Carly Rubach

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TCDIY: Make Your Own Music Festival
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Make Your Own Music Festival

Carly adds "planning a music festival" to her list of things to do this summer.

TCDIY: Home and Garden
TCDIY

Home and Garden

This week Carly takes on a little DIY yard work and discovers the Knockout rose.

TCDIY: Monogram Mug and Coffee Bag Planters
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Monogram Mug and Coffee Bag Planters

In this week's TCDIY, Carly teaches you how to craft unique planters out of mugs and recycled coffee bags for the perfect spring or Mother's Day gift.

TCDIY: Garage Makeovers
TCDIY

Garage Makeovers

Head into the garage with Carly as she makes old furniture new again with a couple simple DIY tricks.

TCDIY: The Big Move
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The Big Move

Carly works on building her own craft room in her new house, in the first of many before-and-after updates.

TCDIY: Make Your Own Cat Treats
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Make Your Own Cat Treats

Join Carly in the kitchen this week as she cooks up some crunchy tuna cat treats for her furry friend.

TCDIY: Playing House
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Playing House

Carly discovers DIY interior design with help from the free web-based program, Autodesk Homestyler.

TCDIY: Wedding Update and Dabble
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Wedding Update and Dabble

In this week's TCDIY, Carly tries to incorporate her own vintage items into her wedding design. And, who's heard of Dabble?

10 reasons to attend the Fruity Nutty Affair

10 reasons to attend the Fruity Nutty Affair

The Victory Garden Initiative hosts their annual Fruity Nutty Affair this Saturday at Turner Hall with dancing, live music, local food, silent auction and more.

TCDIY: Gettin’ Hitched
TCDIY

Gettin’ Hitched

Wedding planning is no simple task, but this week's TCDIY lays out a few tips to get you started in the right direction.

On board the Freedom EXPRESSions Bus Tour

On board the Freedom EXPRESSions Bus Tour

NOVA students take learning outside of the classroom and with the help of Arts @ Large, lead an artistic, historical tour of Milwaukee's Civil Rights Movement.

TCDIY: Holiday Cocktails and Entertaining
TCDIY

Holiday Cocktails and Entertaining

Team TCD mixes up a few holiday cocktails to keep your guests entertained and asking for more.

TCDIY: Local Holiday Shopping Guide, Part 3
TCDIY

Local Holiday Shopping Guide, Part 3

Festive Friday kicks off this evening followed by Shop, Stop and Restore in Shorewood on Saturday. Both include great deals for your holiday shopping pleasure.

TCDIY: Local Holiday Shopping Guide, Part 2
TCDIY

Local Holiday Shopping Guide, Part 2

TCDIY's local shopping guide grows in anticipation of Small Business Saturday and Carly shares a few holiday DIY projects from Christmases past.

Q&A with Peter Sagal of “Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!”

Q&A with Peter Sagal of “Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!”

Everyone's favorite NPR news quiz, "Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!" comes to Milwaukee for the first time this Thursday for a live taping at Riverside Theater.

TCDIY: Local Holiday Shopping Guide, Part 1
TCDIY

Local Holiday Shopping Guide, Part 1

Whether you like it or not, the holidays are around the corner. Carly softens the blow with a local shopping guide and handmade gift ideas.

TCDIY: Craft Your Own Halloween Party
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Craft Your Own Halloween Party

In this week's TCDIY, Carly shares photos of her Halloween party decor and offers two cozy soup recipes for your pleasure.

TCDIY: Etsy Packaging and Cheesecloth Ghosts
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Etsy Packaging and Cheesecloth Ghosts

In this week's TCDIY, Carly packages up her Etsy goods and makes a spooky cheesecloth ghost for Halloween.

TCDIY: Potato Stamps and other Fall Crafts
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Potato Stamps and other Fall Crafts

In this week's TCDIY, embrace the season with a few simple fall crafts and decoration inspiration.

TCDIY: My First Dress
TCDIY

My First Dress

In this week's TCDIY, use the devil-may-care method and plenty of YouTube videos to make your own dress.

TCDIY: Mount Your Bicicleta
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Mount Your Bicicleta

In this week's TCDIY, make some more room in your city digs by mounting those bicycles on the wall.

Great Lakes Distillery hosts special absinthe release

Great Lakes Distillery hosts special absinthe release

The Victory Garden Initiative and Great Lakes Distillery combine their love for community gardening for the "Amerique 1912" release event on Saturday, Aug. 25.

TCDIY: Say Congrats with a Pennant Banner
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Say Congrats with a Pennant Banner

Learn how to craft your Congratulations with this pennant banner tutorial.

