Six paper flowers

So many tutorials to choose from online! Compare my photos with the real photos to gauge how tough they are.

My rock and roll applique

Look at this t-shirt! How can a t-shirt be so sucky and so awesome at the same time? It’s my vintage Bad Company tour t-shirt, and I love it. But it’s ugly. I mean, it certainly wasn’t new when I got it in 2003. It also wasn’t much cuter then than it is now, except that I might’ve been ten …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …