Hi, I'm Marlene, a DIY fanatic, baker, cat mom, and blogger from Boston. I thrive on that unique feeling of joy you get from making something yourself, which is why I blog at Idle Hands Awake, where I share my passion for DIY projects and inspire new creatives to get comfortable making. When not covered in paint, glue, or sawdust, you can usually find me curled up with my cat Jax and a chai latte, binge-watching a B-rated fantasy show or scheming what crafty skills to tackle next.
It's pretty clear by now that cats are taking over the world. From global Instagram cat celebrities, to cat cafes, to enough cat-themed accessories to clothe an army, our feline friends have us wrapped around their paws. My own cat, Jax, is no exception — he is definitely the boss in our household. Now he's even got me making DIY cat toys!
I pull on my shoes, search around for my keys, and realize I didn't put on my earrings yet. And as surely as I know that the bus is always running late, I know that I can't find the pair of earrings I want to wear.
Is it just me, or is jewelry one of the hardest things to keep organized??
Raise your hand if you have trouble finding jewelry that you like! Modern and interesting jewelry at affordable prices can be such a unicorn, don't you think? Which is why jewelry is the perfect candidate for some good old DIY intervention!
I love rolling up my figurative sleeves to create unique, handmade accessories. My latest jewelry project is one you minimalists will love: DIY leather circle earrings.
These stylish earrings are a cinch to make and don't require any fancy tools. Continue Reading
There may still be snow on the ground in some places (I’m looking at you, Boston), but spring will be here before you know it. And that means — patio season!
New England winters have trained me to take advantage of every available moment of spring and summer weather, so I am always looking for easy ways to make my tiny driveway patio cuter. That’s where these DIY Mud Cloth Paper Lanterns come in. Continue Reading