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How to Make a Fashionable Denim Bag

Isn’t this Denim Bag Tutorial awesome?!  I love making upcycled jeans crafts, and this is a perfect way to use up blue jeans that otherwise would go in the trash or to the thrift store.  This is ready in just a few minutes and works great as a purse for all ages.  If you love [...]

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Delicious Pumpkin Cookies Recipe – Just In Time For Fall!

One of my favorite things about fall is pumpkin…pumpkin everything! I will admit that I buy into the pumpkin spice coffees and snacks and I just can’t wait until they come around every year. This year, I thought that maybe I would add in my own little touch of pumpkin yumminess. I wanted a great [...]

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DIY Ball Lawn Ornament Garden Decoration

If you are in search of a fast and easy way to spruce up your lawn or garden, it is easier than you think to create a ball ornament (i.e. a “gazing ball”) out of cheap and simple supplies. In this video tutorial, I will show you how you can transform a Styrofoam ball and [...]

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How to Make a Beautiful Photo Jar Vase

How do you like to display your family photos? In a frame, right? Well, maybe most of the time. Sometimes, you might be looking for a more unique way to display a photo, especially if you want to give it to someone as a gift. Instead of putting your photo in a frame, why not [...]

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Fun And Tasty Mummy Pizzas Recipe

So Halloween is quickly approaching. If you are planning a Halloween party for the kids, I have the perfect pizza recipe for you. These mummy pizzas are so much fun and so delicious. Even if you are not planning to throw a big Halloween party, these mummy pizzas are great and little ones will adore [...]

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Spicy Cheesy Stuffed Jalapenos Recipe

Do you just love cheddar peppers? I mean, those little appetizers that you can get at Sonic and so many other restaurants that are cheese filled peppers, deep fried to a golden brown and delicious with a good ranch sauce? I do love a good cheesy jalapeno and I’ve always wanted to make my own [...]

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How to Make an Elegant Nautical Summer Wreath

I recently was working on creating a garden lamp shaped like a lighthouse, and I got to thinking that my home could really use some more nautical accents. I wanted to put up a new wreath for summertime, so I thought, “Why not put these two ideas together and create a maritime-themed wreath which is [...]

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How to Make a Decorative Hanging Shelf

If you live in a small home and do not have a lot of wall space, you might find yourself longing for some extra hanging storage. But instead of going out to purchase hanging shelves, why not try making your own? In this video tutorial, I will show you how to make it happen with [...]

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Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

An Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip is the ideal party appetizer. This recipe combines shredded chicken, cream cheese, hot sauce, and a special blend of cheddar and bleu cheese for a delicious creamy dip. Served with tortilla chips, crusty bread, or on a roll as a sandwich, this is sure to be a hit at your [...]

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DIY Sewing Kit Organizer Pincushion Jar

I like to take my sewing projects with me around the house from room to room. Recently, I saw a concept for a pincushion jar which got me excited, because that is a perfect way to carry your supplies around and keep everything neat and in one place while you are working. It was also [...]

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Weekend Reading

Friends, how are you? Well, I hope! I’m knee deep in a massive project, one I’m hoping to launch next month, so I’m working busily behind the scenes. It’s a project I’ve dreamed of finishing all year, and I can’t wait to share it with you. Travel and family obligations slowed my progress earlier this
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Sunlit Stroll through Aveiro

In May, I traveled to Portugal, to the Algarve region, and also Lisbon and Sintra. On our way north to Porto, my travel mate and I made a one night stop in Aveiro. I’d read about the town and the canals and glad we got a chance to see it, it was really sweet! Aveiro
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Autumn Velvet

I stepped outside this morning and felt just a hint of morning mist which signals fall is on its way. I just love September, it’s my favorite month, that crossover between summer and fall where the weather is still warm in the afternoon but cooler in the morning and evenings. The leaves will be turning
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Weekend Reading

Hi friends and hello September! How’s your long weekend treating you? Mine is super chill, I’m just puttering around the house, repotting a few plants, taking some boxes to the Goodwill, cleaning and reorganizing, that sort of thing. I’ve learned to enjoy the mundane little tasks that remove clutter and the process of creating space
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Black Tile Backsplashes Done Right

I’ve painted walls and furniture black, and installed black (and white) wallpaper, and bought black furniture, and used black hardware on cabinets, but I’ve never considered a black tile backsplash, until now. A tile backsplash is far more permanent than wallpaper or paint which is why I’ve hesitated, I mean, it’s stuck to the wall
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Embroidered Art

Whenever I travel I bring a small piece of art home with me, and on a recent trip to Portugal, I found an embroidered tea towel that I found so charming I decided to turn it into a framed piece of art. Sardines (and all kinds of locally sourced fish) are a common meal and
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Weekend Reading

Hello! This weekend is a relaxing one for me, the kids are back in school so I’ve settled into my routine. The weather is still so warm so I’m off to a barbeque to hangout with some old friends today, and tomorrow I’ve got a date with a to do list I’ve been neglecting. Hope
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DIY Solar Garden Lamp Out of an Old Table Lamp

Have you ever thought about making your own DIY solar garden lamp? While it may sound like a complicated project, it is actually very easy, and does not require any electrical knowledge. In this video tutorial, I will show you how you can transform a regular corded lamp into a solar garden lamp. How to [...]

