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8 Oct

Simple Sustainable Kitchen Crafts: Make a Wine Cork Trivet and a Monogrammed Kitchen Towel

There’s nothing like a legitimate reason, i.e., excuse, for the healthy number of bottles of wine passing through my apartment these past months: My mother’s birthday is in November. I’ve been doing this for her. For the trivet I’m making out of wine corks and a hose clamp to protect her tabletop from scalding pots and pans!

My mother’s a big recycler. She’ll appreciate both the gesture and the rationale behind the gift: saving money, making instead of buying, reuse, repurpose, and don’t waste.

9-inch Wine Cork Trivet: First, collect 50 to 60 natural wine bottle corks. Make sure to avoid synthetic corks; they’re not heat resistant. Purchase a stainless steel hose clamp from the hardware store or online. Hose clamps are adjustable and come in varying sizes–a pair of 12-inch diameter hose clamps can be purchased for under $15. Next, with a flathead screwdriver and a ruler, adjust your clamp to a 9-inch diameter.

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Tridon Hose Clamp and Natural Wine Bottle Corks

Next, with the hose clamp laying flat, place the corks, starting from the outer rim and working your way in toward the center. You’ll need to use some elbow grease when arranging the corks so that they fit snuggly. Use a book to flatten the corks. Tighten the clamp further. And finally, cut the excess metal.

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Natural wine corks and a hose clamp = Wine Cork Trivet!

To make the monogrammed kitchen towel + gift wrapper, I used scrap white cotton cloth and two iron-ons–a simple flower and my mother’s initial “A” from the book SUKI Iron-Ons by Darrell Gibbs and Julia Gibbs. Alternatively, you can also handwrite an initial or hand draw a flower or design on the towel using a colored Sharpie Pen!

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SUKI Iron-Ons by Darrell Gibbs and Julia Gibbs

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Iron-On Flower from SUKI

TA-DA!  Here’s the Wine Cork Trivet all wrapped up in a reusable monogrammed kitchen towel wrapper and ready to go!

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Iron-on Monogrammed Kitchen Towel Gift Wrapper

CHEERS!

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5 Aug

10 DIY Sharpies Projects: It’s So Easy to Be Crafty, Stylish, and Thrifty with Sharpies!

Money doesn’t grow on trees. Waste not, want not. Life is messy. Accidents happen. Time takes its toll. Reuse and recycle. Make beautiful things.

Whether you agree with any or all of these age-old adages and modern prescriptions, we heartily believe you’ll want to try one or all of these small, gratifyingly simple and stylish DIY fixes and tricks to save time, money, and even our lovely planet with the classic permanent marker: Sharpies!

DIY SHARPIE OMBRE STYLE FOR YOUR HOME

1. DIY Sharpie Ombre Napkins via Kirtsy

DIY project Sharpie Pen Ombre Napkins

DIY Sharpie Ombre Napkins

2. DIY Sharpie Ombre Bedding via HouseandHome

DIY Projects with Sharpie Pens

DIY Ombre Bedding via HouseandHome

3. DIY Sharpie Shibori-inspired throw pillows via HotforHouses

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DIY Shibori-inspired Sharpie throw pillows via HotforHouses

4. Another option for a DIY Sharpie Pillow via Hometalk’s Sabine Schmidt

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DIY Sharpie Pillow via Hometalk’s Sabine Schmidt

5. DIY Sharpie Tabletop via Hometalk’s Janel Hutton

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DIY Sharpie Table Top

6. DIY Sharpie Lampshade via ALittleGlassBox

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DIY Sharpie Lampshade via aLittleGlassBox

7. No-Sew Pillow Covers decorated with Sharpies via JustaGirlandHerBlog

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No-Sew Pillow Covers decorated with Sharpies via JustaGirlandHerBlog

DIY SHARPIE FASHION!

We’re huge fans of pampering ourselves–splurging once in a while makes for a balanced life. But sometimes we go a little overboard… or maybe we’re saving up for a big vacation. Or that wedding for which you’re a bridesmaid or maid of honor creeps up on you… Times like these, Sharpies to the rescue!

8. DIY Superfine Sharpie Nail Art via TheBeautyDepartment

DIY Sharpie nail designs and art

DIY Superfine Sharpie Manicure

9. DIY Sharpie Galaxy print canvas shoes via Timeforteabeads

DIY Sharpie Galaxy canvas shoes via Timeforteabeads

DIY Sharpie Galaxy canvas shoes via Timeforteabeads

10. And last but never least…. Lord of the Rings Guitar decorated with Sharpies!!! Get inspired or commission the artist Vivian Xiao to deck out your instrument! via technabob

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Lord of the Rings Guitar decorated with Sharpie permanent marker, artwork by Vivian Xiao

 

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20 Jun

The Secret to Making Your Father’s Day Gift Super Special

This Father’s Day, probably the best gift to show Dad how special and loved he is, is to spend more time with him, participate in his hobbies, and help him with household chores and big projects since what dads really want is time and attention from the people they care most about.

For many of us, we can’t actually be physically present to make this happen. But we can still keep this in mind and show thoughtfulness and care in the gift we give.

Whether you’re donating money under his name to a cause he feels strongly about, or helping him manage that wild beard with a membership to the Dollar Shave Club, ordaining him Top Chef with a new Global or Henckels or Shun Chef Knife, or signing him up for the Custom Golf Clubs he’s been (not-so-secretly) coveting–what will REALLY show Dad how special he is?

What’s the secret?

Finish the gift with a follow-up that shows up a few days or even a week or two later, something personal and handmade that shows him that your appreciation for him goes beyond one national holiday.

This one simple act will bring a smile to his face and resonate long after Father’s Day. Why? He won’t know it’s coming. It’s unexpected. A wonderful surprise.

