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Book of the Week: Photocraft: Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You Love

May 18, 2007

I selected the decor8 book of the week, Photocraft: Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You Love, based on a personal need. Like you, I have billions of digital images and although I enjoy uploading them to my Flickr account and sharing them with others, I haven’t dedicated the time to actually print them out and do something with them. Relate?

Book of the Week: Photocraft: Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You Love
My husband Thorsten took this photo in the apple orchard behind our home where there’s this tiny patch of green with what seems like thousands of dandelions. Most of us have long admired these delicate white puffs because as children, we’d blow them just to watch the seeds dance in the blue sky and drift off into the horizon. Looks like this one was about to take that same journey. I’d like to turn it into a huge canvas for my dining room wall. What do you think? Where do you go to turn a photo into a large canvas? I’ve seen a ton of places online offering this service, but I’d love to hear from someone that has actually tried one with good results. Anyone?

Book of the Week: Photocraft: Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You Love
As we mature, and time is no longer spent running through fields amongst flowers, capturing a moment is key because we don’t know when we’ll have the opportunity to repeat the magic. Outside of desktop wallpaper, photos in frames, or the latest craze, photos clipped on DIY lines, I haven’t explored alternate creative ways to display photos as much as I should. So I started to look into this a bit and fell upon Photocraft displayed proudly at Barnes and Noble last week. I grabbed it, scanned every page, and quickly found 1, 2, 3…6 projects that I totally imagined taking on. And they’re amazingly easy, any idiot can do it. Big plus.

Book of the Week: Photocraft: Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You LoveOne of the projects in the book, creating jewel box photo art, is actually demonstrated by Photojojo on their website in a quick and easy video how to. I love this project because you can purchase brand new jewel cases in bulk (my husband swears by eBay as the best source. Search: jewel cases. Or shop Circuit City or Best Buy, but they’ll cost a lot more). You can find cases that are as thick as your typical music CDs, or you can find the slim ones, meant for CDR’s. You don’t have to take apart your music CDs, in fact I don’t suggest it because more likely than not, your cases will have scratches and you want only those that are in perfect shape.

Hop on over to Photojojo and watch how it’s done.

Book of the Week: Photocraft: Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You Love
Now you can take your photos to the next level — off of your computer and onto your walls — in a less traditional, and totally modern, way. For more cool projects from Photocraft, purchase the book here on Amazon for only $13. Photojojo sells lots of neat things that will help you use your photos as art, so browse their website while you’re at it, like their photo block kit shown above.

Have fun!

(images from amazon + photojojo)

DIY, Objects

FLOR DIY: Hopskotch Rug

May 11, 2007

The second I saw this, I knew I had to share it here on decor8 — a fun FLOR project showing us how to create a hopskotch rug. I’d love to see this in a home where the only kids living there are the adults. I mean, seeing this in a kids space or school would be adorable, but somewhat expected, not so much of a conversation piece. But spotting this in an adults only space, in a home office or living room, now that would be completely fun. Not to mention great exercise. Now if only FLOR had a template for Twister… Sign me up!

FLOR DIY: Hopskotch Rug
To create the above, FLOR tells us to follow this handy guide where you’ll need:

1. FLOR Rug Map which includes layout, tile and design guidelines.
2. Number stencils from any craft store, or create your own with this template.
3. Bristol Brush or a Stippling Brush to dry brush paint onto FLOR tiles.
4. One to two 4oz. bottles of Opaque White airbrush paint. (Suggested: Createx brand from Bear Air).
5. Carpet knife for quick and easy trim of the Hop Skotch marquis.
6. Eight FLOR Tiles (they come with FLOR Dots). Toy Poodle was used to create the rug shown above.

Get hoppin’!

(image from flor)

Arts + Crafts, DIY, Inspiration

Martha Stewart *New* Crafts

May 2, 2007

Woo-hoo! The much anticipated Martha Stewart: Crafts collection is now at Michaels and on the new Martha Stewart: Crafts website where you can shop online 24/7.

