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20 Unique Crochet Necklaces

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Necklaces are great projects for crochet beginners. They’re small, so you can correct mistakes quickly, and stylish for all seasons. You can also hone your crochet skills faster, trying out new designs and creating your own patterns. Best of all, they make excellent gifts.

1. Heart and arrow
via Hô! Kiou

Necklace crochet red heart and arrow

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15 Cool Ways to Upcycle Old Maps

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If you travel frequently, you eventually find a pile of maps sitting in a drawer or box somewhere. They can be hard to throw away, even if they’re way outdated and worn out. Instead of getting rid of them completely, you can save their beauty and nostalgic value by upcycling the map pages into something new.

1. Envelopes
via La Petite Fabrique

Super mini envelopes from upcycled vintage maps

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Historical American Recipes for the 4th of July

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The American Independence Day is usually celebrated with a barbecue, but if you want to try something different, visit the Colonial Williamsburg website for American recipes from the 18th century. They have a whole department dedicated to researching and recreating colonial American foods, called the Department of Historic Foodways. They’re currently researching culinary topics like coffee, dairying, food preservation, beer brewing and military foods, but there’s a generous list of recipes already posted with instruction videos and background information about the dishes. Some examples:

Tomatoes and Eggs – recipe

Tomatoes and Eggs

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20 Inspiring Book Sculptures

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Last year, a number of anonymous book sculptures began to appear around Edinburgh. They were left as gifts in libraries, museums and cultural institutions, attached to brief notes that said some variety of ‘thank you’. The artist is still anonymous, but the artwork continues to amaze and inspire. (See the pictures and full story here.)

Book sculpting isn’t just a Scottish phenomenon. Here are some other awesome examples:

1. Vagabond Songs
via Brooke Schmidt

vagabond songs - book sculpture

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