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Our good friends at minted.com want to help you make memorable gifts for your mom. minted.com is giving 10% off plus free ground shipping coupon code to merrimentdesign.com readers to buy memorable gifts for your mom or, uh, yourself. Choose from greeting cards, personalized stationery, journals, artwork, and party decor. I love the fresh styles …

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Thanks to Lark Crafts for sponsoring this giveaway. If you are anything like me, sometimes you need a little inspiration. This giveaway includes two books from Lark Crafts that are bound to get your creativity flowing. Making an Impression: Designing and Creating Artful Stamps by Geninne D. Zlatkis is a lovely guide to creating stamps …

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This post is sponsored by Elmer’s and X-ACTO. Tis the season for making and gifting cookies. Elise and I are decorating sugar cookies for our friends and neighbors and we’re going to package them in these 5-minute DIY cookie treat bags made from plain old wax paper and decorative Elmer’s Designer Masking Tape. It’s a …

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The holidays are coming and what could be better than to give (or receive) handmade jewelry? The two books in our giveaway, “A Bounty of Bead & Wire Bracelets: 50 Fun, Fast Jewelry Projects” and “A Bounty of Bead & Wire Necklaces: 50 Fun, Fast Jewelry Projects” by Nathalie Mornu are both chock full of …

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It’s getting chilly in Chicago — clearly time to start busting out some cute hand crocheted hats. Wish I knew how to crochet or knit but alas, I don’t yet. Good thing there’s cute.tuques who made this adorable sock monkey hat for my monkey-obsessed girl… …and this aviator beanie for my little future pilot… Isn’t …

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This painted spiderweb DIY Halloween candy bowl for trick-or-treat ranks at the top of my all-time favorite Halloween crafts. Each Halloween my downstairs neighbors and I sit on our Chicago city stoop with our candy bowl piled with chocolate treats for costumed kids (plus maybe a glass or two of wine for us). I made …

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The Martha Stewart Spray Kit is basically a genius way of turning almost any Martha Stewart Crafts paint into spray paint. Let’s process this. You can turn almost ANY COLOR into spray paint which comes in super handy in Chicago where it’s illegal to purchase spray paint within city limits 🙂 To get you in …

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Sparklers are super pretty and fun but holy wow, do they ever get hot! Yeeowch. Help prevent accidental burns from used sparklers this 4th of July by making my DIY Sparkler Safety Holder Bucket. Just add water and place burnt sparklers inside the sparkler holder bucket for a safer way to dispose of hot metal …

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I am loving these tassel cocktail stirrers — just the right added flair to summertime drinks on the deck. Earlier I showed you some of my DIY custom necklaces, earrings and belts using Styled by Tori Spelling jewelry pieces. Now I’m going to show you how to use Styled by Tori Spelling danglers to glitz up your …

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I’ve always been intimidated about making my own jewelry. Honestly, for me all the supplies and tools kind of made the cost of entry too high for me, both literally and figuratively. But then I was sent a box of Styled by Tori Spelling DIY mix-and-match jewelry pieces — no tools required! I received the …

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