Zenbroidery

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About 2 years ago, adult coloring books became the hot new thing. Remember when that happened? Sudden any store that carried books now had “adult” coloring books that were basically geometric patterns the be idly colored in. Well, it took some time for the sewing world to follow it seems, but follow they did. Check out what I found at Jo-Ann’s yesterday.

This is just one of many patterns in a new line called Zenbroidery by Design Works. Same basic principal of adult coloring books applies, but here you are embroidering free style on a stamped fabric. No patterns to tell you what to do, just an image and your imagination on how to fill it.

You can find all sorts of themes such as kitchen wares, Inspiration words, Mandalas, animals, and much more. They’re also fairly inexpensive at $5-10 each as the kit only provides you with the fabric and instruction sheet (which is mostly filler and stitch suggestions). You must provide your own floss separately. Not a problem for someone like me that has a collection of a few hundred from years of embroidery work, but could be an issue for those that work only from kits. They do sell their suggested color packs of floss of course, some of which include beads for added options, that are only $4-5 but you could still just chose your own.

While I wouldn’t recommend these for beginners to embroidery I do find the idea behind them fascinating. They’d make a great idle project to fill time and certainly let you explore more then just the basic stitches most kits use, but I do wonder at how many people would display the finished product. Either way they’re worth a look into at least next time you’re in your local craft store. ๐Ÿ™‚


DIY Holiday Essential Oil Blends

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There’s nothing quite like the smell of the holidays. Weather you prefer baked goods, fresh pine, or maybe peppermint, the holidays likely have a special smell in your memory. So today I’ve brought together a list of custom essential oils blends made by Healthy Happy Momma that you can make to help achieve that perfect holiday smell. ๐Ÿ™‚ These blends will work in and essential oil diffuser (like this one from doTERRA orย  Amazon) but if you don’t have one handy you can also use a pot of hot boiling water on the stove that you add the oil scent to. More water will need to be added as it evaporates, but it’s a cheap and easy solution if you don’t have or care to buy a diffuser.

I recommend looking at what oils are required for a scent style that you like before rushing out to buy one to help save you money, but many of these can be found online, and I tried to pick ones that weren’t special blends so you weren’t limited to a brand line. You could also look at getting an empty glass vial so that you can mix up half an ounce to keep on hand all season long, or maybe give away as a custom gift. ๐Ÿ™‚

Cozy by the Fire
2 drops White Fir + ย 2 drops Cinnamon Bark + 1 drop ย Clove + 1 drop Cedarwood

Christmas Energy
4 drops Peppermint + 4 drops Wild Orange

Christmas Cheer
3 drops Lime + 3 drops Wild Orange + 2 drops Cinnamon + 2 drops White Fir + 2 drops Cypress + ย 2 drops Bergamot + 1 drop Eucalyptus

Winter Wonderland
4 drops Peppermint + 3 drops Bergamot + 2 drops Cypress

Gingerbread
3 drops Ginger + 2 drops Cinnamon Bark + 2 drops Clove + 1 drop Nutmeg

Oh Christmas Tree
3 drops Douglas Fir + 2 drops Cedarwood + 1 drop Juniper Berry

 


The Painted Wallpaper

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Is wallpaper still used that often nowadays? I know when I was younger it was very not ~in style~ and having done house work myself, I know how much of a pain taking it down can be. Well I have a lovely solution for those of you who like the look of wallpaper but don’t like the hassle of it.

UK based artist Clare Bosanquet saw these patterned rollers that have been used in countries like Denmark for almost 100 years and fell in love with them. When she got back she decided to create her own system that would allow the user to use the roller for longer periods with her dual roller brush design. There’s even a custom one if you want to paint your fabric with these patterned roller instead!

The finished look is simple yet detailed and can really add some pop to your room without all the headache wallpaper would bring. She’s got a sop of full designs that you can find here at her etsy page. ^_^

~Nicole


Stained Glass Coaster DIY

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Another DIY today, but looking back at the last few days of summer with this one from Sincerely, Kinsey.

It’s a pretty simple project, only requiring some cork coasters, mod podge, an exacto knife, stained glass and paint. What came to mind for me though was using some of those found pieces of beach glass. The cork already has that beach/sand color to it and using glass that’s been worn down smooth by the power of the ocean seems like a great fit. You could also just used colored plastic pieces for a more Art Deco design. Since you’ll be cutting through the coaster in order to make holes for the glass make sure to by double the amount of cork coasters that you’ll want to have in the end. The modge podge will of course continue to be the crafter’s all purpose wonder glue for this project.

With some creativity and time these could make for some great unsung decorative yet functional pieces for your home. ๐Ÿ™‚

~Nicole