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Free Knitting Pattern + Leftover Yarn=The Zero Dollar Hipster Baby Sweater

Free Knitting Pattern + Leftover Yarn = The Zero Dollar Hipster Baby Sweater

There are very few worse examples of my OCD than my knitting stash. I have a really hard time getting rid of yarn. And by yarn I mean any piece of spun fiber that is longer than twelve inches. And by really hard time I mean never. As a result my crafty crap bureau is […]

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Second Hand Wedding: My Free 14k Gold Wedding Band!

Second Hand Wedding: My Free 14k Gold Wedding Band!

I’ve always admired the wedding band of my friend Laura. Like most Italian ladies I know, Laura wears a simple, 2mm gold band, instead of a diamond, as her wedding ring. I love the practicality of her ring. It’s so plain that she can sleep in it, weed the yard in it, and travel without […]

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March Madness: The Compact Free Stuff Edition

March Madness: The Compact Free Stuff Edition

I have been a member of an environmental movement called The Compact for five years. The core idea of The Compact is to step away from the consumer grid and not buy anything new for one calendar year. Food, cleaning products, and medication are obvious exemptions, but all other material goods like cars, clothing, and […]

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Adult Shrinky Dinks: Upcycled Plastic Soda Bottles Become A Mod Window Shade

Adult Shrinky Dinks: Upcycled Plastic Soda Bottles Become A Mod Window Shade

I saw this “flowered” window covering earlier this week in an art gallery. It was made with the bumpy bottoms of half liter soda bottles that were shrunk in the oven a la Shrinky Dinks. (There was also a room divider made using the same technique at the gallery). I love it because it uses […]

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Capsule Wardrobe: How To Pack For A Semester Abroad

Capsule Wardrobe: How To Pack For A Semester Abroad

There’s that scene in so many movies where someone has to get out of town quickly and throws a bunch of random clothes, still on hangers, into a huge suitcase, and then tries to force it shut. I’m always confused by this scene. If someone is really coming to kill you right now, do you […]

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All My Plans Go To Sh– Italy!

All My Plans Go To Sh– Italy!

I’M GOING TO ITALY! I have been saving up to study abroad in Italy for Fall semester all year. I didn’t want to even put “Semester in Florence” on my list of New Year’s Resolutions because I was so afraid I’d jinx myself. Today was the deadline to pay for the program or forfeit my […]

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Small Space Design Gem: Patty’s Smallest Coolest Apartment

Small Space Design Gem: Patty’s Smallest Coolest Apartment

My friend Patty is a secret design star. Patty lives on disability, in a 20 x 20 foot apartment above a garage in Long Beach, California. Her tiny apartment is a brilliant reminder that you don’t need money or space to have an inspiring home. When her landlords blocked the roof access stairs for liability […]

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