Long about a year ago, the Small housecats ran with fleas. We went with Frontline, which cured the kitties, but probably wasn’t ecofabulous.

So, guess what: The little fuzzfaces are infested once again. While a bona fide flea killer can’t be brewed at home, flea repellent can be DIY’d from household ingredients, says Craftzine. Observe:

Could this help my catskys? Anyone out there ever test drive a similar recipe?


Summer’s on the way here in Seattle, and, for me, summer = sunburns, lest I slather myself in SPFs, per Baz Luhrmann (and Mary Schmich). These blue sky days are anathema to my Twilight-worthy complexion, and I’m not a happy Living Smaller when I’m covered in chemically sunblocks.

Enter Mother Earth News‘ piece on natural, DIY sunscreen! Turns out that all kinds of household products — from sesame oil to lanolin, cucumber mash to witch hazel — can be whipped together to make some A-#1 sun repellent, according to Dian Dancin Buchman, author of The Complete Herbal Guide to Natural Beauty. True? Safe? I’m not sure, but I’m willing to give it a go, at least once.

Mother Earth also reports that increasing your intake of vitamins C and B can help your skin deflect nasty UV rays, too, so up your servings of cantaloupe and brewer’s yeast, ladies and gents!

Anybody out there blocking the sun in other natural ways? Postbellum hats, maybe?

Fleur de toilette

May 24, 2009

It’s springtime in Seattle! My hot pink azalea is all abloom, and that means posys for the Living Small house. They’re cheery in my tiny space — especially in the bathroom. There’s something kinda luxurious about flowers near the shower, n’est pas?

How do you bring spring indoors?

ps. Yes, that’s my bitchin’ Camaro necklace on the shelf.

You’re so VAIN.

January 26, 2009


You prob’ly think this post is about you.

Well, it could be, if you live in Seattle and need a haircut. Rumor has it that VAIN salon in Belltown is offering free haircuts, courtesy of stylist TT, on Friday evenings for the next few weeks. I said free. As in, FREE.

VAIN is a Seattle-only, woman-owned Small biz, and patronizing such bizzes is super-Small. What’s more, VAIN supports “artists in residence” — that is, the salon showcases work by emerging local artists. Also Small. And, as if that weren’t enough, they take part in community initiatives, lending a hand with organizations including the Seattle Young People’s Project, Home Alive, LGBT Community Center, Vera Project, and more.

VAIN is tragically, emphatically, wholeheartedly hip, mind you. I VAIN’d it once and positively agonized over what I could possibly wear that would be happening enough to justify getting my locks lopped at such a haute house of hair. (I shan’t’ve worried, of course, because the folks were sweet as pie, and the haircut was delish.)

VAIN Downtown (yes, there’s a branch in Ballard, too), 2018 1st Ave., 206.441.3441.

Past Seattle Small Biz Shout-Outs

Cuckoo for CocoaBalm

January 21, 2009

Chocolate + chapstick = heavenly way to enable my addiction to lip balm. Via CRAFT Magazine, a tutorial on how to make your very own cocoalicious lip smacker. Easy to do, and so tasty-good.

Pucker up, sweethearts.

Image via Instructables.