Online Finds: Scandinavian-Style Fuse Bead Xmas Ornaments

Arts & Crafts, Colors, Fabrics & Materials, Stunt Double

Bea at Sew and So Ideas shared a fuse beads tutorial for making traditional Scandinavian-style Christmas tree ornaments:

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Bea at Sew and So Ideas.

Lovely! The combination of red and white (or sometimes red and grey, at least in Finland) and the embroidered details definitely remind me of the Nordic countries.

As it so happens, I’m sharing a related printable freebie tomorrow. 🙂

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Online Finds: DIY Star Wars Canvas with a Lightsaber!

Arts & Crafts, DIY, Geek out!

Katie at The Casual Craftlete shared a quick DIY project that’s full of Star Wars win, with plenty of time to get it done before the premier of Episode VII. How would you like a Yoda wall canvas with a lightsaber that actually lights up?

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Katie at The Casual Craftlete.

Who am I kidding – who wouldn’t like one, right! You could even make a whole series of them, either in the same color like the elegant grey Katie chose, or you could pick a range of different background colors, something like in this set of art prints by NEVEstudio.

See the full tutorial by Katie at her site. Thanks for sharing, Katie!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Walk As If on Dragon Wings

Arts & Crafts, DIY

User Brooklyntonia shared their clever design for adding dragon wings to your boots:

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Broonklyntonia at Instructables.

Alternatively, instead of burning the wing spines with a lighter, you could make them by sewing either by hand or with a machine.

Full tutorial at Instructables. Love the concept – you could just as easily make other types of wings. Thanks, Brooklyntonia!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Online Finds: DIY Steampunk Jewelry Tutorial

Arts & Crafts, DIY, Fabrics & Materials

If you’re into jewelry making and/or steampunk, you might want to have a look at the tutorial for making an embossed pendant by Adrianne:

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Adrianne at Crafts Unleashed.

See Adrianne’s tutorial at Crafts Unleashed for more!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Online Finds: DIY Faux Fur Hammock

Arts & Crafts, DIY, Fabrics & Materials, Inspiration

Monday’s Klingon geeky color combo post apparently got me thinking about fur as material. Images of fur-this and fur-that have flashed through my head these past few days. Then I ran into a faux fur hammock tutorial by Jessica at The Aestate.

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Jessica at The Aestate.

Basically she covered an existing hammock with fake fur and a coordinating stretchy fabric for the underside. Great job, Jessica! What a clever way to make sure your hammock will both be safely constructed and look unique. Visit Jessica’s blog for instructions!

Now I’m very tempted to start a fake fur project! 🙂

Online Finds: Paper Pi Earring Tutorial

DIY, Fabrics & Materials

Tomorrow is Pi Day. To celebrate, Natalia Heilke made paper pi earrings and posted a tutorial on her blog, Tally’s Treasury.

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Natalia Heilke at Tally’s Treasury.

Very nice!

In junior high, our teacher told us that most people don’t remember the approximate value of pi beyond the two first decimals. To mess up the averages, I decided to learn it by heart up to eight decimals. That’s just how geeky I roll. 🙂 I still remember it, even though I haven’t had anything serious to do with math in 20 years: 3.14159265.

Happy Pi Day!

Online Finds: Quilled Cursive Valentine’s Card

Arts & Crafts, Design & Designers, DIY

If you’re into Valentine’s Day crafts, now is the time to get a head start! Quilling is an art form I admire a lot, but know I could not do myself. (It’s the shaping and gluing miniature bits neatly. Good thing I’m not a clockmaker!)

I stumbled onto Ann Martin’s paper craft site, All Things Paper, and found a tutorial for an easy (it seems) quilled cursive lettering card:

All Things Paper Quilled Cursive Love Card

Ann Martin at All Things Paper.

Also take a look at Ann’s Quilling 101 tutorial with extensive details, photos and a short history at Make, or browse her list of tutorials at All Things Paper.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Online Finds: Lego Snowglobe Tutorial

Arts & Crafts, DIY

Love Legos and snow? Kate at Mini-eco shares her easy snowglobe tutorial and its awesome results:

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Kate at Mini-eco.

If you’re at all interested, have a look at Kate’s post. She included detailed instructions and another scene besides this frosty one.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.