DIY Nautical Dresser

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:: How to paint seaside cottage with nautical colors :: nautical dresser DIY :: recycled furniture :: Nothing says summer so much as a nautical display in the house. I happened upon this nautical dresser DIY project by Denise, and thought to share it with you today before it is permanently removed from blog-world. Denise’s […]

Alternative Christmas Trees

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If you don’t yet have a Christmas tree, well, … that’s perfect ! I have a collection of adorable alternative Christmas trees, that you can make on a dime, and are loved by Mother Nature and your kids alike.   Alternative Christmas Trees From: 1959 white stone publication ‘How to Christmas’ book Probably in the […]

Best Homemade Advent Calendars

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Beautiful Advent Calendars, to Make & To Buy. My friend was cleaning her closets the other day, and asked if I was interested in her old house-shaped letter-box. It looked … a bit dated, odd-shaped and bland. It was plain wood, and … I did not know what to do with it. Mentally, I was […]

50 DIY Wooden Furniture + Woodworking Projects

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Here they are: 50 fabulous woodworking & wooden furniture DIY projects, to be cherished by non-girly girls and DIY-ers like us. Yesterday I received a lovely email of a new newsletter reader who was hoping to get more woodworking projects. Well, I have a nice surprise for her & you: an overview of most of […]

Recycled Books Home Décor a la Anthropologie

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  This display is by Anthropologie. Yes, I know. Soo inspirational. My local Italian library keeps on giving away old vintage Italian books. Amazing hey!? Some old books are fabulous with a true vintage looks, others  looks retro ‘60s / 70s, and others … a bit …mmmm… So far, I have picked up 7 old […]

Chevron Dresser Makeover

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Here’s another late-addition to an already great series: Fabulous makeovers turning hand-me-down dressers into stylish one-of-a-kind pieces. All DIYs: makeovers, upcycling and restyling. I love hosting this recycled furniture collection! I started out with just 10 fabulous dresser designs that really inspire us. Now the series features DIY dressers in all kinds of styles. Image […]

Recycle a Shampoo Bottle into a Tag Bag

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Some of my readers are just too brilliant for words. Like this German lady, Wesen-Art, whose creative projects have become increasingly sophisticated and interesting over the years that I have been following her submissions to our linky parties.  Look what she submitted the other day in our  weekly linky party ‘Time for a Party’? A […]

Recycled Furniture Design

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Green Crafts DIY Recycled Furniture and Green Home Design Indoor Recycled Furniture How to Silver-leaf your Dresser U – featured favorite recycled furniture project Recycled Furniture a la Anthropologie :: Lace Dresser DIY Top 10 Recycled Dressers w/ Fab Makeovers … including this Masculine, rocker-themed boys Bedroom Dresser Makeover :: recycled furniture at its best! […]

Recycled Furniture :: Lace Painted Dresser

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Recycle furniture a ka Anthropologie :: lace spray-paint it! Cool!!   Working a summer for Anthropologie might have is unique payoffs: you learn out of the box, and just be creative with your furniture!  Like so here with Kelsey Johnson. With her buddy, who also worked at Anthropologie. she created a piece of recycled furniture. […]

Summer Crafts: Shell Spoons DIY

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Heading for the beach? Take a little bag with you and collect some shells this time. That’s what I did and look what I made last night when we got home?!! An adorable shell spoon.   A cute sugar scoop or a little kitchen spoon ornament.   Materials Needed 1. A beach shell that already […]

Kitchen Table Features

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What’s On that Kitchen Table ? (5 features ) These are 5 features from last week’s linky party. This week’s linky party will open in a couple of hours..   The Table 1. Grain sack Table Design. By Cottage Magpie I want this grain sack table design for my kitchen. I am in love with […]

DIY Sock Puppet

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To add to your list of oh-so cool kids crafts for summer: how to make Recycled Sock Puppets DIY tutorial This recycled sock craft (suits new single socks just as well!) is something that suits kids at all ages. Their drawing skills will determine how they will draw their puppets but the fun to be […]

11 Gorgeous 4th of July Wreaths

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Fourth of July is just the beginning of REAL summer fun to me. To you too? None here is celebrating it, and frankly, since yesterday, Rome has become summer-hot. However, in my online/international life, I am cherishing all those familiar things that make me feel at home. The 4th of July outdoor barbecues and the […]

Beautiful Recycled T-shirts

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Today I’m inspired to do something with the many unused new / old t-shirts we have laying around.  You have seen this great summer dress made from ripped yoga pants.   But you might also recall these great DIY refashioning /recycling t-shirts. In today’s feature on revamping your old t-shirts, I am dusting them all […]

5+ Vertical Gardens :: Vegetable Garden Ideas

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Last weekend, I was just browsing around for vertical vegetable gardening ideas. Encouraged by how well my own veggies are taking root and growing, more vertical vegetable garden ideas are needed!!! I want to grow more veggies! It is no wonder that Vertical gardening has become so popular It maximizes your harvest, It maximizes the […]

