How to Add Hidden Storage: Using Wall Hangings for Decor and Disguise

Bathrooms can be a cramped storage space- especially in older homes or apartments. In my tiny studio apartment in downtown Seattle, while the bathroom is relatively enormous it does not have even a single drawer, cabinet, or shelf! Using this space well, without cluttering the room with shelves, vanities, and drawer units has been a…

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Quick Tip: Easy Winter Flag Storage without Folding

In order to graduate from the small ultra-conservative liberal arts college I attended after high school, the eccentric little college required a potential graduate demonstrate two proficiencies above and beyond typical academic competency. Each student was required to (1) demonstrate proficiency in a swimming test, else be forced to take a semester of swimming lessons…

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When Looks Don’t Matter but Storage Does: Cheapest Possible Bin Storage

Last Updated:   Years ago, running a mail order business with hundreds of products out of a small outbuilding behind my parent’s house, my father devised an exceptionally cheap method for quickly building highly compact, highly organized storage. Although it’s admittedly not at all nice to look at, this system will store thousands of small…

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Easy No-Dye Fix for Scratches on a Leather Chair or Sofa

The Internet is filled with tutorials for fixing scratches on leather chairs and sofas- I know because I read at least a half-dozen of them when I adopted my leather Broyhill armchair from Craigslist. In excellent condition other than surface scratches, this find from the free section of Craigslist was well worth the short drive…

How to Dye Leather Boots using Copic Marker Ink

It would be fair to say that my timing for this project was less than ideal. Although I picked up these BED|STU boots up a few weeks ago at my favorite thrift store, I didn’t actually get around to re-dying them until Seattle was smack dab in the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak. I…

Essential Hacks for Cooking in a Tiny House Kitchen

  When people imagine living in a tiny house, often the initial vision of the experience skips over the minutia of day-to-day living and how an ultra-small space makes many things- like cooking- a little more complicated.  In this article, I wanted to talk a little bit about tips and methods I use when cooking…

Free Pattern and Tutorial for Felt Salad Play Food Set

    This felt salad is one of my favorite felt projects I have made over the years. The multicolored textured greens produce a salad that looks, well, edible! In this tutorial, I will be showing you how to make your own version of this delicious looking green lettuce salad for your child’s (or in…

7 Unique Ways to Organize Art Supplies

With the exception of professional artists with dedicated out-of-home studios and  hobbyists with the luxury of dedicated studio space,  art supplies storage never turns out looking quite as good as the uber-organized craft rooms depicted in magazines. Instead, art supplies tend to spill into common spaces, especially for those of us who paint at the…

How to add an accent wall to your apartment without risking deposit

How To Create a Rental Friendly Accent Wall: 8 Damage-Free Ideas

1. Get Permission to Paint an Accent Wall Some property managers will give a green-light to requests to repaint a room or a single wall, but in many cases- painting is not allowed. Despite this, painting an accent wall can often still be negotiated. Even if you can’t get “permission” to paint you can still paint- …

How to create a capsule wardrobe of holiday decor that makes holiday decoration cheap, easy, and in season for longer periods
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8 Essentials for Solo Travel

After I sold my business in 2015, I had the opportunity to do some traveling. Even though I’d dreamed of travel… I didn’t go. I did not have a travel companion and was afraid to go by myself, so I did not go. Fast forward 2 years and a cross-country move,  and in 2017 I…

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6 Weird Ways to Make Money as a Grad Student

Graduate school is an odd season of life. While many work full time during graduate studies, often others, like me, discover their graduate program isn’t a good complement to a standard full-time job and, like me, seek alternate ways to maintain an income while working towards the next career goal. For me, during even the…

Tips for Solo Travel In Croatia – Travelling by Bus

  Unlike most of Europe, Croatia lacks a well-developed rail system. Thankfully, I found the transportation options available by bus to be more than adequate and most of my bus experiences in Croatia were preferable overall compared to train travel that same summer (2017) through Italy. I rank transportation by comfort, stress level, and the…

Tricks for finding free vintage collectibles to sell in your flea market or garage sale.

7 Reliable Sources for Free Flea Market Inventory

    “Free inventory.” At the mere mention of the phrase, you might think of curbside finds or perhaps a way to rid yourself of bad Christmas gifts. However, over the years that I have maintained a flea market booth, I’ve located a surprising number of consistent sources of free inventory for my flea market booth.…

6 ways to Repurpose a Vintage C Clamp

One easy way to add a bit of a not-too-harsh industrial vibe to your home is with vintage C clamps. Once only used for woodworking and similar construction projects, C clamps can be used to support shelves, add hooks, or secure items where you need them. C-clamps blend well into interior decor. Today’s utilitarian, shiny…