How to make a Corset Chair Cover

by DIY Maven

cover a plain chair with a corset slip cover

These sexy and practical chair covers come to us from isew. Inspired by something you'd find in a Victoria Secret catalog, the chair covers cinch up in the back--just like a corset--and have satin straps--just like a camisole. They're the perfect way to sizzle up boring square dining chairs! To make one, you'll need the following:

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Jonathan Adler Does Barbie

by DIY Maven

created at: 2009/12/01

Jonathan Adler loves Barbie. As evidenced by the new Barbie-inspired items available in his on-line boutique. There's a plethora of powder room do-dads, but there's also Barbie plates (below), candles, trays, pillows, a mirror (above) and Barbie-Pat Nixon throw.

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2009 Handmade Holiday Craft Fair, December 12

by 3rd Ward Brooklyn

2009 Handmade Holiday Craft Fair

Make an event out of holiday shopping this year at
The Handmade Holiday Craft Fair

Where giving really is better than receiving
This year's craft fair will be our biggest yet!  We’ll have two floors full of goods & treats from over 120 local artisans, craft mavens & culinary masters. Plus live music from Raya Brass Band, clips & beats from VJ Clay Franklin, tasty treats, delicious drinks, a surprise holiday photobooth and...

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Considering kitchen soffits in the MCM home.

by DIY Maven

1950s-kitchen-yellow-soffits

Have you noticed how many people are complaining about their kitchen soffits these days? Some think they're just an aesthetic issue and start demolition only to discover the soffits are hiding mechanical stuff like wiring and plumbing. Homeowners might also find that the ceiling above the soffit isn't finished, or it might even be textured with some sort of asbestos-containing material. (Horror!) So why remove them?

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DIY Yourself a Typographical Tote

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2009/11/30

Don't get me wrong, I'm not one for ripping off someone else's great idea for personal gain.  However, taking the essence of this typographically delightful tote and making a unique bag for your own green trips to the market might not ruffle the ethics committee.  The Little Factory sells a limited selection of typographical paraphernalia for your writing, blogging, reading and digit doting friends.

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How To: Build a Stowable Upholstery Workbench

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2009/11/25

How are you all ever going to get that chair reupholstered without a proper upholstery height workbench?  The right tools are a must. You see, upholstering on the floor is no good. You get up and down and have to flip and lift furniture to get all around it. A normal table height is no good either, a chair is way too high up to get the leverage you need.  Now there's an answer. Just follow my simple instructions and photos of the Mr. making...

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Alexander Girard Nativity Set.

by Chris Gardner

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The new Curbly "Make It! Mid-Century Modern" publication features a fun how-to to create Alexander Girard-inspired wooden characters. Since it's the holidays, go grab a copy, and then apply the technique to something a little more seasonal, like this Nativity Set by Girard. "It's a new design based on a Girard illustration that hangs in his son’s house and in homage to man who apparently amassed a huge collection of nativities in his later years...The set has 13  solid maple (and non-toxic) pieces, ranging from 1-inch to 7.75-inch tall, along with an 11.75-inch stable and a special reusable storage box."

I know what I'm doing this four-day weekend.

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