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DIY $5 Flower Vase! | So, I finally just changed all the burnt out light bulbs in my house. So now my left with old light bulbs and being the environmentalist I am, I do not want to throw them out. I want to make art with them! What You Will Need: A clear incandescent light bulb (only use an incandescent bulb. The Butterfly Project... A few weeks ago I shared a pic of some butterfly punch-outs I had done from a Pottery Barn catalog (it was a really colorful picture of some towels all stacked together). I had seen a picture that Ali Edwards made of butterflies all lined up and punched from many different colors of paper (which gave me some serious inspiration in the butterfly department). I decided that I wanted to do something similar but with a different spin! I started working on this little project Saturday afternoon. I seem to have loads ideas that do not always turn out as I had envisioned them... so I figured I had better test carefully to make sure this was going to work out! In my day job I get a lot of really fine paper samples in the mail. Cougar paper had sent me sample called Ode to the Earth. I knew this was just the project for it! Picking the piece to use was the hardest part of this whole thing! You can faintly see pencil marks in 4 spots on the paper. Here is a side view of the finished piece... P.S.

Sisal Rope Bowl I once fell in love with a rope bowl, it was by David Stark for West Elm. Sadly that awesome rope bowl is no longer available, bring it back, bring it back I say! My latest crafty project was inspired by that bowl and I believe has something to do with my fixation on neutrals with layers of texture. In fact, I think I need an entire Pinterest category devoted to it. I’ve had that rope bowl on my mind for many months, so I snagged a cheapo metal bowl from a craft store on clearance a few weeks ago, plus a couple of rolls of sisal rope from my local hardware store, and then got crafty with my glue gun. How to Make a Sisal Rope Bowl: Grab yerself a vessel, whatever you like. Then follow these simple steps: And there you have it, in less than an hour, a sisal rope bowl to call your own. Both textural and versatile, rope bowls are a catchall for anything from fresh fruit, to bills, to your collection of quirky matchbooks. Sisal rope is your crafty friend. You can quote me on that.

Cup Cozy Tutorial After making these amigurumi cups, I thought I’d try my hand at making some actual cup cozies since I love drinking tea. These cup cozies will protect your fingers when your cups get too hot from your warm drinks :) Follow along with my tutorial to make your very own! Make a series of chain stitches and measure it around the cup you’d like to use. Single crochet along each row until you’ve reached your desired height. Wrap the crocheted piece around the cup (to visualize where you’ll be crocheting). Next, make a series of chain stitches to run across the bottom of the cup. Single crochet back across from the right side to the left side (1), and then slip stitch to the left side. Next, single crochet up the right side. Now, single crochet down the right side (1), across from the right to the left side (2), and then up the left side (3) to give a decorative touch to all the edges. Sew a button onto one of the sides. Make a loop by chaining stitches on the other side.

Made at home: Wool Vases I have a super easy project for you today! When it comes to decorating for Autumn, I'm all about cozy materials. I'm not one to do Halloween themed decor, but I like to change things up a bit. I found some wool felt on sale yesterday and decided it looked great with the pumpkin branches. Do you want to make some too? Gather: wool felt (the cheap stuff probably won't hold its shape), a small canning jar or drinking glass (I used a half-pint canning jar), embroidery thread, embroidery needle, scissors. Cut: cut your felt into a rectangle that's wide enough to wrap around your jar with a little bit of overlap. Sew: Sew the two ends together using a basic stitch.

DIY Sun Jar | I found this tutorial on Free People‘s DIY blog and I loved it! So I made six, haha. They give off that candle-esque which is prefect if you are like me and live in a rental where you are not allowed candles! The jar is powered by the sun during the day and at night it radiates a soft glow. What You Will Need: Solar Powered Garden LightsMason JarsGlass Frosting SprayHot GlueWhite PaintPainter’s TapeNewspaper Steps! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Total Time: A little over an hour, with all the drying time. Total Cost:

sunburst mirror DIY It has been soooo long since this first post went up and I thought it would be fun to include some updated photos of this mirror and show you how it has been used over the years. Still using it and loving it! Where ol' girl currently lives in our Houston house. Check out my tutorial below so you can make one of your own! Remember the teaser of my new sunburst mirror... Well here she is in all her glory! She's nice and beefy, and has lots of texture. It's hard to tell in these photos (because we haven't had sun outside our windows in DAYS), but she has a really nice shine too. Here's how I did it! I'm certainly not the first to make a wood shim mirror, I've seen several versions around blogland. What you'll need: STEP ONE: Lay out your wood shims to figure out a pattern you like. STEP TWO: Using wood glue, glue the individual shims in your 5 and 7 groupings together. STEP THREE: Once your groups of shims are dry, arrange them back into the exact pattern you want them to be in once finished. Cost:

