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entertainment hub
source Are you still watching TV and listening to music in the same old way? Or are you tired of always tidying up the spaghetti wiring caused by your TV, Blu-ray player, laptop and everything else we use for watching movies, listening to music and playing games? If so, read on. i’m going to show you how you can build a simple media center for your entertainment needs, for less than a price of a used TV.  Choosing the entertainment hardware First of all, have a think about what sort of hardware you want to use as the foundation of your […]

Everything You Need To Create An Entertainment Center For Your ...


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I wrote an article for CNET on new uses for old phones. Here are two more ideas. Use it as a digital picture frame for your desk I personally hate staring at the shame photo day in and day out, so I like digital photo frames that displays a slideshow of photos. If you have a small desk, though, you may not have room for a full-sized frame. The solution is using one of your old phones as a mini digital photo frame. Download a slideshow app like Dayframe or use your phone’s screensaver mode to display photos. Use a […]

Two Uses for Old Phones


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1. Make a Sandwich College kids know that an iron can make a mean dorm room grilled cheese. Just slap a piece of cheese between two slices of bread, turn your iron on high and get to grilling. Each side of the sandwich takes around 30 seconds to get golden brown with this method. Your waffle iron can also make more than just waffles. Here’s 15 drool-worthy things you can cook in your waffle maker. 2. Fix a dent in your floor or furniture If you have a dent in your hardwood floor or furniture, don’t despair. Your iron can […]

5 Things you can do with your clothes iron



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Summer’s here and you know what that means! Shorts, tanks and tees. I don’t like to have ghost white skin, but I also don’t like to tan. Cancer and sunburns aren’t very attractive. Self-tanning serums are a great alternative, but they can be expensive. Then, I saw a post on Pinterest that said you could make your own. I decided to give it a try. All you need to do is mix 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and 1/2 cup of mineral oil. Once it is mixed, you can rub it on your skin. Not only does it make your skin darker, […]

All-Natural Homemade Self-Tanning Lotion


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For my birthday one year, me and my husband went to a video game midnight release party for the Xbox One. I got a t-shirt as a door prize and guess what? The date, my birthday, was printed on the arm. I decided to make something special out of this tee. Here’s how I did it: First, I folded the t-shirt into thirds. Then, I cut 1/2 inch slits along the folds. I unfolded the shirt and stretched it to make the edges of the slits curl.   Finally, I folded the sleeves and cut them, too. Yup, that’s my birthday! […]

How to Cut an Awesome Web T-Shirt


Rug made out of a waterhose 45 comments
I needed a cute little outdoor rug to add some color to my hammock area. Luckily, we were about to throw out an old hose. I snatched it out of the trash and went to work. With just some zip ties and spray paint I was able to get just the look I wanted. Basically, all you do is coil the hose around itself and use zip ties to secure one coil to the next. While you coil, make sure that the ends of all of the zip ties are on one side. The side with the ends will be […]

How to Make an Outdoor Rug with a Water Hose



thrift store birdbath
Recently, we remodeled our bathroom.  We were left with a sink with an old sink from the demo. We tried to give the old sink away, but no one needed it, so I decided to turn it into a birdbath. First, I removed the sink from the pedestal. Then, I buried about 4 inches of it to make it stable.   I ran to the local Goodwill and grabbed some old dishes to use in my birdbath. I ended up getting a serving platter, a smaller plastic tray, a pretty glass and a little crystal bowl. It all cost me […]

How to Make a Birdbath out of Junk


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Originally published April 16, 2014 The wall in my dining room was boring when you compared it to the rest of my home. I had to do something with it. I’ve always like the look of old, vintage prints. I remember my grandma had a tea pitcher with vintage ads printed on it. I loved looking at it while drinking a tall glass of sweet tea (Oklahoma, yall!). A few years ago, I rescued this old book from a 100-year-old farmhouse that was being torn down. (I got this cabinet in the same house!) Here’s my hubby tearing down the […]

Awesome Inexpensive Vintage Wallpaper Using Books


Solo Cup Craft 59 comments
My daughter bought a plant terrarium kit at Hobby Lobby and loved it, so we made our own at home. Here’s how we did it. First, poke holes in the bottom of the cup using a nail. Then, fill the cup with soil and add a seed or small plant. Tape another cup on top the cup containing the plant to form a dome. Then poke holes in the top using a nail.   When it rains, little drops of water will drip into the terrarium and excess water will go out of the bottom.

