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o.p.p. – decorative tape

in the past few years, i’ve become really infatuated with giving a really pretty gift. rather than expensive gift wrap and impersonal cards, i do this with kraft paper and recycled tags, markers & more. in fact, my key wrapping components for christmas were these cute little tags made out of recycled books & buttons.

with that… when i saw this great idea for unique & handmade tape it got me pretty darn excited.  not only is the tape a perfect wrapping component for any handmade lover, but the wooden thread spools make this a great accessory for your craft room or a gift for a handy friend.

found @ country living
what: decorative tape
where: http://www.countryliving.com/crafts/how-to-make-decorative-tape#slide-1

o.p.p. – baked sweet potato fries

so… in preparation for the big day (+ a much needed detox after 5 weeks of mexican, pizza, fried food, donuts & countless margaritas) i’ve gone healthy. yes… i’m stating it here on the blog so it’s for all to see – which will help me w/ followthrough, as everyone knows – i need it (i love food!).

i recently stumbled upon paula deen’s yummy recipe for sweet potato fries – and after reading some articles on how they are not only low in calories, but also help prevent cancer — I was sold.

i made my first batch two days ago and i must say that the prep and cooking was quite painless. just about 25 mins – and voila… a really tasty recipe!

have a stab at it w/ this recipe from the queen of southern cooking.

found @ the food network
what: baked sweet potato fries
where: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/baked-sweet-potato-fries-recipe/index.html

 

o.p.p. – braided bead bracelet

i’m in the need of a little fashion revive. with my obsession of pinterest at an all-time high and a u.s. trip planned for next week (clothing & accessories are much less than in oz), i’ve been on a rampage pinning & online shopping.

re: fashion – i used to be a bit accessories obsessed.  I still have 2 large treasure chests filled w/ necklaces, bracelets, rings & earrings – some nice, some cheap (aka – forever 21) and some handmade by me and other etsy artisans. these days i tend to wear a necklace & my swatch watch nearly every day… however, i’ve been recently thinking that i need to get a couple new pieces of bling for my wrists (i’ve retired my famous brass snake bracelet… for now.) with that comes today’s project…

these beaded + braided bracelets are ‘too cute’, easy & just my style (they also come from a great website for diy).
found @ honestlywtf
what: braided bread bracelet
where: http://honestlywtf.com/diy/diy-beaded-bracelet/

 

 

get your read on…

earlier today i muttered the words “there are a lot of creative people out there” to a friend – this was in response to the fact that there are so many damn cute and creative shops on etsy! whether it’s your work, a friend’s or a stranger’s – handmade is inspiring.

the authors below have the creative gene + are pros at curating it (something i strive for here on little ol’ Howd.i.y).

so… i bring you 4 new handmade books worth checking out (+ some worthwhile stocking stuffers for the crafter in your life!)

oh, happy reading!

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Craft Activism: People, Ideas, and Projects from the
New Community of Handmade and How You Can Join In
Author: Joan Tapper
($15.63, Amazon.com – released: September 27, 2011)

Make Hey! While the Sun Shines
Author: Pip Lincolne
($39.95, Readings.com.au – released: October 1, 2011)

Weekend Handmade:
More Than 40 Projects and Ideas for Inspired Crafting

Author: Kelly Wilkinson
($17.62, Amazon.com – released: September 1, 2011)

Martha Stewart’s Handmade Holiday Crafts:
225 Inspired Projects for Year-Round Celebrations
Author: the editors of Martha Stewart Living
($16.01, Amazon.com – released: September 27, 2011)

o.p.p. – chalkboard wine bottles / hair combs

my sister is a crafty girl.  much like me, she loves a good project.  it’s no doubt that we get this gene from our mother.  our mom has always been the type to strike up a passion project on a whim.  i remember sitting around the house after dinner on a weeknight and my mom would say ‘let’s rearrange the living room’… and she would (always with some ‘help’ from me & my sister – or so we thought). our mom also worked with our crafty aunt (dad’s side) assisting at her workshop (our aunt is a legit crafter whom over the years has made a business out of it).

i digress… like i always do – so, back to my sister, abby…

last week when we had one of our lengthy overseas chats – we swapped stories of our latest endeavors.  she was prepping for a bachelorette party, halloween & just some side fun… she had a trip to michael’s (the american craft superstore) on the docket for the following day.

when i spoke with her 24 hours later… she had already turned around a halloween costume, chalkboard wine bottle, hair combs + a special surprise that I can’t talk about because the recipient could be reading.
*for the original chalk wine bottle how-to from ‘the next bird’, check the link.

as for the hair combs, here is a sneak peek at ab’s little creation.  they are a perfect mix & match for today’s current latin/south american fashion favorites… all you need is a couple plain small hair combs (available at any discount store, pharmacy, hair supply spot) and some thick embroidery thread.

voila, it’s easy fashion.

until next time…

 

 

 

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