TCDIY: Make your Own Black Metal Stencil
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Make your Own Black Metal Stencil

Learn how to cut out your very own black metal stencil that's sure to scare the neighbors.

Gallery Night: Celebrating 25 years
Gallery Night

Celebrating 25 years

Nancy O'Keefe of the Historic Third Ward Association reflects on the event's history and growth. Plus, TCD's guide to all things Gallery Night and Day.

TCDIY: Make your own infused vodka
TCDIY

Make your own infused vodka

Looking for a great DIY project that'll get you a good buzz? Join Carly on a liquor infusion adventure.

TCDIY: I give you: the Bird-Mobile
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I give you

This week's TCDIY gives you ideas for your next baby shower, including a simple bird-mobile and a baby's-first-year calendar.

TCDIY: Hipsters and Hot Sauce
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Hipsters and Hot Sauce

In this week's TCDIY, take the time to make a spicy, homemade hot sauce and a custom tee for that special someone.

TCDIY: Grow Your Own Vegetables
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Grow Your Own Vegetables

Carly shows you how to enjoy the fruits of your labor in your own DIY garden.

TCDIY: Make your own Bow Tie
TCDIY

Make your own Bow Tie

Make a bow tie for yourself or give as a fashionable gift for a fabulous friend. Ladies can wear ties too!

TCDIY: A Chair to Remember, Plan B
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A Chair to Remember, Plan B

With help from Arts@Large, Carly goes to Plan B for the Charles Allis Villa Terrace "Chair to Remember" event and the video results are something to Chair-ish.

TCDIY: Make Your Own Beeswax Lip Balm
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Make Your Own Beeswax Lip Balm

Learn how to make your own beeswax lip balm infused with your favorite essential oils in this week's TCDIY.

The Hotel Foster celebrates one year with a new bar

The Hotel Foster celebrates one year with a new bar

The Hotel Foster celebrates its first year with plans for a new bar, Boone & Crockett, set to open in Bay View by the end of May.

Open Studios: TCD’s Guide to Gallery Night
Open Studios

TCD’s Guide to Gallery Night

Spring into Gallery Night with TCD's hand-selected guide, and be sure to visit the Peck School of the Arts Kenilworth Open Studios on Gallery Day.

TCDIY: Make a Fabric Mail Slot
TCDIY

Make a Fabric Mail Slot

Looking for a way to organize your clutter of mail and bills? Learn how to make a simple fabric mail slot in this week's TCDIY.

TCDIY: Crafting with a Cocktail
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Crafting with a Cocktail

Learn how to make a unique set of Mod Podge coasters and an artful bottle opener with sister Jill!

TCDIY: Villa Terrace “Chair”-ity Challenge
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Villa Terrace “Chair”-ity Challenge

The TCD team attempts to create art where you sit for Villa Terrace's upcoming fundraiser: A Chair To Remember.

John Prine telling stories at the Marcus

John Prine telling stories at the Marcus

John Prine keeps the Marcus Center crowd on the edge of laughter and tears through stories and song.

TCDIY: Tile a Coffee Table
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Tile a Coffee Table

For this week's TCDIY, Carly shows you how to tile your own coffee table with a little help from Brady Street Hardware.

TCDIY: Succulents and Cacti, Oh My
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Succulents and Cacti, Oh My

Give new life to an old bench with a rich stain and plenty of plants. Still have time, brighten up your bedroom with Mexican-inspired decor.

TCDIY: Peter Pan and Pinterest
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Peter Pan and Pinterest

Make your own Valentine, learn how to sew a Peter Pan collar and get inspired on Pinterest this week!

TCDIY: Woolly and Color-coded Design
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Woolly and Color-coded Design

Color coordinate your books and shrink your art in this week's edition of TCDIY.

Winter Wedding: TCD’s Guide to Gallery Night
Winter Wedding

TCD’s Guide to Gallery Night

TCD presents a hand selected guide to gallery night and gives you the inside scoop on ART Milwaukee's first ever gallery night after party.

TCDIY: Resolve to Redecorate
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Resolve to Redecorate

Carly rearranges her apartment this week, and adds a simple DIY bonus: button coasters!

TCDIY: Happy Christmas, let’s drink!
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Happy Christmas, let’s drink!

Try this tasty handmade Irish Cream recipe and kick back. You deserve it!

TCD’s 2011 Holiday Fun Guide

TCD’s 2011 Holiday Fun Guide

Looking to find ways to celebrate the holidays this week? Well, look no further. Tis the season for food, fun and family, and Milwaukee has events galore.