What to do with an Old Towel + a Pillowcase

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Great summer craft project tutorial. Well, make practical beach bags that transform into a beautiful quilted beach towel with built-in pillow. What? How?  Have a look at this: Stella’s invention. She calls this the ‘The Sunbathing Companion’ at her blog ‘The Golden Adventures of a Very Dark Horse’.  And indeed, she seems to live her […]

Upholstery Reference Charts

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Today, via Pinterest, I came across some awesome reference charts for all your DIY furniture upholstery projects.   I know that you will just LOVE them. They answer  ‘how much yardage do I need to upholster my chairs?’ The table below shows you upholstery yardage info for 36 different chair shapes. Then, there’s more:  ‘how […]

DIY Wooden Pallet Crafts :: Princess Bedroom

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Making your own recycled pallet bed headboard does not mean just put a pallet straight up and call it a day. Now I have a challenge for you: make yourself a recycled pallet bed headboard with pallets, driftwood and garage sale finds, that is a match to this bed found in a top Brazilian eco-hotel. […]

Recycled DENIM Party Features + NEW LINKY

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Usually, I find it hard to choose between the various excellent projects submitted to our linky party. But this time, it was easy. Really easy! 4 of my readers brought together all that you need for a fabulous 4th of July summer party. First, we need a quintessential American theme for our party decorations: how […]

Recycled Magazines Crafts: Stack Stools

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Previously we featured these designer stools made from recycled New York Times Sunday papers.  A truly artistic endeavor. Today I came across a simpler version of the same idea: making stools from glossy recycled magazines.  To make a recycled paper stool, best are .4” thick magazines (1 cm),  rolled up tightly. As you can see, […]

Pet Bed from Old TV :: Recycled Furniture

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This royal pet bed befit a little prince, dog! An adorable recycled furniture makeover.  photo credit: Sara Allaman We have all seen unsightly TV’s by the side of the road. Giant monsters! Well, self-acclaimed Pinterest-‘addict’ Sara Allaman knew just what to do with it!!!    The 1,2,3 how-to DIY instructions There’s not an official how-to, […]

LINKY PARTY 5 Features

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    Today’s Features These are the top features of the projects that seems to have inspired us the most in last week’s linky party. I love each and every one of them.  What about you? What’s your favorite, now that you are getting a close-up look at them???!!   Studded Wrap Watch Tutorial. Kristina […]

Flipflop Refashion

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We’ve seen our fair share of flip-flop refashions, but this one is a bit different. It uses the embroidered bra section of a summer dress over the super-cheap flip-flop bases, giving them quite a lift of fun and elegance. Pair it with some black nail polish and you’ll love the results.   source: Thethriftinessmiss.blogspot.com Simple […]

Jewelry-Making Tutorial :: Friendship Necklaces

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Free tutorial for knotted hemp necklaces … match ‘m with your million friendship bracelets for fun summer jewelry! Hurray!!!I’m letting my Dutch roots shine here, but I thought to celebrate the fact that we have a new king! As of yesterday. I think it is kind of cool. Not sure yet. So, in honor of […]

Earth Day Activities !!!

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Celebrate Earth Day 2013 with Cool Crafts for Kids and Earth Day Activities that grown-ups can benefit from too! Earth Day Facts – the 5 most important 50 Earth Day Recycling Crafts Best Earth Day Activities: Plant Seeds! Here’s the How-to. See that tiny tree in front??! That’s a Moringa Oliefera. This is a super-food […]

Recycled Furniture :: Street Door = Desk

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Beautiful. Recycled furniture can just be so attractive and amazingly original. I have posted a DIY wooden desk made from recycled pallets before. The result was rustic. Now, this desk, however, has a minimalist sophistication. A completely different look. Instead of wooden pallet plants, this is a recycled street door. If the door is closed, […]

Craft for Humanity: Crochet a Plastic Sleeping Mat for the Homeless

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Creativity with a mission. While the creative process may feel good to us, it can also be useful to others. Crochet Plastic Sleeping Bag Design These plastic crochet sleeping mats for the homeless are a project by humanitarian and environmentally concerned Dawn Warmbold from Arkansas that has warmed many hearts and bodies already. Dawn has […]

Kids Bedroom Furniture: DIY Headboard

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Love to make your own KIDS bedroom furniture? Love recycling? Splendid. Here’s another DIY project to make recycled furniture. Victoria brought us, all the way from the gloriously wide and green Canadian prairies, a project  so worthy of showcasing. She recycled an old, broken basement door and made it into a stunning boys bedroom bed […]

DIY Summer Dress from Yoga Pants

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Tada!!! I am happy to hereby announce craft artisan extra-ordinaire: Jutta Dobler. Today I am nominating her as the second artist chosen in ‘A Stitch Above’ awards. For the event, she is sharing a pattern for super-easy DIY summer dresses. Jutta’s living & working in Africa where it has just been a hot summer for […]

Recycled Pallets = DIY Wooden Wall

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Sometimes small home improvement projects of others can give you big ideas for our own homes. Ditto with this small bathroom sprucing up idea of adding a pallet wood back wall to an otherwise too small and boring bathroom. The back wall adds interest, texture, warmth. With the bright yellow wreath, this renovated bathroom is […]