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History of Kokeshi Wooden Dolls from Japan


Little is known of the early history of Kokeshi Japanese Wooden Dolls. One school of thought believes that Kokeshi dolls have their origins in the practice of spiritualist religion.

A Brief History of Japanese Daruma Dolls


Daruma dolls are representations of the historical Indian priest Bodhidharma, a sage who traveled throughout Japan and China in the 5th or 6th century AD. Bodhidharma is credited with establishing Chan Buddhism in China and Zen Buddhism in Japan.

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02/16/2018 03:36 PM
7 Tips to Boost Sales at Craft Shows
Have you ever thought about selling your handmade crafts at local craft fairs? It's a great way to make money sharing the craft creations you love to create. But when you invest money in a booth it's important to make the most of your time and effort at the show.
02/06/2018 11:11 AM
Spread Your Love With Handmade Valentine Cards and Crochet Decorations
What's better than to receive a loving card on Valentine's Day, handmade by a loved one? Homemade cards and crochet decorations are personal and unique, and they are definitely not mass-produced. Often it can be hard to come up with a great idea, but there are many ways to find inspiration that will help you get started.
01/18/2018 04:32 PM
Stained Glass - Project Ideas
The art and craft of stained glass has been with us for over a thousand years. Mediums include working with glass, plastic, and paper. There are kits or we can be creative and design and paint our personal preferences. This art and craft hobby can be done by men, women, and children of all ages.
12/26/2017 11:28 AM
5 Reasons to Have Handspun Yarn in Your Stash
A quick introduction into the world of handspun yarn and why you should try it. This article discusses five reasons why handspun yarn should be a part of your stash!
12/18/2017 03:56 PM
What to Expect From a 3D Pen
A 3D pen is much like an ordinary pen, but a lot bulkier and uses plastic instead of ink or lead. The 3D pen is built with special heating technology that creates enough heat to turn the plastic into a liquid material.
11/27/2017 03:34 PM
Where to Find the Best Wool Shops
These days there are many things to take up your leisure time and so people do not learn to knit like they used to. However, there are still many diehard fans of knitting, but these craftspeople cannot always find the supplies that they need. Some major retailers do carry generic wool but if you want something a little different - and what knitter doesn't - then you need to go to a specialist wool shop.
11/24/2017 09:34 AM
Budget Allowance For Hobbies
Should you budget for a hobby? Your income level and your heart's pursuit have much to do with your choice of hobbies or interests. Learn which hobbies are best for your level of income.
10/16/2017 08:12 AM
Halloween Masks and Costumes
Boo! Scary creatures and monsters designed to cast out evil spirits have people wearing spooky masks and costumes. The costumes and accessories may be bought, rented, or hand crafted. Halloween night may be celebrated at public functions, private parties, block parties, and in some neighborhoods going door to door announcing "Trick or Treat."
10/13/2017 10:17 AM
Nature-Related Crafts for Kids
Are you looking for some nature-inspired activities to do with your kids? Do you want something different than common indoor activities and outdoor playing?
10/11/2017 08:36 AM
20 Rubber Band Hacks to Simplify Your Life
Bet you didn't know that rubber bands had so many unexpected uses. Here are 20 rubber band hacks that can help you solve everyday problems.
10/06/2017 04:35 PM
Health Benefits Of A Hobby
Enjoy is the keyword for the number one reason people embrace a hobby. Enjoyment brings happiness, contentment, success, and feelings of pride and achievement. In return the body responds with mental and physical good health. A person feels like they are having a good day and it feels great to be alive.
10/06/2017 12:12 PM
How to Make a DIY Rustic Wooden Sign
All of our rustic wood pallet signs are made in our shop but we wanted to share how we build our signs in case you wanted to build them yourself. Anyone with the right tools, materials, and patience can do what we do in our shop every day to make your very own DIY rustic wood pallet sign. This post is a step by step guide on how to build your own rustic wood sign.
10/04/2017 09:48 AM
Beaded Flowers - When Things Go Wrong
What could possibly go wrong when you're making bead flowers? Here are some of my real-life scenarios, and how I dealt with them.
09/28/2017 10:46 PM
The Concept of Escape Rooms
Escape rooms are rising in their popularity. Basically, they are a physical adventure game where players are required to solve different puzzles by making use of hints, clues as well as strategy so as to be able to complete set out objectives. Usually, the player has a time limit set in which he needs to have unveiled the ploy hidden within the rooms.
09/27/2017 11:53 AM
12 Mind Blowing Craft Ideas With Tissue Paper That You Can Do at Home
Tissue paper is one of the most favourable items which can be used as gift wrapping, wiping and so on. Though many usages are promoted about tissue paper, it is an underrated item to make various craft projects for kids.
09/26/2017 10:19 AM
Cherished Change Quilts
Quilting inspires legacy. Throughout generations this art has undergone many changes, but all create lasting beauty. By hand, quilting began.
09/14/2017 10:22 AM
All About Sewing Machines - Research and Review
Sewing Machine - A machine that uses thread to stitch fabric and other materials together is called a sewing machine. The main purpose behind the invention of sewing machines was to decrease the amount of manual sewing work performed by workers of several companies. The credit to the invention of the first working sewing machine goes The English Inventor and Cabinet Maker, Thomas Saint in the year 1970.
