January 13, 2014JennifercloseAuthor: JenniferName: Jennifer Neri Site:http://www.bravenewhome.com About: Jennifer will be sharing DIY projects, home decor ideas, and other budget friendly inspiration to help transform your house into an authentic home. Jennifer lives in San Diego with her military husband and their toddler son—so you can expect some kid friendly crafts, too! She believes you don’t need the biggest budget or the largest space to start creating a home true to its inhabitants. Her favorite crafts are adapting off-the-shelf items into affordable projects. Catch up with Jennifer at her blog born from decorating paralysis, Brave New Home.See Authors Posts (26)Crafts, Home Decor, Mod Podge2 Comments
I bought this jewelry box but found it a bit too precious to use. So I lined the bottom with some linen and have enjoyed using the jewelry box ever since!
After I got my materials together, I traced the bottoms of each level of the jewelry box on a thin but sturdy cardboard. Since you’ll be using mod podge, you’ll want to choose a cardboard that can hold up to the moisture.
November 25, 2013GilliancloseAuthor: GillianName: Gillian Grimm Site:http://driedfigsandwoodenspools.blogspot.com/ About: Gillian Grimm lives in Charlottesville, Virginia where she balances writing, cooking and crafts with eight chickens, two kids, a dog, a cat and a husband. As the daughter of a Journalist, she grew up all over the United States, switching schools, towns and newspapers every few years and loved every minute of it! She now works as a freelance writer, primarily in the craft industry but with a few forays into travel writing, narrative non-fiction and educational matters. Gillian was recently published in the literary journal the “The Northville Review”. You can find more of Gillian’s work at “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.See Authors Posts (255)Craft Trends, Crafts, Recycled CraftsNo Comments
I’ve got a little satin bag full of the sparkly costume jewelry that both my grandmothers used to wear to parties and I love to peek at their elegance, but I very rarely use them. They are a little too fancy for everyday wear for me and I don’t often have a chance to go somewhere where they would be fitting. So I’ve been on the lookout for some projects to use them with. I love their glamour, they deserve to be used and worn and these projects are just the ticket!
And here’s a way to make those sparkly jewels a little more suitable for every day use! Pretty little hairpins topped with something vintage and fun! These would be especially pretty for a little girls party hairdo!
August 3, 2013Mable CraftsalotcloseAuthor: Mable CraftsalotName: Mable Craftsalot Site:http://www.Facebook.com/CreateForLess About: The name says it all! Mable Crafts-alot is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and has aspirations to improve her crafting skills. Mable has never met a craft she didn’t like! Mable spends her free time attending craft classes at local community centers, and even teaches a few. When she is not crafting she enjoys cooking, reading, photography and gardening. Mable loves to connect with other crafters to share project ideas, discuss craft trends and chat about favorite crafting tools and techniques. To learn more about Mable, become her friend on Facebook!See Authors Posts (170)Accessories, Crafts, Jewelry Making1 Comment
By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebookto socialize and share with other crafters!
I recently had the chance to try out the latest from Martha Stewart Crafts – her new jewelry line. I don’t think I’ve ever seen jewelry making supplies quite like these. My two favorites were the enamel and the jewelry glaze. They each add color to your charms and other things to create a piece that is uniquely yours.
July 23, 2011Guest BloggercloseAuthor: Guest BloggerName: Guest Blogger Site: About: Interested in Guest Blogging? Got a project idea you would like to share? A craft tip to tell us about? Then sign up to be a Think Crafts Guest Blogger! If you are interested, simply email us at email@example.com with your blog post title, text and attach any pictures. We will let you know if your post was approved or not, and when it will be posted on Think Crafts. Please also contact us if you have any questions or would like further information regarding guest blogging. We look forward to hearing your ideas!See Authors Posts (244)Jewelry Making1 Comment
A window and a piece of cardboard is all you’ll need to take pictures of silver jewelry with brilliant, even tones.
Move a table as close to a window as you can.
Make sure that the top of the table is a higher than the window sill.
Tape a piece of tracing paper to the window. Sunny or cloudy skies, the paper will make light coming in to be even and soft. Hang the paper so it goes down below the table.
