Posts Tagged ‘diy’

 

Tutorial: Gilded Hearts Notebook

Friday, January 11th, 2013

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Tutorial: Winter Terrarium

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

This is a super simple and adorable winter terrarium. You will need:
Glass container
Sugar
Glitter
Sisal Trees
Animal  Figurines
Other decorative items

Pour sugar into bowl to desired depth, and top with a thin layer of glitter

Use a pen or pencil to push the glitter down along the sides of the glass. It’s like the sand art you used to do as a kid!

Decoratively arrange your items in the snow.

Step back and admire your work.

Bask in the adorableness.

 

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Tutorial: Glittery Star Garland

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

This is a simple project that can be as fancy or simple as you can imagine – and it’s definitely not limited to Christmas, either!

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Link Love: Upholstery Basics at Design*Sponge

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

One of the unfortunate things about some of the bigger and more popular blogs is that I always feel like I can’t keep up with them. I adore blogs like Apartment Therapy, Poppytalk, and Design*Sponge, but if I added them to my RSS reader, I’d have to spend all my time reading blogs.

The bright side is that when I do get a chance to browse, I discover really fun stuff! Meet today’s discovery: Upholstery Basics at Design*Sponge!

This beautiful Leather Bookcase rivals even *my* ambition

The author, Amanda Brown, has a series of posts with detailed instructions on all kinds of furniture and upholstery projects. I love it! Having the knowledge to revamp (or build from scratch!) furniture opens up a whole world of possibilities!

Lampshade tutorial - no, no *covering* a lampshade. Making it from scratch.

The most exciting thing, though, was this post on building a boxed ottoman from a coffee table. I am not kidding, Matt and I just got home from looking at ottomans at the furniture store.

Boxed Ottoman Tutorial at Design*Sponge

 

I am definitely doing this! Stay tuned – I’ll absolutely be posting photos when I do.

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DIY Suede Ombre Turks Head Bracelet: Part 2

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Find Part 1 of the tutorial (braiding) here!

DIY Suede Ombre Turks Head Bracelet

DIY Suede Ombre Turks Head Bracelet

DIY Suede Ombre Turks Head Bracelet

DIY Suede Ombre Turks Head Bracelet

 

Find Part 1 of the tutorial (braiding) here!

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DIY Suede Ombre Turks Head Bracelet: Part 1

Friday, September 21st, 2012

DIY Suede Ombre Turks Head Bracelet

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DIY Wire-Bound Blog Planner

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

I’m a sucker for planners/notebooks, and I was inspired by various blog planners on Pinterest (of course).

Here’s my attempt – from various scraps and papers in my stash and my Zutter Bind-It-All¬†(I seriously love that thing – and on Amazon it’s $53.30- I paid almost $80 for mine at Archivers!)

 

It definitely involves a vast assortment of washi tape. I designed the pages and printed them at home – I used to hesitate to print my own pages for notebooks because I didn’t like the paper quality – then I “splurged” and got the expensive printer paper instead of the cheap copy paper. What a world of difference!

I honestly haven’t written a word in it yet! I’m kind of stumped, haha. Blank-page fright.
What would you put in your ideal blog planner?

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Tutorial: Sparkly Raindrop Pendant from Antique Fishing Lure

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

I’ve had these antique silver fishing lures in my stash for quite some time, and the other day it struck me that they’re quite familiarly shaped like raindrops. Paired with two of my favorite crafting products, glitter and Mod Podge Dimensional Magic, it makes for a lovely pendant.

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DIY Glittery Faceted Beads

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

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Blog Better Challenge Part 4: Show and Tell

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

I think most of us started out believing (or still do) that if we put something awesome out on the Internet that people will just automatically find it, right? Or even after we learn about SEO and keywords that people will gently filter in via Google and end up becoming lifelong subscribers. ….Erm, unfortunately, that’s not usually good enough.

In fact, that was the tactic I used most regularly on my own blog until recently. Sure, there were a few blogs I commented on, and those bloggers became readers, but that was pretty much the extent of it. It wasn’t good for business.

I imagine the true formula for success goes something more like this:

1. Post something epic.

2. Tell everyone about it.

What kind of “epic” stuff am I talking about? Think about the qualities of the stuff you re-pin or link to -

It’s useful: It’s usually informative or inspirational or something you put on a “to-do” list, right? Maybe it even serves to be humorous or thought-provoking, but the bottom line is that it’s helpful.

It’s *pretty*: I myself put a huge emphasis on visual appeal when I’m mentally assessing something. I’ll bookmark or pin or link to lots of pretty things that might not have a ton of value otherwise.

It’s timely: This is just a nicer way of saying “popular”. Most of us aren’t blessed with the trendsetting gene (though if you are, by all means, take advantage!), so we’re stuck on the bandwagon. Be careful not to over-do it *or* do it too late, though. Best to get on the mason jar¬†train while you still can and forget about moustaches for awhile.

Sometimes ugly, pointless stuff becomes popular. Buuuttttt it’s usually pretty and useful stuff.

 

I, myself, have been challenging myself to put my posts out in the world – more than just on Twitter or to my Facebook friends – and it’s really paying off. Seriously. I’m actually surprised. For example, since one of my tutorials was posted on CraftGawker, I’m averaging around 200 visits per day rather than the 15 I used to get.

Not gonna lie, I get shot down a lot. I’m disappointed that not everyone thinks I’m as awesome as I do (lols). But, I’m going to keep taking baby steps until I’m satisfied.
SO your challenge today is to find something awesome that you’ve posted to your blog – and share it with the world. Find a website that will feature you. Try to get it re-tweeted. Submit it somewhere. Keep trying until you get a lot of people to look at it. Then report back here with the results!

 

PS. In case you didn’t here, the giveaway prize for this challenge is a Hipstaprint notepad! The lucky winner can select a photo or send me one of theirs. It’s not too late to enter!. :)

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