Category Archives: tools, tips and techniques

pokemon party

last month, we had a pokemon birthday party for my son. it was fairly easy to put together since there are so many resources online for pokemon images and so on. i used this website to create printouts of bingo … Continue reading

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home baked bread: 3 methods compared

i’ve been making bread for a number of years now. but it has never really felt like “homemade” because i’ve been using a bread maker. it’s a lovely little basic machine, which has done a good job for many, many … Continue reading

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homemade fire starters

for father’s day last month, we made some fire starters. supplies: an old egg carton wax for melting (candle ends with wicks removed, or broken crayons, or canning/sealing wax) dryer lint we stuffed dryer lint into the spaces of an … Continue reading

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patio pillows

we have a deck in the backyard and the wood seating that is built in has started to crack slightly with age. not enough to replace everything, but enough to make sitting uncomfortable. i’ve been browsing through stores that have … Continue reading

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updating an old vanity tray

i found this tray in a second hand shop… i made sure that it wasn’t real silver before even considering changing it. also, i normally like the patina of older things — the wearing down of materials makes me think … Continue reading

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