When you move to Austin, right after everybody tells you how much cooler Austin was X years ago, everybody tells you that if you don't have allergies now, you'll get them in X years. Here is what you do about that. It is kinda gross, but you'll live. When you get desperate enough, and you've... Continue Reading →
Ladies like me who don't have pierced ears but occasionally like to wear big sparkly earrings, I am about to share something I wish I'd known 20 years ago. Look at the earrings you're thinking of buying. If the main part of the earring dangles from a small ring, you're in business. Like these dime-store... Continue Reading →
When I went loopy and redid our two front rooms, I foolishly did all the chair rail part by myself. The real problem was trying to miter the joints with a cheap plastic miter box and a hand saw -- I thought going slowly would allow me more precision, but it didn't work like that. Precisely... Continue Reading →
Don't have an awl? Make any size hole in leather --to tighten a belt, raise a stirrup, etc. -- quickly with a drill bit. You don't even necessarily need a drill.
A great tool for cutting through plastic packaging and also for cutting up credit cards: ordinary tin snips.
Aug. 11, 2013: This is the most-clicked post on the blog, which is terrific. Happy white sinks, everybody! Here's the short version: THE METHOD: Coat the stained part of your white sink with a layer of dishwasher paste -- the thick gloopy stuff you put into the dishwashing machine, not the liquid soap you use... Continue Reading →
I picked up a cute little hutch for a dollar at a craft store, and kept picturing it done up with milk paint and beadboard. But wooden dollhouse-scale beadboard or siding -- adorable though it is -- comes in big expensive sheets (plastic is cheaper), and is thick enough that it would really reduce the... Continue Reading →
Further solidifying my title as "Workaround Sue" – Just copy one of these and paste it into your tweet. Here you go: ♥ ♡ ♪ ☺ ☹ ☮ ★ ❦ Quick 'n dirty. Even better, here's a long list with tons of symbols. A sampling: ♘ € ☯ ☂ ☀ ☛ ✓... Continue Reading →