09/11/2017 07:44 AM
Starfish and Seahorse Resin Crafts
Are you a sea animal lover? Do you know how best to incorporate this into artistic decorations in your home? There are various sculpturing that is done to create different models such as seahorse and starfish models. The resin is one of those materials used to make the models. Read on to know more about these great arts and how you can use them as ornaments.
09/10/2017 08:59 PM
Here's Why Everyone Should Have a Hobby
What if you could do something right now that would benefit your well-being overall, and allow you to tap into the best part of yourself, which also means discovering the best of who you are? You might be using this strategy now without considering the benefits of it or how it helps you manage stress. What I am referring to is being involved in a hobby or form of pastime activity, doing something that could involve more than working on a crafts type of project. A hobby is a project or activity that allows you to change your thought process while being involved in a productive or creative process.
09/08/2017 03:53 PM
Rajasthan Art & Craft
Rajasthan (literally, 'Lands of kings') is India's largest state by area. It is among the richest states in the country as far as the field of art and craft is considered.
09/08/2017 03:16 PM
Quilt Making - A Hot New Pastime
A pastime revived in recent years is that of quilting, meaning making your own quilt. Who would have guessed that with all the ready-made quilts available today that people everywhere are gravitating to making their own? Here is an overview of what goes on in that process.
09/05/2017 08:09 AM
3D Puzzles - It's A Bigger Challenge Than Jigsaw Puzzles
Jigsaw puzzles are fun, interesting, relaxing, and adventuresome as we assemble the pieces to create a whole picture. Puzzles are available for children and adults. Puzzles are used for hobby interests or professional careers.
09/01/2017 02:42 PM
Try These 5 Crafts With Your Grandkids on Mother's Day
Seniors who love their grandkids can spend holidays like Mother's Day together. You can make the holiday extra special for your loved one by taking him or her to their grandkids. Seniors can craft some loving gifts with their grandkids on Mother's Day. Here are a few ideas for simple crafts that your loved one can make with their grandkids.
08/29/2017 08:01 AM
Model Building a House - A Challenging Hobby
Design and build a structure which represents the home you may have been born in, or a home located in your favorite city, town, country setting, or a beachside cottage. Or build a fantasy, futuristic, or dream home. Model building can be a hobby or a professional endeavor.
08/23/2017 10:23 AM
3-D Centers for Beaded Flowers
A beehive center is another variation on the French "Basic" technique. Use it when you want a center that is round but needs some height and dimension to it. Be sure you're confident with the Basic technique, because this variation requires dexterity and a good "eye." Also, note that for this type of center you will make an even number of rows, stopping at the top of the piece instead of the bottom as you usually do.
08/16/2017 09:27 AM
Beaded Flowers - Use the Reverse Wrap Technique to Hide Wrap Wires
The reverse wrap technique is a variation on the basic technique that you would use if the tops of your petals will be rolled back or curled under, and the backs of your petals will be very visible. It's a way to hide the metal wraps at the bottom of the petal.
08/15/2017 09:38 AM
Indian Handicrafts and Gifts Fair
The intricately designed silver utensils and cutlery symbolize aristocracy. Meanwhile, the stainless steel products are known for their versatility and durability. It was not possible for the Indian homeowners to avail these housewares under one roof, until the handicrafts gift fair of India bought forth an effective solution to this problem.
08/09/2017 08:49 AM
Beaded Flower Wreaths - Plan Them Out Carefully
Planning out your bead flower wreath is the first and most essential step to assembling it and enjoying it for years to come. Why? Because, with living flowers, if you run short of a certain kind of flower, you can simply reach for more or go buy some at the florist. With bead flowers, you have to make them first, which takes a lot more time.
08/02/2017 09:44 AM
French Flowers From Victorian Instructions - Beaded Flower Patterns Can Be Adapted
French and other beaded flower making techniques use different terms, and this can be confusing. In the Russian, English or Victorian technique, the wire goes side-to-side and not in concentric spirals as it does in the French basic technique. Here's how to convert some of these terms for French-style flowers.
07/26/2017 03:21 PM
So You Thought You Could Upcycle
So, you thought you could upcycle. When I first saw Money for Nothing on the telly, I couldn't believe it.
07/26/2017 09:10 AM
Beaded Flowers - How'd They Do That? I'll Take Them Apart and See
One of the "founding mothers" of French bead flowers in America, Virginia Nathanson, saw some potted bead flower arrangements in the gift shop of Bonwit Teller in Manhattan several decades ago. She wondered how they were made.
07/26/2017 08:56 AM
Split Basic Techniques in Bead Flower Making
Use split basic techniques to make two or three petals or leaves on one wire, or to make petals with a split at the outer end, such as Dogwood. Use this technique with the Basic Row technique.
07/19/2017 09:28 AM
Beaded Flowers - The Easy Way to Load Beads
In making bead flowers, you're going to be using hundreds or thousands of beads per flower. Loading techniques you might use for jewelry or loom projects will be very slow and may leave your eyes and back stressed. You need a method of loading many beads onto the needle or wire quickly and with minimum physical strain. There are two very efficient ways to do this.
