Category: DIY + Projects

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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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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Been a while since I posted anything crafty. This is a wreath I made from a pile of twisty sticks from the side of the road. Rescued them from the trash. It’s actually pretty simple to make. 1) Take four sticks and make a square. Use clothes pins to hold them in place. (This is the hardest part.) 2) Take thin flexile branches and wrap…

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Here are the new pillow covers I made a few days ago. They’re two sided. The bright patterned fabric is vintage from eBay. It was once a curtain valance. (How I wish I would have caught the auction for the matching curtains. Not that I know what I’d do with them. Kinda crazy.) The black and white is new fabric that I’ve had forever, like…

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For Christmas I made the kids hooded towels. Totally easy using the tutorial here. It only takes two bath and one hand towel to make two hooded towels. If you sew it as shown, it ends up with a real square-ish hood. I rounded out center seam some and added spikes and neck ties. Supposed to look like dinosaur spikes. Kids say they’re monster towels,…

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Last year I decided I should make a wreath out of all our leftover ornaments. Even went as far as to google “how to ornament wreath + wire hanger.” But it never happened. I figured it wouldn’t this year either…until I found a wire ring at a discount store (yea!). Now, if we were in the states, I would just go to the Hobby Lobby…

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The sweater blanket is finally done. I started it two years ago. I know, right? It doesn’t look like it took two years. To that I say: CREATIVITY IS A PROCESS. A much longer process when you don’t know what the heck you’re doing. I did only work on it when it was cold, which in Texas wasn’t very long. And then when I got…

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