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We also like to help you prepare unique decoration for special events such as birthday, Halloween, wedding or other family celebrations. Anything made of fabric, wood, plastic, glass, metal can be turned into something amazing.

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We are looking forward to your suggestions, comments and new craft ideas!

How to pack for a boat day trip

There is nothing like spending a fun filled day out on a boat with family or friends. Packing for a boat day trip is as exciting as having a good time with your loved ones on a boat. It starts with making a list of all the items you need for the trip. Here are some things you must write in your list and take along to your boat day trip.

  • Shoes

You must carry a well cushioned pair of shoes to your boat trip. Sperry top-sider angelfish shoes are ideal for women. These shoes are stylish and feminine. They feature padded tongues and rubber out-soles for durable comfort. Made from stain and water resistant leather, they have rust proof eyelets for a secure fit. You can also pick a pair of black sparkle sperrys for your wife or girlfriend. These shoes are great for formal events, dates, night outs and parties. They help you have a luxurious and romantic dinner date on your boat. The Hikerfish Sperry topsider is one of the best men’s shoes for a boat day trip. Made from premium mixed materials and leather, these shoes have padded tongues. Their shaft height is 7 inches. Once you have picked shoes for the men and women of your family, it is time to buy nice pairs of shoes for the little ones. You can check out various Sperry shoes online for your baby boy and baby girl.

  • Insect repellent

You must carry an insect repellent and a hand sanitizer with you. Bugs can be a big challenge if you are fishing or exploring a small island. You must use a hand sanitizer before having your meal or snacks. Don’t forget to buy some good moisturizing lotions, antiseptics and sun screen lotions for your trip.

  • Clothing items

Don’t forget to carry swimsuits, hats and sunglasses to your boat day trip. Your swimsuit will help you lay out and bathe in the sun on a beach. Every member of your family should have these clothing items. Try and cover yourself with clothes as much as you can if there are mosquitoes around.

How to make a recycled quilt

Many people think of spring cleaning as a time to rid your home of excess clutter that’s made its way throughout the years. If you’ve got extra sheets or bedding laying around, you can transform your favorite vintage sheets into a cozy quilt. Recycling your blankets is an easy project that doesn’t require and special equipment or prior quilting experience. If you’ve never made a quilt before, this project is a great introductory to quilting and you can use your finished product to revamp the look of your home interior or room.

What you’ll need:

  • Two sheets
  • One blanket
  • Scissors
  • Large safety pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread and 1 hand-sewing needle
  • Yarn

What to do:

*Before you get started with this project, make sure you have enough floor space around you to lay each sheet out proportionately.

  1. Lay the two sheets out, right sides together. Your blanket (which should be fairly thin) should be hidden in between both sheets so be sure to check for any signs of dirt or rip on your sheets.
  2. Once you’ve placed your blanket atop the sheets, you’ll want to place safety pins on the blanket, pinning all three layers together. Be sure to pin at roughly 3-inch intervals in order to achieve the complete quilted look. Once all three layers are pinned together, you are free to move your piece around to cut and sew.
  3. If you’ve got extra or uneven material around the edges, trim the sheets and blanket to the same size.
  4. Machine-sew the layers together around the sides. These can be hand-sewn but if you’re more machine savvy, you’ll save extra time with this step.
  5. Trim the blanket close to the seam (this will take more bulk out from the seam and allow you to turn the quilt right side out more smoothly).
  6. Turn the quilt right side out. You can easily hand-sew the raw edges closed after and remove all the safety pins.
  7. To finish off your project, you will need to bind all three layers of fabric together. With your piece of yarn, take your large-eyed needle and take a small stitch through all layers of the quilt. Make sure you pass all the way to the bottom sheet.
  8. Once you’re done with each stitch, trim the yarn so you have two lengths of about 2 inches sticking up from the quilt. Tie the ends in a tight double knot and trim to about half an inch.

Keep in mind that you can place your ties in any configuration or pattern you like. The main idea is to spread them in a way to where your blanket doesn’t shift around within the sheets. You can measure the distances between each tie, but I find that lining them up visually works easier and looks just as great! You can design a baby boy blanket personalized out of old sheets or even from purple paisley crib bedding. There are so many options you can create from this project. Happy quilting, everyone!

