How to Build a Cozy Radiator Cat Bed

From the new book, "DIY Projects for Cats & Dogs." A tutorial on how to make a radiator cat bed.

If you’re a cat owner, you know two things about kitties: #1, They like heights, and #2, they like warmth. I can always count on finding my own cat in a handful of different places around my apartment, including either right up against the radiator, or high up on my bedroom dresser. If your feline is anything like mine, she’d flip over a DIY radiator cat bed like this one.       

This project comes straight from the soon-to-be-published book DIY Projects for Cats & DogsContinue Reading

Sew Yourself a Pair of Shorts in Under an Hour!

How to sew shorts without needing a pattern

I have a really hard time buying shorts. I usually can’t find any in the store that I like, because, let’s face it – most women’s shorts are so short they’re actually just denim underwear in disguise. Even if I do find shorts I like, I can’t seem to bring myself to pay $25 for an article of clothing that requires so little fabric, and that I’m only going to wear for a few months out of the year. Continue Reading

Make Quick, Easy Embroidered Wall Art With This Secret Weapon: The Punch Needle!

How to embroidery easy wall art using our new favorite tool!

I've been crafting for a fairly long time (I won't say how long because I don't want to date myself). In all my years of making stuff I can't believe it took me this long to discover the embroidery tool I'm using to create this easy wall art. I first stumbled across this technique on social media. Someone had posted a “Work in Progress” video, and they were causally punching away at some fabric, creating embroidered lines at breakneck speed. Continue Reading

How to: Make a Super Simple Spring Planter

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With spring already in full swing here in Arizona (can we even call it spring when it is in the 90s?), and it has been refreshing to see green leaves pop up on the trees outside our place.  It seems that with talk of Easter, spring, and all the new life happening outside, we ought to channel some of that springtime green inside with a simple and modern planter.  


  • Pine 1×6″ (we went to Home Depot), cut to:
    • 2 at 5 1/2″ (short sides)
    • 2 at 24″ (long sides)
    • 1 at 22 3/4″ (base)

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  • Wood glue
  • Wood stain
  • Polyeurethane

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  • Landscapers cloth (optional)

(For our base, my husband grabbed a piece of vented frieze board, whatever that is, by the cutting area in the hardware store.  Continue Reading