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25 clever ideas to make life easier. Via: Why didn’t I think of that?!

25 clever ideas to make life easier

We guarantee you’ll be uttering those words more than once at these ingenious little tips, tricks and ideas that solve everyday problems … some you never knew you had! (Above: hull strawberries easily using a straw). Via: Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings and scrapes. Via: Remove crayon masterpieces from your TV or computer screen with WD40 (also works on walls).


Love Is In The Air: Create Your Own Heart-Shaped Bokeh. Lately, the combination of a busy school schedule and my addiction to Instagram has resulted in serious camera-neglect.

Love Is In The Air: Create Your Own Heart-Shaped Bokeh

I've found little time and reason to take the ol' DSLR out. So when I saw this simple lens filter DIY, I jumped at the opportunity to play around and have fun– and just in time for Valentine's Day! You don't need to be a serious photographer to create heart-shaped bokeh. ”Bokeh” is a photography term that essentially means blur. In photography– especially food photography– this blur creates an aesthetic quality by keeping the subject of your photo in crisp focus, while the background appears blurry. At night, lights that are out of focus create circles of color that give photos a magical and ethereal feel that I love. So what exactly do you need to create this effect? Making sense so far? Therefore, your heart-shaped hole must be slightly smaller than this diameter so that the camera captures the shape of the heart instead of the circle.

Materials: Drunk off love yet? DIY Rope Bracelet. Climbing rope? Bracelets? Count us in. Inspired by Miansai‘s colorful, stackable and adjustable rope bracelets, we were determined to add another do-it-yourself bracelet to our growing collection. With some colorful rope and an S hook from the hardware store, making this bracelet is as simple as mastering the versatile sliding knot. We must warn you though, this project is extremely easy and addicting! Before you begin, seal the tips of the cord by burning them with a lighter. Coil the cord twice around towards the left loop.

Repeat the same steps on the other side. Trim and re-burn the tips if necessary. Try making the bracelets with leather cord too. (top image from here; rest of images from Honestly…WTF) DIY Net Bag. After crushing hard on this vintage net bag spotted by Phil Oh on the streets of NYC, we knew we had to attempt to DIY it.

DIY Net Bag

Sprucing up a reusable cotton bag from the grocery store with some hardware and carabiners? Sign us up! In just a few simple steps, we’ll show you how to make our rendition of the net bag – perfect for a stroll in the park. Supplies Lista cotton net bag (also available at Whole Foods)2 carabiners (if you can’t find gold carabiners, you can spray paint them)8 sets of 1/4″ screw postsa flat head screwdrivera pair of scissors Start by cutting each of the straps down the middle, creating 4 loose straps.

Carefully pierce a small hole through each mark with the tip of the scissors. Push the screw post set through both holes and tighten with a screwdriver. Add another set of screw posts about an inch of the way down for more support. Your bag is finished! DIY Woven Lamp from Bookhou. Simple and elegant hanging light tutorial by Bookhou.

DIY Woven Lamp from Bookhou

Link found after the jump. With is classic design and easy to make, why wouldn’t you love it? Tutorial can be found here! Enjoy!! Craft Tools: The Basics. Since I started doing DIYs and tutorials on the blog, I've noticed that there are a lot of beginner crafters out there.

Craft Tools: The Basics

(duh, don't know why I didn't think of that before). So this year, you will find weekly posts covering crafting topics like tools, supplies, and techniques. I hope this gives beginners a strong foundation and refreshes the scene for us old crafters. In writing this post, I looked around my craft room to find the craft tools I use most. New to shop - Valentine's Day Items. "you and me blank greeting card" This card is simple and sweet.

New to shop - Valentine's Day Items

I found my inspiration for this card from Bookity on Etsy Three layers of paper, made from a strawberry, watermelon and red color are put together to make a heart. DIY Silk Stacking Rings. Easter DIY Round-Up. DIY Wrap Bracelet. You should all know by now that we are all about stacking bracelets on our wrists.

DIY Wrap Bracelet

The more, the better. In fact . . . the most, the best! DIY Braided Bead Bracelet. It’s been awhile since our last bracelet DIY.

DIY Braided Bead Bracelet

I don’t know about you, but our wrists have been begging for another colorful addition for months now. So after playing with some materials that were already on hand, we’ve created a tutorial for a braided bead bracelet, which is a not so distant cousin of the hex nut and wrap bracelet.