Good Company: Mama’s Happy  

Amanda Ficek has certainly inspired a whole lot of women over the years. She owns a company called “Mama’s Happy”. It’s a store full of refurbished, upcycled and incredibly unique pieces. You’ll find furniture, home accessories and even jewelry. Everything is made or re-done by a group of artists who inspire and empower each other.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint  

Twenty seven years ago, a product was developed that changed the way people DIY. It was unlike any other paint and actually gave people confidence to start painting their furniture. It requires no stripping, sanding or priming and it creates stunning pieces. Its creator Annie Sloan is in town for this year's Junk Bonanza, but she made a stop right here in our studio first.

Unique Easter Eggs Ideas  

Do you have any rubber cement lying around the house? What about some old neck ties? If the answer is yes, TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson says you've got the tools to wow the kids and adults this Easter. Kelli got crafty in the kitchen with her two girls and found some mom-approved ways to create uniquely dyed Easter eggs this year.

DIY Wrapping, Tags and Cards  

Donna Erickson, lifestyle columnist for the Pioneer Press, stopped by with her ideas for DIY gift wrap - perfect for your next birthday celebration. 

DIY Spring/Easter Decorations  

Alexis Thompson from myTalk 107.1 stopped by with her CUTE DIY spring decorations - perfect for an Easter celebration or just to spruce up your home!

Matt Muenster Offers Bathroom Advice  

As the host of DIY Network's "Bath Crashers", Matt Muenster has tackled many challenging projects. Before his appearance at the Minneapolis Home + Garden Show, he stopped by to offer advice to viewers who sent in pictures of their problematic spaces.  

Science in the Kitchen  

Kitchens are a big part of the Home and Garden Show, but they aren’t just for cooking. Sometimes they are for science! The Kitchen Pantry Scientist Liz Heinecke shares three of her favorite crowd-pleasing experiments that are fun for the whole family – the egg toss, giant bubbles and dry ice bubbles! Visit her website for more ideas, videos and links to buy both of her books“Kitchen Science Lab for Kids” and “Outdoor Science Lab for Kids”

Unlock the Power of Your Library Card   Back To Top

If you haven't used your library card in a while, you might be missing out! The Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA) includes over 100 public libraries across seven counties in the Twin Cities. Sally Lederer from MELSA shared all of the fun things you can do with your library card. 

New Year’s Intentions DIY   Back To Top

Within the New Year under way, it seems like it’s a natural time to reset or reflect on how we want to spend our time in the New Year. Alisun Abbott Style shows us three ways to recharge, refocus or realign our New Year’s intentions and resolutions.

"Cooped Up" Science   Back To Top

Liz Heinecke, the Kitchen Pantry Scientist, stopped by with her daughter Sarah to show us some fun science projects to do when you're cooped up in the house this winter!

Unleash Your Awesome: How to Make a 2017 Vision Board   Back To Top

We spend a lot of time making goals... and 364 days trying to keep them. Our "Unleash Your Awesome" series continues and today we're focusing on  attracting what you want more of in your life by creating a 2017 vision board. Author, speaker and lifestyle expert, Jasmine Brett Stringer explains how.

DIY Fun to Ring in 2017   Back To Top

When Christmas falls on a weekend, it gives you a few extra days to just relax and enjoy the family. And this year New Year’s Eve is on a weekend too! That means a little extra party time! TCL’s Craft Star, Alisun Abbott stopped by with her DIY ideas to put a little more sparkle into your celebration.

Homemade Ornaments   Back To Top

Homemade ornaments and gift ideas are easier than ever thanks to the help of the Crayola Experience! Kelly Anne Suarez shares the one kit you need to buy to make gifts with a lot of sentimental value.

Decorating the Tree   Back To Top

Before you know it, it will be time to put up that Christmas tree and get out the decorations.  Ryan Smith from Holiday Bliss shows us how to get the job done and wow your guests. 

Carve a Pumpkin Like a Pro!   Back To Top

Pumpkin carving can be fun for the whole family, but a mistake doesn't have to ruin your design! Emily from Pumpkin Nights shows us how to use those problems to create a memorable pumpkin!

Crafting with Washi Tape   Back To Top

Our go-to craft, Alexis Thompson, from myTalk 107.1 is currently obsessed with washi tape.  What is washi tape? Its masking tape made with Japanese rice paper. From decorating clocks to making jewelry and even creating a white board with it.  She says it’s the must have in your crafting bag this summer.

