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Wednesday July 18th, 2012

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diy project: woven balsa wood lampshade

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Balsa is one of my all-time favorite materials: It’s cheap and lightweight and easily handles bending, cutting, staining, painting, glueing and pretty much every other technique that comes to mind. It’s also a great resource for creating professional-quality results with few tools, as you can see in this awesome balsa lampshade project from Jamie Samples…

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sewing 101: image transfer produce bags

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With farmers’ market season upon us, it’s always a good idea to have lots of reusable produce bags on hand. But the problem with regular cloth bags is that they’re not see-through, making it easy to lose track of what’s in the fridge and resulting in tragic forgotten-vegetable casualties. To help keep track of what…

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Wednesday July 11th, 2012

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diy project: paper clay barnacles

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I love the look of papier-mâché. It is sturdy, classic and timeless, but sometimes it is just too much trouble — the layers, dripping and drying time, and then the painting. If I had an art/craft-dedicated studio and time to spare, I would be all over it. But for now, paper clay is my new…

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Wednesday June 27th, 2012

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diy project: simple wooden laundry rack

This is the fourth installment of Brittany Watson Jepsen’s summer DIY series. Check out her previous projects here, here and here. I love how simple and minimal these projects are, creating awesome results with only a few materials. Thanks for sharing, Brittany! — Kate For those of us lucky enough to have minimal living space, creative space planning is…

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Wednesday June 20th, 2012

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sewing 101: fabric boxes

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It seems no matter what I do, I can never get a handle on all the tiny odds and ends that accumulate around my house. From craft materials to hair ties, the bits and bobs are constantly trying to take over, so in the never-ending quest to corral them, these little fabric bins were born….

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Wednesday June 13th, 2012

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diy project: hanging air plant containers

I never can manage to come up with them myself, but I love super duper simple DIY projects. I have such admiration for people who see something and then, boom, a couple minutes later they have turned it into something totally different. Quick, easy, no muss or fuss: three-step projects are awesome. I’m going to make…

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Wednesday June 6th, 2012

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diy project: copper tubing side table

We’re thrilled to announce that D*S veteran and DIY genius Brittany Watson Jepsen will be sharing a short series of DIY projects with us over the summer! I’m particularly partial to this geometric side table, but they are all wonderful — so easy to re-create and perfect for the upcoming season. Trust me, you have…

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Wednesday May 30th, 2012

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diy project: cross-stitch cookies

I’ve been dreaming of making a giant cross-stitch project for years now, and when I saw Jessica Decker’s oversized cross-stitched artworks, I became even more excited. It’s an immediately recognizable pattern, but seeing those little Xs blown-up in big, bold color is just so unexpected and beautiful. Jessica has brought yet another spin to traditional…

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Wednesday May 23rd, 2012

Wednesday May 16th, 2012

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diy project: hanging notepad

This project stems from a conversation I had with Grace and Amy on my last visit; they had seen an image of a rolling pin held in place with two simple straps, and thought it could adapt nicely to become a wall scroll for organizing ideas. I managed to score three long branches from a…

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Wednesday May 9th, 2012

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diy project: dimensional geometric wall art

Math was never my strongest subject, but lately I’ve felt a strong desire to play around with geometry. Inspired by the awesome tape artwork of artist Alex Menocal, I wanted to focus my geometric experiments on my walls but actually make a piece that is three-dimensional. 3D structures can be tricky to mount on walls,…

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Wednesday May 2nd, 2012

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diy project: chunky finger-knit pillow

My knitting skills are pretty basic, but I’ve been wanting to expand them, especially for home projects. After a failed attempt at a blanket last winter, I hung up my needles and haven’t really returned to knitting since. This simple knit pillow tutorial is just the kind of project to pull me back, even in the…

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Wednesday April 11th, 2012

Wednesday March 28th, 2012