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How to Refinish Furniture. Mosaic Tile Birdbath using Recycled DVDs. A few years ago, we bought a bird bath on clearance at the end of the season.

Mosaic Tile Birdbath using Recycled DVDs

We brought it home, set it up, and within a week, it had fallen over and broken into several pieces. And that could have been the end of the story, except that Hubby decided to glue it back together a couple of weeks ago. He’s a good guy like that. There were still some pretty big cracks to patch up though. So in anticipation of all the birds that would be flocking to our birdbath this year, I got out my secret weapon: J-B WaterWeld. It’s specifically designed to “repair and seal in underwater and wet conditions,” not to mention that it’s drinking water safe, which makes it the perfect repair for a birdbath because it won’t harm the birds. It comes in the form of a tube of clay. Smooth it over the crack, and let it dry for 60 minutes.

Re-Upholstering 101: How I re-upholstered my swivel armchair. Holy SMOKES……..this post is WAY overdue!

Re-Upholstering 101: How I re-upholstered my swivel armchair

I hinted way back in October that I was working on re-upholstering a chair for Chloe’s nursery, from a chair that I bought from a thrift store about a year before that. I finally tackled/finished it (except for the seat cushion) before the holidays and then I saved it to share until after the New Year. But OOPS, it got pushed back. And then other projects cut in line. And then all that ugly sickness hit our home last week. Anyway, that old velvet-y blue rocking chair is no more………and has been replaced by a clean textured white one. And hooray……Chloe’s nursery is now complete! It took several days to re-upholster but once I got going, it was very satisfying. ***The fabric is from Joann’s. Now, there’s a nice little upholstered chair, sitting in the nursery corner……ready to be cozied-up in. Garden art on the cheap DIY: Glass marbles in your fence.

Colorful marbles make a plain old fence sparkle.

Garden art on the cheap DIY: Glass marbles in your fence

I had the pleasure of speaking at the Lake Owasso Garden Club this week. It was a full classroom of avid, fun-loving gardeners and the topic at hand was Art in the Garden. As I told the group, I think art and the garden go together like peas and carrots and as I prepped my talk, I was reminded of one of my favorite DIY project from my own garden, the Garden Drama test garden. Festooning a six foot privacy with marbles is addictive fun that really adds a pop and punch to the garden setting, especially when the sun hits it from the back. The process is pretty simple. DIY: Hand Painted Mug. October 17th, 2011.

DIY: Hand Painted Mug

Tiny Polaroid Magnets. Hi there!

Tiny Polaroid Magnets

It’s felt like forever since I’ve last blogged, and has felt like an eternity since I’ve done anything crafty and nifty. Since my morning sickness has gone into full speed (yes, we’re expecting our third this fall!) I haven’t felt like myself. But nothing like inspiration to wake one out of a reverie — or nightmare, in my constantly sick state. I came across these DIY Pantone chip magnets on How About Orange and wanted to do something similar. You will need: Cardboard (mine was the backing of a sketchbook — much thicker than the back of a regular spiral bound notebook) or 2-3 sheets of white cardstock or poster board spray-mounted together to use as a sturdy backing to the magnetsOpaque white marker (necessary only if your cardboard is not white) Craft knife Metal straight edge/ruler Clear packing tape or frisk film. Step 1: Download a Photoshop file of the Polaroid frames below. Step 2: Print out photos onto photo paper. DIY Fashion and Craft TutorialsStars for Streetlights.

I got the idea to make these little bowls a few years ago when I bought Mark Montano's book, the Big-Arse Book of Crafts .

DIY Fashion and Craft TutorialsStars for Streetlights

(Mark Montano is the most brilliant crafter around-- I love his books and his projects.) Teacup Lights - Martha Stewart Good Things. DIY Natural Room Scents. Don't miss my follow-up post to this one withNATURAL ROOM SCENTS FOR DIY GIFTS & CENTERPIECESCLICK HERE This post was featured in the April 2013 issue of Woman's Day magazine.

DIY Natural Room Scents

Here's the thing. I'm married to a man who hates artificial scents of any kind. That goes for air fresheners, candles, perfume, soaps and anything else that is scented. We buy unscented everything. Turns out that King-Man may just be ahead of his time. But, the air in my house gets stale sometimes. There is a simple, all natural, truly lovely solution. Keeping the supply list simple. How to Make Natural Room Scents Fragrant items for naturally scenting your home: citrus -- I've tried other fruits. View whole spices on Amazon: cinnamon sticks, anise stars, allspice, cloves, vanilla beans. How to Reupholster a Sofa. Advance Planning Thinking out and planning a job in advance (as much as you are able) often makes a big difference in how a job turns out.

How to Reupholster a Sofa

It is so easy for a beginner to want to get started before he/she even knows what he/she will be doing. As much as anything, this tutorial will help you examine what you will be doing and help you in the planning process.