Category Archives: Crafting

Doily DIY: 5 Cute Projects

DIY instructions here

DIY instructions here

Unless you can read German, you will need to do a quick Google translating.  Once in your own language, the process appears  surprisingly simple, and the materials are available for pretty cheap on Amazon; however, I haven’t spotted the plaster in any of my local craft stores.

Via: Pinterest

No instructions for this one but I figure the process is basically the following: Find some vintage doilies (or new doilies), determine your layout, and carefully tack stitch them together.

Availiable here

No instructions for this one either but from other DIY doily rug tutorials I have read , you just need to find a doily pattern you like and follow it with heavy cotton cording and either a giant crochet hook or your fingers.  I’m hoping to finally tackle this type of a project soon and do a step-by-step tutorial for the blog.

DIY instructions here

This is more of a holiday project but, hey, it’s never too early to plan for the holidays!


Supplies for Little Artists in the Making

I’m on the hunt for a cute little Easter treat for my niece and nephew (since sending a full on basket via USPS to Colorado isn’t exactly a viable option) and thought I would share some of my favorite findings:

Perfect for creating their own fairy tales are
these cool blank-slate books:

Image Via: Elizabeth Kartchner

Availiable at: Draw Your World

Getting their fingers
dirty (and likely a piece of furniture of two while they are at it) is required with these non-toxic, Eco Finger Paints:

Available at: Eco Art Works

My niece and nephew loves themselves some pirate paraphernalia so these would be perfect for scribbling on the sidewalks on a warm spring day:

Available at: Sunshine & Sidewalks

Crochet Projects Que

Loving both of these crochet project ideas for their ease of construction…there is nothing sweeter than being able to finish a whole craft project in an evening.  Instant gratification!

Via: Finders Keepers Market

Via: Pickles Blog

Priceless Design Tip: Paint the suckers the same color and call it a day.

Whether its cute little containers you have saved from a destiny of rotting away in the landfill, or odds and ends vessels accumulated from garage sales, thrift stores, and flee markets, this is the perfect way to make sense of random containers and turn them into a “collection” that seems purposeful and worthy of being displayed in your home.

Via: Apartment Therapy

Via: Style Me Pretty

Via: Design Sponge (I think:)

Second Uses

There are so many objects that we acquire that we grow tired of in their first stage of use…but that leaves the door open to fun uses for the second time around.  A old doily collection could be sewn together to make a cool tablecloth, lab beakers from 4 years in college as a biology major could become vases, mix matched tea saucers that no longer belong to a set could become a cute 3-tier serving tray, and an old mason jar can become a cute soap dispenser.

Via: Martha Stewart Via: Apartment Therapy

Via: Post Road Vintage Availiable:  Here