DIY Ugly Sweater Christmas Garland

Ugly sweater garland

When did we all decide to stop wearing ugly Christmas sweaters ironically, and switch to wearing them sincerely? Either way, I love a good ugly sweater during the holidays. The tackier, the better, in my opinion! I have my own that I whip out for parties, decked out in kittens and distractingly noisy jingle bells. I decided to celebrate this kitschy theme by making a decorative garland out of mini little sweaters. Turns out, shrinking things only makes them cuter, not uglier!             Continue Reading

How to Make a Faux Fur Pouf for Under $40!

Faux fur pouf DIY

I have a secret infatuation with faux fur. I'm the gal who raids the remnant bin at the fabric store for any and all furry fabrics. What I'm saving them for, I don't know. They're just so fun! The faux fur pouf is trending, but some of the nicer onces available to purchase are over $100. With back-to-school season upon us again, I wanted to find a way to make one of these fun and furry ottomans on the cheap. Continue Reading

Make This: Affordable Glass Wall Art for Under $20!

Affordable glass wall art project

Ideas pop up in the most random of situations, don't they? The inspiration for this project came to me the other day when I was at the airport. I was standing in line at a Wendy's, preparing to pay $15 for a small frosty and fries (why is airport food so expensive?!), and I was absent-mindedly staring at this wall that divided the checkout lane from the seating area. The wall was made of two layered panels of glass, frosted. Continue Reading

Sew Yourself a Pair of Shorts in Under an Hour!

How to sew shorts without needing a pattern

I have a really hard time buying shorts. I usually can’t find any in the store that I like, because, let’s face it – most women’s shorts are so short they’re actually just denim underwear in disguise. Even if I do find shorts I like, I can’t seem to bring myself to pay $25 for an article of clothing that requires so little fabric, and that I’m only going to wear for a few months out of the year. Continue Reading

How To: Make a Bridal Bouquet That’ll Last Forever

Learn how to make this life-like floral bouquet - perfect for the bride who wants to plan ahead

Why hello there, wedding season! If you’re currently planning or have planned a wedding before, you know that there are a million little details to consider. Centerpieces, wedding favors, planning a menu that is considerate of everyone’s dietary needs, seating arrangements that keep peace in the family – the list could go on forever. Flowers are a huge part of weddings, but fresh flowers generally need to be picked up day of, adding to your already huge to-do list. Continue Reading

14 Sneaky Ways To Save Money On Your Wedding

14 Sneaky Ways To Save Money On Your Wedding
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Getting married? Congratulations! Now onto the scary part… paying for the wedding. It’s expensive any way you look at it, but there are plenty of areas to cut back. Here are 14 sneaky ways to save money on your wedding.   

 1. DIY! Make as many things as possible… decorations, place cards, signage, favors, photo backdrops, etc. Also be sure to shop sales and use coupons when you’re buying supplies.

14 Sneaky Ways To Save Money On Your Wedding
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2. Consider alternative venue spaces. Continue Reading

100 Cheap Recipes for the Starving Student

 

created at: 02/26/2010I don’t have to tell you that students aren’t the only ones who are broke these days. But being broke doesn’t mean we have to eat Ramen every night. Here’s a possible line up for just one day.

 

 

     

Cheap Recipe Menu for the Day:

Breakfast: Fridge Leftover Frittata

Lunch: Monte Cristo Sandwich

Supper: Lemon Herb Roasted Chicken with Green Beans Amandine and One Step Brownies for

dessert. 

Of course if you LIKE Ramen, you can find recipes in the list’s Ramen section that put a new spin on the college staple. Continue Reading

The Dollar Store Kitchen – Light Fixture

Remember the light fixture from my dollar store kitchen makeover?

created at: 2010/01/19

Well I’ve finally slung together a tutorial for it and here it is…

First I just want to put a caveat out there. I did this with fairly heatproof materials and there’s no contact at all between light bulb and shade or between shade and any wires. If you even have to wonder “Huh, is this going to burn my house down?” Then it’s probably best to go and get a real light fixture. Continue Reading

The Dollar Store Rental Kitchen Makeover – Again

Once upon a time, way back when, I became enraged with my ugly rental kitchen. Observe the horror:

created at: 2007/02/23

I cursed it, I cried, I shook my fists at it. Then I did what everybody does (surely?), I looked for a solution on the internets.
What I found was Curbly. Inspired by the spirit of Curbly Daring-Do I figured out a solution, and posted pictures of it here..

Three (three!) years have passed. My temporary contact paper solution has withstood all kinds of shenanigans and is, I suspect, INVULNERABLE to anything but Robot Laser Eyes. Continue Reading

How To: Paper Silhouette Art

From TimeOut New York, these lively framed paper silhouette in series interact with each other and the wall. A perfect use for a collection of thrifted frames (paint ’em black), and a great way to honor your friends that hate to be photographed, just print ’em, trace ’em, cut and frame!

created at: 2009-10-26

Materials

• Old photographs or a camera and printer to make new ones
• Black construction paper
• Scissors
• Tape
• An assortment of picture frames