Archive For The “DIY & Craft” Category

Pinterest Made Me Do It – DIY Foaming Hand Soap

By | October 1, 2013

If you’re a Pinterest addict like me, you’ve probably seen more than a few pins touting the benefits of making your own foaming hand soap. It’s cheap! It’s easy! You can control the ingredients! You know I’m all about cheap and easy, but today, I just needed soap. The soap dispensers were empty, and since […]

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Make Your Own: Chalk Paint

By | June 5, 2013

So, here’s the thing: there is absolutely no chalk in this chalk paint.  But whip up a batch of this cornstarch-based paint, and set your kids loose on the driveway – it will wash right off with the hose.  Chalk paint is easy to make, easy to clean up, inexpensive, and most of all, fun! […]

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Pinterest made me do it: Homemade fruit fly trap

By | April 11, 2013

Update: People, this didn’t work at all.  I didn’t catch one single fruit fly.  Total Pinterest fail.  I’m not giving up, though.  Those fruit flies have GOT to go. ——————– Oh, Pinterest.  You know everything, don’t you?  You suck us in for hours at a time, with eye-candy promises of perfect birthday parties, endless ways […]

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Quick tip: Standard pouring spouts fit beer bottles!

By | March 21, 2013

  This: Plus this: Equals this! I used my Silhouette machine to make a cute vinyl label for mine.  So easy!

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Tutorial: How to fix frayed faux leather

By | March 1, 2013

The little girl got these boots for her birthday last fall, and since then, she’s worn them nonstop.  I wanted her to have a pair of boots to wear with thick tights and leggings during the winter, so we picked out this cute little pair for her. She’s only seven and she’s growing so fast […]

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Obama cozy

By | September 19, 2012

We all have our own opinions, but I’m a strong supporter of President Obama and his bid for reelection.   And after I heard about his staff’s homebrewing efforts, I knew I wanted to make him a beer cozy, to show my appreciation for all his hard work these past handful of years. To make the […]

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Photo Tutorial: How To Crochet A Beverage Coozy

By | September 19, 2012

A couple years ago, I went on a camping trip up on Guanella Pass.  It was Labor Day weekend, and at over 10,000 feet, it was pretty chilly in the evenings.  I was crocheting next to the campfire, and my friend Mike asked me to make him a mitten. ”Just one?” I asked. ”Yeah. My […]

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Meet Jakob!

By | January 12, 2012

Jakob is one of the river gnomes, a group noted for their extraordinary bridge building abilities. A sheep herder by trade, he has now turned over much of his flock to his son, Atticus. Now, Jakob enjoys cultivating his prize-winning orchids and over-indulging in crossword puzzles. Jakob on Etsy

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Pink wallet makeover

By | November 11, 2011

A certain little girl turned six years old this week, and we decided she was old enough for her very own wallet…even if it’s only to hold her ever-growing collection of credit card-shaped pieces of cardboard that she pulls out of the recycling. We picked up this plain Jane pink wallet at Savers.  It has […]

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Window lattice to scarf rack :: a tutorial

By | October 11, 2011

Scarf rack on the wall

When Bruce bought this house, it came with lattice on every single window (to, ya know, complement the shutters and porch balustrade with heart-shaped cut-outs).  He pulled down most of them years ago, and they resurfaced recently during the Great Shed Cleanout of 2011.  With a  little white spray paint and glue, I repurposed two […]

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