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DIY and Handmade Ideas -

DIY and Handmade Ideas -
Apr Spring is finally rolling in here. The grass is turning a little green, the trees are budding and there are little shoots coming up where my tulips (I hope!) will show up soon. Polymer clayers are, likewise, making spring goods: Stephanie is one of the contributors with “Hand Made Mood” and she has the most delightful “Bunny Boutonnieres and Bows” to deck out the kiddos during this Easter Holiday.

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I ♥ mathematics {platonic solids garland} Oooh….it’s been I while since I last posted. We had a smashing Christmas and new year. Hope you all did too! My computer died just before Christmas and it’s taken my hubby and I a while to bring it back to life…which is why it’s been a bit quiet. Aged Paper Labels for Potion Bottles, Alchemy Labs, etc. I enjoy making potion bottles, especially ones that look ancient. However, an old-looking bottle requires a similarly aged label. To create the effect of an aged label, I used a simple graphics program (in this case, MSPaint but you can use GIMP, Photoshop, etc.) to generate the label, then print and age it.

Our 20 Favorite Crochet Sites © Comstock Advertisement - Continue Reading Below 1. Crochet has been known for years as your guide to everything on the web, and their crochet section is no exception. Living Well on the Cheap Long before I was a blogger I was a blog reader. I spent my lunch break, my evenings, and any other bit of free time reading blogs the way that Nick spends that time reading about sports. The list of blogs I love the most has changed over the years and even the way that I read them has evolved. I used to visit each site individually as I felt so inclined, then I subscribed to them all in Google Reader, and these days I use Feedly. I frequently remove blogs that I don’t feel excited to read anymore and add new ones that have just caught my eye. I love that feeling I get when I find a new blog that is just really great.

DIY Furniture: An Awesomely Inspiring How-To Book I don't buy a lot of how-to books these days. It's not that I dislike reading, but rather I tend to go to web for most of my instructional needs. Sometimes, however, I come across a book that looks so amazing that I just need to get it. brenna’s book page fabric I love the look of old book pages. The toasty brown edges and pale centers of the pages pair perfectly with the stark black type. Simple design with such a vintage feel, but so fragile and brittle. To fix their fragility, I coated the paper with silicone. This technique preserves the fragile pages, making them flexible, waterproof and durable with a feel similar to oilcloth.

Perfectly Portable Cushion Perfectly Portable Cushion Tutorial by Autum Materials: Fabric for top and bottom of cushion, gusset and piping. Go wild and choose three different fabrics. A Cotton Gin is the creative process at its purist: Raw materials in, refined, useful goodness out! The Cotton Gin Cadet Style Brimmed Cap Worsted Weight Yarn, at least one-half 6-8 oz skein H sized hook Gauge: 4 Rounds = 3 5/8 inches across

Blogs I Love embellish All things handmade & lovely. Blogs I Love origami stars tutorial Many of you asked if I could make a tutorial on how to make the origami stars from this post. I tried my best to make the steps as simple as possible! It takes some practice to make the stars look perfect, so don't be discouraged if you don't get it the first time! Universal lamp shade polygon building kit I saw a lampshade made out of the shape below at a friend's house, so I traced the shape and made my own. the lamp i saw used thin plastic for the pieces. I believe the original design for this lamp was done over 30 years ago by the firm Iqlight, they sell pre-cut parts in case you do not want to make the parts yourself. Below is the shape as an image, and i've also attached a DXF file. You will need sheets of paper or plastic that allow light to get through. The stiffness of your material determines how large your pieces can be - stiffer material for larger pieces and larger lamps, thinner material for smaller pieces and smaller lamps. (see next step)

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