So I took a few months off of blogging. Creativity ebbs and flows – and the last couple months were more about getting along and less about craft projects and trying new recipes. We’re now in a new apartment – one that is bigger and in a great neighborhood, but has taken a little more elbow grease than the one before. I love a challenge, though! I had to pick my priorities, it’s a rental so changing EVERYTHING is out of the question. There’s a lot I will be blogging about in the coming months – how we painted the whole place for under $40, a massive kitchen update, and much more. One of the projects that has made the biggest impact is turning a boring and outdated dining room light fixture into a dramatic centerpiece. So here is the story of how I turned this:
Gift cycles tend to come in waves. You have graduation season, the wedding seasons, and then a few years later… babies. As we prepare for our upcoming trip to Denmark, we had several new births to celebrate. I wanted a gift that was sweet and personal, affordable but also a little luxurious. This craft was a great solution. Meet the teddies:
Sewing these little buddies requires moderate sewing skills, but the pattern is easy – if you’ve sewn any clothing, slipcovers, or pillows before I bet you’ll be fine. Most of the supplies can be purchased at any fabric or craft store – the cashmere can easily be found on Ebay, or in local thrift and discount stores (especially towards the end of winter). Continue reading
Stop grimacing! It’s not gross, I swear, and it’s not going to give you food poisoning. Making yogurt isn’t some special highly-complicated process best left to the pros, it is a simple food that any one of you can make at home. Why make it at home? It is cost-effective. A gallon of homemade yogurt costs you just what a gallon of milk does. Compared to cheap yogurt, this is at least 4 times cheaper, and compared to more expensive organic or Greek-style yogurt, it is just a fraction of the cost. It’s also much healthier – store bought yogurts often contain artificial sweeteners and flavors, high fructose corn-syrup, preservatives, and animal-based gelatin. It is also much better tasting – it has the delightful tartness of yogurt, without the sourness so prevalent in store-bought brands. It is the perfect companion to a big bowl of muesli in the morning, with a little drizzle of honey on top. Here is the summarized recipe, click below for the full details
-Cool milk to slightly warmer than body temp
-Whisk in a little existing yogurt
-Put in glass jars
-Keep warm in blankets for 8 hours
-Refrigerate for 5 hours
So several weeks ago, I informed you all of my great attempt at a DIY litter box. It seemed so practical and affordable! I had great hopes for how my top entry box would nearly eliminate litter scatter. Here is my update and final decision, which box won out?
A few years back, I was lucky enough to stumble upon an incredible Craigslist deal – an antique mahogany drop leaf table with four matching chairs for under $100. Unfortunately, when I got the table home I realized it had more problems than the original owner had revealed. While the style was exactly what I wanted, the table top finish was in terrible shape. The original high-gloss shellac finish was now sticky, soft white puffy spots appeared at the presence of any condensation, and it was sentenced to life under a table cloth due to these problems. But the wood was beautiful, and I missed showing off the shapely legs. Here is how I restored the tabletop in under 4 hours and $50.
I am not an expert seamstress, by any means. I can almost sew a straight line (almost), and this is enough to get me through most small projects. But the new kitty has really made a mess of our seagrass dining chairs, and they were in dire need of slipcovers, and my almost-straight-line-sewing prowess really wasn’t enough to get me through making custom slipcovers. The problem is, I really hate the look of poorly fitting covers. Here’s how I turned some generic store-bought slipcovers into semi-custom creations, with little more than a a few straight lines and some hot glue.