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Hosting a Memorable Memorial Day

Posted Thursday, May 21st, 2015 by .

Hopefully, Memorial Day is not merely just another day off from work for you. It comes with a rich history, beginning with what was originally called Decoration Day. Although Waterloo, New York was declared the birthplace in 1966, over two dozen US cities claim to be the origin of this special holiday which officially started back in 1868. It was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor those who fought and gave their lives. Now, we honor all those who have died in any US war, not just the Civil War.

This year, why not create a Memorial Day celebration that everyone will remember? All you need are simple supplies and good company.

Crafts

There are a variety of ways to show your patriotism, and there are also plenty of red, white, and blue crafts you can do with your guests to keep them entertained. This site has several easy suggestions, including one that only requires rocks, paint, and a little imagination.


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Give Your Mother the Absolutely Best Mother’s Day

Posted Thursday, May 7th, 2015 by .

Mother’s Day is right around the corner. If you’re a mother, you might consider this one of the single most important days of the year. On the flip side, if you are tasked with helping celebrate the moms in your life, this holiday may very well be one of the most stressful ones known to humankind.

Finding meaningful ways to tell moms how special they really are can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be. We’re here to help with easy ideas to make any woman delighted to be a mom.

Breakfast in Bed

On Mother’s Day across the world, many moms are undoubtedly getting breakfast in bed. While Mom might appreciate eggs, bacon, toast, and freshly squeezed OJ, it’s really all about presentation. Plumped pillows and a tray are nice, but she’ll go gaga over DIY homemade placemats that are filled with special memories.


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Easter Entertainment That Will Make You Rethink the Holiday

Posted Thursday, March 26th, 2015 by .

If you are hosting an Easter event, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll have young children hanging around your house. And if there are young children hanging around your house, it would behoove you to have some fun things planned to keep them entertained after the egg hunt is over. This blog post is all about fun Easter entertainment.

Arts and Crafts

Arts and crafts are good for numerous reasons. They give people a chance to get creative, they allow for bonding time between kids and adults, and more importantly, they are just plain fun. Or at least they can be, with a little preparation on your part. You need to know what folks will enjoy, and you’ll need to arm yourself with all the necessary materials.

Some projects require a few simple supplies, such as these printable crafts. Others require more pre-planning and in some cases, more money invested ahead of time, like this project made with buttons and fabric. The end result is well worth it!


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Shine Bright with DIY Gold Projects

Posted Thursday, February 26th, 2015 by .

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. Hopefully, you’re not expecting to find a pot of gold at the end of any rainbows, but you can still appreciate the beauty of one of our most precious metals. This blog post is all about DIY projects you can do with gold in some of its many forms.

Jewelry

Gold leaf may seem like an intimidating medium to work with, but the end results can be amazing. Make your own gold leaf pendent with instructions provided by Sophie Monet. If you’re short on cash, but still appreciate a little bling, here are instructions on how to make a gold cuff bracelet with lace. Don’t forget earrings! Here are DIY gold earrings that look both graceful and unique.


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Do-It-Yourself Valentine’s Day Gifts

Posted Thursday, February 12th, 2015 by .

When you hear the words “Valentine’s Day,” does your heart sink? It might just be because over the years, you’ve had your fill of balloons, chocolate, cards, and flowers. This Valentine’s Day, it might be fun to try something different! We’ve compiled a selection of DIY ideas that are sure to make someone’s heart go pitter patter!

Write a Love Letter

Compose a personal message for that special someone, or at least put together some of the necessary implements. Here are instructions for making paper from home. If this seems too complicated, you can always buy some nice stationary and make this unique pencil holder! All you need are a handful of coasters, glue, and a drill.


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Amazingly Easy Steps to Taking Better Pictures

Posted Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 by .

You might not be the next Ansel Adams or Annie Liebovitz, but you have every right to be able to use that new camera you got for Christmas. It’s hard to keep up with all of the improved functions that seem to change daily, but there are certainly many tips and tricks you can use to help make your shots picture perfect. Here are surefire ways to improve your photography skills right away.

Photographer, know thy camera.

It can pay off big if you take the time to read through the manual that came with your camera. There are bound to be many particulars unique to the brand and model in your possession, and spending time getting to know them can make a big difference in your shots. Likewise, it can help you avoid future malfunction frustrations!

If you don’t already own a camera, here are the top 10 digital cameras, according to Consumer Review.


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DIY Projects for New Year’s Resolutions

Posted Thursday, January 15th, 2015 by .

Did you make a New Year’s resolution for 2015? If you are like many people, you probably vowed to improve your life or the lives of others. Top resolutions include things like losing weight or quitting smoking, of course, but many also revolve around saving money.

If you have gone with spending less and saving more, there are a variety of ways you can save a penny here or there. One particularly great solution is to take advantage of all the DIY projects available right at your fingertips. No worries if you aren’t crafty, as many projects are perfect for novices. And if you haven’t made a resolution, here is a list of 50 suggestions to inspire you toward self-improvement.

If you want to spruce up your house

Think designer light switch plates! These simple creations are easy to make, cost next to nothing, and add flair to any room. All you need is paper or duct tape, mod podge, and a paint brush. Here are directions.


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Creative Crafts for Bored Kids

Posted Thursday, January 1st, 2015 by .

The kids are out of school on winter break, and by now you’re likely tired of hearing their cries of “I’m bored” ringing throughout the house. It’s time to liven things up a bit with printable crafts you can do in the comfort of your own home! Give the kids a whole new reason to regret the day they must return to school.

Turn on some music, set out a tray of finger foods, and get ready to make memories as a family.

For the family heavy on hot wheels

We’ve got printable roads!  You can set up highways, cityscapes, even neighborhoods with these free roads from picklebums.  Your kids are sure to have hours of fun, and the cleanup is a cinch.


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DIY Holiday Countdown Crafts

Posted Thursday, December 4th, 2014 by .

The countdown to our favorite December holidays is about to begin. Depending on your beliefs, there are many ways to celebrate the most festive time of the year. Instead of spending a lot on store-bought items, here are some DIY ways to mark the days until your special celebration begins.

The Festival of Lights

To count down this eight-day festival, you can use items you probably already have at home. This project calls for a yardstick, eight envelopes, and a little bit of imagination to create the numbers for the countdown. Using a variety of envelopes, including paper bags or coin pouches, adds to the appeal. Office clips or clothespins are used to affix the envelopes to the yardstick, and all that’s left to add are small gifts for the envelopes.


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Office Decorations To Spice Up Your Cube

Posted Thursday, November 27th, 2014 by .

When Monday rolls around and it’s time to head for work, do you find yourself fighting the urge to call in sick? Are you working in a “cookie cutter” office space that leaves you uninspired? Try personalizing your space to make work life less ho-hum and more exciting! We have some suggestions for you.


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