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Matt Muenster

Matt Muenster, star of DIY Network’s and HGTV’s Bath Crashers, and me!

Here at HGTV, everyone is always talking about how awesome the “network talent” is.  If, like me, you aren’t fluent in the language of production, “network talent” equals the stars you see on TV.  Seriously though, it feels like every single person I encounter at the office has some story about the time they met Vern Yip or Sabrina Soto and they were “so nice and down to earth!” Well my friends, as of a recent shoot for HGTV Magazine, I am officially among those who can confirm that our “network talent” is pretty amazing.  I had the chance to spend a few hours with Matt Muenster, star of DIY Network’s and HGTV’s Bath Crashers, and let me tell you, he totally lived up to the hype.

I’m famous for leaving interesting first impressions, and Matt was no exception.  The night before the photo shoot, I went home early with a nasty cold, so he and my supervisor, Carol, figured I’d sleep all day and left the hotel without me the next morning.  When I arrived downstairs at 8am dressed and ready to go, they had to turn around to get me.  I hopped in the back of our rental car embarrassed, congested and a little afraid the celebrity in the passenger’s seat might be displeased about the detour.  Instead of giving me a piece of his mind, however, he looked over his shoulder through his aviator shades and excitedly said, “You’re alive!”

We arrived on set and there was still a lot of prep work to be done, so we had plenty of time to sit around and get to know each other before the camera started flashing.  I learned that Matt went to school at the University of Wisconsin and studied interior design (which is awesome because I go to the University of Cincinnati for the same thing).  I then made the mistake of calling him “Matthew” — a mistake because it’s not his real name — the birth certificate clearly says “Matt.”  Furthermore, his middle name is “J.”  Not “Jay.”  It’s “J.”  He also has a brother named Andy.  You guessed it.  Just “Andy.”

All morning, Matt was full of jokes and was extremely low maintenance.  The guy felt like everybody’s best friend.  He was laughing all the time and disarming everyone with his big, genuine smile.  He said, “I’m only here for a few hours, so I might as well be nice and have fun.”  Though it was a total diva-free zone, he still had to get primped and polished by Lisa, the makeup artist.  It was astounding how much time it took to get people camera-ready.  Matt had to take what felt like a million pictures, with the photographer actually yelling things like “Work it! Make me love you!” Apparently those lines aren’t just reserved for movies. When it was all said and done, he still somehow found energy to take several goofball portraits with me.

At the end of the shoot, Carol, Matt and I hopped in the rental car and started the long drive back to the Philadelphia Airport, but before arriving, Matt admitted he had never had a real Philly Cheese-steak.  Blasphemy.  We ended up in downtown Philadelphia at Jim’s Steaks, we all ordered “a steak with whiz” (i.e. a giant bun, chopped steak and cheese-wiz), and though we were a little skeptical at first, it was so worth it.  As Carol fiddled with the ATM machine inside after lunch, Matt and I jogged around on the sidewalk, laughing and taking pictures of the colorful store window displays on the street.   With our bellies full, we made it to the airport, hugged our goodbyes and headed for security.  He walked off to his gate waving and smiling like he was parting ways with an old friend.  I waved and smiled back as I thought to myself, “Matt J. Muenster is one cool dude.”

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Although you can never go wrong with a delicious home-cooked spread, trays are for more than just breakfast in bed. If you’ve got some wooden or metal trays taking up space in your cabinets, bust them out and give them new life with these pretty craft ideas.

5 Craft Ideas for Neglected Trays

A tray can add a little glitz to your vanity…and keep your cosmetics, candles and jewelry elegantly organized. Try this tutorial from Maureen Stevens for an Art Deco tray upgrade that has loads of Gatsby glamor.

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Sweaters used to be my winter uniform, but pesky moths seem to have made a feast of my fashions. If you’re like me and have a closet full of holey sweaters that you’d like to replace, don’t toss them out before you take a look at these cool ideas for upcycling sweaters.

