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Wednesday December 19th, 2012

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DIY Gift Series: No-Sew Stamped Scarf

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To see Merrilee’s other projects in our DIY Gift Series, click here, here and here. Thanks so much for sharing your DIY genius with us, Merrilee :) — Kate For that last-minute “I need a one-of-a-kind gift, like right now!” present, this hand-stamped, no-sew knit scarf is just the thing. The minty green and blue…

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Wednesday December 12th, 2012

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DIY Gift Series: Mountain Pillow

This mountain pillow is the second project in our holiday DIY gift series with Merrilee Liddiard of Mer Mag. You can check out last week’s project, a lovely bleach-dot clutch, by clicking here. Enjoy! — Kate I don’t know about you, but I’m loving all things mountains of late, and this simple snow-peaked pillow is…

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Wednesday December 5th, 2012

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DIY Gift Series: Bleach-Dot Clutch

We’re excited to kick off a short series of guest DIY projects from Merrilee Lilliard of Mer Mag. Merrilee will be sharing some handmade gift ideas over the next few weeks, starting with this lovely bleach-dot clutch. Thanks for joining us for the holidays, Merrilee! — Kate Hello, Design*Sponge readers! Merrilee from Mer Mag here….

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Wednesday October 3rd, 2012

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DIY Project: Patterned Picnic Blanket

It’s pouring outside as I write this, but I know there are sunny fall days ahead, and I intend to get out and enjoy the turning of the leaves eventually. I thought this design from Stevie May and Ashley Renuart provided a unique spin on the traditional picnic blanket, and it’s pretty enough to double…

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Wednesday September 12th, 2012

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DIY Project: Sunkissed Ombre Stripe Pillow

While the D*S editorial team is collectively focused on everything autumnal, I’m sure there is a large group of you out there that wishes summer would last a bit longer, and probably another group that is still experiencing high temperatures and lots of sun. This project by Erin Souder was one of my favorite finalists…

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Wednesday July 25th, 2012

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diy project: all-in-one summer picnic kits

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Of all the recreational activities associated with summer, picnicking is far and away my favorite. It offers an irresistible mix of food, nature, nomadism, and efficient packaging. I should have predicted this love from the hours I spent playing Oregon Trail as child: I focused entirely on monitoring my list of  sundries and supplies and…

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diy project: simple summer hammock

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When Grace was in town a few weeks ago, we did a little shopping at some of the new shops in my neighborhood. While browsing the jewelry at Marisa Haskell, we noticed these beautiful striped beach towels piled in the corner. They were a steal at just $30 each, and I wanted to buy out…

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Wednesday July 18th, 2012

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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 4th, 2012

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diy project: mesh screen beach bag

Summer is here, and I am so excited to start filling up my free time with warm weather activities. When it comes to beaches, pools, picnics and the like, I am definitely a planner — I like to bring everything I could possibly want along with me so I’ll never be caught without water, sunscreen,…

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Wednesday June 13th, 2012

Wednesday June 6th, 2012

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sewing 101: reverse applique place mats

Reverse applique may sound fancy, but it’s actually a crazy-easy sewing technique that allows you to add tons of color, texture and pattern to your projects with very little effort. In this technique, two or more fabrics are layered and stitched together, then sections of the fabric are strategically cut away to reveal the color(s)…

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Wednesday March 7th, 2012

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diy project: handmade lawn games

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Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend, so the sun is staying out longer and the air is warming up a little. I know I’m an adult, but I really want to go outside and play! This DIY project from designer Chelsea Fullerton of Go Forth Creative has set off a chain reaction in my head. I’m…

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Wednesday February 29th, 2012

Wednesday December 21st, 2011

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sewing 101: christmas stockings

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Christmas is just a few days away, but there’s still time to whip up your own handmade gifts or decorations with these quick and easy stockings! Stitched in a thick, Pendleton-style wool fabric, only a few simple seams are needed to finish each of these; once you get the hang of the construction, you can…

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Wednesday October 19th, 2011

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sewing 101: branch handle tote

Add a little autumnal flair to your fall wardrobe with this rustic tree branch tote! This sturdy piece is great for carting daily necessities on your commute or for more outdoorsy tasks like packing a picnic or carrying camping supplies. The bag itself features a basic construction that can be adapted and used with any…

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Wednesday October 12th, 2011

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Wednesday September 14th, 2011

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diy project: block-printed chevron fabric

A while back, we received an awesome before & after — in video form, no less — from Jaime Morrison Curtis of Prudent Baby. Jaime transformed her empty porch into a stylish, eclectic gathering spot by creatively revamping salvaged items and throwing in a few well-chosen accessories. If anyone is interested in creating a similar…

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Wednesday September 7th, 2011

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diy project: vintage sheet cocktail napkins

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September is my favorite month in northern California; the weather gets warm and sunny (no fog!), and we actually get to experience a taste of summer before heading into rainy season :( These adorable cocktail napkins from Kirsten Gentry at Kojo Designs remind me of the best part of late summer: squeezing every last minute…

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Wednesday August 17th, 2011