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Wednesday August 22nd, 2012

Wednesday August 1st, 2012

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diy project: recycled leather & wood shelf

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A hanging leather shelving project has been on my to-do list for a while; to be honest, the biggest delay was just finding the right belts. Has anyone else discovered that thrift-shop leather belts are often unreasonably overpriced? Regardless, a little patience yielded some great finds: one super long thick black belt and a couple…

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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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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 August 25th, 2010

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diy project: sconce glass centerpiece

diy project: sconce glass centerpiece

we have an abundance of useless sconces in our apartment. they are a pain in the neck to turn on and they provide illumination for about six inches of a small hallway leading to our back door, but the kicker: they’re ugly. in fact, if i hadn’t been walking through my local salvage yard and…

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Wednesday May 26th, 2010

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Thursday April 8th, 2010

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spring floral how-to from janie of jmflora

spring floral how-to from janie of jmflora

i’m a sucker for beautiful flowers, so i couldn’t resist the chance to share a fun floral how-to this morning. janie medley at the bride’s cafe and jmflora specializes in beautiful wedding flowers, and offered to share a fun how-to that’s perfect for spring (and doesn’t require a wedding). janie knows the way to my…

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Wednesday March 10th, 2010

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Wednesday May 13th, 2009

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diy wednesdays: tea shelf

diy wednesdays: tea shelf

recently, we’ve been exploring the amazing selection of loose leaf teas at our local hippie coop grocery store (oh, san francisco….). We’ve been collecting little samples of calming herbals, invigorating blacks, and exotic mixes of every plant and herb you can imagine. taking a cue from grandpa’s garage workshop, we put together a simple organized…

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Wednesday May 6th, 2009

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diy project: kitchen utensil key rack

diy project: kitchen utensil key rack

we received a beautiful new set of silverware for our wedding and lately i’ve been sitting around trying to figure out what to do with our older, not so nice, silverware. i couldn’t bring myself to throw it out, so this project from d*s reader liz bloeser is just the ticket. liz decided to use…

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Wednesday February 18th, 2009

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diy project: karyn’s twinkle blackboard

diy project: karyn’s twinkle blackboard

karyn from make something is helping me keep the chalkboard love going today with this awesome diy project she made for her home. not content to just have a beautiful chalkboard in her home, karyn decided to get extra crafty and drill holes through which twinkle lights from urban outfitters could shine. i love the…

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Wednesday January 14th, 2009

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diy wednesdays: mini mosaic tray

diy wednesdays: mini mosaic tray

during these chilly winter months, we always like to have a hot beverage close at hand. whether we’re eating at the dining room table, or responding to emails from the couch, or even reading in bed, having a little heat-proof tray we can bring from room to room is a big help. this project is…

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Wednesday November 26th, 2008

Wednesday October 8th, 2008