07/12/2017 09:40 AM
Making Beaded Flowers - Pitfalls to Avoid
You want your beautiful bead flowers to last for generations, and stay as beautiful as the day you made them. Arm yourself with the right information first. There are a few things to be careful about both before you start making your flowers and after you're finished.
07/07/2017 05:26 PM
3 Major Types of Servo Motors
Servo motors are very energy-efficient, relatively small in size, and utilized in many applications. The small and powerful performance of the servo motors means they are a popular choice in radio-controlled helicopters, robots and cars.
07/06/2017 11:09 AM
5 Factors Worth Consideration While Choosing Your Ideal First Model Trains
There are several things to consider before starting your first model trains. This article will give you 5 factors to consider before choosing your first model train model.
06/30/2017 10:43 AM
The Definitive Guide to Revamping Old Clothes
Most clothes reach a stage in the wearing cycle when they're not trendy enough to be appreciated, but they're not old enough to be thrown away either. At this stage, they are pushed at the back of the closet and never looked at again for years.
06/27/2017 10:58 AM
The Therapeutic Benefits of Knitting
It has now been officially established that Knitting is Good for You! It can help relieve mental stress and anxiety as well as relax you and even help to ease physical pain- find out more about the wonderful benefits of this age old craft.
06/20/2017 08:51 AM
Collecting Dolls - Hobby
Are you interested in collecting dolls as a financial investment? You may be disappointed to learn that not all are money makers. If investment is your motivation in this hobby do much studying and research. Knowledge will be essential as there are no guarantees for financial rewards. It is best to collect for the love of dolls.
06/14/2017 09:28 AM
Reinforcing Completed or Vintage Bead Flowers
Bead flowers should hold their original shape, whether that shape is vertical, curved, standing out horizontally, or draped artfully downward. Make sure that your bead flower treasures retain their shape for the future by using stem stiffening and reinforcement techniques. You can easily "retro-fit" a finished or vintage piece.
06/14/2017 09:20 AM
Bead Flower Stem Stiffening Techniques
When you're planning a new bead flower, consider how large the flower or its leaves will be. If the pieces are going to quite large, or you will be using a narrower gauge of wire than usual, you should consider stem stiffening techniques. Using one or more of these techniques will ensure that your flower will stand the test of time, and not wilt (the wires becoming too weak to hold the flower up). An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure.
06/07/2017 02:10 PM
Different Types of Interfacing Methods
Whether you intend to make clothes or bags, there is often a need to use one of the interfacing methods to complete the project. The best way to know the preferred interfacing is to check the pattern instructions.
06/06/2017 09:07 AM
Bead Flower Loop Techniques Explained
Loop techniques are simple to make. They create smaller flowers that are whimsical and add a delicate feeling to your pieces. Many flowers use a center of a bunch of continuous single loops. Also, you can combine many units of looped pieces to make larger florets. You can add a border of continuous single loops of the same or very varied pinched loops to add a ruffled effect to a petal or leaf.
05/18/2017 09:43 AM
Stunning Ways to Wrap Presents With Ribbon
Celebrations happen throughout the year, the most popular and common celebrations are birthdays. When you find a great gift for a loved one, friend or family member, you want to present it in the best possible way and that is what gift wrapping is for.
05/17/2017 11:27 AM
Upcycling Tips - Things You Need to Get Started
First things first The tools and materials you would need will be dependant on the type of project you are undertaking. But before you start any project, you need to make sure that you have the correct Personal Protection Equipment for your upcycling project. Health and safety.
05/12/2017 12:55 PM
How To Balance Your Sewing Machine Tensions
Sewing Machine Tensions can be balanced by yourself, but you need to understand the number one mistake most sewers make. When attempting to do this there is one simple thing to remember.
05/12/2017 10:00 AM
Bead Flower Baby's Breath and Greenery
Your flowers must be the focus of your bead flower pieces, but give due consideration to the background pieces like leaves, ferns and baby's breath. The presence, absence, quantity and colors of these pieces can completely change the emotional impact of your bead piece.
05/04/2017 09:53 AM
Bead Flowers - Shading and Tipping To Vary Color
Many living flowers and their petals are not made up of a single, solid color. Some petals have two or more internal colors. You can create these same effects these effects in bead flowers.
04/19/2017 10:48 AM
10 Best Ways To Spend Your Free Time
Most of the people have an ample amount of time as free time. They can use it as they want whether by watching television or playing or just by sleeping. Using your leisure time effectively may have a huge impact on your lifestyle which you may be unaware of. I believe that scheduling your time cannot be a good option because then you don't use your time freely as you want.
04/08/2017 03:29 PM
Bird Watching As A Hobby
Have you considered the hobby of bird watching? Watch our feathered friends go about their daily living rituals and view their behaviors as they fly, lay eggs, gather food, and build their nests. The art of bird watching is available to everyone.


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