Decorative Picture Frame for Baby Room

Decorative Picture Frame for Baby Room

Celebrating a birth of a baby is a perfect excuse to get crafting and there’s something particularly satisfying about making a special gift for the new arrival, especially if it is something that can be kept and displayed  for years to come. You can really go wrong with a pretty decorative picture frame – it is perfect for the new baby, but really suitable for any little girl.

Trish Raine’s Handmade Felt Hats

Trish Raine’s Handmade Felt Hats

Originally from Oliver, B.C., Trish Raine moved to Fredericton, NB, and happily found footing within the local fibre scene. Outside of her work as an occupational therapist, she has immersed herself in her craft, felting in her free time, creating one-of-a-kind wearable felt, as well as art pieces that have been included in various art and fibre shows. She felts year round and sells her wares at winter craft fairs in Halifax, Nova Scotia, as well as Moncton and Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Chopstick Trivet

Chopstick Trivet

One of the most common junk drawer staples is Chinese takeaway food chopsticks. We all save them, but ultimately will probably never, ever use them. Recycling chopsticks into a handy trivet is a great example of form and function: The recycled result looks like a wooden starburst, and your countertops will breathe a sigh of relief the next time you place a hot pot of stew on top. Your precious marble or wood countertop would thank you if it could.

A modern home decoration: Concrete Water Bottles

A modern home decoration: Concrete Water Bottles

The plastic water bottle has become the nemesis of the environmental movement. It represents everything against sustainability: a nonrenewable, petroleum-based package; a natural product that is abundant and unnecessarily bottled; and an outright superfluous item that millions of consumers toss out on a daily bases.

Unique Shoes by Tetsuya Uenobe

Unique Shoes by Tetsuya Uenobe

Tetsuya Uenobe is a Japanese designer who creates shoes as ‘wearable art’.  He graduated BTEC Professional Development Certificate in Design (Footwear/ Accessories) at Cordwainers at London College of Fashion in June/ 2001. Before then, he was employed as a Merchandiser for men’s footwear and leather accessories of a mail order company in Japan.

Patchwork Noticeboard

Patchwork Noticeboard

Here is an interesting project on how to make a decorative patchwork  noticeboard for your kitchen or study, or children’s room.  You can try to make the kind of patchwork that you would like to own on a number of occasions. But not the simple machined squares; you can go for other shapes, too. Also, you can cheat. Paper can be just effective as chintz or flannel scraps. Try to make it – it’s a real fun!

Reinventing Furniture

Reinventing Furniture

Buying old furniture sometimes requires a leap of the imagination to see the potential of an item rather than what it is now. As long as it’s not a rare antique or a valuable family heirloom, getting your sleeves rolled up and putting your stamp on a piece to make it work in your vintage scheme is a fantastic experience. Creating something with your very own hands can’t be underestimated. Here are some ideas for how to do it.

Vintage Metal Signs As a Home Decoration

Vintage Metal Signs As a Home Decoration

Vintage metal signs can bring a unique touch to a home or office. They can be classic or artistic, and can bring an antique feel. For the home, metal signs can be found in numerous varieties. In the kitchen, the popular food and beverage brand advertisements of the 40′s and 50′s are often used for decoration i.e. message signs like Mom’s Kitchen’, ‘Always Open’, ‘Kitchen Closed’ etc. You can even order a custom metal signs with a message of your choice. Vintage car adverts, speed limit and vintage metal signs are used extensively for garages.

How to Make a Pretty Lamp

How to Make a Pretty Lamp

Handmade housewarming gifts that are really useful are always well received.These lovely lamps and colourful shades can be created to match existing colour schemes or as stand-alone pieces. Lamps, odd shades and the fabric to cover them can all be picked up for very little at markets and thrift shops. Make sure that the electrics and fittings are of the modern type and take them to a lighting shop to be checked if you are in any doubt.

Create Unique Passport or Notebook Covers

Create Unique Passport or Notebook Covers

In this project you will learn how to protect and personalise a passport or notebook with a removable and reusable cover. With a few minor adjustments, you could adapt this cover for your passport, diary or notebook of any size and personalise it as much as you wish. In this version we have made the cover to fit a standard paperback novel and reused a skinny belt to create a book fastener and to join the front cover to the back.