Creative Craft Designing Ideas

Creative Craft Designing Ideas

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Bottle cap crafts are the latest buzz these days. Attractive crafts can be made with ease and displayed as a show item. Crafts are made out of products that are naturally available. All it needs to master the art of craft making is some patience. Imagine displaying and decorating your homes with crafts made by you. I bet you would love the amazing feeling. Read on about some interesting tips on the art of craft making.

Craft making is a very old art. This has a rich and long history. We are so involved in other activities these days and end up buying decorative stuff for our homes rather than designing them ourselves. Trust me making and designing stuff ourselves would give a very satisfying feeling. This would also be de stressing from our regular routine and a refreshing change. Artists are always appreciated and held in high regard. Designing your own crafts is not all that much of a herculean task. With a little and interest, this skill can be easily mastered. Decorating your homes with crafts you make would give a different

Start-Up Tips in Collecting Antique Chinese Pottery

Start-Up Tips in Collecting Antique Chinese Pottery

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One of the most common hobbies in the world is collecting stuff. It can be from collecting pretty mundane stuff like bottle caps to very expensive antique collections. Both are equally challenging and fulfilling in their own rights. However, in a very expensive hobby like collecting Chinese pottery, the challenge is checking for authenticity. If you are a seller or a buyer, you must have enough knowledge to distinguish fakes from authentic pieces. Some people think that gaining such expertise would take decades to perfect. Well, yes and no. Yes because you need enough experience to fully become a real expert and no because you can always start today and appraise your first piece in a few months. Want to know how?

Basic Tips in Collecting Chinese Pottery

1. Start a library- If you are really decided in devoting yourself to this craft, you don’t need to go buy your first piece right away. Start with creating a library all about Chinese pottery. Books about history and other things related to the craft will be essential in your study. Also, they may contain pictures that

How to Choose the Right Photography Course

How to Choose the Right Photography Course

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This is perhaps one of the most difficult decisions you may ever have to make regarding your photography. It can lay a great foundation or leave you frustrated and bewildered by all the terminology and rules. In order to make the right decision you need to consider several things. Let’s take a look at the courses.

1. Formal college or university courses.

Knowing what you want to do with your photography will determine whether you take this route. This leads to a major qualification and requires a significant investment of time, money and effort. But, the rewards are significant and the knowledge gained will result in great career opportunities. The bottom line is that you need to know at the beginning that you want to be a photographer. This is not the type of course you want to take in order to explore your options, unless you have lots of time and money.

2. Traditional correspondence courses.

This is the route I first followed at the beginning of my photographic learning curve. It was a process that was significantly shorter than the full-time college courses and possible

Top Ten Making Stained Glass Tips

Top Ten Making Stained Glass Tips

Recently I had the chance to speak with a gifted stained glass artist and one thing I was curious to offer other glass art making beginners was what his top 10 stained glass tips were.

Luckily he was much obliged to offer up his insider tips on how to create such amazing stained glass.

So, without further ado, here they are.

The Wizard’s Top 10 Stained Glass Tips to Make Amazing Glass Art!

1. Safety:
Keep alert at all times. Where your safety glasses,
keep a clean atmosphere & keep you work area clean.
Make sure you have clean and sharp tools.

2. Only score once when preparing to break glass.

3. Soldering tips:
Keep a steady flow of solder to achieve a smooth bead.
Keep cleaning the soldering iron tip for the best results.

4. Breaking Glass:
Between each cut, clean surface area to prevent the glass from cracking or scratching and getting slivers of glass in your hands. OUCH!!

5. Grinding:
Make sure coolant is in the water to save your grinding wheel. Take your time and ease the glass into the wheel & let the grinding wheel do the work.

6. Patina:
After soldering, clean the glass with mild soap and water. Dry thoroughly before putting

Ebooks On Hobbies and Crafts

Ebooks On Hobbies and Crafts

How To Find a Hobby That Suits You

If gardening is not your hobby but you are looking to find something to do with your spare time you might want to browse around for craft and hobby themed e-books on various activities and past times. If scrap booking is your choice of pastime you will want to choose which way you will pursue it in. eBook guides on poems, quotes, word play and various other variations of scrap booking are available to purchase or download for free.

If collecting is your passion then you will have a fun time browsing through various collector books and catalogs ranging from postal stamps and coins to antique guns and furniture. Beginner level guides will put you in a right direction in terms of what you want to start collecting, where to obtain your items and where to look for people with similar interests to yours.

If you are undecided or just want to learn about different hobbies you will put a search for hobby ebooks and you will be amazed by the amount of interesting results your search will yield. Some homemade guides are available on topics of interest, be that origami or knitting or making

Brunch Party Fun With Egg Crafts

Brunch Party Fun With Egg Crafts

A Brunch party easily fills everyone’s stomachs, but you’ll sometimes need to think a little bit in order to create or come up with fun activities to fill up the time at your craft party. Here’s one fun and easy craft party item that can fill the time at any Brunch party. It’s a little duck that came out of the egg!

