Aug 132015
Folded Heart: 1 Pattern, 3 Ways

After perfecting the easy method for book folding, I’ve now started experimenting with variations of a single pattern. This folded heart book shows the result of two variations on the original method for folding a book into a word or image. In both variations, I skip a page every few folds. Well, sort of. There

Mar 102015
Girl Meets Grommet Machine

This is going to be short, so sit loosely. All I want to do here is tell you about a grommet machine I got from It was a gift, so this is sort-of a sponsored post. So I spent all of last week upcycling a pair of regular rain boots into a pair of

Jul 112013
DIY Chandelier with Solar Lights

Here in an easy and inexpensive solar powered chandelier you can make for your next garden or beach party. This poor bicycle rim has gone through several incarnations–first as a wind-powered water pump, then as a floating garden, then a baby float, and finally this solar chandelier (oh the things you can make with free

Jul 032013
How to Lengthen Curtains

My sister and I recently remodeled Mom’s bedroom to give it a fresher, more country look. It was originally a deep golden yellow with orange-ish dark wood trim and doors, and we changed the color scheme to light blue and white with dark brown accents, after something we saw in a Better Homes and Gardens

Jun 182013
Couture Waders

When I made these couture waders, I had no idea Prada had already brought waders into the world of high fashion. My waders were made out of necessity. I often have to wade into our mucky irrigation pond, and the water boots I had were too short. Also, fishermen’s waders were too big and too

Jun 122013
Easy Floating Garden

Here is an easy and inexpensive way to make a floating garden for a backyard pond. I’ve had an ongoing battle with my pond trying to keep the algae from taking over. One thing I did was buy a bunch of goldfish to eat the algae. I started with 50 goldfish and now thanks to

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

Jan 252013
Rustic Country Door Frame

One of the home decor projects I’ve been putting off for a long time was the framing out of our kitchen entryway. I wanted it to look rustic and artsy. The entryway is wide and awkwardly angled. My fear was that it would be tricky to get the right angles on the wood beams, and

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 192012
How to Re-size the Little Black Dress

There is nothing more basic to a woman’s closet than the little black dress. It is simple, yet elegant; tailored, yet comfortable. And every girl should have one. This post is for those who can’t afford to buy the perfect little black Rebecca Taylor dress (even on on sale). This post is for those who,