Category Archive: Crafts

Costumes from Your Printer

Re-running an article from last year because it’s useful…. It’s the day before Halloween; you didn’t go to any parties over the weekend, you weren’t planning on doing anything special tomorrow, so you didn’t think you needed a costume this year. But you’ve just learned that you’re expected to dress up in costume for work …

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Costumes from a Suit or Sweats

A lot of costumes can be built from the staples at either end of the wardrobe spectrum, a business suit or sweats. Let’s take a look at a few ideas.

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Halloween Costumes Made Easy

Halloween is our favorite holiday, even in those years when we can’t afford to drop a lot of money on costumes and decor items or don’t have time to create elaborate pieces.

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Christmas Tree Skirt

For several years I have wanted a new tree skirt for the Christmas tree. The previous one was sewn from fabrics that no longer suited my style or my home. Marked down for clearance a week before Christmas, I found a 60″ round tablecloth at Target that had the right shades of red and green …

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Holiday Gift Guide – part 1

We’ve made no secret of our distaste for the annual descent into madness known as Black Friday, and this year it’s even worse, with many of the big box retailers starting the money-grubbing on Thanksgiving morning. Now, we could write a long and cranky screed about how many kinds of wrong this is, but instead, we’re going to be positive here.

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DIY Tuesday: Star Trek communicator

As everybody who ever met me can tell you, I’m a geek, a nerd, a complete chump for any and all pop culture detritus that strikes my whimsy, especially anything from prior to the early ’80s. One thign I’ve always wanted and could never have was a cell phone that was also a replica of …

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DIY Monday: From Headboard to Bench

Here’s another easy DIY project courtesy of our Pinterest page. Kristi at Addicted2Decorating converted a headboard and footboard she found at an estate sale into a fancy bench. You could put it in your entry (or if you’re living where such a thing is a necessity, your mudroom), or, with proper sealing, use it as …

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DIY Monday: Penny Bar (Updated!)

This week’s project comes from an endlessly creative young lady of my acquaintance by the name of Liana Bandžiulytė (I have no idea how to pronounce that last name; it’s Lithuanian, but to me she’s just “Liana” or “Agent Cupcake,” but I’ll get to that.) The project featured here is a custom bar surfaced in pennies. …

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DIY Monday: Ikea!

Instead of just one DIY project this week, we’re giving you a whole category of them. As it turns out, the clean Swedish design sense, when combined with the assemble-it-yourself nature of Ikea’s products, turns the whole store into something not far removed from Lego for grown-ups. If you’re willing to crumple up the icon-laden …

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DIY Monday: The Ultimate DIY! R2D2

This week is Comic-Con, or as we call it, Nerd Prom. It’s the place where everyone who likes anything remotely geeky has to go at least once, sort of the Mecca for fans of comics, sci-fi, fantasy, gaming, costuming, toy collecting, Star Wars, and pretty much anything else that would have gotten you stuffed into …

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