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How To: Reupholster An Ottoman With a Vintage Pleated Plaid Skirt

By: Modhomeecteacher Jan 28, 2009

created on: 01/28/09

Being socked in today inspired me to finish my oval ottoman. The VIBRANT plaid was gleaned from a huge vintage pleated skirt. Once the waistband and pleats were removed, there was a piece of fabric measuring 6 yards by 36". Before the transformation, the red striped ottoman had clunky legs and the fabric had been stained.Continue Reading

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Intro to Digital Photography: Weeks 3 & 4

By: Diy maven Jan 28, 2009

created on: 01/28/09

Last week’s class included a field trip of sorts, which used up a bunch of ‘note-taking’ time. Our assignment was portraiture (human or otherwise), stressing the effects of natural lighting–preferably northern exposure, which seems to be the best light for most photographic situations.

After the inspiration we gathered week 3, we hunkered down to take some serious week 4 notes. Here, again, are the highlights.

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How to make a mantra mirror and start loving yourself.

By: Diy maven Jan 28, 2009

I have a friend whose daughter ends notes she has written to herself with the closing ‘Love’ and her name. I’ve always thought it a wonderful way to boost one’s self-esteem. Jennifer’s Mantra Mirror seems to be another great way to remind ourselves we too deserve our love.Continue Reading

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Inexpensive Updates that Add Value

By: Diy maven Jan 28, 2009

created on: 01/28/09

BHG jumps on the budget train with these low-cost updates that could actually increase the value of your home. One suggestion--demonstrated above--is to add multi-functional elements, like exposed shelving that serves as storage as well as display.

They also suggest that opting for mid-range cabinetry in the kitchen is the way to go, saving your budget for better-quality appliances, which will steal the show.

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30 Modern Valentine's Gifts for Under $50.

By: Chrisjob Jan 27, 2009

Creede from Grassroots Modern has outdone himself. He's gathered 30 mod and pop Valentine's Day gifts that anyone with fine taste would be happy to give OR recieve. Check 'em out here! Lovely.


Top Row, left to right: Josh Jakus Wine Pocket, Fauna Pico Pillow, 2d:3d Letter Holder, Hybrid-Home Print, Heath Ceramics Bud Vase
Bottom Row, left to right: Giclee Print by Jenn Ski, Cupcake Canisters, Clocky, QUEUE 2-tone Stick Lighter, HugContinue Reading

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DIY Whimsical Chandelier.

By: Chrisjob Jan 27, 2009

The Flirty Guide offers this cool, multipart tutorial for making a custom, playful chandelier. Paint, beads, wire,'s a whole heap of processes towards a fun, one of a kind piece. Thrift store magic.


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How to make a rainbow cake.

By: Diy maven Jan 27, 2009

I've seen swirly, colorful cakes before, but this one takes it....the cake, I mean. To make it even better, it's low-cal. Continue Reading

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Fabric that "Melts" in Water

By: Diy maven Jan 27, 2009

Two professors--one of fashion, the other of science--teamed up to fabricate melting fabric which was then used to make high-end couture-type togs. The dresses are part of a UK touring fashion exhibit entitled 'Wonderland'. The dresses, made of a polymer, are dipped into vessels of water and left to 'melt' into a gel-like substance that can be used to germinate seeds. Continue Reading

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The Ultimate Sewing Machine Trouble Shooting Guide

By: Diy maven Jan 27, 2009

Skipped stitches, puckering thread, broken thread, broken needles...all can leave a cloud of obscenities hanging in the air. And although swearing generally feels good, it really doesn't do any good. So, when your sewing machine starts to get irritable, take a deep breath and go to this page at

'Sewing machine doctor' courtesy of Ultimate Sew and Vac.

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Kate Hepburn's Furniture Advice on YouTube

By: Modhomeecteacher Jan 26, 2009

 created on: 01/26/09

Everyone's been tempted to buy a piece of furniture that's a cheap, poorly built piece of crapola that's  been disguised in neutral fabric and stained wood that looks good to the untrained eye. Whether new or vintage, sometimes you take the jump to buy a bad piece. Remember that it's harder to remove a piece of furniture, however bad it is, once it's settled into your space.  Watch Kate Hepburn wield her words of wisdom on the long term benefits of buying good furniture in an old clip of The Dick Cavett Show.  I wonder where the furniture on that set is today. 

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