February 2012

The Big-Ass Book of Crafts

Have you ever wished there was one book out there that had all your craft and home ideas within its pages? Well look no further with The Big-Ass Book of Crafts. This book is like Martha Stewart on crack and has everything that you need for your home.

The book features a variety of areas from outdoorsy ideas to make your backyard look fresh and cool to ways to create fun and innovative picture frames for your photos. For a long time, I was stuck looking at and buying several different books for all the ideas I was looking for.

I would find one book that had great holiday ideas and another that had crafty ideas on a budget. Sometimes it could take hours just sifting through book after book to find the one craft projects I needed. With The Big-Ass Book of Crafts you can put all those books away, heck throw them in the trash, because this is your on stop shop for all things crafty. It doesn’t matter if you are new to crafting to an old pro, this book has the ideas you’ve been looking for. Do you need a fun and inventive way to decorate your table lamp or to make some of those cool outdoor lanterns?

175 Easy-To-Do-Easter Crafts

Valentine's Day is behind us, and many crafters have turned their sights towards Easter. I know, I know. We haven't even made our way past St. Patrick's Day, but with all the adorable kid-friendly projects available for the bunny-loving holiday, it's certainly not to early to gather the kiddies around the table and start making some little decorations together.

 

If you're not quite ready to start making Easter crafts with your children, you should at least peak ahead to decide what you'd like to make together. It gives you some advanced notice to collect any materials you need, and let's face it, start begging your family and friends to collect toilet paper rolls and other reusable essentials that normally get discarded, like milk jugs and cereal boxes.

Big Book of Beautiful Beads

Last week we talked about beading jewelry, but what if you want to take it further. Beautiful beads, whether they're made from stones, gems, glass or crystal, can add a whole new dimension to pillows, curtains, handbags and all kinds of décor. And when you choose the right beads and techniques anything can go from ordinary to stunning.

 

I was looking over some of my wife's craft books while she was working on a piece of jewelry and I came across Kp Books Big Book of Beautiful Beads: Over 100 Beading Projects You Can Make. As I leafed through, I found a good number of jewelry pieces, from necklaces to earrings, but there were other pieces that were just amazing.

Teach Yourself Visually: Jewelry Making and Beading

Have you ever been to a store and were totally dazzled by all the intricately designed beaded jewelry, fallen in love with a piece and then nearly been knocked off your feet by the sticker price? Or have you seen a piece and loved the design, but one little thing like a key pendant or the color just didn't suit you. You don't have to settle for outrageous prices or pieces of jewelry that just don't quite fit your taste. You can always learn how to make it yourself!

 

Making beautiful beaded jewelry does take some skill, after all, there is a bit more to a high quality, interesting, exciting piece than just stringing beads. But, once you get the basic skills down and learn how to choose and work with the right materials, the sky is the absolute limit. If you've ever perused the beading aisles of a hobby store, you know that there are virtually endless possibilities. You just have to know how to put them together.