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I'm a last minute decorator. Every year I see the note and huge reminder on my calendar to decorate for Halloween starting October first. And every year October flies by and I'm scrambling to decorate the weekend before Halloween if not the day of. And every year I swear I will decorate next year on October first so that I can enjoy my fun decorations for the entire month; not a week. This year wasn't any different than any other year and I'm back to square one with promising myself to be more on the ball next year. Something tell's me the cycle will not change, but I can always hope right?
So here's a fun, less-than-an-hour project for you to do on Halloween weekend!
– Cardboard (cereal boxes with thinner walls works perfect)
– Black Paint or even Chalkboard Paint
– Jute Twine (any length of: rope, ribbon, twine, etc. you feel like using)
– Chalk or White Paint
– Box-Cutter or Xacto Blade
– Heavy Duty Paper Cutter (optional, will make it easier)
– Corner Cutter (scrapbooking punch-out / optional)
Did you know that blue has proven to be one of the most calming colors for use in the home? Its presence causes humans to experience tranquil emotions. Studies also show that people are more productive in blue rooms, and that blue is a good color to wear on a job interview because it symbolizes loyalty.
There's a lot more to blue than meets the eye, and if you've ever found yourself attracted to it but you don't know the reason why, perhaps now you have a bit of insight. We'll focus on the calming color in our Etsy treasure hunt this week, bringing you all manner of fun finds that ought to chill you out and make you feel pleasant and mellow. And perhaps serve as useful as well, which would be a lovely bonus!
A journal is always one of those things that gets my creative juices flowing. I find I am always attracted to a pretty binding, rough edged pages, and a touch of vintage charm when it comes to a book I want to write in. A journal like this from Etsy user Conduit Press fits all those descriptives, taking a page from an old Rand McNally map of England and Wales for its cover. Binding is hand-stitched and the pages are hand-torn. A lot of care and love went into this, and I'm sure it would be a joy to use! You can also find books with secret cut outs on the inside at the shop -- any literature lover would simply love to have one of these private hiding places on his or her shelf!
Last week, we gave you some ideas about how to spice up even the simplest of outfits with our favorite picks from Etsy's handbag sellers. Of course, any woman knows that a handbag is not her only choice when it comes to accenting an outfit -- there's also shoes, hairpieces, and of course, one of our very favorites, jewelry. Do you like precious stones? Handcrafted metals? Whimsical designs? We've got you covered. Follow me this way for some choice picks from the talented crafters of Etsy's ranks.
Many women will agree that Swarovski crystals & beads can produce a stunning variety of wearable collectibles. Etsy seller Candybead uses them to great advantage, capturing all the brilliance of the rainbow in pieces both bold and delicate. All items are made by hand come in an organza drawstring pouch, so they would make ideal gifts. We liked the soft cream rose pearl bracelet above, but the orange bracelet that kicks off the post is also from the same crafter, showing off a wide range of style and color options. She also indicates that she loves custom orders on her profile page, so don't be shy -- ask for any combo you want!
On the whole, Etsy is a kind of gloriously overwhelming experience. Every time I go look at it to get this column started, I find myself wanting to buy a dozen things before I even surf past the first page. It really is a website you need a guide to. This week, we thought we'd bring you the best of homemade handbags from Etsy's selection, proving that you don't have to spend a fortune to look infinitely chic on a day around the town.
A simple structure with a bright pop of color always works. Etsy seller BadKitty Hawaii makes these from high quality Japanese cotton fabric, lines them by hand, and adds a magnetic snap closure so your stuff doesn't leak out onto the floor. Even better, the bags come in a variety of colors and styles, so if yellow and blue isn't your thing, you can likely find something that is. Oh, and there are wristlets and clutches too, and the shop accepts custom orders.
This week on Etsy, we found many of our top picks just happened to feature shades of green. Maybe artists are looking forward to fall? While there's always something to be found in every color on Etsy from jewelry to clothing to art, it seemed like artists were in the mood to evoke the spirit of cooler temperatures on the eclectic site this past few days. And who are we to complain?