The perfect holiday cookies

We know what you’re all waiting for when it comes to the holidays. No, it’s not presents; it’s all the tasty food! So we have a really quick recipe when it comes to baking the perfect Christmas or holiday cookies of your choosing for giving out as presents or as a great treat around the house. Here’s what you’ll need to bake the best cookies in town.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 ½ cups of butter, softened
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Cookie cutters

What to do:

  • In a large bowl cream together your softened butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract. Then, stir in the flour, baking soda and salt. Cover with something like cellophane wrap and chill in the fridge for at least one hour (or overnight).
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (or 200 degrees Celsius). Roll out your dough on a floured surface to ¼ or ½ an inch thick. Cut into shapes with your favorite holiday cookie cutters. With any left over dough, continue to roll everything out and cut out cookies until there is no dough left. Place cookies 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 6 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven. Let them cool completely upon finishing.

Something extra

If you want to decorate your cookies then we have a very simple recipe for some icing. This is a great holiday activity for your kids and all families. This is what you’ll need.

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of milk
  • 2 teaspoons of light corn syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract or almond extract
  • Food coloring (optional)

What to do

  • Stir the powdered sugar and milk and smooth and creamy
  • Beat in corn syrup and extract of your choice until the mixture is smooth and glossy
  • If mixture is too thick, add in more corn syrup
  • To get different colors, separate the frosting into different bowls and add food coloring until you acquire the desired effect

Mmm… Delicious! That about does it for our holiday cookie recipe. What are your favorite foods to eat during the holidays? Let us know in the comments below and good luck.

How to gift tea


For those of you who have friends who love tea, you know how excited they get when they receive tea as a gift. If you want to add a personal touch when gifting tea (because grocery store packaging is not special at all!), then here are some neat ideas to try out:

Tea chest

If your friend or relative is an avid tea drinker and loves a variety of tea, you can buy different flavored tea bags and place them in a wood tea chest silver that would not only keep the receiver’s tea organized, but also be a staple accessory which they can use for years to come!

Tea card holder set

Does the person you are giving tea to, also love to host brunches or tea parties? You can get really clever and take a flower card holder set and secure different flavored tea bags into the holder instead of seating name cards. This way, they can enjoy the tea, and keep the card holders to use for future dining occasions.

Thermos and tea duo

Want to give tea to someone who has not really tried much tea before? Perhaps you are on a budget and you want to make a useful gift for your friends this holiday season. Buying decorative or seasonal thermoses and travel mugs, and then stuffing them with popular tea flavors can be a cute and simple way to gift tea on budget.

The great thing about tea is that there are so many flavors and types out there, so you can get creative when deciding on how to gift it!

How to create your own card

 

One of the greatest craft ideas I ever came across was showed to me by one of my best friends. And it’s something so simple, anyone can do it. You can make your very own greeting cards with just a few simple steps and supplies. Not only do they end up looking beautiful, but they’ll be cherished for years to come because they’re so personal.

What you’ll need:

roll-on tape

avery greeting card stock

-several pages of scrapbook paper in whatever style you choose

-cut-out letters

-lace

-jewels, craft flowers, or stickers

What you do:

First, before you’ve purchased all your supplies, choose what type of card you’re making. Is it a birthday card, a Christmas card, a happy anniversary card or even a just because card? Depending on the type of card decides what type of paper you buy. At your local scrapbook store, there are always dozens of types of paper to choose from.

Once you have your card stock, you have a blank template to style to your heart’s content. Buying things that add pizzazz to your card makes a world of difference, like stick-on jewels or some ribbons. This is what you can do for one style of card.

  • Cut your scrapbook paper into half inch strips, long enough to cover the surface of your cardstock
  • Apply your roll-on tape onto the back of the scrapbook paper
  • Gently press each strip onto your cardstock, with no gaps, varying the pattern to create an assorted look
  • Once the paper has been set, applied and is dry, stick or use your roll-on tape to apply letters into your card
  • Use some lace to adorn the top edge of the card
  • Apply your jewels or other accessories near the edge of the lace on opposite sides of the card
  • You’ve completed your card!

