, his clothes struck a note of simplicity that at times had a regal presence, at others a graphic grace. (via The Telegraph) Gift Bags From Newspapers When I bought something at a store recently, the clerk handed me my purchase in a bag made from a newspaper. I liked it very much and had to make some more—thus today's DIY recycled newspaper project: gift bags made from the Wall Street Journal. You can vary the dimensions, of course, but here's what I used to create a bag that's 5" tall, 4.5" wide, and 3" deep. Stack two sheets of newspaper on top of each other. This will be a two-ply bag for extra sturdiness. Cut out a rectangle that's 15.5" wide and 8.25" tall. Fold a flap 1.25" down from the top. Cut two pieces of cardstock or chipboard to 4.25" x 1", then glue them on the widest two panels just under the top fold. Put glue on the outside of the 0.5" tab and bring the left-most panel over to form the body of the bag, aligning the cut edge of the panel with the folded edge of the flap. Upend the bag so the 2" flap is now up. Put glue on both flaps and fold them inward to form the bottom of the bag.

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