Smells like teen spirit all up in here. Check out kelly+olive’s easy tutorial on how to turn a secondhand flannel into a pillow cover. For your couch, for your bed, for the saggy booths in that ratty club where you can totally come as you are (even in your {pearl} jammin’ DIY plaid bloomers!).

Via CRAFTzine.

Line Dry

September 20, 2009

Hands up for all who line dry their laundry. Hands up for those whose homeowner association forbids clotheslines. (That’s us.) For those of you whose lines are verboten, what do you do? Drying racks? Lines in the house? Commercial dryers?

Our little one-unit wonder-dryer is fantastic, but I’d love to cut our energy consumption. Suggestions?

(Pictured above is my in-laws’ clothesline. Vintage cool, and so energy-conscious. xoxo, rusty clothesline crank.)

BellToy and Bear

September 18, 2009

A snap of my latest craft. Two softies for a friend’s twinset, due in December.

Simple to stitch, stuffed with bamboo fiber (antimicrobial!), and with sound built in: the eensie pillow, the one with the grosgrain pully-things, has a bell buried inside for some special jingle-jangle. Hint: The bell is housed inside a soft plastic cage (yes, it’s supposed to be a cat toy, but whatevs) so the stuffing won’t muffle the ring.

Care to share your own sews?

Small Shots: Walkabout

September 16, 2009

Small shots, people. All the cool kids are doing it. Here’re a few from a recent prom around the neighborhood. Share your snaps in the comments!

Thank you, Lee (of Leethal Knits), for this simple sweater-to-jewelry tutorial. Because when sweaters have seen better days — woolies, you know who you are — they might as well get reincarnated as ear adornments that are both light on the lobes and moddy-mod. See it? Love it? Oh my yes.