Category Archive: How-to

Feb 14

Old to New: dress to spring skirt

I’ve had this dress for a long time. I bought it from the thrift store in around 2010 and wore it as a winter dress all the time with cardigans and thick tights underneath. At some point, it just got hard to put together an outfit with the dress without covering up the impractical top. …

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Jan 10

Coaster Toaster

My friend just moved into a beautiful new apartment, so as a housewarming gift, I presented her with the Coaster Toaster. Inside the felt toaster are four buttered-toast coasters, also made of felt. Basic instructions for the coasters (not the toaster) in the link below!

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Oct 27

Convertible DIY Mini-Backpack

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I needed something to tote stuff around to work last year, and since I walked to work every day, I didn’t like the way that a shoulder bag would put more stress on one side of my body than the other. Thus, I figured I’d make a mini-backpack, since they’ve come full circle from fashionable …

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Sep 13

DIY Grocery cart bag

In Zurich, there is very little need to own a car because the public transportation system is excellent. We take the train, bus, or tram everywhere, and it also helps keep us healthy when we walk down to the main street to do our grocery shopping. Not having a car means that one needs to …

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Jul 24

Old to New: Taiko figurine

Awhile ago, we had to replace an old-style fluorescent light starter in our bathroom. Niki mentioned that it looked a lot like the little Japanese drum character from the Taiko No Tatsujin rhythm games, as they’re both cylindrical with two “eyes” on one end. I kept the little starter, thinking I’d make it cute at …

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Jul 23

Felt flowers I

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The weather has been pretty miserable lately, so I’ve been doing a lot of indoor activities. I’ve had these gorgeous felt brooches made by DesignedByJane to my Pinterest for awhile now, and I decided to try to make something similar. It required that I learn how to do a chain stitch, and I found this …

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May 27

Old to New: Tough Apron!

My live-in chef / partner is a big guy, and it’s usually tough to find clothes that fit him. It’s even tougher to find an apron for him. Thus, he often cooks sans apron, getting food spatters all over his hard-to-find shirts. We have amassed quite a collection of different laundry stain removers as a …

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Aug 16

Chandelier refurbish!

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Wow, I guess I’ve been away for a long time! Job hunting and trying to settle into a new home will do that, I suppose. Speaking of which, we’ve been living without a proper kitchen light for several months– we’ve been using a big round globe lampshade that was in our bedroom in our old …

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May 13

Business card stamp tutorial: Part 2

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Click HERE for Part 1 of the tutorial Last time I left off when I finished carving the stamp, but had yet to mount the stamp on a handle. Well, I went to my local hardware store and got a piece of FSC-certified (sustainably harvested) wood: I held up the stamp to the wood and …

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May 05

Business card stamp tutorial: Part 1

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The other day, the talented photographer Sherry Lu asked if I could make a business card stamp for her. After asking her a few questions about what she wanted on the stamp, I set to work. Here was the initial sketch: Sherry wanted the stamp to promote her Instagram page, so I made a simplified …

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