Tag Archive for: DIY

Creepy Crawly Spidey Votives

Categories: Crafts, Halloween, TableTags: , , , , , , , Author:

We’re having people over for a Halloween dinner party next weekend and we wanted to do something fun and easy to decorate the dining room table. We weren’t really sure what to do until we took a look at a few remaining paper twine balls we had left from the previous project…and thought of making spider votives! Read more →


Blue Jeans Vase

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We were going through our closets this weekend trying to clean out some of our old clothes. Generally we give everything to good will when we can, but Alberto found a pair of old blue jeans that he decided to turn into a pair of shorts. Read more →


Cargo Shorts Book Bag

Categories: Back to School, CraftsTags: , , , , , Author:

Yes, it’s still summer, but for many of our friends it’s also time to go  BACK TO SCHOOL! We don’t have kids (yet!) but the daughter of a friend is a fan of our site and asked us to make her a bag for school. We MELTED and started thinking of how we can make a bag for her…and we thought of her old cargo shorts. Why not, right?! It has pockets, and it’s totally free. We used one of her old cargo shorts to make the bag. And we also used one of our old belts for the strap.  The bag came out very cute, and it only took less than two hours! This is a great project, and you can do it for anyone going back to school! Read more →


Recycled Children’s Rocker

Categories: Chairs, DIY Projects, FurnitureTags: , , , , , , , Author:

Saturday was a beautiful day in Maplewood so we decided to hit the local yard sales. There’s nothing better than stopping at a yard sale on the weekend! They’re always great for a treasure find, or two. And we really lucked out…we found six treasures that are sure to be featured on our blog soon! Read more →


Recycled Drop-Leaf Table

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We’ve had two outside wooden tables just sitting in our basement for the last several years. They’re very functional, but they were so beaten up that we didn’t like using them anymore. We finally brought them up for our party on Memorial Day (covered with a table cloth, of course), and left them setup by the back door out of shear laziness. Read more →


Birch Picture Frames

Categories: Decor, DIY Projects, FramesTags: , , , , , , Author:

I like having pictures of our travels around our home, but we don’t always find the best frames to display them. This week we decided to take matters into our own hand and make the frames ourselves. So, off we go to the Depot to figure out how to make them…three pieces of birch plywood and a can of whitewash stain later, I’m down in the basement making frames! Read more →


Crochet Fans…Meet the Ami Ami Dogs!

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If you’re a sucker for cute little animals, then you will love AMI AMI DOGS by Mitsuki Hoshi!

Our friends at Harper Design sent us this book, and it’s amazing. The book introduces readers to various techniques of Amigurumi, a popular Japanese art of crocheting stuffed animals. The signature style of Amigurumi (which translated means “knitted stuffed toy”) are the animals’ large heads and small bodies, which add to their adorable appeal.

The book gives you instructions for basic crocheting (perfect for beginners like us!) and features patterns and detailed directions for 12 kinds of dogs, including Chihuahua, Welsh Corgi, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Miniature Dachshund, Siberian Husky, Labrador Retriever, Maltese, Miniature Schnauzer, French Bulldog, Beagle,  and even a Pug!

Here’s a few images from the book…enjoy! And here’s how you can get your own copy!




New Pillows for the Porch

Categories: Crafts, Decor, DIY Projects, Pillows, Spring, Throw pillowsTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Author:

One of the easiest ways to add a little color to any room is by making covers for throw pillows. Now that it is warm out, we wanted to try it on the front porch. We like to do that every season! You only have to buy the fabric, and you can easily change the feel of a room or space. We made these pillows the same way we made the ones in our post A Toile Bed for the Puppies! Of course we scaled it down for the pillows that we had. Try it!!! You’ll end up changing your pillows with the seasons, just like we do!


Tree Craft by Chris Lubkemann

Categories: BooksTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Author:

Our friends at Fox Chapel recently sent us a copy of Tree Craft: 35 Rustic Wood Projects that Bring the Outdoors In, a terrific new book by Chris Lubkemann. The book is a fun collection of wood carving projects that are as approachable as they are easy to make. Read more →


Salvaged Copper Lamps

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We’re always going through yard sales to see what we can find to make over. Recently, we came across  a couple of GREAT exterior Arroyo Craftsman sconces. We didn’t need sconces on the outside of our house, but we did need lamps for the family room. Hmmmm… Read more →


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