Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God's own love and concern.
The countdown begins
Advent wreaths are used as representations for the weeks leading up to Christmas. It's usually made up five candles with the last candle is lit on Christmas Day. Four candles each represent the four virtues of Jesus - Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace. In some Christian traditions the candles are different colours - pink, purple and white. We've found some great tutorials to make some special advent wreaths for your household. There is a variety here, including projects that can be down with young children.
The Posh One
From Practically Functional
Imagine your guest comes in and looks up and sees this rustic autumn chandelier. It will be amazing. It really brings the season into a room.
Beans and Christmas
From Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy Crafts
An unusual wreath, I never thought of using beans for the wreath. This wreath will take some time but the end result is well worth it. To add colour you can dye the beads, or you can choose to write names of family members and messages of hope on the beans.
For the kids
From Look to Him and be Radiant
This is a simple project for the kids to do.All you need is paper and toilet paper tubes. In this project they wrote the four virtues of Jesus on each candle. They 'light' the candle by sticking the flame to the tube, but you can also stick the frame on a lolly stick and place it in the tube to 'light' the candle.
From Kathyrn Jones on Instructable
Get your glasses out. This is an elegant wreath, that will look lovely in the living room. If you can find these tall stemmed glass votives just go for the short glass votive cups.
The one to eat
From Happy Foods Tube
If you will like a wreath that you can eat. Why not go for this delicious gingerbread wreath. The great thing about gingerbread is that it keeps for a long time. You can eat one of the stars that are holders for the candle every week and then eat the whole thing at the end of the advent period.
So what do you think of our list? What advent wreaths do you have in your house? post pictures on our Facebook and Instagram, using #adventwreath
In our last blog, we made some cute and simple items for teen room decor. We were inspired by Pinterest and Houzz as well as Youtube. During our research, we came across some great videos that we decided to feature in top ten (In no particular order).
1. It doesn't matter if you're black and white
2.Everyone loves an ikea hack
3. Cute, easy and beautifully shot
4.Love candles, love jars
5. it's in the title! Cute, cheap & Easy
6. Couldn't miss out zoella
7. Because virtual sims need room decor too
8. simple ideas make beautiful decor
9. make that temporary home pretty
10. why not change it up every season
Have you seen any other great room decor videos? Let us know which ones you liked. Also, let us see pictures of ones you have tried out.
There has been a lot of decoration taking place at my parents' house the past few months. It's been 15 years since we first moved in and the walls are finally getting the new lick of paint they've been crying out for. My little sister who was born 6 days after moving day decided to get in on the act of re-decorating and has given her room a makeover.
Her new room comes complete with a new bed from Bensons, and a desk and shelf unit from Ikea. She wanted to inject some personality into the room so we went to Ikea get a few bits and bobs. Looked on Pinterest and Houzz for ideas and came up with these simple decor items following:
1.My Sister loves Hunger Games so I put this quote from the last chapter of Mockingjay and drew a dandelion to represent Peeta.
3. This inexpensive string art project was made as part of our First Time Series. The above is a star design we also did.
5. Another quote from a book. Wise words from Dumbledore. Designed in Adobe Illustrator.
6.Simply wrap washi tape around tealight candles for a pretty look on the window sill. From The Benson Street.
Engage with this blog, or the first time video. Have you done some simple decor for your room?
We will love to see what you Craftamakers have done.
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Make Meaning Upper East Side
Walking through the glass doors of Make Meaning in New York City, I felt like a child finally walking through the closet to the wonder of Narnia. Before visiting New York City I had watched many videos about Make Meaning and read reviews on what it was like to go there and work there.
My sister and I visited the store around 6pm on Thursday. When we came out of the subway I got my map out to navigate where to go next, but it wasn't needed as the brick wall for the Upper East side Make Meaning store was visible for all to see.
We were greeted instantly by a Associate Creativity Enthusiast , (ACE for short) and after much deliberation decided to make a candle.