Eggy Ducks

You can create a fun duck knick knack with a few commonly found craft items. Head down to your local craft store with a list of the following craft needs for your Brunch craft item; Plastic Eggs, Craft Foam, Feathers, Wiggle Eyes, Ribbon, Fine-Tip Marker, Craft Glue, and Scissors. All of these items are fairly cheap and easy to obtain. We suggest picking up a set of white or yellow colored plastic eggs, but any color is fine for your Eggy Ducks.

Begin by drawing a pair of webbed feet and a duck bill for your duck on the craft foam. Next, you can cut them out with the scissors. If you are making multiple Eggy Ducks you can use these pieces as templates for as many webbed feet and duck bills as you need.

Use the craft glue to

Tips For Collecting Hobnail Glass Pitchers

Tips For Collecting Hobnail Glass Pitchers

Of all the types of vintage glass available on the market, one of the most sought after and collectible is hobnail glass. It’s really no wonder, either, given that it has such a unique and interesting texture. This glass, which came out in the 1930’s, is covered with bumps that give it a look all its own.

If you are looking for a fun collection to start, you may want to consider focusing in on hobnail glass pitchers. For one thing, hobnail glass itself comes in so many different colors, opacities and styles that it can be a lot of fun finding new pieces for you collection.

Secondly, of all the glass items you could collect pitchers are one of the most interesting because they come in such a huge range of shapes, sizes and styles. Combining the two into a hobnail glass pitcher collection can be an exciting and rewarding hobby.

Here’s are some tips for getting started on your collection.

1. Decide on a theme for your collection. Do you want to keep it broad and just collect any hobnail glass pitcher regardless of shape, size or color? Or do you want to narrow in and make it more tightly focused? For

Shopping Tips for Collectible Figurines

Shopping Tips for Collectible Figurines

Precious Moments collectible figurines are among the most popular in the world. Doe-eyed boys and girls made in pastel ceramics adorn the shelves, dressers, and display areas of countless homes. There are numerous types and styles of figurines that people can buy to build a personal collection in addition to the dolls and bears that so many shoppers enjoy.

When shopping for your favorites, check to be sure that the item is genuine. Copycat manufacturers abound, much to a shopper’s chagrin, so look at the signature label and sales tag to see if you are purchasing the collectible that you’re after. If in doubt, ask the sales associate for assistance. Examine it carefully for cracks, stains, or other possible impurities that could make the piece ineligible for return if you find the problem after getting it home.

Try to shop on a sale day. Often, there are special events advertised in the newspaper or on television to let consumers know that these special products will be available at reduced cost for a limited amount of time. Shopping these events can save you money while maintaining the high standard of quality that you are searching for. If a sale has not been advertised

Top 5 Tips For Collecting Sports Autographs

Top 5 Tips For Collecting Sports Autographs

Have you ever wanted to start your own Sports autograph collection? For those who are thinking of entering into this incredible hobby/profession that is sports memorabilia here some tips:

5) Use common sense when it comes to price: If someone is offering you an autographed Brett Favre football for $20, then alarms should be going off in your mind. It’s pretty obvious that the football is worth more than that. Even a person who knows absolutely nothing about sports collecting would be able to see that. Remember if you can’t spot the sucker then its probably you.

4) Study publications: There is a mountain on information out there. Take the time to fully understand the business. You’ll be happy you did a few months down the road. Knowledge is always worth more than time.

3) If all possible, get the athlete to sign in person: This relieves all doubt. If you’re lucky enough to live close to a Major league Ballpark or NFL stadium, go to the practices. Most players are more than happy to provide their John Hancock. Just remember to bring your own pen, card, poster, or whatever it may be that you want the to sign. Remember athletes don’t carry

Birding Binoculars for Best Birds Watching Experience

Birding Binoculars for Best Birds Watching Experience

Birding binoculars are a must have for any person who is interested in bird watching. Actually it is hardly possible to see many birds in details without a good pair of binoculars. What are the best binoculars for birding? Finding good binoculars for bird watching is not difficult, but there are some things you need to know before you buy.

People often ask what is the difference between bird watching binoculars and birding binoculars. There is absolutely no difference; these are just two slightly different terms to describe the same thing. Don’t get confused and led into thinking that you need two different pairs of binoculars. One will be enough.

Bird watchers go and see wild birds in their natural environment. With a good pair of binoculars and some patients you can not only see the bird in details, but also see how it lives and observe its habits. Birding is a great hobby; it is very relaxing and educational. Only in North America there are about eight hundred different species of birds. Of course you are unlikely to see them all, but if you travel a lot you will see many species you have not seen before.

