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    December 5, 2013
    Gift Idea: Custom Cross-Stitch Patterns

    For just $10.50, Robyne Melia Is Bobby La! will transform any image or photo into a PDF cross stitch pattern for you. You can see the pattern for the above piece below. You can see a close up here. What a wonderful idea for a holiday gift.

     


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    October 1, 2013
    Etsy Find: All Dressed Up

    When I was a kid my mom would sew us the coolest Halloween costumes. I particularly remember a year when both my brother and I, inspired by the musical Cats, requested elaborate cat costumes which my mom somehow managed to replicate. Having neither the time nor the talent to sew, I was thrilled to discover featured Etsy seller BHB Kid Style, who’s fantastic and inexpensive ($15-$80) kids costumes are giving me a serious case of nostalgia. And don’t worry, they’ve got a few big-kid options, too.


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    June 17, 2013
    I Love to Hate You

    I don’t know about you, but I have a love-hate relationship with Anthropologie. On the one hand, I hoard their beautifully styled catalogs. On the other, I am constantly shocked by their prices. If you feel the same way, you’ll appreciate this collection of 38 Anthropologie DIYs from Buzzfeed. They’re not all easy, but they certainly are cheaper than the real thing.


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    May 16, 2013
    DIY Braided Basket

    The Corner Blog has a straightforward-looking DIY for this beautiful braided fabric basket. She made her out of old T-shirt, but you could use any scrap cotton you have laying around. The only part that looks a bit daunting is the whole stitching the braided fabric into a basket part.

    But, I think I’ve got the braiding part down. Probably.

     

     


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    March 29, 2013
    By the Numbers

    The only drawback to this giant number (or letter) pinata DIY is having to wait for an excuse to make them. All you need is cardboard, an exacto, pen, a ruler, tape, crepe paper and glue. Find detailed instructions over at Oh Happy Day.


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    March 26, 2013
    Gorgeous Natural Dyes

    Made with natural ingredients like marigold leaves, cranberries, tumeric, beets, blueberries and coffee, these dyes will lend your Easter eggs some serious vintage appeal. Instructions at Design Sponge.

     


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    March 14, 2013
    Have Them In Stitches

    This is a fun way to display personal photos. Simply use photo transfer paper to put your photo on muslin, then enhance with simple embroidery. You can find some great tutorials at Sublime Stitching.


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    November 30, 2012
    Gift Wrap Inspiration

    Looking for gift wrap options beyond the store-bought paper and over-priced ribbon? How about fabric? It’s perfect for little ones who might get paper cuts. Plus, the wrapping is reusable as a scarf or for crafting.

    Or tissue paper fringe to dress up plain paper?

    Or yarn and cut-paper instead of ribbons and bows?

    Using fabric strips in place of ribbon is another great money-saver.

    You can even make your own gift bags, if you are so inclined.

     


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    September 28, 2012
    Ceramics from Atelier Stella

    Looking at photos of these cheerful vessels makes me want to take a ceramics class. And then I flash back to freshman year of college and remember I am TERRIBLE at ceramics. Via Gems.

     


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    September 20, 2012
    A Touch of Whimsy

    This ceramic Frenchie stamp would make a perfect hostess gift. It also comes in rabbit, bee, owl, telephone and typewriter. $24 each at Anthropologie.


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