How To Dry Plums

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Of all the fruits I preserve in some way – freezing, canning, or drying – dried plums are probably my family’s favorite. They are simply a wonderful chewy-tart snack that we eat almost as fast as I can dry them. And they are NOT prunes – they don’t have that off-putting texture or smell, nor […]

DIY Wood Tags Three Ways

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You might have realized by now that I’m always on the lookout for simple handmade gift ideas that I can recreate for a fraction of the cost. In fact, you can find a whole series on handmade gifts here. I think homemade gifts are fun to give (and get!) because there’s a little bit of you […]

Make A French-Style Bench From Old Chairs

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As promised, here is a tutorial on how to make a French-style bench from old chairs in a classic French/European style. Our chairs were 50 or 60 year old knockoff Duncan-Phyfe style chairs (meaning, thin wood, cheaply made) that were falling apart. Though started awhile ago, we finally finished the bench enough to photograph for you […]

Beginner Pinterest Q & A

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Even though there are lots of tutorials out there, I’ve gotten a number of questions- here and in real life – about the basics of Pinterest, so I thought I’d do a quick introduction for those who need it. If you are a Pinterest-pinning fool, this isn’t for you, however- I’d love for you to […]

Top Tutorials Post- Not!

This actually should be titled, “Where is the 2011 Tutorial post you promised?” Well, I kinda got tired of all the “Top Ten” posts and wanted to be done with them, already. *blush* And if I’m tired of them, I figured you would be, too. I’m ready to move on to the new year- and […]

How To Wrap A Box With A Lid

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A couple years ago, I wrote about our family’s easy gift wrapping system. A key component of this system is wrapping sturdy boxes and the lids that come with them separately so that they can be opened without tearing the paper and then be reused from year to year. While the finished box looks complicated, […]

How To Recover Dining Room Chairs

These $5 Craigslist chairs have become one of my favorite furniture face lifts in awhile. They were pretty easy to do and I just love how great they look with the $50 Craigslist table I redid last year. In fact, as I wrote in the before and after for the chairs, I’m actually surprised at […]

Easy, Custom Duvet/Comforter Cover

My daughter and I bought the material for this project last November. How does this much time go by? Ugh. She’s been very patient, and I finally finished it today. Seriously. She gets major kudos for not bugging me weekly about it, because she was very excited about it. Back in November. Um, well…I think […]