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DIY Cinnamon Stick Music Scroll Ornament

Did you know it’s Christmas in 10 days? Me neither. This year has flown by, but with all of the chaos events of the last year, I’ve never been more excited to embrace the holidays. Part of embracing the season? I’m participating in my first ever Blogger Ornament Exchange organized by one of my favorite local bloggers, Christina of Hungry Meets Healthy.  I was super excited when I got paired with Sarah of SarahMidgleySax.com. In her blogger pairing notes she noted the following interests:  Running, Rock Climbing, Music, Saxophone, Beer, Vegetarian Cooking, And The Color Purple Oh I’ve totally got this! We like so many of the same things! Except… nothing. I got nothing. For the last two weeks I’ve wandered aimless trying to think about how to incorporate her interests into a cute, heartfelt Christmas ornament.  To say I’ve been drawing a blank is an understatement.  There was a moment when I thought I might actually figure out how to make a rock into an ornament (I mean, rock climbing right? Just no. Stop …

DIY Burt’s Bees Copycat Lip Balm

It’s November and, from what I’ve been told, snowing in Boston.  I was ready for summer to be over but I’m definitely not ready to say goodbye to fall.  I was lucky to wrap up October with the treat of having ShareABitOfLove out in Boston last week, but she left for home with us both having a laundry list of incomplete crafts that just simply couldn’t be fit in while sharing the loft with boys. Luckily, I have the treat of sandwiching my conference next week with two weekends at home. TWO! So of course, this weekend brought some tipsy Saturday night projects. While she was in Boston, we made a pretty flimsy attempt at lip balm, but it turned out well enough for us to invest in the proper inventory to make it for real.  The result? Pretty much a copycat of Burt’s Bee’s Classic Lip Balm. I’m feeling pretty psyched about the result. Step One: Pour a glass of wine in the glasses that used to be the only two wine glasses of your Seattle apartment.  …

Camille Albane Paris Salon – Boston

I recently had the pleasure of being on the receiving end of the Parisian pampering experience that is Camille Albane Paris Salon here in Boston. Originating in Paris and keeping close to their French roots, we were greeted with a beautiful spread of macarons, cheese, bread, olives, and sparkling water.  Macarons! I had just discovered that these little melt-in-your-mouth sugary delights are gluten free. Who knew?! (Actually, a lot of people, it turns out.) I had come straight from the gym and may or may not have had several and called them dinner.  The salon itself is as beautiful as the hair that walked out of it. Bright and white with fun pops of orange and red with clean, modern furniture, it still managed to keep an air of old school, Newbury street charm.  We were each given the chance to choose between a restorative masque or their Natural Pigma color optimizer treatment, finished by a blowout and makeup refresher with their most recent color palate inspired by denim. I opted to try the Natural Pigma treatment, …

Ikea Photo Ledge = Kitchen Storage Solutions

Despite the fact that we’re allegedly getting snow this week, Spring is here and the urge to clean and organize is in full force.  Actually, when you live in 700 square feet with two other heartbeats, the urge to clean and organize is pretty much always present.  I was wandering Ikea (yes, I go there as often as it sounds) and trying to resolve a solution for my above-the-stove shelving I have for spices, oils, vinegars, etc.  I wanted to have a set up that kept the ingredients at a quick reach while cooking, but still looked aesthetically pleasing. I had used some tension mounted ledge shelves from Target, but they couldn’t support the weight, weren’t quite wide enough, and definitely weren’t long enough.  Good in theory, poor in execution.  These shelves changes my entire kitchen and cooking experience in 10 minutes.  At $9.99 they’re the right price and easily found in both black and white at an Ikea store near you. It’s worth noting that they do not come with the hardware for mounting, …

Knitting Fridays

Hi, my name is Whitney and I’m addicted to making stuff.  Food, clothes, crafts… I can’t get enough.  It’s always a little dangerous when I head down a new artistic path, because it generally leads to hoarding supplies and I live in 750 square feet and no walls.  My roommate is very patient and, luckily, thinks most of the stuff I make is fairly neat.  Last night I dove head first into the world of knitting. I thought I’d learned some basics back when I was a kid… whatever I thought I knew, well, I was wrong.  Luckily, there were two of us learning, and two veteran knitters. Obviously, we couldn’t craft without some good food and drink – wine, martinis, pâté, hummus, olives, roasted garlic, cookies, meats, cheeses, crackers – ok, maybe knitting club is a thinly veiled cover for “We like to eat rich food and drink with with friends… let’s add a craft and make it legit!”  You know you’re jealous.You know you have good friends when, the moment you walk in, …

DIY: 2 Hour Closet Solution

As of just a few weeks ago, this was my closet. Or rather “clothes storage situation I’ve been living with” I’m not proud of it. Who would be? It’s terrible. I have a DVD shelf on the floor, and my clothes are hanging from a sprinkler pipe and stored in a see thru Ikea basket.   With Christmas ornaments. Like I said, I’m not proud.  First priority was getting my clothes off the sprinkler pipe (hangers don’t fit… and it’s  little ghetto). Second, I needed more storage.  (I’m not being unreasonable, that wasn’t enough space for anybody.) A trip to Home Depot and $25 solved my problems. I needed a closet bar and figured if I gave it enough support, it could be suspended. I’ve actually waited about six weeks since original installation to post this to be certain this would hold up.  Part 1: Supplies A closet bar, cut to length. Mine was about 90″. More than enough storage for someone 5’2″ with a bureau of clothing storage as well.  Some 1/4″ rope (I …

DIY Baby Snuggly

See this pretty little snuggly? It’s 28+ years old! It’s well loved but still in great shape, a testament to the quality that comes with hand craftsmanship. When my baby cousins (who are now in kindergarten) were born, I was just getting in to sewing and recreated this a few times over. It quickly became my go-to baby shower gift and is always a hit. Expectant parents are always touched by something made personally with love for their future munchkin. For this project you will need: 1.5 Yards Cotton Fleece 1.5 Yards Cotton Solid 3/4 Yard Quilt Batting 3 Yards Eyelet Trim 2 Yards 3/4 Inch or Wider Satin Ribbon 3+ yards drawstring or 1 pair extra long shoelaces You can buy a ‘small/crib’ size batting if it’s packaged, but if they sell it by the yard it’s more economical. The piece I have laid out is 3/4 yard, at about 1/2 inch loft. Take 2.75-3 yards of trim (3 pictured below) and outline the shape of your snuggly. Cut around the perimeter. Voila! This …