Handmade chocolate bowls

November 27, 2009 - Filed under How-to


Add a little style to your favorite desserts with these rustic looking handmade chocolate bowls. I love this post from Cathy, as she documents her trials and errors and lets us learn from her mistakes. Cathy’s done all the hard work by figuring out what not to do and in the end figured out a pretty easy way to make these beautiful bowls.

Check out her how-to (and how-no-to) here.


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Make your own gift bows

November 24, 2009 - Filed under Eco-friendly, How-to, Paper goods


With the holiday season fast approaching here’s a great little tutorial on how to create a bow from a magazine page. Cut strips of paper, twist them into loops and stack them together… Jessica show’s you just how easy it is.

Now you can make recycled bows for all your gifts.

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Soft Cover Wrap-around Notebooks

November 19, 2009 - Filed under Eco-friendly, How-to

Soft Cover Notebook Tutorial

Got a bunch of scrap paper laying around that you’re not sure what to do with? Why not make your own moleskin inspired notebook. Here’s a great tutorial you can follow to make something personal and recycled!

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Personalized Dog Leash

November 18, 2009 - Filed under How-to, Sewing

Personalized Dog Leash

Meet Harper. Harper is an adorably cute labradoodle with a fantastic personalized leash. This is a great project for you beginners out there, that takes less than an hour to make. Follow the easy steps on the Purl Bee and make your own personalized leash.

Instructions here

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DIY Halloween Garland Freebie!

October 27, 2009 - Filed under Free Stuff, Halloween, How-to, Paper goods

Looking for some last minute Halloween decorations? Here’s a quick project I designed that you can download for free!

Print the pdf onto card stock, cut out the circles and thread them along a piece of ribbon or string. Feel free to use the pieces any way you like. Spell out “Happy Halloween” across your mantel, or sting individual circles from your ceiling. You could even shrink them down, attach them to toothpicks and use them as cupcake toppers! The sky’s the limit, so get creative.


Download the Garland

The pdf contains 5 spooky illustrations, all the letters to spell “Happy Halloween”, and a few assorted patterns to break things up.

(p.s. feel free to send me photos of your finished garland!)

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Pumpkin Week – Day 5: Paper Pumpkins

October 23, 2009 - Filed under Halloween, How-to

If yesterday’s handmade pumpkin ideas are a little too much work… don’t worry cause here are some super easy paper pumpkins. They’re kid friendly too!


1. The hostess with the mostess has instructions for this mod take on a paper pumpkin.

2. Laurie Flannery’s craft club spent an evening making these pumpkins.

3. This 3D pumpkin is made from strips of paper fastened together.

4. Turn ordinary paper lanterns it to pumpkins lanterns.

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Pumpkin Week – Day 4: Handmade Pumpkins

October 22, 2009 - Filed under Halloween, How-to, Inspiration

It’s always a little sad when that Jack-O-lantern you put so much work into starts to shrivel up on you. Here are some great ideas for handmade pumpkins you can keep forever.

handmade pumpkins

1. Decadent Fibers’ needle felting kit, includes two needles, illustrated instructions, and custom-dyed wool.

2. Martha shows you how to make these decorative pumpkins from rope, and foam balls.

3. Etsy is a great place to shop for handmade holiday decorations, like this cute little pumpkin.

4. David Frykman has several Halloween inspired woodcarvings including this set of three pumpkins.

5. More pumpkins made with hand dyed wool over at Turkey Feathers.

6. Show off your basic wood working skills with these easy wooden pumpkins.

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Pumpkin Week – Day 3: Carve-less Pumpkins

October 21, 2009 - Filed under Halloween, How-to, Inspiration

Not a fan of the messy pumpkin innards? Don’t have time to get your hands dirty? Or just plain don’t like to carve? Why not try one of these easy ‘carve-less’ pumpkin ideas.


1. Try painting your pumpkin white then use a stencil and some black acrylic paint. More examples.

2. Lace inspired. With spray adhesive, place a doily on your pumpkin and use a small stencil brush to fill in the pattern.

3. For a cheap but expensive look, use gold and silver leaf.

4. How about glitter pumpkins to bring a little sparkle to your party.

5. Use ordinary black upholstery tacks to create a pattern on your pumpkin.

6. Ok, so this one does involve a little bit of carving…. Drill holes or use a nail to punch holes in your pumpkin, then place flowers through the holes.

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Pumpkin Week – Day 2: Pretty Pumpkins

October 20, 2009 - Filed under Halloween, How-to, Inspiration, Thanksgiving

Not all pumpkins have to be spooky, or even orange for that matter. Check out some of these gorgeous pumpkins for a less traditional look. These would also be great for Thanksgiving decorations as well.


1. Use an electric drill in varying sizes to get a quick and sophisticated look. You can also use a hammer and small cookie cutters to create a similar look.

2. Get inspired by patterns around you. Use lino cutters to carve out an intricate pattern.

3. This autumn centerpiece uses a flea market chandelier turned upside-down. (You could also spray the chandelier black for a spookier display at your Halloween party)

4. Use woodcarving tools or small pieces of pipe to create a lace-like pattern.

5. This thorny pattern is inspired by antique chinaware.

6. Light your front steps or your living room, with a lantern inspired pumpkin.

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Pumpkin Week – Day 1: Jack-O-lanterns & Creepy Carvings

October 19, 2009 - Filed under Halloween, Holidays, How-to

Flickr is your friend when it comes to getting inspiration for your Jack-O-lantern. There are so many great pumpkins on there it can almost be overwhelming when deciding on a design.

Creepy Jack-o-Lantern

Once you’ve decided on your design you can either free-hand it on to your pumpkin, or draw it out on a piece of paper first, then transfer it to your pumpkin by placing a piece of carbon paper between your design and your pumpkin, and then tracing over it (I’ve also done this without the carbon paper… just push a bit harder with your pencil and you’ll leave a slight indent in the pumpkin’s surface).

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