How to: Make a DIY Magnetic Notepad...with Free Downloads!

By: Craftmel Aug 22, 2012

 created at: 08/21/2012

 You know the how the story goes: you are at the grocery store lugging around that gallon of milk, but you have this tingling in the back of your brain that there was something else you needed to get as well.  After walking down every single aisle waiting for your memory to trigger, you give up and just go home- only to remember you are completely out of cereal.  This is where a fridge-mounted notepad comes in handy to jot down those needed items as they run out.  Better still is a mod notepad that you've made yourself.    Continue Reading

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Make It: Repurposed DIY Button Thumbtacks!

By: Capreek Aug 21, 2012

created at: 08/21/2012

Buttons. I have a small drawer full of them, because "you never know when you might need them -- that cardigan could lose a button one day". Sound familiar? Some of them are even for clothing items I no longer own! That's just crazy. I figure it's time to do something with these little shiny baubles and this simple DIY project is just the thing!    Continue Reading

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The HP Designer Matchup Challenge Week 2: Vote for Your Favorite Design!

By: Capreek Aug 20, 2012

created at: 08/20/2012

Last week, we introduced you to Goil and Tom from TUG Studio, who will be creating a one-of-a-kind product -- based entirely on your votes -- for the HP Designer Matchup Challenge. Our first round of voting was to determine the type of product and material. Well, your votes have been tallied and the results are in!     

 Admittedly, as a crazy dog lady, I was hoping "something for my dog/cat" would win. Alas, it wasn't in the cards. I'm still pretty stoked about the results, though! Are you curious? Yes? Okay, drum roll...   Continue Reading

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How To: Make A DIY Side Table Out of Popsicle Sticks!

By: Capreek Aug 20, 2012

created at: 08/19/2012

Popsicle sticks have grown up and are ready to shake off their persona as a kids-only craft supply. Their first foray into real world decor? A bold, Moroccan-inspired side table!    Continue Reading

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Make It: DIY Geometric Paper Lanterns

By: Capreek Aug 16, 2012

created at: 08/16/2012
Who says you need to have a party to hang a few of these awesome tissue paper lanterns around? I would keep them up all of the time!    Continue Reading

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How To: Make a No-Sew Halter T-Shirt

By: Diy maven Aug 16, 2012
created at: 08/16/2012

Oh, my. One too-big tee, a pair of scissors and a piece of chalk and you too could have this super-cute halter:Continue Reading

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Make It: DIY Gold-Leaf Polka Dot Ceramics

By: Capreek Aug 14, 2012

created at: 08/14/2012
It's playful and stylish, chic and cheery all rolled into a big ball of upcycled goodness: DIY gold-leaf polka dot ceramics! Let's make some, shall we?    

Casey from Vitamini Handmade shares this awesome tutorial for turning plain, old ceramics into stylish, gold-spotted dishes. All you need is a gold leafing kit (which run around $8-ish), your ceramic bowls of choice (good excuse for a thrift store run), and a soft, wide paint brush.Continue Reading

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Roundup:12 DIY Pot Holder and Hot Pad Projects

By: Craftmel Aug 14, 2012
created at: 08/14/2012

Let's just ignore the fact that it is still 113 degrees where I live and pretend that I am gearing up for heavy use of my oven and stove in the cooler months ahead (please, please say there are cooler months ahead...).  It would stand to reason that with all that baking and pot-stirring, I'll probably be using my favorite oven mitts to help me do the job without any injury.  I've rounded up 12 of my favorite oven mitt and hot pad sewing projects to get me in the baking state of mind.    Continue Reading
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Before & After: A Mod Thrift Store Table-to-Bench Makeover!

By: Capreek Aug 13, 2012
created at: 08/13/2012
Show of hands: have you ever seen an old, plain, wooden table in a thrift store, at a garage sale, or even dumped on the side of the road? Chances are you've wondered what you'd do with it and, after a few moments' pause, have moved on to other items. Well, one look at this thrift store table makeover will have you reconsidering passing by another one again!    Continue Reading
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How to: Make a DIY Wood Veneer Pendant Lamp

By: Diy maven Aug 13, 2012
created at: 08/13/2012
This beautiful pendant lamp may look expensive, but it's incredibly thrifty to make. A roll of 2" x 8' veneer wrapped around two 10" embroidery hoops give it its shape. How, you may ask, does it get its telescoping effect? The upper section Continue Reading
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Bake It: Back-to-School Pencil Push-Up Cake Pops

By: Capreek Aug 10, 2012

created at: 08/09/2012
Can you believe it's back-to-school season already?? I swear the summer was just getting started! (I haven't even been to the pool yet... how sad is that?) To kick off all these school shenanigans, here's a very clever treat to bake, make, and give!    Continue Reading
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Roundup: 12 Modern Bathmats and Towels

By: Capreek Aug 09, 2012
created at: 08/09/2012
Think your only option in bath linens is plain white? Think again! We've rounded up some fun, modern towels and bathmats that are anything but ordinary. Get ready to embrace some color and pattern!    Continue Reading
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Make It: A Modern DIY Charcoal Mobile

By: Capreek Aug 08, 2012
created at: 08/08/2012
I love mobiles. LOVE 'em. We have one in our guest room and will be adding another to our office (if we ever finish making it over!). There's something soothing yet infinitely interesting about them -- their kinetic energy just does it for me, y'know? So, when I see a unique take on a DIY mobile, I get pretty excited.     Continue Reading
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Roundup: 10 Rope Projects

By: Diy maven Aug 08, 2012
created at: 08/08/2012
Have you noticed an influx of projects using rope these days? I have. So many, in fact, I felt I need to cull through them and put together a roundup of some that caught my eye. The cool thing is most require very little to make. For some, rope (or twine), a glue gun and something to cover. Others are a bit more complicated, but not much. A hole here and there and a knotContinue Reading
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How To: DIY Faux Metal Fridge Magnets

By: Craftmel Aug 08, 2012
created at: 08/07/2012

I'm a mother of young children, which for me means kids underfoot while I'm trying to get some semblance of dinner together every day.  That's why I perked up at the idea of alphabet magnets to entertain the kiddos that don't strain your eyes or your design taste- especially this inexpensive DIY version.   Continue Reading
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