WHOO! SPRING SEMESTER! Time to party hard and go to class and study a lot and…trudge out of your last lab so tired you want to sleep forever…back home to your 10×10 cinderblock den with communal showers…and constant fire alarms. Okay, living in dormitories can get boring — even frustrating. I'm thinking back on those days and pulling out the cozy ways my roommate and I made our dorm a fun place to relax, even when schedules got tough: after she pulled another all-night at the hotel front desk or when I got done with my soul-crushing, puppy-killing job.
This is Offbeat Home's archive of crafts posts.
The DIY movement has been in full force since oh, say, 2008. Its resurgence started before that, but that's when it seems to have tipped over into a popular topic, when indie crafters got cool and became a thing you could be. The internet makes it hard NOT to see clever new things to make or fix or repurpose, and for some people crafting becomes a problem because the information is so available.
Thanks to the Internet's cornucopia of information and ideas, I've very much taken on the attitude that I CAN MAKE ALLLLL THINNNGSSSS, even though truthfully, I'm fair-to-middling at making things. Given a little time and good supplies, we can make a good go at most things — which is a damn slippery path to the mindset DO IT YOURSELF OR IT DOESN'T GET DONE! Which doesn't have to be the case.
I recently started going to auctions and this time brought home a big basket full of vintage and not-so-old keys. I love the look of them and would like to do something more creative than display them in a bowl. Most of the ideas I've found are crafts to do with little kids.
It will take a few years to grow any craft-aged kids, so what can I do now that will reinvent these keys?
I'd love to get some ideas for non-Christmas-holiday decorations. DIY would be especially treasured. Something more winter solstice-based…or really just not anything overly Santa Claus/presents/Christian-centered.
I am really awful at bringing details together, and I would love some offbeat advice!
FESTIVUS IS THIS WEEKEND! It's my household's most-anticipated party of the year. We drink mulled wine, air our grievances with each other, perform feats of strength, eat donuts, and then all guests must wrestle my husband before they may leave. It all happens in the cold aura of the Festivus Pole.
This is how you build a pole. The right way. All these supplies are available at your local hardware store — and they'll be cheaper than Amazon, so use this list for familiarity or the odd bit you can't find in town.