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.
September 1, 2013 |
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the day I quit my software job. There was nothing wrong with my job; it was rewarding and I liked it, but "information architect" was not my calling. I didn't want to sit at a computer all day. I wanted to make music. I'd played the cello since I was 8, but my fears - of rejection, of performing in front of an audience, of poverty - had stymied my attempts at making a living from music. Then I turned 31, and I was suddenly more afraid of the regrets I'd have if I didn't try. The first couple of years I did the usual pay-your-dues hustle.
August 23, 2013 |
The do-it-yourself trend has taken off recently, helped by the popularity of such sites as Pinterest and Etsy that showcase people's personal crafting projects. Start-up Darby Smart is capitalizing on that and this summer launched a website to sell simple DIY kits for at-home projects including feather-topped drink stirrers, '20s-inspired headbands and monogrammed tote bags. The San Francisco company works with designers to create the crafting kits, which come with materials such as paint and glue, as well as instructions.
August 1, 2013 |
Customizing your kicks with colored laces is hardly a new concept -- the sneaker crowd has been upping the flair factor that way for decades now -- but there's something about the way the boat shoe's design that's always made a catch-and-relace project seem downright daunting. At least that's what I thought until I sat down a few nights ago to tackle the task of replacing the laces in my beloved Sperry Top-Siders. I've had one of the brand's relacing kits playing hide-and-seek on my desk since I'd purchased it back in October and finally decided I wasn't going to let my procrastinating of the project hit the one-year mark.
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.
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.