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What is the Nerky Art Club?

Friends, The Nerky Art Club is opening in ONE WEEK! I pushed back the launch for 2 months for 2 reasons. First, I revamped my entire idea. Literally from the ground up. It's more robust and has more tutorials, more exercises, more everything. I'm pretty pumped about it, and I hope you are too! You can learn more here, and I can't wait for you to see it!

My second reason is that I didn't have the brain power to create something as big as this, as quickly as I could in the past. I wanted to...

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Advent CLAWendar

diy holiday Dec 04, 2019

I knew I wanted to make an advent calendar focused around activities this year. I considered a lot of options like date-specific things that were planned each day, i.e. going to a Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert, but ultimately I decided that when I plan too much and get too technical, it becomes more stressful and I'm not about that life. Plus, the surprise factor is fun for both of us! Also, concerts are expensive *shrug*

Back in 2016. Wait, 2015? I can't remember. Doesn't matter. Back...

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Easy DIY Coat and Bag Rack

diy home decor Oct 22, 2019

Friends, I made this coat and bag rack and if I can do it, YOU CAN DO IT! You can probably finish in a day, but you want to be sure to let the stain dry completely for a few hours before you hang it.

Tools:
- Saw - I used a circular saw to cut my board down to size, but if you're buying a new board then you can have them cut it in the store. It's usually free and will save you a step.
- Drill
- Stud finder
- Level

Supplies:
- 3" nails (8)
- Coat hooks like these
- Wood stain and stain pads (or an...

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Living Room Update: Navy is the New Tan

diy home decor Oct 15, 2019

Originally Published on 4/22/19

Redecorating: cheaper than therapy and equally as effective. In my case at least. I updated my living room from a cardboard tan color to navy blue and that alone made SUCH a difference in the feel of the room, then I added new furniture, and what once was a space that constantly reminded me of what I lost, is now a space I can make new memories and move forward with my life on my own terms.

My living room was the place we all hung out all the time when Jason...

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DIY Lego Storage Container

diy momming Oct 15, 2019

Originally Published on 2/15/19

This year we got to make valentine boxes for my son’s class party, and I’m pretty stoked that his is one we can continue to use for storage now that Valentine’s Day has passed. I love a good dual purpose craft. We also did Lego Valentines, so we kept the theme going by making a Lego themed Valentine container, too. We went through several ideas – how cute and easy would it be to use a kleenex box and make it look like a Lego brick?

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Over Bed Fort Build

diy widow Oct 15, 2019

Originally Published on 1/15/19

4 trips to Home Depot.
2 broken drill bits.
1 very excited 7 year old.

Y’all, I’m not special. I’m not some woodworking goddess with tons of experience and a knack for building. I’ve literally never built anything in my life, except Lego sets. Do I generally know my way around basic power tools? Yes. Was building something like this mildly terrifying? Yes. Did I know how to build a structure before this? No. I’m just a woman who...

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