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Crafty: Spice up your lunchtime escapades with this homemade lunch bag project

Materials • 1 yard of sturdy fabric • Thread to match your fabric • Large button • Otter wax (available at otterwax.com) Dine in style: Dress up your lunchtime tote with this DIY project that’ll place you solidly at the head of the popular table…and it’s waterproof! Step One Pre-wash and dry your fabric so […]

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Crafty: Knot your average plant holder

Macramé is a knotting art that dates to the 13th century, and while it has been popular for a while, it is definitely having a moment. Hanging planters made from knotted rope can be found in the home decor departments of big box stores and hipster retailers alike. But macramé hanging planters are cheap and easy to make on your own; they’re also a great way step up your balcony, patio garden or living room.
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Crafty: Spruce up your pillows in a few easy steps

If you’ve got basic sewing skills—meaning you can sew a straight line—you can tackle this project, no problem. With this easy pillowcase project, there are no zippers or hidden stitches, and it’s a quick way to revamp the look of your bedroom or living room at very little cost. Find your favorite printed fabric; check […]

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Crafty: Make blank walls pop with low-cost prints

Supplies Large format image Foamcore or balsa wood strips Exacto knife or scissors Spray adhesive Nail, or for no damage to your walls, a removable picture hanger (available at Dick Blick) and damage-free hanging strips (the brand Demand makes nice ones, and they are available at hardware stores. For many, it happens every year beginning […]

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Crafty: Spice up your invites with homemade envelopes

Photos by Frankie Schneckloth The summer party prep series concludes with instructions for making your very own lined envelopes. Even if you never plan to host a dinner party, you’ve probably been invited to someone’s barbecue or pool party. I won’t go all Emily Post on you, but handwritten thank-you’s are always correct and appreciated. […]

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On the table: Laid-back libations

Sticking with the theme of last month’s column, party preparation, let’s bring our attention to the main event: dinner and drinks. As a relatively social person, I’ve hosted groups of friends and family at my house for dinner, drinks and dessert numerous times over the years. Sometimes I get overly ambitious and attempt to make something I’ve never tried before with the world’s longest recipe in hopes of making our dinner a meal to remember. […]

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