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Worth It! Brodart Book Jacket Covers

Worth It! Brodart Book Jacket Covers

My favorite cousin, who is a librarian, just sent me a 20 yard roll of Brodart as a wedding gift. This gift triggers the tweaker center of my brain in so many ways it’s not even funny. I don’t know how I’ve lived so long without owning this product. All good library patrons have an […]

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A Dinky Manor Mystery: The Case of the Missing Socks

A Dinky Manor Mystery: The Case of the Missing Socks

I bought two pairs of these socks while I was in Italy last year. I bought one set for myself and a second, matching set as a Christmas gift for my best friend, so we could pretend like we are part of some sort of Secret Fraternal Order that involves sock wearing. When Christmas rolled […]

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My Grandmother’s Award-Winning Coconut Macaroon Recipe

My Grandmother’s Award-Winning Coconut Macaroon Recipe

My grandmother made these coconut macaroons when I was a child and forever ruined Mounds candy bars for me. Unlike most macaroon recipes, this recipe does not require condensed milk. Grandma’s macaroons were dipped in melted dark chocolate and also contained a handful of chopped pecans, but my favorite version of this cookie is her […]

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Luxecycle: Unwind With Knitting By Harvesting A Handmade Sweater For Yarn

Luxecycle: Unwind With Knitting By Harvesting A Handmade Sweater For Yarn

I just spent the last hour unravelling a sweater vest I made seven years ago so I could harvest the yarn for another project. I know. I know. My April Crafty Crap Challenge is to complete as many unfinished sewing and knitting projects as I can, not add to my yarn stash. But one of […]

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The Lord of the Rings Sweater Vest For Hobbits With Too Much Leftover Yarn

The Lord of the Rings Sweater Vest For Hobbits With Too Much Leftover Yarn

It gets cold in The Shire. Because I’m an unapologetic trash picker, I pulled the ball of the super-soft, chunky, tweed wool yarn out of the garbage during a theater wardrobe job I did last year. What I was thinking I would knit with really thick wool yar– –okay I wasn’t thinking. Because I live […]

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Recycled Baby Furniture: Aspiration or Nostalgia?

Recycled Baby Furniture: Aspiration or Nostalgia?

I’ve had (shared custody of) my baby armoire since I was a baby. The armoire, along with a matching bookcase and bed were my nursery furniture. With the exception of the Ikea bookcase that Mr. Foxypants uses to store his record collection, my baby armoire is the ugliest piece of furniture in my house. But […]

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Hoarders: The Crafty Crap Edition

Hoarders: The Crafty Crap Edition

This is my hoard. It’s pretty much the first thing I see when I open my eyes in the morning (aside from the cat jumping up and down on my stomach that is) because it’s in the corner of my bedroom. I hate it. No, my entire house is not this messy. I’ve managed to […]

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