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Maker Moment: Pallet projects, pups, and Pretty in Pink with Melissa Massello

Posted by Melissa Massello March 31, 2014 12:00 PM
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Photo: Melissa Massello

It's our last day here at DIY Boston, and I can think of no better send off than catching up with our Head Crafter and Glitter Wrangler, Melissa Massello. Like everything she does, this blog has been a whirlwind of fun and a labor of love, and I'm glad to have been along for the ride.

So what's our very own Mod Podge Maven have on the horizon? For the scoop on nesting, where she gets her best ideas, and cool new projects, read on.

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Maker Moment: Cabin renovations, design cures & cooking with Tara Bellucci

Posted by Melissa Massello March 30, 2014 03:40 PM

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All DIY projects are a journey, an adventure, teaching the maker as much about themselves as they do about a certain skill or technique. And though some are never truly complete, they do reach a point where you can step back with pride and say, "My work is done here."

Almost two years to the day since I first pitched DIY Boston to Boston.com, as a way to shine a spotlight on all the amazing makers and growing number of manufacturers right here in The Hub, our blog here is coming to an end tomorrow. So I decided to turn the mic on Tara Bellucci, my glue-gun-toting partner in crafts, for a chance to tell her own inspiring story as a big-time doer, maker, designer, writer & cook.

Read on to hear behind-the-scenes stories from some of Tara's most popular posts, as well as where to follow her maker adventures and DIY projects elsewhere in the future.

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Maker Moment: Farm to fashion with Grace Gouin of Appalatch

Posted by Melissa Massello March 26, 2014 02:31 PM

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Growing up on a small farm and attending a Quaker school in Cumberland, Rhode Island instilled in Grace Gouin a deep love for all things organic and handcrafted — something she carried with her to design school at Skidmore in upstate New York through the launch of her ethical clothing line, Appalatch, in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina last year.

Sharing the values of sustainable garment production and the importance of bringing 100% USA-made manufacturing back to the American economy, we became fast friends with Grace five minutes after meeting her at SXSW — so of course we had to ask her to sit down for our Maker Moment series.

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Maker Moment: Crafty mommy-to-be Erika Buckley of Yay for Handmade!

Posted by Melissa Massello February 25, 2014 04:28 PM
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Photo: via Yay For Handmade! & Instagram/Erika Buckley

With a new house and a new baby on the way, Erika Buckley found herself excited for the future, yet worried how parenthood would affect her sense of self. "It seemed like all the things had I kept putting off (writing more, trying to make a career in something more creative...) were suddenly in danger of evaporating before they ever had a chance to start," she says. But after a realization that many of the bloggers she follows and loves are moms, she decided to start Yay For Handmade! while awaiting the arrival of Baby Boy Buckley in June.

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Maker Moment: Valentine's Day DIYs & girls night in with Boston lifestyle blogger Kate Bowler

Posted by Melissa Massello January 30, 2014 08:48 AM

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Hallmark usually gets all the credit when it comes to Valentine's Day, but — rather than focus on commercialization — local lifestyle blogger Kate Bowler of DomestiKated Life instead celebrates all things handmade: the giddiness we all experienced as schoolchildren, trading homemade cards in paper desk-side mailboxes; the sweetness of spontaneous romance and friendship and all things pink and heart-shaped.

So, when we found out that Kate was co-hosting a "Girls Night In" DIY workshop this Saturday with west elm Fenway, we just had to sit down with her to pick her brain for this week's Maker Moment. Read on to find out how Kate earned her glitter-glued stripes in all things crafting, as well as how to grab a spot at her event — where she’ll be teaching the sewing technique for created stitched felt hearts for pins, sachets, etc. (shown above) while lucky students nosh on complimentary Valentine’s Day cupcakes from Boston bakery Sweet.