We were given the basic instructions on how to make the candle, choosing from a variety of block wax colours , and feature looks. I could have gone for a "higgledy piggldy" top for the candle but I decided to keep it straight. The ACEs were great, they made conversation, marveled at my British accent. I was told it wasn't that strong, "like a carress" but that's mainly because I am like a sponge, I tend to speak in the accent of the majority of people I am surrounded by - got on my sisters nerves that I spent the whole trip using an odd American accent .
After adding the coloured wax into the metal square mould we had to move to the station where paraffin wax is added. Fun!!! We don’t do this process but it was get to watch. It takes 30 minutes for the candle to set.As we had a movie to catch (in the end we missed the movie, due to silly subway delays) and the store was closing soon, so we had the option to collect the next day. We collected on Friday morning, wow, what a contrast. Maybe it was because it was Good Friday but the place was packed full with families. The ACEs were rushed off their feet, it took a while to pin one down to collect the candle, but when we did get one's attention she helped us so much and she took care of packaging the candle for us even though she probably had many people waiting for her.
Overall it was an awesome experience, I was so happy we were able to squeeze it in our busy itinerary (Also secretly thankful that we went in the evening, I don't know if the experience would have been the same if it was as crazy as it was in the morning). What was funny, was that me and my sister didn't realise that we were the adults in the main store at the time without children. We were lone adults making. We didn't find that weird, but it was weird that we didn't notice till we got home and were retelling the story with friends. Actually when we there, a group of women came in and they were ushered upstairs(probably for a private party), then a couple minutes later another lady came in kind of embarrassed looking and told the ACE "I'm here for a party, it's with big people." It was funny that she felt the need to point that out.
For me I was just happy to be in a store like this and given the opportunity to be creative, it was cool. I always see myself as a child at heart when I play and create, but sometimes I think "oh how all adults need to play and make and create." It's something we can all do, no stigma attached, be a maker.
Make Meaning Website - www.makemeaning.com
Make Meaning - Upper East Side
1501 3rd Avenue (between 84th and 85th St)
New York, NY, 10028
Side Note: When I got back to UK i wanted to nosy into how it's like to really work for the company, I found a job ad for the ACEs on a dance and actor talent site. Which may explain the exuberance and conversational nature of the some of the staff.
Jewellery making, sewing, quilting, embroidery, paper crafting, and stamping. These activities come to mind when I think 'craft'. Yet, craft can also associate with these activities: singing, dancing, acting, cooking, and writing.
I think there is been a boost in the making-and-doing culture. People are becoming makers rather than just consumers, which is a great thing. But why do we love it so? Here are some reasons we have come up with.
It's all about the process
The creative process of making something is the fun part. Things may go right, things may go wrong, but you learn on the way and gain a new skill or two.
You made that!!
Now, back me up with this. When you've finished knitting that scarf, beading that necklace, choreographing that dance routine. And you step back and take a minute to look what you have achieved. Doesn't it fill great? You made that, you did that? Now you are not being proud or big headed to bask at what you have made, you're appreciating that you have made something out of nothing. Plus when others compliment you, "I can't believe you did that, it's so professional." That is also a great feeling, makes you want to do more.
Making is connecting
In his book, Making is Connecting. David Gauntlett highlights the importance of encouraging everyone to be creative makers in the world. He argues that through making things, people engage with the world and create connections with each other. I have seen first hand how the making can bring communities and families together. Also, just look at those Youtubers with millions of subscribers their making of videos is connecting to so many people.
There are no limits to what you can make, what you can use, and how you make it. You can add your own interpretation to it, make it another representation of you. Let your imagination run wild.
It's not graded
You get an A* as soon as you start making. I got low grades in art and textiles, so I concluded that I was rubbish at them. But I have come to see the joy of making and being proud of what I have made, because I made it. No one can take that away from me. Pay no mind to those teachers, you go to the Tate Gallery a toilet seat is on display.
What other reasons are there to love crafting? Let us now, comment below or on our Facebook page.