Home-made valentines: what a treat!

Last year I totally forgot to send out Christmas cards, so I made valentines for my loved ones instead. This year, I had the pleasure of attending a "Make Victorian Valentines" fundraiser -- what fun! ...more

Haitian Kids: people or puppies?

Haitian children wait in a police car after a group of Americans was stopped trying to take them out of the country. Photograph: Reuters (guardian.co.uk They're so cute in the pictures. ...more

Making hypertufa: autumn is the perfect time

Hypertufa is an artificial stone ( Named for "tufa," a natural, porous limestone), used to make light-weight, weather-proof garden ornaments and pots.  It's sold at fancy garden stores, but you can make it your very own self: Have a Hypertufa Party! A couple of weeks ago, I decided to try making hypertufa pots with a couple of my crazier, more experimental friends. Fall is a good time to make hypertufa, as the pots need to cure in a couple stages before you use them. ...more

Get the facts. Then get the shot.

What's your take on the H1N1 vaccine? According to the latest issue of The New Yorker, it was a health department worker in my own city whose comments led to a widespread panic about the H1N1 vaccine. Then, "38% of parents oppose new [H1N1} vaccine," my city's paper announced this week. Okay, here's the thing.  Well, here's three things: ...more

What appliances can you not live without?

We have been hanging all of our laundry out to dry ever since June, when we had the unfortunate wet- sneakers- in- the- dryer incident. ...more

I agree with Sassymonkey. Living without a fridge would be such a major ordeal. Right now our ...more

October Creep Show: Letterman and Polanski


Nudists & crazy ants: a potent Southern combo

I love the South, don’t get me wrong. And a few of us even managed to vote for Obama this last time round. Nevertheless, “Tennessee” and “Nudist Colony” have not been terms I would have connected, heretofore. ...more

Easy-Bake Oven: magic, not gourmet

It honestly didn’t occur to me until yesterday afternoon that there might be some connection between my love for Aga stoves and my earlier obsession with Easy-Bake Ovens. Wow, and I call myself a feminist… ...more

6 great ways to save money for Earth Day

~ Elizabeth Burman, AKA "Almostgotit," blogs at Almostgotit.com ~ ...more

Confessions of a Spring-a-holic

So I got my check from Blogher yesterday -- $29.28 for three months worth of ads, which makes it all worthwhile when those pop-up ones come up and bug the heck out of you, isn't it? (I'm so sorry. I forgot to sign in and go do the thing that nixes those kinds of ads...) Anyway, with all that money to spend, I felt a trip to the nursery was finally justified, so I went to Stanley's Greenhouses and spent $149.47. ...more