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When I was growing up I had a keen interest in the sciences. Mostly because of the cool gear that scientists used, you know, beakers, flasks, Bunsen burners that sort of thing. Well, not only did I not have the money for those sorts of thing but I had no idea where to even buy them if I could. So I had to improvise.
A few weeks ago the girls and I did a project that I've been enjoying every day since. We repurposed 2 liter bottles and turned them into self-watering planters for starting our tomatoes and cucumbers indoors. They've been sitting on the window sill near my desk and I've been watching them grow every day. It's been the perfect antidote for the bummer weather we've been having here in Seattle. I've tried starting seeds indoors several different ways over the years.
I got a hand-delivered invitation a few weeks ago for a Favorite Things Party. This is the first time I had heard of such a party, and it ended up being a lot of fun. Here's how it works: each person brings their favorite thing (anything you like... your favorite food, lip gloss, favorite kitchen tool, etc.). It can't cost more than $6, and each person brings four of the same thing. When you arrive at the party, you write your name on a slip of paper and throw them in a big bowl. The bowl is passed around, and each person takes four names (making sure you don't pick your own).
Before you start, practice the braid by making a miniature version of the mat with thinner rope. When you're ready to make the big mat, cover a large work surface with kraft paper. Draw a cross on the paper; it should have a 33-inch vertical line and a 12 1/4-inch horizontal line. (This is the dimension of the mat when you get to step 4.) As you weave, use the cross as a guide and tape down loops to retain the mat's shape. We used 1/2-inch-thick twisted nylon rope.
If you have never had limoncello, you don't know what you are missing! Limoncello is an Italian lemon liquor that is traditionally sipped after dinner. Served chilled, it is the perfect way to finish a delicious meal. It can be hard to find in stores, so we were so delighted to find out how easy it is to make it at home!
Few things are more satisfying than growing your own food. Few things are more frustrating than being a garden lover trapped in a teeny-tiny apartment. What to do?
As someone who's obsessed with citrus fruit, I can't imagine not having fresh satsumas or Washington navels during the holidays. The scent of the blossoms alone will instantly put me in a good mood. For those in less ideal citrus climates, you need not feel left out! You can grow the dwarf varieties of these trees indoors and reap the benefits by following a few simple steps: 1. Buy the right tree .
Lately we've been seeing a lot of shelving designs that give the look of (or are!) multiple tables split apart, painted and repurposed into shelves and desks. We love the quirky look of these brightly-colored shelving units. If you're not up for the do-it-yourself project but like the look of these tables made into shelves, check out Umbra's Biblioteca Bookshelf shown in images 4 and 5. Pictured above: 1. A brightly colored shelving unit from Camilla at Home . 2 - 3.
A friend of mine DIYed her own candles , made from the peels of Satsuma oranges, for a recent dinner party. I was so excited by this simple yet clever idea, I had to share the tutorial on HonestlyWTF. My only regret is not discovering this sooner when Satsumas were at their absolute peak in December. Hopefully, you’ll still be able to snatch up a few at your local grocery store or farmer’s market and impress your guests at your next dinner party! You’ll need: Satsuma oranges with stems attached olive or vegetable oil a serrated knife a spoon matches
Hello lovelies! I am proud to say that today's post was dreamed up by my sweet 11 year old daughter, Miss K. The other day I walked into my kitchen to discover that she'd brilliantly repurposed an old Chimes candy tin as a magnetic pencil holder on our fridge! I definitely had one of those, "why didn't I think of that" moments and asked her if I could share her smarty-pants idea with you all here today.
Step One: To build this brilliant “bookmobile” - crafted by Halligan Norris Smith and featured in Grace Bonney’s Design*Sponge at Home ( $21.24; barnesandnoble.com ) - search a commercial salvage yard or sites like eBay for a wooden cable spool (usually under $50). You’ll also need about 12 three-quarter-inch-thick wooden dowels that measure at least as tall as the spool when it’s lying flat on either wheel. Step Two Lay the spool on one of its wheels, then use a ruler to measure the distance from the top of the top wheel to the top of the bottom wheel. Use a handsaw to cut the dowels to this size, then sand the spool and dowels. Step Three Measure the distance from one wheel’s outer edge to the spool’s core.
Adapted from Clare Youngs’s The Perfect Handmade Bag ($19.95; Cico), this cute carryall requires little more than a pair of small wooden spatulas and two tea towels ($15 each; motherlindas.com ). Cut six strips of fabric from one towel. Two, measuring 33⁄4"W x 141⁄4"L each, will serve as the decorative horizontal bands at the top of the tote and should incorporate the towel’s graphics (as shown, left). The other four, measuring 31⁄2"W x 8"L, will form tabs for the bag’s handles. Turn under the long sides of each strip and press a 1⁄4" hem.
Adapted from Clare Youngs’s The Perfect Handmade Bag ($19.95; Cico), this cute carryall requires little more than a pair of small wooden spatulas and two tea towels ($15 each; motherlindas.com ). Cut six strips of fabric from one towel. Two, measuring 33⁄4"W x 141⁄4"L each, will serve as the decorative horizontal bands at the top of the tote and should incorporate the towel’s graphics (as shown, left). The other four, measuring 31⁄2"W x 8"L, will form tabs for the bag’s handles. Turn under the long sides of each strip and press a 1⁄4" hem. To make a tab, topstitch one of the long sides of a 31⁄2"W x 8"L strip near the edge.
Turn your free TJCC membership into your online crafty resume! That’s right, everything you upload to the site will remain here beautifully stored, forever. It’s all in one place and easy to share with friends, customers, and family! As always, YOU get complete credit for what you’ve made and we’ll help you share it with the world. It’s also easy to send friends and potential customers to see your work. Or simply use it as a way to keep track of all the amazing things that you’ve created.
My latest after-dinner-while-watching-TV project: woven coasters made from magazine pages. To make a coaster like the green one above: 1. Tear out 6 magazine pages. Cut off the ragged edge on each, then cut each page in half lengthwise.