Admittedly, it’s not a secret really but a reminder to look beyond what’s immediately in front of us and find ways to act meaningfully.

You probably have some ideas of your own as a follow-up to your Father’s Day gift. But if you need a little guidance, we have a few suggestions. Just a few since the point is to really think about YOUR father.

Each of these takes less than an hour to accomplish:

Send him a handmade post card. Even if he lives next door. It can go with the theme of your gift, or be a picture of you and him together, or stenciled with his favorite saying or phrase. Don’t forget to convey the message: Wish you were here!

Here’s the postcard I made to send to my stepdad, a former pilot. He got me into flying and it’s a subject the two of us have killed considerable hours talking about.

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Show ongoing support. Wish him luck on a project–career or personal–that he’s battling. Buy seven or 30 $1 scratch-off lottery tickets. Wrap each in a sticky note labeled for each day of the week. Instruct him to scratch one ticket every day. He’ll have at least one thing to look forward to every day, a fun moment of distraction. If you want, fold an origami crane, a symbol of luck and fortune, and send everything in a cool origami box. Click here for instructions on making the box. And if you’re feeling ambitious, click here for some instruction on making moveable origami.

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Did you know you can make a custom iPhone Case in less than an hour? Acknowledge his hobbies or favorite pastimes or TV show, or use a funny phrase he’d appreciate like: Will Trade Wife for Whiskey to accessorize his phone. The Cheese Thief shows us how.

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Crafty Morning had a terrific idea. Even if your dad doesn’t grill, this spatula with a personalized message using the phrase Flippin’ is simply brilliant as a summertime gift.

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If you still need more ideas, check out our post from last week–10 Beer Bottle Crafts to make with empty beer bottles and caps.

But whatever you decide on, always keep in mind the age-old adage: It’s the thought that counts.

Happy Father’s Day (and after)!

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24 Aug

Goodreads Giveaway: Stencil It!

How can it be Sunday already? It feels like just yesterday I was looking through Stencil It for some tips for Freebie Friday. If you enjoyed the tips on how to stencil with paints then you will be very pleased that this week you can win your own copy of Stencil It!

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Not only does this book come with 15 stencils that were specifically designed for the book, but Stencil It is filled with 101 ideas of how to stencil nearly everything in your home. In addition to these one-of-a-kind stencils are tips to achieve that breathtaking effect you’re looking for. These tips come from the author, Helen Morris. Helen is the founder of The Stencil Library which boasts a catalog of more than 4,000 stencils. Helen and her husband, designer Michael Chippendale, have developed a wide range of designs, techniques, and media, successfully stenciling materials such as glass, mirror, concrete, fabric, wood, plaster, paint, and paper.

Helen demonstrates some of these techniques and illustrates the stunning effects that can be achieved. Using a range of different paints, as well as crayon, metallic leaf, varnish, and plasterwork to create a textured finish, she presents a collection of diverse projects for every surface in your home. In themed chapters—”Flowers & Foliage,” “Figurative,” “Birds & Beasts,” and “Architectural & Decorative Details”—there are trailing leaves and falling blossoms, letters to spell out words and stars that can be applied in endless patterns, pretty butterflies and cute dogs, as well as signature decorative details from different periods and countries.

With Stencil It you learn how each stencil can be used in different configurations, sizes, or colorways to create dramatically different looks. The stencil templates included with the projects and all the other designs featured are available from The Stencil Library. So act fast! You have through Wednesday to enter to win your own copy.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Stencil It by Helen Morris

Stencil It

by Helen Morris

Giveaway ends August 28, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 Can’t wait for fate? Take matters into your own hands and buy it today!

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22 Aug

Freebie Friday: Stencil It!

For this Freebie Friday we decided to mix it up a bit. Instead of a pattern or project download, we’ve given you some FREE TIPS on using paint and a stencil brush from Stencil It so you can get started on your next design project immediately!

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There are lots of ways to customize your home: paint, new furniture, fancy home decor items from those fancy catalogs you never seem to ask for…but by far, one of the most expressive—and least expensive—is stenciling. Did you know stencils have been used for centuries to decorate interiors? It has come a long way these past few centuries! Helen Morris, founder of The Stencil Library, has kept stenciling a popular craft by developing numerous designs, styles, and techniques. (She’s even stenciled on glass, mirror, concrete, and even plaster.) Stencil It shows 101 ways to stencil in your home. From lamp shades to walls and even furniture, you’ll learn how to achieve new decorative schemes by using various configurations and color combinations to create a range of dramatically different looks. Stencil It comes with 15 specially-designed stencils to help you turn your entire home into a blank canvas.

Ready to start? Buy your book now!

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CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING Thursday morning, Astoria, Queens. Accessorizing with a lovely temporary floral tattoo she learned to make from DIY Temporary Tattoos: Draw It, Print It, Ink It by Pepper Baldwin!

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

Father's Day is less than three weeks away -- Sunday, June 19th in the U.S. -- just enough time to start prepping for what would make dear old pops feel loved....What dad, what MAN, wouldn't want to get a bright red tool box full of homemade BBQ, bacon, and chili flavored chocolate? Or a handmade Paracord hammock? Does he play golf?--hand dipped tees? Does he like to hike? Enjoy nature and the great outdoors? How about homemade beef jerky? Or does he enjoy watching sports--Remote Control Cookie? What about beer? One of the coolest new items coming out of Japan is a Frozen Beer Slushy Maker by Kirin Ichiban that perfectly pairs with the DIY black and tan soap! Scroll and click for more homemade DIY Father's Day gift ideas sure to make pappy happy! Hashtag #SMPCRAFT #DIYFATHERSDAY!

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