Once you’ve finished decorating the outside of your card, make sure to write something well thought out and sincere in your card as well. Not only will your card look beautiful but it will also show how much you care about the person you’re giving it to.

How to make your own makeup organizer

It is time to do some spring cleaning in the house and get all your things organized and stored. The same applies to your makeup kit as some need to be disposed and replaced with new ones so that it is easier in the morning to find everything within your hands reach and get going. Here is a simple technique you can use to make your own makeup organizer to store your makeup and nail polish in an organized fashion for easy access.

What you need:

  • Cookie sheet
  • Gift wrapping paper
  • Magnets
  • Hot glue gun

How to do it:

  1. Measure the bottom of the cookie sheet and cut the craft paper accordingly.
  2. Next, take the hot glue gun and paste it to the edges of the cookie sheet. Place the craft paper delicately and stick it to the cookie sheet.
  3. Now take the hot glue and paste it on the magnets. Spread the glue well and stick it to your make up containers. You can easily place it on glass containers, containing face powder or concealer. In order to place your brushes in an organized manner, you can either use a jar or pouches you might find at home and stick them to the cookie sheet in a similar fashion.
  4. This way you can easily reach and later place your makeup back on the cookie sheet without ever having to dig through your drawer and leaving it in a disorganized manner.

You can also create a simple nail polish storage using a wooden spice rack. You can spray paint it to a fun color you want and Voila! -You have a nail polish organizer and storage unit in a few minutes.

How to make an origami bat this Halloween

Bats account for around a quarter of all mammal species. They are valuable to us, as well as natural ecosystem. Sadly, the winged mammals number have been diminishing due to pollution, habitat loss and other reasons. Therefore, grab a chance to express your love for this warm-blooded symbol of Halloween by making an origami bat. An origami bat makes a great Halloween decoration. You could make a ton of these and hang them up on your ceiling, in the kitchen, patio or the entrance this Halloween.

What you will need:

A sheet of square origami paper (6″ x 6″ / 15 cm x 15 cm) or a decorative printer paper, a flat surface, scissors, punch and paint

Instructions for making an Origami bat:

  1. Start by folding a perfect square sheet of paper to make a triangle. Paper can be black, brown in any shade, gray or any other color that suits your imagination for Halloween.
  2. Fold your square paper twice diagonally
  3. Turn the paper over and fold two times side to side.
  4. Push in at the sides to form a sort of pyramid by using both hands.
  5. Cave it into a double triangle with two flaps on each side.
  6. Bring the top left flap down and under the center. Do the same to the right side.
  7. Now fold the top down a little to form a bat face.
  8. Cut a slit on each side on the bat head at the point you see in the photo.
  9. The pointed ends are the ears and the folded tip is the bat’s face.
  10. Use the punch to make ears and feet. Then use the paint to make the eyes.

And you are ready with your fun creative project!

DIY body tracing and painting

Body tracing excites kids because it is a really creative and unique craft. With this craft you can not only have a fun filled time with your kids but you can also teach them about the human body. Once you have traced your kid’s body, you can encourage him to paint it. Make sure you collect the following items before starting this project.

What you’ll need:

  • Wide and long pieces of paper
  • Water colors
  • Black marker

Once you have collected all these items, you can start tracing your kid’s body. Here are some steps which will help you complete this task.

  • Spread a large piece of paper on the floor and ask your kid to lie down on it. Ensure that the paper is either equal or bigger than your kid’s body. The right type of paper will make this project successful. You can choose a long roll of paper for this project. It will give your kids enough space to make distinct postures. Encourage your kid to lie down in a unique posture. It can be a running, straight or curved body posture.
  • Now take a black marker and mark the outline of your kid’s body. You can also encourage his sibling to do this for you. Once you have done this, you can show this outline to your kids and next time they would insist on making an outline of your body.
  • Take a water color set having different colors in it. Encourage your kids to pick some nice colors and make eyes, nose, lips, pants, tees and shoes of the traced body. You can also teach them to draw heart and other vital organs of the body. This will gradually help them learn how human body works. Colors can play a significant role in this project. You can pick some affordable pan watercolor sets from Prang. These sets come with semi-moist transparent watercolor paints which don’t contain wax. They comprise of 8 assorted colors including Black, Blue, Brown, Green, Orange, Red, Violet and Yellow. You can also check out pan watercolor sets offered by LUKAS and Crayola.

