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A real hands on craft! Alginate/plaster of paris sculptures.

A real hands on craft! Alginate/plaster of paris sculptures.
I love crafts and I love new things. When I get to craft with new supplies or techniques, I totally flip. So, I bought a couple boxes of plaster of Paris a while back ago with no real intentions on how to use the stuff. Searching Amazon on my phone out of boredom one day I ran into the most awesome stuff – alginate. Now, what is alginate you might ask? So, I bought six pounds of the stuff, straight off of my phone with no idea what to do with it. I just so happen to be needing some place to hang all of my lovely necklaces. pitcherdry measuring cupliquid measuring cupwooden spoonrectangular shaped bowl (I used a reusable/disposable food storage container in the 8 cup size)wateralginateplaster of Parisknifeself adjusting (sawtooth) picture hangers with spikes to push in Step 1: First things first – mixing your alginate and transferring it to your container you will be making the mold in. Step 2: Place your hand into the goo. Step 3: Mix your plaster of Paris per manufacturers suggestion. Related:  yet another random pearl

42 Great Hikes, Walks and Pilgrimages Home » Ibang Recommends (Local) » 42 Great Hikes, Walks and Pilgrimages 42 Great Hikes, Walks and Pilgrimages Sep 3, 2012 The world is full of amazing trails, walkways, paths and pilgrimages. Some of them are amazing for the places they lead to, some are breathtaking for the sights you can see along the way. And then others are amazing just for the sheer difficulty of the trek. Share this: 16 comments Sign in or Post as Guest 12 people listening + Follow Post comment as... Newest | Oldest My Hike from the couch to the Beer Fridge is PRETTY epic I want to go to there, and there, and there, and there. Fire up the airstream. Snowy Range, Wyoming. We need an update of the guy who called in a month ago who said he was taking his house boat down the Mississipps and out to the FL Keays. @ AssWhack! I love jellystone park the best, That god damn park ranger won't let me eat out of my picnic baskets Can I rent a Segway at any of these places? @ Pool Keepers Son hover round takes you anywhere you want to go

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DIY: Dry-Erase Calendar Since joining the Pinterest world, I have found so many things that I want to make! One that caught my attention was a dry-erase calendar. So, I decided to make one for my office out of green paint chips. When I went to Wal-Mart, the cashier gave me the "stink eye" because I was carrying LOTS of paint chips. I bet the thought going through her mind was, "I can't believe she's getting all those paint chips for free!" Note to self, next time I am doing a project with paint chips, I'll remember not to go through that lady's checkout. I then went to Hobby Lobby and purchased a 12" X 16" frame. I didn't want a basic frame--I wanted something vintage looking. I found a white-washed frame at half-price, then took it home and did my own antiquing to it by smearing some brown paint on the wood. It came out just the way I wanted it. Beforehand, I had cut all my paint chips to be 2" x 2". Just enough room to write the times of important meetings. Then I arranged the colors so that there was a

Design Crush: Elizabeth Kimberly Designs I spotted Elizabeth Kimberly Designs over on Caitlin Creer’s blog some time ago and just dug it out of my bookmarks this morning through my cold induced haze. This particular project is what sold me on EK’s design work, as it combines color, serene white, traditional and modern all very well and looks, so, well- perfect. What a dump, huh? I could not love these doors more. Bright + light I think that’s glass tile behind that mirror! The nail head trim on this built almost sent into a seizure it’s so awesome. I could get used ot this kitchen. I spy white Barcelona chairs…. I’m dying. The Rose Tarlow zebra paper I’ve been itching to use… Do you think they might invite me over for wine? The Perfect Gift: Yarn Ball Bookmark Created by Jane from See Jane Blog . Edited by Amy Christie. Has the weather turned cold where you live? In my neighborhood, temperatures have dropped and my instincts are to spend the day cozied up with a favorite book and favorite mug full of hot cocoa. Are you the same? It was actually my daughter’s clever idea to make yarn pom pom balls in the style of a bookmark. Supplies: -yarn -scissors That’s it! *Before you start, cut an 8-10 inch piece of yarn and a 15 inch piece of yarn and set it aside. To start, hold the end of the yarn in your hand, and begin wrapping the yarn around your fingers – snug but not too tight. Cut the yarn after 90 wraps, and carefully slide it off your fingers. To add the bookmark ‘tail’, use the 15-inch piece of yarn, tie it around the same string you used to tie the 90 loops together, as seen in the pictures above. At this point, your yarn pom pom ball should look like the picture above. Voila! - A gift for a teacher — just add a favorite book!

These Paper Cuts Are Band-Aid Free 0 in Share 201 In our modern age of social media, smartphones, and tablets, the mere thought of picking up a pen and physically writing a note or letter is ghastly. But for Oakland, California-based artist Annie Vought , the written word is revered, revitalized and reborn in her Paper Cuts collection. Armed with an X-Acto knife and patience few of us will ever achieve, Vought first enlarges her correspondence and then begins the painstaking process of carving out the negative space around each letter, until only the original marks remain, whether these be words, drawings, scribbles, or ink stains. The result is a beautiful skin of words and thoughts that calls attention not to the medium on which the note was etched but rather the depth of the message itself, thereby providing a thumbprint as unique as the note’s creator. [quote] Handwritten records are fragments of individual histories … [T]he author is often revealed in spite of him- or herself.

Awesome DIY Ideas With Wine Corks Here you can find our favourite ways to recycle your wine corks into cool crafts. Artful Homemaking: Knitted Dishcloths These are so easy and fun to make that once I finish one I cast on another one! I like the fact that I can do these pretty mindlessly, and for a beginning knitter they are easy to learn and practice knitting with. The pattern I'm using is the one commonly known as "Grandmother's Favorite Dishcloth" or various other names. No one is certain who created this pattern, and it's been around for many years. Materials: Sugar 'n Cream cotton yarn Needle size 6-9 US (I always use 9) Instructions: Cast on 4 stitches Row 1: knit 4 Row 2: k2, yo, k to end of row Repeat Row 2 until you have 45 stitches on the needle. Row 3: k1, k2Tog, yo, k2Tog, k to end of row. Repeat Row 3, decreasing each row until you have 5 stitches that are left on the needle. Row 4: k2, k2Tog, k1 Bind off the 4 stitches. Notes: K - knit YO - Yarn Over, which increases k2Tog - Knit 2 Together, which decreases As far as what I've been reading in my "spare time," I'm reading cookbooks!

Salvaged drawers = modular bookcase I picked up these drawers on Freecycle. They were salvaged from the kitchen of a 1940s house that was demolished. My original plan was to put the drawers on wheels and use them as under-bed storage. Turns out, no two drawers are the same height, which would look janky. So I tried stacking them vertically instead (anchoring them to the wall, of course). How to make a modular bookcase out of salvaged drawers Supplies primer2 coordinating paint colorsdecorative or wrapping paper. Tools paintbrushdrop clothscissors or craft knife, straight edge, and cutting mattape measure or yardsticksoft rubber brayerdrillsand papervacuum or tack cloth 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.