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It’s How To Monday, so in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, or beauty in general, why not make your own flower arrangements instead of buying them for usually double the price from large retail flower shops. If you live in the Los Angeles area (although I’m sure your city or town has something similar) there’s a flower mart in Downtown Los Angeles open to the public where you can get a wide variety of flowers at wholesale prices so you can even afford to make a large vase!

This would be a great addition to your home, and also makes a great gift. Here’s a video I found on Video Jug on how to make a simple, but elegant floral arrangement.

 http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-arrange-flowers-for-a-small-vase

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Bookworks by Sue Doggett $18.45 from Amazon

I just recieved this book in the mail yesterday and I love it!  Normally, I’d only expect to get about 1 maybe 2 crafts that I love in a book and for about $15 (if I do the craft more than once) I’m happy.  But I can definitely see myself doing many if not all projects from this book.

Up until now, I’ve been doing book binding from what I figured out myself and what I saw in a few instructional videos here and there.  After reading a through half of the book last night, I’m now almost confident in my bookbinding knowledge since I now understand a lot of the terms and lingo.

And probably the best part (if we’re excluding the information you’ll learn) is that the projects don’t look tacky or dated.  The designs are classic or modern and if you don’t like the way one book looks, you don’t feel like you’re limited to making it look exactly the same way they did it.  Lots of options here.

I definitely recommend this book if you’re even just the least bit interested in bookbinding. 

I found this great tutorial on non other than YouTube (what don’t they have there?).  If it weren’t raining outside, I’d definitely feel like making some sushi.  (Maybe I’m just being weird but doesn’t sushi feel like ‘sunny day’ food?)

 Make sure you visit sushimonsters.com for more great sushi related tips!

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So as you were getting ready for work this morning, you rebellious elbow decided to knock over your blush compact and now the powdery make up inside is broken deeming it worthless.  Until now.

I was searching eHow.com but I didn’t have to go far for this tutorial.  (It was on the front page as a featured article.) 

So here’s what you need:

  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Eyedropper
  • Your Broken Makeup

Directions:

  1. Fill the eyedropper with the rubbing alcohol.
  2. Slowly, one drop at a time, add the alcohol to your broken makeup until it is a pastey consistency.
  3. Using your finger, smooth out the makeup so it is fairly flat again.
  4. Allow the make up to sit untouched until completely dry.
  5. There you have it!  It may not look pretty, but you can use it again without making a total mess!

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Bath Bombs

Feeling crafty but don’t have that much time?  Foundation TV in the UK has got your solution with Finger Tips which feature all kinds of craft projects which most can be done in just one minute.  (They even have a little timer that pops up so you can see just how long it took you to do it.)  There, you’ll learn how to make your own Bath Bomb, Sidewalk Chalk, Lazy Leg Animal, and lots of other things.

I’ll be bringing back one of my old characters:  Phat Monkey.  So in the spirit of this super fly cat, I give you the very first instructions I used to make my first sock monkey. 

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INSTRUCTIONS:
• Turn sock inside out.
• Sew a seam (A) 1/2″ on both sides of center of sock starting 3″ from the white of the heel and across the end of top. Cut socks between seams and to within 1-1/2″ of white heel. This leaves an opening in crotch.
• Then turn sock so seams are inside and use crotch opening to stuff head, body and legs.
• ARMS:
• Cut the upper part of the sock into two pieces. Seam, rounding ends and stuff the arms.
• MOUTH:
• Cut the heel from the sock, leaving a brown edge around the white. Fasten on lower part of the face, whipping around the bottom; stuff and finish sewing around the top. The mouth can be improved by running stitch of either black or white across the middle of the lips.
• TAIL:
• Cut a 1″ strip, taper to end of cuff on length of front of sock. Seam and stuff.
• EARS:
• Cut the ears from the remaining brown part of the sole of the sock.
• EYES:
• Sew on moving eyes; buttons, felt, or embroider with black thread. (For very small children embroider eyes.)
• There are many variations from this basic pattern. Decorations can be either pompons, yarn or bells. Jackets, vests and skirts are also used for clothing the monkey.

MATERIALS:
• One pair Rockford Red Heel Socks.
• Stuffing-cotton batting or polyester fiber.
• Red knitting yarn.
• Black embroidery thread.
• All purpose thread.
• Buttons for eyes (optional)
• Straw hat (optional)

 

Visit supersockmonkey.com for other great ideas, cute sock animals, and more.