Colorado is a beautiful part of the United States and to see the best of what Colorado has to offer, we recommend checking out the many hiking trails. Here are just some of the most…
Acorns are a wonderful source of beauty, and they’re plentiful enough for you to try anything with them. Of course, you might use them as food–e.g., by making acorn flour or coffee–but even then, you’d have the acorn caps to create things with. Here are sixteen great ideas to start with:
1. Felted acorns – perfect for all kinds of seasonal decoration.
via Felt Jar
Thanks to the Phantom of the Opera and Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Red Masque of Death‘, masquerade balls are just creepy enough to be appropriate for Halloween. Even if you don’t throw an out-and-out masquerade, though, a Venetian-style mask is a great costume option, with or without a matching outfit.
1. Filigree metal mask – Bollywood-style
via Masque Boutique
For the ambitious, here are fifteen cute baby quilt designs to make.
For the realistic, here are fifteen talented quilters that can make a cute quilt for you.
1. Rag quilt – ‘Silent Cinema’
via Southern Charm Quilts
Whether you’re looking for an engagement/wedding ring, or just a special gift for someone you love, looking for the perfect ring can be an overwhelming task. For a good start, check out the beautiful work of these sixteen jewelry artists on Etsy:
1. Peaces of Indigo – artisan rings made from recycled silver and gold
Birch bark is often used as tinder for camp fires, but if you’re stuck in the city or have too much bark on hand, there are dozens of other ways you can use it. The bark’s flexibility and beautiful pattern make it perfect for decorating objects, especially for weddings or parties with a rustic theme.
If you search Etsy for clothing made in Tel Aviv, you’ll discover a remarkable number of chic Israeli designers. Their overall style is a combination of simplicity and femininity, perfect for those special occasions that require a classy dress.
Most baby shower decorations seem to emphasize parenthood with, for example, bottles, pacifiers and a lot of baby-carrying storks. If this isn’t your style, a sophisticated alternative is simply to focus on one color, like pink or blue, and use only subtle baby references. This approach is shown perfectly in the following baby shower cookies, beautifully decorated by bakers on Etsy.
1. Brush embroidered cookies
via Amber Spiegel
In case you missed it, a recent post listed ideas for upcycling library cards and included a little painting by Vickie Moore from Winged World. Now, Vickie is sponsoring a giveaway for Grains of Earth readers! One lucky person will win four woodland animal prints on library cards. These little pictures would look great in a library, classroom or nursery (basically, any room that has books).
Firewood is the most common use for fallen branches, but sometimes a piece of wood is too beautiful to burn. For branches and twigs you can’t quite bring yourself to destroy, there are numerous projects that make good use of lovely wood.
1. Handle for a drink tote
via Frick and Frack Scraps