17 Tips for using Chalkboard Paint

Here is a fun little project. If you are a not a crafter or spend a lot of time looking at home decor on Pinterest, you might not know that chalkboard paint is a thing. That’s right: paint that makes any surface a chalkboard. Isn’t that fantastic? Awesome people use it for all kinds of […]

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Crabapple Hard Cider: A Grand Experiment!

Let me preface this by saying that although we are home brewers, we have no real idea on how to make cider. Sure, we hear the process is pretty similar, and there is a huge amount of online how-to information, but there seem to be so many different variables, such as the type of apples […]

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A DIY Dinosaur Wreath

Well, it’s that time of year again. Drinking hot cocoa, curled up watching the fireplace on Netflix, starting to think about seasonal decor and how to incorporate more dinosaurs with it. Wait, what? Yes! Today I bring you the DIY Dinosaur Holiday Wreath. I’m not sure which holiday it’s for. Right now it’s for Hallowgivingmas, […]

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How to Make a Handcarved Stamp

This is a fun project to do if you like carving, drawing, rubber stamps, letterboxing, making stationery, scrapbooking, or trying new things. First, let’s gather some materials. Tools and Materials: Rubber stamp blocks. These can be found in many art stores, often next to the linoleum for printmaking. A flat eraser also works well. Linoleum […]

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How to Make a Handbound Book

Bookbinding is an old art that is simultaneously useful as well as beautiful and creative. If you want to get into bookbinding, we live in the glorious age of The Internet, and there are about a billion resources out there, from stitching tutorials to creative ideas, to tips on materials, to extensive information on leatherworking […]

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How to Sew Bunting

“Bunting” is apparently what those little triangular flags hanging in a line are called, like you would see at a swim meet or maybe a carnival. Apparently they are all the rage, and since there’s nothing I like better than fitting in and doing what the crowd is doing, I thought I would make some. […]

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Matthew and Olivia’s Playroom Design

One of my friends is building a new house, and has a space that will be perfect for a playroom for her two kids, ages 5 and 2. She let me make a mood board for her to get ideas for her new space. Some requirements: Her son likes things to be organized, and will […]

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How to Paint Shadow Stripes

“Shadow Stripes” are a wall painting technique where you alternate flat and glossy stripes of the same color to make a dynamic effect that changes with the room lighting. You could use the same technique to paint other patterns, such as swirls, harlequin diamonds, or other graphic patterns. Horizontal stripes seem to be popular right […]

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How to Paint the Front Door Red

It’s Spring here at the Neeland Cottage! Today, I painted our front door bright red, because every cottage needs a bright red front door. It’s true. Look it up on Pinterest if you don’t believe me.   I thought I’d take this opportunity to school everybody on how to paint doors. How to Paint a […]

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“99 Bottles IPA” Beer Labels!

Recently, I won a beer label contest, meaning that my artwork is on actual beer brewed by actual strangers who sell beer for money. This is kind of a big deal for me, so let me share all the details, along with pictures and a podcast of me talking about this blog on the local […]

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