5 Sweater Crafts That Are No Sweat

These dress shirt and sweater pillows from Brian Patrick Flynn are delightfully preppy and would add a wonderful menswear touch to any bedroom. Get all the how-to details and instructions here.

MORE AMAZING WAYS TO UPCYCLE SWEATERS

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DIY Fabric Garland

Whenever a craft requires extensive sewing I start to get a little nervous. It’s true … I am driving blind behind the metaphorical wheel of a sewing machine. Every now and then, with meticulous planning, I work up the courage to take on a sewing craft, but if I can avoid stitching, I do. That is why I brainstormed ways to create home decor projects with all my scrap fabric without going to battle against a bobbin. Here is what I came up with: a ripped fabric garland! It is so easy and so simple that you could do it in your sleep. Okay, maybe not in your sleep (safety note: using scissors while sleeping is hazardous, in case you didn’t know), but you don’t have to be a DIY enthusiast to master this fabric garland.

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Yesterday Liz reminded me that it’s Modernism Week, and my timing couldn’t be better. Why is that? Well today I’m showing you how to make this killer geometric pendant light from a $20 roll of copper tubing from the plumbing section of the hardware store. Watch the video to learn how:

This is a great project for those in search of modern lighting without the big price tag. An abstract design means there are no mistakes–so have some fun!

DIY Geometric Light Pendant

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Cross Stitch Painting

Last week I was chatting with my friend who pointed out that cross-stitch is kind of a dying art. These are the important things we contemplate.

“Maybe older women do cross-stitch a bunch?” I suggested as a feeble attempt to defend our beloved cross-stitch hobby.

“There’s lots of ‘hip’ cross-stitch art you can buy online I think?” she piped in.

The truth is, cross-stitch may not be our craft of choice when we think “hip”, “modern” or even relevant interior design. I refuse, however, to believe that cross-stitch doesn’t have something to offer when it comes to home decor.

I saw our little chat about cross-stitch as a challenge to be accepted! Here is what I came up with — (drumroll now) — A cross-stitch painting using a cross-stitch pattern! This tutorial will teach you how to take your old cross-stitch patterns and turn them into artwork for your home!

Cross-Stitch Painting
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You’ve made your valentines and decorated your cookies, but now that the big day is almost upon us, maybe you’re looking for one more way to make your Valentine’s Day the best yet. Why not put a little heartfelt effort into the most important meal of the day? In today’s HGTV Crafternoon I’ll show you how to put a little extra love into three easy family breakfasts. Click to see what’s cooking:

My daughter Lulu was partial to the heart-shaped pancakes with bacon “arrows”, my husband Chris scarfed down the egg in a heart-shaped hole, and my favorite was the heart-shaped mini breakfast pizza with an egg cracked right on top. Yum! Do you make any special meals for Valentine’s Day? Dish in the comments below.

3 Easy Valentine's Day Breakfasts

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Can you believe that I used to not like Valentine’s Day? I thought it was a complete waste of a holiday. Now, I don’t know if it’s because of where I work, or if it’s because I have a daughter obsessed with hearts, the color pink, and candy, but I can’t get enough of this holiday. I love it so much that I did not one, not two, but three Valentines Day Crafternoons this year. Starting things off, Lulu and I got together to make some deliciously adorable Valentines for her to give to her classmates. Trust me, you’re going to want to watch this:

Want to make your own Candy Necklace Valentines? Get the free printables right here. These sweet Valentines are so charming that I might have to make them for my coworkers. How about you? Who are you giving Valentines to this year?

Candy Necklace Valentines

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As a crafty person, the holidays are like my Olympics. By the time everything is done, my workspace looks like I hosted some kind of very wholesome rave. Glitter, bits of paper, and other supplies are strewn about and I can’t find a dang thing. Clearly I’m in need of some organizational help, but if you know me you know it still has to be pretty. So today I spruced up some boring black office supplies with a little paint and colorful embroidery thread. Check out the video below:

With office supplies like these I almost look forward to tidying up! Do you have any organizing projects on deck for the new year?

