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Etsyhacks Greasemonkey is an add-on for the Firefox web browser, that allows you to run "scripts", or little programs that alter the web pages you view. See Installing Greasemonkey for more information. Etsy's development team are working hard to bring out new features for the site, but there's only so much they can do. They're going to focus on features that bring the most benefit to the most users. These scripts are provided as examples of things that can be done without needing Etsy to change anything, but which (hopefully) make the user experience better and more efficient. Less time spent administering your Etsy business, more time spent making things. I've shied away from writing any scripts that apply extra load on the Etsy servers by pulling in data feeds, etc. - the idea is to make Etsy more useful, not to cripple the site for everyone by dragging the servers into the mire. If there's something you think would be useful, let me know.

How-To So, I’ve been wanting to do another concrete craft ever since I participated in, and WON, the Panduro concrete challenge a few years ago. See my entries to the challenge at the end of this post. Anyway, I had envisaged doing a concrete circle grouping like I showed here, but as the time went by I decided against the idea. I still had some bags of concrete in the garage and was itching to do something fun with them. So I dug them up. My idea was to use this piece of chunky cardboard tube which I’ve saved for a long time to make a house number. So I took my tube and searched online for a font that would both work with the age of the house and would work well with concrete. 2 and 7 tend not to go well together I realized (I think it’s those diagonals again!) I should mention that I’ve have a lot of help on this project by a certain girl. To be continued. While you’re waiting , check out my other concrete crafts: Project 1 + 2: Table weights and outdoor candle holder Project 3: Bookend

50 Homemade holiday gifts Considering everybody on your holiday gift list -- friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, your kids' teachers -- you might be needing a stimulus package before you even get to the big-ticket items this year. So why not take a page from your grandmother's playbook and make the smaller gifts yourself? Not only are homemade gifts less expensive, they also capture the spirit of holiday giving in a way that purchased gifts simply can't. Gifts you make yourself can triangulate personal taste with both economy and invention. Use antique bottles found at flea markets (sterilize them first) to show off a rich caramel sauce spiked with Cognac or a batch of vinegar you've infused with thyme and peppercorns. These are just a few of many possible ideas. 1 Make a batch of grissini grissini (homemade breadsticks), flavored with rosemary or black pepper, wrapped in parchment paper and tied with a bow. 3 Pack a batch of cookbook author Paula Wolfert's prunes in Armagnac into a Mason jar.

DIY Project: Tiered Hanging Pots When you collect as many things as I do, floor and table space can quickly become precious commodities. Having shelves full of plants is just not feasible in the studio, but I was not going to let that stop me from pursuing my dream of building a little greenhouse. If you have an interest in going vertical with your greenery, you could whip up this tiered hanging planter in a day. You just need a tiny bit of scrap wood, some rope and a few basic woodworking tools. The best part — which should have been obvious to me from the start, but being a total gardening novice, it wasn’t — is that the system makes watering a breeze. All the runoff from the previous pot drips into the plants below, so you only need to place a little dish or bucket under the bottom. Read the full how-to after the jump . . . Materials scrap woodjigsawterracotta potsrope3/8″ boring bitpaintbrush and paintdrillplantsmetal ring Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. You’re done!

Ladies Blend - Warm Oatmeal and Peaches Facial Masque DIY projects Glitzy Easter Placecards By Ashley Page Norton Easter is right around the around and these egg and nest placecards come together super fast. The supplies are easy to pick up or if you’re like me you probably have most of them on hand – I love pipe cleaners and always have some around! I’m also total sucker for good alphabet stickers so I pick them up whenever I see them, but you could always handwrite the names instead. Click through for materials & instructions… (more…) Loopy Paper Garland by Kathleen Ballos I don’t think there will ever be a shortage of garlands to make for parties! Click through for instructions … (more…) Printable Birthday Pull-Card by Alix Sorrell Did you see Kathleen’s adorable Matchbox birthday card? Click through for instructions… (more…) Jelly Bean Garland Don’t you love the candy selection around Easter time? Click through for instructions … (more…) Pretty Paper Party Horns DIY by Chiara Alberetti Milott Click through for instructions! (more…)

