When did we all decide to stop wearing ugly Christmas sweaters ironically, and switch to wearing them sincerely? Either way, I love a good ugly sweater during the holidays. The tackier, the better, in my opinion! I have my own that I whip out for parties, decked out in kittens and distractingly noisy jingle bells. I decided to celebrate this kitschy theme by making a decorative garland out of mini little sweaters. Turns out, shrinking things only makes them cuter, not uglier!
I have a secret infatuation with faux fur. I'm the gal who raids the remnant bin at the fabric store for any and all furry fabrics. What I'm saving them for, I don't know. They're just so fun! The faux fur pouf is trending, but some of the nicer onces available to purchase are over $100. With back-to-school season upon us again, I wanted to find a way to make one of these fun and furry ottomans on the cheap. Keep reading to see how I made this one for under $40!
Ideas pop up in the most random of situations, don't they? The inspiration for this project came to me the other day when I was at the airport. I was standing in line at a Wendy's, preparing to pay $15 for a small frosty and fries (why is airport food so expensive?!), and I was absent-mindedly staring at this wall that divided the checkout lane from the seating area. The wall was made of two layered panels of glass, frosted. Each panel was painted with lots of abstract green brushstrokes, making the wall look like an ethereal field of grass. Maybe it was the jet-lag that made me zone in on this wall for so long. For some reason or another, the grassy glass stuck with me. And I decided I wanted to make some glass wall art of my own in the same style.
I have a really hard time buying shorts. I usually can't find any in the store that I like, because, let's face it - most women's shorts are so short they're actually just denim underwear in disguise. Even if I do find shorts I like, I can't seem to bring myself to pay $25 for an article of clothing that requires so little fabric, and that I'm only going to wear for a few months out of the year. Fortunately, you can sew shorts on your own really easily. I made these without a pattern, got to pick out my own funky and fun fabric, and more importantly, I made them as long as I wanted them to be.
Why hello there, wedding season! If you're currently planning or have planned a wedding before, you know that there are a million little details to consider. Centerpieces, wedding favors, planning a menu that is considerate of everyone's dietary needs, seating arrangements that keep peace in the family - the list could go on forever. Flowers are a huge part of weddings, but fresh flowers generally need to be picked up day of, adding to your already huge to-do list. If you're DIY-ing your upcoming nuptials, making a faux bouquet ahead of time can help you tackle your checklist in a timely fashion. Plus you'll be able to keep the bouquet forever as a memento of the special occasion.
Getting married? Congratulations! Now onto the scary part... paying for the wedding. It's expensive any way you look at it, but there are plenty of areas to cut back. Here are 14 sneaky ways to save money on your wedding.
Remember the light fixture from my dollar store kitchen makeover?
Well I've finally slung together a tutorial for it and here it is...
First I just want to put a caveat out there.
Once upon a time, way back when, I became enraged with my ugly rental kitchen. Observe the horror:
I cursed it, I cried, I shook my fists at it. Then I did what everybody does (surely?), I looked for a solution on the internets.
What I found was Curbly. Inspired by the spirit of Curbly Daring-Do I figured out a solution, and posted pictures of it here..
Three (three!) years have passed. My temporary contact paper solution has withstood all kinds of shenanigans and is, I suspect, INVULNERABLE to anything but Robot Laser Eyes.
BUT, it is a New Year, a new decade even, and that always prods the part of my brain that likes things NEW and CLEAN and SHINY. So I turned a beady and critical eye to my kitchen. And decided it was time for a change.
So I did this.
From TimeOut New York, these lively framed paper silhouette in series interact with each other and the wall. A perfect use for a collection of thrifted frames (paint 'em black), and a great way to honor your friends that hate to be photographed, just print 'em, trace 'em, cut and frame!
• Old photographs or a camera and printer to make new ones
• Black construction paper
• An assortment of picture frames
The thrift store. It's eco-friendly. It's cheap. And most importantly. the limitations force you to work creatively.
So, take CasaSugar's approach and go for it: use those second-hand gems as central items in your decor. You may be surprised.
Every television design show lauds the ease of the basic Roman shade, which can be endlessly customized. Well, fine, but I still don't know how to make one...and those strings intimidate me.
Luckily, I have Jennifer's how-to from Apartment Therapy. "Jennifer took simple, plain and inexpensive Roman shades from Target and completely transformed them with a graphic patterned fabric from IKEA — providing customized window coverings on a...
Mold. It's BAD NEWS. As well as just being gross it can do some pretty rotten things to your lungs. Prevention is definitely the way to go, as once you've got mold it's the very devil to get rid of. Luckily, you don't need harsh chemicals to stop mold arriving and bringing 50 gazillion of it's friends. Jennifer Chait, green-mama-maven over at Inhabitots has a recipe for an all-natural mold prevention spray.
You mix two cups
Make it beautiful, and make it cheap. Holly Becker has collected ten tips from her own experience of decorating a small one bedroom in Germany. Go and do likewise.
1. Take IKEA seriously.
2. Yard sales!
3. Bargain at flea markets and secondhand stores
4. Share a car.
5. Shop online at places like Craigslist, Ebay, and Amazon
6. Do it yourself.
7. Bundle your services like phone, internet, and cable.
8. Recycle and repurpose.
A bauble chandelier; cheap, pretty and super effective. Actually, my dining room light may have to stay like this year 'round.
According to both Coco Chanel and my Grandma Generoux "EVERYTHING is chicer in black, Darlink". Take for example, this fellow, the nicest thing you can say about him is that he's 'festive'. Check out his makeover after the jump.
Forget about ordering a floral arrangement for Thanksgiving. Look around your house, in the pantry, at your bowls to find simple and pretty vessels to fill with fruit, water, river rocks, flowers or even a branch from a leaf-barren tree. This arrangement allows everyone to see across the table while either enjoying the family, or self-righteously analyzing each other. We do a little of both.
What you need:
- large shallow bowl
- river rocks ...
Replacing your whole dinner service might be out of the question what with the scary economy, but for $6 you could give it a visual tweak, like this:
These Ceramic Decals from The curiosity shoppe are "steam, heat and water resistant," and apparently they're "guaranteed to last until you're ready to peel them off". If horsies (and other farm animals) aren't your bag they also come in these Leafy and Birdy patterns
If you're planning on whipping up some custom throw pillows it can be such a time saver to make cardboard pillow forms in varying shapes and sizes. I have an entire set of these under my work table so I don't have to re-measure each time. For the sake of the reader's eyes, I covered a large piece of cardboard with green paper so you don't have to look at brown cardboard.
In order to make the perfect knife edge pillow, there are a few tips. If...
Cafe curtains, they always make me feel like I should be wearing a beret and sitting at a bistro table and doodling masterpieces on paper napkins... in Paris. Which is a feeling I like.
The super-simplest way to get the look in seconds, without sewing, is to use a cafe curtain tension rod, some clip-on curtain rings and a few tea-towels. If you happen to have favorite tea-towels (what? I just like them) then this is a good way to display...