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    August 25, 2014
    DIY Temptation

    This 4040 Locust industrial storage rack is the perfect candidate for a weekend DIY project. You could easily put the whole thing together with threaded pipe fittings and wood from Home Depot. Home Depot will cut wood for you, so you wouldn’t need anything more than a drill. If you like the copper accents (and who wouldn’t), I would recommend faking them with copper metallic paint from Rust-Oleum. But if you’re not up for a big project, you can buy this at Urban Outfitters for $498.


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    August 19, 2014
    DIY Leather Mason Jar Holder

    These are great for storing art supplies, but would also be perfect for utensils and silverware in rustic or industrial kitchen. Find the how-to at Natalme.


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    August 8, 2014
    Frame Loom Weaving

    I’ve been seeing woven wall art all over the internet for the last month or so. It’s beautiful and potentially a nice hobby. I did a little research recently and found a few good resources. Image above via Brick House.

    DIY Decor Projects has this frame loom tutorial.

    A Beautiful Mess has this tutorial for a fast and easy wall hanging hack using a small woven rug as a base.

    And if you really want to dive in, you can pick up this well-rated and thorough tome over at Amazon.


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    August 4, 2014
    Sophisticated Papier Mache

    I remember doing the occasional papier mache project as a kid – usually in art class. We made masks once and I know I made at least one piñata, but nothing so grown-up and lovely as some of the papier mache projects I’ve seen on Pinterest. Above, papier mache cactuses from Design Sponge. Get the tutorial here.

    I also love these mushrooms. You can get the PDF tutorial here.

    A mobile of papier mache nests from Poppy Talk.

    And if you prefer not to do it yourself, you can purchase these beautiful, quirky sculptures by Abigail Brown here.


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    July 16, 2014
    Pom-Pom Wonderful

    Another fantastic pom-pom project: super cute pom-pom magnets. If you’re looking for a fast, easy way to make pom-poms, I recommend picking up a set of these.


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    June 30, 2014
    No Hassel Tassel Garland

    All you need to make this super cute mini tassel garland is some embroidery thread, cardboard, a glue gun, and scissors. Get the full instructions at La La Lovely.


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    June 27, 2014
    Wall Power

    Lately I’ve been stashing my probably too large collection of shoes under-the-bed storage and in a laundry basket under my desk. Obviously, neither of these is idea. One is hard to get to. The other is pretty unsightly. Now I find myself considering these industrial wall shelves as a real alternative. I’ve been a bit hesitant to put my shoes on shelves as not all of them are aesthetic winners. But I like the idea of mixing in boxes in which I could hide some of my more utilitarian pairs.  I think Ikea’s Grundtal Wall storage shelves would be a great option for pulling this off ($19.99 per shelf).


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    June 12, 2014
    Pretty as a Picture Windows

    These lace window screens are a lovely idea. I don’t know how long they would survive, but they sure are pretty. Via 365 Slojda.


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    June 4, 2014
    Oversized Prints from Photojojo

    If, like me, you’ve been an admirer of  Debbie Carlos‘ oversized engineer prints you will also be thrilled to hear you can now get 3′x4′ prints of your own photos from Photojojo for just $25 (shipping is free). Photos must be a minimum of 1000 pixels long and wide and in jpg or png format. Via SwissMiss.


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    May 20, 2014
    DIY Hanging Table

    I can’t get over how gorgeous this DIY hanging table from Merry Thought is. The instructions are relatively simple. Except for tying the knot that holds the whole thing together. I’ve never had a talent for knots, so maybe it’s time to call on the nearest Boy Scout.


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