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Melissa hosts of “The Sweet Escape” is a proud to be a Home & DIY contributor at Apartment Therapy, creator of Toronto Lifestyle Bloggers group and bi-monthly Blog Brunch as well as the founder of The Happy Blogger workshop series. Melissa is sharing her adult “modern advent calendar” with us with a complete tutorial to follow.  I love the way …

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Thanks to everyone for entering the giveaway for The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making- 2nd edition. You can find my review here.

Congrats to Kate who won the giveaway! Kate, I’ve emailed you. you have  week to respond, if I don’t here from you then I’ll choose a new winner.

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Who knew that Apple Cider Vinegar is so versatile? I knew Vinegar has its uses but when you get more specific, you can derive even more natural benefits from this versatile ingredient.

Find out the 12 reasons why it should be in your home here: 12 ideas to use Apple Cider Vinegar.…

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Felt Dimensional Dots Pillow

 

This darling “Felt Dimensional Dots Pillow” is from “Better Homes and Gardens” There is no tutorial but I think you can figure it out and it looks fairly simple. I love the colors they used.

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DSC_0193 (683x1024)-1 When I first saw this darling Matryoshka embellished bag I thought it was embroidered, but no! Pop on over to the link Laura sent in to the blog Over The Apple Tree for the easy tutorial on how to dress up a plain tote with some puff paint faux embroidery.…

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Tutorial: Wet swimsuit bag

Tutorial: Wet swimsuit bag

It’s no big deal to take a swimsuit with you to the pool.  Just tuck it in your pool bag.  But on the way home, that suit will be wet!  Sara from Alice and Lois shows how you can make a wet bag to put your swimsuit in so the rest of your pool bag doesn’t …

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Sprinkle Party Ideas

I love sprinkles so much that I’m tempted to eat them straight from the container when I’m decorating cupcakes! If you share my passion for these colorful bits of sugary goodness, check out the roundup of sprinkle themed party ideas from A Little Tipsy.…

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Afghan Kit Giveaway

by Sarah White


mosaic blanket and yarn giveawayBlogger Donna over at Fiber for Thought is giving away an afghan pattern and enough yarn to knit it over at her site.

The winner will get a copy of her mosaic baby blanket or lap afghan pattern and three skeins of Caron Simply Soft, which is enough to make the project.

To enter, visit her site, linked above, and …

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20140722-184414-67454067.jpgSherri from Thread Riding Hood adapted the Staple Dress that she sewed to give it a shirt tail hem. The curved front and back hems meet up in a sharp concave point at the side seams. She shares a tutorial showing she altered the straight hem to give it a perfect curve, and then how to maneuver this tricky part …

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10 diy scrapbook paper art projects

 

Scrapbook paper comes is every color and pattern one could possibly think of – why not use some of these gorgeous papers to create fun wall art for your home?  Patterned sheets can be cut to create everything from maps to nature studies to complete wall coverings.  One of the most convenient things about these ten projects is how …

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Food-Pantry

The pantry can be one of the most difficult places in the home to keep organized.   Whether your storage space is fairly large, or barely takes up a singular cupboard, it can sometimes become more of a catch-all and be challenging to keep things in order.  These top 10 tips are great for anyone to get your food and …

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House Plant Cupcakes

by Carolyn Bickford


House Plant Cupcakes

I don’t have a green thumb when it comes to indoor plants. Even the plants that are supposed to be brown thumb friendly, only have a 50% chance in my household.

These plant cupcakes from Alana Jones-Mann look like they could be planted in a pot. Alana shows us how to create these lovely creations using fondant, frosting and cupcakes …

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Beauty-Recipes

This amazing roundup is brought to you by fiberartsy.com. With 13 different recipes and tutorials you are sure to find something to suit your skin or mood.…

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Tip and tute: Patchwork pillow

by Scarlett Burroughs


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Karen Jordin of Leigh Laurel Studios satisfies a passion for fruity greens and oranges in this fun, fresh patchwork pillow. She provides a free coloring sheet and full tutorial, plus gives her method of making sure your patchwork front pillow has the right amount of body.

Visit her blog post Tutorial: Melon Slice Pillow with Printable Coloring Sheet to learn …

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elasticbeltsThe folks at Dritz show how you can use fold over elastic and decorative buckles to make cute belts. You’ll need to use the thicker and wider fold over elastic (like you’d use for making baby diapers).  The elastic comes in a wide range of colors and fun prints.  And you can also find a wide variety of buckle styles that would make cute belts for …

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Two really popular trends this summer are flamingos and pineapples. They’re all over pinterest. This tutorial I shared on my own blog, Punk Projects, features pineapples, but you could easily customize it to feature whatever trend you love best. These towels are both hip and functional, as the fabric handle you sew to the top keeps them from slipping off …

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Personalized Game Pieces
Next time you are going to be dragging out your board games, surprise everyone by sneaking these personalized game pieces into the box. You can make a game piece for each member of your family or for every child in your classroom. They are so easy to make using the directions shared by Jodi on Kids Activities Blog. She shared …

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Freebie: Fly TWA

by Pam Pedersen


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Summertime means travel time and there is no place sunnier and more “summer” than Florida.  In days gone by, the airlines used to make the most romantic and inviting travel posters. You wanted to jump into the picture and start your vacation. As a wink to yesteryear, Scout901 on Hubpages created …

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Lately woven wall hangings have been popping up all over my Pinterest and blog feeds. It’s like the 70′s and 80′s all over again. I remember making these in grade school, but mine were never as fancy and colorful as the ones today. Erica at Honestly WTF has created this amazing tutorial, not only for the wall hanging, but also …

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20140722-183223-66743094.jpgSew4Home shows how you can make these pretty pretty pillow cases with ruffles sewn at the opening. The ruffles are accented with stitched ribbon. The designs on the ribbon are made with the decorative stitches on your sewing machine, so you can make them in any color to coordinate perfectly with your fabric. Go to Sew4Home for the how-to.
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