Make This: An elegant weapon for a more civilized age
The boy is in a “Star Wars” phase so last weekend we hit up three stores looking for a lightsaber with no luck. But I did see some mega glowsticks, and knew I could fashion one into a cheap-and-easy DIY lightsaber.
Apr 06, 2014 |  0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Make This: Build a better garden with home improvement hand-me-downs
A couple weeks ago I realized that we spend $40-$50 a week in fresh fruit and vegetables. That’s why this year I will have a successful garden, and I’m incorporating it into the landscaping.
Mar 30, 2014 |  0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Make This: Cut the chemicals with DIY cleaners
Homemade cleaners have lots of benefits — they’re dirt cheap to make, most of the ingredients are already on hand, and they're typically free from chemicals that can be harmful to children and pets. Really, the only downside is that you still have to do the cleaning to see results.
Mar 23, 2014 |  0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Make This: I ‘meow’ pronounce you man and wife
My brother and his new bride are cat people. Not crazy cat people — they only have two — but the invitation to their wedding did have pawprints on it. So when I saw a tutorial for a cat-shaped planter on the Internet, I knew what to give as a wedding present.
Mar 09, 2014 |  0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Make This: Apps to help turn black thumbs green
There’s no shortage of gardening apps available, but some are much better than others. Here are some I’ve tried out:
Mar 02, 2014 |  0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Make This: DIY storage makes playtime cleanup a snap
Two preschoolers and all their toys in one room? Yeah, only occasionally can you see the actual floor in there. So during one of my recent cleaning sprees, I decided to rearrange and de-clutter the kids’ room.
Feb 23, 2014 |  0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Make This: Keep your cool with snow-savvy car kit
We’d been sitting on the same block for an hour when I surveyed the contents of my van and noticed emergency items were lacking. Given the amount of natural disasters to which our area is prone, let alone the mechanical problems to which vehicles are prone, keeping an emergency kit in your car is just a good idea.
Feb 09, 2014 |  0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Make This: Tame cluttered drawers with quick and easy DIY organizer
The kitchen remodel has given us twice as much storage and to take full advantage of the extra space, organization is key. All it took to get my baking drawer in order were a couple of yardsticks.
Jan 25, 2014 |  0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
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Make This: Quick crafts for those maniac mornings
Sometimes the creation of one project spurs several others. That’s what happened this week when I decided to make some instant oatmeal packs to help speed along weekday breakfasts.
Jan 11, 2014 |  0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Make This: An old house can learn new tricks — the hard way
Renovations are difficult to maneuver your way around at any point, but when you add in two toddlers and the fact that they included a new laundry room (i.e. no washer or dryer for about a month), things get interesting.
Dec 22, 2013 |  0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Make This: Supplies in demand help crafters stock up for a creative new year
Holiday Gift Guide 2013 | Gifts for Crafters
Dec 15, 2013 |  0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Seeing is believing: Area third-graders experience some holiday magic with annual “Nutcracker” performance
Fighting mice, twirling sugar plum fairies and a Nutcracker prince. The very plot of “The Nutcracker” is a scene a child can only dream of. But this year, for more than 1,800 children, it’s a dream come true.
Dec 01, 2013 |  0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
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Make This: ’Tis the season to learn the frugal art of bartering
If you want to save some green this holiday season, instead of cash, try trading out your skills.
Dec 01, 2013 |  0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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Happy Swank-sgiving: It’s never too late to wow holiday guests
If you’re still scrambling for Thanksgiving dinner ideas, you’re in luck. The grocery stores are open — albeit packed with last-minute shoppers just like you — and we have some simple and delicious recipes to help get you through.
Nov 27, 2013 |  0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Make This: A little glue gives old zippers new life for the holidays
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Nov 23, 2013 |  0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
There’s no way I could ever make enough clothes to use all the zippers I have tucked away on shelves, in baskets and generally scattered across every surface of my sewing room. So it’s better they are reborn as something completely different.
