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From Fruit Drying Racks to Picture Frames

[Editor's Note: Amanda Kuzak has a great eye for up-cycling. Anyone who looks at old wooden fruit drying racks salvaged from a barn attic and sees a clever way to display photos is alright by me. I’ve never seen binder clips look so good. - Jen]...more

How to Create a Vintage Jewelry Wreath

Have you ever wondered what to do with old costume jewelry? Or seen vintage jewelry at an estate sale or antique store and wished you had an occasion to make good use of it? Sarah Ives, Designer at Upscale Downhome has designed a welcoming wreath using interesting and unique pieces of antique jewelry. She shared this easy-to-follow tutorial on how to make a beautiful vintage jewelry wreath. How to Make a Vintage Jewelry Wreath ...more
Gorgeous!  I've got to make one!  more

Anthropologie Inspired Fabric Necklace

If you love to craft as much as I do…and complete projects on a budget, then this is the post for you! I kept seeing these adorable fabric necklaces on everybody and when I asked where they bought them….their answers are dead giveaways that they were expensive. I try to be frugal whenever possible, so spending a lot of money on one necklace was not an option. So what did I do?  I made one myself! Here is a fun, inexpensive, and relatively easy DIY craft project that I am sure you will receive tons of compliments on every time you wear it....more
Wow!  That is an amazing necklace.  I love it.  I can see why people stop you.  I would if I ...more

Don't Hate Me Because I'm a Multitasker

I recently read a blog post that ruffled my feathers. Maybe I was taking something personally that was not at all directed at me. However, I walked away from the post disgruntled and feeling as if the whole thing had been a stab against me and other mom crafters like me....more
It's funny how we seem so hungry for something to compare ourselves to! Women who would ...more

Help Pick the Winner of Project Recycled

[Editor's Note: Project Recycled is well underway at The T-Shirt Diaries. Four Entrants participate with different weekly challenges to turn something old into something new and improved. The two final contestants this week have worked some serious magic on a couple of men's shirts. Dresses, leggins and turbans were skillfully crafted by the contestants from something that was previously just taking up closet space. It is up to you to pop over to The T-Shirt Diaries and help choose a winner! - Jen]...more
Thank you so much for voting everyone!more

Lemon Balm - Friend or Foe?

[Editor's Note: Lemon Balm is a lovely, but sneaky plant. Don’t let the pretty name and various culinary and medicinal perks fool you. Lemon Balm, much like it’s close relative mint, is quite invasive. Amy from She Wears Many Hats learned the hard way about where you should plant lemon balm. Hint – not near anything you don’t want crowded out. - Jen]...more
I am also fighting a never ending battle with Lemon Balm!  I call it a plant I love to hate, ...more

Photo Composition: Basic Principles

[Natalie Wright at Technology for Moms has been writing some great posts with photography tips. This one is all about composition and the rule of thirds. Natalie writes,] ...more
This is really helpful-- thank you! ALways working on taking better pics for my Etsy store. more

Natural Yarn Dying

[Editor's Note: Did you know you can dye yarn with fruit and vegetables? Neither did I, but my friend Vickie Howell taught me all about it. Spices and juices make great organic dyes for everything from Easter eggs to ice crayons to yarn. Vickie experimented with blueberries, spinach, beets and more with varying degrees on success. Check out her full post to learn more. - Jen]...more
Those colors are so pretty! Thanks for this post!more

Ratty, Old 'Found' Chair Makeover

Katy applied her reuse philosophy and DIY magic on this rejected, worn-out chair, a lucky curbside find. The chair now sits prettily in her living room; sometimes, all 'garbage' needs is a little attention:...more
Beautiful transformation of an old piece! Green's my favorite color!more

Old Towel, New Washcloth

The Old Towel New series is a little collection of crafty repurposing projects where old (and, possibly grubby) towels are fashioned into pretty, fresh, and useful things.Today's project is a quick and quiet one. A no-brainer in fact! It goes a little something like this......more
This is just amazing. I like it! Great work.more