TCDIY: Holiday Gifting Pt. 3
TCDIY

Holiday Gifting Pt. 3

Make a few simple, last minute holiday gifts and learn some cost effective wrapping techniques to boot.

Hover Craft: Handmade Holiday
Hover Craft

Handmade Holiday

Hover Craft is your one-stop shop for unique holiday gifts, all made in Milwaukee! Find homemade jams, vintage fabrics, Wisconsin sports t-shirts, and more.

TCDIY: Holiday Gifting Pt. 2
TCDIY

Holiday Gifting Pt. 2

Part 2 of this gifting series teaches tie-making skills and how to create a thrifty mason jar snow globe.

TCDIY: Holiday Gifting Pt. 1
TCDIY

Holiday Gifting Pt. 1

Let's talk DIY gift ideas and strategy. These simple steps will get you through the holidays feeling like a champ.

A look back at “Vintage Wisconsin Gardens”

A look back at “Vintage Wisconsin Gardens”

This Wisconsin Historical Society Press publication is an informative look into the changes in landscaping and gardening in Wisconsin.

TCDIY: Get Organized! Stretched Fabric Bulletin Board
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Get Organized! Stretched Fabric Bulletin Board

Get organized now before the holidays bury your home - and your sanity! Start with this easy stretched fabric bulletin board.

Art Harvest: TCD’s Guide to Gallery Night
Art Harvest

TCD’s Guide to Gallery Night

Enjoy a crisp evening about town before the snow blows in and threatens your sanity.

TCDIY: Jam it in a Jar and call it Jam!
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Jam it in a Jar and call it Jam!

This week, Carly takes TCDIY in to the kitchen to make a delicious but simple raspberry jam.

TCDIY: De-cluttering and decorating in one swoop
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De-cluttering and decorating in one swoop

Strong twine, hooks, and a metal pole instantly create a handy kitchen pan organizer and stylish wall decoration to boot.

TCDIY: Windowpane table
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Windowpane table

In preparation of the fall season, Carly transforms an old windowpane into a new entry table.

TCDIY: A bountiful birdcage
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A bountiful birdcage

This week, Carly unearths an antique birdcage and finds herself inspired by the terrarium fad of the 1970s -- with charming results.

TCDIY: A visit to Madam Chino’s Look Nook
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A visit to Madam Chino’s Look Nook

Carly visits the whimsical studio of local crafter/artist/designer Vanessa Andrew, and learns how to turn an ordinary t-shirt into a rockin' 80s inspired crop top.

TCDIY: This Map’s for You, Wisconsin
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This Map’s for You, Wisconsin

This week Carly tries her hand at cartography and documents her travels thus far with a decorative map of Wisconsin.

TCDIY: Curtains of Life
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Curtains of Life

This week: How to make whimsical curtains out of vintage handkerchiefs, and what to do when you find an awesome, albeit slightly dingy, chair on the side of the road.

TCDIY: Camping – a natural DIY environment
TCDIY

Camping – a natural DIY environment

This week, Carly goes rustic on a camping trip in the Upper Peninsula and shows us the rules of "Hippie Horseshoes," plus how to make your own outdoorsy keepsake journal.

TCDIY: Graffiti, Foliage and Fathers
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Graffiti, Foliage and Fathers

Graffiti art inspires Carly to embellish a guitar for dad. It's easy and you can do it to.

TCDIY: Projects for kitties and babies
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Projects for kitties and babies

New kitten Tulco and lady-baby Makenna inspire Carly to create simple yet adorable crafts for little ones.

TCDIY: Pretty Garbage
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Pretty Garbage

Tired of looking at those unsightly trash bins in your kitchen? Follow Carly's tips and turn that waste basket into an "artful refuse vessel."

TCDIY: Record Makers
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Record Makers

This week, Carly steps out of the project box to chat with local musicians who demonstrate the DIY spirit as they self-record an album in their Walker's Point studio collective.

TCDIY: Pillow Party
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Pillow Party

Drab couch? Add some pizazz with colorful handmade pillows! Today, Carly offers a tutorial on making your own quick and easy (and cheap!) slip covers.

TCDIY: Artsy storage options: A How-To
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Artsy storage options

Is your jewelry box a tangled mess? Carly's got the solution! This week: Repurposing antiques to create storage options that are as lovely as they are practical.

TCDIY: Make it yourself, Milwaukee
TCDIY

Make it yourself, Milwaukee

Introducing new TCD columnist Carly Rubach. She'll brighten up every other Sunday with DIY home decorating, fashion and entertaining projects, complete with instructions... and possibly the occasional failure.