Tile kitchen backsplash upgrade without tiling!

Tile kitchen backsplash upgrade without tiling!

Don't think that if you're a renter you're stuck with a boring tile backsplash! It's really easy to create custom tile stickers with a Cricut Maker machine that will completely change the look, and is easily removable.   Things I used to make the backsplash tile stickers: Cricut Maker machine  Mats Removable vinyl: http://shrsl.com/2ywhn If you have no idea what a Cricut machine is or what it...

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DIY kitchen storage cabinet organizer for fruits and vegetables

DIY kitchen storage cabinet organizer for fruits and vegetables

Looking for a small kitchen storage solution for your fruits and vegetables? Try out this DIY fruit and veggie bin I created and customized with my Cricut Maker Machine.  Or if you prefer reading and seeing pictures, I’ve added the entire episode transcript below (with some modifications for clarity) along with some images to highlight the main steps. It's spring cleaning time over here and...

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How to make a Squirrel Picnic Table

How to make a Squirrel Picnic Table

Looking for a fun DIY project to start building your skills? Try out making this DIY picnic table for squirrels. You can enjoy the building and learning process while not stressing out about things being perfect - the squirrels will not mind any imperfections.  Or if you prefer reading and seeing pictures, I’ve added the entire episode transcript below (with some modifications for clarity) along...

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Balcony makeover: Creating a tiny garden for outdoor living

Balcony makeover: Creating a tiny garden for outdoor living

In this video, my LA rental apartment balcony is getting a partial makeover: I'm adding a tiny garden! You'll see how I clean my balcony, how I built 3 different types of planters and my successful attempt at attracting hummingbirds visitors. I hope that this makeover will give you lots of small balcony ideas you can use, especially if you live in a rental apartment! You can see the first part...

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What is a Cricut machine and what does it do?

What is a Cricut machine and what does it do?

One of my favorite quotes about creativity is this one from Albert Einstein: For me, there’s nothing like getting a new tool to get the creative juices flowing and have some fun. You may have noticed that some of my recent projects have featured the Cricut maker machine, a tool new to me. Before being approached by Cricut to create home decor projects, I had never used a Cricut machine and I...

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DIY Accent Decor: Making Picture Frames with a Cricut Maker

DIY Accent Decor: Making Picture Frames with a Cricut Maker

Looking for a fun handmade Christmas present? How about creating a DIY custom slip on frame for a smart digital picture frame? It can also be easily converted into a regular DIY picture frame with a secret compartment! Check out this video to see how a Cricut Maker machine works and how easy it is to create personalized Christmas (or anytime) gifts for your...

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DIY handmade Gift Ideas: Plant propagation station

DIY handmade Gift Ideas: Plant propagation station

Looking for a great handmade Christmas or housewarming gift idea for the plant lovers in your life? Check out this video where I show how to make two DIY plant Propagation Stations that you can make without having a big workshop or fancy woodworking tools. This will also answer your question about how to propagate a pothos! Or if you prefer reading and seeing pictures, I’ve added the entire...

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Making a tripod lamp cord disappear

Making a tripod lamp cord disappear

I recently bought a tripod lamp to brighten up a dark corner of my apartment. I got it on Amazon and of course, everything about this lamp needed to be assembled, including the shade. After putting everything together, I like the lamp overall, though the lamp shade had some things about it that I didn’t like: the seam is very thick, the edges were a bit uneven, plus I ended up making dents when...

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Shoe storage hack for storing sandals and flip flops

Shoe storage hack for storing sandals and flip flops

As you can see, my entryway is so tiny that there’s barely enough room for the door to open.  My apartment is a “shoes off” zone and I clearly didn’t have any space to store my shoes by the front door. To make space for that, I incorporated some shelves for shoes in the piece of furniture I designed to cover up the A/C unit  (in case you’re wondering, the cane webbing panel comes off...

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Renter-friendly Curtain Rod Bracket – installed with nails!

Renter-friendly Curtain Rod Bracket – installed with nails!

Anyone else hate the look of vertical blinds? When I moved into my LA rental apartment, all the windows had vertical blinds so I had to come up with a way of dealing with them.  For the window by the entryway, I removed the vertical blind slats and replaced them with inexpensive accordion paper blinds (I used $3 SCHOTIS blinds from IKEA). They're not fancy, but they give me the privacy that...

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