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15 Amazing Duct Tape Craft Projects

It turns out that we have something in common with 2011 Miss America winner Teresa Scanlan. She’s obsessed with using duct tape…for crafts and accessories that is. According to this New York Times article, Scanlan can’t get enough of the adhesive. She said, “I’ve made a duct tape skirt, shorts, a couple shirts and a dress is my next project … You know how they ask you what three things you’d want on a desert island? I’d only want one thing: duct tape. It’s all you need.”

After reading about everything from duct tape prom dresses to knock-off purses, we decided to take a closer look at the new duct tape fad. Flip through the slideshow below for 15 incredible duct tape projects we found. Read more…

Craft Of The Day: DIY Hand Warmers

Cold hands? Not for long! Stay toasty warm with this Craft Of The Day. These DIY hand warmers are perfect for a frigid winter afternoon – all you need to do is pop the bag in the microwave and voila! Added bonus: there’s no need to purchase fabric, you can utilize old scraps instead. Keep reading for the how-to.

Craft Of The Day: Scrabble Tile Picture

We’re writers, so of course Scrabble is one of our all-time favorite games, meaning we couldn’t pass on the opportunity to turn it into a Craft Of The Day. Enter this awesome Scrabble tile sign. All you need to do is pick a short but sweet message you like to live by, grab the corresponding letter tiles and follow the directions below! And remember, if you don’t have miscellaneous tiles lying around and don’t want to ruin the game, you can always find similar pieces at your local craft store. Read more…

How To Be Organized: What The Average Purse Weighs And How To Organize It

“Do you have a pen?” my friend asked.

“Yeah sure, just go into my purse,” I said.

But what my friend found wasn’t a pen, but approximately 5 handfuls of receipts, a small notebook and 4 lipsticks/lip glosses. There was at pen, at some point, in this fashionable garbage pail that I call a purse. And even worse, I had actually downsized from a larger satchel to the smallest purse I could get without it being a clutch, because I had noticed that the former just attracted stuff like a junkyard magnet. Read more…

 

Holiday Gift Guide: 17 Surprisingly Easy Homemade Gift Ideas

The trick to a great homemade gift idea is getting the end result to look as if it was professionally made, and, believe it or not, that’s an easy thing to do! From leather phone cases to high-end lotion bars, we’ve found 17 deceptively easy homemade gifts that are sure to impress. Just click through the slideshow at the link and start crafting! Read more…

Buying Guide: How To Shop For All Kinds Of Candles

Let’s be honest: Shopping for candles is a fairly thoughtless task. If we do spend more than 3 seconds mulling over whether to buy one candle over another, it’s mainly for scent reasons. But whether it was a taper that dripped all over the table or a pillar that burned so unevenly that you’d think it was placed at a 90 degree angle, we’ve all gotten ripped off in this department. And even if it’s a question of $5, it’s $5 more than we’d like to lose on a purchase.

It doesn’t have to be that way. These tried-and-true simple shopping tips will reliably guide you to a quality candle … at any price point. Read more…

Decor Tips That’ll Make Your Family Stop Fighting

Your home is filled with sights, sounds, and scents. Which ones should you select to build positive relationships among the members of your family? This is the third article in a three part series about using home design to enhance family ties.

Consider the colors you put on your walls, furniture, and floors. Colors that aren’t very saturated but are pretty bright will put you and your family in a positive mood – and when we’re in good moods, we’re more likely to get along with others. We’re also better at problem solving and more creative. Brightness is just what it sounds like–baby blue is brighter than navy blue. Saturation is a little trickier–it is how pure a color is–kelly green is more saturated than olive green. Sage-y greens have the levels of saturation and brightness best for building relationships–but there are blues and many other colors that also set the right tone. Read more…

Check Out Hilary Swank’s NYC Apartment!

Hilary's Living Room!
Check out her light-filled great room. Read More »
Hilary's Den
Where Swank kicks back and reads. Read More »
Hilary's Office
The perfect place to read an Oscar-worthy script. Read More »

Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank keeps a relatively low profile in Hollywood, so we’re not surprised to see that her New York apartment, which is featured in the latest issue of Elle Decor, is all about serenity and comfort. So it’s no wonder that the coziness of her dwelling ranks higher than the square-footage of the space for Hilary. “I feel comforted in smaller spaces,” Hilary tells the magazine. “They’re more nurturing.” And looking at the clean-lined furnishings and the soothing color palette in the home, we can definitely see how the apartment helps Hilary relax. Our favorite part of the apartment? Hilary’s (very) eclectic collection of artifacts ranging from a series of hand-forged scissors (strangely intriguing) to African headrests (also oddly interesting).

Take a sneak peek inside Hilary’s apartment here…

Mouse In The House? Testing 7 Ways To Get Rid Of Rodents

As we geared up for our guide to getting rid of mice, we asked you for your awful rodent stories. (Because seriously, you’re not alone.) We got a great response, but our favorite is the story of how a mouse made a nest in a car’s glove compartment.

Now to the good part: We had a self-proclaimed “mouse-ologist” test the top seven ways to get rid of mice. This expert is more of a casual one, having reportedly seen at least a dozen mice during their tenure as a college resident advisor. The tester, along with their college, will remain anonymous.  Keep reading »

Road Test: Rose-Gold Hair

Throughout my entire life my mother stressed natural beauty. She never let me experiment when it came to hair trends: no dyes –- temporary or permanent, and no unconventional cuts. The worst was every September, while the other girls got their back-to-school highlights, I stuck to the same boring style.

Now in my early twenties, I adhered to my mother’s rules, until I met Aura Friedman.

A petite hairstylist with spunk to spare, Aura is a very in-demand hair colorist who has coiffed many a celebrity. From Lady Gaga to M.I.A., she has even colored entire runway shows including Alexander McQueen. Which brings me to my recent hair makeover. Read more…

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