How to Take an Almost Free Tropical Getaway

By: Diy maven Feb 03, 2011

Translucent Waters Cook Islands

A friend of mine is suffering from a major case of the winter blues, which isn't so unusual this winter. Last week I suggested she take a tropical stay-cation. The idea sounded so appealing, my boo and I did just that last Sunday. It was super fun and just what we needed to break the winter doldrums. Besides that, it cost us next to nothing, we weren't subjected to security pat downs or Continue Reading

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Complete Kitchen Makeover on the Cheap

By: Chrisjob Jan 28, 2011

created at: 01/28/2011

Edgaroso inherited his grandmother's home, and with it, all the grandmother-y decor. The kitchen hadn't been updated in years, save for some questionable hunter green paint by a cousin, so Edgaroso and his family gave the whole space a complete facelife...for under $500.   Continue Reading

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Cakes Made with Cricut Cake

By: Diy maven Jan 28, 2011

Paper crafters know what a Cricut is, but for those of you who don't know what it is, it's a home electronic die-cutting machine that cuts paper in countless shapes to be used for card making and scrap-booking. When the company that makes it came out with something called the Cricut Cake ($218), Cricut junkies everywhere gasped. A personalContinue Reading

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Cozy Kitchen Goes Coral

By: Diy maven Jan 21, 2011

Cecile's neighbor needed a kitchen makeover, and Cecile was willing and certainly able to lend a hand in its transformation. Her choice of colors: soft gray and coral. The latter makesContinue Reading

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Desk Cakes

By: Diy maven Jan 14, 2011


One more Foodie Friday and office space combo, just for fun.Continue Reading

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3 Tips for a Striking Kitchen Design

By: Chrisjob Jan 07, 2011

created at: 01/07/2011

Although it's the most popular room in the house, the kitchen doesn't always as much aesthetic attention as other rooms. Which makes sense; if you sink a couple thousand dollars in appliances, it's more fun to want to spread your resources around, equally outfitting each distinct space.

But if you want to do your kitchen well, there are three rules to keep in mind:

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Cookieboy's Masterpieces

By: Diy maven Jan 07, 2011

Creative and Cool Cookies from Cookie Boy (20) 10

This isn't said often, but...Martha Stewart, eat your heart out. Cookieboy has schooled you. His cookie creations are nothing short of masterpieces, which just might make you chartreuse with envy. Continue Reading

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Kitchen Make Up

By: Diy maven Jan 07, 2011

This alley kitchen was and still is all of 75 square feet. When it was time for remodeling, the homeowners decided to expand up not out. They raised the ceiling and built cabinets 'sky high for extra storage'. The expansive feel was obtained by painting the simple Shaker cabinets white, opting for a Continue Reading

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10 Minute Knockout New Years Eve Dessert

By: Modhomeecteacher Dec 31, 2010

created at: 12/31/2010

My mom used to make a version of these little goodies with a pack of crescent rolls, strawberry jam, cream cheese and sugar. She wasn't a great cook, but boy could she ever whip up a goodie late at night! Smitten Kitchen makes the real thing, low sugar and sophisticated, and it only takes 10 minutes. Your dinner guests will want to meet your pastry chef. Happy New Year!

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New Year's Eve Party Printables

By: Diy maven Dec 30, 2010

From invitations to labels to bunting to drink flags and much more, Tricia has thought of just about everything to help make your New Year's Eve party a success. The sweet printablesContinue Reading

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The 12 Unhealthiest Wintertime Drinks

By: Diy maven Dec 24, 2010

They may taste yummy, but they are far from good for your waistline. Not to mention your cholesterol levels. If you're going to treat yourself to any of the 12 unhealthiest wintertime drinks, you might want to do so infrequently!

From worse to worst, here they are:Continue Reading

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Global BBQ

By: Diy maven Dec 17, 2010

File under “Why didn’t I think of that?”: World BBQ grill, from  See also: Golden Hen’s art installation known as “Eggo house” — made out of egg cartons. (hat tip to Liane Rossler)

Cooking outdoors (aka barbecuing) is a universal experience, so why not make a bbq out of a globe?

Via Unconsumption.

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Unnecessary Kitchen Makeover?

By: Diy maven Dec 10, 2010

created at: 12/10/2010

I realize it's all about taste, but sometimes the makeovers I see leave me wondering. Continue Reading

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DIY Granite-Look Countertops for a FRACTION of the Price

By: Diy maven Dec 03, 2010


I don't know about you, but I'm very skeptical of those 'looks just like the real thing' kinds of finishing techniques. Especially stainless and granite wannabes. That's why Tanya's remarks about her recent countertop makeover were of particular interest. The countertop before looks like it was a standardContinue Reading

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1950's Kitchen Tour

By: Diy maven Dec 03, 2010

Syliva takes us on a pictorial tour of her 1950's kitchen. A REAL kitchen that has some trouble spots, but that's what gives it its authenticity. Not to mention the honest to goodness vintage appliances. So cute and homey!Continue Reading

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