Today’s link round-up has a fall leaf tree, turtle fudge, Thanksgiving Rice Krispies Treat turkey pops, and a fall boot giveaway.
Crafts Unleashed taught us how to make rhinestone leather bracelets that rival the ones sold in stores.
Back for Seconds taught us how to make no-fail turtle fudge.
Made in a Day showed us how to make a fall leaf tree.
Keiko Lynn’s giving away a pair of Ariat boots, but you have to enter by November 27.
Temptalia shared her MAC must-haves. You may want to add a few to your wishlist or pick some of these up for a makeup-lover in your life.
Hungry Happenings has a last-minute Thanksgiving treat recipe to share.
Enjoy the View shared a little earth tone fashion inspiration.
Photo credit: Crafts Unleashed, Made in a Day, and Hungry Happenings
Today’s link round-up features pumpkin pancakes, ironing board snowmen, peppermint candy trees, and more.
Chocolate Covered Katie shared her recipe for pumpkin pancakes.
Restyled Junk created something cute from an old ironing board—decorative snowmen.
Oh She Glows shared a holiday-inspired treat: Lentil Mushroom Walnut Balls with Cranberry-Pear Sauce.
The Comfy Crafter showed us how to make a DIY aged clothespin plants/pencil holder.
A Beautiful Mess did something creative with a cheese tray. It’s turkey-shaped.
Crafts ‘n Coffee taught us how to make sparkling peppermint candy trees.
Enjoy the View put together a cozy plaid weekend outfit you’ll love.
Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie, The Comfy Crafter, and Steve Snodgrass
Today’s link round-up has fall leaf mini-cakes, beaded moccasins, a winter wreath, a cute turkey decoration, and more.
Bird’s Party Blog showed us how to make adorable leaves for your fall cupcakes.
Kiddie Foodies made teddy bear homemade pancakes with apples.
The 36th Avenue taught us how to make a gorgeous Thanksgiving table escape.
Dream a Little Bigger showed us how to make glitter switch plates that will brighten up a room.
I Love to Create Blog showed us how to make our own comfy beaded moccasins.
Happy House and Home created a winter wreath and showed us how, too.
Crafty Journal made a cute little turkey trot decoration.
Photo credit: Bird’s Party Blog and Dream a Little Bigger
It can be fun to celebrate the holidays right down to our fingertips. For the Fourth of July, I got together with a bunch of girlfriends and their daughters and we did pedicures with red, white, and blue nail art variations. Now I’ve started to gather some easy Christmas nail art ideas for a party in December.
We break into twos and do each other’s nails after we pick the nail art we want. I learned it’s best to keep it less complicated since the kids take part in the effort. Here are a few ideas I think are winners:
This Santa hat pattern is very easy. Just cross two pieces of clear tape over your finger nails, leaving a space the shape of a triangle.
Christmas Tree Nails
You can use the same triangle art to create Christmas tree nail art. Start by painting the nail with a background color like gold. When it is dry, tape off the fingernail and paint a green triangle.
You can use glitter polish, or a matte green and then decorate with white, red and gold dots for ornaments using the dotting tool. Top the tree with a star nail decal or just add a red large red dot with the large dotting tool.
When dry add a fast drying clear top coat.
Christmas Nail Art
For something even easier, you can just paint your nails in Christmas colors and then add nail art from snowflakes to Christmas trees or Santa. This is a really quick way to get that festive look for the holidays.
Photo credits: Amazon
Fast fashion is much like fast food. It’s available right away, we like it, but it really isn’t good for us.
The fast fashion concept started back in the late 1990s as a new production model. Clothing started being created in smaller batches so factories could meet ultra-quick turn-around times. This meant we, the consumers, could have the latest trend fasterâ€¦in fact we could find it on the rack just a few weeks after the trend hit.
By the mid-2000s fast fashion chains were turning out thousands of lines each season.
Now women own more clothes than any other time in history. We no longer build wardrobes. Instead, clothing has become disposable. In the UK, on average, consumers buy two million tons of clothes in a year and half of them end up in the landfill.
I’d say they need to learn a thing or two about recycling, but before we point fingers think about the impact fast fashion has on our environment.
The fast fashion trend is not really sustainable. It uses natural resources just to create disposable clothing which end up in the landfills. Plus the garment and textile production and transportation add to the depletion of fossil fuels, and growing more cotton means using more water.
