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Green Gift Guide: Free Books For A Year

Green Gift Guide: Free Books For A Year

The battle for shelf space is a constant one at Dinky Manor. Although I generally try and keep a grip on things by checking out library books, since my job pretty much consists of reading, good books are always finding a way into my house, and end up getting stacked up on every available horizontal […]

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Earth Day Question: What Is The Last Thing You Really Wore Out?

Earth Day Question: What Is The Last Thing You Really Wore Out?

When the crown ripped in three different places, I finally had to admit that my straw sun hat was a goner. This was a conclusion that my neighbors had come to, oh, seven or eight years ago when I’d worn out the third ribbon hat band and had taken to repairing the unraveling brim with […]

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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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Luxury Recycling: Create A Sewing Box From Vintage Luggage

Luxury Recycling: Create A Sewing Box From Vintage Luggage

I’ve been in denial that my ArtBin is a terrible sewing kit since I bought it in 1991. O.C.D. means that you never admit to any inconvenience caused by organizational products. Because if you bought it, it must mean that it works. Perfectly. All the time. I mean look at these all these little compartments. […]

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Procraftination: What’s Your Oldest Unfinished Sewing Project?

Procraftination: What’s Your Oldest Unfinished Sewing Project?

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. I remember noticing first noticing that I’d lost the bottom button off this sweater in 1985. The original buttons […]

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Vintage Swinging London Pea Coat Gets A Button-down Facelift

Vintage Swinging London Pea Coat Gets A Button-down Facelift

This vintage peacoat was this year’s birthday present from my parents. I love it. The cut of the garment is so cool. It’s got an amazing collar. Even the lining, made from tiger patterned silk is fabulous. But before I could wear it, the coat need a little freshening up, as the snap that kept […]

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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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