Before and After: A Punch of Aqua Goes a Long Way

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Before and After: A Punch of Aqua Goes a Long Way

Fabric cording? Nooooo...it's aqua vinyl! When you pick the right color, there's no going wrong. Take a look at what three coats of delicious aqua paint will do when paired with a large, modern, graphic, floral fabric. It's fresh, modern, filled with hi grade upholstery foam and as comfy as can be. If you love it, it's on etsy right here. Now take a look at Cinderella before the fairy mod home ec teacher paid her a visit...

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Star Lights from Manila Envelopes

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Star Lights from Manila Envelopes
Let's just imagine you've got some free time on Saturday morning and you're having friends over Saturday night. Jeesh, that takes some imagination for cryin' out loud! Well, lucky for you, Ben has given us a pattern to make FAB star lights out of manila envelopes to cover your basic white lights. This would definitely be a great Christmas Eve look, so relevant, so pretty!

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15 Bundled Gift Combos to Keep Everybody Busy and Happy

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15 Bundled Gift Combos to Keep Everybody Busy and Happy

The best gifts are the ones you get to fiddle around with all day long on Christmas day and beyond. After figuring out this brilliant formula for gift giving success, it almost seems too easy. Whatever the interest, buy a gadget, a book, and materials or tools to go with it. You get tons of mileage out of one theme and the recipient can't help but get completely engaged in the activity it provides. Check out tons of links

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Easy No Sew Daybed Bedskirt

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Easy No Sew Daybed Bedskirt

It may look like this smart, pleated bedskirt (dust ruffle) was custom made for this daybed bedding ensemble, but oh no. This simple, single pleated fabric panel is attached with velcro to the front bedspring rail. It can be removed and replaced easily for lots of under the bed storage.  KidSmartLiving.com gives you step by step instructions to make a sewn, and a no-sew version of this bedskirt. All you need to get

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Elegant and Eclectic Thanksgiving Tablescapes You Can Do Yourself

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Elegant and Eclectic Thanksgiving Tablescapes  You Can Do Yourself

Photo Images: Bobbi Fabian

Look, Thanksgiving deserves its three weeks of November all to itself. Nobody's horning in on Christmas' time. Thanksgiving is a less stressed, better version of Christmas. It's like the delicious appetizer before Christmas. The decorating and preparation is calmer, more understated, elegant, dignified and poised. Erinn Valencich over on HGTV shows us that Thanksgiving decor has gone way beyond pilgrims and turkey statues. If you want to get in the mood, just take a look at these sophisticated tablescapes that will inspire you to get Autumny creative.  I'm doing the top one with the white pumpkin.

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Vintage Typewriters in Design

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Vintage Typewriters in Design

Photo Image: LuphiaLoves

Can you think of anything unappealing about the design of vintage typewriters?  They evoke feelings of long, arduous hours of thinking and rethinking brilliant ideas, plunking along until the last page is yanked from the rollers with satisfied uncertainty. It's old school at its best.  Even if you're not a writer, you can't deny the coolness of a vintage typwriter sitting there all "I still look so good, even if you prefer a boring keyboard". Grab one or two before it's too late. Plus, it's a darned clever way to add a splash of color...

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DIY Thanksgiving: 15 Early House Prep Tips

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DIY Thanksgiving: 15 Early House Prep Tips

Don't get caught like this--table centerpiece is ready and the wall is still being painted--Yikes!

We're not even to Halloween and, from past experience, it's time get my Thanksgiving (House Projects) To Do list in order. Every year I'm caught at the last minute trying to spruce up the joint and make the most outstanding tablescapes (in the words of Sandra Lee) the world has ever seen.

We're five weeks out. There's plenty of time, if well planned, to whip the house into an entertaining mecca that will meet even your highest expectations. 

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A-Z StainBuster Guide

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A-Z StainBuster Guide

Who was it that gave me the go-ahead to install nearly white carpet throughout the upstairs? Oh yeah, I told myself that if I liked it, I should just do it.  You should see it eight years later.  A spilled glass of milk by a man who loves cold milk with his warm chocolate chip cookies late at night is the latest catastrophe.

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How to Set Up Your Air Compressor for Power Tools

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How to Set Up Your Air Compressor for Power Tools

If you're a bonafide Do-It-Yourselfer you can't go one more day without, at the very least, a mini air compressor. Once you experience the ease of pneumatic tools, life as you know it will never be the same.  It's too complicated, you say? Ha! Not after you see step by step how easy it is to rig up for interchangable pneumatic tools. I'm partial to the stapler for upholstery purposes.

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All The Young (Crafting) Dudes

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All The Young (Crafting) Dudes

Image: Dudecraft

The fast moving clan of dude crafters may be seen as brave trailblazers in the current craft movement. However, few probably remember that Rosie Grier, a member of the original Fearsome Foursome of the Los Angeles Rams, was an avid hobbyist who focused his crafting passions on macrame and needlepoint, authoring Rosie Grier's Needlpoint for Men in 1973. Over 35 years later there's a new breed of dudes who are crafting and stitching and making waves in the otherwise girly craft blogosphere. Who are these dudes?

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Brush Roll from Placemats and More Placemat Hacks

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Brush Roll from Placemats and More Placemat Hacks

A trip to World Market or Pier One and you can't help but get inspired by the gorgeous placemats they stock.  Cut and finished pieces made from vibrant fabrics, and oh, the many ways to use them! Over on Dollar Store Crafts I found this makeup brush roll made from a sequined placemat with straight stitching and grosgrain ribbon. See more ideas of things to make using placemats

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DIY: Replacing Foam in a Lounge Chair Cushion

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DIY: Replacing Foam in a Lounge Chair Cushion

There's no question that down cushions are high-end and luxurious. The down side (ha! no pun intended) is that they lack resilience and don't provide the springiness many folks want in their seat. The problem with foam cushions is that they get compacted and crumbly after years of use.  Many people ask me how to change out their down cushions to foam, or just replace their flattened out foam cushions. To see a very DIY friendly,

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