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DIY// floral crown I LOVE this floral crown trend going around right now. They are so pretty and so customizable! Not to mention really cheap to make too. After the jump, see some pictures of the one I made followed by a tutorial on how you can make your own. Notebook Artworks Moleskine notebooks are a favorite among many artists, designers and writers. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and with many different kinds of paper. The elastic closure and pocket in the back of each one adds to their utility. The popularity of Moleskines among the art community ensures that there are thousands of great examples of Moleskine art out there.

9 Tools to Improve Your Instagram Marketing Instagram can be an incredibly powerful platform for marketers. With nearly 28 percent of the U.S. population now using it, there is no better platform for marketers who want to promote visual content. While the app alone may be enough to get you started, using the right tools can really ramp up your results. For those who want to take their Instagram marketing to the next level, consider the following: 1. Piqora 100 Things to Do During a Money Free Weekend Some time ago, I offered up the idea of the money-free weekend: For the last few months, my wife and I have been doing something every other weekend or so that we call a “money-free” weekend, in an effort to live more frugally. It’s actually quite fun – here’s how we do it.We’re not allowed to spend any money on anything, no matter what.

Plastic Cup Lamp Now that my university is closed for winter holidays, I finally have more free time to do all the crafty things I’ve been wanting to. One of these is a lamp made from plastic cups I’ve seen at taf, the art foundation, in the Monastiraki region in the center of Athens. When I first saw it at taf, I was amazed; I looked closely and I couldn’t believe my eyes! The object itself is so peculiar, modern and alien-like it could be in any design exhibition. With my best friend’s birthday coming up, I decided to make it myself and give it to her as a gift. It turns out it was the easiest craft I’ve even done, the epitome of DIY objects! A Step in the Journey: DIY Baker's Twine I have been drooling over all of the baker’s twine projects I’ve been seeing lately. Haven’t you? It comes in SOOO many delicious colors, and can be used in a multitude of ways. I’ve entered several giveaways in hope that I’ll be able to add some to my craft collection, but I’ve yet to win. It’s okay thought. I decided to make my own, because I’m cheap thrifty.

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