March 9th, 2016 | by Julie Finn
You know that kind of sewing machine that I'm talking about. Maybe it's got a ton of fancy stitch settings. Maybe you just press a button and boom, it hems your skirt. Maybe it does some cute embroidery while it's at it.
And yeah, maybe it costs a thousand bucks
February 15th, 2016 | by Julie Finn
When has being bad at something ever stopped me from doing that thing?
November 2nd, 2015 | by Julie Finn
This book is the reason why I FINALLY have a use for my license plate hoard collection
August 26th, 2015 | by Julie Finn
Pro tip: There is more than one way to make a crayon candle. Here, I'll break down which method for making crayon candles works and which one doesn't
August 19th, 2015 | by Julie Finn
Here is my personal evaluation of the electric tiller as compared to some of my other favorite garden-clearing methods. Is an electric tiller for you? Read on and see!
August 12th, 2015 | by Julie Finn
Before you do pallet crafts, you often have to figure out how to take apart a pallet. If you're considering a demolition blade, here are the pros and cons
July 29th, 2015 | by Julie Finn
Why I use the HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer instead of canned spray paints, and so should you
July 20th, 2015 | by Julie Finn
Fairy gardening is a great kid craft, but fairy gardens aren't just for kids; they're for anyone who has an imagination and a desire to grow something green
May 18th, 2015 | by Julie Finn
With the right choice of product and material, the process can be contemplative and enhance your skills and stretch your creativity.
April 27th, 2015 | by Julie Finn
Have you ever come across a once beautiful, now battered quilt at a yard sale
March 26th, 2015 | by Julie Finn
You want to make a hat for your cat. Let's just establish that, okay? Like, trying to deny it and pretending that cats in hats isn't an interest of yours are just not going to be options here
December 19th, 2014 | by Julie Finn
My two favorite things about technology are 1) its ability to empower everyone, especially kids, to learn what they want to learn and do what they want to do, and 2) its potential for presenting information and encouraging people, especially kids, in ways that interest and engage them
November 3rd, 2014 | by Julie Finn
Sometimes an artist needs some inspiration
April 29th, 2014 | by Julie Finn
Pot holders are all well and good, but sometimes you just don't need one more thing sitting on your counter while you're trying to cook
April 22nd, 2014 | by Bonnie Getchell
Celebrate Earth Day by supporting Retrash -- a new book about upcycling, recycling, and living a sustainable lifestyle
February 24th, 2014 | by Julie Finn
For those who might wonder if making your own potato chips from scratch is more work than just buying potato chips from the store, then the answer is yes.
Seriously, why would you even wonder that
December 30th, 2013 | by Julie Finn
Ever wondered if you could make your own chocolate?
You totally can!
It turns out that chocolate is a pretty do-able DIY project, and easy to customize with your own mix-ins and flavor combinations. Never had a peanut butter/sesame seed/dried cranberry chocolate bar? Well, now's the time to make that happen
November 11th, 2013 | by Julie Finn
You don't need a store-bought, factory-made greeting card
October 14th, 2013 | by Julie Finn
Looking for a quick craft? A cute craft? A kid-friendly craft?
InstaCraft, given to me by Ulysses Press, has become my kiddos' and my go-to reference when we're looking for something fast and easy to fill up a Sunday morning or a rainy afternoon with a little color.
August 13th, 2013 | by Julie Finn
Soaps to Live by is giving away, to one lucky winner with a United States address, three of their handmade soaps of the winner's choice. Yesterday I reviewed the Bliss oatmeal cloves soap, the Dream peppermint rosemary organic soap, and the Shine citrus lavender soap, but perhaps you're more into patchouli orange--then Hope is YOUR soap! Prefer thyme lemongrass? You'll want to ask for Live.
Whatever your preferences, get your wish list ready, and then read on to see how you can enter to win your own three soaps from Soaps to Live by
August 12th, 2013 | by Julie Finn
Soaps to Live by soaps are made by real people, using real ingredients, in small batches, with eco-friendly practices. Read on to see how I liked them, and how Soaps to Live by is going to give even more soap away to one of you!
July 15th, 2013 | by Julie Finn
Sometimes, if you're an artist or a crafter, you have the chance to give out business cards that have a lot more flair. Business cards that you give out at a conference or networking event, with a purchase at a craft fair, or in a package that you're shipping with an order from your etsy shop can afford to be a little fancier, and include a little bonus gift to make you memorable.
These DIY business cards may not fit in a potential customer's wallet, but they'll still stand out. Whether it's a string of hand-painted beads, a small charm, or another trinket, these items may be just more of your unneeded stash, but to others they're gifts, a little added value that costs you nothing but a few extra seconds of time, but positively impacts how your business card is received