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82 Things To Do With Your Boo on Valentine's Day (That Don't Involve Dinner Reservations)

by M.E. Gray

Looking for something fun to do with your boo on Valentine's day? Here are 82 fun date ideas that don't involve calling ahead.

Valentine's Day is almost here! The older I get, the more sentimental I become - meaning I really enjoy February 14th. I understand that it's a silly holiday, but it feels sillier to hate on a holiday that's all about love. That being said, I don't think it's necessary to spend a gross amount of money on dinner, flowers, and gifts in order to have a great time with your partner. The whole fancy dinner thing is a little played out. There are far better ways to celebrate love and make memories with your significant other. Here are 82 different date ideas that don't involve making last-minute dinner reservations.        

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DIY Idea: Plywood Countertops

by Capree K

DIY Idea: Plywood Countertops

Like many people living in the 'burbs, our kitchen counters boast that favorite of builder-grade materials: laminate.  We desperately want to replace them with something more in line with our style (and budget) and have tossed around the idea of DIY concrete counters or going the IKEA butcher block route.  But then I saw this: countertops made from plywood.  

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An Over-the-Moon Birthday

by Bruno Bornsztein

Our daughter, Ayla, is crazy about the moon (does that make her a lunatic?); she talks about it all the time, and can spot it anywhere in the sky, day or night. Also (unbeknownst to us when we chose it), her name means 'moon halo' in Turkish. So when it came time for her second birthday party, we knew just the theme:

Moon decorations for a birthday party.

Alicia made these great moon decorations out of craft foam and tissue paper. She just plastered on white tissue paper (and...

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Three Nature-Inspired Stools to Make Yourself

by Capree K

Three Nature-Inspired Stools to Make Yourself

One huge trend as of late has been nature-inspired furniture and decor, especially log stools and side tables: they're Scandinavian, rustic, and modern all at once, which may explain some of the allure.  I've seen them all over the Internet and from just about every online retailer.  The problem is, most of these bad boys cost a ridiculously pretty penny and I'm willing to bet you could DIY them for a whole lot less.  

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Roundup: 12 Unconventional Christmas Trees That Will Have You Re-Thinking The Fir

by Capree K

Roundup: 12 Unconventional Christmas Trees That Will Have You Re-Thinking The Fir

As a tradition, my husband and I usually go on the day after Thanksgiving to pick out a tree with his family.  There's a special lot that has our preferred species (Balsam Firs - I love how skinny and open they are, which is great for showcasing ornaments.  Take a peek at our tree from last year to see what I mean).  This year, though, we were out of town and to this day are still treeless, which is nearly blasphemous.  I am dying to get a...

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Reclaimed Gym Floor Wall Hooks

by Capree K

Reclaimed Gym Floor Wall Hooks
Reclaimed gym floor wall hooks??  How clever!  Before you grab your wallet and get to ordering though, check out how to create a reclaimed wood wall treatment.  Totally adaptable to a wall hook feature, right?  If you're itching for some color, mask off a similar design and grab your favorite spray paint.  Easy.  Done.

For instant gratification, you can purchase the above pictured wall hook from UncommonGoods for $125.

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Clip Up Photo Calendar

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

 

created on: 12/03/08

I've just returned from my photography class where my new creative friend, Nikki, showed me the  calendar she just made by using her very artsy photos she's been taking. It's simple, sophisticated and very much an expression of herself.  The look and feel of it won me over.  

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DIY: Real Simple Centerpiece Ideas

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 11/17/08

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
  • ...

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Repurposed Twin Headboard

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 06/21/08

Repurposing a headboard: make a slipcover for it (as above), dog bed, a doll bed, a child's low platform bed, the back of a wide chair, a tabletop, cut an opening and use as a frame, a mirror frame, if it's slatted, upholster it, if it's solid, paint a picture in the center, decoupage a favorite image in the center.  It killed me but I cut off the legs of this headboard so it would sit on the floor.  I drilled holes for long bolts and attached...

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10 Eco-Cheap Items

by DIY Maven

You don’t have to sacrifice style OR your hard earned cash by going green. These products, all under 25 bucks, make great gift ideas too!

Solar powered shoji lanterns ($24) from Gaiam Post Update: the price of these lanterns is now $29 each, according to Gaiam's website.

10 Eco-Cheap Items

Mats made of recycled flip-flops ($23) from ReModern

100% organically grown bamboo salad servers (set of 5 for $12) from Branch Home

An umbrella made of 100% recycled...

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