The Best Social Media Accounts for When You Need a Freaking Break

Best social media accounts for when you need a break

The news is generally disheartening. Work is stressful. Bills keep coming every month. My washing machine is making a weird sound. Life is rough, right? I need a break! Sometimes I just want to stare at my phone and enjoy myself for a minute. The problem is that scrolling through social media – a once relaxing and enjoyable experience – has turned into a version of hell all its own. Some accounts on Instagram are annoying. Continue Reading

Curbly Video Podcast: How to Make Maven’s Mosaic Flower Pot

 

created on: 04/23/08

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

Curbly Video Podcast: How to make aromatherapy ‘sweets’

created on: 04/14/08

Aromatherapy ‘sweets’ are fun and easy to make. Great for your mom or mom-equivalent on Mother’s Day or as bridal or baby shower favors, they would make a great addition to any lingerie drawer!

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 What you need:

  • a candy mold (2 bucks at Michaels)
  • acrylic craft paints and paint sealer
  • paint brush
  • 1/4″ fabric ribbon
  • craft glue
  • aromatherapy oil (I used lavender oil)
  • Plaster of Paris
  • measuring cup(s)
  • popsicle sticks or other appropriate utensil for stirring
  • cold water

What you do:

  • mix Plaster of Paris according to instructions on package
  • pour plaster mixture in candy mold, wait 20 to 30 minutes
  • pop ‘candies’ out of mold and let dry completely
  • if the ‘candies’ have any rough edges, you can file them down
  • put a coat or two of paint on the ‘candies’ followed by a coat of sealer
  • when dry, put a drop or two of oil on the back of each ‘sweet’, let oil absorb thoroughly
  • with craft glue, glue ‘candy’ discs together
  • finally, cut a strip of ribbon and glue it around the edge of each ‘sweet’ to hide the seam

And that’s it! Continue Reading

Curbly Video: How to Make Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

How to Naturally Dye Easter Eggs Using Fruits and Vegetables

This Easter season, head to the produce aisle and dye your eggs with nature.

 






Materials

 

 

  • Free-range eggs
  • Alum powder (available at the supermarket in the spice aisle)
  • White Vinegar
  • Vegetables and spices, see step one
  • Cooktop
  • Saucepan
  • Measuring spoons
  • Wooden spoon and slotted spoon
  • Vegetable oil, wax, electrical tape, leaves, stickers, etc (optional)
     

Step

Choose which colors you’d like to dye your eggs.

  • For blue, use red cabbage
  • For red, try whole beets (not canned), cherries, or cranberries
  • For light green, use spinach or fresh green herbs
  • For tan, brew some strong coffee, tea, or a handful of cumin seeds
  • For yellow, try turmeric (a spice) and yellow onion skins
  • For olive green, use red onion skins (the color is produced by a reaction with the vinegar)
  • For purple, grape juice or frozen blueberries

Step

For each color, fill a saucepan with at least three inches of water. Continue Reading