It's Black Friday, y'all! And as much as we love (and SO encourage) consumerism, we at Offbeat Home, thought we'd put together a little DIY gift roundup from the annals of our archives. You can either brave the throng of bargain shoppers today, or you can save your precious toes from being stomped on by tackling any of these DIY gift projects…
Are you too broke to fly home for Thanksgiving? Do you, like me, not know how to cook a Thanksgiving meal for yourself? Homie BobbityBets has a brilliant idea: throw an easy-peasy Charlie Brown-style Thanksgiving!
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.