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Woven Heart Card (via Minie Co)

Woven Heart Card (via Minie Co)
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Handmade Card Inspiration | The Postman's Knock by Lindsey Bugbee I am always on the lookout for handmade card inspiration. I love slipping handmade cards into clients’ packages, just to surprise them with something special and artistic that can go on display. Today, I thought I would share some of the handmade cards I have created, so you can get a healthy dose of handmade card inspiration as well! Before we get started, I’d like to go over the cardinal rule of creating handmade cards: use thick, sturdy paper. They are printed on nice, thick paper that folds nicely and can handle a lot of material. The card below was crafted from a sturdy front cover page. These holiday cards were made out of the aforementioned Reader’s Digest front and back cover pages. This birthday card relies on vintage book pages, jute twine, and cardboard to render a visually interesting but simple handmade card. I know that some people don’t have vintage books on hand, so here’s a handmade card created from blank, black cardstock. Use spray adhesive if you can. Alright!

wind-up paper butterflies are my fave (guest post from amelia) I had a baby so I’ve invited some fave guests to take over for me while I spend time with the little guy. Today’s post is from super crafter and cute mom, Amelia of The Homebook. Growing up, I had an aunt who lived in Canada. Every year for my birthday she’d send me a card and a fancy little gift. She always found the neatest things! I made my butterflies into Monarchs, but you could use different materials to create any sort of colorful butterfly. Materials: You’ll need heavy cardstock, 24 gauge wire, silicone rubber bands (I found mine in the hair aisle at Walgreens) needle-nose pliers, scissors, tape, a paintbrush, a black marker, and a white ink pen. Step 1: Measure and cut your wire. Step 2: Find the center of the longer wire. Step 5: Find the center of the shorter wire, and wrap it around the base of the paintbrush. Step 8: Draw the shape of your wings and cut them out. Step 11: Tape each wing to the body of the butterfly. See more awesome from Amelia on The Homebook

20 Awesome Marriage Tips From a Recently Divorced Man Below are 20 wise marriage tips from a man that was recently divorced. You wouldn’t normally think that a divorced man would give good advice on being a husband, but this man has been through enough hardship to know what is worth fighting for: 1) Never stop courting. Never stop dating. NEVER EVER take that woman for granted. When you asked her to marry you, you promised to be that man that would OWN HER HEART and to fiercely protect it. 2) PROTECT YOUR OWN HEART. 3) FALL IN LOVE OVER and OVER and OVER again. 4) ALWAYS SEE THE BEST in her. 5) IT’S NOT YOUR JOB TO CHANGE OR FIX HER… your job is to love her as she is with no expectation of her ever changing. 6) TAKE FULL ACCOUNTABILITY for your own emotions: It’s not your wife’s job to make you happy, and she CAN’T make you sad. 7) NEVER BLAME your wife If YOU get frustrated or angry at her, it is only because it is triggering something inside of YOU. Allow your woman to JUST BE. 9) BE SILLY… don’t take yourself so damn seriously.

Mason Jar Monday | Weeping Cherries This amazing idea for housing kitchen herbs comes to us from Better Homes and Gardens. I thought it appropriate to share this Mason Jar Monday because it is not only a great idea for mason jars, it is also a great way to keep an herb garden during the coming cold months. From the BHG website, “Vintage mason jars are the ideal containers for a kitchen herbarium. Almost any herb can be started from seed in a mason jar. One reader suggests that these potted plants would make excellent Christmas gifts with a festive ribbon tied around the neck of the jar. Like this: Like Loading...

Human Rights Maps This page contains links to the different human rights maps which I publish on this blog, now and again. These maps form part of one of my main efforts here: a data and statistical approach to human rights issues. More on this here. The maps here are usually world maps or maps for certain continents or countries. Of course they all contain information on particular countries, but if you want to select the blogposts for one particular country only, you may want to do a search instead. To view all the maps at once click here. To view only the maps for a certain topic, click on one of these links: maps on capital punishmentmaps on discriminationmaps on educationmaps on freedommaps on good governancemaps on healthmaps on international interventionmaps on labor conditionsmaps on povertymaps on religionmaps on support for human rights and democracymaps on torturemaps on violencemaps on war and conflictmaps on xenophobia, migration and asylum

Creative Inspiration Board - Oh So Very Pretty | A few of our favourite little things Sometimes we all need a little inspiration. Pinterest is a great online inspiration board where you can collect all of your favourite DIY’s, recipes, quotes, prints and more but sometimes it’s nice to have something accessible to you that you don’t need to open a computer/iPad/phone to view. Enter the Creative Inspiration Board. I have hung mine above my crafting desk/workspace and even in my 450 sq ft. apartment I have made room for my essential crafting corner. Hey, different people have different priorities! I have collected magazine clippings, printed out things from my Pinterest boards, and have kept various knick-knacks that I’ve added to my new found inspiration love: my creative board. However instead of taking a conventional cork board and tacking things to it, I customized mine by taking off the wooden frame and wrapping my board with my new fabric obsession – linen. Go ahead, make your board, tack away and get INSPIRED! Project: Creative Inspiration Board Materials Needed: 1. 2.

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