May 292013
How to Make a Foam Puppet

I’ve been meaning to make a foam puppet to employ as a mascot for this DIY site, and finally got around to it. I watched many videos showing how to make foam puppets, and all of them showed how to make the skin out of fleece. This looked too complicated for a beginner to do,

May 062013
The Art of Steampunk Fashion

This week is the Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. And tonight is the ball where all the celebs display their designers’ interpretations of punk. Of course I wanna be there, so–as we sometimes do with the Oscars here at home–I’m “going to the MET ball” right

Dec 212012
Throw a New Years in New York Party and Help Victims of Sandy

For many, the holiday season is a time of parties, togetherness, gifts and good cheer. But for some, it is a time of loneliness and despair. Recent disasters and senseless violence threaten to overshadow all that is good in our holiday celebrations. Is it best to let grief silence our joy, or can we, in

Dec 132012
Fifteen Minute Christmas Chandelier

I recently saw a cool floor lamp made out of cardboard where the light shines through all the cells in the cardboard to make a spectacular pattern on the wall. I wanted to do something like for our black & white holiday party, but didn’t have the time to do it exactly like the cardboard

Dec 102012
Upcycled Waste Basket Lamp

A couple summers ago I did a series of upcycled lamps from cheap parts found in thrift stores, but didn’t finish this lamp in time to add to the earlier post. I’d painted the base in greens and oranges (using the same Porcelaine paint I used on my shoes) to match the scrap of silk

Dec 062012
How to Make Felted Soap.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy gift idea, here is one that is both beautiful and appropriate for anyone on your list—scented felted soaps. Felted soaps are said to last longer than soap that is left open on a dish. And the felting around them serves the double purpose of exfoliator. Soap felting

Oct 242012
Easy Elegant Neck Wrap

My new kick these days is combining the drab with the elegant to bring out a new kind of beauty. It’s somewhat steampunk, but not as mechanical. You could call it “District 13 Comeback” style. This neck wrap is a perfect example of what I’m talking about. It’s silk wrapped with dirty gauze, strung together

Oct 092012
Felted Balls and String Lights

Last week my sister and I took Mom out for a little window shopping, and we saw some lovely felted art in one of the shops. One of the items we saw was a string of lights with felted flowers cupping each light. They were beautiful! These lights would be ideal for parties, the holidays

Oct 042012
Make Better Fake Blood

If you’ve been reading this blog, you know I work a lot with tapioca flour. Well, last week as I was doing my Zombie BaitHalloween makeup, I realized I was out of store-bought fake blood, so I tried doing a tapioca version instead. It turned out better than the store-bought version. Just had to share