I think almost everyone has had some kind of encounter with clay in the past – rock-hard pottery clay, messy plaster, Play-Doh (the smell of which I’ve never been able to get past). After searching and experimenting with different types of clay this fall, I’ve come across a new favorite, just in time for holiday gift-giving: baking soda clay.
There’s an old-fashioned elegance to handmade, mailed cards. It says you took time and some money, although not much, to think of someone. A thank you note mailed to a business or sponsor after a particularly good event or meeting speaks volumes about your professionalism. A handwritten card to a significant other is timelessly romantic.
In the past few years, Ball Mason jars have been elevated from a humble jelly container to the hottest thing in crafts and decorating. No longer just for Grandma’s famous bread and butter pickles, Mason jars are used for holding everything from flowers to cocktails, painted a rainbow of colors and wrapped in everything from lace to twine.
Quilting, sewing pieces of colorful patchwork squares together to make a thick blanket, has gotten a, let’s say, “old-fashioned” reputation in recent times. A quick trip to upscale stores such as Pottery Barn and Anthropologie show that quilts themselves are more popular than ever.
The coming of winter brings cozy sweaters, fun in the snow and the risk of dry, chapped, flaking skin that’s so damaged it seems as if it will never return to normal again.
When it comes to dressing up for Halloween, the little details such as hair and makeup can be overlooked.
Ever since I was a little kid, I have been enchanted by modeling clay. I’ve always enjoyed working with the soft, squeezable texture and the possibility to make anything with a few shapes. A quick glance at the jewelry racks at stores like Icing and Claire’s reveals that cute and soft clay-molded critters and shapes are not just for preschoolers.
The weather’s getting colder, and everyone loves a good warm blanket or pair of mittens. What about those people, though, who don’t have the resources to stay warm? Or what about the people who are going through a difficult time and would appreciate a handmade gift? For a little of your time and money, here’s some crafty ideas for how and where you can give back to the community.
Halloween is still more than three weeks away, but when it comes to making costumes, you can never start planning too early.
There are an overwhelming number of books filled with craft projects of every style, theme, skill level and occasion, so even a glance at the shelves at Barnes and Noble is daunting.
Jewelry making is having a major moment – one trip to a craft store reveals an enormous and prominent department complete with an irresistibly sparking wall of beads. Where to begin? The basic pendant, a simple drop charm, is the perfect first project.
The new school year means new books, new supplies and best of all, new clothes. Unfortunately, shopping for deals at the start of the new school year can be frustrating — the racks are filled with gorgeous plaid flannel, cozy sweaters and freshly dyed blue jeans, all at full price.
Decorating and outfitting a room for college, whether it’s a dorm or your own bedroom, means comfort and organization – not easy to accomplish on a budget!
Once Upon a Time’s second season, which ended last month, has not one but three plots, plenty of new characters, magical places, twists and questions both answered and unanswered.
I decided to make a dress to wear for my cousin’s confirmation this weekend. I wanted something cool and springy, and I had the perfect pattern: a short sleeved fit-and-flare dress with a cute notched neckline from Simplicity’s Project Runway collection. For fabric, I used a cream-colored designer quilting cotton with a teal pattern.(Is it a feather? Fern? Leaf? I’m not sure, but it is pretty.)
The end of winter semester is finally here – time to study like crazy for finals, figure out your fall schedule and say goodbye to friends on campus. Whether or not you’re graduating this spring, group gifts are a great way to top off the school year. Below are three ideas for fast, fun and easy projects for you and your closest pals.
In America today, stuff is cheap. As unprofessional and unspecific as that phrase may sound, there’s truth in it.
While in America they might be best known as a vehicle for grocery store kits, other cultures hold Easter eggs on a high and artful status. In Eastern Europe, notably Ukraine, a method for creating gorgeously colorful and elaborate eggs is called Pysanky.
Tote bags are one of those things everyone needs and has a distinct preference for: preppy, white nautical canvas bags with navy or red handles; giant, leather purse-style totes loaded with metal hardware; or crisp, quilted cotton bags in colorful prints.
For an unapologetic girly-girl like myself, I look forward to the gorgeous couture gowns at the Oscars. But afterward, I can’t help but feel a little blah for the average person. Occasions to wear something beautiful and glamorous may not come often, but luckily you don’t have to be Jennifer Lawrence or Emma Stone to wear an amazing one-of-a-kind accessory.
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