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Green Hack: Repair Vintage Furniture With Trash Picked Antique Wood

Green Hack: Repair Vintage Furniture With Trash Picked Antique Wood

The first piece of furniture I ever purchased for myself was a 1920’s British Colonial armoire from India. I literally ate oatmeal for breakfast and lunch every day for three months so I could afford to buy it. Twenty years later it is still my favorite piece of furniture. The piece was obviously custom made […]

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Alternative Lifestyle: My Second Hand Life Featured On The Jeff Probst Show

Alternative Lifestyle: My Second Hand Life Featured On The Jeff Probst Show

Last Wednesday I was a guest on Jeff Probst‘s new daytime talk show. The title of the show was “Could You Live Like That?” My segment is called “The Bride Who Spent $159 On Her Wedding.” Apparently the most notable aspect of my commitment to not buying new stuff, was the fact that I had […]

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How To Make Homemade Vanilla Extract Out Of Cheap Vodka

How To Make Homemade Vanilla Extract Out Of Cheap Vodka

As I have mentioned before, Mr. Foxypants and I are ridiculously adept at getting free alcohol. Since our bar is already fully stocked with top shelf booze, there was no room in the liquor cabinet for the gigantic, half-filled jug of Absolut vodka that someone left behind at our last party. Usually, I use vodka […]

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Free Knitting Pattern: How To Make A Mystery Stripe Scarf

Free Knitting Pattern: How To Make A Mystery Stripe Scarf

I am a firm believer that stripes make everything cuter. Unfortunately, as a knitter, this generally means that weaving in all the loose ends of yarn takes longer than it does to actually knit the project. So I was so excited to discover the mystery stripe method, which uses self-striping yarn to create gorgeous, random, […]

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Procraftination: The September OMFG DIY UFO Challenge

Procraftination: The September OMFG DIY UFO Challenge

pro·craf·ti·nate (pr-krft-nt) v. pro·craf·ti·nat·ed, pro·craf·ti·nat·ing, pro·craf·ti·nates v.intr. To put off finishing handiwork because you’ve turned your beloved hobby into a chore. v.tr. To postpone or delay the completion of craft projects to the point of stupidity. Are you a procraftinator? Are you haunted by U.F.O.’s (UnFinished Objects)? Does your studio or work space look like […]

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How Much Is Enough And How Do You Know?

How Much Is Enough And How Do You Know?

Last week I had a thrilling realization while dusting my bookcase: I have enough free entertainment to last me until the end of the year. In fact, between the subscriptions to audible and HBO go I got as wedding gifts, PBS.com, and my stack of actual books I’ve collected for pleasure reading since January, I […]

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How To Get $1000 In Designer Shoes For Free. Well, Okay. $1.23 With Tax.

How To Get $1000 In Designer Shoes For Free. Well, Okay. $1.23 With Tax.

I was dropping off clothes today at my favorite consignment store when I noticed a rack of designer shoes that had been discounted to $2 per pair. I had $14 in trade credit, so I could potentially “buy” seven pairs of shoes for $1.23 in sales tax. All of the $2.00 shoes are either brand […]

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