18 of the Best Lace Necklaces

18 of the Best Lace Necklaces

Lace used to bring to mind pictures of curtains, tablecloths, and wedding dresses. Victorian gloves and doll’s clothing, but never necklaces. I mean, I’ve heard of delicate lace collars, but necklaces were new to me. Which is tragic, because I am in love with them. They can add a bit of elegance to any outfit. […]

15 of the Best Ways to Upcycle Old Maps

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 They can be hard to throw away, even if they’re way outdated and worn out.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 […]

17 Creative Masquerade Masks for Halloween

17 Creative Masquerade Masks for Halloween

Thanks to the “Phantom of the Opera” and Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Red Masque of Death,” masquerade balls are just creepy enough to be appropriate for Halloween. Even if you don’t throw an out-and-out masquerade, though, a Venetian-style mask is a great costume option, with or without a matching outfit. Although, I think there’s a […]

19 Ways to Use Birch Bark for Crafting

Birch bark is often used as tinder for camp fires, but if you’re stuck in the city or have too much bark on hand, there are dozens of other ways you can use it. The bark’s flexibility and beautiful pattern make it perfect for decorating objects, especially for weddings or parties with a rustic theme. […]

11 of the Best Crochet Collar Patterns

Similar to crochet and lace necklaces, Peter Pan crochet collars are a quick project for both beginning and advanced crocheters. They’re easy to learn how to make and can be a great starting point for trying out frills and finery without getting too frustrated. And, of course, they’re a lot of fun to wear once you’re done. […]

14 Beautiful Crochet Dress Patterns: Then and Now

Browsing through vintage crochet catalogs in thrift shops can be fascinating and funny, but if you find a good catalog, you might also discover some great ideas. The vintage crochet dress patterns are especially remarkable. You can find original 1950′s cocktail dresses and evening gowns, even classy crochet wedding dresses. Even if the patterns are […]

9 Great Ways to Use a Wax Seal Stamp

great ways to use a wax seal stamp

Wax seal stamps might seem too antiquated to use every day, but they can be unexpectedly handy once you have one. Because they’re so sophisticated by themselves, you don’t have to add much else to a letter or label to make it look impressive. But you can use wax seal stamps for much more than […]

20 Unique Garlands and Banners

The best garlands are worth keeping even after the party is over. They’re creative, festive, and perfect above fireplaces or across empty walls, giving a courteous nod to every unbirthday of the year. I also enjoy having a banner on my fireplace for every holiday season. So, without further ado, here are some of my favorite banners […]

11 Beautiful Upcycled Wedding Gowns

If you really want a unique wedding gown, choose a dress made from recycled materials. It’s one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly, and simply brilliant. Your materials could be recycled from something meaningful or just something nice that you get your hands on. Old yarn for crocheting dresses and vintage lace are also popular materials to use when upcycling wedding dresses. […]

Poetic Pictures of Doors to Nowhere are the Ultimate Mood

We’re on the final stretch of the year now. Soon, we’ll be socially pressured into either thinking about the future or meditating on the past. But before that terrible moment arrives, let’s think about right now. This calls for poetry, outdoor photos and benign background music. Enjoy these enchanting photos of doors leading to nowhere couple with a wonderful […]