While the price tag on these clothes might be less, they really are costing us a higher price.
The other thing I notice with this trend is that with so many items hitting the racks, I can go from store to store looking for something without much success. In fact, I can visit the thrift store and find a larger selection of unique items I actually like for a fraction of the cost.
I’m not the only one who see the downside of fast fashion. The Centre for Sustainable Fashion represents slow fashion and all things “eco,” “ethical,” and “green” in the fashion industry. It encourages taking time to ensure quality production.
Photo credits: verypurpleperson
Todayâ€™s link round-up has a googly-eye scarf, a few last-minute Halloween projects, and more.
Five Heart Home made spider cupcakes for Halloween. (image)
Whimsey Box showed us how to make a googly-eye scarf for a fun piece of fashion.
DIY Network made simple and quick Halloween window decorations you can still put up before the trick-or-treaters arrive.
The Neighborhood offered up a free printable Halloween treat bag idea.Â
Love Maegan painted some glam Halloween nails with gold spider webs.
Family Chic created a recycled sugar and creamer set thatâ€™s a little unexpected, but functional and cute!
Hungry Happenings made an unbelievably cute pumpkin piÃ±ata cake youâ€™re going to want to copy if you have time.
Photo credit: Five Heart Home and Tammra McCauley
A Montreal-based fashion designer has created a couple of dresses that include gaze-activated, eye-tracking technology. The dresses actually react to a viewer’s gaze by lighting up and moving. When I read this, I thought eye tracking technology in clothing? Kind of creepy.
It works with glow-in-the dark thread, structured plastic, and a super-organza fabric often used in the creation of Paris Opera House and Europe’s top fashion brands.
â€œThe gaze-activated dresses are embedded with eye-tracking technology that responds to an observerâ€™s gaze by activating tiny motors to move parts of the dresses in mesmerizing patterns.” — designer, Ying Gao, (Dezeen Magazine)
I’m not sure what the purpose for this technology would be other than to get your designs in the news, and Gao has accomplished that. I can’t imagine that it has a practical purpose.
The one dress reminds me of clouds moving in the breeze. Others describe it as reminiscent of a swimming jellyfish. The other has bands that move which are more evident under black lights.
Surprisingly, the dresses don’t weigh more than a half pound even with the tiny little motors. The technology is intriguing and something I could use when writing science fiction, but it’s not anything I would ever wear. I mean, what would happen when I sweat?
The purpose? According to the designer, “The concept of presence and of disappearance are questioned, as the experience of chiaroscuro (clarity/obscurity) is achieved through an unfixed gaze.” I’m thinking the real purpose might have something to do with the fact that the project will be on exhibition this fall at Montreal’s Centre de Design UQAM and Shanghai’s Power Station of Art (PSA), and at Toronto’s Textile Museum of Canada in Spring 2014.
Photo credits: ying gao
Todayâ€™s link round-up has ways to take care of cast iron, fall treats, fabric pumpkins, a look at the health care system, creepy cocktails, and even an animal headband you can make yourself.
Food 52 offers tips for taking care of your cast iron.
Chocolate Covered Katie made chai banana bread with pumpkin cream cheese, and it wraps tons of fall flavors all into one treat.
Blogilates made a healthy fall treatâ€”chunky cinnamon apple muffins.
Restyled Junk made painted fabric prim pumpkins, decorations that will look great for Halloween or Thanksgiving.
Cupcakes and Cashmere shared some creepy cocktails you can serve at your Halloween party.
Mind Body Green talked about how to heal our health care system.
A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make animal headbands as last minute touches to costumes.
Todayâ€™s link round-up has Halloween fun, tips for date nights at home, and a jewelry cleaning how-to.
Liâ€™l Luna shared a cute treat jar idea for Halloween.
Dollar Store Crafts showed us how to make a punk rock princess pumpkin.
Hoopla Palooza made some amazingly creative Halloween cupcakes.
Mom Endeavors gave us some fall-inspired game day snacks in the form of apple Snickers dippers.
This Silly Girlâ€™s Life showed us how to make mini funnel cakes that look like crispy spider websâ€”deliciously creepy!
One Tipsy Chick shared some ideas for having a fantastic date night at home when you canâ€™t hire a babysitter but want some quality time with your significant other.
New Mama Diaries showed us how to clean jewelry with homemade cleaner.
Photo credit: Li’l Luna, Mom Endeavors, and jenny downing