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As a compulsive crafter and decorator on a budget, I launched Craftynest to share practical and pretty DIY ideas.



Last Build Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 07:59:03 +0000

 



Valentine ribbon wreath

Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:00:09 +0000

My first ever DIY blog posts appeared in Sunset magazine’s now defunct blog, homebysunset.com. Because Sunset is no longer hosting these projects, I’m making revised and updated versions available here at Crafty Nest. This post comprises Make a ribbon wreath, originally published October 2007. I originally made this as a Christmas wreath, but now that […]



Navy blue feature wall

Sun, 02 Feb 2014 04:09:09 +0000

Whenever people tell me they love painting, I’m suspicious. If you do the job right (protect the floor, clean and prep the walls, tape off moldings and edges, and start with primer), painting is anything but fun. And that doesn’t even count cleanup. But it’s worth the hassle because paint (or wallpaper) has the biggest […]



Painting my house

Sat, 16 Nov 2013 04:03:39 +0000

To say that choosing paint colors was difficult for me would be an understatement. Each color looked completely different depending on lighting, which I found to be extremely frustrating—especially now that days are short and sunlight is limited. Two months, 22 paint samples, and multiple splotchy walls later, I finally picked the colors I want on […]



I’m a homeowner! The before pictures

Mon, 14 Oct 2013 13:00:38 +0000

I’m sorry to have neglected Crafty Nest for so long. But this time I have a great excuse. I bought my first house! Here are some “before” pictures of my “new” house. It’s a 1927 Mediterranean bungalow, with loads of charm including original light fixtures, push-button switches, built-ins, and gorgeous hardwood floors. It was a […]



Recycling tote

Wed, 22 May 2013 13:00:10 +0000

My first ever DIY blog posts appeared in Sunset magazine’s now defunct blog, homebysunset.com. Because Sunset is no longer hosting these projects, I’m making revised and updated versions available here at Crafty Nest. This post comprises Making a paper-recycling tote, originally published January 2008. Ever need something that you’re sure exists, but once you go […]



Beaded-glass framed mirror

Wed, 15 May 2013 13:00:23 +0000

I removed this old, scratched, chipped mirror from an ugly plastic frame (which I turned into a bulletin board). Even though the mirror had seen better days, I couldn’t just throw it out. Despite it’s flaws, I loved the shape and thickness of the mirror. I wanted to glue on some sort of frame and […]



Plates + candlesticks + knobs = tiered jewelry trays

Wed, 08 May 2013 13:00:16 +0000

This one is for Alyson. She’s been asking me to blog about jewelry storage ideas for, um, years. I’ve had this tiered jewelry tray idea in the back of my mind for a long time. The delay came down to finding the right glue. I think I’ve found it—well, almost. This is the best glue […]