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Books

Book Review: Sew Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp

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.

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Crossposts

Embroidery Basics: Split, Back, and Stem Stitch

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 […]

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Technology

How to Add a Caption File to A YouTube Video

When interacting with people about building access, there are a couple of things that I get a lot of pushback on. One of them is creating additional documents giving information in accessible language without removing information. The other, and subject of this post, is captions.

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Ladyguides

Cling Wrap Marble Nails

I’ll be honest, my makeup game is not great. It’s not bad by any means, but it’s okay, not great. What I’m saying is it serves its purpose. Unfortunately, I don’t have the patience, or the funds for a lot of makeup and neat little tools to improve it. My nail polish game, on the […]

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Writing

Going to a Writers’ Conference: Newbie Edition

My life made a sharp turn over the weekend. The vehicle for this shift was a writing conference. If you are interested in attending one but have never gone, here’s what this newbie learned!

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Ladyguides

Ladyguide: How to Pack Everything in One Carry-on

When I told my coworker I planned to spend two weeks in Europe with just one carry-on, she didn’t believe me. But I believed in myself, or rather my ability to make it work with a limited wardrobe. If you follow my plan, you will never have to check a bag again.

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Gift Guide

The GIF Giving Guide: How to make your own GIFs in GIMP

Last week I showed you how to make you own GIFs to hand out this holiday if, like me, you have a certain level of fancy software. This week I do it entirely with the free stuff.

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Gift Guide

The GIF Giving Guide: How to make your own GIFs in Photoshop

Perhaps you have a few choice Internet friends to whom you would like to present a very special GIF this holiday season, but the internet has been less than forthcoming with providing you with a GIF of the scene you had in mind. Or maybe you want to make your very own GIF to give […]

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Ladyguides

Hair for Rookies: Four Ways to do a High Bun

I’m back, babies! And I brought a new tutorial with me.

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Sex

No Glove, No Love: Yes, But Can We Get the Glove Feeling Breezy?

Q. I just finished a z-pack for strep throat and my doctor advised me that I won’t have the full protection of my birth control pills until I start my next pack…in three weeks. Three weeks with a backup method isn’t a big deal, but my partner can’t seem to come or even really enjoy […]

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Ladyguides

Makeup for Rookies: Back to School Makeup Tutorial

I have newfound respect for YouTube makeup people. I spent all afternoon editing this bloody video, and now all my awesome jokes and hilarious facial expressions are gone. Boo.

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Ladyguides

Switching To Pay-As-You-Go or Prepaid Cellphones

Let’s talk about phones. Should you be lucky, you can take a turn in a small metallic box and handle all your telecommunication needs. For the rest of us, we are tethered to little screens dangling from power cords that seem to grow out of our pockets more and more every year. What’s worse, you […]

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Writing

How To Write a Good Poem

Before I started working at a corporation, I got my MFA in Poetry, and sometimes I teach poetry writing classes at work. I’ve learned that lots of people think of poetry as a mysterious or rarefied genre that’s difficult to do well. I disagree! So here’s a little introduction to what a poem is and […]

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Food

A Taste-Tea Time: Iced Tea Two Different Ways

Like in many parts of North America, July in my home city is shaping up to be one of the hottest on record. As a result, my current summer job as a gardener for an all-female gardening and landscaping crew has become a very hot and very sweaty time. Now, I am a tea fanatic, […]

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Ladyguides

Bookbinding

So, it seems to me that the perfect craft for the bookish and clever person is being able to make their own books. I bring you the good news that this is actually not all that difficult to do. Bookbinding, while it does require some special tools, is fairly easy for the beginner to pick […]