Ideal birding binoculars features

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Bushnell Spotting Scopes for an Amazing Birding Experience

Bushnell Spotting Scopes for an Amazing Birding Experience

Even if you are new in birding or bird watching, you may instantly know that you need to have Bushnell spotting scopes to do well in this hobby. Each of us is drawn to a hobby for many different reasons. Some might be into dollhouse making and collecting because it makes them feel young at heart even at 30, or maybe even at 50. There are those who find wildlife hunting more appealing if they are more of an adventure seeker. And then there are those who find bird watching as more fun, challenging and exciting. For some birding enthusiasts, there is a sense of fulfillment in seeing rare birds and identifying them. It is like capturing the irony of natural peace and beauty in the wild.

Aside from having some good spotting scopes though, here are some more tips that can be useful to those who are considering getting into this hobby:

1. You also need binoculars. Spotting scopes are very powerful tools to zoom your vision into a particular spot to closely study a bird finds. Binoculars, however, make you study the bird and its environment at a wider range. You need to have a good wide view of the

Getting Creative on Bird Watching Holidays

Getting Creative on Bird Watching Holidays

For nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts who are budding artists, keep art journals, are learning to draw, or just want to hone their drawing skills, here’s a suggestion: go on bird watching holidays! Does that seem like a strange suggestion? Read on, it will make sense. For many enthusiasts, it’s a given that learning to sketch can hone their bird-watching skills, improve their results and enhance the quality of their experience on bird watching holidays. But for those who are already artists or budding artists, it can also work the other way around!

How fast can you draw or sketch?

Birds are active and energetic, and you will have to observe and record details about the bird’s appearance in a short span of time. This makes them the perfect subjects for quick sketching exercises, and bird watching holidays are the perfect opportunity. Sure, you can probably go to the backyard and draw the birds that fly in, or head to the park to draw the pigeons. But you can only draw pigeons so many times until they get boring and the colours seem drab. Besides, in a park, there’s a great chance that someone will come by and startle your subject before

Tips For the Best Bird Watching

Tips For the Best Bird Watching

Many people enjoy watching birds in their backyard, but they may not be familiar with the species of bird that they are observing. Getting involved with this hobby is a great way to get in touch with nature and learn more about the creatures that live right out in the backyard. Following these tips for the best bird watching will help any new bird watcher get the most out of the experience.

The first thing that a new birdwatcher needs to do is get a field guide for their area. These handy books will feature pictures of birds that can be found locally and tips on how to identify them. This is a great item to study before going bird watching as well as to keep on hand while in the field for quick identification.

It may be called bird watching, but when it comes to identifying a species of bird, listening can be just as important. When watching the birds, bird watchers should not get so caught up in the visuals that they forget to keep their ears open as well. The unique calls and songs of each bird are a great way to identify them, as is watching the movements

Wedding Scrapbooking Preserves Your Special Memories

Wedding Scrapbooking Preserves Your Special Memories

You may have an elegant wedding photo album, but wedding scrapbooking is a lot of fun and can preserve special mementos and portray more of the wedding experience than just a photo album can. You can include mementos and pictures from your honeymoon and journal events leading up to the wedding.

Even if your wedding took place years ago, you can still take photos and keepsakes you’ve stored in boxes and transform them into a lovely album keepsake that future generations can treasure. Wedding scrapbooking is a popular theme among scrappers and you will find numerous examples, tips, and tricks online to help you decide how to lay out the scrapbook.

If you are looking for a meaningful wedding gift for someone else, a wedding scrapbooking kit may be just the thing. You can purchase premade kits that contain everything the bride will need to create a lovely record of the happy day. In fact, if the bride knows she already has a scrapbooking kit, she may take extra pains to preserve special mementos that may otherwise be lost. She may want to include wedding flowers that have been dried and pressed or special mementos from the honeymoon.

If you are a close

Scrapbooking Page Layout Tips and Tricks

Scrapbooking Page Layout Tips and Tricks

You may get your scrapbooking page layout ideas from looking at other scrapbooks or you may design your own layout. Either way, there are some things you will want to take into consideration. In all likelihood, your pictures will be the most important element of most of your scrapbook pages so it is important to select which pictures you will use first. Most people who create scrapbooks own a digital camera because it makes it much easier to crop and edit the pictures and you can print them out at home as well.

Before you construct your scrapbooking page layout, make sure you have gathered and printed all of the pictures you will use in your album. You may still need to trim them once you have decided on the exact layout you will use but having them at hand will help as you can experiment with different positions and page elements.

