#yearofmaking #2: Week 3

#yearofmaking #2: Week 3

Over the course of the third week of my second year of making, my days ranged from one extreme on the make-o-metre to the other. On one day I spent a couple of hours making soap; on the next I spent a few minutes cutting that soap. One day I made cookies with my kid....
Homemade Deodorant, Part I

Homemade Deodorant, Part I

It’s a slippery slope, you guys. Once I started making soap, eventually everything I put on my body seemed like a no-brainer to just make myself. I no longer buy soap, obviously, or shampoo, or lip balm. I’m getting there with lotion, too. For quite a...
#yearofmaking #2: Week 2

#yearofmaking #2: Week 2

I’ve spent this week pretty much hibernating in a vaguely introverted stint of recuperation after a month of houseguests. I didn’t think I was making very much, given that I’ve also been working and I read an entire YA trilogy, but after collecting...

“The project itself brings immense amounts of meaning to our life. It’s become the things we do for fun, the creative outlet that we pursue together. But sharing this story with others also gives us a sense that we’re contributing to some form of greater good. There’s a level of higher purpose there.”

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Bullet Journal Update, One Year In

Bullet Journal Update, One Year In

Last January, the Bullet Journal started making the rounds on Twitter, and along with loads of other people, I thought this is amazing. I finally understood how always keeping a notebook with me – the oft-cited single-most-important thing for a writer to do – could...

Compulsory Podcast Episode 5: Isaac Watson

Isaac Watson is a project manager, grand-scale organizer, and maker of things like jewelry and homes. In 2014, he launched Maker’s Nation, a nonprofit educational program and community platform for independent creative entrepreneurs. He’s also the production...
Passing Down Crochet

Passing Down Crochet

One of the unexpected results of my first year of making was that my kid saw me making stuff all the time. When he was a baby and young toddler, I did the vast majority of my making when he was asleep, but I started making stuff daily right after he turned three, and...