Giant Chunky Knit Blankets to Buy or DIY for Your Coziest Winter Yet

A few years ago, super chunky knit blankets started popping up on blogs and Pinterest, and I immediately knew I wanted to knit my own. Mine knit up quite quickly and easily, and I’ve been enjoying its cozy embrace ever since. Now I’m even considering putting one of these kits to knit another on my Christmas list, partly because my cat thinks that the one I made should be reserved soley for her use. Continue Reading

How To: Arm-Knit a Blanket in Just One Hour!

Arm knit blanket

Do you ever wish you could make a blanket yourself, but don't feel like you have the time to? Then a DIY arm knit blanket might be just the project for you! A chunky knit blanket can be completed in about an hour, and it's PERFECT for beginners. But what is “arm knitting,” you might ask? Basically, it's regular knitting, but instead of using needles, you use your arms. As you can imagine, arms in needle terms are big. Continue Reading

Make This Leather Coffee Sleeve to Keep Your Hands Cool and Your Drink Hot

DIY Personalized Leather Coffee Sleeve
Sponsored by the Home Depot

My wife and I will be buying a house somewhere in the near future. Whenever she asks me what kind of neighborhood I want to live in, I just say, “One within walking distance of a coffee shop.” That's my only criteria, because that's how much I love coffee. Right now we live in an apartment in a busier part of the city, so most of my coffee is to-go, and grabbed on foot. Continue Reading

The 15 Coziest Blankets under $100 You Need this Autumn

15 blankets to cuddle up in this autumn, all for under $100 each

Perhaps my favorite thing about cooler autumn weather is snuggling under a blanket with a cup of tea or my morning coffee. As the weather cools down, you might be looking for a good deal on a cozy new blanket, whether it's for yourself or as a gift. Look no further! No matter your budget, I've rounded up 15 cozy blankets under $100 that you'll want to cuddle up with this autumn.       



Photo: Nordstrom

1. This faux fur throw from Nordstrom looks good enough to wrap myself in every single night.

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You Know You Want to Cuddle Up in This DIY Flannel Throw

DIY Flannel Throw | Cozy up!

Ahh, autumn. You make me want to light bonfires in my backyard, start drinking cocoa on the daily, and cozy up in anything warm and snuggly. This fall I'm exploring my reignited love of flannel (I'm actually wearing a flannel shirt right now as I write this), and with these local Minnesota temperatures ever on the decline, a DIY flannel throw was in order. I just love blankets – you can never have too many, which makes them a wonderful gift. Continue Reading

Say Hello to the New (New) Curbly Studio

Not so long ago – 16 months to be exact – we revealed our old, new studio space. It was a beautiful, sun-filled room that offered us a space to be creative and a way to separate our work life from our home life. It was quiet and peaceful, blocks from our house, and a stone’s throw from our children’s schools. But when the building changed ownership and major renovations loomed, it was impossible for us to remain. Continue Reading

Pom Pom Rug Anyone?

created at: 2009/12/16

I love the look of these pom pom rugs, but I wonder if they’re cozy or just lumpy. (And I don’t want to even think about what my cat would do to them.)  If you think you’d like one, they’re actually DIYable. The picture below is a project featured on Lion Brand. Here’s a link to the pattern, but you have to be a member (or sign up) to see it.

created at: 2009/12/16



Virtual Fireplace, in Blu-ray

Several years ago, a local television station started airing the ‘Yule Log.’ Basically, it’s a loop of burning logs in a fire accompanied with Christmas tunes. It has become a tradition in many households, even ones with fireplaces like mine, to tune into ‘the log’. As a matter of fact, it’s ratings often top the charts. If you don’t have a ‘Yule Log’ station, here’s the perfect answer: HDScape’s Fireplace, which is a crackling fire sans the Christmas music. Continue Reading

Placemat Hack: Flaptop Laptop Cover


created on: 05/15/08

created on: 05/15/08

created on: 05/15/08

created on: 05/15/08

Finally a use for colorful, rectangular placements available at World Market!  Here’s a tutorial you can follow to make some jazzy padded laptop covers for yourself or for gifts.  You’ll need a little more than basic sewing skills to do this, but it’s worth the time and it’s very customize-able.  With some patience and  desire,  you’ll be the envy of all your Black-Nylon-Canvas-Cased Friends. 

what you need:

sewing machine

thread, scissors, seam ripper

three placemats,

padding for interior or quilted lining fabric

lining fabric

fabric for boxing and pockets (I used leather from a vintage coat)

fusible webbing

magnetic closure or velcro

decorative button

template of laptop size and pocket size needed (battery, power cord)


created on: 05/15/08

The above picture doesn’t show the old coat used for the boxing and pocket and the fusible webbing or iron

what you do:

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12 Steps to Cozy Up Your Pad

It's cold outside, but that doesn't mean it has to be cold inside! If your pad is feeling less than cozy these days, you might want to employ a few of these quick and cuddly fixes.

1. Toss a throw blanket, especially the nubby kind, over the sofa and pile a couple folded ones on the floor so they're in easy reach.

2. Accent with black–but use it sparingly.

3. Add pillows galore, especially textured ones. Continue Reading