Friday, October 24, 2008

Crafts, Tutorials...
Blade Runner

I found this great idea from Ready Made.

Instead of buying an expensive knife holder, you can make a really cool one from recycled or renewable source materials. Easy, useful, and rather elegant, too!

1. Drink all the liquid out of a 2 liter bottle or pull one out of your trash.
2. Clean and dry said bottle.
3. Remove the bottle’s label.
4. Using a utility knife, cut off the top of the bottle of so that it now measures 10 1/2” tall.
5. Fill the bottle’s bottom with about two cups of salt, sugar, or sand.
6. Start packing the bamboo skewers (sharp ends down) until the bottle is full and tight.
7. Gently stab your finest chef’s knives into the bamboo.

Or if you'd prefer, you can buy a similar model from Martin Robitsch, of Austria for only $125!

Do it yourself Wedding (and other) invitations.

When someone says that you should make your own invitations, my mind runs immediately to sloppy, very homemade-looking projects that advertise how small your budget is. But, thanks to different websites, you can create invitations worthy of a million-dollar wedding. Choices include dramatic petal fold envelopes, fancy papers, pretty ribbons to tie them with - all are included in a do-it-yourself (DIY) package, complete with instructions.

Just do a quick google search for "DIY Wedding invitations" and you 'll find dozens of sites. Usually, they provide you with a microsoft word template, the paper, and the decorations. You print the invitations, decorate, and assemble them.

They're definitely cheaper than professional printers, but some still seem pretty pricy to me.

<---Look, this invitation is even Green! I love that it has seeds embedded in it.

My middle daughter just turned 18, so maybe I should start thinking about this sometime in the near future. However, knowing her, she would rather DIE than have DIY wedding invites.

Well , at least here's one invitation we better not need for her. -------->

Even less expensive invitations!

Wedding fanatic has a video that shows you how to make really inexpensive invitations and provides a free template too! It can easily be modified to be used for other occasions. (You should check out her blog. It's not just full of amazing tips but it's also just a feast for the eyes.

Or, if you're not into making these kinds of papercrafts, you could always check Etsy. There are a lot of talented people who make unbelievably creative cards and invitations.

...and more!!!

Continuing with the wedding theme:
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And now from the Contrariwise homefront:
A kitchen peeler, potatoes, and a 13 year old girl. What do you get?

Can you tell that she's definitely improving!

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  1. High Desert Diva said...
    Love the knife holder!
    Heathen's Hearth said...
    The knife holder is a fabulous idea!
    LazyTcrochet said...
    Ah the potato peels look familiar here. Cool knife holder.
    Kim Caro said...
    what the heck happend to the boy? i hope he is ok !!!!!!!!!!!!
    Christie Cottage said...
    What a cool idea!

    I laughed at the potato peels on the floor. It looked so familiar!

    I found this blog posted on etsy. That's where you can find me.
    Anonymous said...
    I am glad I found your blog,,great resources.Will have to do the knife thing,,And I could do that with the potato peelings. Hope not,,

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