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1 Window Shade 3 Ways

By: Diy maven Sep 19, 2008

My Home Ideas shows us 3 clever ways to take a plain window shade from ho-hum to heavenly. This shade was covered in fabric,

these were painted,

and these were covered in wallpaper.

For the entire tutorial for each project, visit And for inexpensive roller blinds, you might want to check out Ikea's selection.

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Cordon Bleu, Bird Style

By: Lilybee Sep 19, 2008

So you've made your little feathered chums the hippest house on the block, now might be a good time to throw them a dinner party. With that in mind here's a few recipes that boids go nuts for.

Hors d'oeurve:

Pine Cone Nibbles

  • pine cones
  • peanut butter
  • birdseed (your choice)

Spread peanut butter all over the pine cones and roll them in birdseed. Tie a piece of ribbon or string to the top of eachContinue Reading

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Vintage Images in Stencil

By: Diy maven Sep 18, 2008

Stencil-Library, has a forthcoming Vintage Range stencil collection. They’re previewing some of the designs on their on-line exclusives. The quality of detail is quite remarkable, and their price tags reflect that.

Chanteuse, 8.5" h x 8" w, $53

Spacemen, 22" h x 16" w, $116

Jane Goes Bowling, 11" h x 7.5" w, $35

Dick Goes Bowling, 10.5" h x 7" w, $116


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Shaggy Eyeball Rugs

By: Diy maven Sep 18, 2008

The rugs in Monti Rugs’ Shaggy Eyeball Collection are made of 100% New Zealand wool that is hand spun around a black center ‘pupils’. And, just like real human eyeballs, it comes in a variety of colors. Forty, to be exact. They start at $450 for the 4' x 6' size.

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Autumn Garden Checklist

By: Lilybee Sep 18, 2008

Only a few days left till the official start of Autumn/Fall. BHG has a checklist of stuff to do in your garden. Or at least intend to do and not quite get round to. It includes:

  • Lower the height on your mower. Grass grows more slowly in fall, but it still needs to be trimmed to prepare for winter. A lower cutting height helps the soil dry out more quickly in spring.
  • Feed the birds. Don't forget your feathered friends --Continue Reading
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Exploding Chandeliers

By: Diy maven Sep 18, 2008

Designer Ward van Gemert is showing his Exploded Chandeliers at the Mint Gallery in London. Made of de-constructed used chandelier parts that are reconstructed using electrical wire, which also supplies the juice to light them. Via.

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NetFlix Origami

By: Diy maven Sep 17, 2008

Billed as ‘The fun way to recycle your NetFlix flaps’, Netflix Origami shows you how to turn those flaps into something magical. Although traditional origami is made of thin square paper, these designs have been adapted with the NetFlix flap in mind, so you don’t have to do any alterations. Via Craftzine.

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Kitchen Doodle Floor

By: Diy maven Sep 17, 2008

Artist Olle Hemmendorff didn’t like his light wood kitchen floors. He wanted a simple, inexpensive and reversible alternative to refinishing them, so he bought some rolls of shiny white vinyl Contact-like paper and went to work. After the vinyl was down, he decided to turn the floor back into wood. With the help of a Sharpie, that is. The effect is amazing and, yes, temporary, which was everything Olle was hoping for. To read the entireContinue Reading

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6 Modern Kitchen Cabinet Door Make Overs

By: Diy maven Sep 17, 2008

We’ve seen kitchen door updates from BHG before, but none quite like these modern entries.

Here, strips of wood are woven under and over metal rods and applied to the door’s front.created on: 09/17/08

A simple picture frame complete with a favorite photo is adhered onto the door front, creating a very personal update.

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Strips of molding added to this door’s front creates an interesting visual effect.

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In this example, prairie grass stalks are sandwichedContinue Reading

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Easy Wallpapering

By: Lilybee Sep 16, 2008

Wallpapering gives me The Fear. What with the mess and the peeliness and the pattern repeats. The last time I tried it, well, there were tears, swearing and some bloodshed.

According to the folks at Real Simple it doesn't have to be that way. They have a quick how-to on using the newest, (less scary) wallpapers that abound these days, including Pre-Pasted, Paste-The-Wall and self adhesive paper.

To hangContinue Reading

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