25 Alternative Olive Oil Uses

There are many olive oil uses beyond what you might normally think of (cooking!). It's an incredibly versatile substance that you can put to good use in a lot of interesting situations. Here's how … 

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Nutritionists will continue to tout olive oil for its high content of healthful, monounsaturated fats, like oleic acid, and polyphenols. The fruit oil practically propelled the entire Western world in antiquity, and is mentioned in nearly every sacred text this side of the Tigris and Euphrates.    Continue Reading

16 Wedding Shoes Comfortable Enough to Dance the Night Away

16 Wedding Shoes Comfortable for Dancing the Night Away

On your wedding day, it’s safe to say that you want to both look gorgeous and feel comfortable. Unfortunately, these two things often don’t go together, but when it comes to your shoes, maybe they can! Ladies, you can have pretty wedding shoes that don’t make your feet hurt all night, and this roundup of wedding shoes comfortable enough for dancing all night in will save the day. 


16 Wedding Shoes Comfortable for Dancing the Night Away
Image via Keds 

1. I’m a big fan of Keds, and this collaboration with Kate Spade makes for a perfect pair of sparkling wedding tennis shoes. Continue Reading

Roundup: 10 Splendid DIY Shoe Makeovers

created at: 04/04/2012

Who doesn’t love to usher in springtime with a new pair of fun shoes? Although these shoes look new, not all of them are. Some are from the thrift store, others are well-loved kicks that needed TLC, whereas others just needed a little ‘something’ to make them shine. The techniques used to transform them are easily reproduced, thanks to the accompanying tutorials. (All ‘befores’ are on the left; ‘afters’ on the right where applicable.)

First on the list is Kaitlin’s spring-y Van makeover (pictured above), which she accomplished using a homemade stencil. Continue Reading

Picture Rail Shoe Rack

created at: 08/04/2011

Make those expensive shoes pull double-duty by turning them into art with picture rail shoe racks. Carrie Bradshaw would adore this, no?? Martha gives us all the details, but a how-to really isn’t necessary. Picture-rail molding (cut to size and primed) spaced about a foot apart and attached with finish nails, spackle, touch-up, etc, and you’ve got it. For more info, head on over to Martha.

Not Lacking For Storage: The Ultimate Shoe Rack IKEA Hack

created at: 03/08/2011

I’m not sure what I’m more impressed by: the amount of shoes this guy has or the storage and shelving system he created from Lack shelves and cutting boards.  

Wait… Cutting boards?  Yep.  Legitim chopping boards from IKEA, to be exact.  Not your usual application of the ol’ kitchen standby, now is it?  To see how this creative storage solution comes to fruition, check out IKEA Hackers.

DIY Sandals!

Summer Sandals Tutorial

And now for something really different, DIY sandals! Okay, not our usual Curbly fare, but c’mon…these are outstanding! The tute comes to us from Annekata who used a pair of used flip-flops to make them. Here’s her entire materials lineup:

  • flip flops (preferably used)
  • scissors
  • piece of chalk or marker 
  • craft knife
  • heavy duty waterproof glue
  • recycled t-shirtsscrew driver
  • flat butter knife or thin plastic ruler to stuff fabric into the soles. (Not shown)
  • clamps (or heavy books)

Within the tutorial, Annekata also includes ideas for variations using the same basic technique. Continue Reading

How to re-upholster a pair of sneakers.

Chezlin’s little sister had a pair of shoes she she didn’t like anymore, so Chezlin decided to re-upholster them. Okay, she re-covered them. No, actually, she re-MADE them. Not possible? Possible! Chezlin actually saw the instructions in Craft and decided to give it a go. Check it out….

First she cut out the fabric part,

then she made a pattern using those parts,

and then she glued in the new parts. Darling!

To read more about the process, follow this link. Continue Reading