Marble from Wells Fargo demolition for sale to the public
by By Deirdre Long
Nov 20, 2013 |  0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
Pieces of Anniston’s history are coming down, and the public is welcome to take them home — and for a good price.
Make This: Handmade around town
Nov 17, 2013 |  0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
Ahhhh … Yes, that’s my sigh of relief after Winter Market. Luckily, while I’ve been taking a week off, the ladies at First United Methodist Church have been busy preparing for their Holiday Bake Sale.
Make This: Concussions, cramped quarters just don’t get the creative juices f lowing
Nov 03, 2013 |  0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
Yes, time and space have become scarce. and with Winter Market creeping up, I’m getting a little antsy because I’m not creating as much as I would like.
Make This: Soup weather is better with homemade stock
Oct 27, 2013 |  0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
I love soup weather. Done right, soup is cheap and easy — and there’s almost always leftovers. Soup is often a one-dish slow cooker meal, and there’s nothing better than coming home to dinner already made and easy cleanup.
Make This: Feed the pig by feeding them pig
Oct 13, 2013 |  0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
One good way to feed the pig is to lower the amount of money you spend on food. And the best way to save money on food is to cook more at home and eat out less.
Make This: Book takes business of handcrafting to next level
by Deirdre Long
Oct 06, 2013 |  0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
While Kari Chapin's first book, “The Handmade Marketplace,” has enough information to get me through the Winter Market, her second book can help me get to the next level.
Make This: This and that from the world of craft
Sep 29, 2013 |  0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
This week’s column is an assortment of odds and ends — the Sewing & Quilt Expo in Birmingham, a new market for vendors in town and a recipe for Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Make This: If you want dog food done right, make it yourself
Sep 15, 2013 |  0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
Like humans, dogs have nutrition requirements, and the corn-based dog food just wasn’t cutting it. With my vet’s permission and a recipe provided by Hill’s Science Diet, I started feeding Gonzo a homemade diet.
Make This: Mini apple pies are bite-size taste of summer that fit in a lunch box
by Deirdre Long
Sep 08, 2013 |  0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
Instead of the usual birthday cake, for my mother-in-law's birthday I made her an apple pie. It was delicious, proven by the fact it was gone by the end of the night. The only problem was the leftover pie crust.
Make This: Quick mixes make school-day meals a piece of cake
by Deirdre Long
Sep 01, 2013 |  0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s back-to-school time, and that has me itching for some quick breakfasts and lunches to send to daycare with my kiddos. I’ve found speedy solutions with baking mixes, but why would I buy mixes when I already have all the ingredients to make my own in my cabinet?
Make This: To salvage bruised produce just freeze, peel, pop
by Deirdre Long
Aug 11, 2013 |  0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
When a fruit gets bruised, you only have a day or two before the whole thing is toast and only fit for consumption by the compost bin. Freezing is one of the easiest ways to preserve fruits and vegetables. Then you have tasty fresh fruit whenever you need it — for smoothies, baking or a tasty ice-cream topping.
Make This: Overabundance of fresh produce? That’s a pickle
by Deirdre Long
Jul 28, 2013 |  0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
I’ve been welcoming the surplus of veggies in my house with open arms and empty jars. In other words, I’ve learned to pickle.
Make This: Make headlines with DIY gift bags
by Deirdre Long
Jul 21, 2013 |  0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
While packing up the birthday gifts, I realized I’d used the last of my appropriately sized gift bags and only had the extra-large ones left — a sure disappointment for the kid expecting an awesome, extra-large toy only to find a size 5 shirt instead. These recycled newspaper bags were made in the hour before the party.
Make This: 101 ways to eat, store fresh produce
by Deirdre Long
Jul 07, 2013 |  0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
But the one fruit I can never have enough of in our house are blueberries. So when I saw that three u-pick blueberry farms were now open in our area, I planned a trip the very next day.
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