Monthly Archives: July 2014

Incredibly Imaginative Upcycled Décor for Your Home

 

Carved wood night stand

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Carved Wood Night Stand 

This DIY expert walks you through how to upcycle an ordinary night stand and turn it into unique, artistic home décor with a Dremel tool. 
 
 
Upcycled Pallet Ottoman

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Upcycled Pallet Ottoman

You would never know this beautifully tufted fabric ottoman was created from an old wood pallet – and it’s an affordable DIY project, too!

 
 
stencil old curtains

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Stencil Your Existing Curtains

Old curtains look like new again with a stencil from the art supply store. The cute detailing gives the curtains a one-of-a-kind look and is a very easy weekend DIY project. Sometimes it’s the simple ideas that can add a big impact to a room. 
 
 
upcycled bike gears Stained Glass

Velo Gioielli
 

Bike-Inspired Stained Glass

You don’t have to be a bicycle enthusiast to appreciate these great upcycled, stained-glass masterpieces made from bike parts and colorful glass. How beautiful are these colors?
 
 
filmstrip lamp

Happy Factor
 

Cinema Filmstrip Lamp

These handmade lamps are made with 35mm filmstrip from different movies. Just think what you could do with all that old film Dad (or Grandpa) took on family vacations! Sounds like a personalized family DIY project in the making. 
 
 
Originally posted July 17, 2014 at http://www.craftfoxes.com/blog/crafty-picnic-baskets

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Melissa LeGates is a freelance writer and retired Air Force journalist who specializes in features and B2B writing. She is also a colored pencil artist and blogs about it at coloredpencilenthusiast.wordpress.com.

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Super Fun Outdoor Games to Make for Kids

Giant Jenga Game

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Giant Jenga Game

A Beautiful Mess provides the details on how to make this easy giant Jenga game that is fun for kids and adults alike.

washer toss game

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Washer Toss Game

This game is easy to transport and great to take on vacations. Matt Knowlton from Pretty Handy Girl takes you through how to make this DIY washer toss game.
Bean Bag Toss

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Bean Bag Toss

Monique from Pocket Full of Whimsy stitched up this cute bean bag toss game with scrap fabrics. Keep kids practicing their math all summer long with this simple game.
Outdoor Tic Tac Toe Game

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Outdoor Tic-Tac-Toe Game 

Alecia from Chicken Scratch NY painted a tic tac toe board on a wood disk and decorated a few rocks as ladybugs and bumble bees. Why not take a stump in your yard, which is normally considered an eyesore, and make it into a focal point for play? Kids can leave the game and come back when they want, and the sturdy game pieces will still be there.
Floating pool Basketball Hoop

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Floating Basketball Hoop

Latest Handmade provides step-by-step instructions to make your own basketball hoop from PVC pipe to float in the swimming pool.
Originally posted by Melissa Legates on Jul 23, 2014 at http://www.craftfoxes.com/blog/outdoor-games-to-make-for-kids
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Melissa LeGates is a freelance writer and retired Air Force journalist who specializes in features and B2B writing. She is also a colored pencil artist and blogs about it at coloredpencilenthusiast.wordpress.com.

Cute & Crafty Summer Picnic Baskets

Kick off summer picnics with these crafty picnic baskets! Make your own with a DIY tutorial or buy a custom handmade design – either way, your picnic will be more delightful with the perfect basket.

Refurbished Thrift Store Picnic Basket

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Refurbished Thrift Store Picnic Basket

Laura from Over the Apple Tree made this adorable picnic basket for her daughter with a basket she found at a thrift store for 50 cents, plus some cardboard, batting and hot glue. The template can be altered for any size basket with a handle. 

Mosaic Picnic Basket

Reecreation Mosaics

Mosaic Picnic Basket

A traditional picnic basket gets an artsy kick with a china and glass mosaic on the lid. You can purchase this picnic basket at reecreationmosaics on Etsy. 

Cloth Picnic Basket

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Drawstring Cloth Picnic Basket

This basket by Clover and Violet is cute as can be and closes up tight with a drawstring. Originally made with Easter season in mind, this cloth picnic basket is great anytime of the year! 

Picnic Basket Backpack

Kathy Kobrick Designs

Picnic Basket Backpack

This handwoven, insulated picnic basket backpack will hold it all – the wine, the meal, the dessert and more! The best part is your hands are free to pick some flowers along the way. You can buy your own from Kathy Kobrick Designs.

Butcher Paper Picnic Baskets

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Butcher Paper Picnic Baskets

These individual picnic baskets from Oh Happy Day are made from butcher paper – you can download a free template. They’re fun and inexpensive to make, and the best part is everyone gets exactly what they want in their own baskets. 

No Sew Basket

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No-Sew Fabric Basket Weave
ChiWei from One Dog Woof used a standard pattern for a paper basket weave and instead used fabric for this no-sew basket. What a great way to coordinate your fabric to your room and leave it out all year long to multi-task as an organizer.

Originally posted July 17, 2014 at http://www.craftfoxes.com/blog/crafty-picnic-baskets

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Melissa LeGates is a freelance writer and retired Air Force journalist who specializes in features and B2B writing. She is also a colored pencil artist and blogs about it at coloredpencilenthusiast.wordpress.com.

