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One Dozen Homemade Postcards to Make and Mail

By Julie Finn

How to Make Food Packaging Postcards

Mail the love, Friends! Whether it’s a piece of original art or an upcycled cupcake box, a homemade postcard is a great way to let your loved ones know that you’re thinking of them.

Need some ideas? Check out these awesome homemade postcard tutes below, and then go raid the recycling bin!

1. coloring pages. You generally have to back these with a sturdier cardboard, but adult coloring pages, especially, make wonderful postcard graphics.

2. cyanotypes. These sun prints are also really fun for kids to make!

3. embellished vintage postcards. Just because the postcard is already manufactured doesn’t mean that you can’t add your own magic to it!

4. fabric postcards. Even if you love to sew more than you love to draw, you can still make homemade postcards.

Save those empty cookie and cake mix boxes! Here's how to make postcards from your empty food boxes. Ones that you can really mail!5. food packaging. Food packaging is colorful and fun to trick us into eating food that’s crap for us, but once you’re suckered in, you might as well doubly enjoy yourself by turning that colorful packaging into fun postcards. The junkier the food, the better the postcard!

6. mixed media. This video tute shows you how to make a larger artwork that you can cut down into fabulous and fascinating postcards.

7. original art. Start with plain cardboard or bristol board, and create your own artwork for the front of the postcard.

8. postcard kit. This would make a great gift for someone heading off to college, moving out of state, or even a kid going to sleep-away camp.

9. printables. If you can’t figure out your own art, use these printable postcard templates and just color them in.

10. scratch-off. Getting a postcard in the mail is like winning the lottery!

11. splatter paint. People will never guess how easy these flowers were to make.

12. watercolor. Watercolor paint works on most papers that have a tooth, and can add a beautiful background or lovely details.

Read more here: Crafting A Green World

Make Postcards from Food Packaging

By Julie Finn

How to Make Food Packaging Postcards

Save those empty cookie and cake mix boxes! Here’s how to make postcards from your empty food boxes. Ones that you can really mail!

If you thought that DIY coloring book page postcards were easy, then you’re in for an even bigger treat, because postcards made from food packaging?

Kind of the easiest thing EVER.

Seriously, you don’t even need a tutorial for this business. All you have to do is grab yourself some cardboard food packaging, the dorkier the better (check out my Funfetti, Friends! I can’t tell my daughter no!):

How to Make Food Packaging Postcards

You’ll notice some of the coloring book pages from my coloring book page postcard tute in this image. It’s super easy to collect all of your ephemera and papers and make a big pile of these postcards at once.

How to Make Postcards from Food Packaging

Cut the postcard to any of the dimensions allowable in the USPS postcard regulations. These regulations call for a postcard height between 3.5″ and 4.25″, and a length between 5″ and 6″. Cardboard food packaging already meets the USPS regulations for postcard thickness.

As long as your postcard stays within these allowable dimensions, you can play a bit with the edges. I like to round the corners (although if you don’t have a corner rounder, which is, I admit, a kind of ridiculous tool to own, it can be tricky to get these rounded corners to look completely even). You can also very lightly scallop the edges of your postcard (check out this postcard of the Grand Canyon to see what that looks like), although be sure that you stay within the allowable dimensions.

How to Make Food Packaging Postcards

As I mentioned in my coloring book page postcard tute, I like to draw a line separating the message of the postcard from the space for the address, and sometimes I like to also draw guidelines for the address and a square for the stamp, just to make it look more balanced. If you have Sharpies or paint pens, you could also embellish the front of your postcard–doesn’t Tony the Tiger want to wear a golden crown on his head?

Save those empty cookie and cake mix boxes! Here's how to make postcards from your empty food boxes. Ones that you can really mail!

Read more here: Crafting A Green World

Make Postcards from Food Packaging

By Julie Finn

How to Make Food Packaging Postcards

If you thought that DIY coloring book page postcards were easy, then you’re in for an even bigger treat, because postcards made from food packaging?

Kind of the easiest thing EVER.

Seriously, you don’t even need a tutorial for this business. All you have to do is grab yourself some cardboard food packaging, the dorkier the better (check out my Funfetti, Friends! I can’t tell my daughter no!):

How to Make Food Packaging Postcards

You’ll notice some of the coloring book pages from my coloring book page postcard tute in this image. It’s super easy to collect all of your ephemera and papers and make a big pile of these postcards at once.

Cut the postcard to any of the dimensions allowable in the USPS postcard regulations. These regulations call for a postcard height between 3.5″ and 4.25″, and a length between 5″ and 6″. Cardboard food packaging already meets the USPS regulations for postcard thickness.

As long as your postcard stays within these allowable dimensions, you can play a bit with the edges. I like to round the corners (although if you don’t have a corner rounder, which is, I admit, a kind of ridiculous tool to own, it can be tricky to get these rounded corners to look completely even). You can also very lightly scallop the edges of your postcard (check out this postcard of the Grand Canyon to see what that looks like), although be sure that you stay within the allowable dimensions.

