How To Make A Tutu

We’ve noticed you ladies love making tutus…we do too – and why wouldn’t we? A tutu (especially a handmade tutu) is the prefect expression of girly, frilly, imaginative fun! When you make them yourself, you can size them to fit just about anyone or anything: a baby, a puppy, a table skirt, a husband that loses a bet….

Here are all of our favorite tutu-torials in one place. If you are an expert tutu maker, please feel free to share your favorite tutu making tutorials instructions and tutu tips in the comments, if this is your first time making a tutu…get ready to have some fun making a handmade tutu!

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To My Dad On Fathers Day

To My Dad On Fathers Day

My father is just one of those people you instantly love – a smile that could light cities, a warmth that makes you feel you’ve met an instant, trusted confidant. And you have…he is a wonderful man. All my life, my Dad was a Stock Broker…and not just by profession, he made being a “broker” his life. Every client was a friend, their family was his family. He spent just about everyday of his life…

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Why I Hope Magazines Never Die

But an “online magazine” cannot replace my beloved printed works of art. An online magazine can never replace the experience I had as a girl just plastering my walls with every idea, every image that I loved. Creating my own “virtual” world filled with thrilling images of everything that inspired me. Reading a really good magazine is a fulfilling artistic experience. It isn’t just the copy that makes it compelling, it is the whole shabang – the vivid imagery that only looks that way printed on slightly glossy paper, the quietness of the printed word that seems to allow the reader to dictate his or her own pace. The feeling you get when you turn the page and see the most beautiful photograph just sitting there. Oh! It is magical…

You can’t read an online magazine in the bath. And how about vision boards – what would we paste on our vision boards if there were no magazines…can I staple a Kindle or iPad to the wall? Sadly, no…
As a young girl, my mind, my whole personality, was quite literally shaped by magazines like YM, Allure, and Sassy…

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Interview With Courtney Dirks – Meylah.com

You might have noticed last week that Meylah, a site I write for and often post about on Craft Ideas Weekly, launched a brand new arts and crafts selling platform. I sat down with Courtney Dirks, one of the founding team members of Meylah, to learn more about how Meylah got started and how they plan to revolutionize the way artists and crafters sell their work online. Hi Courtney, Meylah is  pretty cool…what inspired you…

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Make Magnetic Paper Dolls For The Fridge

These are already scored for you on the Paperdolls Cricut cartridge. I used the “Everyday Paper Dolls” and “Paper Dolls Dress Up” cartridges. I also make little ones to give to my doctors and nurses on a popsicle stick and one for just about anyone I come across. It is easy to make them look like people and they love it!
My doctor even took her “nurse” paper doll on vacation with her and took pictures of the nurse in the sand at the beach at the tiki bar, etc … too cute.. Anyways, I cut them out 8 inches then I laminate them to protect them – small children like to tear up paper dolls. Then I just cut the clothes out on the Cricut also and laminate them and put velcro on them so the dolls can change clothes.

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Tips, Ideas, and Inspiration For Your Handmade Wedding

In preparation for my own “handmade” wedding next year, I have been doing  tons of research to find inspiration. Many couples have beautiful, simple, meaningful weddings that accomplish all of the “should do’s” on my personal list and include thoughtful elements created by the bride, groom, and wedding party. How do you make sure your wedding looks carefully crafted and still has tons of style? Here are a few tips and ideas… Roll Your Own…

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Say I Do…To A Happy Handmade Wedding

If your were about to set sail on a long voyage, would you make enemies with the crew and kick a hole in the ship before you go? As a soon-to-be bride myself, I have a few opinions about what a wedding should and shouldn’t be… I believe a wedding should be: A celebration of the bride and groom and of their families, traditions, shared values, and cultures. I realize this is controversial to many…

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Make A Paper Rose Hairpin

This hair pin tutorial was created by Taryn at Poppy Chic! Thank you Taryn for sharing it with us! 🙂 Read More about her here. I just love the idea of whipping up a bunch of cute hair flowers for my friends for no reason at all, just because it makes them smile!  I created this super fun and easy tutorial for the lovely folks over at Craft Ideas Weekly so you can surprise your…

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An Interview With Taryn Sisco – Poppy Chic

We first found Taryn on Dreamers Into Doers, the Martha Stewart Community and decided we love any girl that wears a big, bright flower in her hair! We also love the cute, funky, and easy tutorials she puts together on her blog, Poppy Chic. We wanted to learn more!
Here is our interview with Taryn. ( Don’t miss the Flower Hair Pin Tutorial she shared with us – so adorable and easy to make!

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DIY Room Divider Tutorial

DIY Room Divider Tutorial

Sometimes, I like to imagine myself in a dramatic scene from a black and white movie…”Dahling, would you be a dear and fetch me my dressing gown…” If there is one thing I have learned from old movies, it is that every glamorous lady needs a folding screen for her boudoir.

Folding screens are fantastic for adding a pop of color and pattern to any room. They make great room dividers or clever junk hiders. While in my film-fueled fantasies they are made of satin and are strewn with long gloves and floor-length, feather-hemmed nighties, the reality is folding screens can be wonderfully functional and modern if you make them yourself.

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