Category: Crap- or Craft-tastic?

Sometimes I have these flashes of brilliance. Like when I figured out I could clean the tile wall in my German bathroom with a mop. Or put lemon juice in a Misto and spray guacamole to keep it from turning brown. I’ve been trying, for a while now, to figure out how to erect a Festivus Pole. And in the spirit of Festivus, do it…

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Usually, I have pretty good instincts when it comes to thrift shopping. But these chairs. I don’t know. I can kinda see potential. And I guess someone else once did too (re: the one with the rather unsuccessful makeover). But they’re just so weird. Maybe it’s the caning. Or the wheels. Maybe they could be awesome. Maybe I just have to buy every $6.99 chair….

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Peonies are one of my most favorite flowers. Just look at their big lollipop-ness. How could you not love that? Peonies at a florist in Roermond, NL 5 peonies for 3.50€. Or 15 for 10€ in Amsterdam Peonies at the market in Amsterdam Now that we’re big grown-ups with a house, I got all excited about growing these. Planted 4 in our backyard. Then I…

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So Pinterest says you can make a wreath using pipe insulation. Okay, awesome. I need a wreath for my front door. Because door-slamming boys and the glass ornaments on last year’s wreath don’t mix. Seems simple enough. Get $2 piece of pipe insulation, some unbreakable ornaments, florist wire. Check. Make a circle with the pipe insulation. Check. Attach ornaments. Check. Be the envy of your…

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Three new pieces of art for only 10€ each! I found these at a nearby Dutch thrift shop—one of my favorites for buying art. They usually have some great pieces, and art is one of the few things they have that’s not ridiculously overpriced. These three are oil on canvas, large—the biggest (third picture above) measures 31 by 43 inches—and signed “Margriet 02.” And they…

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A little something to brighten the day. Because this is what we woke up to this morning: A winter wonderland. As in, we wonder where the the heck spring is. Seems weird when there’s 5″ of snow on the ground, but the bright spot in what’s been a dreary, gray winter is…daffodil season! And it gets even better when they are 40 for 1.89€. (Thank…

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