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Wednesday August 10th, 2011

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diy project: personalized paper party cups

You know those DIY projects that cause you to slap your forehead and think: of course! These personalized paper cups from the folks at Sticky Cake Inspirations are just that. The execution is simple and clean but also extremely versatile. I’m picturing the hundreds of fun variations you could use — different shapes, photographs, fabric,…

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Wednesday August 3rd, 2011

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diy project: travel map correspondence set

With the rush of technological methods helping us find our way, paper maps and Thomas Guides are quickly becoming obsolete, but their contouring graphics will always remain timeless. Use your dusty glove-compartment maps to make travel-inspired stationery for some good old-fashioned correspondence. A simple dividing line, address and stamp transform a map-backed note card into…

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Wednesday July 6th, 2011

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diy project: paper-bead tassels

For this project, a mix of ethnic patterns and bold colors inspired me. John Robshaw comes to mind when I think of the perfect pattern mix; his block-printed linens and patterned textiles display a fantastic combination of intricate and bold shapes and forms. My abundance of saved magazines constantly call me to reuse them for…

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Wednesday June 1st, 2011

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diy project: piñata-inspired party lanterns

We love having outdoor parties in the summer. During long summer days, it is great to have friends over to enjoy the warm evenings. One of my favorite party motifs is a fiesta. With plenty of make-your-own tacos and endless margaritas, guests can help themselves, creating a low-maintenance but very festive get-together.  To add some…

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Wednesday March 2nd, 2011

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diy project: homemade leprechaun spirits

diy project: homemade leprechaun spirits

Saint Patrick’s Day is right around the corner; it will sneak up on you before you know it, so you might want to prepare! The tradition of drinking on the holiday comes from a legend called Patrick Pot. This project honors that tradition. These mini, leprechaun-sized ales are perfect for a St. Patty’s Day get-together…

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diy project: paper leaves wreath

diy project: paper leaves wreath

Every year I look forward to making a wreath for our house. I use whatever materials are around me. Sometimes it is natural… using some branches or leaves from the backyard. Sometimes our wreath is warm and fuzzy… using fabric and yarn. It is always different. This year, given the abundance of paper grocery bags…

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Wednesday November 24th, 2010

Wednesday November 10th, 2010

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diy project: monogram stationery set

diy project: monogram stationery set

Though we live in a technology age where emails and text messages rule, I find myself coveting good old fashioned snail mail. With the holidays fast approaching, there’s no better time to reach out to your friends and loved ones with the gesture of a written note. Pair the note with a monogram and you…

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Wednesday October 6th, 2010

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diy project: brenna’s book page fabric

diy project: brenna’s book page fabric

I love the look of old book pages. The toasty brown edges and pale centers of the pages pair perfectly with the stark black type. Simple design with such a vintage feel, but so fragile and brittle. To fix their fragility, I coated the paper with silicone. This technique preserves the fragile pages, making them…

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Wednesday September 8th, 2010

Wednesday September 1st, 2010

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diy project: brenna’s secret storage books

diy project: brenna’s secret storage books

it seems i am always in need of extra storage space.  i have an abundance of art materials and supplies that just keeps growing. i am already storing boxes of paints, paintbrushes, paper, pens and scissors, and a multitude of glues behind a linen curtain beneath our built-in desk. it is a great storage place…

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Wednesday August 18th, 2010

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diy project: peaches’ coffee filter flowers

diy project: peaches’ coffee filter flowers

turning humble materials into something beautiful is an admirable skill. whenever you think you’ve seen the prettiest thing, something else comes along and blows your mind! these gorgeous blossoms are similar to the ones sold in kits that are made with tissue paper, but even tissue paper can be kind of pricey, and it doesn’t…

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