Body tracing and painting is an educating activity for kids and a thrilling one for adults. You can do this activity on weekends or in summer holidays to make spare time useful. So, pick some nice water colors, a thick paper and start drawing interesting body postures with your kids!

Fun ways to upgrade your cabinets

If you’re wondering how you can spruce up your cabinets in a few simple easy steps, then look no further. All you really need are a few supplies and you can not only make your cabinets look nicer, but upgrade the appearance and functionality of it as well. Read on for what you can do to improve your home.

Very recently my dad requested that I spruce up some of the cabinets inside his kitchen. And a very easy way to do that is to lay down some vinyl on the bottom of the cabinets. The huge benefit of doing this to your cabinet is it’s significantly easier to clean and it’ll completely give your cabinets a make-over. Just follow these easy steps and you’ll be off and running in no time.

Things you’ll need

  • Scissors or cutting razor
  • Adhesive vinyl roll
  • Measuring tape
  • Pen/permanent marker
  • Cardboard/paper bag

What to do:

  • First you’ll need a template to work off of. Empty out all the cabinets you’d like to apply the vinyl roll on and take a piece of cardboard or paper bag and trace along the edges of the cabinet on your template. This will not only let you know how big the area is, but give you a space to work with before you start cutting the vinyl.
  • Once you have your template, roll out the vinyl roll and lay against your template. Trace the outside of the roll using a pen or permanent marker on the vinyl. You can use measuring tape to make sure that your lines are straight. Once you have your traced vinyl roll, you can now cut it out.
  • Use your scissors or razor blade to cut out the piece of the vinyl. After your vinyl has been cut, simply lay it down in your cabinets, or adhere it to the bottom surface and voila! You have your own cabinet liner.

Another easy trick to updating your cabinets is to get some gray floor tile use the same trick and place those down on the inside of your cabinets too. There are a dozen different ways that you can change the appearance of not only your cabinets but your entire kitchen. What are some fun ways that you upgrade your home?

DIY decorative pillow cases

If you love working on fabric projects and want to create custom pieces to accent your home, you can make a decorative sequin pillow. Here are the supplies you will need for this project:

  • Pillow forms
  • Fabric of your choice
  • Beads, sequins, trimming, or embellishments of your choice
  • Beading thread
  • Scissors
  • Head Pins
  • Sewing machine

Once you have everything together, follow these 3 easy steps:

Step 1: Cut fabric

Measure and cut your fabric according to the size of your pillow form. Cut a piece to cover the front of your pillow form, and one for the back. If you want to make a case that can be removed later for washing, remember to cut your back piece into 2 pieces which will allow for an opening. If you do so, also remember to make each of your back pieces 2 inches wider so you can hem down the middle on each side so your pillow won’t have any open threads sticking out.

Step 2: Decorate

While you can use any thread you wish, beading thread is more study for adding beads, sequins, or any other embellishments. You can create your own designs by beading your decorations together and sewing them on the fabric. After they are sewed down, use a your scissors, to cut your thread neatly. In order to achieve a cleaner cut, you may want to use a Gingher scissor thread nipper as it is made to cut beading thread.

Step 3: Prep and sew

Once you are done decorating your pillow, it’s time to sew it together. If you are making a removeable pillow case, place the pieces inside-out over your pillow form, and use your head pins to pin the fabric together on one of the edges. You can then remove your pillow form and sew that side of your pillow case using your sewing machine, removing the pins as you go along and continuing around the rest of the edges, sealing the sides together.

If you are not making a removable cover, place your fabric pieces decorative side up over your pillow form. Pin them together on each side with head pins, and sew them together, removing the pins as you go along. If you want to hide any rogue threads and create neat edges, you can also attach trimming to add a more decorative touch.

You now have a beautiful decorative pillow that you can use to liven up that bare sofa, or boring bedspread! Let us know how you use your decorative pillows in the comments section below.

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