Tuesday, December 14, 2010
This is not nearly as elegant, but it's cheap! $9 worth of plastic from the hardware store can help you empty your shower onto your lawn.
A $9 gravity-fed greywater system - More DIY How To Projects
Friday, November 26, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Get a very large aluminum foil roasting pan. Arrange the silver on the bottom of it so no two pieces are touching. Sprinkle heavily with baking soda. Gently pour BOILING water on it...! This acts as an electroplate machine, and takes all the tarnish off the silver and deposits it to the pan.
It works! Then you just have to do a light buffing with the polish to shine it, but all the gunk is off already!
|Or just rent a silver service for $20 a day...|
Monday, March 22, 2010
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Designers Revisit Depression Era Chic
By Sarah-Louise Boyd and Joanne Bennett
As summer reaches its peak and the mercury hits new highs, those with an eye for fashion are already looking toward the cooler weather to come, questioning whether plaids or ruffles should influence their autumn style. Where do they look? Why, to bible of fashion, of course: Vogue.
Hailed an essential by fashionistas everywhere, Vogue is the guidebook for trends past, present and future. Designers know this, too, and often study the pages of previous eras to inspire their new creations. Remember the introduction of skinny jeans? That was “so 1980s”. The blast of block colors and A-line dresses in stores this past spring? It was “so 1960s”. Fashion is cyclical, darling, and for the upcoming fall/winter lines, the 1930s are what’s en vogue.
Contrary to popular belief, the Depression Era was far from depressing. In fact, this was an historic time when it came to fashion trends. During the Roaring Twenties, women had shed their constrictive corsets and hobble-skirts for more liberated looks. They opted for practicality over opulence, favoring the straight shift cut of flapper dresses and Coco Chanel’s comparatively casual style. But the looks were purposefully boyish and minimized the impact of women’s feminine wiles. During the Thirties, fashion moved back from the practical, shapeless cuts of the 1920s to ladylike outfits that emphasized the female form while still focusing on simpler designs that offered freedom of movement.
To keep things modern, the romantic, girly looks may be a bit edgier for fall. Art Deco-inspired accessories, such as rhinestone jewelry and intricate lace handbags, also will be all the rage. So, keep your eye out for these 1930s styles, whether vintage or new, as the fashion industry makes new strides along the catwalk of history.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
—Excerpted from "Henna for Hair," a most interesting (free) e-book that separates henna myths from facts. (Like, it IS safe to color chemically over pure henna!)
Ingredients you'll find in your drugstore hair color: sulfates, parabens, pthalates, petrochemical solvents... these chemicals pollute where they are made, are tested on animals, irritate our eyes, skin, and lungs, and wash down the drains. And the plastic bottles aren't usually recyclable.
Henna's messy; it smells and feels like mud (but you can mix it with cloves or coffee or other fragrant things). But it's actually GOOD for your hair!