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Thanks, I Made It Myself: Cute Coasters

Cute coasters are a cheap, easy way to spruce up your table top and prevent those dreaded moisture rings your mom always flipped out about. Making your own coasters is even better, because they’re also a conversation piece. Can’t think of anything to talk about with your party guests or your awkward friend who invited herself over for dinner? Just hold up a cute coaster and say, “Check this out: proof that I am crafty and clever.” OK, maybe it’s not the most enthralling conversation starter, but it is a start. Click through for eight DIY coaster ideas…

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).

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