DIY Bookends

15 Oct

I like these concrete geometric bookends from e-How.  It is a well written tutorial with pictures.  Would make a unique gift.

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Paper Mache

13 Oct

Have you ever played around with paper mache?  My mom would let us do this fun art project at home, it is easy to do and though a little on the messy side very cheap to produce. We would use the flour, water and newspaper method, usually using a balloon for shape.  My technique has changed a little bit, and I still think it is a lot of fun.

For recipes check out The Ultimate Paper Mache.  I like the one that uses glue.  A lot of good information on this blog.

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Brisbane Kids show how to make a piggy bank.
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Bowls by The Long Thread.
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Mamie Janes has some nice Christmas decorating ideas.
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These colorful chickens by Krokotat use cereal boxes as a base.
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A wonderful deer head from Imperfectly Imaginable.
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Hopefully I has stirred a few creative juices today.

Halloween

4 Oct

Halloween is not a day that I do much for anymore.  When the boys were younger we would make costumes and go to friends’ homes to trick or treat, but now that they are adults that is a thing of the past.  But every once in a while I come across something that catches my fancy.  I think Halloween is a fun time to play with food.  So here are a few things I have chosen to share with you.

Over at I Wash You Dry they are having fun with Marshmallows.
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You can find these cute ghost strawberries at Candiquik.
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Ghostbusters popcorn at Nerdy Recipes
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Love this owl pumpkin from Modern Dame.
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A fun game from Keeping it Simple.
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Edible pumpkin cups from Oh Nuts.  Catch her hint for cooling the candy melts so the balloons don’t explode.  Trust me it is really messing when this happens.
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I thought this spider would be fun for the front door for the few trick or treaters we get.  I found this at The Whoot.

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Showing Your Husband Respect

29 Sep

I am taking a different path today.  I have been married for 21 years.  I have a terrific husband, but after 21 years I wonder how much I take for granted.  So I have been working on becoming a better wife.  And it is working.  I am far from perfect but making a few changes has brought harmony to our marriage.  I like this article from Cornerstone Confessions, 99 ways to show your husband respect.  It is worth reading.
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Zippers

26 Sep

Does the thought of sewing in a zipper scare you?  I am surprised by how many people avoid this task.  Here are three different tutorials on how to sew in a basic zipper.  They all approach it in a similar manner, but with a few different touches and points.  See which one you like the best and give it a try.  They all machine baste their seams, I hand baste, makes it easier for me to pull the thread back out.
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From Make It-Love It

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From Nancy Zieman (Sewing With Nancy)

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And from Sew Mama Sew

Woven Potholder

22 Sep

I came across this pin at Pinterest and thought it looked like a fun idea.  I just followed the pictures as this is not a language I speak or read.  It was easy to follow the pictorial.  Took a little time to get everything to lay flat after it was woven together, that is why it is important to match up the middle of both fabrics.  But with a little pressing and fussing it came together.  Took me about an hour from start to finish.
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Here is my potholder
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Spiral Clasp

18 Sep

Isn’t this a pretty clasp, Sweet Bead Studio has a great tutorial on how to make it.  So I guess I am going to play with beads today :-)
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