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Wednesday September 26th, 2012

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DIY Project: Tape Stencil Stationery

Now that summer is over and the nights are growing a bit chilly, I’m sure many of us will start spending more time indoors, cooking hot meals or catching up on our favorite shows. (I recently became addicted to The United States of Tara, and highly recommend it — Toni Collette is amazing.) If you’re…

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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 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 March 21st, 2012

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diy project: sculptural paper orb lights

It’s wonderful to see so many DIY projects that take advantage of the humble paper globe light. Just when I think I’ve seen them all, I come across a new one that I love, like this version created by Heather Jennings of Poppy Haus. While browsing her local Anthropologie store, Heather was inspired by two…

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Wednesday February 1st, 2012

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diy project: hand-painted valentines

Of all the holidays, Valentine’s Day seems to scream “handmade cards” the loudest. Glitter, doilies and lace are the usual suspects for decorating, but why turn to them when you can easily create a sophisticated ombre valentine? With this simple technique, there is no need for vats of dye, oodles of drying time, complicated instructions…

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Wednesday January 25th, 2012

Wednesday January 4th, 2012

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diy project: recycled cardboard organizer

After tossing all the holiday wrapping and boxes and looking sadly at my overflowing recycle bin, I am not embarrassed to admit that I dumpster dove in my own trash. I had this idea to create a much more affordable version of Vitra’s Uten.Silo organizer using the boxes that had served their purpose and been…

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Wednesday December 21st, 2011

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diy project: paper snowflake mini-garland

The days until Christmas are dwindling, and I’m certainly feeling the time crunch for handling my gift list and last-minute preparations. I love this quick and easy DIY from Evita of Le Papillon Vert. We’ve featured a couple of Evita’s projects in our Before & After column, and it’s great to see her clean, elegant style…

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Wednesday September 14th, 2011

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diy project: greeting card organizer

It feels like every year, from Labor Day onward, the days and weeks fly by, and suddenly, the very busy holiday season is upon us! Feeling inspired by memories of back-to-school shopping, getting our supplies organized and anticipating the jam-packed months ahead, we made this very simple greeting card organizer. So many times in the…

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Wednesday September 7th, 2011

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diy project: paper “leatherbound” books

Due to my husband’s profession, we have a constant influx of absurdly enormous books. While some are aesthetically acceptable enough not to disturb the visual flow I have going on our bookshelves, others are obtrusive in color or design. Since our built-in bookshelves are open to the living room, I like to have a clean…

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Wednesday August 24th, 2011

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diy project: feather pen pal stationery kit

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In the world of internet and cell phone communication, information and feelings are shared quickly and impulsively. I prefer face-to-face communication to the phone or email, but I’ve had several good friends move away over the past year. Writing a letter to a friend requires a sacrifice of your time and requires you to really…

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Wednesday August 10th, 2011