a. party style: xmas in july :: gifts Every year I make our friends and neighbors a little gift during the holiday season. Last year I made homemade Kahlua. It is really easy to make, just be warned it can get a little costly depending on how many you have to give. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the finish product, but you can see the filled bottles below. For those of you avid readers, do you recognize the bottles? For any of you interested in making this, make sure you plan ahead. Homemade Kahlua: 2 cups hot water 2 cups sugar 1 tablespoon instant coffee 1 tablespoon vanilla 2 cups vodka 1/2 cup good brandy In a pan on low to medium heat combine sugar, coffee, vanilla and water. **In other news, I am a guest blogger over at Become.com today!
10 Last-Minute DIY Presents Still haven't ticked off all the presents on your Christmas shopping list? Don't panic! You've still got time to make something really amazing for your nearest and dearest. So step away from the dime-a-dozen, shrink-wrapped, mass-produced gift hampers and get your craft on. Nautical Knot Rope Necklace Learn a few simple nautical knot techniques and make this on-trend rope necklace. Bow Tie If you're handy with a sewing machine, you can whip up this smart bow tie in no time. Hand-Decorated Coffee Mug All you need for this great DIY present is a coffee mug and a porcelain marker. Crochet Rainbow Coffee Cozy Know how to crochet? Tangram Fridge Magnets Got a tricky person on your Christmas shopping list? String Hoop Inspiration Board Everyone loves an inspiration board, and this on-trend string hoop version makes the perfect last-minute DIY gift. Decadent Floral Crown Floral crowns and headbands are the hottest hair accessory of the year. Refreshing Facial Toner Painterly Pendant and Earrings Set
Potholder Tutorial and the Fusible Thread Trick! | Modern Domestic | Portland, OR If you weren’t able to make it to our free mini-class on how to make potholders, or you just want a reminder of what we covered in the class, check out the tutorial below. Potholders are a quick and easy way to brighten up your kitchen decor! To make these cute-as-a-button potholders, you’ll need: Two 12″ x 12″ squares of plain 100% cotton fabric (we used white muslin)One 12″ x 12″ square of 100% cotton battingOne 10″ x 10″ square of cute 100% cotton print fabricTwo 10″ x 10″ squares of Insul-Bright battingOne yard 1/2″ double fold bias tapeThread in a color that will stand out against your plain fabric, we are currently loving the Mettler Neon threads! The first step to putting the potholder together is to free motion quilt your muslin and batting together. Get ready for some free motion quilting fun! You’ll want to thread your machine with a thread color that will pop against the plain fabric background. 1. free-motion quilted square, face down 3. printed fabric square, face up
Project bag essentials with Lulu Loves' Emma - Simply Crochet Emma at Lulu Loves shares her must-have crochet accessories… I use this Cath Kidston basket for keeping my projects in. It’s just the right size to keep everything together and I can move it from room to room or out into the garden easily. I do most of my crocheting at home in the evenings but if I’m out and about collecting/dropping off the children I will pack what I’m working on into a smaller bag and crochet in the car. Like most people I know who knit or crochet I usually have several projects on the go. I always carry a notebook and pencil with me for jotting down ideas and pattern notes. My ipad usually lives in my basket too. I keep the hooks I’m using in a small pencil case that also carries a tapestry needle, tape measure, small scissors and a stitch counter. Lastly, a couple of pom pom makers because you just never know when the urge to make pom poms will hit you – plus, they are great for distracting bored children.
How to Personalize Wine Glasses for Mom This Mother’s Day | Brit + Co Let’s face it: Moms love nothing more than photos of their children and wine. Bundle those two together with personalized photo wine glasses. Now, these glasses won’t last for years and years, but they’re the perfect special touch for an afternoon Mother’s Day aperitivo. We recommend curating a story with your set of four glasses. Maybe it’s photos from your last family vacation, photos of you and your Mom throughout the years or pictures of her favorite things. A little FYI – to preserve this glasses, we suggest sticking to hand washing only. Materials: – photos on printer paper – Mod Podge Tools: – scissors – pencil – paint brush Instructions: 1. 2. 3. Trace the bottom of the glass around the part of the picture you want to display. Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge on the bottom of the glass and press in the photo. Yes, it is that easy! Weddings, vacations, birthdays — all great moments to display on glasses for Mom. Set up a bar station for drinks before your Mother’s Day dinner.