Homemade Plant Terrarium: Solo Cup Craft



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My friend Josh is planning on moving, so we have been scouting Hobby Lobby’s clearance isles for decorations. His theme for the living room is “autumn” so we were looking to snatch up anything we could use to give the feel of a sunny October afternoon. Low and behold, we found this metal wall decoration: And it was half-off! It was leaves, but it wasn’t fall leaves. I assured Josh that I could jazz it up with some paint so he snatched it up. At home, I broke out some acrylic paints in fall colors and got to work. First, […]

How to Transform a Hobby Lobby Clearance Item


Spring door decoration 57 comments
I love to change my decor to reflect the seasons, but a lot of the time I just don’t have time to decorate. This year, I’ve come up with a bevy of cute and super fast ways to decorate for spring. 1. Use an Old Purse! I love having something bright and festive on my front door, but I hate spending hours making a new wreath. I had a bright yellow tote that I use to carry my stuff to the gym and some silk sunflowers. I hung the tote by its handles using a wreath hanger and just plopped […]

6 Cute, Fast Decorations for Spring / Summer


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Follow my blog with Bloglovin I like to store things in Mason jars, but sometimes the things I store in them are ugly. The answer? I made faux milk glass using nothing more than household paint. The results are pretty and concealing at the same time. First, you pour about a cup of household paint into a clean Mason jar. Then, you rotate the jar to coat the inside of the jar with the paint. Once the inside is fully coated, pour out the rest of the paint. Let the jar dry over night and bam! Milk glass.  To learn more about […]

Mason Jar Crafts: How to Make Homemade Milk Glass



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Two winters ago we had a really bad ice storm here in Texas and Oklahoma (I live on the border). As a result, my mom lost all of her silverleaf maple trees. That was around 20 trees! There was a lot of logs laying around after they cut up the trees and I smuggled some away for craft projects. The first project I did was set a few up in my living room as plant stands. So simple and looks so cool! Don’t you just love the silver bark? If you do this at home, just make sure that all of […]

Log Plant Stand for Cool Green Decor


homemade china hutch
I love finding things on the side of the road or by a dumpster and fixing them up. My motto: Years ago, I found this knickknack shelf beside a dumpster. I pulled the broken doors off of it and it stayed like this for a while: Then I removed the molding around the top and painted it blue: We used it like that for years, but I wanted a china hutch and decided that my little cabinet would work great. First, I needed to find another shelf that I could stack on top. I found one on my local Facebook […]

Dumpster Diving Transformation: Homemade China Hutch


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How do you know when it’s time to remodel your bathroom? When the floor tries to gobble up your child. Yep, the floor around the tub gave way. Thankfully, no one was hurt! Mind you, my house is getting close to its 100th birthday. It was more than time to redo that floor! My husband and teen proceeded to tear out the linoleum, hardwood, sub-flooring and support beams. It took a few hours, but a new floor was installed. The new flooring is waterproof Allure Resilient Plank Flooring. It was really easy to put in and is super durable. While we […]

The Floor Ate My Daughter: Major Bathroom Remodel



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I just did a DIY for CNET that I think you’ll love! You’ve probably seen cloud lamps floating around Pinterest, well I figured out a simple way to make one in less than an hour. Here are the instructions for making a cloud lamp. Bonus tip: If you use an LED light that can change colors your cloud can have a bunch of different dreamy effects. Here are some photos of my finished lamp:

How to Make a Cloud Lamp


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Don’t throw out those broken headphones just yet. Here are two hacks that can make them useful again in just seconds. Replumb your Headphones My daughter hates earbuds and will only wear headphones. Unfortunately, she usually ends up wearing out the cord or connectors every few weeks. Headphones are typically more expensive to replace then earbuds, so I came up with a solution. I simply tucked a pair of earbuds into the padded flaps on the headphones and cut off the old cord. She still has plenty of comfort, but I don’t need to buy her new headphones. Of course, […]

