Category: Crafts - Stuff by Steph
 
A lot of my Etsy listings are about to expire, or have already. That being said, I decided to extend some of the listings so I could have a sale! Anything hemp is priced to sell- and quick. These are all quality hand-made necklaces and bracelets. They've all been marked down as much as 50%. So if you're a hemp lover like me, head on over to Etsy (or simply click my purchase tab) and buy to your heart's content ;)
 
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As I try to finish projects I've started over the summer, more ideas spike in my head. I jot most of them down in my notebook, and rarely follow through. This, however, is one of the projects I happened to think of and got all the supplies right away. They are so quick & easy to make, and the results are quite good considering the materials!

All it takes to make these are large glass pebbles with flat backs (I found mine at a dollar store, I counted 25 in my bag), card stock, permanent markers or colored pencils, and Modpodge. Simply trace the glass pebble onto card stock with a pencil, draw inside the circle whatever you want, then glue it to the back of the pebble. So easy! So cute! And the possibilities are limitless. Mine are going to be necklaces, but I can see worry stones, maybe gluing a photo on the back instead, plant markers, etc.! 

 
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This was such a fun hat to make. It was also the first hat where I incorporated both crocheting and knitting. The main red part of the hat is knit, as is the beak. The eyes and white stripe along the edge are crocheted. The ears, while knit, are two pieces crocheted together.

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The finished product actually surprised me with how good it looks! I had to teach myself how to crochet a circle just to do the eyes. I managed to find a way to sew the accessories on which made the hat still able to stretch a good amount while keeping everything secure.

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My son thinks this hat is for him... I hope he's not too sad when it goes out in the mail! I suppose I'll have to make one for him next ;)

 
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I made these precious coasters for my mom's birthday. I utilized childhood pictures to make it ultra personal.


Materials:
  • 4inch wood topped cork rounds (I found mine in the gardening section at walmart)
  • Modpodge
  • A paintbrush
  • 5x7 photos
  • Something to put them in
  • Possibly sandpaper
  1. Start by choosing your photos. I found some incredible photos from my mother's childhood. I scanned them, and sent them out (as 5x7) to be printed at Walmart. Do not use an inkjet printer because the ink will bleed in later steps.
  2. Once you have your photos, place your cork rounds over the photo and trace. Make sure you have the focus of your picture under the cork. Cut along your tracing.
  3. Get your modpodge and paintbrush out and slather a layer on the wood part of the cork round.
  4. Place your picture face up on the glued surface. If your photo overlaps, wait for the glue to dry, then lightly sand the edges. Slather more modpodge on top.
  5. Let the glue dry (approx. 20 minutes), and put on another coat. Repeat a few times.
  6. Cure for 24 hours in a dry area.


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