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4 Ways to Perk Up Your Winter Wear

by M.E. Russell

Liven up you gloves and hats with these DIY fashion tips.

After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it's easy to feel like you're stuck in a rut. The parties are over, the celebrations are done. The winter has you feeling all "bleghh," but it doesn't have to be that way. If you have the mid-winter blues, a great place to start is by mixing things up. It's still cold outside, but that's no excuse to be blah. We have four quick and easy ways for you to perk up your winter accessories!

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Make It: DIY Refreshing Room Spray

by M.E. Russell

Get your new year off to a fresh start by making your own DIY room sprays.

Currently I'm living in a two bedroom apartment with my fiancé, one large dog, and one cat. It's not a spacious place by any means, but I think it's just the right size for the four of us. The only time our pad feels too small is right about now: half way through the winter. It's the middle of January, and cabin fever is starting to set in. To offset the restlessness of being indoors, I'm freshening up the joint with a simple, quick room spray.

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How To: Make Your Own Modern Sled for Under $60

by Capree K
HomeMade Modern [http://homemade-modern.com/ep51-modern-toboggan/]

When it comes to snow, I'm firmly in the "No thank you, lady Nature" camp. It looks pretty in photos and that's about as close as I want to get to the stuff. But I do enjoy a good thrill as much as the next person, so the idea of shooting down the side of a snow-covered hill on nothing but a tiny piece of wood or plastic is undeniably appealing. If you also enjoy a good sled ride, check out this ridiculously cool one you can make yourself!      

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How To: Make Frozen Ice Lanterns

by Capree K

created at: 10/28/2012

I woke up to the first snow of the season last week and couldn't help but get a little excited for the magical, wintery days ahead. It's still a bit warm to line the walks with these crystal-like beauties, but come December, you better believe I'm making a whole bunch of DIY ice lanterns!     

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From Humble to Grand: Magical Places in Snow

by DIY Maven

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Have you ever noticed that snow is a great equalizer? Covered in a fresh, frosty blanket of white, the most humble structure can be as breathtaking as the most majestic. Here's a collection of photos that recently caught my eye that seem to illustrate my point. 

The blue home above and the one pictured below were spotted on Pinterest's "Magical Abodes" page. They may be worlds away in locale and square footage, but they're...

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Little Distractions: A Leaky Ceiling

by Bruno Bornsztein

On my to-do list this afternoon: answer e-mails, pay bills, eat lunch. Not on the list: spend 45 minutes plowing three feet of snow off my roof.

I was just getting comfy on the couch with my laptop and a bowl of soup when I thought I heard a faint tip-tapping sound. After eliminating a few other options (The joists creaking? My left big toe cracking?), my fearful suspicions were confirmed: it's the old, familiar drip in the living room...

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Our Christmas Table

by Alicia Lacy

Setting our Christmas Table

Whew! We've been setting a lot of tables around here. It all started with our Thanksgiving table, followed a week later by our Hanukkah table, and now we're gearing up for a Christmas table. We wanted to do something simple, with the traditional red and green. We will have many friends in town in the coming weeks, and impromptu entertaining will certainly happen. We put together this Christmas table in about 15 minutes. Here's the play-by-play...

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Bruno & Alicia's Hanukkah Table

by Alicia Lacy

Our Hanukkah table setting.

We're a Christmukkah house (or a Hanumas house, if you prefer). I love the fact that we celebrate both holidays, because it provides us the opportunity spend time with loved ones, share traditions, enjoy amazing eats, and decorate.

Hanukkah begins at sundown this evening, and our table is already set. We assembled a simple table incorporating the colors blue, silver, and white. Using a vase we had on hand, and our everyday dishes, we spruced...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

by Bruno Bornsztein

It's amazing to think that this is the FOURTH Thanksgiving since Curbly was founded! Now's my chance to say THANKS to all of you who visit us every day and make Curbly a possibility. I also want to thank all our great regular contributors, Chris, JoAnn, Shelly, Capree, Alicia, and Jill.

I hope you're all settling in to spend some time with friends, family and food. We're getting hit with a perfect Thanksgiving storm here in Minnesota, so we'll have a white Thanksgiving (which is how it should be, as far as I'm concerned). Here's the view out my front door this afternoon:

Snowy pre-Thanksgiving afternoon

For those of you still looking for some last-minute Thanksgiving entertaining or recipe advice, don't miss our Thanksgiving section (which is full of excellent tips and roundups). Have a great, safe and fun Thanksgiving!

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How-To: Make a Festive and Rustic Paper Garland

by Capree K

created at: 11/08/2010

During the Fall and Winter months, I tend to embrace my rustic side a bit more.  The idea of logs and woodsy things in my home no longer seems borderline-tacky, but slightly charming and a semi-effective way of bringing nature indoors in an attempt to fight the winter blues.  And speaking of fighting the winter blues, I think making this paper garland would be a great way to spend a drizzly and snowy afternoon (like today).  Are you with me?  Great!  Let's see what we'll need for a day of November crafting.  

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How To Make Easy Snow Ice Cream

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2010/02/16

Alas, more snow. Can February be any longer??? What to do with all this snow, and feeling all Jack Nicholson (The Shining)? One tasty little distraction would be to run outside, gather up some snow and whip up some, almost free, snow ice cream. With all the desserts that are baked around here, a little refreshing ice cream on the side will round out a hot apple crisp or double, nay triple, fudge brownie.

All you need:

  • 4 cups of fresh, clean snow
  • 1/2 cup of milk or half and half
  • 1/4 cup of sugar

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