VV - December 2013

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DIY Gold Leaf Pine Cone Garland

I had a vision for today’s DIY projects many weeks ago. I’ve had this obsession with gold leaf for the last several months and really wanted to try …

June 4, 1783: Balloons That Carry Passengers? It's More Than Hot Air

<b>1783:</b> The Montgolfier brothers, Joseph and Jacques, stage a public demonstration of the first hot-air balloon capable of carrying passengers.<p>Unmanned …


<i>What do Max from</i> Where the Wild Things Are<i>, royalty, and a tooth have in common? Gold crowns! For this week’s How-Tuesday, David Morgan, Etsy’s own Social Media Intern, has written up a tutorial on how to make this quintessential Halloween accessory without breaking the bank.</i><p>You don’t need bags of …


21 Racial Microaggressions You Hear On A Daily Basis

A photographer at Fordham asked her peers to write down the microaggressions they've encountered. Here is what they had to say.<p>The term "microaggression" was used by Columbia professor Derald Sue to refer to "brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether …

The Arts

Handmade Party Favors

Photography: Maura McEvoy<p>Flower-Wrapped Favors<p>Photography: Laura Moss<p>Pie to Go<p>Photography: Ellen McDermott<p>Meringue Favors<p>Photography: Sang An<p>Caramel-Filled Cones<p>Photography: Sang An<p>Town House Gift Boxes<p>Photography: Amy Neunsinger<p>Cherry Favors

DIY Driftwood Photo Display

By the South Coast of Norway, where I live, there is a lot of driftwood to be found along the shore. One thing you can make of driftwood is …


rosemary wreaths

i've been down over the last week, recovering from my surgery. things went even better than we hoped, but we're waiting on all the tests and my …

Cynthia Shaffer

DIY: rope light strand

While at the hardware store earlier this week, getting distracted with these elbow pieces, I also managed to pick up some manila rope. For some …


How to Gift Wrap Using Chalk Markers

Add a little chalk marker, and our Chalkboard Gift Wrap or Black Shadow Stripe Kraft Gift Wrap looks just like a chalkboard! See our entire …


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Tuesday Ten: The Cutest Holiday Cards

10. tartan deer print<p>Instead of sending a holiday card this season, why not surprise your friends with an oversized greeting in the form of this …


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15 Easy and Elegant Christmas Decorating Ideas

1 of 15<p>Mantel Piece<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 15<p>Season’s Greetings<p>3 of 15<p>Warm Welcome<p>Advertisement<p>4 of 15<p>Glass Act<p>Advertisement<p>5 of 15<p>Table …


Brown Knitted Bear

O the poor posture! I stuffed this bear loosely so he would succumb to little baby arms, and the result is that he simply cannot sit up at all in a …

DIY Snowflake Paper Pattern

Rope Mirror How-To

MATERIALS<p>1/2-inch-thick natural-fiber rope (from home-supply stores)<p>Unframed 10-inch round mirror<p>Cement glue<p>Painters' tape<p>STEPS<p>Measure and cut 2 segments of rope, one to fit around the mirror’s outer edge, the other to fit just inside the first.<p>Glue rope to mirror, lining up the ends for a neat …



Christmas DIY Craft Project: How To Make an Etched Snow Globe

Has it snowed yet where you live? No? Then here's a quick and easy project to create your own Winter Wonderland, using glass etching cream and some …


Clouds Over Cuba