projects

  • make your own: lavender eye pillow.

    At my six-year-old’s behest, I have made a lavender eye pillow. We live a short walk from a lovely little herb shop that Faye has dubbed “the soothing shop.” Like all neighborhood herb shops…

    January 12, 2021 5 Comments
  • make your own: fire starters.

    Years ago I wrote a post about making fire starters in an old egg carton, and carefully filling each nest with wax and cedar shavings and other combustible and fragrant wintry bits. This is…

    December 22, 2020 6 Comments
  • beeswax tapers FAQ.

    As it is with all things sourdough, our humble homemade beeswax taper operation is entirely James’s domain. I’ve long been the wax scrap hoarder and re-melter and tea light pourer and I’ve rolled more…

    December 16, 2020 30 Comments
  • simple gifts around the home.

    Looking around my kitchen this morning, it struck me how many of the simple DIY gift ideas that Rose Pearlman and I have been sharing are in regular use around my own home. In…

    December 14, 2020 4 Comments
  • eight gifts for a handmade hanukkah.

    Tomorrow is the first night of Hanukkah and in celebration, Rose thought up eight suggestions for simple handmade gifts to offer this year. All of these can be paired with other treats, offered solo,…

    December 9, 2020 8 Comments
  • make your own: fabric scrap cat toy.

    Fret not, we have not forgotten the feline friends among us. For anyone with a kitten (or an energetic toddler), these dancing teaser wand toys can be made in minutes from simple materials. They’re…

    December 8, 2020 0 Comments
  • make your own: canvas kit case.

    Everything’s better when it’s tied up with string, isn’t it? I can’t help but to love just about anything that comes wrapped in a tidy little parcel. Enter the tiny canvas kit case. In…

    December 7, 2020 1 Comments
  • make your own: corded dog leash.

    It’s a project-heavy week for a project-heavy season, so buckle up, my friends. Today Rose and I are sharing a project for anyone wanting a new hobby (the winter is long! new hobbies are…

    December 2, 2020 14 Comments
  • make your own: lemon(aid) banks.

    It’s the first of December, Giving Tuesday, the start of the the advent countdown, and ten days until the first night of Hanukkah. For many, it’s a season of gift giving and gift making…

    December 1, 2020 7 Comments