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Crafty: Spruce up your pillows in a few easy steps

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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

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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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Crafty: Crown your guest of honor with a ring of blooms

It's time to make some floral crowns, yo!

Supplies floral wire (22 gauge) heavy wire floral tape assorted flowers and greenery (I used a variety of blooms in differing textures and sizes and selected one statement flower to be the focus. Alternatively, you could fill the whole crown with big, bold blooms for a very dramatic look.) sharp scissors small vase with water […]

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On the table: For your informaggio

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I’m going to take a guess here: You probably haven’t ever made your own cheese before. It’s ok, you’re not alone. Up until a few weeks ago, I had never even considered venturing into the unknown territory of amateur cheesemaking. But then, over happy hour drinks, a friend mentioned her interest in trying her hand at it, and my ears perked up. Later that night, as I flipped through the pages of my latest Bon Appetit, I serendipitously happened to see a recipe for ricotta—the editors vowed it was a breez… […]

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Crafty: Eins, zwei, drei, apfelwein time!

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On a trip to Germany a few springs ago, I fell in love with apfelwein—a traditional German apple cider. My travelling companions and I spent two weeks drinking delicious bottles of super dry apfelwein that the mother of our host made by hand. She had spent the previous fall pressing apples harvested from her family orchard and making apfelwein that fermented in her cellar over the winter. By the time the weather was warm, the apfelwein was ready to enjoy. […]

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