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DIY, making do

Cloth Extension Cords: Vintage Style, Modern Safety



Maybe it’s just me but have you ever noticed how an ugly extension cord snaking along the baseboard can ruin a whole room? Come on, you know you’ve noticed it too. And if you haven’t, you might now that I brought it up. (You’re welcome.)

I’m thinking about switching to something more like these cloth covered cords in the Dream House. Available in range of colors and styles, these cords are so cute I’ll probably want to find a way to display rather than hide them!

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DIY, making do, small town life

Make Homemade Fire Starters with 2 Things You’re Already Putting in the Garbage



What do you use to start a fire? Those store-bought fire starting logs? Well, hello, Mr. and Mrs. Moneybags! Crumpled up newspaper? Yep, that’ll work (and will perhaps keep print media running). Top secret documents that you need to destroy? Um, yeah, that’ll work too (although I worry about the kinds of people you associate with). Have I got a better fire starter for you! And it’s two things you would throw into the garbage anyway!

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Let There Be (Motion Activated & Battery Operated) Light



We love the big stairway that leads to the second floor of the Dream House but we don’t always love how dark it can be. Yes, there’s an overhead light (actually, a ceiling fan, which will eventually get switched out for a standard light fixture) but there are times (like the middle of the night) when we find ourselves walking up or down a very dark stairway. To say it can be a bit treacherous is an understatement. Browsing around at The Container Store, I found the perfect solution: a motion activated and battery operated LED floodlight. And the best part is that it was super easy to install. Here’s how I did it:

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