How To Turn a Vintage Window Into a Mirror

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Last year I began the process of turning a multi-paned vintage window into a antiqued mirror that I could use on our mantel. It’s a fairly large window and any similarly sized mirror I found was beyond my budget (yeah- usually close to $100). This window had come from a building recycling business in our […]

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 […]