Looking to keep the kids busy this summer? These colorful (and useful!) craft projects are the way to go. Many of these ideas involve simple supplies - fabric, ribbons, thread, hot glue - and they're easy enough that kids can do a big part. Not only will you have fun collaborating, but you'll end up with a few creative new additions to your home.
Spruce up your dull rubber erasers and even create adorable dry erase board erasers with this super-simple project.
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- Country Living | Work + Money – Tue, May 18, 2010 5:47 PM EDT
Looking to keep the kids busy this summer? These colorful (and useful!) craft projects are the way to go. Many of these ideas involve simple supplies - fabric, ribbons, thread, hot glue - and they're easy enough that kids can do a big part. Not only will you have fun collaborating, but you'll end up with a few creative new additions to your home.Read More »from Keep Kids Occupied This Summer: 7 DIY Projects You'll Enjoy Too
- Country Living | Mother's Day – Thu, May 6, 2010 6:48 PM EDT
When tea is served to friends in a lovely corner of the yard or garden, something enchanting happens. Women's voices ring in May breezes. There is laughter. And in the dappled sunlight, at a table set with favorite china, delicate confections, and tea sandwiches, affections are renewed. In celebration of mothers - and all the special women in your life - host an outdoor tea party in your own backyard.Read More »from Celebrate Mother's Day with an Outdoor Tea Party
Fanciful, intimate, and simple to prepare, a tea party is a party like no other. Set the scene with fragrant branches of lilacs and vintage china adorned with English rose motifs. Floral-print napkins, tiered serving pieces, and a dash of pastel-colored sugar all add a touch of romantic grandeur. And a chandelier hanging from a tree branch lends the affair sophisticated charm. If you're looking to throw a larger outdoor affair, consider a garden party.
Colorful table settings, such as garden roses, lupines, peonies, and lilacs, set the scene, as do lush
It's fun to take on a craft project, especially when you can put it to good use once you've finished! We've gathered a few of our favorite easy projects that help you organize around your home. Check out 8 more ideas here.Read More »from 6 DIY Projects That Keep You Organized
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It's always fun to pick up a new outfit or two when the weather changes, but you can justify it even more when you know you'll want to wear it over and over again all summer long. That's how we felt when we stumbled upon this comfy dress - and the price tag was just too good to pass up! Find out why we love it and check out the accessories we picked to go along with it.Read More »from A Perfect Summer Dress Under $20
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When you throw a party, the planning is half the fun, but buying table toppers and favors and food can wind up being pricey. We've got some easy crafts that will add cheer to any festivity-and to the planning.Read More »from Fun, Festive Crafts for Your Next Party
A Hankie Table Runner
Inspired by Amy Barickman's latest book, Hankie Style ($24.99; Indygo Junction), this craft breathes new life into old-fashioned linens. To make a table runner, measure the length of your table (plus overhang) to determine how many hankies you'll need (we used ten 12-inch squares for an 82-inch-long table). To connect the first two, flip them pattern side down, overlapping the edges by about ⅜ inch; pin, then stitch together. Continue attaching handkerchiefs in this manner until the runner is complete.
Bandanna Napkin Ring
These quirky napkin rings will add a little whimsy to any table. To fit standard dinner napkins, cut a bandanna into 6- by 9-inch strips. Fold each strip in thirds lengthwise, then fold in thirds
Too busy to adopt eco-friendly habits at home? When you find out how much you can save, you might reconsider. Here are a few super-easy household swaps and habits that can make a dent in your electricity and water bills while also helping out the planet.
Around the House:
- Purify air by adding potted plants (like Boston ferns, peace lilies, or English ivy) to windowsills and tables. Fifteen plants can absorb most of the average home's airborne toxins within 24 hours, including formaldehyde, ammonia, and benzene.
- Replace traditional showerheads with high-efficiency, 2.5-gallon-a-minute models, and your shower will consume 30 percent fewer gallons of water every time you wash.
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In the Kitchen:
- Use a toaster oven for simple baking tasks. Countertop appliances consumer half as much energy as electric ovens (and keep the kitchen cooler).
- Keep your freezer's temperature at 0 degrees Fahrenheit and your refrigerator between 35