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Paint dipping and making things extra pretty

So paint dipping seems to be quite the trend at the moment, if Pinterest  and my clever friend, Vee, are anything to go on :) Thought I’d share some of the projects that I’ve seen – we’re moving house soon, so no new projects on my horizon unless you call it packing. I can’t wait though to get stuck into a few of these though for my new home! (Follow the links from each image for the tutorials…)

 

(Image from Copy Cat Chic)

So much of pretty from Dash recipes

With Autumn fast on it’s way… this made me smile and remind myself that we shall get spring again… :) Tutorial and free printables from I heart naptime

Love the colours here from Designtejen

Great use of baby food jars from Oh Happy Day

 

My kind of tea set :)

(Image and tutorial over at Shop Sweet Things)

And why stop at the tea set, when you can do your wooden spoons as well...

Or your furniture

Sorry, image overload, but can’t help but sharing so much of prettyness

(Image from Joys Hope and the post is appropriately named ‘Ode to Spray Paint’

Button Bookmarks

So simple, but so cute… Pop over to I heart nap time for the tutorial on how to make these sweet button bookmarks. Easy enough to make with your kiddies even!

Photo Editing 101 (Using a really easy online tool)

I’m a massive believer in the fact that a good photo of your product will go some extremely serious lengths in helping to sell an item when using the Internet to market and sell your goods. Just like presentation in a physical shop appeals to a buyer, or how you’ve often seen a plate of food coming past in a restuarant and ordered that exact dish because of how it was presented – it’s exactly the same in the online world.

There are of course many things to take into consideration when taking photos – I’m no expert in this field, but it doesn’t take rocket science to know how important good light is (so we can see the product you are shooting), the actual content of the photo (having it as the main feature is pretty important) and how an uncluttered photo can help. (I can’t stand it when a photo of a product is taken on a busy background, and you end up having to search for the product on sale!)

Drum roll… bring on PicMonkey – your ever so easy, ever so fun and ever so a little addictive photo editing tool, that really should be a no brainer to bookmark and use as one of the tools to promote your handmade products more effectively.

Using PicMonkey, it’s really quite quick and easy to brighten, lighten, add text, crop, add borders, use different filters (ie, make it look like a really old photo for example)  and generally make your photos look great. Best of all, it’s still free!

Other benefits of PicMonkey are the easy ability to watermark your photos of your products, so that no matter where your images of your products end up – you can always reference them back to your website, blog or Jamtin listing by creating a watermark over the products. See a nice and simple tutorial on how to do this here from LeHigh Valley Momma.

PicMonkey’s latest feature is creating collages, just like this one… you have to agree that they do make such a difference in the presentation. Another great feature from PicMonkey is the templates they offer – my favourite is the Facebook timeline image… for those of you with Facebook pages for your businesses, this could be a fun place to start?

There really are so many tutorials on the internet on how to use PicMonkey, like this one for example, but I would suggest that you monkey on over to their site, upload a photo from your computer and start playing with the various filters, adding text, lighting options etc… you can mess anything up, there’s always an undo button and you’ll be amazing at how easy it all is…

One, two, three… GO

DIY Necklaces

I don’t wear much jewellery but I have to say that the two DIY tutorials below for necklaces did catch my eye, and thought I’d share them with you. Would love to hear back from any of you if you make one of these for yourself…

Firstly, there’s this tutorial from A Girl Who Makes, using wooden beads…

And this tutorial from Delighted Momma using polymer clay…

And for those of you have kids, and want a super cool craft to do with them this weekend… one of my very favourite blogs for all things crafty and kiddy is Curly Birds, and the super talented Helen recently posted this tutorial over at The Twinery

Some ideas on using tea cups for you…

I’m not sure when my love for tea started, it was always something I kind of associated with my mom drinking! hmm, maybe it’s just times a changing, because in all honesty I’ve been a massive tea fan for years and years now… I can’t pretend I’m too adventurous with my teas, in fact I’m a Five Roses fan through and through, but still! One element of tea drinking that I wish I would get more into is using a teapot and pretty tea cups, instead of making a massive mug of tea 5 times a day. There is something classy and elegant about tea cups and pots, but one that I’m still to grow in to!

Apart from drinking tea out of them, don’t you love some of these ideas for using beautiful tea cups…

Like using tea cups for a cupcake stand – you can view this tutorial from Flamingo Toes 

 

(Image from Snowy Bliss)

Or how lovely are these tea cups for succulents from More Design Please

Or how lovely having a bath surrounded by these (and perhaps one filled with real tea). You can find the tutorial over at Hey Gorgeous

 

 

 

 

Or how about these tea cup lights, seen on Apartment Therapy

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Making Personalised Notepads

One day I’m actually going to win the lottery and then I’ll be able to wake up in the morning and craft away, all day, every day… Here’s one of those projects that I’m hoping won’t have to wait until the day I win the lottery…

The original post (and details on how they make them) is from Oh My Handmade Goodness. It looks pretty straight forward believe it or not, and what a cute little crafting project.

Such cute ideas for gifts for friends, grannies, hmmm anyone… could be a good project for the kids – photocopy or scan one of their drawings to use as the image on your note pad.. I like that idea, even though ours would just be a scribble at the moment.

Christmas Gifts in Jar

I recently received a bunch of glass jars from Consol and they are truly beautiful to use for storage around our home. There are some in the kitchen, some in my office, one withbe jelly beans in (they don’t last long), some that are still empty cause I need to find things to store in them! With a few of these jars around at the moment I did think about using some to make some Christmas presents. What you think?

Love this gift idea for Cookies in a Jar. You can see the full post over at Make it Do, together with the free printables like the one on this jar, as well as a printables with the directions for baking.

And how about these labels for your mason jars that you give…  (Seen on Older and Wiser)

Or how about this cute sewing kit from The Paper Mama


 

Scrabble Fridge Magnets

When ever there is a fridge with alphabet magnets on it I find it difficult not to try and quickly put a word together… not sure if that’s just me!! I’m thinking these scrabble magnets (tutorial available here from Oh Crafts)  might be a great project for the top half of our fridge and keeping the bright plastic alphabet magnets for the bottom half :)

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Add some colour to your cutlery

I’m always a fan of colours, and just love these revamped pieces of cutlery from  More Design Please. There’s a tutorial on their website if you’re up for trawling some second hand shops for some cutlery sets that need some colour added to them to give them a new life :)

Learn how to crochet

So if you’re reading this blog, then you probably don’t need much convincing about how trendy and popular crocheting and knitting have become again. Anyway, for anyone wanting to give crocheting a try (and if you’re anything like me, a crafter can hardly say no to starting a new project when it involves different wools, in difference colours).  Here’s an amazing blog, Attic24, that you really should visit for stunning colour combinations, as well as a great tutorials that are really easy to follow.

My favourite tutorial from the Attic24 blog is for these granny squares… check it out here….