Home & Decor
Our awesome tutorial comes from Keon Ruiter, a Ware, MA teacher by day and wreath designer by night who recently launched an Etsy shop. Check out Keon's step-by-step instructions for yarn-wrapped wreaths with felt rosettes:FULL ENTRY
Photo: Courtesy ChiWei Ranck, 1DogWoof.com
SXSW Eco, the sustainability satellite conference to the famous SXSW interactive, music, and film festival, was in full swing down here in Austin, Texas this week, and yesterday we spent the day hanging out in the Maker Space expo — learning about 3-D printed food, upcycling initiatives, and the manufacturing challenges facing the Made in USA clothing movement, just to name a few.
After some deep conversations about climate change and technology, it was great to joke around with Nerds for Nature and roll up our sleeves for some crafty DIYs with the ladies of Stitch Labs Austin at their sewing tables, even pitching in for a few rounds on a collaborative crocheted rag rug project.FULL ENTRY
How do you store stuff without hiding it? Make it a décor element! That's the key behind décorganization, open storage that's a visual part of the space. My DIY jewelry corkboard is chic and solves my storage issue, plus it's super simple to make.
I'm doing a fair amount of organizing in my home at the moment. While some of my projects are bigger and long-term, here's a quick and easy one that instantly upgrades a problem area for many people: the pantry.
Bulk storage has gone beyond generic canisters for sugar and tea; just having multiple types of flour or stocking dried beans requires something a little more flexible. Cue the chalkboard trend — erasable labels for the pantry. But why buy when you can DIY? In just 5 minutes, you'll have updated your storage containers and jars with the look of fancy chalkboard labels for half the cost.FULL ENTRY
As you walk up the curved staircase to the mezzanine home of Collaboratory 4.0, the first thing you notice is the writing on the wall. Literally. IdeaPaint coats nearly every vertical surface in the space, and we've covered it with doodles, to-do lists, and business plans.FULL ENTRY
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 »|