DIY instructions for making a travel size personal waxing kit

How to DIY a Hair Removal Lip Waxing Kit for Travel

    Recently while browsing (of all places!) Anthropologie’s website I came across a product I thought was pretty genius but dramatically overpriced: A small and adorably labeled tin that contained pre-waxed waxing strips that, when warmed slightly, can be used for waxing your upper lip when you are away from home or salon. It’s…

How to Clean and Deodorize vintage luggage

How to Clean and Deodorize Vintage Luggage

Since moving into the urban equivalent of a tiny house, I’ve learned to be very, very creative with storage. One of the ways I keep my art supplies handy but neatly organized is by using vintage luggage- especially train cases. Train cases make perfect storage for illustration markers, artists paint storage,  and place to tuck away…

step by step instructions for making your own sea glass from recycled glass

DIY: How to Make Your Own Sea Glass at Home

Last Updated: I’ve always been enamored by sea glass. When I was eleven, growing up in Kansas, I vividly remember opening an envelope from a pen pal on the coast that contained the beautiful soft frosted glass pearls she said were known as “mermaid tears” in her family. As I’ve become, in my professional life,…

Make your own felt food waffle

Felt Food Waffle: Video Tutorial & Free Pattern

I’ve chosen to make this pdf pattern and full instructions free. If you find it helpful, a donation in any amount is appreciated. Contributions help fund future felt food free-pattern-making adventures.      This post features a video showing the full waffle making process, a list of supplies to gather, a printable pattern, and finally a…

How to Prevent Hand Sanitizer or Makeup Wipes from Drying Out

March 2020 Update: It’s been two years since I originally wrote this article about how to keep make-up wipes moist after opening, but traffic to this post has spiked recently in response to the shortage of hand sanitizer and sanitizing wet wipes due to the Coronavirus pandemic. YES, this simple solution for keeping make-up wet wipes…

Paper-Doll Style Gingerbread Man Christmas Tree Garland – Instructions & Pattern

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to use scrap packing paper to produce this charming Christmas tree garland inspired by paper dolls but styled after classic gingerbread men. This project takes only a few minutes and uses materials you can probably find for free! This gingerbread man pattern is actually my own design, sketched and…

With a small investment in dramatic lighting your farm can generate income as an event venue

Air BnB Hosting Tips that Boost Profit & Guest Reviews:

Know your Market and Price Accordingly Just two tips on pricing: A. Start Low then go High. People who pay very little for a product or service are more likely to give the product or service very high reviews. Starting out on Air BnB, reviews are EVERYTHING- reviews are so important they are practically worth…

How to use the downsizing process to make money to pay for your tiny house

How to Make Money while Downsizing into a Tiny House

  In 2015 I took the plunge, downsizing my life to adapt to a new adventure. As I began the process of selling my business in early 2014, I began preparing for the life transition the change would bring. 2015 dawned with me living in a 3,000 square foot home with 2 garages, a workshop,…

An Equestrian Christmas – Ideas for Stylish Equestrian Christmas Decor

Last Updated: From 2010-2015 Hawk Hill’s stable was inhabited always by a horse or two and I ran a tack store out of a warehouse building on the property that was designed to look like a barn, so it seemed appropriate for both my use of the property and the design of the buildings themselves…

anthropologie rosette quilt drying on clothesline after commercial wash

Review of Anthropologie Rosette Quilt – 5 Year Update

Confession: when Anthropologie’s Jersey Cotton Rosette Quilt blew up on Pinterest I was all over it. After weeks of hemming and hawing and a lot of wasted time scouring the internet in an attempt to find a better price, I took the plunge and ordered the heather grey Rosette Quilt. FYI: In that research I…

My Garage with Chandelier Lighting

This blog can practically be read as a tribute to chandeliers, decorating with chandeliers, the decorating of chandeliers, and the reselling and hacking of chandeliers, but one thing regular blog readers might not know about me and my chandelier fixation is that I frequently use chandeliers for utility lighting. I visit thrift stores and Habitat for…

how to donate after a disaster

Disaster Response: How to Help in a Helpful Way

[I originally wrote this article in the the summer of 2011, following the EF5 tornado that claimed 160 lives and 8,000 homes in Joplin MO. I’d used my professional experience in inventory management and distribution to help set up and manage the aid distribution for a relief center/shelter in Joplin and wanted to make note…

4 Tips to Stay Stylish & Organized in a Studio Apartment or Dorm Room

2015 saw me transition from a 3,000 square foot home in on a 3 acre farm to a 300 square foot studio apartment in downtown Seattle, Washington. Unlike a tiny house, where architectural elements are used to create nooks and crannies that conveniently hide clutter and tidy the space, a studio apartment (like a dorm…

How to: Build Your Own 2-Week Chicken Feeder

  Necessity is the mother of invention- and in this case, a need to not frequently handle feed bags due to a dust allergy inspired the creation of this multiple-week feeder. The basic design of this feeder, one 5 gallon bucket set in a feed pan, is common but has a capacity of only about…

Hacking Ikea Rail as a Knife Rack

Hacking Ikea Fintorp into a Knife Rack with Neodymium Magnets

One 2 minute DIY-project in my new Seattle apartment is my Ikea Fintorp Rail. Originally purchased as a pot rack, I realize that by using small  Neodymium Magnets I could convert the metal rail into a secure storage spot for my favorite kitchen knives. Since I live in the urban-rental equivalent of a tiny house…