Monthly Archives: December 2011

How To: New Year’s Eve “Resolution Tree”

December 30th, 2011 | by Bonnie Getchell

When I saw this Thanksgiving post from Dana at Make Them Wonder, I completely fell in love with her Thanksgiving tree. In the post, she explains that she created a tree for guests to hang what they are thankful for on cute little leaves that she cut out of paper. Her tree is so simple, yet beautiful-- and would be an amazing conversation piece. I decided that I would use Dana's idea and tweak it a little bit to become a New Year's Eve goal tree! I also made it more eco-friendly by using old newspaper instead of new paper. In addition to the New Year's Eve Banner I made yesterday, your New Year's Eve party will be off to a great start!


How To: A “Happy New Year” Banner from Old Christmas Cards

December 29th, 2011 | by Bonnie Getchell

All of our Christmas decorations are put away, but this stack of Christmas cards stayed on our counter. I always feel guilty about throwing them away--especially the personal, handwritten ones. However, with New Years Eve in mind, I came up with a way to reuse those old Christmas cards! Many New Years Eve parties have banners and lots of fun decorations, but are far from eco-friendly! What is the solution? Use your old Christmas cards to make a fun and unique banner for New Years Eve!


How-to: Add a Kangaroo Pocket to Your Favorite Skirt

December 28th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

I am a firm believer that skirts ought to have pockets. I mean, really - what garment isn't improved with a little pocket action, right? Clothing designers do not seem to agree with my pocket philosophy, though, which I think is a terrible shame. Luckily, with a little crafty know-how, you can add a pocket to almost any skirt to stash, say, your key, money, and ID for an evening out. Take that, pocket-haters!


Easy Organizational Pages to Include in Your Daily Planner

December 27th, 2011 | by Julie Finn

So whether you'll punch your pages and put them into a three-ring binder create your own multi-folio hand-bound book, I encourage you to consider crafting your own daily planner this year. If you're still on the fence, here are some of the types of pages that I'll be including in my own planner--if the thought of all these handy organizational tools that I'll have at my fingertips makes you jealous, then you're halfway to a DIY planner of your own


Five No-Pattern Potholder Projects

December 26th, 2011 | by Julie Finn

While you'll have to wait until after the holiday season for my own favorite nine-patch potholder tutorial (there's only so much craftiness I can do while spending Christmas ten hours away from my sewing machine), here are five more potholder tutorials that you're going to love. Some are scrappy, some are sturdy, some are cute, and none of them even require so much as a pattern to sew--how much easier could you get


Have Yourself a Crafty Little Christmas

December 24th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

Here at CAGW, we are decking the halls with some handmade cheer, wrapping up the last of our handmade gifts, and spending some good old quality time with friends and family. You're probably doing the same, but just in case you want to get your last-minute Christmas craft on, we've got some projects for you!


How To: Inspiration Board for the New Year!

December 23rd, 2011 | by Bonnie Getchell

This week I upcycled a ceiling medallion from the thrift store and turned it into a beautiful inspiration board for the New Year! I know not everyone has a ceiling medallion, but I hope this project encourages you all to go out and find your own item to upcycle into an inspiration board. This is the perfect project to get you motivated to complete all of your goals in 2012!


5 Eco-Friendly Organizing Projects

December 22nd, 2011 | by Bonnie Getchell

Even though Christmas isn't here yet, I'm already thinking about my goals for the New Year! If you're anything like me, the New Year motivates me to get organized and generally deep clean my life (room, car, closet, etc). With organization on the brain, I want to share 5 incredible projects that will inspire you to get organized in 2012! Not only are these projects great for organizing, but they upcycle items you probably have around your home!


Reader Questions, Answered

December 21st, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

Have you ever fallen into a crafty rut? Been stumped by something that you want to repurpose but just can't sort out how? Searched for an eco-friendly version of a craft supply with no luck? Well, lovely readers, we want to help!



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