Archive for December, 2010

Fabric Junkies Apply Here

I’m not the best seamstress, I must say. As a child I was a fan of making simple pockets out of two pieces of fabric. I didn’t know what to do with them when I was done, but they definitely looked cute. My pocket making days are long behind me, but now more than ever there are some really wonderful textiles out there which make me want to learn to sew more and more. In the near future I want to make an attempt at putting together some throw pillow covers, but in the meantime I’ve been browsing the wonderful fabrics on Fabricworm, trying to figure out what said pillow covers will be made out of. Fabricworm has some really cool prints. So many, in fact, that I’m having a hard time not buying all of them. So, for you all of you savvy seamstresses, check out their website and make something!

My favorites right now are a tie between the Echino Spring 2010 Ni-co Glasses Gold and the Echino Spring 2010 Ni-co Camera Turquoise. What’s yours?

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Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It – And Other Cooking Projects

Because my mom is awesome, for Christmas she bought me this book–Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It – And Other Cooking Projects–by the fabulous Karen Solomon.  It is as if this book was created just for me. I’ve been super excited browsing through it this morning and you should be excited too, since I will be featuring some projects from Mrs. Solomon’s awesome book right here on Handjobs for the Home!

Since I know you are all just as enthralled by this news as I am, I’m including a video Karen Solomon created on Pickled Green Beans. The video can be found after the jump…

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Recycled Can Wrapping

As per my previous post on Hemp Wrapped Bottles, I finally got around to creating a version of my own.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have any hemp rope lying around, though I did have this really cute yellow string. (That I apparently purchased somewhere for $10?! I have no idea why I, or anyone, would spend $10 on a small roll of string, but I decided to put it to good use.)

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Greenery for the Lightless

So you’ve got a great apartment, and you want to add some greenery but you have minimal natural sunlight? No problem. Look no further than a terrarium. Terrariums are a great way to add some living, breathing plants into your home without much light at all. The little bit of light a terrarium needs creates condensation, therefore making a moist environment for your plants to live and survive. It’s a great way to add some earthiness to any room, and it’s super easy to make.  The best part? A green thumb is not a requirement! Even those who have killed all other house plants have hope managing a terrarium.

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Hummus Among Us

Ten years ago hummus wasn’t a food that was readily available at just any grocery store. In fact, I don’t think that most Americans had even consumed hummus before the year 2000. Now, though, it’s everywhere, and in a variety of different brands and flavors. If you have the craving for the chickpea-based creamy goodness at 1am you can always run to your corner store or bodega and pick up a container for yourself. But what’s up with the crazy price tag for what is essentially a bunch of inexpensive ingredients?  For the average container of hummus, it’s going to cost you anywhere between $4-$6, which is pretty steep considering how much of this magical chickpea spread you get in a package, and especially when you look at the simple ingredients that go into it.

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Hemp Wrapped Bottles

As an avid Apartment Therapy reader, I get a lot of my inspiration from other people’s apartments that I then tweak and use for my own.  Today, though, I came across this image on Rob & Barb’s Loft Story House Tour and I swear they stole this idea right out from under my feet. For weeks I’ve been saying I was going to do this, and sure enough, someone beat me to it–and instead of my apartment being featured on house tours, theirs was…

I’m kidding, of course. And all jealousy aside, I love the way they organized these bottles on their table. It makes a great focal point and looks clean and modern but so very DIY all at the same time. I was thinking of covering a coffee can and using it for pencils and pens at the office. This has inspired me to get out my hot glue gun and hemp rope and get to work! Look for a hands on project sure to come soon!

Package Paper Wrapping

Lets face it, wrapping paper is expensive, and only weird people with lots of storage space are the ones who are able to taking advantage of buying it when it goes on sale after the holidays.  But I found that buying a roll of brown package shipping paper and a spool of twine will run you less than $10 and allow you to wrap tons of presents year round.

I wrapped these gifts up the other night and thought it would be cute to add some stamps to spruce them up a bit.  Yellow Owl Workshop has some of the most adorable stamps I’ve ever seen, and last year I came across the Winterscape set and had to have it.

So this year start wrapping your gifts with shipping paper so you too can be frugal, fabulous, and eco-friendly (if you buy recycled).


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