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Easy Lemon Cookies

We found this recipe some years ago in a friend’s recipe book collection. It was cookie-making season, and our oven was broken (well, not really broken so much as simply misbehaving; temperatures were random, the pilot light had a tendency to go out, and all the other things that go with trying to use an incredibly cool looking but obstinate 75-year-old appliance), so we schlepped ourselves over to Sara and Benny’s place for a day of cookies, videogames, random oddball movies and good conversation.

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Monday DIY: Spiff up a Rental via Inexpensive Lighting Improvement

For today’s DIY, daughter Ashley offers her method for making an apartment into a home by getting rid of the typical apartment lighting fixtures. One of the realities of owning a rental property is it costs money to make them nice, and most landlords don’t want to spend a lot more than they have to. …

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DIY Monday: From Phone Stand to Side Table

It’s time to start a few regular features here at Blue Collar, Black Tie, and the first theme is the venerable Do-It-Yourself project. Every Monday we’ll post a link to a project you can do at home for very little money and a reasonable amount of time. For our first project, we’ll rely on good …

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Descoware

When we visit thrift stores, my husband tends to spend most of his time browsing the electronics, gadgets, knick-knacks and other dust-catchers while I’m looking at clothes. (His helpful tip for today is to always take a look at the kitchen section of the Goodwill; the things you find there are almost always items you …

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Playing Grownups

Here’s a fun new blog for you to follow. It’s called “Playing Grown-Ups” and it’s written by a friend of mine, who is here writing under the name “Sherri Burns,” all about the trials and tribulations of figuring out how to be a responsible adult/spouse/parent without going crazy. It features a lot of charming cartoons …

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Finding My Joy

At last I can say I truly have joy. Joy of Cooking, that is. One of the best-selling cookbooks of all time, yet I never had my own copy. Still wearing its $35.00 price sticker from Williams-Sonoma, I found it at my local Goodwill for $5.99. The Joy of Cooking was first published in 1936 …

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The Rules of DIY

Over the years since our own wedding, seeing and participating in DIY weddings and other events, we’ve learned a few lessons. Here are a few of them. You’ll probably want to keep these in mind as you plan your big day.

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Our DIY Wedding Story

Weddings are expensive, especially if you go all-out and incorporate everything the wedding industry tells you you “simply must have.” Hollywood has made a great many films documenting the process of booking a wedding planner and watching him/her burn through stacks of money creating a “dream wedding” that’s more about expressing the designer’s artistic vision than giving the happy couple what they want.

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“The Big Wedding” on Our Pinterest

In addition to the posts we’ll be running about DIY weddings, we’ve added a “Big Wedding” Pinterest board. Our Pinterest editor, Kate, has gathered a number of stylish and unique wedding ideas from around the web and will be adding more over the next few weeks, so be sure to check back often. You can …

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The Big Wedding

A sure sign that our little blog is starting to gain some traction: in collaboration with Lionsgate Pictures, we are doing a series of articles on DIY weddings, to tie in with promotion of their new film, The Big Wedding. It’s going to be a lot of fun, and the movie looks really good. Before …

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