2 Quick Hacks to Upcycle Broken Headphones


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Taking photos is a major part of writing my DIY and how-to articles for clients. I decided to share some of my favorites. In just 24 hours this article on removing stripped screws has gotten 1.7 thousand likes and 750 shares! People really have problems with stripped screws! Yes, I took that photo. I’m quite proud of it. I’ve been a gamer since Atari, so I love this photo I took for the article How to keep your video game accessories organized. The light in the photo is just stunning, if I do say so myself. People loved my article on […]

Some DIY and How-to Photos I’m Proud of



How to add straps to shoes
I just bought a pair of flats that I love, but the straps were too small. So, I cut the straps off, but then the flats wouldn’t stay on my feet. You are going to love my solution. You can do this to any pair of flats that you have laying around the house and it looks great! Plus, it is super easy to do. Here’s how I did it: You’ll need ribbon and a yarn needle. Cut the ribbon at an angle so that it with thread the needle. Also, cut the old straps off of the flats. Poke […]

Update Your Flats in 10 Minutes DIY


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Ever wonder how to hang a wrapped canvas that isn’t framed? Let me introduce you to the soda tab method!All you need is a soda can tab, a staple gun, scissors and a length of cord or wire. First, lay your tabs 3/4 of the up the frame of your canvas. Staple them three times with your staple gun. Thread your string or wire through the top loop of both tabs. Tie the string to one of the tabs and pull the center of the string until it reaches the center of the top of the frame. Tie off the […]

How to Hang a Wrapped Canvas with Soda Tabs


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You may already know that I’m an artist. I run Art Questions Answered and do illustrations for books and magazines. Sometimes I like to experiment with new mediums. This time, I used metal that I found on the side of the road, in my junk drawer and laying around the house. You can make metal art, too. There’s no welding involved. All you need is some E-6000 glue and a canvas.  Take a look at my process:

Recycled Metal Art Anyone Can Do





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So, I’ve been seeing all of these tutorials on contouring that uses five different foundation colors, highlighters and all this other stuff. That’s expensive and takes way too long. So, I decided to do a little tutorial on how to contour your face using only bronzing powder. Since I am a plus sized lady, there is also a tip in there about hiding a double chin. Enjoy!

How to Contour Using Only Bronzer




I’m in the mood to talk about weddings today, so this post will be on creative decorations for your wedding, invitation ideas and…stuff. Here are some tips from my own wedding. Yup, the pictures are from my wedding back in 2007. Wedding Toppers One of the first decorations that I picked out for my own wedding was what went on top of the cake. I wanted something unusual, not just the average man and wife on top of our cake. There are plenty of sites that offer unusual wedding cake toppers, but unfortunately I didn’t know that.  So, I ended up buying […]

Creative Wedding Ideas that I Used at My Wedding


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I hate to throw anything away, so you can imagine how happy I was when I realized that you could make yarn out of old t-shirts! I was even happier when I realized you can crochet rugs with t-shirt yarn. Here’s how you can do it, too!  How to Make T-Shirt Yarn Making t-shirt yarn is super easy. I like to do it while I watch television at night. 1. Cut your t-shirt in a circle. Take a look at the illustration. You simply start cutting and go around and around the tee until you get to the armpits. Easy-peasy. 2. […]

How to Make a T-Shirt Rug




    Our floors needed a pick-me-up…badly. We pulled up the carpet and realized the people who owned the house before we did got paint all over the hardwood floors. I didn’t have time to sand the old stain off and apply new stain, so I used a primer and paint all-in-one instead. It covered up all the yuckiness and looks really nice. The color is Chipotle Paste.Do you have some floor nightmare stories?

Painted Hardwood Floor Refinishing


Today, let’s go outside for our craft. I love pallet crafts, so I asked my husband to bring me some home from work. He brought a whole stack! The little spaces in-between the slats gave me an idea. What if I made a garden plot from the pallets? So that’s just what I did.First, I laid down a layer of old carpet on the ground to prevent weeds. Then, I laid the pallets on top of the carpet, making sure that there was a  walkway in-between each one.Finally, I filled the spaces between the slats on the pallet with soil […]

How to Make a Garden from Pallets