If you live in an area with dandelions, it’s super easy to turn them into a beautiful golden dandelion soap dye. Continue reading
Was just kind of in a cardmaking mood, so here’s another card. This one uses a cookie cutter cut out, and a little piece of cardstock on the inside to make what’s cut out on the top, pop up on the inside.
I was just having some fun with this card. I had some really small pieces of incense leftover that were way too small to be of any use to burn, so I figured, why not use ’em on a hippie-themed card. It also let me use up some leftover flowered cardstock that was too small to use for much of anything, but still too cool to throw out.
Well it’s Queen’s Anne’s Lace season (a.k.a wild carrot), so I’ve been dying some as usual. There really is something that’s almost magical about watching those pristine white flowers slowly take on the vibrant colors of the food coloring they’re immersed in. It’s a great country pastime, and it’s so easy anyone can do it. The shorter the stem, the quicker it takes up the dye. And once the flowers are dyed, they can be dried for brightly colored craft projects!
Well, I’m betting I’m the first one to try this! A mockingjay pin made out of wheat. I just finished reading the first and second Hunger Games books, so I decided to weave the famous mockingjay pin out of wheat. (Hey, we all need to geek out once in a while, right). So I used a simple plait for the circle and used a straw marquetry technique for the bird, and then just joined the two with glue to make the pin. Straw marquetry refers to the practice of ironing wet straw flat and then gluing them onto a surface (in this case cardstock shaped like a mockingjay). It actually came out great on the first attempt, so I thought I’d post it for any fellow Hunger Games fans who wanted to try it. Hope you all have as much fun with it as I did!
One of my favorite parts about summer is of course sweet corn (who doesn’t love that?) and the leftover husks (ok, a little less commonly sought after than the sweet corn, but still loads of fun). Most of our leftover husks go to the cows, as husks are like a cow’s version of desert, but I always save a out a few to make cornhusk dolls. They’re cute little folkart things that are fun to make, and the best part is, if anything gets messed up during the creation, there are plenty more husks where those came from.
Cornhusk dolls have their origins in Native American culture. The dolls were made as toys for children as well for more serious ceremonies. In later years, the pioneers also borrowed the tradition from the Native Americans and made dolls for their children out of cornhusks.
Traditionally cornhusk dolls have no faces. This is due to Continue reading
Normally I’m a patient person, but when it comes to redecorating my room, I turn into a rather lazy seamstress. When it’s my own room, I pretty much want it “done yesterday” so I end up taking a lot of shortcuts. Some of those shortcuts crash and burn, but others end up fine. This set of curtains is one of the latter. I needed some curtains for my window, and lately I’ve really felt the need to add some orange to my room. So I got myself a piece of material that wouldn’t fray, a little glue and a pair of scissors and set about making a set of curtains that only took a few minutes. Since there’s no sewing, these curtains are easy enough that anyone can make them. (Sorry, the sound isn’t great in this. I was shooting this video at midnight so I couldn’t talk very loudly, as everyone was sleeping.)
The lavender is in full bloom, so it’s time to make some lavender bottles! I always make a few to hang off my bed’s headboard because the relaxing aroma of lavender is good for insomnia. It also helps with headaches. Lavender bottles are a pretty way to keep that lovely fragrence in the house all year long. And if they’re kept in a clothing drawer, they give all the clothes a nice, lavendery scent.
Here is part 2 of the tutorial.
Hemp is one of the strongest most eco-friendly fabrics on the planet. The hemp used in this project came from www.hemptraders.com (Sorry, the sound in this one is rather poor after the intro)
Melt-and-Pour Soap is a fun and safe alternative to traditional lye for making handmade soaps. This video demonstrates how to use two colors to make a two layer bar of soap, with a clear glycerin layer on top.
A piece of plastic and a little spray adhesive keep the pressed leaves in place on this bookmark. If you’ve never pressed leaves and want information on how to do so, follow this link: Pressing Leaves and Flowers
A love knot is one of the easiest designs to weave and is a good one to start with if you’ve never woven with wheat before.
In order to weave with wheat, there are a few basics things that will be required for any weaving you choose to do. This tutorial shows those basics.
Cutting an image from the white reveals the red beneath, creating a mirror-image Valentine card.
Scissors make quick work of turning a plain piece of fleece into a soft and warm winter scarf.
Real feathers can be used to make beautiful and unique jewelry.
Old soup cans take on new life when used as holiday candle holders.
Well, after writing a bunch of how-to craft articles, someone suggested I try crafting how-to videos, so starting I’m starting a little how-to video series called Elf-esteem. The name comes from the fact that creating things often raises self-esteem, and as my nickname is “The Elf,” Elf-esteem seemed an appropriate name. I’ll be posting a new video hopefully each week on my youtube channel. First ones launches on the 9th of the December.
And while I was in updating mode, I finally got myself a page on Facebook. So by all means, “Like” my page and Raise Your Elf-esteem.
The butterfly on this card has wings outlined in gold paper, and little foam stickers give it a 3D effect.
This card is quick and easy if you want to give something with the handmade look without spending a lot of handmade time.
Basic stamping techniques and a little varnish can turn a plain wooden box into a cute keepsake.