ian curtis
When I walked into New York's Gramercy Theater for a show earlier this week, I wondered if perhaps I had accidentally wandered into my second high-school reunion of the summer.
Here are a few of the home improvement projects my boyfriend, Chris, and I have not quite gotten around to yet: the wood-fired hot tub, the brick pizza oven, the combination wood-fired pizza oven and hot tub that I suggested.
'52 ford
“Dad, why did you make your insurance agent a belt?” I asked. Well, he explained, last time the insurance agent visited, he was wearing a poorly constructed belt.

Aug 10, 2011 at 1:02pm | 0 comments

alcoholic desserts
How a secret, totally non-vegan ingredient will allow you to wing it when making everyone's favorite vegan dessert. And since when is my daughter into Of Montreal?
Hint: By the end of this story, we resort to unorthodox methods of making sparkling wine.
With a few slashes, some safety pins and help from my friends, I turn a boxy concert tee into a slinky halter and racerback tank.

Jul 13, 2011 at 1:02pm | 0 comments

No, you don't need a sewing machine. Just step into the office supply closet.

Jul 6, 2011 at 1:02pm | 0 comments

arts and crafts
I tried -- and failed -- to make a handbag. But this sunglasses case is pretty cool -- and can be made in 10 minutes or less.
clip-on earrings
Vintage clip-on earrings are the sad, unfulfilled promise of the jewelry box. But it doesn't have to be like that!
How I made rosewater -- in just three tries.

Jun 14, 2011 at 1:02pm | 0 comments