Archive for the 'How-To' Category

Seeing Flowers by Guest Artist Renee Stien: a Mixed-Media Canvas

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Today, we’d like to give a warm Somerset Place welcome to mixed-media artist Renee Stien, who has graciously stopped by to share this step-by-step tutorial on how to make your own bouquet of flowers on canvas. We especially like how customizable this project is and love Renee’s suggestion for artists to improvise! Henri Matisse said, […]

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Today, we’d like to give a warm Somerset Place welcome to mixed-media artist Renee Stien, who has graciously stopped by to share this step-by-step tutorial on how to make your own bouquet of flowers on canvas. We especially like how customizable this project is and love Renee’s suggestion for artists to improvise! Henri Matisse said, […]

Start a Summer Book Club with Artistic Flair

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Thinking about starting a summer book club? Here are some ideas to bring artistic finesse to your book club and even a few suggestions for books to read. Summer is a great time to catch up on your reading, crafting, and relaxing. This summer, I’m hoping to finally make it to the end of “Les […]

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Thinking about starting a summer book club? Here are some ideas to bring artistic finesse to your book club and even a few suggestions for books to read. Summer is a great time to catch up on your reading, crafting, and relaxing. This summer, I’m hoping to finally make it to the end of “Les […]

6 Sure-Fire Ways to Make Your Mother Feel Special on Mother’s Day

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Let’s face it — we owe our mothers everything. They gave us life, they gave us support and love, they gave us punishments (that we deserved).  How my mother survived raising me, I’ll never know.  I was the kind of kid that never had skin on her knees and had the bad habit of telling […]

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Let’s face it — we owe our mothers everything. They gave us life, they gave us support and love, they gave us punishments (that we deserved).  How my mother survived raising me, I’ll never know.  I was the kind of kid that never had skin on her knees and had the bad habit of telling […]

Free Article Download: Crafting with Chanel

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Some shapes are iconic. You would recognize them a mile away —The Red Cross,  Apple, Google, Coca Cola, Pixar. A simple extendable office lamp or bottles with red lettering are immediately identified because they are a part of our everyday lives. The Chanel perfume bottle is one of those icons. It stands for elegance, simplicity, […]

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Some shapes are iconic. You would recognize them a mile away —The Red Cross,  Apple, Google, Coca Cola, Pixar. A simple extendable office lamp or bottles with red lettering are immediately identified because they are a part of our everyday lives. The Chanel perfume bottle is one of those icons. It stands for elegance, simplicity, […]

Protect Your Lips for Summer: DIY Lip Balm Recipes

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Do-It-Yourself describes me perfectly. If there’s a way to make it myself — I will. I’ve tried my hand at everything from shower scrubs to laundry detergent, crocheted my own dish scrubbies and even mixed my own dry shampoo. It may be faster to just go to the store, but I’m always in favor of […]

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Do-It-Yourself describes me perfectly. If there’s a way to make it myself — I will. I’ve tried my hand at everything from shower scrubs to laundry detergent, crocheted my own dish scrubbies and even mixed my own dry shampoo. It may be faster to just go to the store, but I’m always in favor of […]

Re-purpose, Reuse, Recycle — Green Projects to Celebrate Earth Day and Comment for a Chance to Win!

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Earth Day is fast approaching. On April 22nd, the world celebrates the Earth and rallies for a cleaner, better tomorrow. In honor of Earth Day, we’re sharing some earth-friendly projects that focus on reusing, re-purposing, and recycling. In addition to being good for the Earth, they’re also affordable. You’re using materials that you already have. […]

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Earth Day is fast approaching. On April 22nd, the world celebrates the Earth and rallies for a cleaner, better tomorrow. In honor of Earth Day, we’re sharing some earth-friendly projects that focus on reusing, re-purposing, and recycling. In addition to being good for the Earth, they’re also affordable. You’re using materials that you already have. […]

Discover 3 Easy Projects with the 7gypsies Mini Library Drawer

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

The 7gypsies Mini Library Drawer has all the Old World charm of a cozy library’s card catalog. My happiest place is among the books, feeling the paper beneath my fingertips as I follow along the adventures of Huck Finn or Elizabeth Bennet. In the age of ebooks and digital library catalogs, it’s nice to reminisce […]

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The 7gypsies Mini Library Drawer has all the Old World charm of a cozy library’s card catalog. My happiest place is among the books, feeling the paper beneath my fingertips as I follow along the adventures of Huck Finn or Elizabeth Bennet. In the age of ebooks and digital library catalogs, it’s nice to reminisce […]

Adding Layers of Interest: 55+ Stencil Project Ideas

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

I’ve only scratched the surface when it comes to using stencils in my artwork. There really are so many interesting ways that they can be incorporated. Paints and spray inks seem to be a match made in heaven when it comes to working with these addictive little artistic templates, but why stop there? Try experimenting […]

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I’ve only scratched the surface when it comes to using stencils in my artwork. There really are so many interesting ways that they can be incorporated. Paints and spray inks seem to be a match made in heaven when it comes to working with these addictive little artistic templates, but why stop there? Try experimenting […]

DIY to Try: Girls Who Read Art Journal Project

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Creating art journal pages is a great way to experiment with new techniques or color combinations without fear of “messing it up.” I have been trying to stretch my creative wings lately when it comes to color and because this palette has always appealed to me, I decided to give it a whirl on an […]

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Creating art journal pages is a great way to experiment with new techniques or color combinations without fear of “messing it up.” I have been trying to stretch my creative wings lately when it comes to color and because this palette has always appealed to me, I decided to give it a whirl on an […]

Editor Spotlight: Cynthia Levens + a Rememberlutions Jar Project

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Personally, I love reading the Letter from the Editor section of all our magazines. It’s always so interesting to see what the editors are up to, and these letters feel like I am touching base with good friends. Of course, I can always just head and say hi to the editors in person, but sometimes […]

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Personally, I love reading the Letter from the Editor section of all our magazines. It’s always so interesting to see what the editors are up to, and these letters feel like I am touching base with good friends. Of course, I can always just head and say hi to the editors in person, but sometimes […]