Simply Clever: DIY No-Sew Pencil/Pen Roll

by DIY Maven
Photo: Creative Homemaking

In a continuing effort to exercise my drawing capabilities, I recently acquired Christopher Hart's absolutely delightful Doodletopia Cartoons (Amazon, $19). Following Christopher's tutorials as I recreate his cheeky characters has become the perfect way to unwind before bedtime--except when one of my drawing pencils goes missing. Then it's a frustrating game of hide-and-seek with

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How To: Make DIY Concrete Ring Cones

by DIY Maven

 

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Photo: DIY in PDX

First, a bit of a digression just for shiggles... A few weeks ago I was at my local Goodwill and I spotted a crystal ring holder. Now, I'm not one for crystal, but there was something about this particular piece that caught my eye, even though it was in need of a good wash. I picked it up, checked the bottom, and, yowza, it sported a Waterford stamp. A quick

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How-To: A Reclaimed Wood Accent Wall

by Faith Towers

Before and After: A Reclaimed Wood Accent Wall

The front wall of our living room needed something. It was just begging for an accent wall, but we weren't sure what sort of material. Until we found Timberchic, a company that creates reclaimed wood specifically to be placed on the wall. It would lend a bit of a rustic feel to a space desperately searching for an identity, and some much-needed textural interest. Click through to find out how it turned out - and to learn how to do it yourself.   

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36 Smart Ways to Deal with Allergies in Your Home

by DIY Maven

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If you refer to this time of year as allergy season, this post is for you. Will applying the tips contained in this post eliminate all allergens from your home? Probably not, but the trick is to decrease them as much as possible, which these tips will do. And, yes, 36 are a lot of tips. Some are super easy that you can do immediately while others can be put on the "to-do" list as time and finances allow. Even if you can't address all of them, take heart, because simply decreasing allergens in your home can make a remarkable difference

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How To: Make Your Own Fairy Garden Fairies

by DIY Maven
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Photo: Crafts Unleashed

Does this sound familiar? You're at your favorite garden center and the fairy garden supplies call to you. (They're miniatures thus making them irresistible.) As you're considering the sweet teeny tiny benches and birdbaths and such, you cast your gaze upon the namesakes of such gardens and you recoil. Why? Because--DANG--those fairies can look creepy!! Like horror movie

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Roundup: 10 Creative IKEA Play Kitchen Makeovers

by Faith Towers
Roundup: 10 Creative IKEA Play Kitchen Makeovers
Photo: Babiekins

The IKEA Duktig play kitchen is a popular item for families around the world, but it has a bit of a generic feel. It is also easily customizable, however; so many have given it a more personalized feel by changing the colors, adding metallic details and even creating backsplashes and storage. Here are ten super creative IKEA play kitchen makeovers that are sure to inspire you!   

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