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How to Make Summery Painted Fruit Drinking Jars

Today I have a super easy and fun project for you! In this video tutorial, you are going to learn how you can paint a glass jar so that it looks like a watermelon, pineapple, or other tasty fruit. This is a perfect craft for summertime and is a good project for kids and adults. [...]

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How to Make a Bag from a T-Shirt

Do you have an old T-shirt that you love and just can’t bear to part with, but which you no longer wear? If so, one idea for giving it new life is to turn it into a bag. In this video tutorial, I will teach you how to transform an old T-shirt into a stylish [...]

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How to Make Yarn Tassel Earrings

If you want to wear colorful earrings which make a statement, tassel earrings are the way to go! Did you know you can make tassel earrings yourself at home using yarn and a few other simple, cheap supplies? In this video tutorial, you can follow along and create your own. How to Make Tassel Earrings [...]

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How to Make Your Own Office White Board

Back when I was in college, I had a whiteboard in my room which I used to keep track of assignments and practice math equations. Recently I realized that I could use a whiteboard more than ever nowadays to keep track of everything from household chores to video tutorials I am preparing for the site. [...]

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DIY Rustic Butterfly Decoration from an Old Book

If you love paper crafts and you enjoy everything rustic, there’s nothing more fun than making beautiful crafts out of old book pages. In today’s video tutorial, you will learn how you can make hanging rustic butterfly décor from an old book and some keys. How to Make Butterflies from an Old Book This is [...]

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Moto Jackets Under $75

Have I ever told you I ride a Vespa? One of my favorite things to do is ride it around town to the market or a fitness class. After a trip to Europe, I saw it’s how many of them get around and I wanted to live like that too, so I bought myself one
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Textiles of Peru

As an avid traveler, I’m always deeply appreciative when I encounter a culture’s unique architecture, design, and textiles, and I was completely blown away by the colors and textures of the textiles of Peru during my recent visit. I simply couldn’t get enough of the patterns and vivid hues I saw as I strolled the
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Weekend Reading

Hello everyone, I’ve returned from Peru! I arrived home yesterday and settled back in with a hot bath and a snuggle with my kids. What an adventure! I will share some photographs from my trip to the Sacred Valley soon. And I simply cannot wait to share images of the textiles I saw when I
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Beyond Basic: Stylish Storage Bins

Midweek greetings my friends! I’m wrapping up my trip to Peru and spending my final two days in Lima, then I’ll be home by Saturday. Now that fall is just around the corner, we will all soon be pulling out our coziest blankets. I keep mine rolled up in a basket next to my sofa.
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Afternoon Chat: Instagrammers + Overtourism

I’m spending today at one of the most famous sites in all the world: Machu Picchu. To get access to this historical site, we had to buy tickets weeks in advance as they limit the number of people (only 2,500 per day) who can visit this UNESCO Inca sanctuary. Several years ago, Peru began limiting
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Weekend Reading

My friends, I’ve arrived! Today I’m in Cusco, Peru wandering around this old city, and tomorrow I’m attending a wedding as a guest of one of my dearest friends in a magnificent old hotel. I’ll be sharing scenes in my stories on Instagram! How exciting to be in a new country tasting the food, seeing
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How to Make a Topiary Tree Flower Arrangement

Have you ever wondered how flower arrangements shaped like topiary trees are made? While you might think that it would be a difficult process, it is actually really easy. In this video tutorial, you can follow along and make your own topiary tree flower arrangement at home using simple supplies. How to Make a Floral [...]

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Do it yourself, also known as DIY, is the method of building, modifying, or repairing something without the aid of experts or professionals. Academic research describes DIY as behaviors where "individuals engage raw and semi-raw materials and component parts to produce, transform, or reconstruct material possessions, including those drawn from the natural environment (e.g. landscaping)".[1] DIY behavior can be triggered by various motivations previously categorized as marketplace motivations (economic benefits, lack of product availability, lack of product quality, need for customization), and identity enhancement (craftsmanship, empowerment, community seeking, uniqueness)

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