 
 

 

 

Mouthwatering Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipes

Barbecue sauce is serious business for some, and it seems like everyone has strong opinions on the matter. We say, why just stick to one? There are so many to try, whether they get their distinctive taste from fruit, soda or spices, they all have one thing in common—the YUM factor! Have a great summer trying out these recipes for a tasty, sweet and tangy delight.

Fruity BBQ sauces

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Fruity BBQ Sauces

These BBQ sauces get a sweet punch from fresh fruit. What a great way to incorporate summer’s harvest into your festivities. 

Fiery Peach BBQ Sauce from Kitchen Confidante

Blackberry BBQ Sauce from Smitten Foodie

Roasted Strawberry BBQ Sauce from Ziplist

Fizzy BBQ sauces
Fizzy BBQ sauces

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Fizzy BBQ Sauces

Soda is the hidden ingredient in these two BBQ sauce recipes:

10 Minute Best Coca-Cola BBQ Sauce from Linda at With A Blast

Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce from the Noble Pig

Date BBQ sauce
Date BBQ sauce

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Date BBQ Sauce

This Medjool Date BBQ sauce has no refined sugars. Plus, it is gluten free, vegan and naturally sweet. 

NC BBQ sauce
NC BBQ sauce

Amazingribs.com

North Carolina BBQ Sauce

Classic Hill Country North Carolina Barbecue Sauce gets its zing from crushed red pepper and vinegar.

BBQ bible
BBQ bible

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Asian-Inspired BBQ Sauce

Tired of your usual BBQ sauce? Give this Great Wall Barbecue Sauce from the Steven Raichlen recipe book Barbecue! Bible: Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades, Bastes, Butters, and Glazes a try. It contains ginger, rice vinegar and soy sauce to give it an Asian accent. 

This was originally posted on July 9, 2014 at http://www.craftfoxes.com/blog/homemade-bbq-sauce-recipes.

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Melissa LeGates is a freelance writer and retired Air Force journalist who specializes in features and B2B writing. She is also a colored pencil artist and blogs about it at coloredpencilenthusiast.wordpress.com.

Celebrate Canada Day with Recipes Featuring Maple Syrup

Happy Canada Day! Canada Day celebrates the anniversary of three colonies being united in 1867. And what is more Canadian than maple syrup? We hope you enjoy these recipes for both sweet and savory treats loaded with the good stuff…and a few surprising ingredients, too!

black-bean-maple-truffle

Ambitiouskitchen.com

Fudgy Maple Pop

There is a reason Mom sometimes won’t advertise the ingredients until after you’ve tried it. These secretly healthy black bean truffles with maple syrup are good, and good for you, even if most people don’t think of beans and sweet treats in the same context. They are also packed with protein powder for an extra boost. These truffle pops won’t bust your waistline, so be brave and give them a chance.

cookies

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Crunchy Maple-Inspired Cookies

Maple syrup jazzes up these cookies. Warning: you will want more than one!

Vermont Maple Meringue Cookies by King Arthur Flour

Maple Almond Butter Cookies by Sweet and Natural

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Gluten-Free Mug Pancake

Sometimes you just crave a pancake or two, but you can’t justify making a whole batch. This gluten-free mug pancake uses maple syrup as the sweetener and won’t leave you feeling sluggish like it’s flour-based counterpart. Plus, it is a snap to make and clean up.

maple-syrup-popcorn

Thishomemadelife.com

Maple Glazed Popcorn

Although scientists agree all sugar is processed the same way in our bodies, maple syrup offers something many of the other sugars don’t —nutrients. Maple syrup contains higher doses of manganese, zinc, calcium, B2, magnesium and potassium —beating out both honey and agave nectar. This tasty treat isn’t overly sweet — just right for a quick snack.

main dish

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Savory Sweet Meat Dishes

Maple syrup isn’t only for yummy treats. These meat dishes get a sweet kick from maple syrup as well.

Chipotle Maple Chicken by the Creekside Cook
Oven Roasted Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin with Maple-Ginger Glaze by the Tasty Kitchen

spaghetti-squash-with-maple-syrup

Thepioneerwoman.com

Light and Healthy Maple Spaghetti

Spaghetti Squash with Maple Syrup and Shallots is a great dinner. Just add a side salad and you are good to go — or it makes a great side to a main dish like the maple pork tenderloin or chicken.

Brussels-Sprouts-with-Walnuts

Horsesandheels.com

Sweet Greens

This often-overlooked veggie is treated with a healthy dose of sweetness – try these Brussels Sprouts with Maple Syrup and Walnuts. Tasty and good for you!

maple-glazed-carrots-1

Cubemarketplace.com

Sweet and Salty Carrots

Save some bacon from your breakfast to sprinkle over this yummy recipe of Maple Glazed Carrots with Bacon.

Originally posted by Melissa Legates on Jul 01, 2014 at http://www.craftfoxes.com/blog/happy-canada-day

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Melissa LeGates is a freelance writer and retired Air Force journalist who specializes in features and B2B writing. She is also a colored pencil artist and blogs about it at coloredpencilenthusiast.wordpress.com.

 

 

 

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