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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Turning jars into pot plants

Recycled jars can be transformed into just about anything...including a pot plant! For this project, I used an old pasta sauce jar. After washing and drying, I covered it with paper cuttings from a brochure that arrived in my mailbox, as I quite liked the design and the paper was nice and thick. To secure the paper cuttings in place over the jar's curved surface, I used strips of cellophane tape. This was also to sort of "waterproof" the jar as water can be wiped off a cellophane-taped surface quite easily without wetting the paper cuttings underneath it.

Warning - this only works for certain plants. Not all can survive in water alone. You'll also need to take a cutting from an existing plant as it's not likely to work with a seed. I did initially hope to be able to put earth in the jar, but found out that without drainage, no plant would be able to survive. So I tried water. That worked pretty well... for this little plant anyway :-)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Baby shower scrapbook-cum-album

Here's an idea for a baby shower gift - make a scrapbook and album for the mum-to-be!

To do this, first try to get hold of a large album with fully laminated pages. The kind you can peel upward and re-paste once you've decorated the page. Not that easy to find in these days of digital photos and online albums, I know...they date back to the good old days when people actually printed out their photos and stuck them in albums :-).

Next, plan the project. Ideally, you'd like to give it to the mum-to-be as a gift after the baby shower. So since you'll definitely want photographs, it's best if you take a camera along to the shower so that you can take your own photos (as there may or may not be an official photographer!).

Another quick tip is to get to the venue early so that you can photograph decorations, cakes, party favours, balloons etc, before the arrival of the other guests. Having too many people in a confined space can make it difficult to get the photos that you want. Of course, you'll want a few pictures of the guests as well for the album but photos of the decorations are very important - these will give you the colour scheme from which to choose your embellishments when you decorate the album later on.

So, next step - develop the photos and decide how they should be arranged in the album. Look at the colours that jump out at you. Do you see one main theme, or a combination of colours? Either way, start choosing your embellishments. You have a choice of going out and buying pre-made embellishments from a craft store, or opening what I call a "project box". A project box is basically a shoebox or any box in which you can put scraps of material, papers, pressed flowers, bits of ribbon, coloured cardboard, buttons, or other materials that you've collected to decorate a particular project. Obviously if your project theme is blue, then you'd want to collect blue stuff - you get the idea! :-)

Friday, June 14, 2013

Crafts to make and sell

For those who are interested in turning crafts into more than just a hobby, there are a lot of online resources that can help with this. You can learn more about what sort of crafts sell best, find customers who would want to buy these crafts, as well as how to promote crafts, and they types of crafts that sell, through resources such as this:

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Today I'd like to share a link to a craft websites that I love checking out....

It's a great site to browse for ideas for potential projects, connect with other craftsters and learn more about almost every kind of crafting.