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Our Crafty Pot Holders

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OCH Potholders

Now that the days are getting longer, the sun is giving me spring fever. Unfortunately it’s still too cold to be outside . . . so Alberto and I decided to do a little spring cleaning with the closets. We usually donate the clothes to charity, but when I saw a worn pair of jeans, I had a different idea. Why not make them into pot holders?! The thickness of the denim would help reduce the heat through the pad, and it would add a great look to the kitchen. Then Alberto suggested that we should make them into the shape of the house in our logo. What a great idea! I found some old fabric to put in the “window,” and now we have these really unique potholders that are sure to help us in the kitchen! Read more →

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Heart-Shaped Crayons

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Over the holidays, Alberto spent most of the time on the floor coloring with our nieces and nephews. (He gets a little competitive, and I had to praise him often for coloring inside the lines…) So when it came to Valentine’s Day, Alberto immediately thought about coloring with the kids. We used the leftover crayons that we had after the holidays, and melted them down to create cute little heart gifts for the kids. Then Alberto had the great idea to personalize them using glitter letters. This was such an easy project, and they make great little V-day gifts. You can even include the kids! Read more →

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Corky Christmas Ornaments!

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I hate throwing away the corks from wine and champagne bottles in hopes that we’ll end up doing something with them. But we never do. Alberto is beginning to question my cork hoarding obsession. Just before he was ready to throw them out, I came up with the idea to make Christmas ornaments! Since we’re visiting our nieces and nephews for the holidays, why not make them with the kids? We left the knife cutting to the adults, but the kids can do everything else. It’s going to be our new holiday tradition! Read more →

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Furtastic Pillows and Throw!

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Alberto and I were out Christmas shopping this weekend, and as usual, we couldn’t resist walking through a few furniture and décor stores to get some ideas for our new place. We came across some really beautiful faux fur throws and pillows. They looked and felt so luxurious — and for the price, they really should! We couldn’t justify buying them, but could we make them? Read more →

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Tree Craft by Chris Lubkemann

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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 →

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Jelly Bean Wreath

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Okay! Call me superstitious, but I think our Winter Glass Tile Wreath was just courting Mother Nature to bring even more snow and ice to our area. And after snow last Friday, we were done and took it down.

Now, being that Easter is only a couple of weeks away, we wanted to entice the warm weather to hurry it along a little…so we’re making a sweet wreath made out of jelly beans.

Yes, jelly beans. We had wanted to use something different to make the wreath interesting and the pastel beans we found at the local grocery store were perfect for our project! Read more →

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The Flower Basket

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Tomorrow we’re going to visit a couple of friends we haven’t seen in a while. They are not drinkers (the reason we don’t see them often), so we didn’t really know what to take to their house. Our de facto host gift is actually not very crafty (a bottle of wine) but this won’t work for them. Read more →

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Carrera Marble Serving Tray

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Since the white marble tile tray from a few weeks ago was so easy to make and it looked so nice, we decided to do another one…albeit, a bit different.  We were walking through Home Depot, and Alberto saw a Carrera marble floor jam.  We put three silver handles on it, and it is now a great and interesting serving tray!  This is one of those projects that is quick and easy, and it can turn a nice affair into something really elegant.  And you don’t have to spend a lot of money!

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Extreme Makeover: Oil Painting Edition

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Several years ago, Alberto’s family gave us two oil paintings for our new home.  It was a very nice gesture, but they weren’t really our style.  They were in very chunky and ornate gold frames.  One of them was of a street scene, and we eventually found a home for it in one of our spare bedrooms.  But the other one was of a still life of a vase with flowers (possibly daisies or poppies?).  I’m not a big fan of still life to begin with, but this just reminded me of someone’s grandmother’s house.  Read more →

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White Marble Tile Tray

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Our friends Lauren and Chris are getting married on New Year’s Day!  We are so happy for them and wanted to make something from Our Crafty Home that they could use in their new home…a serving tray made out of white marble and cabinet door pulls!  Read more →

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