Here it is: Thanksgiving in the US, and time to hop on the Love Train Express and pull into Appreciation Station. We try to remain grateful and appreciative of the Offbeat Empire's readers every day in every way, but on Thanksgiving we all wanted to try to find the way to articulate just how thankful we are for every single one of you.
My first job in Portland was overnight stocking for a big box retailer. It wasn't long before I started meeting more transplants like me, who couldn't get the time off to fly home for the holidays, or just plain had nowhere to go. I wanted to invite everyone over, but there was also the nagging fact that while we did get Thanksgiving Day off, most of us would have to be at work before sunrise the day after Thanksgiving. Since we were all night owls anyhow, I offered to have everyone over on the Wednesday night before the holiday. And so the idea of Midnight Thanksgiving was born.
Reader Emma recently shared a link to this set of rainbow flatware from Fiesta, and I TOTALLY get why she was so stoked about it — how happy would you be to open up your silverware drawer and see these smiling up at you? Just knowing this set existed had me wondering what ELSE in the world might be rainbow-adorned, designed for you to eat with it, and not made of plastic — and here's what I found.
Since it's the holiday season (or, as I like to think of it, PIE season!). But I always thought it was too difficult to make yourself. A year or two ago I learned that, with a few shortcuts, pie is really easy to make. Here's a recipe post on how to make a basic fruit pie.
If you've ever dreamed up a piece of furniture or jewelry but found yourself unable to bring what you see in your head to fruition with your own hands, you're going to love CustomMade. CustomMade is an online marketplace that can connect you with over 3,000 artisans who are just waiting to help build the custom item you can't get out of your head.
When I was in college I had the first aid kid to end all first aid kits. I was ready for everything. Ibuprofen. Tylenol. Allergy meds. Bug spray. Gauze pads. Lozenges. Athletic tape, even though I wasn't athletic. Two dozen condoms, even though I had never had sex. I was ready for everything short of a sucking chest wound, and if I ran into one of those, I could always break out my duct tape. Fast forward six years and I'm out of college, out of school, much less organized, and still hanging on to that damn enormous first aid kit and getting into it is a huge pain in the ass. So, after a round of stomach flu, I spent $5, and streamlined my first aid kit into something a little more accessible. Here's my guide to the new and improved, streamlined mini first-aid kit.
Holy crap, check out andibob909's refinished bright-as-fuck green piano in the living room! More than just the gorgeous, eye-catching upright piano, I love this whole living room set up…