Archive for December, 2009

New Project…Maybe?

Posted on December 31, 2009. Filed under: Candles, DIY, Home Decor, Potpourri | Tags: , , , |

Empty Candle Cups

Got my money’s worth with these candles. They’ve been sitting around for a while now due to “crafters block.”

After browsing the Internet, I found a pretty nice project to embark upon.

I don’t have any baby food jars, but I think my candle cups will do just fine (we’ll see In Shaa Allaah).  I’ll post some pictures upon completion.

Baby Food Jar Air Freshener

Baby Food Jar Air Freshener - Making Friends.com - Idea by Angela of Portland, Oregon

Baby Food Jar Air Freshener - Idea by Angela of Portland, Oregon

You need:

  • Potpourri

  • Clean Baby Food Jar (no top needed)

  • 5″ Paper Doily

  • Rubber Band

  • Lace

  • Ribbon Rose

  • Low Temp Glue Gun

Instructions:

Fill jar with potpourri. Cover with a paper doily or tulle. Secure with rubber band. Tie a ribbon around the jar to hide the rubber band.  Hot glue ribbon rose to ribbon.

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I’ve Got the Blues…

Posted on December 31, 2009. Filed under: Beaded Accessories, Bracelets, Gift Ideas, stick pins | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

My computer has prompted me to make space on my C drive more than once. Soooo, here is the beginning of a myriad of photos from my crafty past.

Handmade Czech Bracelet

Handmade Czech Bracelet

Royal Blue Glove Set

Handmade Czech Bracelet & Stick Pin Set

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From Busted to Beaded

Posted on December 29, 2009. Filed under: Beaded Accessories, DIY, Refurbished Goods, Shoes | Tags: |

Busted Shoe

Back in March I purchased a cute pair of shoes for my daughter. I was overcharged (35 SAR), but who cares – I am a rich American :) – (not). The Velcro came undone at the strap almost instantly the next day. I had two choices;

1. bask in grrr-ism

2. seize the opportunity to pull out my craft bag :)

Instead of simply sewing the Velcro back on the strap, I decided to add large Seed Beads to the equation as “dots” and “checks” go great together.

After finding a suitable needle and thread, I went to work.

Semi-beaded Busted Shoe

All done, however, my daughter refuses to wear these shoes. She fears the strap coming undone again. Oh well, I’ll give them to charity. I’m sure there is a little girl in Jeddah that would love to have them, In Shaa Allaah.

Beaded Shoe

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Edible Chocolate Body Scrub

Posted on December 28, 2009. Filed under: Bath & Body, DIY, Gift Ideas | Tags: , , |

Who would have thought you could not only eat chocolate but you can use it as a body scrub? This amazing craft is yummy and helps out with your skin. It works best at the end of a hot bath.

Chocolate Body Scrub

Chocolate Body Scrub


Materials:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup cocoa nibs
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened
  • cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup jojoba oil
  • 1/2 cup sweet almond oil
  • 2 tablespoons vitamin E oil




Steps:

  1. Use a food processor or blender to grind the oats into a powder.
  2. Add the cocoa nibs, cocoa powder, salt, almond oil, jojoba oil, and vitamin E oil.
  3. Hit pulse a few times to blend.
  4. Store in a glass or plastic jar, and scoop out for use with a spoon or a seashell.
  5. Massage the scrub into skin, then rinse with warm water.

Source: Fave Crafts

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Earth Tones

Posted on December 25, 2009. Filed under: Beaded Accessories, stick pins | Tags: , , , , |

Handmade Stick Pins

Handmade Stick Pins

A side project of mine…Tabaarakallaah.

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7 Creative Rods You Can Make

Posted on December 17, 2009. Filed under: Refurbished Goods | Tags: , , , |

DIY Curtain Rod - BH&G

Pretty in Pink

Better Homes & Gardens

Cut a doorknob set in half, push each knob into a plastic plug of a curtain rod you’ve wrapped with ribbon. You may need to carefully enlarge the plug openings with a drill. – BH&G

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Sassy Find for the Month of Dec.

