Category: DIY

Brilliant Lego Boards

Lego bricks are a great toy.  They provide endless hours of entertainment through building and rebuilding, creativity, and engineering.  But when one puts that much time and love into a project, one tends to get protective and can become slightly irate if said building is destroyed by a younger sibling.  In our home, Legos are …

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Make Your Own Snow Globes

There is something special and almost magical about snow globes.  My girls love them.  I have a few around the house that they are only allowed to play with when I’m present.  The globes are all made of glass and very fragile. When I was wandering through the hobby store I came across plastic, DIY …

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Sensory Blanket for Alzheimer’s/Dementia Patient Care

Sensory Blanket for Alzheimer’s/Dementia Patient Care Browsing through our local publication, The Connection Magazine, I came across an article that sparked my interest and warmed my heart.  Knit for Peace, shared a column about creating fidget hand muffs and blankets for patients with dementia. I love creative projects, especially ones made with compassion and a purpose.  I …

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How to Make an Art Portfolio from a Cardboard Box

Shortly after L started preschool, I realized I had severely underestimated the amount of artwork my little one would bring home.  As much as I would like to save every precious painting and sketch, it’s unrealistic. However, for those special ones I needed a good way to hold on to them. I already have a keepsake …

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New Uses for Old Holiday Cards

I wouldn’t classify myself as a pack rat, and I’m far from a hoarder.  However, I do have a tendency to keep things. Especially if I’m under the impression that they could be used for something else, if they are pretty, or too sentimental to just throw away. Christmas cards (and other greeting cards) fall …

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Christmas, Christmas Time is Here

It’s that joyous, beautiful, festive time of year again! Ready or not, it’s already December. We had a lovely Thanksgiving with so many blessings to be thankful for this year; and now Christmas is less than one week away. It took me 6 days to get the tree put up and house decorated. Not because I …

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Do-it-Yourself Baby Mobile

There is only one week left till my due date, and our little bundle of joy could arrive any day now.  Most of the major things have been crossed off our to-do list; so to help pass the hours I turned my efforts to a fun project for the nursery, a crafty handmade mobile. I …

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Top 5 Picks for Repurposing and Upcycling

As you’ve seen from previous posts, I love taking old, unused, or unwanted items and turning them into something new.  Here is a list of a few of my favorite websites that share this same passion.  Feel free to add your projects, ideas, and best sites to the comments below. 1. Funky Junk Interiors From mattress …

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Woven Basket from Electrical Cords

Does this look familiar, boxes and totes full of discarded and outdated electronic devices in a tangled mass of cords?  Over the years, we have gone through several computer towers, printers, DVD players, and sets of speakers.  Some have been upgraded, others replaced after extensive use. In our last house, all of these unused items …

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Top 5 Picks for the Week, August 3, 2012

Italian Ice, Geeky Gifts, Make it Yourself, Fantastic Food, and Children’s Books 1. Rita’s: Ice. Custard. Happiness. This spring we were introduced to one of the East Coast’s culinary delights, Italian Ice.  Growing up in the rural Midwest, we did not have any businesses in our area that made this product or sold it regularly.  Hearing …

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