Upcycled Steampluck Lamp

Upcycled Steampluck Lamp

This is my favorite of the upcycled lamp series. I found a plain glass lamp body that was open at the bottom and decided to make a romantic version of a steampunk lamp with it. Someone had given me a bag full of old clockwork, so I hot glued and magnet-attached some...

Repair Bearings on Kenmore Front Loader

Repair Bearings on Kenmore Front Loader

This post should be very helpful for the ten other DIYers besides me who are fools enough to try to fix the bearings on their front loader washing machine. The ten minute video below shows the main steps in the process that took ten hours. I left out the whimpering...

How to Remove Water Stain on Wood

How to Remove Water Stain on Wood

See this ugly white water stain on our piano bench? The bench (and piano) aren't even ours, which makes the stain even uglier. I intended to sand it down and refinish it before the owners claimed it back, but today that plan got replaced by a much easier way to remove...

Valentines Tissue Paper Craft

Valentines Tissue Paper Craft

My sister's birthday is close to Valentine's Day, so her parties always end up having a red heart motif. This year I decided to focus on the centerpiece above the table--the chandelier. I bought some red heart tissue paper, and in half an hour transformed our clunky...

Upcycled Shutters Side Table

Upcycled Shutters Side Table

This side table was one of the DIY gifts I made for Christmas after seeing a similar one on Pinterest. It's made out of four window shutters someone brought over hoping we could "make something" of. I added a utility light under a hinged table top for indirect...

Original and Vegan Bolivian Saltenas

Original and Vegan Bolivian Saltenas

Saltenas are the ultimate Bolivian empanada. Some of my memories of this pastry are of riding the train as a kid and looking forward to the lunch hour when we'd stop at some tiny village station. Women carrying large bowls or baskets on their heads would walk along...

How to (and not to) Do Window Painting

How to (and not to) Do Window Painting

Glass painting on store windows can be a great way to make a lot of money over the holidays, but figuring out how to do it right is not as easy as you think. I've done holiday-themed window paintings before, but I've always used acrylic paints. However, though acrylic...

Wine Gift Idea for the Holidays

Wine Gift Idea for the Holidays

This post is for the business-minded holiday shopper. Wine gift baskets are traditional gifts given during this Christmas/Hanukkah season, but they can be expensive. If you're on this site, it's probably because you're running a tight budget and need to find high-ends...