C’mon, Let’s Bop On Back To The 50’s!

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January 25, 2015
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C’mon, Let’s Bop On Back To The 50’s!source: Napocesco

Tired of modern life?  Reality a drag?  Then C’mon, Let’s Bop On Back To The 50’s!

Here is Craft Stew’s seven-step guide to everything you need to know to have a blast of a time.

Note: For instructions to each project, click on the photograph.

First, crochet some threads fit for the hipster that you are.

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1-purse

hat-1 Before you cut out each day,  check the mirror to be sure you’re a doll.

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a-great-mirror-281x300Go ahead and build yourself some boss furniture, you cool cat.

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You gotta craft some radioactive knick knacks for your pad.

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wall-circles-150x150Whip up some unreal nibbles for yourself and your friends.

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 Have a blast with your pink poodle. 

Pink Poodle

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 Make sure you leave time to kick with your Daddy-O.

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2-make-it-clockThat’s all you need to know.

Have a wonderful time going back to the future, and send me a line if you want to hang.

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Turn An Old Sweater Into Mittens

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January 22, 2015
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Turn An Old Sweater Into MittensDescription: Such a great way of reusing an old, unwanted sweater!

Craft Link: Turn An Old Sweater Into Mittens

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Jared’s General Tso’s Chicken

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January 22, 2015
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Jared’s General Tso’s Chicken

Description: I haven’t tasted this dish, but it looks and sound amazing.

Craft Link: Jared’s General Tso’s Chicken

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Tribal Print Backpack DIY

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January 22, 2015
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Tribal Print Backpack DIYDescription: Free printable template plus step by step instructions.

Craft Link: Tribal Print Backpack DIY

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Tea Light Houses

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January 22, 2015
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Tea Light Houses

Description: I loooooove this project! But, I would probably use little sparkly holiday lights instead of tea lights, if I had kids or pets in the house.

Craft Link: Tea Light Houses

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Quick and Simple Hooded Tube Scarf

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January 22, 2015
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Quick and Simpled Hooded Scarf

Description: You’ll need to trace a hoodie or coat hood onto fabric in order to create the pattern.

Craft Link: Quick and Simple Hooded Tube Scarf 

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Copper Air Plant Holders

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January 22, 2015
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Minimal Copper Airplant Holders

Description: Copper seems to be very “in” right now. Over the last month, I’ve seen it in furniture, candlesticks, jewelry and now, plant containers.

Craft Link: Copper Air Plant Holders

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Colored Tip Makeover For Old Flats

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January 22, 2015
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Colored Tip Makeover For Old Flats

Description: Minni used a permanent black marker to refurbish these shoes.

Craft Link: Colored Tip Makeover For Old Flats

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Bandana Back Shirt Tutorial

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January 22, 2015
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Bandana Back Shirt Tutorial

Description: You’ll need to remove the back of a button down shirt and use it as a pattern to cut out the bandana.

Craft Link: Bandana Back Shirt Tutorial

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7 Ways to Make Public Domain Graphics Personal

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7 Ways To Make Public Domain Graphics Personal

Unfortunately, I can’t draw.  Even with numerous classes and lengthy practice sessions, I’m still dissatisfied with what comes off of my pencil. Since I love to design, that’s always been a problem for me.

How do I deal with my lack of talent?

By taking public domain graphics and changing them till they suit my needs and my taste.

Here are a couple of ideas I’ve picked up over the years…

Start off with free, original clip art found over the internet (5).

Change the color of the edges of the graphic (4).

Change the color of the central part of the graphic (1).

Change the color surrounding the graphic (3).

Make multiples of the graphic and change the color (2).

Make multiples of the graphic (6).

Make sections of the image in a repeating collage design (7).

If you have any other ideas, please share them. I’m always looking for new ways to use old graphics.

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