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When Autumn Leaves Start to Wall

by Bruno Bornsztein

When Autumn Leaves Start to Wall

Fun fact: Autumn Leaves was the first jazz standard I learned on guitar back in high school, when I though learning to play jazz guitar would make me cool and get girlfriends. It's a pretty basic song, and a good one to teach a 15-year-old me how to do a chord melody, which, on a guitar, is where you play a song's chords and melody at the same time, and ... hey, isn't this supposed to be a DIY blog!?

Right. So, anyway (no, I didn't...

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DIY Stocking Holders

by Craftmel

DIY Stocking Holders

My friend Cami is trying to revamp her Christmas decorating this year to pay homage to Christmases past.  When it came time to switch up her stocking holders, nothing from the store was in her desired price range, nor did it have the aesthetic she was going for.  Solution?  A tree.   She says the conversation between her and her husband (the guy with the power tools) went something like this: "Honey, go get your saw, and that hunk of a tree...

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How To: Make Upholstered Tree Stumps (No Sewing Required)

by Chris Gardner

How To: Make Upholstered Tree Stumps (No Sewing Required)

The mix of natural and manufactured materials is a look that'll never get old. A balance between handmade and nature-made can give your outdoor (or indoor) spaces a sense of playfulness and air of just-thoughtful-enough without seeming fussy.

Like these DIY upholstered tree stumps, created with a found bough,  and some fabric and batting. No sewing or complex measuring required.  

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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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Awesome Treehouse

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Awesome Treehouse

How about coming home to this pad after a hard day at the office? This other-worldy tree home was designed by architect, Robert Harvey Orshatz, and built in the woods of Portland, Oregon. Sitting high in trees the, the home was inspired by a combination of nature and architecture, not a new idea, but now add the most

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DIY Flower Garlands.

by Chris Gardner

Amanda from Readymade, finding inspriration in The Darjeeling Limited, sought to bring a little springtime fun to her abode with some DIY flower garlands.

DIY Flower Garlands.

"Though the number of flowers you’ll need depends on how long you want your garlands to be, gather up at least a couple dozen blooms, as well as a needle and thread. Carnations are a good choice because they’re sturdy (and affordable!), but any locally available, not-too-delicate flowers...

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Lunar Eclipse Photos: August 28, 2007

by Chris Gardner

Here's your ancient Greek lesson for the day: the word eclipse comes from the preposition ek (out) + leipw (to leave). Leipw also finds itself in such words as lend/loan and relinquish.

Yesterday's lunar eclipse wasn't perfect (at least as viewed from the MidWest), but awesome enough. Here's a few photos and videos that captured the phenomenon. If these don't inspire you...you gots problems.

Lunar Eclipse Photos: August 28, 2007
 

(From Nasa.gov)

[From Monopole2006 @ Flickr] 

[Antiphonal...

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Root Furniture

by DIY Maven

Root Furniture

A weekend in the woods has left me feeling...well...woodsy. To bring a bit of that feeling inside, a perfect choice is Viva Terra’s Entwined Root Table. Described as "rustic yet refined", the 40.5"L x 14"W x 31"H will set you back 479 bucks. Just as interesting but cheaper is their Entwined Root Stool for $149. (If it wasn’t illegal to pilfer wood from state parks, I could totally envision a DIY attempt.)

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Know Your Bugs.

by Chris Gardner

I can't bear to turn on the AC yet, despite the 90-degree afternoons, so often, our doors are wide open to elements. And with the breezes comes the bugs, and lately we've been visited by some decidely complex looking creatures that my Biology-teacher mother didn't teach me as a kid.

Enter WHAT'S THAT BUG.COM, a charming database dedicated to, you guessed it, all your entymological inquiries, and some beautifully photographed from the insect world.

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