November 29, 2012 |
Looking to learn some do-it-yourself skills for holiday gift giving this year? The Institute of Domestic Technology has a one-day food-crafting class Saturday focusing on homemade gifts for the holidays at the Zane Grey Estate in Altadena. A repeat of the class will take place at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills on Dec. 8. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., instructors Kevin West and Joseph Shuldiner will teach a smorgasbord of useful skills for making a variety of D.I.Y. gifts.
September 19, 2012 |
The 1928 icebox in my Los Feliz apartment has always been a curiosity with its insulated door and brass latch. But the real oddity lives inside. A motor is stuck with 14 tubes that once coursed with methyl chloride or perhaps sulfur dioxide. I always thought the snake-like contraption resembled a marauding insect from a 1950s science-fiction horror flick. I loved the vintage container, but always thought it deserved better than serving as a haphazard cupboard. Plus, I'm careful how I use each inch in my 550-square-foot flat.
September 7, 2013 |
September is one of the most popular months to move, but busy renters may not feel as if they have the energy or time for DIY projects in a new home. I've pulled together five products that are easy ways to put a personal stamp on a new space. Whether you are moving now or simply refreshing the same ol' place, these quick fixes may give you the look you're after without leaving a permanent mark on your rental. 1. Cutting Edge Stencils: This company's “Geometric/Allover” stencils are a great way to update an old or cheap bookcase.
July 9, 2013 |
Jamie Jamison remembers her early introduction to woad. She was on a road trip with her parents, stopping at a Stuckey's shop and seeing a tiny souvenir Navajo rug that illustrated where the natural dyes came from. She has her own now -- blues, greens and yellows, all grown from her yard. Yellow is easy. Even onion skins will make a usable yellow. Blue, however, is another story. For that she is growing woad, Isatis tinctoria , a member of the mustard family. Woad originated in southern Europe and western Asia.
September 19, 2013 |
Now that I'm officially an empty-nester, I decided to start learning some new things. And Wednesday night I started a class in canning and preserving with Ernest Miller, known all over L.A. for his expertise in this field. In fact, Miller gave us a persuasive lecture on how food preservation is the basis of civilization. Thanks to Clarence Birdseye, home preservation fell off. But there's good news: The DIY and slow-food movements, economy and other factors are spurring a renaissance.
HOME & GARDEN
June 29, 2013 |
Wanted to warn that I'm not a particularly skilled surfer, but I think you would just assume that. Basically, I excel at nothing in particular, though I did win the father-son fantasy football league last season and am poised to repeat. I'm also a pretty good public speaker. Imagine a snarkier Winston Churchill. Remember that for your next company event. My fee is a mere $1 million, but for that I also clean up afterward and unburden you of all your leftover Leinenkugel. I also line a pretty good batter's box, though the umpire at last week's Pony League tournament kept smothering the back line with his shoe, believing it was a little too deep.