Office Supply Spruce Up

In the mood for more projects like this one? Catch up with Marianne on the HGTV Crafternoon page.

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First we survived the excesses of the holiday season. Then the weather turned and much of the country has seen epic low temperatures and snow over the past week. Are you feeling a little cooped up? Is your home maybe smelling a touch on the stale side? Well I have just the thing: three recipes for natural home scents you can make in a slow cooker or on your stove top. Watch the video below for details:

These three scents will leave your home smelling fresh and are sure to clear your mind. Our scent suggestions are:

  • grapefruit, rosemary, bay leaves (my personal favorite!)
  • lemon, nutmeg, almond extract
  • lime, fresh ginger, coconut flavoring

DIY Home Scents

The possibilities are endless! I have oranges and a cinnamon stick simmering away right now and I’m invigorated by all of the citrusy goodness. Best of all, it’s all natural.

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You guys, I have some very exciting news! HGTV has partnered with some of the top YouTube taste-makers to launch a new channel dedicated to all things crafty: HGTV Handmade. HGTV Handmade is a new crafting and DIY collaboration channel featuring some of the best DIYers on YouTube. New videos are posted almost every day! Check out the first video below:

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HGTV Handmade launches today and the weekly schedule looks like this:

HGTV Handmade

So, head over to HGTV Handmade and subscribe to get amazing, inspirational DIY videos delivered straight to your inbox! You won’t regret it.

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Well folks, we made it through Christmas but the entertaining train hasn’t stopped yet. After all, we need to kick 2014 off in style. If you’re throwing a dinner party to welcome in the new year, why not customize some inexpensive flatware to match your table setting? Watch my video and see how a little paint goes a long way.

This isn’t the first time I’ve used Plasti-Dip, and I’m still totally carried away with it. It’s just so fun! What would you like to dunk in this magical stuff?

Paint Dipped Silverware

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It’s been a while since we featured projects specifically for oenophiles, but if you’ve crafted with all of your corks and are still looking for more raw materials, look no further than the wooden wine crate. Like milk crates, these sturdy boxes are surprisingly simple to transform and have a certain rustic flair. (Not big on wine? Fruit or soda crates may work for many of these makeovers, or you can head to your local craft supply store for plain crates.) Drink in these clever ideas and when you find one you like, try the tutorial!

6 Crafty Ways to Update Wood Crates: Toy Box
Keep kid clutter to a minimum with these mobile wooden crate toy boxes from Brian Patrick Flynn. Names spelled out with stencils are a cute, personal touch.

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The weather may be less than ideal for outdoor gardening in much of the country right now, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any fun to be had until spring. If your green thumb is getting itchy, why not channel that energy into some totally cool crafts made with old gardening tools and accessories? Here are some inspired ideas I spotted (with some help from MacGyver veteran, Briana)…

garden watering can planters

Dented or leaky watering cans can become the perfect vessels for the plants they used to water! Take a look at Nancy Ondra’s other ideas for stunning, low-budget container gardens here.

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Have you finished your holiday decorating yet? Or are you just getting started? Me, I fall somewhere in the middle. The tree is up and trimmed, the mantel is mostly done (I think it just needs some greenery), and I have a few finishing touches to add to the rest of the house. One thing I can’t wait to hang is this Light-Up Holiday Star. It’s kind of amazing. Watch the video below to see how to make this project for yourself, and then read on to win some Pottery Barn stockings!

This show stopper of a star looks great indoors but since it’s made of foam and LED lights you can use it outdoors as well! It would look great next to your front door, don’t you think?

Hanging Light-Up Holiday Star

Faux Fur Stockings courtesy of Pottery Barn

Now on to our giveaway! Here is your chance to deck your halls in style, thanks to our friends at Pottery Barn. Leave a comment on this post and you’ll be entered to win two Faux Fur Stockings and two Faux Sheepskin Stockings, each trimmed in gorgeous ivory velvet.

