When I first was introduced to Hester van Overbeek, author of Furniture Hacks and DIY maven behind the popular British home decorating blog Hester’s Handmade Home, I was also eyebrows-deep in two of my own “IKEA hack” upcycling projects. As fellow new homeowners, Hester shares my Shoestring philosophy of not sweating the idea that yes, you can make something big from scratch with very little experience or previous skills, and that you don’t have to spend a fortune filling your home with beautiful things that exude your personal style, so I’m super excited to introduce her to you in this week’s Maker Moment.
Now that Halloween has come and gone, I’m starting to get really excited about the holidays — and freaking out about getting a jump on DIY holiday gifts, especially things like infused liqueurs and other projects that need to be made more than a month ahead. Enter: InstaCraft.
One of the things that makes me the most homesick, the most regretful about missing fall in Boston this year, is not being there for the grand opening of my friend Abby’s new vintage cookbook & cookwares store Farm & Fable, which debuts to the delight of Boston foodies in the South End at the end of this month.
Is there anyone out there who doesn’t want to reduce stress, debt, and waste?
For those of you who’ve read Shoestring for any length of time, you know that we’ve been super lucky to have parenting blogger extraordinaire Christine Koh as a regular columnist, sharing her Minimalist Mama expertise in these “pages” over the years.
To say that the last few years have been a blur would be the understatement of my life. Since 2009, I’ve been so fortunate, lucky, and, yes, blessed to be part of the meteoric rise of the new sharing economy and to be able to participate in my generation’s new frugality.
Ever since Julie and Julia charmed our aprons off, it seems like just about everyone and their mother has pledged to do something every day for a year and blog about it daily. For the most part, our reaction is…yawn.
Every woman has her beauty staples and favorites. Personally, even if I’m in a rush to get out of the house, I never appear in public without a little CoverGirl LastBlash mascara, a touch of Clinique Blushing Brush Powder, and a spritz of DKNY Be Delicious. This has been my routine since I could drive myself to Macy’s — simple enough.