How to Make Food Packaging Postcards

As I mentioned in my coloring book page postcard tute, I like to draw a line separating the message of the postcard from the space for the address, and sometimes I like to also draw guidelines for the address and a square for the stamp, just to make it look more balanced. If you have Sharpies or paint pens, you could also embellish the front of your postcard–doesn’t Tony the Tiger want to wear a golden crown on his head?

Read more here: Crafting A Green World

It’s time to start planning your 2017 interior

By Andrew Dunning

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So you told yourself over Christmas that 2017 is the year you will finally get that new kitchen, redo the bathroom, rid yourself of the previous owners decor and finally make your house our own. But where to start? It can be very confusing deciding which room to redecorate, how to prioritise your spend, what to tackle first? To help you get started I’m giving you some inspiration from design projects APD Interiors completed for our clients in 2016.

Did your living room let you down over Christmas? When planning your home renovation I think this is always a good room to focus on as it serves as a retreat from the rest of the house. Relaxing in comfortable seating at the end of the day makes you forget that your bathroom is still avocado.

Last year after several years of grey being the fashion, and buoyed by a rediscovery of colour in interiors, we’ve seen a return to blue. In this Islington townhouse we used Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue to decorate the double reception room. The dark colour provides a perfect backdrop for the strong lupin fabric on the L shaped sofa and two custom upholstered chairs in Osborne and Little fabrics. The room is anchored by a modern engineered light wooden floor that has the slightest hint of blue in the grain.

The fireplace of the home was restored, something we always try to do to retain some of the original character of the home. The marble surround is complemented by a smart convex mirror in matt black. Adding a dash of black to your interior is an interior designers secret trick.

Good storage is essential to any home but you do need to strike a balance and not build into every space in your home. In this part of the room we didn’t opt for the alcove cupboards often seen in Victorian homes to keep the look more relaxed. Instead we bought smart media storage furniture from Heals and used a chair in the other alcove.

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If your bathroom is the 2017 project this is one we completed in Kings Cross. In an urban apartment we decided to remove the bath and fit a large walk in Matki shower surround. The homeowner very rarely takes baths and this solution is a much neater solution.

Tiling is always the one item where I always tell clients they shouldn’t comprise even if your budget is limited. On this project we combined a large grey square tile with a feature faux marble strip running around the bathroom. Luxuries like heated mirror pads and concealed LED lighting finish the look.

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One of the biggest projects you tackle in your home will always be the kitchen. Everyone now wants their kitchen to be the heart of their home and you need to think about how you will use the room. This is one area where a specialist interior design firm can listen to your brief and build a solution for your family.

In Highbury this year we designed and installed this bespoke kitchen for a client. If your budget allows this route will give you the kitchen of your dreams with little comprises. It also doesn’t have to be hugely expensive and is often comparable to the cost of mid end high street kitchen. We work with our in-house fabricators to create bespoke kitchens that are truly unique to our clients and their lifestyle.

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This kitchen was custom sprayed in a soft grey that complements the Element 7 mansion weave floor. Dashes of black were introduced with the honed black granite worktop and the steel exterior door. We also installed a new custom designed roof light to flood the room with natural light. The perfect balance between kitchen and dining space was achieved and it has now become the client’s favourite room of their home.

So having given you some inspiration it’s time to start thinking about your own home. Whether it’s the kitchen or bathroom, your bedroom or living room the sooner you start the sooner it will be finished. If you need help from us head over to our website and drop us an email.

If you have enjoyed this post and would like more inspiration why don’t you head over to our page on Facebook, follow me for my regular updates on twitter or look at our Instagram feed. Full details of all our Design and Build services can be found on our website.

Filed under: Projects Tagged: Highbury, Interior Design, Islington, Kings Cross

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Tesla Electric Power

By Andrew Dunning

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Solar energy – we all agree it’s a good thing, but generally the panels are so ugly. If you have a beautiful home and want to add solar panels the option has until recently been very limited. Too many beautiful homes have been ruined by the additional of ugly black rectangular panels on roofs along over the country. However much you want to harness the power of the sun surely we can still have a good looking home?

Thankfully Elon Musk and the innovators over at Tesla have just launched a great looking solution and it could be a game changer in seeing more people adding solar energy to their own home. If your home looked like this and it was collecting energy from the sun who wouldn’t want to choose solar panels?

The solar roof from Tesla, in conjunction with SolarCity, consists of glass tiles that are embedded with a very high-efficiency photovoltaic cell. The tiles will be offered in four different styles to suit the different architectural styles of home – Textured Glass Tile, Slate Glass Tile, Tuscan Glass Tile and Smooth Glass Tile.

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Tesla also announced the launch of Powerwall 2, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery designed to allow you to use the solar power from Solar Roof in your own home. Surplus solar energy can be stored when generated and used later, i.e. when the sun isn’t shining. The Powerwall 2 is around 115cm x 75cm so can easily be installed in your home – either indoors or outdoors.

