Inspiration: DIY Sharpie-Embellished Cloth Napkins

By: Diy maven Apr 04, 2014

Another fun use for our beloved Sharpies include tarting up cloth, in this case cloth-turned napkins. Their creator made the napkins (17" square with a half-inch seam allowance) double-sided, with one side being a colorful print and the other a simple off white. On theContinue Reading

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Weeknight Meals: Pan-Roasted Chicken with Harissa Chickpeas

By: Matt allison Mar 28, 2014

Pan-Roasted Chicken with Harissa Chickpeas

Harissa is a North African paste, a rich blend of herbs and spices like chili, garlic, caraway seeds & coriander. You'll find it at most Middle Eastern Markets or specialty stores, though a word of caution, no two brands are a like and you'll need to taste it first and add to taste, the 1/4 cup is… Continue Reading

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How To Create Any Number With Store-Bought Cakes

By: Diy maven Mar 28, 2014

Turn store-bought (or, for that matter, homemade) cakes into numbers and you will delight the kiddos for their next "Big One." (Funny how they're all "big" when you're a kid.) Anywho,Continue Reading

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Weeknight Meals: Tuna, Olive & White Bean Salad

By: Matt allison Mar 21, 2014

Tuna, Olive & White Bean Salad

The combination of tuna and white beans is a classic and this is one recipe that you can keep going back to for those moments of 'I need to eat now, but can't be bothered to cook', yes, we all have them!

It's designed for experimentation, swap out the parsley for arugula, spice it up with tabasco or chili, the… Continue Reading

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How To: Turn a Man's Dress Shirt into an Apron

By: Diy maven Mar 21, 2014

A man's button down from Goodwill turned into a ruffly apron? I absofreakinlutely love it. Sugar Bean's version was inspired by this tutorial. But it was Liz who posted all the nittyContinue Reading

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How To: Make French Toast Roll-Ups

By: Diy maven Mar 21, 2014

I'm not sure how French, French Toast is, but I do know that it's tasty, and Pricilla's method for making French Toast Roll-Ups makes it fun. She skips the French loaf and uses slices of regular old white bread. The secret behind… Continue Reading

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Weeknight Meals: Tiroler Gröstl

By: Matt allison Mar 14, 2014

Tiroler Gröstl

Tiroler Gröstl, commonly called Gröstl is native to Austria, more specifically the hiking region of Tirol. It's a delicious way of making use of Sunday's left overs, or make it from… Continue Reading

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How to: Make Pancake Pops

By: Diy maven Mar 14, 2014

Around here, Sunday means homemade pancakes. (REAL maple syrup only, please.) I used to think there was nothing better to snarf on a lazy morning whilst perusing… Continue Reading

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Weeknight Meals: Mushroom Risotto

By: Matt allison Mar 07, 2014

How to make mushroom risotto

Risotto takes a little practice to get right, but that shouldn't stop you from trying your hand at this comfort food classic. The trick is getting the rice to 'al dente', cooked, with just a little bit of… Continue Reading

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Weeknight Meals: Cuban-Styled Beans & Rice

By: Matt allison Feb 28, 2014

Cuban-Styled Beans & Rice

Traditionally a Cuban staple made with black beans and rice. I chose to mix it up a bit by substituting red kidney beans, leaving out the traditional oregano, giving it a Moroccan twist with ground cumin and a bite with the Spanish smoked paprika.

Ingredients
Serves 4

  • 6 rashers of bacon (chopped)
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 4 garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 1 red bell pepper (deseeded and chopped)
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10 DIY Party Favors That Will Guarantee Your Guests A Good Time

By: Lexy.b.ward Feb 28, 2014

10 DIY Party Favors

What's more fun than throwing a party? Sending guests home with uniquely awesome favors, that's what. Here are ten party favors ranging from colorful to simple to brilliant to amazing and you can make them yourself!  … Continue Reading

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Roundup: 6 Store-Bought Cake Makeover Ideas

By: Diy maven Feb 28, 2014

Ages ago, I made a Raggedy Ann cake for my niece Jenna. I used every square inch of my (then) tiny apartment kitchen. Everything was going fine, until I started to slather my 7-minute frosting on the cake. It crystalized and started to look and feel like I added SAND to it. Oh, my, glob. I was in tears. It was such a mess, I had to remake everything. Frosting AND cake. Before the Raggedy Ann Episode, IContinue Reading

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Everything You Need to Set Up A DIY Photo Booth For Your Next Party

By: Alicia Feb 26, 2014

A roundup of all the components you need to create an awesome DIY photo booth for your next party.
These days, no party is complete without a photo booth. They're not only a fun addition to any shindig, but they're a great way to capture memories and they create the most meaningful party favors in the world.

While renting an old-timey booth or hiring a company to run one are both nice options, they cost a pretty penny. The reality is, creating a custom photo booth using the electronics most of us already have around the house (e.g. your computer, digital camera, printer, phone) isn't very complicated. In fact, it's relatively straightforward. And, when you combine the "photo taking device" with some custom photo props or easy DIY backgrounds, your photo booth becomes the life of the party.

Follow along as we share everything you need to know about creating a custom photo booth for the… Continue Reading

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Weeknight Meals: Grilled Pork Chops, Broccoli and Garlic White Beans

By: Matt allison Feb 14, 2014

Grilled Pork Chops, Broccoli and Garlic White Beans

This one of my favourite, 'on the table in 15 minutes' meals, inspired by one of Jamie Oliver's recipes. The garlic beans are a perfect compliment to the salty pork and crunch of the blanched broccoli. For a extra bite add in some fresh chili when cooking the… Continue Reading

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10 Banners & Garlands To Make For Any Occasion

By: Lexy.b.ward Feb 14, 2014

10 DIY Banners & Garland For Any Occasion It doesn't have to be the holiday season for you to whip out the fun banners and garlands. Whether it's a birthday, a party, or you just want to be festive, here are 10 garlands and banners that you can create for any occasion!      

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