I learned about sweatshops towards the end of junior high and I remember being deeply troubled. A burgeoning activist, I decided to boycott all clothing stores that sold products made in sweatshops. A quick AOL internet search (#old) revealed that my boycott would actually be incredibly difficult — if not impossible — given that I did not have my own money, transportation or sewing skills. The boycott was abandoned. With the exception of the fair trade purchasing when I do when it’s convenient, it hasn’t reared its head since.
Boycotting Hobby Lobby, however, is easy. The first reason is that I’ve never actually laid eyes on one. Frankly, I didn’t know it existed before they took it upon themselves to save all the unborn fetuses of crafty shift-workers of America. There is only one Hobby Lobby in my hometown San Diego, and it’s about an hour’s drive from my family home. The same is true in Boston, the other American city in which I’ve dwelled. In my current home of Melbourne, Australia, there is literally not a Hobby Lobby in the hemisphere. So you see, my boycott is a bit ridiculous but also VERY MEANINGFUL, you know?
I say this because I know that a boycott can be inconvenient. As the tidal wave of shit that is the recent Supreme Court decision drifts further into the past, it will seem less important to drive an extra 10 minutes to buy your yarn. Keep reading »
I am an unapologetic flower freak. I spend an exorbitant amount of money on bouquets year-round, post pictures of them on Instagram with captions like, “Spring blooms <3″ (I know I’m the worst), and would decorate my house in a floor-to-ceiling floral motif in a hot minute if my boyfriend would let me. For now, I’ll just pack it full of pretty floral DIY projects and hope he doesn’t say anything. If you’re a fellow flower child, click through for 8 awesome craft ideas that are right up your alley…
It’s a familiar occurrence in the life of any eco-conscious wine enthusiast: while putting out your glass recycling, you look down at the 10 bags overflowing with wine bottles and think, “Dear God, my neighbors are going to think I’m a fall-down drunk.” The solution to this embarrassing problem? Don’t stop drinking or recycling. Just use all those wine bottles and corks to make cool crafts! Click through for 10 DIY ideas for winos.
The heavens have opened and gifted us cat fanatics with a whole Saturday night dedicated to kitty-centered DIY projects. Cat Lady Craft Night is going down at the Brooklyn Craft Company in New York City this weekend and I will totally be there, presumably decked out in my favorite cat tights. This night of self-described “catlady nirvana” will teach crafters how to make papercut cat cards, cat mugs, cat earrings, cat tote bags and about a million other homemade goodies. The crafts are each at different stations for you to mingle between at your own pace while you eat snacks and guzzle cocktails. The evening also includes a raffle that benefits Brooklyn Animal Action, a no-kill group that works to better animals’ lives. I haven’t done much in the way of crafting before, so I’m really excited to try this out. Maybe I’ll even learn a thing or two churn out some Pinterest-quality creations? A girl can dream! If you want to come along and get your catlady on, check out the event page here to register and head to Brooklyn this Saturday. You know there’s nothing more awesome than a whole night of celebrating cats! [Image via Brooklyn Craft Company]
There are about a million interior designer-approved reasons to add a fun mirror to your home decor — it makes your space look bigger, catches light, reflects cool paint colors, and allows you to check your lipstick while lounging sultrily on the couch (as you do). All of these benefits get even better when you made said mirror yourself. Here are 10 fabulous mirrors made with DIY frames, etching, and other fun embellishments. Now get crafting, pretty lady!
Valentine’s Day is the day after tomorrow. You have yet to buy your significant other a gift. You’re kinda broke. You’re starting to think that carving a corny pun into a mushy banana is not such a bad idea after all. Stop right there! Here are five DIY Valentine’s Day gift ideas that are cheap, easy to pull off (even at the last minute), and actually cool. And yes, one of them is a bacon bouquet. Click through to check ‘em out!
The attitude I have about glitter is the same attitude the dad in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” has about Windex: it fixes everything. Bored with your hair accessories? Put some glitter on them! Just found some ugly scuffs on your shoes? Cover them with glitter! Uninspired by your home decor? Whip out the glue and glitter, girl! Here are 12 DIY projects guaranteed to add some sparkle to your life…
Wondering how to spruce up last season’s sweaters? It’s super easy to breathe new life into basic cardigans and pullovers by adding sequins, studs, bows, and floral accents. Want to repurpose that cashmere v-neck you accidentally threw in the dryer? (I totally did that last night, by the way. Heartbreaking.) With a little crafting savvy, you can turn your old sweaters into cozy pillows, funky candle holders, mittens, or boot socks. If you’re ready to overhaul your fall sweater wardrobe, click through for 10 fun DIY ideas!
Your relationship with ejaculate doesn’t have to be as bad as Monica Lewinsky’s to appreciate a cuddly little sperm friend! These crocheted Spermies are sold by Etsy shop Wonka’s Willy Factor and are both custom- and hand(job-)made. One Spermie is $13, a three-pack is $30, and both would be enough to get you pregnant (if they weren’t made out of yarn). What you choose to do with your Spermies are your choice. I suggest a colorful biology or sex ed session with a matching crochet dick. [Laughing Squid] Keep reading »
DIY blogs get me every time, because they contain the promise that I can actually do it myself. Hours of clicking on link after link from one lifestyle blog to another will inevitably lead me to a soft-lit, delicate DIY necklace, beguiling in its simplicity, begging to be made. I become convinced that I have a steady hand and clear artistic vision, only to discover the direct opposite when I sit down in front of my neatly -assembled workplace. My hopes, so high and lofty, are stymied by a minor detail, like my household’s lack of an iron, or my inability to find the scissors, and I retreat to the couch and purchase earrings online, while watching “So You Think You Can Dance.” This summer, I’m changing the game and you should too! I’ve combed through the DIY blogosphere to bring you the cutest, awesomest DIY jewelry, home-goods and clothing options. Grab a glue gun and get crafty!