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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Easy Valentine's Day Ideas

Are you looking for some easy Valentine's Day ideas? I don't usually do a lot, decor wise. I'll hang a wreath, or hang a garland on the mantel, but that's about it.  After the frenzy of the holidays, I'm not ready to go crazy on Valentine's Day!


I do like to do a few small things, though, whether it be a special recipe or a simple craft.

These cute valentine ornaments couldn't be easier to make, using supplies from the dollar store.


This easy garland was made from old book pages and cardboard from the recycling.


Who wouldn't want cobbler from their sweetheart on Valentine's Day?


These faux tin LOVE letters are so easy to make, using recycled cardboard.


What better way to start your Valentine's Day, than with the world's best Bloody Mary?


This little sweetheart wreath was made from recycled cardboard, vintage book pages, and recycled wool sweaters!


Okay, so this post is not about making anything -- it's all about hooking up!


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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

{15} Easy Jewelry Tutorials

You have to check out this round-up of easy jewelry making tutorials! If you have no skills, few supplies, and little or no budget, these jewelry making ideas are for you.


Using supplies from the Dollar Store, the Hardware Store, or your own Junk Drawer, you can make lots of pretty projects. You can even make your own beads and charms, and I've included a tutorial for making your own paper bead making tool.

Can you believe this necklace came from supplies (including an old napkin ring!) from an over stuffed junk drawer?


You can make pretty fabric beads, using tiny fabric scraps and a little bit of glue.


It's easy to make perfect tube beads every time.


If you have an old dog tag, you can transform it into wearable art.


You don't need fancy supplies to make these wire sphere charms.



Use broken jewelry or leftover beads (or beads you've made from one of these tutorials!) to create a stash of charms.


Even the tiniest paper scraps can be transformed into colorful pendants.


These jewelry cones were made from lowly bottle caps.


A little copper wire, and a couple of tiny glass tile samples from the hardware store is all you need to create unique one-of-a-kind pendants.


Even a "found" stone can be turned into jewelry!


If you have a dollar store nearby, you can create these elegant pendants.


You can recycle an old leather belt, handbag, or jacket into the perfect necklace for the bibliophile in your life.


It's easy to make lots of rolled paper beads with this DIY bead making tool.


Here's another wire wrapping tutorial!


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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Craft Ideas For Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is right around the corner! It falls on February 8th in 2016. One of the best things about living in a big city is the multiculturalism. We have been so lucky to have been invited to join in celebrations from many different cultures.


Last year I made lots of paper lanterns and New Year inspired rosettes to decorate my mantel, as well as a building foyer that I stage.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

My Favorite Posts From 2015

Last week I shared your favorite House Revivals blog posts of 2015. This week, I thought I would share my favorites. Hint: there's a little bit of overlap, but there are also some great posts that got lost in the post-holiday lull that you may have missed.

How to Draw and Paint when you don't have time and don't know how is on both our lists!


This tutorial for making garden markers from old silver spoons was a favorite of mine.


I was able to spend a lot of vacation time creating art and drawing with my granddaughter this year, so the drawing tutorials are really special to me.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

What to Do With Unfinished Holiday Projects?

Lots of times, when I'm working on craft projects for the holidays, I don't finish them all in time for decorating and gift giving. For years, I felt like a failure when this happened, but now days, I realize I'm just "ahead of the game"!


It's okay if you don't finish everything before Christmas. You can always pack your incomplete projects away with your Christmas decor, and finish it up next year -- but a better idea is to go ahead and finish now (or during Christmas in July). You will be able to go into the next holiday season with lots of handmade gifts ready for giving! If you're a blogger, you can go ahead and write a post about it, and schedule it to be published during the holidays, freeing up your holiday time to spend with family and friends.


 Over the 2014 holidays, I made lots of these icicle ornaments, that I blogged about here. I went ahead and finished them up (mostly) in January, so they would be ready for decorating or gift giving in December.


In 2015, I experimented with some papier mache Santa ornaments I saw on Emi's (Hectanooga) YouTube channel. Those didn't get finished, either, but I went ahead and got them all gessoed and ready to paint. I will finish them up as I have time, schedule a blog post about making them to be published during the 2016 holidays, and have a ready supply of gifts!

It's okay that these projects didn't get finished before Christmas. After all, it's just a matter of perspective, right?  You can look at those unfinished projects as failures, or you can look at them as being "ahead of the game"!

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~Amanda

Thursday, January 14, 2016

2016 Word of the Year

Confession: I wasn't going to do a Word of the Year for 2016, because I felt like last year's word was such a failure. The funny thing is, when I sat down and really reviewed the year, I realized I hadn't failed at all. Sometimes you just need to take a step back and get some perspective to really see things properly.

In past years, I've chosen the words Beauty, Health, Acceptance, and Intentional.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Most Popular Posts of 2016

Well, I just couldn't do it. I couldn't limit my annual "best of" post to just ten posts, so,since last year was 2015, I decided to do a "top 15" post!

Here they are, in no particular order:

Friday, January 8, 2016

How to Get Organized in the New Year!

It's that time of year again! Isn't it amazing how quickly the years fly by? If you are like me, at the start of a new year, you look for ways to organize your life. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

With a little bit of paint and some Craigslist or thrift store filing cabinets, you can organize your life with style!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Make Pretty Icicle Ornaments for Pennies!


This article first appeared on House Revivals in December 2014, and is reprinted by request.


Do you love vintage spun cotton ornaments? Me too! The problem with actual vintage ornaments, of course, is that they are difficult to find and they can be expensive.



I loved the look of a Christmas tree that is just dripping with icicles, but I knew I would never be able to find dozens and dozens of spun cotton icicles -- and even if I did, it would be too expensive to buy so many vintage ornaments.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Felted Wool Mitten Ornaments

This article was originally published by House Revivals in December of 2011.


What do you get your mother-in-law for Christmas, when she really doesn't need one single thing?  That's what I was wondering when she came out to the beach house for a visit this fall. She happened to bring up some embroidered ornaments I had given her years ago, mentioning that they were her favorites.  Each of the embroidered ornaments had the name and birthday of one of her seven children. An idea formed.


Why not make little "grandchild ornaments" for my mother-in-law for Christmas?   

I had tons of small felted wool scraps leftover from the gift card ornaments I wrote about here.  The scraps were small and I was debating whether to throw them away.