Craft Bits — Upscale Agrarian, Crochet Bouquets, Accessible Nail Art

Posted by on Apr 06, 2012

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As we head into the Easter and Passover weekend, this week's craft news abounds with holiday recipes and crafts (as one might expect) as well as surprising reports of Williams-Sonoma getting dirty agrarian-style, nail art going mainstream and clutter-free vintage home decor.

Country Style Meets City Prices 

Williams-Sonoma, long known for its pricey but reliable kitchen gear, is throwing their hat into the home-grown husbandry ring. On April 9th, the chain will launch "agrarian" products, both online and in select stores, and shoppers can expect gourmet garden supplies and chicken coops with more class than most homes. 
For more on Williams-Sonoma's new agrarian product line, go to the Huffington Post.
easter holiday cola-brined ham
Holiday Fixin's 

This weekend is host to two major holidays and with it a bevy of brunches, banquets and other foodie get-togethers. The Charlotte Observer claims a Cola-brined ham the best dish for Easter, while the Boston Herald offers a thorough rundown on how to make the traditional Sedar dish, gelfite fish, actually taste ... well, not like fish. 
Meat not the treat for your holiday table? Blisstree has a recipe for vegan DIY seitan. 
nail art
Extreme Manicure

Nail art is a popular trend that has just become a little more affordable, now that the beauty market is rolling out an abundance of nail art supplies, including caviar polish, snakeskin designs and press-on decals. 
MSNBC has more on the predicted spring trends for nail art.
handcrafted knit, felted bridal bouqet
Keepsake Bouquets 

Some crafty brides are walking down the aisle with handmade crochet and knit bouquets, preferring a memorable wedding keepsake over the traditional blooms. 
For more ideas on handcrafting your bridal party bouquets, check out The Washington Post's article. 
Kishani Perera offers clean vintage home decor
Streamlined Vintage 

Kishani Perera, author of "Vintage Remix: The Interiors of Kishani Perera," demonstrates that vintage home decor doesn't have to be messy, and even eclectic design can be chic and modern. 
For an interview with Kishani Perera about her clean vintage stylings, check out The Los Angeles Times.

Image credits (from top): Williams-Sonoma, Williams-Sonoma, T. Ortega Gaines / The Charlotte Observer,, Andrea Nyugen Wedding Photography and Troy House

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