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Thanks, I Made It Myself: 10 Last-Minute DIY Gift Ideas

Does anyone know how it’s possible that Christmas is now just over a week away?! It snuck up on me even faster than usual this year. If you’re still scrambling to get all your gifts together, don’t fret: you’ve still got time to whip up a cute homemade gift that will save you money and help you avoid the soul-sucking craziness of the mall. My criteria when seeking out last-minute DIY gift ideas are as follows: Supplies/ingredients that are either in your house already or easy to track down, can be finished in no more than an hour, will actually be used/eaten/worn by recipient. Click through to see what DIY gifts made the cut!

“Vaginal Knitting” Is Here: Watch This Woman Knit From Wool Inserted Inside Her Vagina

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Knitting & Purling From Your Pussy

When I first heard the term “vaginal knitting,” I assumed it meant knitting with your pubic hair. [Really? I assumed it meant knitting things that look like vaginas. -- Amelia] But no. Vaginal knitting is inserting a skein of wool into your vulva and knitting with it!

Whoa. Crafting just went to a whole new level. Keep reading »

Thanks, I Made It Myself: 10 DIY Throw Pillows To Dress Up Your Couch

Does your boring couch need a little spicing up? Is your bed begging for a few more decorative pillows that will confuse and confound the men in your life? Does your pillow fort need a roof? If you answered yes to any of these questions, girl, you need to make yourself a new throw pillow. Click through for 10 cute, comfy DIY pillow projects, any of which would also make a great gift if you’re planning a crafty Christmas!

Frisky Q&A: Emily Matchar, Author of Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing The New Domesticity

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QA Emily Matchar Homeward Bound

One upon a time, the phrase “domestic diva” referred to Martha Stewart and stereotypes of 1950′s housewives. But you may have noticed recently that all your friends are knitting and growing their own kale. Your cousin is raising chickens in her backyard. Your mom is making her own pickles and selling them on Etsy. And everyone is wondering why you aren’t baking your own bread yet.  (“It’s so easy!”)  Congratulations, you have been hit by New Domesticity, an aughties phenomenon in which traditional homemaking tasks experience a revival in the hopes of saving money, eating fresher, improving health, and cutting the government out of your personal life.

Journalist Emily Matchar always loved reading blogs, especially the do-it-yourself (DIY) and homesteading genres. She was surprised to see a lot of middle-class professionals, including Third and Forth Wave feminists (not the likeliest group to embrace washing their laundry by hand), taking on pioneer woman-style chores and calling it a feminist choice. Matchar got curious what was going on. Why would people milk their own cows if they could just buy milk at the store?  Why would parents refuse to vaccinate their children? Were women who quit their jobs to devote themselves full-time to growing nearly all their family’s food could really be serious? Quickly Matchar fell down a rabbit hole where answers only lead to more questions.  There are liberal Earth mamas, conservative Mormon housewives and even some pioneering dudes who read the same blogs about DIY homemaking tips — and they are everywhere. In her new book, Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing The New Domesticity speaks to a bunch of these folks and paints a fascinating portrait of this new twisty-turn in feminism.

I spoke with Matchar over the phone in Hong Kong, where she is currently living about New Domesticity, traditional gender roles, and the pleasures of breaking your bed. (Apparently, it really is so easy.)  Our conversation, after the jump:

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8 Thanksgiving Turkey Crafts On Pinterest, Ranked In Order From Least To Most Ridiculous

Thanksgiving turkey crafts: they’re not just for small children anymore!  Thanks to Pinterest, now anyone with orange construction paper and a couple of google-y eyes can make a DIY turkey craft for their holiday hearth.  Some are the work of skilled artisans.  Others suggest that turkey crafts are best left to kindergarteners. Here are eight Thanksgiving turkey crafts on Pinterest, ranked in order from least to most ridiculous.

(Before you do, take a look at this turkey above.  Look good and hard.  This is what a turkey actually looks like, my friends).

Thanks, I Made It Myself: Thanksgiving Wreaths, Banners, And Centerpieces

Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving, looking for a unique gift to bring your Thanksgiving host, or just want to add a little autumn ambiance to your apartment, these DIY Thanksgiving decorations will do the trick. Grab your glitter, light a fall candle, and get crafting!

Thanks, I Made It Myself: 10 Sweet Sweater Projects

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!

Thanks, I Made It Myself: DIY “Wallpapered” Kitchen Shelves

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When you are a renter and also kinda lazy, your humble abode can feel like it’s not really your home.  That’s how I feel, at least. My tea towels hang from the stove but there isn’t much I can do about the color of the walls or the tiles on the  bathroom floor. That “generic home space” thing hasn’t changed since college.

This weekend, I took matters into my own hands.  My kitchen cupboards have one section with “open shelving” thanks to a broken cabinet door that has not been replaced.  I love the open shelving, where we put all our glasses and some of our bowls.  But the white cabinets and shelves have never been much to look at.  So I bought some fancy crafting paper at an art shop and “wallpapered” them myself.

Here’s how I did it, after the jump: Keep reading »

Weekend DIY: 7 Beautiful No-Carve Pumpkins

Carving pumpkins is ambitious and messy. You set out to create a masterpiece like this, but once you start hacking away your pumpkin looks like thisFail.

We suggest you skip the mess this year and try one of these easy no-carve pumpkin decorations. No Band-Aids required.

Covering Up Naked, Immodest Barbies Is Apparently A Thing

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There are people who are worried that Barbies give little girls unrealistic expectations about their bodies.

Then there are people who are worried that when Barbie’s clothes come off, she is naked.

Justin and Cassity, the bloggers behind the DIY remodeling blog Remodelaholic*, are those people. I came across their “No More Naked Barbies!!! Tutorial” on Pinterest, assuming it would be yet another pin about how to make DIY doll clothes for American Girl dolls, Bitty Babies, or Barbies. Then I noticed the hashtag #modest. Keep reading »

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