• 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
  • my week in objects (mostly).

    1. this little boat. {inspired by these beauties. ps. i made a new board to stockpile inspiration for project requests from a certain almost-five-year-old.} 2. this spirea. {and its jaunty little contrast against a…

    April 5, 2019 12 Comments
  • Woman of Color, a Giveaway.

    It’s a special kind of thrill to have a book written by a dear friend sitting on my nightstand. A book, as I’ve said, isn’t so different than a baby. There’s the waiting and…

    April 4, 2019 2 Comments
  • habit shift: brushing my face.

    I’ve been brushing my face. I thought you should know. I’ve been brushing it dry, using gentle upward strokes. Brushing my neck, too. And what other women might refer to as their décolletage, but…

    April 2, 2019 28 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
  • my week in objects (mostly).

    1. this painting {and the kid who painted it.} 2. this net bag {filled with flavors to brighten a march meal.} 3. these blossoms. {i’ll just never get bored of them.} 4. this little…

    March 29, 2019 6 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
  • life in a tiny apartment.

    Tip #183: Choose only the tiniest lights.* It’s no secret that March is not my favorite month. I try to stay good spirited. I look for the crocuses and snowdrops. I spot the tulip…

    March 25, 2019 8 Comments
  • my week in objects (mostly).

    1. this paint brush. {and a tiny jar of spackle, because what’s better than a patched nail hole?} 2 .these paper chains. {and whole minutes of before-dinner calm.} 3. this avocado pit. {because i’m…

    March 22, 2019 3 Comments