There are a handful of substances that are darlings for us DIYers on the Internet—natural, ubiquitous, and amazing multi-taskers. You know what I’m talking about—baking soda, vinegar, kosher salt olive oil, coconut oil, etc. They can do anything we ask them to do: clean our homes, whiten our laundry, reduce blood pressure, pick up the kids from school…
One such popular cure-all life hack is how to fix scratched leather using that lovely golden Mediterranean export, olive oil. Continue Reading
In 1942, a little but influential magazine known as Consumers Union changed its name to Consumer Reports and a trusted powerhouse was borne. Now, some sixty-eight years later, a new offspring from the same organization has appeared. It’s called ShopSmart;), a magazine that’s billed as ‘A new women’s shopping magazine with the BEST brands to buy.’ Honestly, though, I think that’s selling the magazine short because there really is something for everyone in its pages. Continue Reading
An attractive frame for artwork always beats thumbtacks or the sticky stuff, but custom jobs at the framing shop come with sky-high prices, often more than you paid for that wonderful screen print from Etsy or the perfect vintage concert tour poster.
So, skip the frame shop altogether, and head to the hardware store for this easy and customizable DIY to protect and showcase your favorite pieces.
If you have a bin of nuts and washers and things, you’re half-way to turning a wine bottle into an oil lamp. (And even if you don’t have a nut and washer bin, you can pick a few up–plus the other items you’ll need to complete this project–at the hardware store for pennies!)
The supplies you’ll want to gather:
An empty wine bottle
A 1 ½” or so long threaded nipple–I used one from an old lamp kit
Two ½” to 5/8″ nuts–one wide, one skinny–that will thread onto the nipple
A 1″ washer that fits onto the nipple
Oil lamp wick (I bought some at my local hardware store.
Several years ago I made a mosaic flower pot as a shower gift. Everyone at the shower went a little ga-ga over it. Their enthusiasm got me thinking. Would people actually like to learn how to make such things and pay me to teach them how to do it? Apparently so, because a few months later I was teaching the technique at several local adult education programs. Here, my fellow Curblians, is a complimentary tutorial, just for you! Continue Reading
One of the quickest and easiest ways to embellish fabric is by stenciling it. But instead of buying fabric stencils, I decided to make my own using one of my paper punches, and some address labels. The supplies include: