projects

  • make your own: beeswax food wraps.

    Ever eager to cut down on disposables, a small collection of compostable beeswax wraps have been among my small-kitchen essentials for the last decade. For the uninitiated, a beeswax wrap can be used in…

    November 2, 2021 5 Comments
  • make your own: fabric paper.

    This isn’t exactly alchemy, but it feels that way. When Rose’s box-making habit began in earnest this summer, she was making origami masu boxes using paper—any kind of paper of any size. But as…

    October 27, 2021 23 Comments
  • make your own: origami masu box.

    All three of my kids are home sick this week, so a tutorial for something that makes anything at all feel neat and tidy and moderately contained is feeling just right. These origami masu…

    October 26, 2021 25 Comments
  • small improvements: mending throw pillows.

    We’re in the season of patched up scarecrows and stitched together monsters, and, less spooky, patched throw pillows. I added a new ticking stripe throw pillow to our couch a few weeks ago, which…

    October 14, 2021 9 Comments
  • make your own: simple cheesecloth ghosts.

    My children love gory halloween decorations. Give them a tree of decapitated heads, as one neighbor has, and they’ll be squealing in delight. Give them an animatronic ghoul rising from the trash can as…

    October 12, 2021 7 Comments
  • make your own: canvas tissue box cover.

    I’m not telling you need to make a tissue box cover, just that having one might make your next head cold a little easier to bear. Last week—or was it the week before—the whole…

    October 7, 2021 0 Comments
  • make your own: canvas wall caddy.

    Rose is a genius at taking an idea that could get complicated and simplifying it so that it’s quick and easy to make but still incredibly functional. This wall caddy might be one of…

    September 29, 2021 5 Comments
  • make your own: simple cloth coasters.

    As the tail end of summer slips through our fingers, you might decide to use up spare material you have hanging around your house, to make simple cloth coasters. For the cups of tea…

    September 20, 2021 10 Comments
  • make your own: swedish roller shades.

    Just in time for the dog days of summer, I finished the window treatments I set out to have finished before the summer solstice. As my dad would say: that’s life in the big…

    August 11, 2021 34 Comments