Budget Wedding Table Centerpieces Howto

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Budget Wedding Table Centerpieces do not have to look cheap! Here’s a howto tutorial for beautiful nearly-free centerpieces.   Hi, Fine Craft Guild readers… I am excited to share with you another recycled project.  Most of my projects have been done with glass and my last one was done on how to use your beverage […]

Mothers Day Flowers to DIY

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How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers. We made about a thousand paper flowers around here. In every shape or form possible. In fact, we found that the more paper flowers you make, the more creative you get making them. My favorite one is a red crepe paper flower, which has a yellow heart from recycled […]

TP Stamp Art Cards

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Cool crafts for kids! So simple, even your 2-year-old can do it. Toilet Paper Roll Stamp Art! Toilet paper rolls make instant stamps. Besides stamping the obvious circle, it’s easy to fill each circle with hearts and flower stamps. Pretty!! Make your own Valentines Day card, Mothers Day card, Fathers day card, Get-well card…. Add […]

Contemporary Ikebana

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I love it when my readers bring me stunningly beautiful and really easy and arty ideas.  BiTi from Pret-a-Vivre played with the blooms in her backyard and created these simply stunning arrangements.   I don’t think you’ll need a tutorial for this, but if you need any creative ideas for YOUR FLOWERS in your backyard, […]

Spring – Summer Fashion :: Free Infinity Scarf Pattern

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Spring-Summer Fashion :: Free Infinity Scarf Pattern for a really feminine accessory, to make in minutes and wear for months throughout Spring and into Summer.   Infinity scarves are not only wonderful for a cold Winter. This fashion accessory can spruce up your Spring dresses just the same. Wear this Spring infinity scarf over your […]

How to Make Recycled Paper Bead Necklaces

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Been eyeing fashion bib necklaces? Paper bead necklaces? Seen these paper rosette ones in the Anthropologie necklaces section? Are you not really a jewelry maker, but want to make some new jewelry for yourself, mom (mothers day), or a friend’s birthday?! Good. Go for this paper rosette beaded bib necklace crafts project. Practically all you’ll […]

Spring in Italy

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While not a pattern, DIY idea, or anything handmade by me, the Divine Creation of Mother Earth is just so inspirational, particularly in Spring, that it is worthy to write about. Spring is this soulful time when the blooms bloom, as if to say, hey, you can do this also. Just begin again. Therefore, I […]

Home Decorating with Fall/Winter Flowers

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We usually envision Spring when we think of decorating with flowers and plants.  However, winter flowers and greens are at least as abundant and none less enchanting.  Here are three favorite examples for you on how to decorate with flowers and nature in winter.   Red Roses with Hydrangea in Bark Vase photo credit: bhg.com […]

Crochet Flowers: Super-Pretty Pattern

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This crochet flower is called ‘Tahiti Blossom’. It is a bit more interesting and intricate to make when compared to most crochet flowers, which are super simple to make. In other words: this is a perfect crochet project to take along to the beach, so pack some yarn and a needle, and crochet by the […]

Reviving Orchids

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Are you craving for some good orchid blooms too? I collected 5 different orchids over the last couple of years, but none of them are blooming any longer. Mmm… one died, the others ones are surviving, but not thriving.   It is about time that I researched it a bit.   It turns out that there are […]

Darling Crochet Edging Friendship Bracelet

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Was doodling in the sun this morning and came up with this. I actually intended to create a crochet edging for a piece of clothing and was just about to rip it out as I thought the flowers were too close together for this purpose, when it fell out of my hand onto my wrist. […]

Paint Colors: Tips & Techniques

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Adding highlights to your picture can really make a big difference to the final look. Pale tints when using red can often be a problem. Here are a few painting tips that will help.

