Sunday, February 1, 2015

Calling All Crafters: These Websites Are for You

January 29, 2015 3:50 pm

Are you an avid crafter who wants to beautify everything you see? Do you love making things with your hands and giving your creations to friends? If this sounds like you, you’ll simply adore the crafty nature of these fun and creative craft-centric websites:

CraftGawker
This website operates like the Pinterest for crafts, offering an easy-to-browse layout and beautifully crisp, clear images that will make you want to try your hand at every craft on the page. From handmade soaps to dip-dyed tote bags, you’ll find a craft for every occasion on CraftGawker.

Craftster
With a bit simpler setup that’s still packed full of crafty content, Craftster is another wonderful resource for everything from DIY refrigerator magnets to unique dessert recipes. The Handmade Gift Ideas section is also very popular for adorable gifts that won’t break the bank.

Craft Gossip
Although its name is a bit cheeky, there’s nothing snarky about this all-encompassing craft website. Whether you’re into baking, crocheting or even planning a DIY wedding, you’ll find dozens of detailed project guides for all of these unique categories. Craft Gossip also offers frequent giveaways and free patterns that you can download and print at home.

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Three Fashion Websites for the Chic and Stylish

January 27, 2015 1:46 pm

If you’re a real life fashionista who treats every sidewalk like a runway, you’re probably always looking for new outfit ideas. Luckily, fashion blogs provide endless inspiration that is a bit more accessible than that of more traditional fashion magazines. Here are three must-follow fashion blogs to bookmark on your browser:

Refinery 29
While it partially consists of witty pop culture stories and accessible world news, Refinery 29 is also packed full of shopping guides and celebrity outfit photos targeted toward the young stylista. Think of this smart and stylish website as your go-to for your morning dose of news and fashion.

WhoWhatWear
This mega popular fashion-blog-turned-online-magazine is a resource for many of the stylish regular girls just like yourself. Learn how to style a jumpsuit, where to find the best online sales and how to take better outfit photos in order to post your best creations to Instagram.

Fashionista
The name says it all at this sleek and stylish site, which takes a more thoughtful approach to the world of fashion. You’ll find news from behind the scenes at your favorite fashion magazines and news from around the world, all on one beautiful, image-heavy website.

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How to Hem Pants Like an Expert Tailor

January 13, 2015 11:03 am

If you’ve ever tried on a pair of pants and thought, “These would be perfect if only they weren’t so long,” it may be time for you to learn how to hem. Hemming is a fairly simple sewing technique that just about anyone can learn, and it can save you a great deal of money on tailoring. Check out these smart tutorials for hemming at home.

How to Hem Pants [about.com]
This accessible tutorial offers both high quality images and an instructional video to help beginning sewers learn how to hem. It also describes the types of tools that you’ll need and what to do every step of the way.

How to Hem Dress Pants Like a Pro [manmadediy.com]
The DIY Tailor offers a wide variety of genius tips for mending and altering clothes at home, but the site’s tutorial about hemming dress pants is one of its most brilliant. This tutorial is designed specifically for business professional pants.

How to Hem a Pair of Pants [wikihow.com]
WikiHow is beloved for its straightforward, photo-heavy tutorials for how to do just about anything, and this hemming lesson is just as simple. It even describes how to rip out the old hem before beginning.

How to Hem Jeans (And Keep the Original Hem) [sewmuchado.com]
By keeping the original hem in a pair of jeans that need hemmed, this tutorial will make your hemming much easier and more professional looking.

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