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DIY Metal Snowflake Ornaments

Yes.  More snowflakes. These only take a few minutes though, plus there’s no sawdust involved.  All you need is a sheet of Union Jack Aluminum from The Home Depot.  It costs about $16.98 for a 24×36 inch sheet, but you can get a zillion snowflakes out of it.   You’ll also need some tin snips, but …

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Salvage Style | Upcyled Mirrors

It’s good to be among people who get you. They know what it’s like to see beyond scratches, dents, and dust. They know what it means to go to the trouble of saving something from certain demise, only to spend time cleaning, storing, and rebuilding it into something better. I’m excited to share my project in this event …

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Faux DIY Butcher Block

How to Create a Faux DIY Butcher Block: In my shop, there is a lot of crap scrap going on.   Once in a while I feel it staring at me, and that’s when I know it’s time to clean house and use it up. I’ve always liked the look of butcher block as an accent in …

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Modified Light Fixture

I wanted a certain look for the lighting above my kitchen sink, and  I was imagining light fixtures that I couldn’t find in stores. Okay, truthfully, I didn’t look very hard, because my light fixture budget is running low…  (Bwa ha ha! Just kidding!  I’ve never had a budget for light fixtures!!!  What is that!?) Anyway, …

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Decorative Wall Sconce

Sometimes I accidentally use words that sound fancy. Like the word “sconce”. I’ve been planning to make a pair to go in my kitchen for a while, and when I saw these wine bottle wall vases from Shanty 2 Chic, I was inspired. Not only was I finally going to make a pair of decorative wall sconces, but …

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Easy DIY Wood Keychain

Sometimes I overthink things. Sometimes, I feel like I need to force my brain into being creative.  That doesn’t work. With me, ideas and creativity will get there, when they gets there. The more I try to force my brain, the more it resists until I end up in a blank stare. Such is the case …

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Kitchen Station | Refinished Podium

I’ve daydreamed about a podium. Don’t laugh, but over the years I have written rough drafts in my head. My imagination has been the stage where I deliver fine oratory masterpieces, always from a podium. You can pound your fist on it to emphasize a point. You can rest your forearms forward and grab the edges …

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Old Wooden Chair | Upcycled Sign

Just An Old Wooden Chair Letting go doesn’t always mean   l e t t i n g   g o . Sometimes, it means seeing something in a new light, or embracing change. Sometimes… letting go is simply accepting the evolution of our stories…   There are old wooden chairs out there, beyond repair. Chairs …

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Make Your Own | Scrap Metal | Necklace

More Than A Scrap Metal Necklace  Is it just me, or do we sometimes set up parameters in our brains? Boundaries and walls that keep our thinking contained to what we accidentally accept as fact? I am fighting those boundaries all the time.  Take this necklace for example.  I wanted one so bad, but went on …

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Upcycling | Perspective | History

A Point Of View I have one, you know… we all do. It’s also called perspective. I’m not going to talk about the kind of perspective that evolves with us as we age, like the way we viewed broccoli as a child, is different from how we view it today. I’m talking about the perspective that’s …