How can we make our house a destination?

We want to make our house the hangout spot for our friends. How do we do that? Every time we try to throw a party, we spend way too much time and money getting our place and the food and the music all ready. How do we make our house ready all the time, without emptying the bank and becoming Martha Stewart?


How can we eat on the floor without making our guests feel weird?

My fiance and I love to eat on the floor. We have a table that we like and we sometimes use it, but we're just more comfortable on the floor.

We recently had a friend over for dinner and it was a little weird for him, so I want to come up with ways to make eating on the floor more comfortable for guests.

Other than cushions or mats, what can you do to make eating on the floor feel comfortable… and maybe even a bit posh?


What to do with a box full of kitschy swizzle sticks?

I bought a bucket full of these vintage cocktail stirrers at a flea market, "swizzle sticks," the guy called them. I want to do something with them… but I'm not sure what. I'm a pretty good DIY-er when it comes to figuring out how to make or do something, but what to use these for has me totally stumped. Do you have any ideas?


Heal jeans with a monster mouth patch

How about turning a hole in the knee into a monster mouth? I decided to patch my partner's jeans this way after spying this great idea on a social networking site. Here's my version of the monster-mouth knee-patch.