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COLD WEATHER DRINK DIYS

I'm sitting here on the first fall-chilly weather day in my area and drinking a hot mug of tea, remembering how much I love this time of year.  Iced tea is great, but making the ritual of making a hot mug of tea (or cider or cocoa) is so much better.  Heating the liquid, steeping in the tea, adding in syrups or milk.  It’s therapeutic.  Of course, all this ruminating put a bug in my butt to find some hot beverage related DIYs, and now I am sharing them with … [Read More...]

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SPRAY PAINTED PUMPKINS

I am Plutonium’s brand ambassador.  I am compensated for my work, but the opinions are 100% my own. Who says pumpkins need to be orange, anyway?  I love pumpkins in all sizes and colors, but there’s no reason you need to keep them in their natural state.  Spray paint is the quickest way to paint pumpkins, whether they are foam or real.  I picked up an assortment of foam pumpkins from Dollar Tree and gave them a makeover so they coordinated better with our front … [Read More...]

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MAD SKILLS PARTY #273

  WELCOME TO THE 273rd MAD SKILLS PARTY!   Are you a blogger? My friend Angie from The Country Chic Cottage and I have just released a video that will introduce you into the world of video!  Youtube is the number two search engine in the world, and the only way to be discovered is to start uploading your videos today. Learn how to optimize your Youtube channel and to harness the power of video.  The Beginner’s Guide to Short Video is an 18 page ebook that helps bloggers … [Read More...]

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9 CREATIVE IKEA RAST HACKS

  Earlier this week I shared my vintage modern IKEA Rast makeover.  I created the hack as part of a challenge from Hickory Hardware and Pittsburgh Paint.  Now, I need your help!  Head over to the Hickory Hardware FB page and vote for my project (if it's your favorite).  If I am one of the top three vote-getters, I will get new hardware for our kitchen -- which, trust me, we need.  Here are all the fabulous projects that were created as part of this … [Read More...]

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CHALKBOARD AND CLOTHESPIN TEACHER GIFT

I know some of you are already knee deep in back to school craziness, but we still have a few weeks before my kids head back to the classroom.  Many parents give their kids' teachers gifts at the end of the year, but not as many start off the year with a small token of their appreciation.  I've shared several DIY teacher gift ideas here on Mad in Crafts, but I like to make sure that the gifts are practical as well as clever. This simple chalkboard and clothespin sign allows the … [Read More...]

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HOME WEIRD

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Trulia and MomSelect.  I was compensated for my work, but the opinions are 100% my own. The Mad House living room has a large picture window that looks out onto our cul de sac.  Since I spend a good amount of time sitting in my comfy chair and working on my laptop, I am facing that window for hours each day.  I haven’t quite gone full Rear Window yet, but I am a little snoopy.  One of the neighbors’ kid’s high school friends … [Read More...]

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MODERN IKEA RAST HACK

This is a sponsored post.  I was compensated for my work but the opinions are 100% my own.   I love IKEA.  We are too far from our closest store for me to make the trip more than once a year, so when I go, I take my time and really soak up all the pretty and inexpensive pieces.  My favorite thing about IKEA furniture is that is it all so ripe for alteration.  IKEA hacks are nothing new on the interwebs, so I am sure you have seen some inspiring projects along the … [Read More...]