DIY Summer Patio Party   Back To Top

If you've got plans to throw a party this summer, it's time to throw out the red checked picnic table cloth and take your table decor up a notch.  Our TCL Craft Star, Alisun Abott, stopped by with three themed table settings that will you look like an event planner extraordinaire.

Outdoor Science Lab for Kids   Back To Top

Our Kitchen Pantry Scientist, Liz Heinecke has a new book coming out called, “Outdoor Science Lab for Kids”. With the ideas from the book, your kids won’t be getting bored anytime quick this summer!

DIY Dog Accessories   Back To Top

You love your pet and you want to spoil that pup but you don’t want to spend the money doing it.  TCL Craft Star, Alisun Abbott, show us how to create doggie accessories without spending a lot of cash.  She makes a collar out of a Hawaiian shirt, a dog bed out of rugs and raised food and water bowls from tomato cages.

Making Tea Cups with Alexis   Back To Top

Pinkies up, our crafty friend from myTalk107.1, Alexis Thompson, shows us how to make paper tea cups.  This fun craft idea is perfect for events like a baby shower or book club to decorate.

DIY Patio Décor   Back To Top

Minnesotan’s take advantage of every sunny day during our short spring and summer.  While enjoying your patio you want to make it beautiful and comfortable too.  TCL Craft Star, Alisun Abbott, shows us how we can create a very comfortable outdoor space.

How to Save on a Road Trip   Back To Top

It's easy to drop some major dough on a road trip. Our Super Saver Carrie Rocha from the website Pocket Your Dollars shares how she saves money, entertains the kids, and even scores a sweet ride.

DIY Photobooth   Back To Top

You don't have to spend money to rent a photobooth for your next party. All it takes is an old iPad or tablet and a trip to the dollar store. TCL Senior Producer and photographer Christian Unser shows us how.

Unique Ways to Color Easter Eggs   Back To Top

As a lot of you get ready for Easter this weekend, cooking, decorating for a family dinner, we wanted to share a little inspiration via Pinterest! TCL reporter Kelli Hanson scoured that website looking for unique ways to color your eggs this Easter. Were they a Pinterest success or Pinterest fail?

Spring Science with the Kitchen Pantry Scientist   Back To Top

Instead of dying Easter Eggs this year, why not grow crystals inside those egg shells? It’s called Egg Geodes and the Kitchen Pantry Scientist Liz Heinicke showed us how easy it is, plus we’re puffing up Peeps! She stopped by with some Spring Science Ideas!

DIY Floral Hair Crowns   Back To Top

It’s one of the hottest trends for Spring - floral head crowns. The craftiest person we know, Alexis Thompson, shows us how it’s done.  She loves that these are so easy to make yourself and would be perfect for Easter or for flower girls!

Spring Crafts with Donna   Back To Top

The month of March is packed with reasons to celebrate. There’s the first day of Spring, then St. Patrick’s Day and then early this year, Easter! Pioneer Press Lifestyle Columnist Donna Erickson stopped by to show us how kids can get crafty this month.

Home + Garden: Innovation Avenue   Back To Top

The Minneapolis Home + Garden Show highlights the best of innovative products, including some with Minnesota connections. Lifestyle Expert Sasha Andreev shares items selected as the “best of the best.”

Minneapolis Home + Garden Show – Green Thumb Knowledge   Back To Top

The Minneapolis Home + Garden Show returns to the Minneapolis Convention Center, with tips and advice from the outdoor experts. 

Tackling Your "Honey Do" List   Back To Top

We asked you what is on your home improvement list and charged our handyman, Mike Frattallone from Frattallone's Ace Hardware, to help tackle some common projects. 

Valentine's Day Crafts   Back To Top

If you've got an old mousepad, it's easy to use it to make some cute and crafty Valentine's Day cards! Plus, those fancy chocolate roses are a snap too. Pioneer Press Lifestyle Columnist Donna Erickson shares her techniques.

Ladies Night Craft Clubs   Back To Top

Grab your girlfriends, some food and wine and, most importantly, crafts.  Craft Clubs are the girl’s night out and Alexis Thompson from myTalk 107.1 has some ideas on what you should be creating.