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Wednesday October 12th, 2011

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diy project: book bookends

We grew up in a family of readers, and our mother saves every book she’s ever read. She has bookshelves everywhere, books stacked on the floor and a constant towering pile next to her bed. We got inspired to start organizing our own book collections, and came up with this idea when we found old…

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Wednesday October 5th, 2011

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diy project: autumn leaf bouquet

I don’t know what it’s like in your neighborhood, but when I step outside here in Oakland, I sense it right away: Fall is in the air! I’m lucky enough to have a few turning trees on my street, so I don’t miss out entirely on the brilliant autumn colors I remember from growing up…

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Wednesday September 28th, 2011

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diy project: old-school book strap

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I was talking with our DIY editor Kate about this project, and since this month’s theme is academia, she threw out the idea of an old-fashioned book strap. I immediately thought it sounded interesting and wondered what I could do with it. Also, the sun isn’t going to shine forever, and when it dies and…

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Wednesday September 21st, 2011

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 July 20th, 2011

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diy project: solid perfume pocket watch locket

Try as I might, I cannot seem to grasp even the most basic of feminine beauty rituals. I’m constantly struggling to master rudimentary hair and makeup techniques, and my one-time foray into the “subtle” art of perfume left everyone in the room with burning nostrils. This DIY solid perfume locket from artisanal perfumer Mandy Aftel…

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Wednesday June 8th, 2011

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diy project: droog-style hanger lamp

While working on today’s Treasure Hunting hangers post, I realized that one of my favorite ideas was the very simple clothes hanger lamp from Droog. Designed by Hector Serrano, the clothes hanger lamp is a plastic hanger with a very low-watt bulb attached, allowing you to create a light fixture out of your own wardrobe….

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Wednesday June 1st, 2011

Wednesday May 25th, 2011

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diy project: vintage food mill planter

diy project: vintage food mill planter

When April showers come to an end and May flowers start blooming, I know estate & garage sale season will be in full force soon. The combination of beautiful weather and lots of people wanting to get rid of their “junk” just makes me giddy. After scouring numerous estate sales and flea markets, I consistently…

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Wednesday May 4th, 2011

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diy project: clothespin mirror

diy project: clothespin mirror

I love clothespins; they’re one of the few simple tools with a design that hasn’t needed improvement. Inspired by the starburst mirrors from Ballard Designs, D*S reader Diane Henkler decided to create a similar style using wooden clothespins, which she then customized in a number of different ways. Anyone looking for a super-easy weekend project…

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Wednesday April 6th, 2011

Wednesday March 30th, 2011

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diy project: bead-and-pin baskets

diy project: bead-and-pin baskets

Bead-and-pin baskets became a popular craft in the 50s and 60s. The baskets are made entirely out of safety pins, cheap craft-store beads and wire. You can find vintage versions at flea markets, eBay or Etsy for $10 to $25. I decorate my mantel every spring season with my collection of these beaded treasures and…

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Wednesday March 23rd, 2011

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diy project: lia’s custom lampshades

diy project: lia’s custom lampshades

Vintage lampshades have loads of character; you can’t find shades like them in stores today. The sizes, shapes and fittings are the perfect fit for vintage lamps. However, they are often in dire need of an update. In an effort to recycle every last piece of a lamp pair instead of buying new, I started…

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Friday March 4th, 2011

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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Thursday February 10th, 2011

Wednesday February 9th, 2011