Martha Stewart *New* CraftsMartha Stewart *New* CraftsYou see, I have this thing for Martha and her perfection. I’m so charmed by it all. To live the lifestyle she offers the modern haus frau is exciting, and if I can buy into it by crafting paper monkeys and sticking some minty green labels on a glass jar, writing “flour” and “sugar” in the best cursive I can, then I’ll take it, sold!

Martha Stewart *New* CraftsMartha Stewart *New* CraftsSpeaking of labels, I’m a huge fan of all the food packaging goodies she carries now, especially the project tips, like this one. There’s even gorgeous ribbon and wrapping paper to buy, along with gift wrapping tips. Oh Martha, you are too perfect. I’m thrilled to see this line, it looks flat out addicting.

Get crafty, have fun, create!

(images from martha stewart:crafts)

DIY, Inspiration, Rooms

decor8 Reader Kitchen Transformation

April 30, 2007

This is what I live for. At least from a career perspective. I seldom post entire letters from readers, but this one from Niki C. absolutely made my day. I have to share it with you.

decor8 Reader Kitchen Transformation
“Hi Holly! I’ve been reading your website for over a year now – check it every day and have turned countless friends to your site as well. I am a hurricane Katrina survivor and moved up to Pennsylvania after the storm – no flood zone – my husband and I bought our first home this past September. Your daily postings served as inspiration for me to decorate and design the way I like — but not the bland suburban way that would guarantee a resale value (all that beige and stone color, blech!). The first room we renovated was the tiny bathroom; we went with bright yellow and loved it so much that it gave us the confidence to take on the kitchen with boldness too.

before and after

decor8 Reader Kitchen Transformation
Since your aesthetic and daily musings served for such a constant source of inspiration and encouragement to be bold – I wanted to share with you the photos from my kitchen renovation. The lights aren’t worked out yet and there are still little things that aren’t finished, but I just felt like sharing it with you because you were a part of it to me. :) Thank you for decor8 and your vision.” :) -Niki

before and after

decor8 Reader Kitchen Transformation
Thank you so much Niki, very impressive work that I’m sure everyone reading here today will enjoy. We all know how hard a DIY renovation can be, especially a kitchen, so we applaud your amazing transformation. That candy apple kitchen is gorgeous, I would cook in there day and night! Readers, you can view all of her before and after photos here on flickr. Thank you for sharing it with us.

decor8 Reader Kitchen TransformationFor all the other design/creative bloggers out there that have long time lurkers (like Niki) reading YOUR blog, remember this: You may have no clue how your words are helping others to make positive changes. So stay with it. Keep sharing your voice. There’s room for all of us.

(images from niki crosby)

Arts + Crafts, DIY, Rooms

Show me your art wall!

April 17, 2007

An earlier post today on displaying art made me think of something. It’s nice seeing art in the styled homes of our favorite magazines because that’s where we go to pick up tips, but how do *you* display your art, and are you willing to share your wall/s with other decor8 readers? If so, please email your art wall to me at decor8blog {at} yahoo {dot} com with a link to your blog/website, along with your name and I just may post it right here sometime this week. So go ahead… It’s time to show and tell. :)

Show me your art wall!Here’s a snapshot of Erin’s art wall, isn’t it cool? For a guide to all the art in this photo, click here. Thanks Erin for the tip! I spotted an Ashley Goldberg there already… I love that girl!

DIY

DIY Project: Transforming a Grass Rug

March 2, 2007

We’ve all seen them, those wannabe-real grass mats. Have you considered designing your own template, tracing it on the back of the mat, and cutting your way to a new look?

DIY Project: Transforming a Grass Rug
Dutch magazine 101 Woonideeen has a template on their website (.pdf) that you can download, enlarge, and use to create a fresh take on an otherwise boring mat. You can also try animal shapes, from a bunny to a dog, or even insects, like a butterfly. The directions here are in Dutch, but I’m thinking you can use a silver metallic marker because the backing is usually black, and trace the outline of what you want the shape to be. Then cut it out. Presto!

Has anyone tried this project?

(images from 101 woonideeen)

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