DIY Allium “Firework” Centerpiece

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I thought this DIY “firework” centerpiece (brought to us by Craft Test Dummies – click the link to check out the quick how-to!) was a beautifully brilliant idea to snazz up a room and a great way to use up your allium (if you have any, of course ;))!

Have you found another plant, wild or cultivated that works well? Share your findings with us in the comment area of this post!

Have a Guintastic day!

~Amanda~

Decou-Page – Multitasker!

Geez, I think I’m on the verge of flooding/spamming my own blog ;p

Anyhoo, last one for today, I promise!

I just wanted to post the link to yet another Craft Test Dummies product review. This is about Decou-Page by DecoArt and all the wonderific things it does! I don’t currently require such a product, so I can’t share any personal experiences, but in all honesty, I really think that once I do, this will be the medium for me, as I’m a fan of DecoArt’s acrylic paints and because Jenny (head Craft Test Dummy) sold me on it ;)

http://www.crafttestdummies.com/craft-product-reviews/craft-product-review-decou-page-by-decoart/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CraftTestDummies+%28Craft+Test+Dummies+-+The+Crafting+Blog+for+High+Impact+Crafters%29

Take care and let me know what you think once you take it for whirl!

Wishing You Sweet Dreams When You Get There,

~Amanda~

For The Green Crafter

Just another bit of my, hopefully useful, “e-clutter” that I want to share with you all. Just click the link below and read the original article, from Craft Test Dummies, about 5 eco-friendly craft products and companies worth checking out. I am personally most interested in the paints and glue. Do without further adieu, here’s the link!

http://www.crafttestdummies.com/craft-news/five-eco-friendly-craft-products-and-companies-youll-love/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CraftTestDummies+%28Craft+Test+Dummies+-+The+Crafting+Blog+for+High+Impact+Crafters%29

Should anyone go off and purchase one (or more) of these lovely products, make sure to come back and tell us what you liked and/or didn’t like about the product(s) and how they compare to their non-green counterparts!

Happy crafting!

~Amanda~

Are You An e-Hoarder?

I am! Big time.

I have recently mentioned that I have been on a mission to declutter my house (and subsequently my mind) but that’s not all! Oh no, my Lovlies, I am also on a mission to declutter my INBOX! After all, I do live online part-time ;) I am absolutely TERRIBLE for hoarding emails and newsletters. It’s shameful, really – I know because my husband told me so *smirks*. I can’t help it! Some information is just too good to let go of!

So, in the spirit of turfing out the old, to make way for the new, I’ve decided to start posting all the things that I find of interest (like “Craft Test Dummies“, or “DIY Natural“) and in turn, may interest you! My other motivation for doing this is that, not only will I have an uncluttered inbox, without having to lose the information, but this is also a really great way for me to share some of my online go-to places that I use for self-teaching and/or inspiration!

There is nothing better than when one action fulfills many purposes ;)

By the by, I must fess up and admit, this is not actually the first time that I’ve done this. I did it once before on the Wynsome Creations message board, which is actually the sole reason why I don’t just up and delete the dusty site – there’s just too much great information on there (not to mention all of the time I put into it)! On a side note, this all took place before I had my professional website and this both lovely and handy blog of mine. It felt more than great to finally free my up my inbox back then, but unfortunately I forgot to keep doing it *rolls eyes*. Well, no more *slams down fist, with a triumphant and equally determined boom, upon her imaginary I’m-gonna-do-it-for-reals table”*! That’s right! I’m sticking to it this time!

That all said, why don’t you all come along for the ride and do the same? You can start by unsubscribing from all the things that are bogging down your inbox, that just aren’t that relevant to you anymore, or make a blog and share the information with others! Respond to all those “I’ll get to it later” emails (also a good way to reconnect with old acquaintances and maybe even make some new ones along the way!) and declutter anything else that might be standing in the way of you achieving your goals! You’ll thank yourself later for the time you’ve spent finally “getting around to it” :)

Well, I hope you all enjoy and reap the potential benefits of my former “e-hoarding”! And please don’t forget to share it with others by using the social media links!

Did any of my e-clutter interest you, or inspire a new project? Then share it with the entire class! Tell us all about it by leaving a comment on the piece of clutter that inspired you!

Wishing You All Happy Decluttering,

~Amanda~

• PS ~ Check out this newsletter from Laura Roeder (a social media marketing expert and founder of LKR) that first inspired me to declutter my life and stop being an e-hoarder!

Craft Test Dummies – A Must-Read For All Crafters & Mixed Media Artists

For the past month or so, I having been receiving some fantastically informative and potentially money saving online periodicals from Craft Test Dummies and wanted to share this little treasure trove of crafting information, product reviews, and related whatnot, with all my Lovlies out there!

Here’s what Jenny, the self-proclaimed “head Craft Test Dummy”, has to say about her site in this little snippet I pulled from her “About” section on the site itself:


“I craft, therefore I blog.” Crafting is cool, fun, challenging, and occasionally frustrating. Craft Test Dummies is my forum to test out new products, test techniques, report on up-and-coming craftsters/websites and apps, all while giving y’all the straight poop. It’s my goal to help you learn new things about your favorite craft, turn you on to new ones, and inspire your crafting while armed with as much knowledge as you need to be successful and have fun!

 

So go check out the site and possibly save some of your hard earned money, while inspiring your next creative project!

Hope you have a beautiful day!

~Amanda~