Why—or why not—do it yourself?

One of the comments I often see on blog posts describing particularly difficult or time-consuming DIY projects is something to the effect of “Why?”

For example, recently Raine@Bucilla asked in regard to my mini side table, “This is a cool idea, and very ingenious, but wouldn’t be easier and […]

2021-02-16T19:40:56-08:00July 29, 2012|

Book review: Homemade by Carol Endler Sterbenz + a giveaway

When I first picked up Homemade: The Heart and Science of Handcrafts, I was skeptical that a 773-page craft book with a retro cover and no color photographs would be worth my time. Then I started reading it. I’m happy to […]

2021-02-25T16:31:24-08:00November 4, 2011|

Craftiness with X-Acto knives + a giveaway

I have been using standard X-Acto knives for decades, but X-Acto sent me a few of their latest craft knives, and I like them even better. Especially the fat pink Designer Series #11 craft knife in the photo above. In exchange, they asked me to […]

2021-02-22T23:39:45-08:00October 29, 2011|

Book reviews: DIY Kitchens and 100+ Paint Projects + a giveaway

I have always been a fan of Better Homes & Gardens’ Do-It-Yourself magazine, so when I heard about two of their new books, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them. Do It Yourself Kitchens: Stunning Spaces on a Shoestring Budget and

2021-02-22T20:34:49-08:00October 14, 2011|

Book review and Q&A: ReSew by Jenny Wilding Cardon + a giveaway

I am pleased to offer my first book review and giveaway here at Crafty Nest! And what a worthy title to start with: ReSew: Turn Thrift-Store Finds into Fabulous Designs by Jenny Wilding Cardon. In her book, Jenny turns secondhand basics […]

2021-02-23T07:35:36-08:00February 25, 2011|
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