Tagged: April 2015 – DIY

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The Zen of the Everyday Pastime

At the beginning of the month, I embarked on a creative adventure: to learn how to sew. I set off to make a nightgown for each of my daughters, because I’ve found that specific goals (make two nightgowns) have a much greater chance of being accomplished than vague ones (learn to sew). It was a challenge in every sense of the word...

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The DIY Lotion Project and The Case for Natural Cosmetics

Coconut oil. Almond oil. Beeswax. Shea butter. Essential oils. That’s what you need to make some silky smooth body lotion. I’ve become a bit obsessive about the stuff I put in and on my body, so I thought I’d take advantage of DIY month and try my hand at making homemade beauty products. To help, I invited my dear friend Victoria...

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The Joys and Benefits of Being a Beginner

Oh, what have I done, what have I done, what have I done, what have I done. I knew sewing month would be challenging, but in my head, it was supposed to be fairly straightforward. Silly me for not realizing just how technical, precise, expensive and time consuming it is. Apparently you need four different kinds of cutting tools just to get started!...

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A Month of Making: On Sewing, Crafting & Working With Your Hands

I’m not what you’d call a domestic person. I don’t bake, I don’t craft, I don’t send hand-made cards or decorate my house for Halloween. I typically have to ask for assistance wrapping Christmas presents because if the box is too big or too small or unusually shaped, I will find a way to botch the job. So I’m bad at arts...