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To DIY  or not to DIY…

To DIY or not to DIY…

…that is the question. Whether ’tis Nobler in the mind to suffer The Slings and Arrows of outrageous DIY misfortunes, Or to take Charge (or cash) against a Sea of handmade troubles, And by buying something ready-made, end them? OK, that’s as far as I can go with that. Here’s the point: Much as we(…)

One man’s trash=crafty Christmas treasure

One man’s trash=crafty Christmas treasure

Oh, I had plans. I was going to make things, I tell you. There was a perfect crafting storm brewing around here about a month ago. I rediscovered my love of craftiness through the family room pillow project, and for the first time in years I found myself looking forward to the holiday season with(…)

Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

Rita has been politely asking me for a while now to write up the post on the benches I made in the kitchen. I’ve been putting it off for a while. I was writing it this summer when I woke up one morning with Bell’s Palsy. (I think Rita wrote about it somewhere on the(…)

Easy, thrifty pillow covers anyone can make

Easy, thrifty pillow covers anyone can make

Chances are, if you attended an American high school anytime from the 70s through the 90s, at some point you wrote a “found poem.” As Poets.org will tell you, “Found poems take existing texts and refashion them, reorder them, and present them as poems. The literary equivalent of a collage, found poetry is often made(…)

Great source for handmade gift how-tos

Great source for handmade gift how-tos

As I mentioned in our Minted giveaway post, I’m not a huge fan of the holidays–mostly because it’s so hard for so many of us to resist all the messages to buy too much and do too much. However, I’m not a total Scrooge. I love giving and receiving gifts from the heart that haven’t(…)

DIY Camera Strap- The tactile art of photography

DIY Camera Strap- The tactile art of photography

For me taking pictures is partly a tactile activity. The feel of the camera, the click of the aperture dial, the-ever-so faint sound of the leaf shutter all contribute to the experience of making photographs. How the camera feels, sounds, and looks is important to me.  Not just because I like cool-looking cameras. It’s because(…)

Living in the summer moment

Living in the summer moment

Unlike many others this year, we’ve been living through a summer that’s bright, dry, and clear. And yet, there have been cirrus clouds of melancholy hanging over much of this season for me. I have been missing the summers of my childhood–when each day felt like a gleaming bead strung on an infinite ribbon of(…)