Archive | January, 2014

Wood Working Projects for the Home

29 Jan

I found three fun wood working projects for the home.  I like the function of all of them.  And with just a few basic skills and maybe a little help from your hardware store, you could easily do these at home.DIY-Magazine-HolderShanty-2-Chic
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Cardboard Crafts for Kids

28 Jan

If you are looking for something fun to do with kids head on over to The Crafty Crow.  There are six links for ideas to use recycled cardboard.  They all look like fun.cardboard

Valentines for Hubby

23 Jan

My husband deserves a wonderful Valentines gift.  That being said, it is not an easy task.  It needs to be personal, not too mushy, healthy and not bust the budget. No romantic get-away to the Caribbean as nice as it sounds. So I have been gathering ideas.  I think I will step out of my ordinary routine and first make him breakfast. (I would do it in bed, but he is an early riser) What better way to start the day than with bacon hearts.bacon heartThe Paper Mama

Then pack a lunch (again something I rarely do) in a fun take-out box. This one from Tammy Mitchell Designs is designed for a miniature take-out box, but I can enlarge the idea.  Take-out boxes can be found at your local craft store.2013-fortune-cookie-valentine-web-1024x712

Then after a long day of work maybe something for soaking in the whirlpool tub.  Creating Sisterhood has a great recipe for Cinnamon Oatmeal Milk Bath.  Very easy and most of the ingredients can be found in your kitchen.Oatmeal Milk Bath2Pretty sure he will like all of this, who doesn’t liked to be pampered once in a while?

Beautiful Poppies

20 Jan

Today I discovered author and artist Denice Barlow Brown.  I love the bright happy colors of her work.  She gives a tutorial on her website, Ink Stitch, on how to paint this poppy picture for your journal.  I can see this in fabric for a quilt too.ART-journal-watercolor-painting-81

Shirt to Hobo Tote

18 Jan

I love this tote.  I think there are a few company shirts hanging in my husband’s side of the closet he wouldn’t mind giving to a good cause.  I watch Nancy Zieman on a regular basis.  She has great sewing tips.  And I get to see her in person at the end of February, so excited (or should I say SEW excited?).  Go to Nancy’s blog to get the tutorial for this great tote.IMG_0040-imp

Upcycle Drawers

16 Jan

After seeing these great ideas for upcycling dresser drawers from Architect Art and Designs  I need to make a trip to the thrift stores.  My cat would love the tower of shelves, she is getting older and it’s hard to make that leap to the window to look out.  There are 20 different ideas to explore.  I am sure you well like at least one of them.drawers3 drawers2 drawers1

Double Strand Seed Bead and Jump Ring Bracelet

13 Jan

When I first saw this bracelet my first thought was, so pretty, then that looks hard to make.  But lo and behold it is a pretty simple technique and The Gossiping Goddess will take you through the tutorial step by step.tut15

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