[Craft]-Fun Craft Projects for Mother’s Day

Dress Up a Plain Hat with Raffia Flowers

flower hat

flower hat

Boost even the most basic topper with a row of raffia flowers. Here’s how to make each blossom, in three steps:

Step 1: Cut a piece of cardboard that’s approximately four inches long and one inch wide. Cut a length of raffia to approximately six feet. Tightly wrap the raffia around the cardboard lengthwise.

Step 2: Carefully slide the wrapped raffia bundle off the cardboard, then tie a two-inch length of raffia around the bundle’s middle. Snip through the looped raffia at both ends. Repeat three more times to create four bundles.

Step 3: Stack the bundles atop one another as shown, then tie the entire stack together in the middle with a three-inch-length of raffia. Fan the bundles to make the flower appear full. Repeat as desired, making enough flowers to encircle your hat’s brim.

To attach the blooms to one another, and your hat, cut another length of raffia to approximately four feet. Slide the raffia through the center knot of each flower. Push the flowers together, then tie the raffia around your hat’s brim and trim any excess raffia — to fashion a bonnet in full bloom.

source: CountryLiving.com

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[Trade Show]-2013 Taipei Giftionery

The 2013 Taipei Giftionery is not only the most prominent gift and stationery trade platform, but also offers a peek into the new black of the industry. This year, 4 exceptional focal points are going to open your eyes and sweep you off your feet.

Oil Tung blossom series

Oil Tung blossom series

For starters, oriental aesthetic has always been a great inspiration to gift suppliers. It is safe to say that the spirit of Taiwan fully reflects the simple but sophisticated nature of oriental aesthetic. Cheerful Fashion Goods’ Clavier Hakka collection holds items from the Oil Tung blossom series, NEOPRENE series and the floral emblem series. These high quality items incorporate Taiwan elements and graphic art. To mention a few, the yummy Taiwan food matte, and the (Taiwan bird) T-shirt bags are both fascinating products with a pitch of nostalgia.

High tech gifts that cater to the more practical side of gift giving are now also pretty and artsy. MAGI WAY presents the Saturn products for Tablet PC and mobile phones. Made of beech wood, the holder is considered elegant and heart warming. XUAN design offers wooden mobile phone cases. Engraved with intricate laser print, the graceful case is both a treat to the eyes and the nose.

Recent years, Taiwan has gained recognition and appreciation through international designing awards. Taiwanese companies gradually switches from MIT (Made in Taiwan) to DIT (Designed in Taiwan). Many gift suppliers dedicate themselves to developing their own brands. For example, SOLIS proudly presents backpacks using Taiwan manufactured eco fabric (Polyester made from recycled PET bottles). Tone 40 sells Taiwan designed furniture and home accessories. Of which the cool collecting box and pen holder collections are highly popular.

At the end of the day, eco friendly gifts are still the all time favorite. Ecobook uses recycled paper. This Taiwan designed notebook is both eco friendly and fashionable. It allows A 4 sheets that are only printed on one side to become a part of our life again. Salute to Mother Earth!

Besides the 4 focal points, the nearly 700 booths total also reaches record high. Many foreign countries, including Bhutan, Nepal, and Indonesia, are all setting up country pavilions, adding to the attraction. The Cross Strait Exhibition Area also plans to make an appearance for the fifth year in a role. That would sure turn some heads this year.

source: cloud.taiwantradeshows.com.tw

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[Accessories]-Accessories & Decor

When you’re redecorating a room that’s in dire need of a fresh, new look, you don’t need to splurge on all-new furniture — in reality, all you need is a few inexpensive, well-placed accessories. Despite often being small, accessories can pack a mighty punch and can quickly change a blah room into a contemporary or modern trendy space worthy of a magazine cover.

There are a wide variety of products to choose from, and everything from a throw pillow to a wall divider can make a dramatic difference in your room’s overall appearance. So before you head to the furniture store, think about how accessories can help change your decor.

Take advantage of your walls. In a room where floor space is limited, it’s important to make the most of your walls by using every inch. If yours are looking a little barren, spice them up with colorful artwork or picture frames. Creating your own photo collage can add a personal touch to any room, while mirrors can give a small space an added boost. If storage is an issue, use wall shelves and stack them with fun trinkets or flowers. Don’t forget about the wall itself! Add some flavor with a colorful patterned wallpaper or go for a brightly painted accent wall.