Time for a Party ~ 11th Edition

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Welcome to the 11th edition of Time for a Party. But first, this week’s features! After that, show me some of your amazing projects…. YOU are Featured!!!! Some of you bloggers have just splendid ideas, week after week, and it is hard to not choose these over and over again as Features. So please just […]

Crochet Daisies Free Pattern

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I’d love these bright white and yellow crochet daisies to brighten up our kitchen table. Fun and whimsical. Don’t need watering. Also good to brighten up guest bedrooms, laundry rooms and of course your vacation cottage. This crochet daisy pattern’s required skill level is ‘beginners – intermediate’, but it is not that hard to crochet […]

Felt Rose Basket

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Contemporary, practical, feminine. A basket like a woman architect would design it. And we love it too. Let’s learn to make these exquisite felt rose bud baskets!   Pin It   How to Make this Felt Basket The picture is self-explanatory, isn’t it? … But some tips might be useful.   My Tips on Making […]

Pussy-willow Basket

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Elegant Easter Decoration that sooths, not shouts. Beautiful, and easy to make. Learn how.       Quick 1, 2, 3 Instructions !.  For the vase: The center of this basket is a glass or ceramic flower pot.  Cover the outside of the pot with moss and secure with florist wire. Working in the round, […]

Hydrangea Cupcakes Recipe: Learn Howto Make Flower Frosting

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Hydrangea Cupcakes Recipe & Pinterest Eyecandy below! Cupcakes adorned with frosting shaped like gorgeous hydrangea flowers that look so real, you have to do a double-take. Don’t they look fantastic?! Learn how to decorate these most amazing cupcakes for an upcoming Spring party from Gloria, the creator of these decorative flowers in creamy, two-tone frosting. […]

Kaleidoscope Crochet Scarf

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  Remember that freeform crochet bolero I received but which did not fit whatsoever? I modified it into a rather fun and happy scarf that sure stands out.    (I have a few crochet flowers / rosettes left over, one of which is going to be a crochet brooch, which I’ll show you another day.) […]

Last Days of Summer Crafts

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We had rain last night for the first time in a loooonnng time. Yes, it must be one of the last days of summer. We still went to the lake in the afternoon, but as the water was wavey, we just biked around. Makes me remind you of some of our bike seat crochet patterns […]

Tissue Paper Flowers :: How to Make Special Ones

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My post on how to make ‘tissue paper flowers’ is one of the more popular step-by-step crafts tutorial at Fine Craft Guild. Yesterday, I made some new designs for tissue paper flowers for a recent party, using recyclable materials. Given the popularity of my other tissue paper flowers, I thought to show you how I […]

Flirty Flower Shawl – Simple Free Crochet Pattern

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In the upcoming days when warmer Spring days (or mere hours) are intertwined with flares of cold and damp weather, you’ll want to have a lovely wrap/shawl/scarf like this tucked in your tote. Just in case.   New addition to our list of Free Crochet Patterns A hand-dandy crochet stitches glossary is included, making this […]

Easy Crochet Flowers

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I thought to feast your eyes today on some simple crochet flowers offering you that groovy look. These are made based on an original design by Candi Jensen, a well-known crochet designer. I like these 3-tone colored flowers, but you may wish to introduce a 4th color by varying the shade for round 4 in […]

Fall Balcony: Halloween Display

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This weekend we visited some friends who live in a lovely apartment building downtown Rome. While this is great for catching Saturday night shows and not spending too much time on gardening, it reminded me that high risers need balcony gardening Halloween displays rather than curbside display Halloween ideas. In our country home here, we’re […]

Easter Table Decorations with Paper Flowers

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“Simple and fast, with a Pro’s impact”. That’s what I’m aiming at this Easter. While crafting is fun, many projects can take days, if not weeks. Well, most of us do not have time for those projects during busy holidays, such as the Easter festivities. Let’s be practical and nonetheless do something great for upcoming […]

How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers

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This is a tissue paper flowers craft project that is so simple, it can easily be done by children 6 years and up. You and they will love it, as each flower takes only minutes to produce and looks stunning! How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers Craft Supplies Needed Besides some scissors, Scotts tape and […]