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There’s Hope for Dated Art, Good Frames & Copycats

January 20, 2013

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No doubt you’ve seen and read this page from Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon. And this one. That one line – don’t plagiarize but do give attribution – seems to be written for our age of Pinterest. See, Admire, Copy. Search, Be inspired, Give it a try. I used this premise as license […]

3 Uniting the Used with New Users

January 10, 2013

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3 Uniting the Used with New Users

Let’s say you’re 92 or 80 or 105 and your time comes to move on to the next existence. All that stuff you lived with, the stuff that was your life…furnishings, books, tokens and tools of living….it all has to be dispersed now that you no longer need it. Some to family, then dealers, neighbors, […]

A Martha a Day…

January 1, 2013

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A Martha a Day…

A Martha a day….leads to domestic bliss, or puts you on the path to the craft asylum? I am a Martha disciple. Over the years, critics would weigh in, “She can’t really be advocating we iron our beds,” while I remained steadfast. Martha was my copilot in all kinds of creative projects. Halloween mirror silhouettes! […]

Thrift Store Fur & Fur Upcycling

December 2, 2012

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Thrift Store Fur & Fur Upcycling

If you’re anti fur, do you make an exception for vintage? After all, the deed was done far in the past, the animals’ gifts from the process are still with us in the form of mink coats and foxy jackets. Or, what if the vintage fur coat was reworked into something new, like a pet […]

DoThis For a Small Cabinet Makeover

November 19, 2012

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DoThis For a Small Cabinet Makeover

Found: This nifty trick-of-the-eye cabinet. It’s actually a two-door affair, inexpensively constructed. But it’s level, which is a true asset for a piece of furniture. For friends and spouses, too. You want ones you don’t have to shim up with a matchbook under one leg. This goes for bosses and co-workers, too, but we’re most […]

House Specialty: Real Hot Chocolate

October 21, 2012

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House Specialty: Real Hot Chocolate

At the office or on a camping trip, those little envelopes of powdered cocoa are convenient. But they’re far from the real thing. A real cup of hot chocolate is whipped up from just three ingredients.  Nevertheless, the Carnation company hopes we’ll get so caught up in the handy packets we’ll forget it takes the […]

Accessorizing a Nelson Bench

October 8, 2012

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In my own little corner of the perfect world, gifts would be handmade. No schlogging to the mall, no combing through online sites for the right one, we’d be simple. We’d make things with our own hands and talents. Not always realistic, I realize when remembering that even John Boy Walton’s parents, those beacons of […]

Halloween Windows

September 25, 2012

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Halloween Windows

This week we started Halloween decorating at the LFRS! Are we late, or even rushing the season? Not when some stores have been full on Halloween since August. We know our timing is right when a handful of moms asked this week if we have costumes, and if so when will they be displayed. The […]

Shopping Fran’s Warehouse

September 17, 2012

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Shopping Fran’s Warehouse

The thing about Fran is she’s both a recycler and a preservationist. She has an eye for cool and useful, and she makes it a purpose to keep it out of the dumpster. Even saving things that are in pieces of things until she has time to restore them. I think that makes her a […]