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Lampshade Sweaters....?

By: Diy maven Feb 23, 2009

Studio Beelden Bouwers thought it would be a good idea to re-use old sweaters by turning them into lampshades. They were right. For knitters or crocheters, customizing shapes for lampshade slipcovers would be a snap. Pieced together with a blanket stitch....hmm. From 3rings.Continue Reading

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DIY: Corner Bookmark

By: Diy maven Feb 23, 2009

Don't you just love that occasional how-to that doesn't require lengthy written directions? Like this bookmark, for example. It's a corner cut from an envelope and cleverly customized. Via.

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How To: Faux Buck Wall Decor.

By: Chrisjob Feb 21, 2009

Getting in on the cruelty-free deer and antler craze has been a task for your credit card, not your X-acto knife.

Until now, that is. In May, Chronicle Books will release Dorm Decor, a collection of ideas to spice up college students' nine-months-of-the-year abodes. And their sneak peek project: a brightly colored faux deer head, handmade with foam core and wrapping paper.


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100 Things to Do with a Meyer Lemon.

By: Chrisjob Feb 21, 2009

Meyer lemons

Meyer lemons, a hybrid of a lemon and a mandarin orange, are in season throughout the winter and the early spring. From Julie O'Hara at NPR: "the Meyer lemon has smooth golden skin the color of a fresh egg yolk. It also has a thin edible rind, a high volume of juice and none of the tartness of a regular lemon — yet its potential in the kitchen went unnoticed. Today, the Meyer lemon is a darling of farmers markets andContinue Reading

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Build Your Own DIY Grow Lights.

By: Chrisjob Feb 20, 2009

Sure, you could go to the fancy indoor garden/hydroponics store and buy speciality grow lights that mimic the color spectrum of the sun's rays. Or you can make these LED spikes from Popular Science.... Goodness, even the name sounds cooler. "These bulbs actually work best as a supplement to sunlight during the day; however, they’ll also provide enough light after dark to ensure that your plants get the 12 to 18 hours a day theyContinue Reading

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Oscar Party Ideas PLUS Print Your Own Oscar Ballot.

By: Diy maven Feb 20, 2009

How does making a 'The Wrestler' music mix sound? Or maybe setting up a Slum Hot Dog Station for you and your friends? No? Well, then could I interest you in a Sean Penn Honey Berry MILK Shake? Continue Reading

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Obama Sushi.

By: Chrisjob Feb 20, 2009


This speaks for itself.

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Appliance Art

By: Modhomeecteacher Feb 20, 2009

created at: 2009-02-20

Awhile ago I posted a photo of my friend's mosaic surfboard. Now she's gone and done a toaster and the piece of toast, to boot. She's revving up for a big mosaic workshop in San Francisco. Lucky!

I'm thinking she could try her hand at a Mosaic Sewing Machine.

To see more of her unconventional and conventional workContinue Reading

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How To: Customize Roman Shades.

By: Chrisjob Feb 20, 2009

Every television design show lauds the ease of the basic Roman shade, which can be endlessly customized. Well, fine, but I still don't know how to make one...and those strings intimidate me.

Luckily, I have Jennifer's how-to from Apartment Therapy. "Jennifer took simple, plain and inexpensive Roman shades from Target and completely transformed them with a graphic patterned fabric from IKEA — providing customized windowContinue Reading

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Turn Brown Paper Bags into Seed Packet Business Cards

By: Diy maven Feb 20, 2009

Autumn over at Crafting a Green World thought a great way to promote both herself and a healthy planet would be to turn brown paper bags--plucked from the recyling bin--into business card seed packets. To make them, you'll need the following:

  • An inkjet printer
  • The seed packet outline template (download here in JPG or PDF file formats)
  • Embellishment option 1: A graphics program such as Adobe Photoshop or GIMP (freeContinue Reading
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