sustainability

  • borrowed words.

    Put down that bag of potato chips, that white bread, that bottle of pop. Turn off that cellphone, computer, and remote control. Open the door, then close it behind you. Take a breath offered…

    April 22, 2019 5 Comments
  • make your own: papier-mache baskets.

    For use on Easter, or anytime, here’s a simple project to make your own papier-mâché basket or bowl from a little water, a little flour, and a few recycled materials you probably have around…

    April 8, 2019 4 Comments
  • make your own: paste.

    No fooling, making your own paste for at-home craft projects isn’t as precious or time-consuming as it sounds. In fact, in a matter of minutes you can have something that’s easier to use, easier…

    April 1, 2019 14 Comments
  • make-believe: spring planting.

    The daffodil and crocus bulbs that Faye planted on a whim last fall have sprouted, but they seem stunted. Not enough sunlight on our stoop, maybe. Or too much snow for a narrow window…

    March 27, 2019 8 Comments
  • ISO: a better night’s sleep.

    This post is sponsored by Buffy, the comforter that’s softer than a cloud. What’s the secret to a better night’s sleep? Curtains that keep out the yellow glow of the street lamp? Less time…

    March 26, 2019 28 Comments
  • on shoe repair.

    I sewed up two holes in my sneakers this week. I’ve been watching online videos of sped-up mending. Lots of them. The clips track needles bearing colorful embroidery thread, diving below the surface of…

    March 7, 2019 5 Comments