Starting with Watercolor

Watercolor painting is not the easiest to get into. It has its own set of rules, and it can be a challenge to learn them. If you’re interested in watercolor painting, a class is a great idea, but for those of you who don’t have the time or money, here’s a short primer to help you get in touch with your inner watercolorist. Continue reading

Ladyguide: Homemade Pest Control

In the comment section of my last article, there was an entry about controlling those little fuckers others lovingly refer to as aphids. Now I’m no stranger to having my garden torn up by invading hordes of everything from Japanese Beetles to squirrels, so I thought I’d share some of my research along with personal experience regarding a few situations you may run into when your garden’s under attack.

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Etiquette: I’d Invite All Of You!

There aren’t many events that require a formal invitation anymore. But there will probably be at least one time in your life that you have to create, send, and deal with the process of sending invites. Right now, I am helping to host a bridal shower on short notice. So I’ve learned a lot over the last couple weeks, and thought I’d throw the information your way. Continue reading

Etiquette: Flu Fighters Edition

Has anyone come down with that all-too-nasty flu yet? The other day, I wanted an excuse to stay in bed for a couple days and wished I, too, could come down with it. But it apparently lasts for three weeks or more, and I don’t want to feel like hell that long. There are, however, some etiquette-ish concerns when it comes to the flu and other illnesses that are easily passed from one person to another. Continue reading

Etiquette: The Art of the Compliment

I, like many other people, have some social anxiety. Here’s the thing: I know I’m awesome. But I’m worried that other people won’t see how awesome I am, and also that I’ll say something dumb/offensive/super-nerdy before everyone has had too much to drink. (I have actually had someone say, “Oh, I forgot how smart you are! It’s adorable.” I felt about six inches tall, though the person meant well.) During my perilous forays into social situations, though, I have found some coping mechanisms. The best one is the compliment. Continue reading