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Upcycled Garden Tool Fan Trellis

A vegetable garden doesn’t have to be purely functional — it can be beautiful, too! Vertical gardening is all the rage right now, and it’s one of the best ways to add unique character and charm to your vegetable garden. Upcycled Garden Tool Fan Trellis A fan trellis is a timeless ...

10 DIY Craft Projects

Are you a flea market and yard sale enthusiast who buys old relics with the intention of doing “something” with them? Do you have a basement chock-full of old picture frames, jars, bowls, shelves, end tables and more — and you’re not sure what to do with it any of it? I did … and then ...

Homemade Light Fixture for a Rustic Kitchen

More From Plowing with Pigs   Whole Grain Cookies Recipe Homemade Baguettes Recipe Purpose-Bred Work Dogs on the Farm   Homemade Light Fixture One of the final steps in our ongoing kitchen renovation was to fill the (electrical) box left by a ceiling fan, which we had moved because ...

Harvesting Horseradish

We transplanted our two-year-old horseradish plant in April and crossed our fingers that it would survive the move. Great news — the plant has flourished in its new location. We put it next to our driveway, far from our main garden plot, as we know that horseradish has a tendency to invade ...

Craft a Homemade Loom and Coasters

I've always appreciated the process of creating things with my own hands. A few years ago, I discovered the world of weaving. I was intrigued by the beauty of it, and almost immediately, I wanted to learn. I started teaching myself by reading tutorials in old magazines and vintage ...

How To Make Lotion Bars

With farm chores, gardening, working with fiber and playing in the kitchen, my skin takes a beating. Every time I walk through a door, I'm washing my hands. My hands get so dry, they crack until they're painful and bleeding. Lotion works if you can take the time to let it absorb, and don't ...

DIY Jean Apron

Of all the things you can do with an old pair of jeans, recycling them into a cute apron is perhaps the most perfect application. By design, the denim is rugged and durable — perfect for protecting your clothes while out in the garden or cooking on the grill. The fabric will hold up to ...

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DIY Apron and Potholder

While it’s great to select fat quarters for a project, sometimes you get your hands on a collection rather than random singles. If you’ve got a grouping of fat quarters with a common theme or color, then this is the perfect project for you. It should be noted that there’s a fine line ...

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DIY Crete Sweater

This Crete sweater with an oversized silhouette is a simple pattern. The body is worked in lace, and the sleeves are worked in stockinette stitch. Before beginning this project, make sure you’re familiar with the three-needle bind-off technique. Also, when measuring the lace while knitting, ...

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DIY U.S. Map Wall Hanging

If you’re looking for a fun way to mark out your latest road trip, or you simply want to show your patriotism, then this rustic wooden sign featuring the outline of the United States is the perfect decoration for your wall. You can keep it simple, as shown above, or you can personalize it ...

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DIY Embroidered Botanicals Project

This design features a soft woolen rose and a repeating pattern of small daisies. Feel free to change the colors as desired. This pattern makes a lovely addition to the edge of a tablecloth. Work satin stitch unless noted otherwise. Use 2 strands, unless noted otherwise. The ...

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Simple DIY Everyday Bag

This is my perfect everyday bag. It’s a comfortable, easy-to-wear backpack that’s a little bit smarter and more compact than most backpacks. I’ve kept this one simple, but you could add a front pocket or internal pockets to the lining to keep things organized, if you wanted. Be sure to ...

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DIY Garden Projects

Here are three do-it-yourself projects that’ll make it easier to sow seeds and label your plants, as well as add beauty to the garden. They’re crafted with items most people have on hand, and they’re so simple to make, you’ll want to make extras to share with friends and ...

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Gumdrop Wreath Project

When my daughter Anna Belle was 16 months old and just beginning to toddle around, we had a Christmas tree in our kitchen, which had twigs with real gumdrops on them sticking out randomly from the tree. I began to notice sticky spots on my kitchen floor, but didn’t think much of it. Then I ...

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Quilt Block Tablecloth

I’m what you might call a “random quilter,” meaning I don’t actually follow patterns, but instead just sort of sew on my own terms. I take pieces of fabric, squares and triangles mostly, start stitching them together, and see what happens. The scraps grow into larger squares, ...