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Winter DIY Week: Folded Paper Trees

Use a circle punch or scissors to cut card stock into various size circles, then accordion-fold the paper to create the look of swagging evergreen boughs. Stack the folded rings and attach to a small wood dowel or cut log slice to easily whip up a whole forest of firs.

You don't need a glass case for it, they look cute on their own!
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How to Buy a Sewing Machine For Beginners?
If you are wondering how to buy the best sewing machine for beginners, you have come to the right place. Here I will share with you some experience I pick up over the years. As with any other works, sewing requires decent tools to begin with. You might have guessed the most important tool to think about is your first sewing machine. >>> LEARN MORE: Top tips for first time sewing machine owners #1 - Start with the mechanical sewing machine Here are the two reasons that I think beginners should start with mechanical sewing machines. First of all, computerized and electrical models are packed with several features. While this is good for experienced seamstresses who love to have many choices at hand, too many options will likely to confuse first-timers. When you are new to something, it is best to stick to the basics and master them first. Second of all, the more advanced the machine, the more effort you need to put in to maintain it. As a newbie, you may not know how to do the regular maintenance on your own. So to save your time, start with a mechanical model. >>> MORE TIPS: #2 - Understand basic features of a sewing machine Integral needle threader Threading is an indispensible step before you do anything with a sewing machine. The word “threading” may sound easy enough but when you have to do the same thing over and over again for thousands of times, you will soon become bored and weary. Don’t think only the old have problem with this task, even when you still have great eyesight, a needle threader will make things a lot faster. >>> SEE ALSO: Top loading bobbin I have had quite a lot of problems with front load bobbin so believe me when I say that you will want to find yourself a top loading one. With this model, you get to see whether your bobbin is running low on thread. Just imagine you suddenly realize that you are sewing without thread and you will understand why I recommend a top loading one. And it is easier for you to get your hand on the bobbin than with other designs. Free arm capacity Many sewing machine models on the market nowadays do not have the free arm feature and this will cause beginners trouble. I know as a newbie, you would like to try many small and useful projects, and a free arm capacity will allow you to sew round and narrow garment pieces easily. So make sure the machine you plan to buy support this important feature. >>> READ MORE: #3 – Read more basic sewing machine reviews Take a look around the sewing machine market and you will see certain names pop up, Juki, Brother, Singer, and Janome, but my all-time favorite is always Janome. Each brand has its own highlight features and for Janome, its selling point is user-friendliness. As a starter, you will want to make things as easy as possible for yourself. Janome is easy to use and many of their models have all the good features that I list above. >>> MORE GUIDES:
You Won't Believe These Gift Wrapping Skills.
So, without fail, the holiday season always reminds me how absolutely horrible I am at wrapping gifts. I try, every year, to wrap them thoughtfully, with brand new wrapping paper boasting Christmas trees or stars or tiny penguins. However, it all ends up crumpled up into large balls of frustration around my living room, so whatever gift-wrapping inspiration you were hoping to get from me is just not going to happen any time soon. Not this millennium. However, check out the packaging handiwork of Sheila, a 27-year-old graphic designer from the San Francisco Bay who put the rest of us to some serious gift wrapping shame. Swipe left to each of these presents to see how they were wrapped - and prepare to be amazed. With a handy Xacto and some graphic design know-how, she transformed this small set of Gundams into a huge stick of butter. And what could she be doing with this copy of 'Falling Up'? Wrapping it up like a sirloin steak, of course. She actually designed her own fake butcher shop labels to pull this one off. I like this one because it (somewhat morbidly) stuck with the ocean theme. Okay, maybe it's just me, but I'd much rather have the giant candy bar. And the doughnuts. I mean, fairies are great, but check out all those sprinkles! It's crazy how realistic this sushi looks - even in photographs! And, last but not least, one man's Nintendo cartridge-inspired flask is another man's, uh... cheese? So what did you guys think? Could you pull this wrapping job off, or do you have a better, more signature strategy of your own?
Faking It On Valentine's Day
Here's a really cool idea for Valentine's Day: FAKE IT! For real! Guys can be either really lazy about V-Day or over-think it and determine to learn new skills, such as cooking, on one of the biggest hyped calendar dates in the year, February 14th. That's probably not the best approach to making the date night more than being memorable for being bad. Instead of trying to bake a cake or cookies, or dare yourself into making fudge, you could avoid a messy crisis and make your own Chocolate Dipped Strawberries. TRUST ME, IT'S EASY! You Will Need: Strawberries (washed and thoroughly dried) Candy Melts (pink and white) Chocolate chips (semi-sweet is best) Edible gold Edible glitter Edible embellishments (there's time to order from Amazon) Directions Melt the Candy Melts and chocolate (according to the package) in their own container/bowl. Dip strawberries into desired bowl and set aside. Drizzle a different color "melt" onto the dipped strawberries. Also, redip the strawberries in another "melt" at the tip and immediately dredge in edible glitter. Set these in a tray in the fridge and take out to de-chill a few moments before eating. These are fruity, gently sweetened with the chocolate and melts, and will look AMAZING with the edible embellishments! Who is going to do this for their Special Valentine!?!?!?! @InPlainSight @BeannachtOreibh @nicolejb @ChriSingularis @ButterflyBlu @Arellano1052 @alywoah @AkashBhojraj @jordanhamilton @MichelleHolly @caricakes @marshalledgar @VeronicaArtino @TessStevens @shannonl5 @NerukaWong @humairaa @buddyesd @TerrecaRiley @danidee @BluBear07 @thePinkPrincess @EasternShell @seouls @matildajgarrett @RobertMarsh @1FallenAngel @alyssastano @Adrienpie @RaquelArredondo @Luci546 @BivianaaChavez @Lushisushi @Danse @DeepakAswal @luna1171 @JPBenedetto @deefran @RogueLeigh @myguardian @Gacrus @MissB82 @Lizzeh @Kyokeo @Emealia @paulisadroid @ShinigamiSan @CurrySoop @baileykayleen @DestinaByrd @ChelseaAustin @xojuliettexox @netchtiBates @aabxo @KellyOConnor @Kamiamon @parktaemi @arnelli @NickySerban @visions2020 @JimTurpen @PrinceCampbell @2Distracted @Dynamo @VKookie47 @medley24 @ZackMcLaughlin @MoisEsGaray @KeziahWright @pppfittu13 @washmydishes @eoin8899 @amobigbang @LAVONYORK @orenshani7 @Alletaire @funnella @DamariusKelley @MariPili @InspirationalMe @Beeplzzz @SamratGolhar @MajahnNelson @hikaymm @AnimeLove300 @SeoInHan @TensaZangetsu98 @carmaa10 @cindystran @AshelyJewell @MaighdlinS @JamiMilsap @xDaisyDaysx @IMDEEPINIT @LisaMarissa @Emmeronsage @LemarDeco @Ash1998 @LessThanThree @TracyLynnn @KaiTakashima @saraortiz2002 @Zxenna @MelissaMae @atmi @Helixx @VanessaSimmons @JessicaChaney @mArshadKhan @MarvelTrashcan @MarkoKaRiambo @VarunNambiar