Dating your photos and other important memorabilia will make it easier for future generations to understand the story you are portraying and when the events took place. There are various ways you can do this and you may want to check out some of the scrapbooks that have been posted

Tips to Creating Stunning Digital Scrapbooks

Tips to Creating Stunning Digital Scrapbooks

Digital scrapbooking is a creative way to showcase your memories. You can either start from scratch with an empty page or use a template to guide your design. How you want to create a digital scrapbook page is up to your creativity and fancy. However, there are a few things you can do to make your scrapbook look professional and stand out. Here are a few digital scrapbook tips.

Where To Put Your Photographs And Elements

You can place your photographs and elements in the middle of the page. However, that can be quite boring and may not have much visual appeal. Try using the rule of thirds to determine your focal points. What is the rule of thirds? Well, imagine a tic-tac-toe grid on your page. Where the lines cross, those are the best places to place your photographs. Visual artists will tell you that people’s eyes are naturally drawn to those points. As you design your page, move your photographs around and adjust the size and angles till you feel the page has a nice balance and flow.

Add Words And Journalling

Words and journalling are important because they tell the story behind the pictures. They also make your scrapbook unique and

Creating Firefighting Scrapbooks For Your Son

Creating Firefighting Scrapbooks For Your Son

Scrapbooking reflects the principle of “organized chaos.” You can put almost anything in a scrapbook, and creativity is a major asset for people who make scrapbooks (or scrappers). You can combine a wide range of materials, colors, textures, and images to create something as unique as you are.

Yet, every scrapbook is organized around a theme, the subject of the scrapbook. It may be a person’s life, an important event, a favorite vacation location, or any number of things the scrapper wants to remember. Scrapbooks are meant to preserve and interpret favorite memories, but the best scrapbooks do it in a way that tells a story.

The theme ties every element together in your scrapbook. If you’re making a scrapbook for a gift, your theme may be something that is important to the recipient. A very popular theme for young boys is firefighters.

Especially since 2001, all of us have been more aware of how heroic these public servants must be. Many grown men still dream of becoming a firefighter long after childhood is over.

Creating a scrapbook on a firefighter theme is a great project that you can ask your young man to join. Even though young boys may find the idea too

How To Give Your Child The Gift Of Photography

How To Give Your Child The Gift Of Photography

If you are looking for a camera to take quick pictures of your family celebrations, how about giving your child a digital camera as a gift? You would have given him a time machine which will create wonders and may, at some time in the future, be considered family assets.

At first, he may be not be able to shoot some good pictures. They may be blurry at times. Over time, as he gets used to the camera, he will be able to shoot some excellent pictures with much practice.

As the young photographer learns more about his or her new hobby, skills will begin to develop and you will start to see a legend of the world through the eyes of a six year old, or whatever age your young photographer is, begin to emerge.

Expect to see more pictures of his favorite animal or toys than you will see of any other family members. Buy the young photographer a printer and ask him to fill up a photo album with these pictures. Don’t forget to put the date at the side. Do not just keep them in your hard disk; convert them into CDs so that you could play them on

Beginners Guide To Digital Photography

Beginners Guide To Digital Photography

Looking to get started in digital photography? Is photography a passion that you’d consider one day making into more than just a hobby? Photography can be incredibly rewarding, fun and exciting – but newcomers are often put off not knowing where to start! From picking a camera and the right accessories to learning how lighting and composition works, it can all be a little bit confusing in the beginning. Check out a few of these basic tips, start honing your skills and start your rewarding journey into the world of digital photography.

Digital Cameras vs Film

One thing that people question is whether they should purchase a digital or film camera. Ten years ago there were serious differences in quality that meant film cameras offered the best image, but leaps in technology have closed the gap and put digital cameras on par with film. Digital gives you the ability to preview your photos as soon as you take them, removes the restriction of expensive film and makes it easier to transfer photos from your camera to your computer for editing and distribution.

Accessories

Key accessories you’ll be looking at are carrying cases, additional batteries and maybe even a lens suitable for your interests.

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5 Things to Consider in Taking Impressive Photos

5 Things to Consider in Taking Impressive Photos

Photography is a great hobby and an interesting one as well. Although there are some people who just have that eye for a great photograph, you can however learn some techniques and tips in photography and eventually develop your skill in taking impressive photos.

To help you start with the basics, here are 5 things that you might want to consider in taking great photos.

1. Light. Light is the essential element of good photography, and by knowing how to use it and play with it, you can also learn how to capture dramatic moods in your photos. You have to consider how much light are reflected in the camera and how much shadows you want to appear in your picture to create a dramatic effect. You can determine how much shadows are in your picture by also determining the best angle to take the picture as well. If you love taking pictures of landscape, one of the tips in photography to remember is to take pictures early in the morning or late in the day.

2. Angle. Changing the angle of your photos can mean more dramatic and impressive photos. Ordinary photos are often those that are taken in an angle that