When using white paper as a background put something white underneath to avoid the table coming through making it look dark.
I used a 2′ x 2′ piece offoam board to bounce back light from the window, you can use anything that stands upright without bending. A piece of cardboard covered with sheets of white paper will work great.
Light will reflect from the white card and from the white surface as well.
Silver is like a mirror, it shows whatever is around. The light and white paper will reflect on the metal making it look light and shiny. Pendant, a courtesy of Roxy’s Jewelry.
If you pull the white card away from the window it will create a dark area that will also reflect on the jewelry.
Different tones of silver make a picture have more depth. You may like the way it looks, or you may not. If you prefer the silver to have even tones make sure that the card is flashed against the window.
However, if you do want your background to have a gradation of tones try replacing the white card with a black one. Blocking the light will create a shadow with a clear edge.
Then you can play placing your jewelry where the background shifts from light to dark to see what happens.
Every other week we post a new product photography tutorial showing how to take at home the pictures we create at the Via U!studio.
September 11, 2010Mable CraftsalotcloseAuthor: Mable CraftsalotName: Mable Craftsalot Site:http://www.Facebook.com/CreateForLess About: The name says it all! Mable Crafts-alot is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and has aspirations to improve her crafting skills. Mable has never met a craft she didn’t like! Mable spends her free time attending craft classes at local community centers, and even teaches a few. When she is not crafting she enjoys cooking, reading, photography and gardening. Mable loves to connect with other crafters to share project ideas, discuss craft trends and chat about favorite crafting tools and techniques. To learn more about Mable, become her friend on Facebook!See Authors Posts (170)Craft Trends, Crafts, Jewelry Making, Recycled CraftsNo Comments
By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and has aspirations to improve her crafting skills.
My current crafting craze is jewelry making! I love accessorizing with necklaces, headbands, bracelets and earrings. I’ve been intrigued by all the different necklace pendants & chains, beading connectors, and earring findings that are around. You can completely change the look of an earring depending on which finding you use; drop findings, hoop findings, Chandeliers… I could go on, but more about my love for earring findings in a later post.
Thursday morning the style expert for The Today Show, Bobbie Thomas, made accessories from items from her hardware store. More than likely, you’ll have these items in your garage. With all the craft supplies I tried, I never thought I’d be using nuts and washers! Watch this video as she makes nuts, bolts and hose clamps look cool! You will get tons of ideas from watching, hit pause to take a moment to write them down.
I am just back from the Craft And Hobby Association’s Winter Trade Show 2009. I have many things I want to report and dozens of photos I’m excited to show you, but I’m going to start with someone who caused quite a stir at the show. I’m not sure there is anyone on the planet that doesn’t know her name and the fact that she’s usually late for her appearances, but Paris Hilton unveiled her bead kits at the industry event while causing a major traffic jam in the aisles around her. It seemed everyone wanted a photo of Paris. I got lucky when my friend Bill Gardner told me we might have a better chance of getting her photo outside when she arrived.
I knew Paris was close because of all the security and bodyguards!
It took me well over 3 hours, but I did get a few nice photos for the blog!
The girls waiting with me were right, Paris Hilton is very pretty and friendly.
I did have some fun while waiting for Miss Hilton to arrive. Three of her fans were sitting right beside me patiently waiting. One of the girls leaned over to me and said that the group had read that Paris was coming to the show on Paris’ fan site, but when they arrived they found out that it was a trade show and they wouldn’t be allowed in to see her. They were disappointed, but hoping to catch her outside.
Paris brought along her scrapbook album.
I’m not sure what I was expecting Paris Hilton fans to look like, but it wasn’t in the form of the three nicely dressed, polite, almost shy teenagers sitting beside me. The girls liked crafts. They liked to add some bling to their clothes and accessories. And they like the idea that Paris was introducing jewelry kits. I asked them why they liked Paris so much and they told me that Paris was pretty and could do anything. I told them they too were beautiful young women and given a little time they could do even more than Paris, they had the possibilities available to change the world. In the meantime, I got them onto the show floor and pointed them to Paris’ booth.
Paris unveiled a jewelry kit line similar to the ones you see here (that's her bodyguard to the left).