The easiest way to get your friends to keep coming over for dinner (well, other than cooking them spectacular food, that is) is to make your dinner table memorable. A quick splash of color in the form of dinnerware will do just that! This gorgeous green ceramic set from Etsy artist chutneyblakedesigns is hand-painted and kiln-fired and also comes in a variety of other colors (I love the dramatic look of the black set). Her shop has more in the same style, as well as picture frames, coaster sets, serving bowls and more.
For this week's edition of What's Crafty on Etsy, I thought it would be fun to explore further into the depths of fashion and see what people are creating that's fun to wear. Whether for you, your husband, your mom or even your dog, there are tons of crafters that are focused on helping you to look snazzy. Maybe to start, you'd like to add some small details that will make people turn their heads?
You know a new pair of earrings can go a long way. For some women, they prefer large, dangly things, but some of you I'm sure prefer to accent with small details. For you, something like these burgandy pear studs might be just the thing. With a bit of a vintage look, you could easily pair these with a colorful dress, a tank top or even a t-shirt and jeans and still get people wondering where you got them. Seller Fiesty Kitty has tons more where this came from too, and all of it echoes of a time long gone -- think teardrop earrings, cameos, and lots of color. Hey, we like color around here, you know.
If you love crafting, you likely have a bookmark for Etsy somewhere on your laptop, but if not, we must encourage that you make one, because the website is a fountain of creativity and always makes us feel inspired! That being said, if the whole Etsy experience is just too overwhelming or time consuming for you (too much stuff! takes too long to sort through! aah!), then perhaps we can assist you with our weekly Etsy roundup. Check out some of our favorite crafty picks below!
These Japanese Owl Baby Booties easily are the cutest things I've seen in ages -- can you imagine the attention you'd get carrying your little one into Starbucks wearing something this snazzy? The kimono style is made with imported Japanese fabric, which would likely make for a great gift even if you don't have a cute set of plump feet in the house. Blowingkissesdesigns has much more where this came from too, and the same bootie style comes in many different vivid patterns and colors. Her antique rings are also a steal and inspired by blooming chrysanthemums.
The soft transitions, textures and cascades in Hildur Asgeirsdóttir Jónsson's color use add a certain life to otherwise static landscapes. A selection of her paintings can be viewed below. Her other works includes drawings and embroideries. Hildur was introduced to us by Abigail Doan's blog.
Tradiontal crafts have come a long way to make themselves a home in the contemporary art world. And while things like baskets may have held a tightly woven association to the weave, many artists are reinventing these techniques and creating intricately woven sculptures that wouldn't quite fit into the category of traditional woven crafts or, say, The Longaberger Company building. Here is a look at one artist weaving his own path, a recent exhibition, some items found on Etsy, and a few recent patterns from the library, all that embrace the intricacies and textures of the weave.
"Basket has many attractive aspects. Form, Material, Pattern, Function, Images,,,. What charmed me most was structure itself. When I concentrated the way of weaving, my baskets lost the practical side."
Have you ever starred longingly at your (insert favorite snack food) and thought to yourself "man, I wish this was like 5 million times bigger." Yeah, I know you have. Well, lucky for us there's a place where all those giant snack dreams can be realized, and they even give you the recipe to do it. Pimp That Snack is a site where users post their attempts to create classic snack foods of hilarious proportions.
If your still hungry for some inspiration check out these confectionary inspired groups: foodiefiles, Yummy Colours, Colour My Food, Confectioners Paradise, Candy Shop, CANDY MACHINE, Candylovers. And these other colorful food posts: How to Make a Rainbow Cake & Confectionery Colors Creating Art With Food
Giant Gummie Bears
Soon enough (about 10 minutes on low) the gummis were all melted, and the magma turned clear. It's all shiny and uniform in color, but still vaguely menacing, and I was expecting it to leap out of the pan and attach itself to my face. My spatula was well and truly stuck to the stovetop at this time, thanks to the crazy-glue consistency of the magma. A word of warning: as anyone who's worked with molten sugar knows, getting this stuff on bare skin is horrifically uncomfortable to say the least. It's really, really hot, and it clings to your skin, so tread carefully when pouring.