Chainless Starting Double Crochet in the Round The Chainless Starting Double Crochet method of starting rows is the perfect way to avoid the wimpy 3 ch turning chain. And the previous tutorial for it was a hit! But some of you had a question – how does this stitch work in the round? Well it works great! Let me show you how it’s done. Chainless Starting DC in the Round Tutorial (Sorry about the title card there – Mr Moogly is out of town for his day job, I’ll have him fix it asap! So essentially, it’s exactly the same as working the CSDC in rows! I didn’t make another photo tutorial, as the one on the original post shows it quite well. Thanks for watching!
Crochet For Free Hello everybody! I hope you are enjoying this blog. I'm writing to just ask a quick favor of you. If you are enjoying this blog will you take a smidgen of your time to share this blog with your crochet friends and social networks? I'm trying to spread the word and thought maybe some of you might like to help. Also, I just added a link on the left sidebar that will take you to a list of crochet blogs (It's a very small list right now but I'm excited to see how it grows). Thank you so much!
How to turn almost anything into a freakin’ huge bow for wedding decor or fashion! Have you ever looked a big fluffy gift bow and thought "How the hell do they make that?" Well, it turns out you can totally DIY gift bows — nice, big, fluffy ones out of almost any paper good. I'm going to make one out of a map. But you can make them from fancy ribbon, of course, or from recycled materials, too — comic strips from the Sunday paper, ribbon from an old VHS tape, pages of an outdated calendar, anything you can cut into strips and twist into loops can be made into a gorgeous bow. Once you've mastered this tutorial, you can use these custom bows as aisle décor, table settings or centerpieces, or secure them to headbands or barrettes and wear them in your hair. Materials and Tools Map(s), or whatever you'd like to use Ruler Scissors Glue runner or double-sided tape Step 1: Determine the finished size of your bow. Step 2: Width of bow should increase with size of bow. Step 4: Do the twist! Step 5: Now stack and tape together! Step 6: Bask in the gorgeousness! Tips: Your Turn!
How to make animal pom-poms - Mr Printables Blog After making those flower pompoms, I couldn’t help making more. Maybe it’s called procrastination. I have hundreds of other things on my to-do list, but then this week I thought, well, hey let’s just make more pompoms! Among many other ideas, I went for having a go at animal pompoms. It’s just that kids love animals most and that’s what matters here on Mr P! Basically the method is the same. Start with the nose and mouth in the middle, wrap around the surrounding face color on top of this, a little wrapping floating in the middle for the eyes then finishing with more face color. Place a pencil (or your finger) on one end and wrap extra yarn around it a bit like this. I had a comment from a reader who thought my pompoms looked perfect and hers weren’t. Before the trimming: a sad koala. Yay! Here are more detailed step-by-step photos showing how to make a lion pompom. I’m still using the same cardboard pompom maker I used for the flowers. And after the trimming.
Discount Yarn, Knitting Needles, Crochet Needles, Free Knitting Patterns and Supplies at Yarn Supply.com 25 DIY Gifts for Travel Lovers Looking for cheap and easy gifts for all the travel lovers you know? Maybe you need a little something for yourself to remember your last vacation? Well, you will LOVE these DIY gifts that you can make in minutes! I’ll admit that I could start traveling and never stop…it’s an addiction, but I’m really alright with it. Maybe you’re like me or you have family members that you never know where there’re at this week. These are the kind of gifts they will treasure…trust me! These easy gift tutorials are perfect for quick afternoon projects. Why spend a ton on gifts when you can make personalized gifts super cheap??? I big puffy heart handmade gifts and these tutorials make it easy to create something special for all the travel lovers on your holiday shopping list. If you love creative links, please subscribe to Everything Etsy! Thanks so much for all your pins, tweets, stumbles, Facebook likes on my previous handmade gift posts! Have you made any handmade gifts lately? ~Kim
Cran Judy-Ann Think back to your 21st birthday and what are the things that you are most excited about? Of Course. You are now legally allowed to drink and buy alcohol. If you are the "ideal" 21 year old, you have not experienced too much in drinking and are pretty new to this whole world of mixed drinks. So often the main question that stumps many new drinkers is the simple "What would you like today?". I often laugh when I think about a story that my Brother-In-Law tells about his experience in ordering his first drink. This story is what inspired me to do my next project. What a fabulous idea! *1 Oval Black Metal Pail (as shown to left) * 2 Large Packages of Tinseled Pipe Cleaners *2 Large Packages of Colored Pipe Cleaners *Alphabet Stickers (Found in Scrapbooking) *Number Stickers *Decoration Stickers (I used Candles & Swirls) *Glitter Spray paint *Medium package of decor rocks / gems *Large square of Styrofoam *21 Wooden Thin Dowels or Kabob Sticks *21 Assorted 50ml. sample liquor bottles Step by Step