January 29, 2013
Birthdays, Crafts, Crafts to Wear, Kid's Crafts, Paper Crafts
By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and has aspirations to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters.
Make a name tag for every cowboy and cowgirl attending your western themed party. They’re a fabulous take on a sheriff’s badge and will be sure to become a keepsake for all of the children attending!
What You’ll Need:
Gather up these supplies and then head over to Celebrations.com for the easy to follow instructions.
January 23, 2013
By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!
When I was a little girl I loved everything rainbow colored. I couldn’t get enough of ROY G BIV. The brighter and more colorful the better. In the intervening years I’ve tended toward a more muted palate. Lots of whites and beige and grey, which is all well and good. But once in a while I crave bright colors. And not just bright, lots of rainbow hues all together. There’s something satisfying about a bright array of rainbow colors that no neutral can give. With that in mind, here a a few rainbow hued projects to indulge in during these grey and cold winter days.
Colored Pencil Jewelry – Design Mom
Having a girl who is obsessed, very very obsessed with coloring, I love these colored pencil slice projects, especially the rainbow necklace. SO pretty and yet so simple. Perfect for kids jewelry while still chic enough for adults. Even with a dressy outfit, you could get away with it.
Rocking Chair Project – Design Mom
These rainbow painted rockers are wonderful. SO fun and bright and different. I’ve got a bright yellow chair in my house and this makes me want to add other colors to the mix. It’s amazing how bright, solid colors make chairs that might be a little outdated look modern and new, isn’t it?
Crayon Canvas – Meg Duerksen
Crayon paintings are making the rounds in the craft world and for good reason. Who doesn’t love melting things, especially colorful things? And here’s a chance to make art and have fun melting all at once. There are lots of variations on this project, but I love this simple rainbow drip best of all.
Have you done any rainbow hued projects lately? Check out these and others on our Craft Trends Pinboard and let us know what you’ve been up to as well! We love to see your work!
January 23, 2013
Bath and Beauty, Crafts, Home Decor, Techniques and Mediums
By Home Decor Contributor Typhanie, from the blog Shoebox Decor.
I’ve wanted to try this project for some time now. I love the thought of this mirror in a little girl’s room or some chic boutique hotel. I hope you guys love it and give it a try. Let me know if you have any questions…Happy Decorating Everyone!
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January 22, 2013
Cardmaking, Crafts, Guest Bloggers, Holidays, Paper Crafts, Rubber Stamping, Techniques and Mediums, Valentine's Day
By Guest Blogger Kim Skinner from the blog Stamping Imperfection
With a youtube channel, online store, and classes and clubs, Kim’s blog Stamping Imperfection will give you countless paper crafting and scrapbooking ideas.
I have been playing with envelopes! Today, I discovered that I could make quite a nice little gift bag from a card envelope. You really could do this with any size envelope. In my experimenting, I learned one rule…all score lines must be the same distance from the edge of the envelope! That’s it. So simple!
How cute is this little handled bag? I will freely admit that there is an art to adding ephemera to your project and I have yet to master that art. I just attach one of everything and hope it all looks good when I’m done. I need to work on my technique. But alas, I love the rich regal colors of Fall. I would never profess to being the soft, subtle, romantic color kind of gal which I believe is required to master the art of adding ephemera!
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January 17, 2013
Crafts, Home Decor
By General Crafts Contributor Melissa, from the blog MeloMomma
Whether you are in need of home décor or wedding decorations, this simple and elegant candle will not only add light but elegance in any room it sits. Who would have thunk that a baby food jar could be so beautiful?
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January 13, 2013
Crafts, Featured Crafter
Josh Wagner beautifully crafts vintage watches into unique, industrial and rustic jewelry that will be sure to garner a lot of attention. His aesthetic and attention to detail give each of his pieces a distinctive quality that is surprisingly both vintage and modern at the same time.
I am a Ceramic Sculptor who also really enjoys mixed media so the jewelry stems from that. I have my MFA from the School for American Crafts at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
The idea for my jewelry is really inspired from my grandfather. He was an avid antique collector and dealer, and much of my aesthetic comes from the many trips I took as a child to his warehouse observing the extremely interesting compositions that would organically created by the stacks and stacks of antiques. One of the many objects I received from the the warehouse was a huge box full of watch faces. After years and years of trying to think of what to do with the faces I finally started to create jewelry for family and friends, through those family and friends I started to get lots of requests and the Watch Face Jewelry Line was born.
My work can be viewed at my personal site: http://www.josh-wagner.com/jewelry
and purchased at my Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/jwagner213
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January 11, 2013
Craft Book Review, Crafts, Knitting and Crochet
By Crafts for Learning Contributor, Danielle from the blog Crayonbox Learning.
I approached this particular book review from the perspective of a beginner. I do not have any practical experience knitting or crocheting, except for maybe the one row chains that my Mom taught me to make as a child.
The book is set up similarly to a cook book. Each page features simplistic drawings of the project. Each project is detailed with a list of instruments, and supplies needed to complete the project. I particularly liked the aspect that each project also included measurements of the finished piece, and how much yarn would be needed. For people who are more visual like myself, this was a bonus!
Some of the projects utilized instructions from other projects contained in the book. I am not sure why this was done because there would have been space to provide the instructions on the page. It appeared more as a space filler than practical.
There is a lot of open space in this book because of the layout. If this was any other kind of book, it would be a waste of space. In this particular book, the space on the margins and pages separating each section can be used to write notes in.
There are nice, full color pictures in the center of the book that align with each project. In my opinion, the photos should have been placed on each project page. The manner in which the book is formatted; the user will need to flip through the book to find some of the directions, and to find the corresponding photo so that the crafter will know how the finished product should look when complete. This may be a challenge for some that prefer their instructions and photos to be on the same page, or being able to keep the book open to one place while working on the project.
The back of the book contains a directory of all of the contributors that were featured in the book including names, locations and a brief blurb as to what each shop has to offer. A glossary of terms is also featured with knitting terms and illustrations of the various techniques. This particular feature is very helpful for a beginner to learn from.
Overall, the book is simplistic enough for a beginner and may also be a good find for a more seasoned knitter. The idea that you can make a complete hat, scarf, or sweater from one skein of yarn is appealing.