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70 Creative Pumpkin Carving and Decorating Ideas You Can Easily DIY

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70 Creative Pumpkin Carving and Decorating Ideas You Can Easily DIY

Carving the pumpkin for Halloween is something I have looked forward to every year ever since I was a little kid. Of course, when I was really little, all I could do was watch the carving part. I did help out by drawing a design on a piece of paper; that was about it. Eventually […]

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40 Gorgeous DIY Stone, Rock, and Pebble Crafts To Beautify Your Life

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40 Gorgeous DIY Stone, Rock, and Pebble Crafts To Beautify Your Life

Fall is my favorite time for outdoor DIY projects. It’s not too hot and there’s just something about landscaping against those beautiful fall colors that I really love. If that’s true for you, I’ve got a great collection crafts for you to try. Whether you like outdoor or indoor crafting during the autumn months, there […]

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Suitcase Essentials: The One Piece Swimsuit

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Suitcase Essentials: The One Piece Swimsuit

Hi from Palm Springs guys! It’s a pinch myself moment to be visiting, the mix of desert landscape, mid century modern architecture and 60’s glamour has always made it a bucket list destination for me. A travel guide is on its way (so so sooooo much cool stuff here), but in the meantime I wanted to talk about my favourite topic – suitcase essentiallllsssss. If you’re like me, in the past you might have packed a full suitcase and only worn a few outfits. How many times have we lamented ‘I totally could have brought half of this and been fine’?

This process of even slightly overpacking is totally normal, but really annoying. I mean, who wants to lug things they won’t wear? Over the last few years I’ve been broadly documenting what I wear and … Read More »


What to Do in a Power Outage (And How to Prepare for One)

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What to Do in a Power Outage (And How to Prepare for One)

About a month ago, our household lost power in the middle of the night for a few hours. We could tell because we woke up extremely warm – the A/C had shut off, as had the ceiling fans. When it came back on, it came in surges, causing appliances to beep and jolt a few times, waking our 1-year-old son.

A couple weeks ago, after a storm in Northern Minnesota, some friends of ours were without power for 3 days and lost about 40 freshly cut fish fillets they had stocked in their freezer, along with a trash-sackful of other food.

In the rain-drenched Pacific Northwest, my mom and her husband have a generator which automatically comes on when the grid goes down. It gets used on a regular basis; the … Read More »



Ask a Pattern Maker: How to sew darts

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Ask a Pattern Maker: How to sew darts

Another in our series about helping you sew better! Darts are ideal for shaping fabric and removing excess volume so that the garment fits smoothly around the curves of the body – I’ve used them in almost every Before & After project I’ve done in order to add a modern edge to a vintage (or, completely dowdy) style. Although, I have to admit that sewing a dart can sometimes be more hassle than it’s worth. There are times where I’ve ended up creating more lumps and bumps than when I started, or if we’re talking bust darts, I’ve made one or two not-so-subtle recreations of Madonna’s cone bra. It’s been a case of trial and error too as results also vary depending on the type of fabric I’m using, cottons and linens are always easier to … Read More »


20 Spooky And Fun Handprint And Footprint Halloween Crafts

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20 Spooky And Fun Handprint And Footprint Halloween Crafts

Don’t you just love Halloween? I have always adored decorating for Halloween, especially when my kids were younger. We would make so many crafty things for decorating. Whether you have kids or grandkids, if you want to really spooky up your place this Halloween, I’ve found a great collection of handprint and footprint crafts that […]

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DIY Woven Market Backpack

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DIY Woven Market Backpack

A little reader request coming at ya! A few of you have asked that I make this market backpack, an item I’ve seen a couple of times here and thought why not and something I was more than happy to do given that all you need is a bag, some leather and a few studs. Easy and totally practical. What’s not to love?

You need:

A woven bag
Scissors
Leather hole puncher
Studs (or a needle and thread)
Leather straps (if you need more than what’s already on the bag).

How to:

First, remove the existing straps of the bag.

2. Using the leather hole puncher, create a hole about 5cm (2 in) from the end of the leather for the shoulder straps.

3. Using a stud (or needle and thread), secure the leather strap at the front of the woven bag along the top edge. You … Read More »


30 Frugally Decorative Dollar Store Halloween Crafts and Decorations for Spooky Fun

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30 Frugally Decorative Dollar Store Halloween Crafts and Decorations for Spooky Fun

Trying to spruce up your home with some Halloween fright? Seriously, it is amazing how many awesome spooky crafts you can make yourself with just a few simple, cheap supplies from the dollar store. Check out these 30 projects for thrifty Halloween fun—most of these are easy enough that you can make them with your […]

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Printable Custom Crayon Wrappers

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Printable Custom Crayon Wrappers

When school supplies come out for the new school year, I have mixed emotions. Yes, summer is ending, but it’s also pretty exciting to get fresh notebooks, glue sticks, and of course, crayons. And whether you are labeling a new set of crayons so you know they’re yours or giving old crayons a new look, these printable wrappers are so much fun.

They come in a rainbow of colors and there are two types of wrappers. You can type a name or message on your crayons, make your art supplies look extra happy, or make some of each.

What You Need

Printable Crayon Wrappers template (download here)
Card stock
Paper
Unwrapped crayons
Scissors
Glue stick (doubled-sided tape also works)

How-To

Choose a page of the crayon wrapper file. One page can be customized and the other features cute faces to give your crayons personality.

If you are using … Read More »


60 Professional Cooking Diagrams and Charts That Simplify Cooking

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60 Professional Cooking Diagrams and Charts That Simplify Cooking

When I was in high school, I had a chemistry teacher once who told us, “If you can cook, then you can do chemistry.” I remember finding this very odd, because I knew nothing about how to cook, and most of my attempts were met with little in the way of success. I am pretty […]

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