5 Minute DIY
Inspired by a trip to Tulum, Mexico in late October a few years ago for a friend's wedding, I've been longing to do a Day of the Dead doll costume for Halloween but was totally intimidated by getting the sugar skull design just right. Thanks to the magic of Pinterest searches and this simple 5-minute homemade Halloween makeup recipe, using just water and two common household ingredients, I found everything I needed to give it a try.FULL ENTRY
Photo: Melissa Massello/ShoestringSpa Week, the bi-annual event where thousands of beauty salons and spas across the country offer a range of treatments discounted to $50, is in full effect through Sunday (October 20th) — but, with just a fraction of that budget, you can create an at-home spa, pampering yourself from head to toe, using just one main ingredient and these six DIY recipes. Meet coconut oil, the new Duct Tape of craft kitchens: a single miracle product with seemingly endless uses. FULL ENTRY
Move over Nerf Gun, there's a new safe shooter in town.
For parents already planning activities for chillier temps (and kids with cabin fever), Artisan's Asylum in Somerville has the perfect DIY project: a make-your-own marshmallow gun. For just a few bucks worth of PVC pipe and mini marshmallows, and in less than an hour of cutting & assembly, you can have a safe, family-friendly game that provides hours of indoor amusement. Find out how, after the jump.FULL ENTRY
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Does looking at Pinterest make you want to throw fabulous events where all your friends "ooh" and "ahh" over your super cute, super special touches? Well, Erica Domesek, founder of P.S.-I made this... has a new book that's centered around that exact idea... except, there's no Pinterest Fails in sight. P.S.-You're Invited... has more than 40 projects covering fashion, décor, and entertaining with signature step-by-step instructions that are sure to guarantee your after looks just as fab as Erica's.
One of the first projects I plan on completing is this chic turban headband. For us ladies with heads that just don't hold scarves — no matter how many bobby pins used, I can't wait to rock this beachy glam look.FULL ENTRY
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Raw bars and mollusks on the half shell are to summers in New England as cider doughnuts are to fall — a must — but as August draws to a close, prime oyster season is actually just opening up.
According to the experts at Island Creek Oysters in Duxbury, the best time to eat oysters is actually in September or October, and there's no better way to enjoy them than by grabbing a sack of the mouth-watering mollusks, shucking them at home with friends — perhaps even in a time-trial contest for bragging rights, once you've mastered your DIY shucking technique — and sipping on some chilly white wine.FULL ENTRY
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Back in the 19th Century, Boston was the Hub of the World when it came to manufacturing "mercury glass" (or silvered glass) — and now, thanks to a resurgence in popularity of all things Bohemian style, DIY decorators can make their own versions of mirrored glass objets d'art with just a bit of water, spray paint, and some garage sale glass containers. Here's how.FULL ENTRY
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Whether we want to believe it or not, summer is nearing its end soon enough, and, as the homesteaders say, the time is now to "put up" nature's bounty for the lean months of winter.
Canning, pickling, and making jam are all great ways to preserve your garden surplus, but no sane New Englander wants to spend August over a hot stove when there are beach days to be had. Stretch your CSA dollars and the life of your fresh herbs well into the holiday season with these seven simple ideas, each of which take just a few minutes!FULL ENTRY
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Now in its second year, The Davis Flea is a mecca for across-the-river urbanites who are in the market for reclaimed, repurposed, vintage, antique, salvaged, and otherwise secondhand goods.
Yesterday, we shared a booth space at the Flea for the very first time with Somerville stylist and vintage maven Amanda Dugay Forrester of Red Bird Vintage, who was selling her handmade hats and head pieces fashioned from vintage notions, flowers, and fabrics. We also had an array of handmade and upcycled projects for sale from these pages — Sriracha salt, T-shirt necklaces, jute-wrapped vases, envelopes from vintage maps, just to name a few — plus vintage crafting books and Goodwill finds ready for upcycling inspiration.
About the Authors
Melissa Massello is a newspaper journalist turned startup junkie and lifelong Bostonian who prides herself on her do-it-yourself attitude. From making her prom dress out
|Tara Bellucci is a Boston-based writer that lives for fonts, food, and flea market finds. Whether decorating jars of her homemade jam for The Boston More »|