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How to make an egg tree

How to make an egg tree

The design for this whimsical egg tree derives from eastern European folk art. The basket at the bottom is traditionally used for bread. The tree makes a spectacular centrepiece at Easter when filled with dyed or painted eggs. At Christmas, turn it into a decorative Christmas tree by putting night lights in the egg holders and filling the basket with presents or sweets (candies). Tinned copper wire has been used here as it is ideal for kitchenware. It is as malleable as copper wire and has the added advantage that it does not tarnish. The egg tree can, of course, be made from cheaper and more readily available wire. For a different finish it could be wrapped in natural-coloured string.

Decorative kitchen tiles

Decorative kitchen tiles

Apart from their decorative function, washability and sturdiness are qualities which make kitchen tiles so suited not only to kitchens, but for other useful rooms like larders, utility rooms, mudrooms and laundries. In addition, the coldness of glazed and unglazed ceramic tiles helps keep worktops cool, ideal for bread and pastry making. 

Directors’ Chairs

Directors’ Chairs

Apart from all the great movies made there, Hollywood is also responsible for the fame of one of the truly great chairs of all time, the directors’ chair. A design classic, it is light, portable, and remarkably comfortable. The design goes back to coffer-makers’ chairs of the 15th century and eventually to the Roman curule chair. 

Clever upcycling ideas

Clever upcycling ideas

With these upcycle project ideas you will discover new ways to reuse fabric remnants, wrapping and wallpaper off-cuts, and other household items. It is surprising what can be done with a little resources, a bit of effort and a good plan. You may be able to restore the old piece of furniture and put it with a pride in your bedroom, create an unique presents for friend or family or refresh your home with small additions you have make yourself. And all that can be so affordable and easy to make. So exciting!

Calligraphy project – Italic

Calligraphy project – Italic

Calligraphy comes from the Greek Kallos Graphe, meaning beautiful handwriting. For centuries calligraphy was cherished and used for the most important writing documents and as decoration. In this text we will takl about the Italic, which everybody heard of. But can you do it by hand, not the keyboard? Here is the short introduction on how to start with Italic calligraphy.

Decoupage technique

Decoupage technique

Découpage is the craft of decorating an object with paper cutouts glued in place. If you take the time to apply many coats of varnish over the paper cutouts, they will appear to sink into the surface and will look as though they are part of the object and not merely stuck on. 

Tetsuya Uenobe shoes

Tetsuya Uenobe shoes

Tetsuya Uenobe shoes are different. Tetsuya 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.

Christine Alvarado and Du Buh Du Design

Christine Alvarado and Du Buh Du Design

Christine Alvarado is an artist and doll maker originally from the Monterey Peninsula and she currently resides in Bend,  Oregon with her husband and son. Her background is in fine art, sculpture, printmaking, etc.. She earned an AA in Graphic Design at Monterey Peninsula College and her BA in Art at San Jose State University’s School of Art & Design.

Leafcutter Designs

Leafcutter Designs

Leafcutter Designs is a creative studio in Oakland, CA run by artist Lea Redmond and her brother Devin. They seek to create a more playful, peaceful world by offering curious goods, surprising services, and participatory projects. Many of their goods started out as handmade gifts for family and friends. After seeing lots of people enjoy what they made, they decided to make bigger batches.

Quiltmaking: How to Choose Design and Colours

Quiltmaking: How to Choose Design and Colours

Choosing a design is the first step in making a quilt. It is also one of the most important – the design of any quilt is what makes it outstanding. If you are about to begin your first quilt and are having difficulty choosing the design, decide first whether you would rather use a traditional design or an original one. For the traditional designs you may find examples and inspirations in numerous books about quiltmaking, quilt pattern catalogues or museums and exhibition halls.