Five DIY Holiday Beauty Gifts

My mom has recently gotten really into DIY beauty products. She's raiding the kitchen for everything from bananas, avocados and honey for hair conditioner to my grandmother's organic rose bush for homemade rose water. And her hair and skin actually look really, really good lately. But most people have trouble wrapping their heads around putting, well, food on the top of their head. But there are a lot of great homemade beauty products that can be prettily packaged and make wonderful gifts. Much better than, say, half an avocado, a couple of egg yolks and a plastic shower cap....more

You can store it for up to a week in the fridge. Kind of inconvenient, but I've read you can ...more

from bread to the chicken coop

I have made some fun and important changes to our family in the last couple of months.  We have gotten on a really great budget, we've stopped using services that we can do on our own,  and we are now making lots of homemade foods that we once bought prepackaged. I feel like we are truly headed in a direction that I feel proud of, but there is a lot more work ahead. ...more

Little Plaid Riding Hood

Somehow or another I got the idea in my head that I needed to make my daughter, Sofia, a cape. I initially thought it needed to be more little red riding hood, but when I saw this plain cotton flannel, thought this could be pretty cute too. It turned out super sweet, I love that it’s reversible and who doesn’t like neon peace signs? ...more

Love and Live a Handmade Life

The idea of a handmade life is very different then it was over 100 years ago, when the necessity to create things for everyday use was a way of life, and for some depended on their own survival. Now all we need in the world can be bought, shipped, and presented to us with a click of a mouse. So why should we incorporate the handmade life into our modern lives? ...more

6 Alternative Birthday Gift Ideas

I don't know about you, but I have a lot of stuff. No matter how many things I give away on Freecycle, or on Craigslist's free stuff classifieds, or to Goodwill, the closets and cupboards and drawers keep filling back up. Plus, I think everyone is feeling the pinch of the economic situation these days. It seems crazy for people to spend money buying more things. Below are a few ideas I've been thinking of telling my friends and family are on my wish list: ...more

 Hi Kelly, Sara and Lucinda,

Thanks for all of your alternative gift ideas!  ...more

Buy Handmade - Jewelry That Makes the Budget Cut

I don't recall exactly how I stumbled across about three years ago, but I do remember clicking from one lovely handmade item to the next, amazed at the choices and the prices.  I felt a little guilty about my first purchase, two necklaces and a hairpin from foundling, because they cost me less than a tank of gas.  Same is true of the earrings that I wear every single day: a pair of handmade silver hoops that cost a whopping $12.  I'm a wannabe crafter,and the one time I made items to sell (button magnets), I think I figured that with materials and labor, I should charge, oh, about twenty bux a magnet.  And that's not even with the surcharge for the hot glue gun damage I did to my fingers.  Whoops.  ...more

I bought a beautiful pair of silver tea cups from a lady in Alaska and love them. They ...more

Made By Hand By Me: A Co-Op Artisan Network

If you're selling your handmade work online, you know how challenging marketing and promotion can be. No matter which venue you choose to house your shop, getting potential patrons to view your work is one of the most difficult aspects of an artistic business. Enter Artisan Co-op. We are not a venue. We are something entirely different. ...more

It's So Etsy: Pink Prep School Plaid Baby Booties

If only my little girl was still little... ...more

I forgot to mention in my original post that Tokara has a new website up and running. It is ...more