Accordian Letters... Letter #1 You will need: Cut 2 pieces of light cardboard - 3" x 6" 2 pieces of wallpaper or fabric - 4" x 7" 1 piece of writing paper - desired length by 5" wide Common lengths available are 14" (legal size), 17" (tabloid size), or use roll shelving paper Scrap of coordinating ribbon at least 12" long Gluestick or rubber cement Accordian fold the length of writing paper to 2 1/2". Write your letter on the paper (NOTE! Cover cardboard lightly and evenly with glue. Thinly coat back side of top panel of letter. Position ribbon around letter packet, and if desired, adhere ribbon to bottom card only with a thin line of glue and tie ribbon into a pretty bow around the letter. A tiny silk f sprig tucked into the ribbon is a pretty addition with plainer wallpaper or fabric. Contributed by Raven * Norejko, ravenz2@telenet.net

Inspiration and original craft ideas for weddings, parties, children, such as home decoration, gifts, cards, personal accessories and templates Little Elephants: Kids Crafts and Fun Activities: Christmas craf By Veronique Christensen — Monday, December 8th, 2008 It’s taken me a little while to get here, but I’m finally starting to feel that familiar excitement at the holiday season. Maggie asked for a Christmas craft she could do yesterday and I drew a big old blank. The best I could do was to suggest a paper chain garland. The good news is that she decided she could work with that and we now have cheery green and red garland that’s about twenty feet long as of this writing. Bjørn got busy with twisting green and red pipe -cleaners, so we also have a number of candy canes hanging about now, too. Knowing that this is just the start of it all, so I figured I’d do myself a favor & gather our crafts from the past few years to find projects I could recycle and repackage for the Holidays this year. I’m extra pleased that the majority of these projects use recycled or found objects — here’s to a happy, and eco-aware, holiday season

Marshmallow 101 A few months ago, I promised a marshmallow tutorial –WITH PHOTOS! – to Laura and Karen, to prove that, YES!, they can make marshmallows at home. Are you ready for the challenge? Let’s go! There are many marshmallow recipes out there, but my favorite comes from the December 1998 issue of “Gourmet.” So, let’s get started! Adapted from Gourmet (December 1998)1 cup confectioner’s sugar (a.k.a. powdered sugar)3 1/2 envelopes (2 tablespoons plus 2 1/2 teaspoons) unflavored gelatin1/2 cup cold water2 cups granulated sugar1/2 cup light corn syrup1/2 cup hot water (You want it to be around 115°F, which takes about 15 seconds in the microwave. )1/4 teaspoon salt2 large egg whites (or meringue powder reconstituted according to the manufacturer’s directions) 2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon vanilla extract Go ahead and measure everything before we start. 1. 2. 3. 4. Tip: Yes, you MUST have a candy thermometer to do this. . 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Voila! You glorious example of humanity.

The Vintage Magpie: Decking the Halls So ... most of the decorations are up! I love this heart, made by the very talented Lynn at Sea Angels, and my little festive birdie! As we are feeling in the festive mood, I have a little vintage rabbit that has been begging for a new home for Christmas and she is now very excited to be taking part in a little Christmas giveaway here on Friday. Hope to see you then x DIY Natural Room Scents Don't miss my follow-up post to this one withNATURAL ROOM SCENTS FOR DIY GIFTS & CENTERPIECESCLICK HERE This post was featured in the April 2013 issue of Woman's Day magazine. Here's the thing. Turns out that King-Man may just be ahead of his time. But, the air in my house gets stale sometimes. There is a simple, all natural, truly lovely solution. Keeping the supply list simple. How to Make Natural Room Scents Fragrant items for naturally scenting your home: citrus -- I've tried other fruits. view whole spices on Amazon: cinnamon sticks, anise stars, allspice, cloves, vanilla beans Five Natural Room Scent RecipesThese are all scents that my nose likes. General procedure: Combine the ingredients in a 2 cup (pint) jar or container, or in a pan on the stove top. view on Amazon: ♦pint jars ♦plastic lids for jars Scent #1: Oranges, cinnamon & cloves (allspice and anise are optional). Scent #2: Lemon, rosemary, & vanilla. Scent #3: Lime, thyme, mint & vanilla extract. view on Amazon: Microplane

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