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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 18th, 2011

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

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diy project: paper marquee letter lamp

diy project: paper marquee letter lamp

I’ve always had a love of fonts. I have a collection of magazine pages torn out for their interesting fonts. I have books about fonts, bookmarks on my computer for font-dedicated websites, not to mention the hundreds of fonts I’ve downloaded. I want to be surrounded by gorgeously shaped letters. What better reason to make…

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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 18th, 2011

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weekly wrap up + paper scrap light

It’s a whopping 70 degrees in Brooklyn right now, so I’m going to get out from under the pile of packing boxes in our house and get some fresh air. Before I head out, I wanted to share this beautiful (and totally genius) DIY light project that graphic designer Gabrielle Guy created for a friend….

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Wednesday March 16th, 2011

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DIY best of: lighting projects

Lighting has to be one of our all-time favorite topics — we’ve recently held crafting events in honor of lighting, picked out our favorite chandeliers in homes and even delved into the history of chandeliers. You might call it a little obsessive. But if you’re a renter, updating lighting — whether an overhead fixture or ambient…

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Wednesday March 9th, 2011

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diy project: seeded paper pouches

diy project: seeded paper pouches

With spring coming near, it is time to freshen up my pots and planters. I found a mix of wildflower seeds and thought that it is the perfect thing for spring. With my planter full of seeds and a half of a bag left, I figured I would share the wealth and pass some seeds…

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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

Wednesday February 2nd, 2011