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1. Build and weave your very own bench with this amazing tutorial.
2. Need to update your wardrobe? Sew yourself a pleated lace skirt.
3. Sew a reversible tote bag for your weekend adventures (or just grocery shopping).
4. If you’ve ever wanted to give weaving a try, you can create your own weaving loom from a picture frame.
5. Make this wooden heart necklace with just a few materials.
6. Build an easy stone container for spring gardening.

Do you find that people interrupt you a lot? This might be why.

This is too good to miss: Anthropologie is having a one day sale where you can get 15% off your purchase with the code “KISSKISS.”

I love these thoughts on aging from Garance Dore.

Have a great weekend!


Spring means that a lot of tasty fruits and vegetables are finally in season, including one of my favorites, rhubarb. Although I’m definitely a fan of the classic combination of rhubarb and strawberries, I also like the lesser-known pairing of rhubarb with lemon. Though lemon and rhubarb are both tart, there’s juuuust enough sugar in this recipe to balance things out. And I added in a little whole wheat, so I can justify eating these for breakfast.
rhubarb lemon muffins

Rhubarb Lemon Muffins

Recipe adapted from here.

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup plus 2 teaspoons sugar, divided
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup canola oil
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
1-3/4 cups sliced fresh or frozen rhubarb

Add the flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, salt and ginger to a large bowl and stir to combine. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, oil and lemon peel. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in rhubarb.

Line muffin cups with paper liners, or spray with non-stick baking spray. Fill muffin cups two-thirds full. Sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the middle comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.

Makes 1 dozen muffins.

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DIY oil cleanser

If you had told me a couple of years ago that I would voluntarily rub oil on my face, I would have thought you were crazy. I have sensitive, acne-prone skin, so oil always seemed like the enemy. Using it to clean my skin sounded ridiculous, until I realized that it can be used as part of a double-cleansing regimen. Apparently double-cleansing originated in Japan, but the general idea is to use an oil-based cleanser to dissolve makeup and sebum, followed by a soap or wash to remove dead skin cells, dirt, bacteria, and sweat. As you may (or may not) remember from chemistry class, “like dissolves like“, so oil-based substances like sebum and makeup can be more thoroughly removed with oil. Last year I decided to give it a try using oils I mixed up myself following the guidelines in this article, and I’ve been hooked ever since. It made my skin feel clean, but balanced, not dry and tight like some cleansing can lead to. With no further ado, here’s my oil cleansing recipe.

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DIY pegboard jewelry storage DIY pegboard jewelry storage

When we moved last month, I stuffed my jewelry and accessories in boxes, and most of them have been there ever since, just waiting to be unpacked. The problem was that I didn’t have a place to put them. But I knew exactly what I wanted, and now I’ve built the jewelry storage solution of my dreams. It’s clean, it’s organized, it can hold a ton of jewelry, and it’s super easy to customize and change up depending on your needs. Here’s how I did it.

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1. Doesn’t this grapefruit mint poppyseed soap look good enough to eat?
2. I posted about DIY geometric light fixtures the other day, and here’s  a version made with straws.
3. These DIY painted latte bowls are crazy pretty.
4. This credenza makeover makes me want to tackle something similar.
5. How to transfer a photo to wood or fabric.
6. If you’re ready for a big knitting project, this colorblock blanket is lovely.

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