 

pillows

pillows

Bring new life to tables and countertops. If your living room needs a lift, liven it up by adding a few thoughtful accessories. Pictures always make great additions, but keep them interesting by mixing up your frames — getting too matchy-matchy can make the room look boring. When lit, candles add a romantic, relaxing feel, and coffee table books about travel, home design, fashion or photography make for great conversation starters with guests. You can also show off your green thumb by adding a plant or a vase with some flowers.

Get your whole family involved. Ensure that everyone feels at home by letting each family member pick something out. That way you’ll get a wider variety of products, which leads to a more interesting, unique room. Let the kids pick out a funky clock while you choose a handy magazine rack or an accent rug. And make sure to remember the dog accessories!

Don’t forget the fabric. Since most of us have neutral-colored furniture, one of the easiest ways to punch up a look is through the fabric you display. Swap out throw pillows and blankets to liven up a dull foundation, and don’t be afraid to go bold or try mismatched patterns. Because of their size, floor-length curtains can make a dramatic difference in a room and can transition a room from traditional to contemporary all by themselves.

source: www.houzz.com/photos/accessories-and-decor

[Decoration]-The Best Fashion Decoration: Sunglasses

sunglasses

sunglasses

Nowadays, with the popularity of fashion sunglasses, both celebrities and common people pursue cool images with sunglasses. Sunglasses seem more than protective tool for eyes. They become popular because their fashion style and they can decorate people’s face thereby to change people’s images.

In fact, sunglasses have become an important fashion decoration in summer. Now, if you want to change yourself in this summer, just try some fashion sunglasses. In order to choose the best cool sunglasses for yourself, you can start from two main aspects.

First, you must know what the best popular sunglasses in this year are. If you are a careful person, you may find that sunglasses nowadays are more colorful in bold design which have become the highlight in the models.

In detail, the shape of the sunglasses frame still is the main design of the sunglasses. Apart from traditional round and rectangle sunglasses, there are also some personalized cat eyes sunglasses and butterfly sunglasses. Besides, different from traditional design, they are more colorful. Some of them are designed with stripe, leopard line or diamond on their frame which make those sunglasses really a piece of fashion decoration.

Second, choose the best suitable sunglasses for yourself. Although there are many kinds of stylish sunglasses in the market, not anyone of them suits you. As long as you choose the best suitable one, you can get fashion images.

So, how can you choose the best suit one sunglasses? When you choose sunglasses, you should choose the proper color, frame shape and frame size for your sunglasses. In this point, you should choose it according to your face shape, skin color and occasions. Since different people have different face shape, skin color and clothes style, because the same sunglasses will look different on different people. For this reason, you must choose it according to your own face features. For example, if you have a dark skin color, please try to avoid choosing white frame sunglasses. Some sunglasses with brown, grey or black sunglasses may work well on you. If your skin is in light colored tone, you can try some bright colored sunglasses which have similar color with your skin.

source: derikbriany2.articlealley.com/the-best-fashion-decoration-for-men-cool-sunglasses-2336002.html

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[Decoration]-Decorating Cell Phones – Charms Covers Crystals

 

cell phone case

cell phone case

Cell phone decorations are no longer just for looks; some would say that these have become a reflection of who you are. You can buy decor

for your phone from the vast array of ready-made choices or you can use do-it-yourself methods of  for unique personalizing.

Charms in Every Imaginable Theme: One such ready-made choice would be cell phone charms, which are widely available for purchase and, with the array of themes available, can be changed with your every mood, to show your current emotions or to let the world know what your favorite things are.

Peel and Stick: Ready-made peel and stick cell phone decorations are available in a seemingly endless variety of themes, to fit your own interests. You can even get them in words or phrases like “Way to go” or “You are my sunshine”.

Decorative Straps: You can even make a fashion statement with the strap of your cell phone, as beautiful straps are available with themes such as butterflies, jeweled poodles or Cinderella’s magic shoe.

mobile phone straps

mobile phone straps

The strap itself may be woven with a themed design but cell phone straps also often include an attached charm as part of that theme.

Fun Covers: Fabric animal-shaped covers that stretch to fit most bar style cell phones can reflect your love of your pet or show off your favorite animal, insect or amphibian. Sports enthusiasts, you might be happy to know that these come shaped like a football, basketball or other sports equipment too.

Face plates, Skins: Other types of covers are face plate covers and phone skins. These can be found in animal prints, many design themes and bright, muted, shiny or most any other type of finish in solid colors.

cell phone cover

cell phone cover

Do It Yourself

Crystals, kits and other supplies are available for you to create your own design that you glue directly to your phone’s surface.

Source:  sandimarshall.hubpages.com/hub/Cell-Phone-Decorations

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