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Maker Moment: Thursdays with Laurel & Christine Koh of Boston Mamas & Minimalist Parenting

Posted by Melissa Massello December 20, 2013 11:30 AM

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Master multitasker takes on a whole new meaning when talking about Christine Koh of Medford, a violinist and brain scientist turned graphic designer, blogger, and author. Not only is this mother of two girls one of the top ranked "mom bloggers" on the Internet, through her popular local parenting blog BostonMamas.com (as well as a sought-after consultant to some of the biggest consumer brands in the country), she continuously inspires her friends and followers by finding the time to keep fit and craft — even during the holidays! — on top of her successful career. If you're hunting for that elusive work-life balance, Koh seems to have the roadmap.

With her new book Minimalist Parenting, co-authored with Asha Dornfest of Parent Hacks, now on shelves, we sat down with the force of nature herself to find out what drives her to make stuff and make time for it all — including how she manages to take Thursday afternoons completely off from work for quality DIY time with her older daughter, Laurel — in this week's Maker Moment.

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Maker Moment: Crafting in times of crisis with Lei Ann Resurreccion

Posted by Melissa Massello December 6, 2013 09:52 AM

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In the crafting community, when crisis strikes we know exactly what to do: we make things & sell them to raise money for the cause.

In this week's Maker Moment, we're excited to introduce local fashion blogger, acupuncturist, Kung Fu instructor, avid DIY-er, and all-around Renaissance woman Lei Ann Resurreccion, who recently picked up her needles & hooks in epic fashion to make dozens of handmade baby hats as a fundraiser for the Philippines. Tomorrow in Watertown, Resurreccion will be selling her "woodland creatures" crochet baby beanies at the 3rd Annual Mount Auburn Club Holiday Fair for a $20 to $30 suggested donation — with 100% off the proceeds going to Typhoon Haiyan relief.

Want to learn more about this selfless local maker? Read on.

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Maker Moment: Sarah Blatt of Crimson and Clover

Posted by Melissa Massello November 13, 2013 10:18 AM
sarahcrimsonclover.jpg We just love the free-spirited nature of Sarah Blatt. She's the woman behind Crimson and Clover, a collection of unique handmade creations for your home and closet. Crocheted coffee coozies, rugs, and bikini tops hang alongside totes made out of vintage T-shirts and blankets. Her intricate dream catchers, though, are truly stellar, ranging in size from a couple inches to a couple feet in diameter. Sarah will be teaching you how to DIY your own dream catcher at Crompton Collective this Thursday, so we decided to ask her our Maker Moment questions first: FULL ENTRY

Maker Moment: Instacrafts with Alison Caporimo, perfect for holiday gifts

Posted by Melissa Massello November 7, 2013 09:23 AM

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If you're new to crafting, one of the most intimidating factors and obstacles to getting started can be collecting the right tools for the job — not to mention learning the techniques.

Using simple items from around your house, craft store supplies, skills possessed by anyone who's passed 3rd grade, and — surprise! — no fancy tools, author Alison Caporimo has put together a project guide full of 5-minute DIYs with her new book InstaCraft: Fun and Simple Projects for Adorable Gifts, Decor, and More (Ulysses Press, 2013).

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Maker Moment: Crafting to build community with pastor, lobbyist, and bike-commuting yogi Reverend Laura Everett

Posted by Melissa Massello October 17, 2013 10:06 AM

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Sometimes it can be difficult to comprehend seeing mentors or authority figures out of context — running into your company CEO at the gym, or seeing your dentist in a reenactment costume on Patriot's Day — but Reverend Laura Everett transcends her role in the clergy and as executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches, seamlessly blending her maker and mentor lives by using crafting to build community.

A young, hipster religious leader big on bike commuting, yoga, sustainability and social media, Reverend Everett uses canning and other hobbies to connect with her congregation, her larger community in Jamaica Plain, and Bostonians at large, tapping into that deep vein of self-sufficiency and Yankee ingenuity inherent in New Englanders.

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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 More »
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 »

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