A Beautiful Mess I love using cloth napkins to dress up our dinner table, and through the years I've grown even more fond of their sustainability and cost effectiveness. Though, I'm not sure how cost effective it is if you keep buying more and more cloth napkins each year! This holiday season I thought it would be fun to look at how I could dress up the napkins I already own to give them an extra festive vibe. Check out three simple ways you can give new life to your table linens. And hey! Ribbon Trimmed Napkin This look is so (no sew) simple! Supplies:-ribbon-heat bond in width of ribbon-cloth napkin (buy mine here)-iron-fabric scissors (not shown above) Step One: Trim pieces of your ribbon to be about 1.5 inches longer than the width of your napkins. Step Two: Fold down the edges of each ribbon segment about 1/4" and iron flat. Step Three: Iron the heat bond to the ribbon (pressing with hot iron for two seconds), then peel off the paper backing. Pom-Pom Trimmed Napkin That's all there is to it!

DROPS Pattern Library: Lace patterns DROPS pattern library contains patterns, and it keeps growing every day! The DROPS designers want you to see how these different techniques will look when applied to a knitting or crochet project. This is a very useful tool when you are looking for inspiration for own designs. Remember that by switching between yarn quality thicknesses and by picking a different knitting tension you will be able to create a new aspect to the design. NOTE: Click on the flag/link under the picture to go to the full pattern. Back to the School of Handcraft Sort by: Yarn quality | DROPS number | Pattern type

Leather Lunch Tote | Wood&Faulk I don’t bring my lunch to work as often as I should. And by that, I mean never. What if I had a cool lunch tote? Lately I’ve been inspired by a number of Japanese leather craft books… such meticulous stitching and thoughtful design. Whether you need a lunch tote or not, here’s a project that you can modify to make something neat for your own totable needs. DIY Lace Chandelier!! | I made this chandelier and it was soo easy and it looks amazing! I’m so happy with how it turned out! The hanger planter changes from black to white, sorry I made it black at first and didn’t like it so I redid it white but didn’t take pictures the second time Tutorial below! What You Will Need: LaceHanging Planter BasketHot GlueWhite Paint and PaintbrushCrystal BallStringMetal HangerTape Steps: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Total Time: 1 hour Total Cost: $15

Susie Harris: Inspiration...pass it on! *** Because someone asked..yes! I have one in my Etsy if you would like...smiles~*** Oh have I got a good one for you today {I hope}. What I want most out of this blog is to connect with you girls. I first started with some good ole' inspiration. Now I know some of you worry about getting it just perfect,letters and all... I used a thin piece of board for mine because I didn't want to hang anything too heavy. I painted it an ivory color. Paint your circles in black. For those of you that are like me and need some extra help....print your font on paper and use as a guide. You can use trace paper or I tend to just trace over the font and use a little bit of pressure. You are now ready to paint in your letters. Now for those neat little accent lines around your letters..I used a lid from a thermos. Just dip in in a saucer of paint and press down. I didn't make a complete circle on all of them. After your beauty dries completely you will need to age that baby up.

DIY Recycled Wine Crate Shelves Have I mentioned recently how much I love Pinterest? Yeah, I know…I’m obsessed. Anyway, thanks to my obsession, I discovered this awesome DIY recycled wine crate shelves over on Babble. About Nicole Denton With a love of planning just about anything — from her own wedding, to bridal and baby showers, to dinner parties, and more – Nicole is the Plunge Project’s founder and editor-in-chief.

Place Setting Stones Thank you COOL WHIP for sponsoring this post. I’m working with COOL WHIP Whipped Topping on a few posts about creating special family moments. I’m always trying to think of ways to get Henry more involved in dinner prep and table setting. I came up with this idea to make place setting stones, stamped with letters to spell the names of each member of the family to designate seating for family dinners. It might be fun to also create stones to spell out ‘guest’ for any dinner visitors. At each dinner gathering, your child can help sort through the stones to spell each family member’s name and place them where ever they’d like.Disclosure: Sponsored posts are purely editorial content that we are pleased to have presented by a participating sponsor.

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