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Ready to see my mystery office desktop? The one John and I have been working so hard on for the past few weeks? And learn how we did it? I mean, I know *I'm* excited. Here, I'll ease you in slowly. And it became... Ta-DA! Ok, that's not the best shot. Oooh. Now, on to the photo-intensive tutorial/progress shots! First, if you want your top to have any shine to it, you're going to need to polish up some of the pennies you're using. Fill your bowl about a quarter of the way with pennies, pour in a little Tarn-X, and then swish and shake the bowl around over the sink (in case of splashes) to evenly expose the coins to the liquid. From there, dump the batch onto an old towel to dry them: I polished roughly half of the pennies I planned to use, so there would still be plenty of color variation. Next you're going to need a surface to adhere the pennies to. This fits in a cubby between two bookshelves, so only the front edge is rounded prettily. To begin, start with the oh-so-important front edge:

Craftaholics Anonymous: Easter Chick Wreath TUTORIAL {Guest Project: Catherine from Design Editor} Hello Craftaholics Anonymous readers! So happy to be here. Thank you, Linda! Today I’m sharing my Easter Chick Wreath Tutorial. SUPPLIES:ChicksStyrofoam wreath formAcrylic paintPaint brush or foam brushGlue that dries clearRibbon Paint your wreath form. Arrange your chicks in close formation around the wreath facing the same direction. To hang, glue ribbon to the back and allow to dry before hanging. Share and Enjoy

Wax color explosion & The Shattered Lance 2 Sep The other day my girlfriend found this interesting blog showing what someone did with melting wax crayons. That blog was in turn inspired by this seller on Etsy. We decided to give it our own spin. We thought a color wheel would look neat, but that we’d rotate the canvas as we went to create a starburst-like explosion. Like this: Like Loading... Tags: color, crayons, melted, mirror, wax

How's it Hangin'? A Flop Tutorial I know some of you still have snow on the ground, but for us Floridians summer is already kicking into high gear. And summer means flip flops. Yep, we southern girls have 'em for everything: casual wear, evening wear, 'flops with heels, 'flops with big poofy flowers glued on...you name it. They're cheap impulse buys, so it's easy to accumulate a whole mountain of flip-flops in a single season. But say you don't like the "mountain" storage method. Well, how about this? This was my no-cost solution last year: a left over curtain rod mounted on two shelf brackets, and lots of modified hangers. Now, the fun part is the actual hangers. First, grab a handful of the flimsiest metal hangers you can find in your closet. Cut off the bottom section of the hanger like so: You may need to score the metal with the pliers and then snap it with your hands. Now take your pliers and roll up the two edges, like this: This gets the sharp edges safely out of the way, and also looks kind of cute. And now en masse:

Spike Ring By now, I think it's pretty obvious I have a soft spot for statement jewelry. This ring creates the illusion of a spike going through your finger, although the ring is SO lightweight you probably won't even feel it. EDIT: Everyone keeps asking where I got the spikes. Supplies: - Jewelry pliers - Super//E6000 glue - Adjustable ring blank - 2 cone bead caps 1) If your ring blank has a loop on it, twist it off with the pliers. 2) Bend each of the ends out, making them as flat as you can. 3) Glue one of the prongs into the inner top part of a bead cap. 4) Repeat on the other side. Easy :) Side note: Has anyone ever tried matte nailpolish? My original plan was to post a jeans DIY, but the pictures of me wearing the finished product are on a friend's camera. Also, be sure to send in any questions for the Q&A I'm having! xo, kirsten

No-Carve Stamps By Jeromina Juan Ever wonder about the possibilities of designing your own stamps without having to carve anything? There is a simple way! You’ll need one ordinary household object – silicone caulking. Yes, the one you use on your bathtub, sinks, and windows! With no carving to do at all, this task cannot be simpler. And the result? Materials 1/8″-thick acrylic plexiglass; can be found at hardware storesX-Acto knife Metal ruler Silicone rubber caulking (clear); can be found at hardware storesWater-based paint BrayerNote: You can cut plexiglass to size by scoring a straight line several times using an X-Acto knife and metal ruler, and then placing the plexiglass on a table with the score line over the edge and snapping it in one quick motion. Directions Step 1: Sketch your designs on paper. Step 2: Hold the caulk tube vertical and tap it against a flat surface 8-10 times to remove any air bubbles. Step 3: Let the caulking cure for 24 hours, and then your stamp is ready. About the Author:

15 Fun DIY Ideas For Your Home By kenziepoo | Are you looking for some fun DIY projects for your home? These are super fun and would make for a fun weekend project! We have found 15 Fun DIY Ideas for your home that we know that you will love! Keep reading after the jump for more to see our 15 Fun DIY Ideas For Your Home! nggallery id=’122969′ Find more inspiration from Kenziepoo on Pinterest, Instagram, her blog Kenziepoo or magazine La Petite. 10 everyday household items that double as organizers 25 clever ways to decorate with old maps 15 top summer hair ideas for 2012 10 clever ways to display your kid’s artwork 25 totally clever storage tips and tricks on a budget Sweatshirt Blazer *EDITED 2/9/11 with reader suggestions!*So, I made this sweatshirt (slash cardigan slash blazer?) kind of on a whim. Didn't plan it up, improvised and made it up as I went along. ALSO - save two of the scraps leftover from this project. Supplies: - Crewneck sweatshirt. *I used a size Medium. 1) Measure the exact halfway point across your sweater. Use some pins if you'd like; you'll be cutting straight down the middle. 2) Choose a point several inches from the bottom; this is where the diagonal fall of the top will start. 3) Cut off the bottom, right above the seam. 4) Place pins in a diagonal line from the point you measured earlier to the bottom left and right corners of the sweater. 5) Cut along the pins. 6) Going back to the vertical slit you made in the middle of the sweater - accordian fold both sides so that there about 3 or 4 folds. For me - I made 3 folds, tried it on, sewed the folds down, tried it on again, then made a deeper/diagonal 4th fold to give it some shape.

Diy Ornate frame magnets Hey Luvs!I recently did a super easy diy and thought I would share it with you all. I wanted to think up a cute way to display Evie's art and a place to hang up the grocery list and chore chart. I immediately thought of fun frames but I had no place for them. Painting Furniture Ideas | The New Home Ec By Cyd Converse | It’s a running joke that I never pay retail for furniture. Ever. Years of living on a budget have allowed me to perfect the fine art of scouring Craigslist, flea markets and garage sales for just the right furniture pieces. nggallery id=’126257′ Read more from Cyd at The Sweetest Occasion.Follow along on Facebook and Twitter for updates. 25 space-saving tips to organize your home20 creative headboards you can make yourself25 forts your kids (and you!) About Cyd Converse Cyd Converse Cyd Converse is a blogger, designer and stylist with a passion for parties and entertaining.

April Showers bring may flowers. I found this cute little flower key holder the other day while surfing the net. It looked easy to make, and I already had a lot of the supplies around. A friend of mine just moved into a new place, and I thought it would be cute for the walls. Also, she loves books, so it was fitting. Here is what you need to make this flower bloom. One book (one that you wouldn't mind cutting up.) First, you want to cut out a small circle to glue everything too. Take your pliers and cut your wire to the desired length that you would like it. The picture from the site had it twisted like this. After cutting my wire, I took my dark green paint, and painted the stem. I ended up pulling it apart to look like this. I then drew a flower, free hand, on one of the pages of the book. Once dry, I placed them on top of each other, and spun each one a little bit, so that the flower was full. Staple your flower directly in the middle. Begin to fold up into the center. This is your finished product. Enjoy!

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