I made my own powdered laundry detergent and it was not a disaster! I recommend it if you are bored — or maybe cheap. Sometimes, the Internet gets into my brain and compels me to attempt A Project. I’m particularly susceptible to “efficient” or charming domestic capers like making my own Irish Soda Bread (such […]
Book Review: Twee by Marc Spitz
Though anything overly cliquish, with rules of operation and preconceived notions, makes me squirm, I realized that I had made assumptions of my own about the word “Twee,” and any movement that might be associated with it. So with mixed feelings did I pick up one mouthful of a title: Twee: The Gentle Revolution in […]
We Try It: Deo-Go Stain Remover
You know what’s a great look? A crisp, white blouse tucked into jeans. It’s very 1960s casual chic. Do you know what doesn’t look good? The yellowing of the pits on a crisp, white blouse. You may not know this, but the main reason for yellow pits on your lovely white blouses is not sweat. […]
Things I Will Never Do
As a rule, I don’t DIY. In fact, when a friend got married I told her I would do anything to help her, but I couldn’t be expected to DIY anything. Because I am pretty bad at it.
We Try It: Homemade Deodorant
Have you tried natural deodorant lately? It doesn’t really work. But the aluminum in antiperspirant ruins clothes and may or may not be harmful to your health.
Project Of The Day: Flower Dog Collars
Believe me, you’re going to be all over this insane level of cuteness. Instructions and pictures after the cut.
I’ve been meaning to try this since I ran across the idea on Pinterest. It’s simple, so it’s a great project to do with kids, and, aside from the birdseed, you probably have all the supplies on hand already. It takes about five minutes of work and then you can have fun watching the birds […]
Chapped lips suck. Chocolate lips are delicious.
One of my resolutions this year is to learn how to sew. I have a vague knowledge of hemming and I own a vintage Singer Spartan sewing machine, so my only barrier to being the next contestant on Project Runway is practice. It was in this spirit that I ordered the Sew Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp.
I find hand sewing and hand embroidery to be relaxing. I dislike sewing machines; I have a tendency to break needles. By hand, I can sew or embroider while watching television. I’m self-taught when it comes to embroidery and still very much a beginner. If you are interested in teaching yourself, I highly recommend Sublime […]
We Try It: Making a Tinsel Wreath!
Whilst some people in the world were celebrating this thing called “Thanksgiving” (I hear it involves a lot of turkey and pie), this Brit was putting up Christmas decorations. To make things even better, the quest to find decorations in the depths of the house led to the discovery of hitherto unknown mountains of tinsel. […]
Lunchtime Poll: Crafty Christmas
It’s December already! Time to get to work on holiday gifts if you haven’t already (unless you’re already done because Hanukkah was so early this year). If you’re crafting, the days are just flying by, aren’t they?
I bring home a substantial amount of crap. In my head, there is a vision, but the side-eye I receive until the finished product is presented is substantial.
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 […]
Pinteresting Projects: DIY Acne Mask
I have a zit. FYI for those of you under 30: zits don’t stop after your 20s. They keep coming. Maybe vaguely less frequently than before, but they’ll pop up even after two decades of awesome zit strategies.