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 11:00 a.m. ET on December 3, 2013 and 12:00 p.m. ET on December 9, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of the prize: $98.00. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932

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A couple of weeks ago I showed you how to make your very own Wood-Burned Cheese Board (you’ve made yours by now, right?), and now, with Thanksgiving only a couple of days away, it’s time to shop for the right things to top it with. After all, you don’t want to end up with a plate full of pre-cubed cheddar on the big day, do you? Not that there’s anything wrong with cheese cubes, but why not treat your dinner guests to a perfectly crafted cheese feast?

Just watching that made me hungry! This cheese plate would be a great appetizer while waiting for the turkey to finish roasting, or you can serve it with dessert for any of your guests who aren’t in the mood for pie. As long as you stick to our formula, you’ll always have a perfectly balanced (and gorgeous!) cheese board for your guests.

The Perfect Cheese Plate

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!

Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

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Pinecones: they last forever, they’re interesting to look at and they signal the season where evergreens reign supreme. Throw a couple of pinecones on a coffee table or mantle and you could call it wintertime decorating success. Orrrrr you could always take things further with these ideas…

Pinecone Wreaths

 Construct this wreath with rolled up book pages and an assortment of pinecones for a result that gives off a wintery welcoming vibe without the usual pine needle shedding.

pinecone garland

Wintertime is garland time, right? Make your own with pinecones laying about outside and whatever spray paint and string you like.

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We virtually introduced you to HGTV.com and Design* Sponge contributor Amanda Brown last week. As part of a tour for her book, Spruce: A Step-By-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design, she and her team stopped by the HGTV offices to hold an upholstery workshop for us. That’s right, we actually made the benches pictured below with our own bare hands.

HGTV Editors' Upholstered Benches

I had an overwhelming feeling of “Can I actually do this and use power tools without hurting myself?” when I first walked into the workshop area. But let me tell you, I was ready for more when I was done with my bench. If you think there’s no way you’d even attempt an upholstery project, keep reading. Amanda’s expertise and step-by-step guide couldn’t have made it any easier.

See How We Made Our Benches

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Centerpieces are one of my most-requested crafts, and with good reason: they make the biggest impact on your party table, and the wrong choice can seriously impact your good time. After all, there is nothing worse than having a spirited conversation interrupted by a towering flower arrangement, am I right? To add insult to injury, cut flower centerpieces are often expensive and only last for a few days.

With this in mind, I set out to create a lovely, low, and inexpensive centerpiece for our holiday party. I started with a moodboard knowing that I wanted to include velvety dried celosia cockscomb, feathery small ferns for texture, and copper for glamour and warmth. Then it struck me–what better container for a long, low, dramatic centerpiece than a length of gutter? Check out the results in the video below:

The best thing about this centerpiece is that with the proper care it will last from Thanksgiving straight through to Christmas. Here is a total rundown of the materials I used:

  1. aluminum gutter, cut to size with tin snips (be sure to wear work gloves)
  2. gutter end caps
  3. copper metallic spray paint
  4. assorted small succulents
  5. Xerographica air plant
  6. dried celosia cockscomb
  7. flowering kale
  8. lemon button ferns
  9. rabbit foot fern
  10. assorted dried mosses

Be sure to watch this space (as well as our friends at Made + Remade!) this week as we reveal the rest of our holiday table setting ideas. And join me next week for another entertaining Weekday Crafternoon video!

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!

Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

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We’ve talked about elevating old magazines before, but where’s the love for old newspapers? If you still have a hard-copy subscription to the local newspaper, then you likely have even more raw material on hand. Here are some ways to use up that looming stash that don’t involve papier mache or packing ceramics.

Newspaper gift bag

Personalized, green, and cheap, this handmade gift bag serves as the perfect vessel for an equally clever gift. Hand over those presents with pride!

Newspaper Nails

You can show off these wordy nail designs everywhere. In case your stack of old newspapers is dwindling, they require little actual newspaper. Just use rubbing alcohol to transfer the newsprint to your nails, then seal it on with a shiny top coat. A light gray base coat will make the print pop.

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