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I hate spending money on boring necessities, so I performed a little surgery on a messed-up pitcher today instead of replacing it with a new one.

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And now for something a little different

New photo backdrops

It’s a collaboration! I needed some new backdrops for my photography, so Mom and I made some. Come see what we did.

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Treasure hunting

Follow the string to welcome summer! @lclarke522

A little unexpected after-school follow-the-string fun for the first day of summer vacation.

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Wicker makeover

Wicker Makeover @lclarke522

With a can of spray paint and some fabric, a discarded wicker stool got a little makeover. And now, if i can just get rid of the spray paint fumes, I can enjoy having a new piece of furniture in my family room.

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Upcycled Chalkboard-Topped Jar

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Got peanut butter jars? Here’s a little craft I did two days before Christmas, when I was frazzled beyond belief. I tell you this both to prove to you how easy it is, and to demonstrate how utterly crazy I am to photograph a tutorial when I should have been unearthing the dining room table. […]

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Rustic elegance

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The last time I went from really long hair to really short hair, I bought myself a pair of earrings on Etsy to celebrate my new look. They were made of oxidized copper findings and turquoise beads, and I loved them. I loved them so much, that last year I decided it would be fun […]

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Baker’s twine and push pins

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And a whole lot of wishes for good health. I think Neil might like our new family room decoration when he gets out of the hospital.  It’s simply a length of baker’s twine with a slip knot at each end, held up with thumb tacks. Easy but effective! The kidney stone is still hanging in […]

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A banner day

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I may have gone just a little bit banner crazy.  I was in the middle of making letter tags to attach to my fabric bunting (because that’s what everyone does the day before a party when half of the house is still in need of a good cleaning, right?) when it occurred to me that […]

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The year in review(ish)

Favorites from Project 365 2011: Up Close and Personal

Another year, another Project 365.  This was my third one, and I so enjoyed it!  These are a few of my favorite images.  You can see the rest on flickr or picasa (your choice – I’m in both places at the moment, waffling between which I prefer more). This time around I gave myself a […]

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Snow day!

Our own personal snow storm

It may surprise you to hear that I don’t have a history of doing crafty projects with my kids all of the time.  My kids are plenty creative, but they’ve always preferred to do their making on their own terms.  They’re not much for planned projects.  That’s why, when I said, “hey, do you guys […]

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