Teaching knitting at Alternative Apparel

A knitting lesson

I taught a really big knitting class, and here’s what I learned

Super-simple ribbon bookmark

There’s something about a big, heavy hardcover book that feels very… for real. I like them a lot. And I like them best without a dust jacket, even though I know how important a dust jacket is if you want your nice books to stay nice. It’s just that they detract from the old-timey credibility of a big, heavy book. …

Bzzt.

Hey, guess what? The new Beehive is open! The Beehive has just relocated from Buckhead to the Edgewood shopping plaza, near Little Five Points in Atlanta. The new shop is huge and beautiful and officially opens on Friday the 16th. Of course, it’s actually already open to locals and passersby, so if you’re in the area you can be among …

Dye Easter eggs simply and beautifully using silk scarves and neckties.

Happy Easter! Give me your tie!

You may have heard of silk-dyed easter eggs, because it’s a two-year-old Martha Stewart craft. That is, it was published on her site two years ago. It’s not for two-year-olds. It’s easy to do, but it’s not that easy. It involves eggs. And scissors. If you have a two-year-old you’d probably better go ahead and lock him in the bathroom …

Butter-mint Buttons

Butter-mint Buttons

You know what I never liked? Butter mints. They were always right up there with those peanut butter chewy things in the orange papers. And circus peanuts. Oh, and candy corn. There must be a whole aisle in some frightful underworld grocery devoted to second-rate Halloween candy, ten cents a pound, guaranteed to disappoint even the most laid-back trick-or-treater. And …

Knitting Party Invitations

Knitting Party Invitations

  Why yes, those are toothpicks! And no, I’m not out of my mind. Let’s begin at the beginning. On the morning of Tuesday, January 20, 2009, my coworkers and I all crowded into the accountant’s office to watch Barack Obama’s inauguration on a tiny TV set. We listened to the speech about service and being better and making America …

The Kielbasa Split

My mom has a very pretty set of glass dishes for banana splits. The thing is, she hates bananas. A lot. Always has. So how did she acquire an entire set of dishes just for bananas? Let’s not dwell on questions we’ll never answer. The point is that we’ve got this set of very specific dishes, so I started trying …

Coffee Trees

Coffee Trees

I feel like I should preface this by saying that I love the smell of coffee. Because if I don’t say that, the first thing you think might be, “Whoa, this must really smell like coffee,” thinking it’s an oversight on my part, and I don’t want you to get hung up on that thought. No. The coffee smell isn’t …

Holiday Card Ornament

Lillyella’s Christmas Card Keepsake Ornament

Nicole from Lillyella posted this tutorial on ScoutieGirl this week, and I knew I had to make one immediately. It’s incredibly easy and quick to make, especially if you have a circle punch on hand… and if you don’t, it’s worth getting one. They come in handy from time to time. Mine is 2″ and it made a nice, big …

The Gingerbird House Project

Presenting the Gingerbirdhouse and the Gingerbird Nook! My friend Jenny and I designed these little non-edible gingerbread decorations for the Michael’s holiday craft contest. (Spoiler alert: We didn’t win.) www.michaelscontest.com/uploads/2958 www.michaelscontest.com/uploads/2962 The house is about 10” tall, but the Nook, which is pictured in the foreground, is only about 2” high. It’s very small, and fits on the Christmas tree! …