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Great Kitchen Tool: The Oven Stick

My parents had one of these oven sticks in our kitchen when I was growing up, and it was definitely something I used, but  never really thought much about. It was incredibly helpful as I was learning to bake especially since I started out being afraid of getting burned. The idea is that you pull the oven rack out with […]

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D.I.Y. Seed Tape from Giver’s Log

It seems like plantable note cards, gift tags, and even ornaments have been ubiquitous the past couple of years. I think it's a great idea, and now I'm happy to know how to make something similar on my own. Giver's Log, a blog all about creative gift giving, has a tutorial on how to make "Seed Tape." It's the same […]

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The Easiest Valentines I’ve Seen

I love sending cards—holiday cards, birthday cards, cards for no reason. But I generally leave Valentine’s Day cards out of the mix, primarily because I’m still wiped out from sending holiday cards. (I actually made my cards for the first time this year. I was pretty excited with how they turned out, you can see a photo here.)

But this year, I’m reconsidering because I was tipped off to the Virtual Valentines section of Red Stamp’s site.

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Krylon Spray Paint: Be a Mover and a Shaker

I received an email last week about a new website from Krylon Spray Paint. I’m a huge fan of spray paint—it’s easy to use, and covers almost any material you can think of. I’ve sprayed metal, wood, cardboard, and plastic. And I’ve had such good results, that spray paint will continue to be my go-to painting method.

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DIY Book Recall

Just a quick public service announcement for all you DIY-ers out there. I was tipped off by the blog DIY Life that Oxmoor House publishers has recently recalled some of their DIY books due to unsafe advice relating to electrical wiring.

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Easy Homemade Decorations

Just in case you're feeling especially crafty this weekend, here are two project ideas for homemade decorations. Cinnamon-Scented Cookie Ornaments from Natural Home   These fragrant cookies smell yummy, but—though nontoxic—they are not good for snacking. You will need: • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour • 1 cup salt • 1/2 cup ground cinnamon • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon oil (increase amount […]

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Sayings to Write in Your Holiday Cards

I've decided to be ambitious this year and make my holiday cards, which means that I won't be able to rely on a pre-printed greeting and just sign my name. I could go with the generic "Happy Holidays," but if I'm taking the time to make the cards to begin with, I want to have a nice sentiment.   In […]

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Do You Make or Buy Your Holiday Gifts?

Thanksgiving is over, and now I'm ready for the gift-giving holidays. I haven't yet decided if I'll be making gifts, or if I'll be buying them this year. I've seen several great DIY gift ideas, but sometimes those can end up being more expensive (and less appreciated) than purchased gifts. What are your thoughts on making vs buying holiday gifts? […]

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Furniture Fix Ups

Bored with the bedside table? Does your desk chair need a makeover? Decorative painter Kristen Davis in Atlanta, who normally specializes in children’s walls, recently found a new addiction — furniture! Her blog and all the before and after photos there will no doubt inspire you to pull out your paintbrush and try a little faux painting yourself. And before you run screaming at the sound of the word faux, I’m not talking about the tacky 1980s faux techniques. :) I’m referring to fresh and modern looks that can transform your furniture and cabinetry on a budget. Let these images give you some inspiration today…

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Custom Designed Dinnerware

Have you ever been at a dinner party and experienced a long, uncomfortable silence? It’s embarrassing, isn’t it? That’s why I think the new Conversation Starter collection from Custom Sephia is such a fun way around those awkward moments — I can totally see a hostess using these at cocktail parties to get the party started. Fun!

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