Posted on December 17, 2009. Filed under: Curtains | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Sassy Tie Back

Sassy Tie Back - 2 for 25 SAR

I was extremely elated when I saw this cheap and sassy accessory in the sooq last week, (Sitteen St. across from Steps Shoe Store).

Several colors and styles are available from Hot Pink hearts to Beige squares – so cute, Maa Shaa Allaah!

Sassy Tip ‘O Mine: An extra-large wooden hair accessory makes a great plan B so long as your curtain isn’t too thick. I was about to DIY this but stumbling upon a bigger and better one suited my fancy. This beats those tie backs that are drilled into your walls any day.

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Murano + Swarovski = Sassy

Posted on December 11, 2009. Filed under: Beaded Accessories, stick pins | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Sassy Murano

Of all the beaded accessories that I’ve recently created, these numbers are my favorite thus far.  I hope to introduce an earring line soon In Shaa Allaah. Keep an eye out!

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Hand-Beaded Curtain Bow

Posted on December 11, 2009. Filed under: Bows, Curtains, Decorating with Beads, DIY, Home Decor | Tags: , , , , , |

Beading Supplies

Beading Supplies

Beading along...

Beading along...

Hand-beaded Bow

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Flowers in a Basket

Posted on December 7, 2009. Filed under: Baskets, Faux Plants & Flowers, Flowers | Tags: , , , , |

Waste Paper Basket full of Faux Flowers

Waste Paper Basket full of Faux Flowers

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Broken Mini Blind Rod: Key Chain Loop to the Rescue!

Posted on December 7, 2009. Filed under: DIY, Key Chains, Mini Blinds, Refurbished Goods | Tags: , , , , , , |

Mini Blind Stick

Before the electrician could put up my new mini blinds, an ever curious child broke the metal piece which attaches the slat turning rod to the opener.

I eagerly searched for something sturdy enough to take its place. I couldn’t find anything, but I allowed the electrician to put them up anyway hence the dust in one of the photos. I know that I should have dusted before snapping the pics…oh well :)

Elated as can be, for sunlight is now a constant companion in my home, I began my search for a metal replacement.  I spotted a key chain lying around. The loop made perfect sense.

Key Chain Loop

I partially untwisted the finding so that it resembled a hook which would allow the slat turning rod to dangle.

Testing, testing...

I tested it to make sure that it was both long and thin enough. It was of perfect length and width.

A perfect fit!

I then connected the finding to the metal opener on the mini blind just as one would loop on a key.

Nice and snug...

I attached the rod, then, secured it by slightly turning back the tip of the finding with a pair of jewelry pliers.

All done. It was as easy as pie:)

Enjoy.

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Coffee-stained Runner

Posted on December 3, 2009. Filed under: Centerpieces, DIY, Home Decor, Oops!, Sticks and Stones, Table Settings, Vases | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Coffee Stained Runner I laid a beige runner width-wise across my table hoping to tone down the brown, woodsy feel. It worked, but the table setting was as boring as watching paint dry.  I tried this knick knack, that lackluster knick knack…still nothing. Everyday there was something different sitting on the table (a refurbished item that I already owned – no shopping sprees here, smiles). Before I could satisfy my crafty whims, oops!…my cup of coffee spilled over and made its way to my runner which soaked it up like a sponge.

I laundered the runner, but it did not help much. I could kick myself for waiting till it was too late to remove the stain with a homemade, effective solution.

I had 2 glass vases on stand-by, swirly straw, a bunch o’ fake grass, faux bamboo stalks, pebbles, and some other stuff that I can hardly define.

After brainstorming and fiddling away in my craft bag….

I evenly rolled both ends of the runner up till they were about 6″ apart from each other. The runner now resembles a scroll. I divided the grass, swirly straw, faux bamboo and other things up between the two vases, placed one on the desk, and the other in the middle of the “scroll.”

Brown pebbles and glass knick knacks were strategically placed over the stains. Until I get that coffee stain out, this’ll do.

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