Baker’s Twine at Home?

May 8, 2012 in Fiber Crafts

DIY Baker's Twine

I stopped dead in my tracks when I spotted this tutorial on how to make your own baker’s twine with supplies you most likely have on hand at home! I had to share!

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DIY Junk Mail Notebook

May 8, 2012 in Paper Crafts

Originally posted at Crafting a Green World

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Oh, junk mail! Why do you invade my life? Even after signing up with Catalog Choice, I still get bills and credit card offers each week, and if you’re saving all that paper for possible future craft projects, they can add up quickly.

We’re all familiar with the joys of crafting with junk mail, but have you ever peeked inside of those envelopes that house things like bills and bank statements? Inside many of those envelopes are printed patterns. The idea is that the printing on the wrong side of the paper prevents snoops from reading your mail through the envelope, but the side effect is that every day your mailman is basically delivering free, decorative paper to your house!

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Vegan Thumbprint Cookies: Orange Marmalade + Lavender Love

April 17, 2012 in Food Crafts

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There’s something about thumbprint cookies that just feels so nostalgic to me. My Nani used to make them, and as a kiddo I loved eating all of the cookie around the edges first, and then eating that bit of jam at the end. Yum!

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Simple Syrup Recipe: Lavender Simple Syrup

April 9, 2012 in Food Crafts

Originally published at Glue and Glitter

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We had a baby shower for one of my favorite couples last weekend, and I whipped up this lavender simple syrup for one of the mocktail recipes that we served there.

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How-to: Make a Repurposed Table Runner

March 22, 2012 in Fiber Crafts

Originally posted at Crafting a Green World

table runner

Have you ever started a project, and it just gets gigantic by the end? A few weeks ago, we decided to rearrange the furniture in our living room, replacing a giant, 3-piece entertainment center with a smaller situation that wouldn’t look so looming in there. When we took the old one apart, it turned out that each piece on its own was super awesome! The base is now a window seat in my office, the top piece makes a perfect long shoe rack for the hallway, and the middle piece was just right for a kitchen sideboard. So, instead of rearranging the living room, we sort of rearranged the entire house!

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To Do: Green Crafts Showcase at Crafting a Green World

March 16, 2012 in Events

Green Crafts Showcase

Over at Crafting a Green World, we are launching a super awesome monthly showcase where readers can submit their green craft projects!

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Making Programs Talk: from Processing to Arduino

March 6, 2012 in Tech Crafts

Processing and Arduino are two of the most versatile and lowest entry points into programming. If you are unfamiliar with either, let me introduce you.

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How-to: Make Lovebird Wrist Warmers from Sweater Sleeves

March 5, 2012 in Fiber Crafts

Originally published at Crafting a Green World

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Brr! It’s getting chilly out there again. Wrist warmers can add an extra layer of cozy to your winter look, but the store-bought kind often aren’t the most eco-friendly. Chances are, they’re mass-produced in a factory using conventional cotton (with all of the issues that come along with it). You can skip the human rights and environmental issues, though, and make your very own set of wrist warmers out of a thrift store sweater instead! Here’s how.

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Old Frame + Scarf = A Masterpiece

March 1, 2012 in Tutorials

Crossposted from Crafting a Green World

DIY Scarf Wall Art

A long time ago, I found this ugly picture frame at a garage sale for $3.00.

DIY Scarf Wall Art

I used it for another project and spray painted it silver. Since then, though, I’ve changed things around and have had the frame in the back of my closet. Then, my amazing friend Erin went to Amsterdam and brought back a beautiful scarf for me. I can’t make myself wear it — not because I don’t love it, but I’m so afraid of ruining it. After seeing this project from House and Home that upcycles old handkerchiefs into wall art, I thought, “Hey… I could do that with my scarf and old frame!”

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Out of the Office: How one crafter works toward harmony at home

February 29, 2012 in Inspiration

Jeanée Ledoux blogs on finelycrafted.net. She created the projects for Re-Construct: Eco-Friendly Crafts Made Easy and Abode à la Mode: 44 Projects for Hip Home Décor. She co-designed Honeydoux jewelry with her sister for four years. She writes, edits, and crafts in Decatur, Georgia.

Blue Typewriter & Cat - tashca on Etsy

At age 22, I found my ideal job—or so I thought. My assistant editor position at Storey Publishing married my passions for writing and crafts. Then one day on a call with a freelance copyeditor, it hit me: I was on the wrong end of that phone. I dreamily pictured my colleague eating chocolates at home, her slippers perched on a manuscript.

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