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These new products were launched just last Friday in Los Angeles so it will be interesting to see how the products develops and progresses until they are launched next year. If you want to learn more head over to the Tesla site – alternatively for a more in depth review take a read of a great Bloomberg article on the new products.

Let’s hope Mr Tusk does for solar energy what he has done for electric cars – and maybe one day you’ll be inviting people over to see your new roof! I’d love to start harnessing the power of the sun and using it in my own home.

If you have enjoyed this post why don’t you head over to our page on Facebook, or follow me for my regular updates on twitter. Full details of all our Design and Build services can be found on our website.

Filed under: Product Reviews Tagged: Solar Power, Tesla

Read more here: APD Interiors

Turn a Coloring Book Page into a Postcard

By Julie Finn

Make a Coloring Book Page Postcard

Drowning in cute, completed coloring book pages? Here’s a fun way to give those pages another life while spreading some joy around.

All you need to transform your coloring book pages into fun postcards are:

completed coloring book pages. As I’ve probably mentioned before, we photocopy all of our coloring book pages onto cardstock before we color them, but I’ve also made a postcard out of a vintage Archie comic book page, at the bottom of the pic, so that you can see how this method will work even with thin, cheap paper.

cardboard/thick card stock and adhesive. Adhesive-backed cardstock makes this job even quicker and easier, but almost all of it that you’ll find has a texture that means you’ll have to write your postcards using ballpoint pen. If you want to use your own cardstock or cardboard, choose a thin, even adhesive for this. I have an emergency can of spray mount (which is not eco-friendly) that I try to whip out only when it’s absolutely necessary, but you can use regular glue, if you apply it lightly then press the postcard between pieces of waxed paper with a weight on top.

The only thing that you need to do to turn your coloring book pages into postcards is apply an adhesive backing (I do this first, making sure to cover a larger dimension than I’ll want, so that I don’t have to painstakingly match two perfectly-sized pieces afterwards), then fussy cut your postcard to the correct dimensions.

There’s even a little wiggle room in postcard dimensions, so you can be sure to capture the perfect part of your graphic.

If my kids are going to be using the postcard, I’ll flip the finished postcard over and then, with a ruler and a pen, draw the line separating the address from the message, and the lines for the address. Sometimes I’ll even ink in a little square for the stamp. If I don’t do this, the kids will be sure to run over the space for the address, and it sucks.

These quick-and-easy little postcards are especially nice for sending to loved ones who will appreciate your beautiful artwork–I like to build up a stash, then let my kids use them for thank-you notes and quick messages to grandparents.

Read more here: Crafting A Green World

Cameron van der Burgh’s Top 5 Grooming Tips

By Men’s Health

The general man’s man and Olympic gold medalist swimmer, Cameron van der Burgh, knows what it takes to look and feel good. The Head & Shoulders ambassador is also known to lead a life uninhibited and filled with natural confidence.

“Whether I’m competing with the world watching, training in the pool or at home relaxing with my family, my daily grooming routine is an important part of maintaining the confidence I need to succeed in the competitive world of swimming,” explains van der Burgh.

Here are his five tips on grooming to look and feel as good as him:

1. The Basics:
The fact of the matter is one’s grooming routine shouldn’t get in the way of an action-packed daily schedule. That’s why I stick to the basics in the morning of brushing and flossing my teeth.

2. Sun Savvy:
Sun screen is another important part of my morning routine – I apply it every day whether I plan on being in the pool or out.

3. Face-Off:
I truly believe that less is more when it comes to my skin, which is why I make use of a cleanser that washes away any excess chlorine, as well as a basic moisturiser to sooth the harsh effects of swimming pool chemicals.

4. Scrubbing Up Well:
My skin tends to take a beating in the pool, which is why an exfoliator only forms part of my routine once a week.

5. Hair Affair:
Our hair is one of our most defining features making a significant contribution to our overall appearance. For this reason I wash my hair everyday paying particular attention to the health of my scalp. With this in mind you’ll always find my limited edition Head & Shoulders shampoo and conditioner in my gym bag, because having visibly flake free hair and a healthy scalp gives me the confidence I need to stay ahead of the game.

Cameron feels confident to take on each day and the challenges it presents thanks to Head & Shoulders wide range of shampoos and conditioners. Head & Shoulders have been at the leading front of scalp care and hair science for over 50 years. Popular for it’s dandruff efficacy they also offer distinct scalp and hair care benefits that includes relief from itchiness, dryness and irritation. It removes 100% of visible flakes and produces healthy hair filling you with confidence. Get your hands on some now!

“Maintaining a healthy scalp and hair is about more than just washing your hair. It’s a holistic routine that can help you to relax you while you stimulate your scalp with a calming head massage. There’s a lot to be said for having visibly flake free hair and a healthy scalp. It gives me the confidence I need to lead from the front,” adds Cameron.

Think it’s time for a new fresh look? Check out The Best Haircuts For Men or Take Care of what you already have.

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