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Make It: Conversation Heart Chocolate Boxes for your Valentine

by Holly Wade

DIY Conversation Heart Chocolate Boxes

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, it's time to start making plans. Nothing screams Valentine's Day quite like conversation hearts. They're colorful, they're graphic, and they say something (sorta) meaningful in ten characters or less. But, they taste kinda icky, so this year, I'm combing the classic conversation heart with something we all actually want to eat: chocolate. 

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How To: Felt Conversation Hearts.

by Chris Gardner
Every year I try one, and every year, I swear it'll be last. Those chalky, manufactured conversation hearts simply don't agree with my taste buds.

Conversation Hearts

But these little felt hearts do INDEED agree with my cute buds, and the fact that they're customizable to convey anything you want? Well, that's just sweet...

No pattern necessary, just trace, embroider, and cut, then seal with a blanket stitch. See how at Lavendar and Limes.

Don't buy into the...

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Home Design Trends: Conversation with Architect Mark Burgess

by Marvin Windows

Architect Mark Burgess is a founding partner of U+B Architecture and Design Inc., a Minneapolis-based architecture and design firm. U+B does commercial interiors and residential construction, additions and renovations.

The firm designed the Spoonriver restaurant in downtown Minneapolis and is currently handling master planning and design for the Assoufid development in Marrakech, Morocco. The project includes 80 luxury villas, a five-star hotel...

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How To Customize Conversation Hearts.

by Chris Gardner

Of course, you'll never actually eat them, but that doesn't mean they can't say exactly what you feel. Just follow this brief how-to:


  • Store-bought conversation hearts
  • Rasp-style grater (like a Microplane)
  • Rubber-stamp kit
  • Food-writing pens

1. Remove the original message by shaving away the top layer with the grater.

2. Arrange your words in your stamp, and ink them with the food-writing pens. Alternatively, create your own stamp from the...

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My little art project - paint question

by Steph

my drawer
This is a pretty specific/basic question, but I thought someone out there might be able to help me out. I've got this cool antique-ish drawer I bought at a second hand store a few days ago. My plan is to paint it some sort of bright color and then display odd little knick-knacks in it (right now I'm thinking vintage gameboard pieces).

My question, as I have zero experience in this area, is: What kind of paint should I be using? And... does the...

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another furniture placement question... and then some

by Substance12

Ok, I've finally mustered up the courage to ask for massive amounts of criticism and advice. 

What is the best placement of furniture?  don't limit suggestions with only the furniture in the room.  What I initially wanted was the TV in front of the full sofa because that setup is more comfortable to watch TV but I don't think the layout of the room allows for that.  Other homes I've seen just push the couches all the way back to the wall, whereas...

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contact paper question

by Mi.Jo
I've seen some good ideas here using contact paper, and it's one of the few design tools that actually fits my budget, but here's the problem: it's all so ugly!  Please tell me there's a source out there for contact paper that looks cool.  My googling got me nowhere.

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Welcome, Spring! + Beadboard Trim Question

I know that spring hasn't officially arrived yet, but with the weather we've been having, it doesn't really matter:) We've enjoyed temps in the 60s to mid-70's - wonderful!

This week, along with crafting, I've been working on the wall in the dining room (our friend didn't make it last weekend, so I've taken on the project afterall:-) ). It's really coming along nicely despite hubs worries that there would be unsightly seams. Because our dining

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Question about trim!

by Moveablefeast

Hubby and I own a townhouse, built in the mid-80s - we bought it about two years ago and haven't really done much with it so far. Only a couple of the rooms have ever been painted - two of the bathrooms, the hallway, and the living room. It is clear that the living room was once a garish and wretched crimson (because someone wasn't good at doing edges); it's now a fairly run-of-the-mill khaki color with an off-white ceiling. I desperately want to...

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