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    Clay Succulent Pots

    Clay succulent pots are cute and don’t take up much space. And the added benefit is, you will never have to water or to care for these. You can make entire clusters if you would like and they never wilt or die. Here is how to make them: Supplies Needed: Air Dry Clay Glue Cardboard Scissors Craft Paint Varnish Brushes Craft Knife Sand Craft Steps: Make your cardboard templates: Draw a 1″ diameter circle and a strip that is 1 1/2″ tall by the circumference of the circle for the round pot. For the house pot make one square 1 1/2″ by 1 1/2″, two rectangles that are 1 1/2″…

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    Paper Cherry Blossoms

    I always loved cherry blossoms. It’s signaling spring time and warmer weather. This Paper Cherry Blossoms arrangement will look good anywhere. Here is how to make it: Supplies Needed: Crepe Paper Ribbon (Pink, White, Light Green, Dark Green) Wire – Thick for the branches Wire – Thin for the Flowers Beads Glue Hot Glue Scissors Wire cutters Clear Tape Skewer Craft Steps: Cut thin wires about 2 inches long and glue a bead to one end. 2. Cut two rectangles off the white ribbon and two off the pink ribbon. Then layer them and cut out your blossoms. Layer the two white ones on the bottom, then the two pink…

  • Crafts,  Spring

    Paper Roses Wall Hanging

    The Paper Roses Wall Hanging looks good at your front door, at a wall or use it as a center piece of a table. Or use the tutorial to make a bouquet. Here is how to make it: Supplies Needed: Coffee Filters Food Coloring Colored Paper Scissors Hot Glue Craft Glue Tape Cardboard Craft Paint Paper Towels Hole Punch Tool Round Pencil or Brush Small Piece of Wire Straight Edge Craft Knife Cutting Mat Craft Steps: Dying Coffee Filters Dye your coffee filters in the color that you want your roses be colored in. I used a little bit of red food dye diluted in water and just set the…

  • Crafts,  Spring

    Silver Ribbon Flowers

    Silver Ribbon Flowers are easy to make and look elegant. Maybe even as a bouquet for a wedding or other special occasion. Here is how to make them: Supplies Needed: Wood Skewers 2.5 inch or wider Wire Ribbon Tissue Paper Cardboard Craft Paint Hot Glue Glass Votive Holder Flat Back Jewels Craft Steps: Cut an about 18 inch long piece of ribbon. 2. Cut the ribbon in a wave pattern trough the center of it. 3. Fold the ribbon at the wire end back and forth. 4. Cut small circles out of the cardboard for the center of the flowers. 5. Glue the open end of the flower to the…

  • Crafts,  Easter

    Fluffy Pom Pom Bunny

    A quick and easy Easter craft is the Fluffy Pom Pom Bunny. It takes very little supplies and time to make. And look how cute it is! Here is how to make it: Supplies Needed Yarn Cardboard Scissors Jewels Felt Hot Glue Wire Brush Marker Craft Steps 1. Draw two large circles for the bunny’s body and two small circles for the bunny’s head on your cardboard. 2. Cut out the circles and cut out the center of them, so you get a doughnut looking card board piece. Then cut a slot in the side of each circle. 3. Put the two large circles together and wrap the yarn around…

  • Crafts,  Easter

    Easter Bunny Mason Jar

    I wanted to do a seasonal craft and since Easter is right around the corner, I choose to make an Easter Bunny Mason Jar. Here is how to do it: Supplies Needed Mason Jar Paint (I chose acrylic craft paint) Wax Paper Painter’s Tape Hot Glue Jewels Ribbon Scissors Marker Craft Steps Stick two layers of painter’s tape on the wax paper. This is how you make your own sticker. Two layers are much more durable than just one layer. I used extra wide painter’s tape. The size will depend upon the size of the bunny you want on your mason jar. Draw your bunny with the marker on the…

  • Crafts,  Easter

    Eggs

    I wanted to create some nice new Easter eggs. I had done Psanky before, but I was out of supplies. Those are Ukrainian Easter eggs that are quite intricate. They work with a wax resist technique.  I still have my tools for creating them. Though I only had a little wax left. I tried..and failed trying it with the little dye tablets from the store. Those just don’t work for what I was going to do. Thus I looked for a different way to decorate the eggs. I haven’t done any Psanky in years and didn’t want to buy the supplies, then wait for them to be shipped. I am…

  • Photography

    Photo Challenge 10 – Self

    This weeks photo challenge 10 is on the topic “self”. Self For me that’s rather tough. I am more critical of photos of myself than others. I don’t know how you are, but that’s how I am. That’s why it’s a good idea to take a lot of photos, instead of just one. Try different angles and settings. Props Try different props, like scarfs and hats. I hardly ever wear hats. But I tried several different ones with caps, hats and scarfs and without any of that. Chances are that you’ll find one that you really like. Lighting Make sure you have good lighting. Sit besides a window for instance.…

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    Photo Challenge Week 9 Bokeh

    watch my YouTube video on this challenge This weeks photo challenge for week 9 is bokeh. What is bokeh exactly? It’s that shallow depth of field, where the background is blurry. This is usually done to get the foreground image stand out. Often you see it with big, blurry light spots in the background. How to Achieve Bokeh This is achieved through the aperture setting. The lower the setting the shallower the depth of field. That doesn’t mean to use the lowest aperture setting available. You will still need to get the object in focus that you want to have stand out. And that is the point of the bokeh.…