CreativeBug Review



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Recently I received a free trial of Creative Bug to try for 35 days. Creative Bug is a community of craft-minded folks that believe in supporting the independent artists and designers. They use their skills to teach on the site, through a growing library of online craft classes.

There are two options to choose from to access the 100's of online craft classes.

You can subscribe at one low monthly price, and receive unlimited access to all online craft classes. This includes your own
video library, where you can bookmark the craft classes that are of interest to you.

For those that don't want to make a monthly commitment there is an A La Carte option, where you buy only the craft classes that interest you.
These single craft class purchases will stay in your bookmark video library, so you can go back and revisit as often as you like.

The standard price is $9.95 a month, and out of each subscription Creative Bug donates 5% to non-profit art organizations.

Crochet, bookbinding, felting, jewelry making, mixed media, kids crafts, home decor, and stamping are just a few of the informative online craft class video's you will find at Creative Bug. I really enjoyed going through all the fun and inspiring video's.

So what are you waiting for? Go check out the craft classes, and while your there check out how to make paste paper. Looks like a fun way to create your own unique paper for gift wrapping.

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Breakfast Nook Makeover



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Breakfast Nook

We moved into our house at the end of May, and have been working on it pretty much on a daily basis. After we get home from work.

On our days off one of those days is used on yard work, washing and cooking lunches for the week. So it has been slow goes. But we are getting there (-;

The breakfast nook is the latest to receive a makeover. The picture above, and right below are the before pictures.

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Notice the dark mauve walls, and horrible light fixture.

Below are the after pictures.

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I think this color looks so much better then the mauve. What do you think?

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I changed out the cheap blinds for the dark bamboo blinds. Much better don't you think?

I haven't decided whether to add a valance, put shear curtains up, or just leave it.

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Here's my new light fixture. Love it!

Did you notice above that the counter top was changed from pink Formica to granite. Big improvement.

If you look at the picture above with the mirror, you can see my next project in the mirror (and I am not looking forward to it, been putting it off). The kitchen cabinets )-; and there is a lot of them. Double )-; )-;

Coming soon our Texas room/ den.

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Gemstone Wednesday – Howlite



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Howlite Gemstone

The natural color of Howlite is white with grey vein like markings. In the raw, it is found in masses that resembles cauliflower.

This versatile stone was discovered 1868 in Nova Scotia by a Canadian chemist, geologist, and mineralogist named Henry How.

Design Possibilities

Howlite is a soft stone with a porous texture that takes on rich hues of color when it's dyed. When dyed it can take on an appearance similar to Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli, or cherry red Coral.

This makes Howlite an inexpensive alternative to more costly stones.

Regardless of how you choose to use it, in its natural or dyed forms, howlite makes attractive, and affordable jewelry that I'm sure will appeal to your customers.

Metaphysical Properties

Howlite is know a the calming stone. It is believe to helps relieve an overactive mind. It has the ability to heal mentally, physically and emotionally.

Use to heighten your creativity and expand self-expression.

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Natural Howlite Teardrop Pendant
Large Blue Chip Howlite
Cabochon

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Gemstone Wednesday – Turquoise



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Turquoise Gemstones

Here is a very popular gemstone that ranges in color from blue to green, and even yellow. You will find veins of brown and black deposits composed mainly of copper throughout the stones.

Even though turquoise has been around for centuries, it is unknown exactly when it was discovered.

Turquoise was prized for its blue-green color. Carved pieces have been found in ancient burial sites all over the world. It is hard to match the beauty of this captivating stone.

In the Middle Ages turquoise symbolizes beauty, and was believed that is made women virtuous and loyal.

Design Possibilities

Combine silver and red coral with blue or green turquoise for the traditional southwestern style jewelry. Turquoise with greenish hues go well with amber and hemalyke gemstones.

If you really want to turn heads, combine turquoise with contrasting colors like red coral, or fire orange carnelian.

Use precious metal beads with blue turquoise for absolute elegance.

Metaphysical Properties

Turquoise if a stone of prosperity and success, it is also viewed as the stone of communication. It is believed that turquoise provides understanding and encourages attention to detail.

The copper deposits provide energy to its wearer.

You can find turquoise all over the world, but each location yields a stone with specific colors and characteristics for that area where it is mined.

**Please note that the information above is collected from various sources, and is for informational purposes only, not meant to treat medical conditions. Mixed Kreations does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.

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Green Turquoise Chips
Yellow Turquoise
Turquoise Nugget

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Guest Bedroom Makeover



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Guest Bedroom Before

We are finally getting our house somewhat organized since the new carpet was installed.

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guest bedroom makeover


Notice the ugly 70's green carpet, and blue green walls.

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Guest Bedroom After

I painted the walls in the guest bedroom a light brown color. Kind of like caramel, and the new carpet is brown.

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We found this cute little chair and footstool box at Ross.

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The lamp is also from Ross.

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Need some more wall decor, decor for shelf, and we are done. I swear I think my hubby thinks that he has to feel up every bare place on the wall.

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Next makeover is the breakfast nook.

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Repurposed Snapple Bottle



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Here's a easy DIY project. Repurposing this glass Snapple bottle into a shabby chic vase.

I knew when I found this Snapple bottle left behind from a nephew that was dog and house sitting that I was going to turn this bottle with the nice big raised letter "S" into a pretty vase.

The raised letter "S" just leaped out and spoke to me. (-;

I thought that I had taken pictures of each step but I couldn't find them, so I will just walk you through how I made my shabby chic vase.

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altered bottle


First I spray painted the bottle black.
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repurposed snapple bottle


Then I used my Annie Sloans chalk paint.
shabby chic vase

shabby chic vase


Once dry, I lightly sanded to remove some of the chalk paint so that the grey would show through. I modge podged an old vintage label onto the bottle.

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repurposed bottle

repurposed bottle


How do you like my shabby chic vase?

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