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4 tips on using an X-Acto knife without it ending in bloodshed

I remember when I took my first class at college, the first thing the professor did was show us how to use an X-Acto properly and how to cut a mat board. She went over every detail, told us to be extra careful because they are sharp little bastards. And what happens? Not five minutes later, a girl cuts open her hand and, as I later found out, had to get stitches and couldn't work with that hand for a while. So here are a few little tips for other DIYers. I'm mostly just wanted to address common things I've seen done that end in injury.

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"Baskets!" moment: it's super easy to DIY your own chalkboard on the cheap

I've been wanting a gigantic chalkboard to hang in my house for a while but they're expensive — or they were, until I realized just how easy it would be to make my own inexpensive version. I picked up a canvas at an art shop, a can of spray paint, and got busy! I tend to change things in my house pretty often, and since this chalkboard is lightweight, it's easy for me to move around or change the drawing.

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Golden Girls cross-stitch

I LOVE seeing new stuff when it pops up in the Offbeat Home Flickr pool. (Ahem, have YOU been submitting?) And our latest photo addition is one of the best things I've ever seen to come out of the crafting world: Viva la Frida's Golden Girls cross stitch.