How to make your own Borax-free laundry soap

This recipe is Borax free, Naptha free, perfume and dye free, and about as gentle as it gets. It's great for babies, people with allergies or sensitive skin, and doesn't leave residues. Natural laundry soap is great for hard and soft water towns. And if you DIY it, it costs five times less than commercial detergents, and you can use less of it!


How do you get into cosplay?

I'm a sucker for costuming and drooling over amazing cosplay pictures online. In October my local bike shop is having a "tweed ride" involving riding in period costumes, and I want to use this to give a try at cosplay (Victorian Mary Watson in her badass riding habit, for those who wonder). I don't have an inkling where to start. I can sew, but should I sew my whole costume? Alter some pieces of garment? Are there tacit rules for cosplaying? Is the devil really in the details?


Installing IKEA kitchen cabinets the DIY way

I consider myself an Ikea veteran. I have assembled dozens, if not hundreds, of pieces of Ikea furniture over the last 30 years. I am one with the allen wrench. So when I saw the raised eyebrows when I told the Ikea employees I'd be installing my kitchen myself, I knew it was going to be work. For anyone else considering doing a DIY Ikea kitchen install I offer the following advice…