THIHM Around the Web #20

A Collection of Projects and Articles by The Homes I Have Made Author Megan Duesterhaus

The time has come for my monthly recap of all the posts and projects I’ve contributed to other sites and platforms during the last month…and boy do I have a roundup for you today! At the beginning of the summer, I was approached by a handful of bloggers, many of whom I look up to and adore, to guest post on their sites. Since we were getting ready to move and I had no idea when we’d have a house or see our stuff again, I happily agreed but pushed ALL of these features to August. This worked out since it took so long for us to get settled, but it also meant that the last 4-6 weeks have been BUSY around here as I delivered on these deadlines. I think you all will love these projects/interviews, so I do hope you’ll take a quick second to pop over and check them out. And just a reminder, these posts will never appear here on THIHM so click the links to see all the details! Enjoy!


Over on the blog, I shared 5 things you should do before moving out and turning over the keys to your rental. We had just moved out of our Kansas house when I wrote this post, so these are true “real life” tips!

Be sure to do these 5 things before handing over the keys to your rental!

My current DIY art obsession is to use paper – it’s just so cheap, versatile, and available in any color, pattern and texture you can think of! This time around, I used cardstock to replicate a common quilt pattern to make a “paper quilt.” You won’t believe how easy this one comes together! Find the full tutorial right now on the Name Bubbles blog!

Colored and white paper squares come together in a fun and interesting way to create cheap and customizable artwork!

My other obsession lately is to play with all the different wooden and die-cut shapes available at craft stores these days. I combined some little letters with wood slats to make personalized name key chains…just in time for back to school! Get the full tutorial over at Thirty Handmade Days!

Wooden letters and some pretty paint combine to make personalized key chains - perfect for school bags, gym bags, lunch boxes and more!

One of my favorite projects I’ve done in a long-time is this basic school supply “upgrade” I also did for Thirty Handmade Days. I was able to customize and personalize some generic supplies to make a truly eye-popping collection of books and folders. Too bad I don’t have a teenager who could actually use them! See how I did it here!

Don't spend money on expensive school supplies! Buy the inexpensive versions and give them your own flair with DIY vinyl labels and decals!

Over on Skip to My Lou, I am sharing a fun and easy way to make a banner for ANY occasion…even if you don’t have any fancy craft supplies or cutting machines. This banner project comes with a FREE printable template, making them a snap! Access all the directions here!

Need to make a banner for a special occasion but don't have any fancy supplies? Use this FREE printable template to make a banner for any occasion!

I was beyond honored with Abby from Just a Girl and Her Blog invited me over to chat about my favorite organized spaces. Although I had a hard time choosing which room to focus on, I ultimately decided on my Kansas Craft Room (shocker, right?). You can get some behind-the-scenes scoop and insights on this space here!

Come visit Megan from The Homes I Have Made at Just a Girl and Her Blog to get the behind-the-scenes scoop on how this home office and craft room functions!

Pssst – This space was also recently featured in a great Office Round Up put together by Shutterfly. If you need some home office inspiration, you’ll find tons here!

Last but certainly not least, Laura from I Heart Planners asked me to stop by and share something printable/organization related, so I jumped at the chance to write about all the things I’ve learned since launching The Organization Toolbox. If you are looking to start making your own printables and/or love a good behind-the-scenes post, be sure to check it out here!

Come visit Megan from The Homes I Have Made at I Heart Planners to learn all about starting your own printable collection!

As you can see, it’s been a much busier month around here beyond unpacking and baby growing! It was so much fun to guest post on all these amazing sites, but I am glad to have all of these deadlines behind me so I can focus a bit more on really getting settled in this new home! As promised, I’ll be kicking off September with a first look at our San Diego home, some much-needed back-to-school organization projects, and some FALL projects too! Due to some deadlines, I might be checking in on off days (like this Monday), so be sure to come back often. See you back here soon!

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