For this week’s Best of the Web we have six terrific bloggers. We have some great quilters, scrapbookers, and all around crafters who have wonderful tutorials for us to enjoy. There are tons of great ideas here for us to try, so enough talking… lets get to the blogs!
Bless My Nest is my little piece of heaven. This is where I can create beautiful things and spend very little money decorating my nest! Join me on my thrifting adventures at Club GW, watch me stage my home layer by layer, creating DIY projects simply and affordably! -Claire
My blog is mostly about sewing but I also include crafts I create with my kids and parenting in general. I have a line of sewing patterns and I am always looking to create something fun and useful. The sewing machine is my favorite creative tool! I use the blog to reach out to others who have the same interests as me. -Virginia
My name is Sharon of VroomansQuilts. I have a strong heritage of seamstresses, leatherworkers, and haberdashers. My mother was the first quilter and was one of the founders of our community Quilt Guild and inducted into the Quilter’s Hall of Fame 25 yrs. ago. I have always sewn and avid cross stitcher, but just started quilting 5 yrs. ago when I decided to start fabric framing my cross stitch pieces. I love all aspects of quilting from traditional, modern, to art quilts, but my heart is with scrap quilts. Love whimsy, so my passion of threads, buttons and beads from my great-grandmother sometimes shows up. I occassionaly share a tutorial, a new block design and try to keep my blog followers up to date on anything new around the web as well as any charities that may appeal. -Sharon
At Mommy on a Shoestring, we believe you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have fun. We highlight games, crafts, recipes and activities families can make or do together without breaking the bank. Our goal is to make family time easy, fun and affordable. So if you want to learn how to make a battery cake, or a jump rope out of dried out markers we’re the place for you! -Beth
Signed With an Owl is a place where I like to share my crafting projects, some of which include crochet, embroidery, paper crafts, a little woodworking, and who knows what next?! My most popular posts right now are my crochet pattern tutorials. I hope to inspire and help others as a way of giving back for all the inspiration I’ve gotten from creative minds around the world, but most importantly I want to have fun along the way! -Kate
The more we craft, the more supplies we seem to need. After a while, we end up having more stuff than we know what to do with! Being organized is important, which is why we recommend a wire cube organizer for storing all of your crafting supplies. You can stack them and add as many as you like until you have enough room for all your supplies. No one wants to spend hours looking for the right fabric or paper in a mound of supplies. This is why wire cube organizers can really be a life saver!
Decorating a home for Christmas or any other special event can be really exciting. Holidays provide you a lot of time to think of some creative home decoration ideas. Holidays adds zeal to your efforts because once you are done with the decoration, you can gear up to get compliments from your family and friends. Here are some ideas on how to decorate a home for holidays.
Decorate your home’s entrance
Your home’s entrance leaves the first impression on people’s minds. Therefore, you must choose some good lighting fixtures and other decorative items for the entrance. You can pick some lighted Christmas stars from Frontgate. You can hang them above a front porch or on a window. You can also check out some small mercury Christmas balls from Balsam Hill. These lustrous balls come with bronze finish. You can hand them on your Christmas tree or on your entrance.
Pick some elegant garlands and wreaths
You can pick some unique garlands and wreaths to decorate your home’s interior walls. You can pick the Gold 23 feet star tinsel garland from Generic. This garland can be used as a decorative wreath. You can hang it on your door. You can also use it for the interior decoration and crafting.
Decorate your walls with decorative wall art pieces
Use some unique tiles, wall art items or Christmas decorations to beautify your walls. You can pick some iron snowflakes from Plow & Hearth. These distressed snowflakes come with an intricate design. They are nicely detailed to bring an elegant look to your home. Perfect for a living room, these snowflakes are made from 100 % iron. You can use them in your home’s exterior as well. They also make great gifts.
All these ideas can help you decorate your home without spending too much. So, check out some of the mentioned decorative items and pick the most suitable ones for your home.
The best home décor is homemade décor! It gives your home a more personal feel and you can create items the exact way that you want them. Today I’m going to teach you how to make your own lace lamp shade. A lace lamp shade is perfect for shabby chic styled rooms. It’s really simple to make and will look beautiful in your bedroom or living room.
