The DIY effect

Do it yourself and get the DIY effect!







Bomber Jacket



The DIY Effect

Sewing  The photo left is a 1950s playsuit with romper and skirt which is pretty hard to find these days, but when you make it yourself, you get the DIY effect! In other words, exactly what you want. Other sewing pages include basic step by step sewing instructions for everything from fabric prep to installing a zipper.  Dog coats,  doll clothes,  sewing a waistband and how to make pleats.  Also check out costumes such as how to make a Poodle Skirt,  Egyptian costume or Toga.  More sewing pages are in the menu at the top of the page titled "sewing".  Subscribe for free e-zine or check out our blog for updates and all the new stuff.

Favorite Homemade Recipes We are sharing our favorite family recipes, and we've only just begun. We experiment with a lot of different ingredients and healthy substitutions for the DIY effect.  "Blackberry Pie Recipe" stuffing, sangria, pumpkin pie, ciopinono"Best Chocolate Cake Ever"  (with coffee in the batter) to name a few. We also have many gluten-free recipes and  super healthy recipes coming soon. Join us for some cooking & baking! . Subscribe to get free e-zene or check our blog for updated posts.

Party DIY's is a fun page full of party ideas for kids and adults.  Photo Booth DIY'S, Hobby Horse DIY, Country Party Sign, party decorations, retro party ideas, summer party DIY's, Red Neck Red Carpet Photo Booth, and on and on. Shop for ready made party decorations or make your own and get the DIY effect!  Either way, find it here. . Subscribe to get free ezene or check our blog for updated posts.

Gardening  Since moving to the country we've started a huge garden, an orchard of fruit trees, and citrus trees as well as a patch of this and that.  We are using the square foot gardening method for our vegetables and sharing tips and instructions on how we did it.  Everything from soil to harvest. Favorite things  about square foot gardening are: no more tilling the soil and weeds are minimized.. So much to learn, but very exciting and rewarding. Subscribe to get free e-zene or check our blog for updated posts.

Gift DIY'S  Sometimes the gift wrap is more exciting then the gift itself.  An old ammo box filled with favorite goodies, diamond ribbons, natural bows of berries, a succulent garden as a gift topper or in a frame, and a gift that plays music, to name a few. Many of our ideas are done with found items from the yard or the scrap pile, so maybe little to no cost in paper and ribbon and looks 100 times better..  Subscribe to get free e-zene or check our blog for updated posts.

Doll Repair  Although, not a doll collector or an expert in doll repair, I've managed to end up with a few dolls from family that badly needed repair. Miss Dolly was in such bad shape she nearly ended up in the dump. Now she has new clothes, vest, boots, makeup, and is ready for her closeup.  That's the DIY effect!  Subscribe to get free e-zene or check our blog for updated posts.


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Hello. My name is Pam.  Welcome to, previously known as  Much has happened since I started this website in 2009.  A big move to the country, lots of remodeling, gardening, experimenting with recipes, party planning and parties are just some of the activities keeping our family busy.  Living in the country is full of new, exciting things to do and discover.  Our life is full of DIY's, and that's how was born.  

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     Home Page

     About Us

     DIY Blog


     Sitebuildit!  Review


     Toga (no-Sew)

     Make Egyptian Costume

     Make Egyptian Jewelry

     Make Poodle Skirt

     Make a Cape 

     Make an Apron

     Make Pikachu Dog 

     Make Pikachu Ears

     Make Pikachu Tail

     Poke Ball DIY

     Make Dog Bomber Jacket

     Royal Cape

     Red Riding Hood 


     Make Santa Hat

     Make Holiday Apron

     Santa Scarf

     1950s Playsuit

     Sewing Tools

     How to Install Zipper

     Sew Waistband

     Sew Pleat


    Sewing Instructions

     Sewing Projects

     Dog Coat Pattern

     Retro Patterns

     How to Make a Dress

     Christmas Sewing


     Bake Pumpkin Seeds

    Pumpkin Pie Recipe 

     Pumpkin Puree

     Whipped Cream



     Blackberry Pie

     Best Chocolate Cake

     Guitar Cake



     Square Foot Gardening

Party DIY's

     How to Carve Pumpkin

     Party DIYs

     Photo Booth DIY

     Hobby Horse DIY

     Country Party Sign

     Candle Stick DIY

     Gift Wrap Ideas

     Party Ideas

     Steampunk Jewelry

     Party Decorations

     Retro Summer Party

     Summer Party DIYs

More DIY's

     Miss Dolly's Makeover

     Sew Doll Vest

     Doll Make-Up

     Sewing Doll Clothes