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June 12, 2012
Re "Scientists warn that Earth may be approaching a tipping point," June 8 We can be the greatest of greatest generations or those who fiddled while Rome burned. Adults today are the only ones who can avert what one scientist tells us is a catastrophe "equivalent to an asteroid striking the Earth. " Those before us didn't know; for those after us it will be too late. We have a sobering responsibility, yet governments don't seem able to help. Good people, it is up to us. We need to consume much less and more wisely, think differently about our transportation choices and support family planning everywhere.
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NEWS
March 3, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
PARIS -- It was only a matter of time before stirrup pants returned to the fashion spotlight -- and if anyone can bring them back, Stella McCartney can. The designer showed a great fall collection Monday morning at Paris Fashion Week, stirrup pants and all, bringing together several of the season's trends, including knit dressing, craftsy details and sports-inspired utility. I got a chuckle when I saw the stirrup pants, but they actually looked sleek (more trouser than legging)
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NEWS
November 29, 2012 | By Caitlin Keller
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.
NEWS
December 12, 2013 | By Kyle Schuneman
Type "washi tape" into Google and you'll see just how popular this stuff has become for the DIYers everywhere. You can decorate furniture, walls, pretty much anything. The appeal comes from the versatility of the material - a Japanese masking tape made from strong natural fibers - and the huge selection of washi tape patterns and colors. One great project for the holidays is to use washi tape to cover old photo frames. You'll be able to give a whole new look to old frames whose original finish or shape were less than perfect.
NEWS
January 31, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
When Bay Area designers Kevin McElroy and Matthew Wolpe of Just Fine Design/Build unveiled their mod chicken coop Chick-in-a-Box at a 2010 Maker Faire , they thought they were on to something. Chickens had moved from the farm to the backyard, after all, and coops had become popular design fodder for architects and artisans alike. But McElroy and Wolpe found little interest in their $1,200 handmade chicken coop, regardless of its post-and-beam-style composition or striking butterfly roof that doubles as a water catchment system.
NEWS
September 19, 2012 | By R. Daniel Foster
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.
NEWS
September 7, 2013 | By Kyle Schuneman
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.
NEWS
September 19, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
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.
OPINION
May 20, 2012 | By Neal Gabler
Barack Obama wanted to be a transformational president, and as we head into the general election, he may have gotten his wish - just not the way he or his supporters might have thought. Obama seems to have transformed the cohort of 18- to 29-year-olds, a whopping 66% of whom preferred him over John McCain, from passionate voters who thought Obama really did offer change they could believe in, into people feeling, in the words of veteran political analyst Charlie Cook, "disappointment and disillusionment.
NEWS
July 9, 2013 | By Jeff Spurrier
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.
NEWS
September 19, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
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.
NEWS
September 12, 2013 | Craig Nakano
The horizontal-slat fence has become such a familiar - some might say overly familiar - note in modern house renovations that Los Angeles designers Makoto Mizutani and Benjamin Luddy have suggested a tweak to the composition. Mizutani and Luddy, who work under the studio name Scout Regalia, recently released a DIY cheat sheet for a simple wood fence with boards running on a staggered diagonal. The “cutsheet,” as the designers call it, is available as a free download , with a list of materials, step-by-step instructions and helpful diagrams.
NEWS
September 7, 2013 | By Kyle Schuneman
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.
OPINION
September 1, 2013 | By Zoë Keating
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.
BUSINESS
August 23, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
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.
NEWS
August 1, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
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.
HOME & GARDEN
June 29, 2013 | Chris Erskine
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.
NEWS
March 3, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
PARIS -- It was only a matter of time before stirrup pants returned to the fashion spotlight -- and if anyone can bring them back, Stella McCartney can. The designer showed a great fall collection Monday morning at Paris Fashion Week, stirrup pants and all, bringing together several of the season's trends, including knit dressing, craftsy details and sports-inspired utility. I got a chuckle when I saw the stirrup pants, but they actually looked sleek (more trouser than legging)
NEWS
July 9, 2013 | By Jeff Spurrier
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 | Chris Erskine
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.
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