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How to Make a Waterproof Picnic Blanket

by M.E. Russell

How to make a waterproof picnic blanket

Ah, summer. It's a magical time. The days are slower, the weather is fantastic (here in the Midwest anyway - sorry, Southern readers!), and everyone seems happier. Are you taking the time to soak up some sun and enjoy all that nature has to offer? If you aren't outdoors-y enough for camping or hiking, try going on a picnic! Food always tastes better in fresher air, and with a DIY waterproof picnic blanket under your legs, you may never want to eat inside again.       

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Decorating Your Thanksgiving Table With Items Found In Nature

by Lexy Ward

Natural items for thanksgiving tables
It can be stressful planning out what your Thanksgiving table is going to look like. Do you want fancy? Do you want simple? Natural? The possibilities are daunting. Make your life a little easier by incorporating items found in nature! Small amount of work. Big impact. Everybody wins! Here are a few tips for getting the most of nature this Thanksgiving season!      

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How To: An Easy Solution to Prevent Fly-Away Tablecloths

by Craftmel

created at: 06/28/2011

I was at an event recently where the pretty outdoor tablecloths were blowing every which way in the wind, knocking over table settings and just being outright annoying.  The solution the hosts used was to tie the tablecloths onto the table, ruining the table staging.  Let's face it, even those tablecloth clips break up the beauty.  I knew there had to be a solution!  So, with a few scrap pieces of fabric, I came up with a rockin' remedy.  

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DIY Modern Concrete Planter

by Kelly B

The landscaping around my house – if you could even call it that – has been the aspect of my home I'm least proud of. And the reasoning is simple, my modern tastes can make things really expensive really fast. But with a little elbow grease, these DIY concrete planters just might be the start of something wonderful for my home's curb appeal!

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Seriously Cool DIY: Sprout a Sofa

by Craftmel

created at: 06/13/2011

How's this for yard art?  I'm absolutely certain the Jones' next door don't have a grass couch in their backyard.  This puts a whole new meaning on "green-living."   

The people at ReadyMade give a detailed how-to on their website.  It requires some work and getting a bit dirty, but I'm thinking it would be totally worth it to make a few of these before a big party, or other outdoor event. 

I just don't want to be in charge of all that...

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6 Decorated Chain Link Fences

by DIY Maven

created at: 05/25/2011

Chain link fences have their place in the world. Whether they surround a vacant lot, a junk yard or a private residence, their jobs are to keep people and critters out. Or in. Utilitarian, yes. Pretty, not so much. If you have a useful chain link fence that needs a bit of beautification, check out these six specimens:

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5 Modern Swimming Pools That'll Have You Dreaming of Summer!

by Capree K

created at: 04/14/2011

I don't know what it's like where you live, but the weather here has been utterly schizophrenic lately.  Take yesterday for example: highs in the 60s during the middle of the day, then snow by 8pm!  Madness.  To make it through Winter's last desperate attempts to bring me down, I'm focusing my thoughts on all the sunny days of Summer that lie ahead.  And, what could be more suitable for such a daydream than a roundup of 5 totally gorgeous, modern swimming pools?  Not much.  

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Turn an Upholstered Chair Into a Tree Swing

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

chair

Two sisters, Amy and Jeni, write the Peppertowne blog. One loves furniture and chairs so I'm assuming she's the one who reworked this $8.00 upholstered chair into a waterproof tree swing. Though, I would probably add a seat belt of some sort to keep the kids from flying out.  Jeni (I'm assuming) shows you how to waterproof this cushy swing, as well as how to string the chair securely onto the end of the ropes.

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How To Build Lawn Aerator Sandals

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 04/22/2010

Here we go. Build your own lawn aerating sandals and take a laps around the yard to open up the thatch, let the air, water and sun in there. Better yet, make a few pairs for your your kids and pay them a quarter to stomp around out in the yard. You'll be treating your lawn, employing your kids, saving money on the rental fees and avoiding those suspicious little earth plugs scattered about the yard.

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10 Ways To Re-charge Your Creative Batteries (on a late summer day)

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 09/09/08

The past week has caught me under the weather.  The impending end of summer always gets to me in some sneaky way.  It's been a relief to slow down and just lay low.  Maybe I worked too had last week on that Knotty Pine Problem (which I still need to finish).  I have lots of design work, sewing classes and upholstery projects coming up, but it's necessary to re-charge the batteries, embrace the transition and let the creative juices flow again.

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How To Clean Vinyl Siding: an Eco-Friendly Way.

by Chris Gardner

"When it comes to how-to advice on cleaning vinyl siding, I'm amazed at how often the word "bleach" comes up... But think about it -- is bleach really necessary? After all, it's harmful to the environment, including your very own local waterways, flora and fauna. And not just wild fauna -- I met someone whose little dachshund was killed when a careless neighbor accidentally sprayed the pup with a bleach solution while cleaning his siding.

Here are...

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