There have been lots of tutorials on Pinterest about how to turn wine bottles into vases or tumblers. Some of our dear friends are getting married, and wanted to try it out as possible DIY reception decor. So I volunteered our space to experiment with glass bottles and fire. Turns out this wine bottle trick works pretty well!
It's been years since I've lived in a place with a dishwasher or laundry machines. Sometimes it's frustrating to find many well-meaning cleaning and organization tips or checklists offered up online that assume I have these easily available for my personal use. It's taken me a while to figure out how to better manage my washer-less life rather than just lament it. Here are some things that I've found work for me…
When I first met with Kelli from Shindig Events to scheme my April staff/reader meet-up, we did a little brainstorming on activities, and it went like this:
Ariel: What if we did, like, hipster bingo cards but catered to Offbeat Empire reader interest? People could wander around being all, "You're wearing an octopus accessory! Are you lactating? Who here had a home birth?" I know my readers' tastes like the back of my hand [delicious!], and it could be fun! Sort of like… mingling bingo?
Kelli: YOU MEAN MINGLO!?
Me: I MEAN MINGLO!
And thus a party idea was born. And now you can steal it.
We've talked about masturbation on Offbeat Home and Offbeat Bride before. We're familiar with solo sex here. But what if you no longer live solo? "Easy," I thought when thinking about how my sex life would change when my boyfriend and I finally moved in together. "Sex whenever/however/wherever we want. This is, as far as I can tell, the only reason anyone moves in together at all ever." And more or less, this has proven true.
Except sometimes… I want, and he doesn't.
And other times… I want very specifically to do my thing alone.
I know Caissie St.Onge as a comedy writer and young adult fiction author. But she's clearly also an awesome home accessory modifier. Cassie turned this sheep from lawn ornament to living room accessory then posted this pic on Instagram. Obviously, I had no choice but to bug her for more info…
Living abroad is great for so many reasons. Meeting new people, experiencing new adventures, and learning about new cultures are just a few of the perks of moving every few years. However there are difficulties with everything being new again and again. And one of those difficulties is the feeling of having a "home."
Calling all performers of all kinds, tattoo artists, Ren Faire seamstresses, aspiring chefs, haberdashers, interior designers, cosplayers, all-around crafty bitches, and brave souls! I'm reaching out to any Offbeat Homies who need to beef their modeling portfolios, update their headshots, show off their Etsy creations, and otherwise promote their own creative businesses.