Here’s what you need:
– Purple lamp shade
– Large piece of lace
– White or gray spray paint
Here’s what you do:
- Take your purple lamp shade and set it down on some cardboard outside or in the garage.
- Your piece of lace should be large enough to wrap around and cover the whole surface area of the lamp shade. If possible, make the ends of the lace meet up evenly to complete the pattern. If it’s not possible, don’t worry, this can be the back of your lamp shade. Use scotch tape to secure the lace. You don’t want the lace to move at all when you start spray painting.
- Not I like gray with purple the best, but if you can’t find gray spray paint, white would also make an elegant lamp shade. Take your desired color and thoroughly spray paint all the way around your lamp shade.
- When you are sure that you’ve covered all the open surface area around the lamp shade, remove the lace.
- Let it dry.
- Then place your brand new lamp shade on its stand and display it in your home!
- You can dry this idea with patterns other than lace. Another great idea is to use some animal print stencils on a lamp shade and create your very own zebra lamp shade. All you need is a white lamp shade, a zebra print stencil and black spray paint to create a zebra lamp shade.
Retro-style pastel-tipped sunglasses go well with just about anything. You can wear them with shorts, jeans, party tops, and other casual pieces. They give you a cool yet feminine look. You don’t have to buy pricey designer pastel-tipped sunglasses. Here are some items you can use to make your own chic DIY version at home!
What you’ll need:
- Plain black cat-eye sunglasses
- Black Sharpie
- Pastel nail polish
- Clear base coat
- Top coat
- Superglue and decorative studs (or substitute with glitter nail polish)
Follow the steps below to make your own pastel-tipped cat-eye sunglasses:
- Take a pair of plain black cats eye glasses and use a black Sharpie to mark off the areas where the pastel tips will be. You’ll want to mark off a small section at both of the top outer corners of your sunglasses. These marks may be slightly visible but won’t be prominent once you are done decorating your sunglasses.
- Now take a bottle of clear base coat and apply it onto the marked-off area, followed by two coats of nail polish in a pastel color of your choice. Allow time to dry between each coat.
- Once the nail polish is dry, use superglue to apply decorative studs onto the pastel tips in a symmetrical arrangement. You can also use glitter nail polish instead of decorative studs.
- Let the superglue or glitter nail polish dry. To speed up the process, leave your glasses under a fan for a few minutes.
- Apply two layers of top coat on the decorated area. Once the top coat is dry, your DIY pastel-tipped sunglasses will be ready to wear!
You can purchase a sturdy case to keep your sunglasses safe while you are traveling. You can also keep your sunglasses in decorative wire baskets when you aren’t wearing them. Williams-Sonoma, Target and Blomus offer different types of wire baskets.
If you ever owned a fish before and have an empty glass fish bowl lying around at home and you do not want to replace your fish then you can use it to let your creative juices flow through a craft project. An empty glass fish bowl is like an empty canvas. You can use it to make many unique decorative pieces in a few easy steps. It is also a great project to do with your little ones. Here are a few ideas that you can use to create decorative pieces from an empty glass fish bowl.
You can create a sand art by using different colored sand. Colored sand can either be bought new, or made at home or bought from any thrift store. You can also use sequin or glitter for a couple of layers to give it a sparkly look. You can also add small pebbles, beads as a layer to give the sand art a distinctive look. This makes a wonderful decorative piece in your kid’s room.
Another idea to decorate your fish bowl is to use it as center piece. All you need to do is add colorful pebbles, sea glass, shells and sand to the bottom of the bowl. Then fill the bowl with water. You can use different flowers after clipping their stem and make them float in the water. Another option is to place floating candles in it. Light the candles in the bowl and place it as a fantastic centerpiece.
If you have a creative streak in you then you can convert your fish bowl into a terrarium. You can grow small plants in a controlled environment and decorate it further with small plastic animals or pebbles. You can place it on the corner etagere shelves and notice how it becomes a conversation starter.