Kelly Maguire, also known as Kellbot, is the Offbeat Empire's web developer.
Hand knit Elsa bunny

The cold never bunny’d me anyway: How to DIY this Elsa bunny for Easter

I’m knitting Easter bunnies for my daughters and nephews this year. I decided that rather than get each kid a new stuffed bunny each year (which is what we’ve done up to this point) I’d just make them new clothes each year.

Since my two year old nephew is completely obsessed with Frozen (and really all Disney princesses) I decided to make him an Elsa Bunny…

English Peas from Blue Apron

I tried Blue Apron… and hated it

Last week I tried out CookSmarts meal planning. This week I tried Blue Apron, a meal-kit service that provides ready-to-cook recipes and ingredients. I knew Blue Apron would come out more expensive, since most of what they’re selling is convenience, but really thought the meals would taste better. Here was my experience…

6 cozy, chunky knit home decor items you can DIY (with free patterns!)

If you’ve taken a stroll through any trendy home goods store lately you may have noticed that big chunky knits (and crochet!) are having a moment. For those of us who like to knit or crochet for fun this is great news, since chunky yarns knit up really fast and there are hundreds of yarns and colors to choose from. Here are six free patterns for chunky knit home goods…

Joining the life-changing cult of tidying up: My foray into KonMari organizing

If you are a person who reads the internet, you have probably heard of Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Most people who succeed in reading it, join her KonMari tidying cult. I’m reading the book and feeling inspired to clean. Okay, I read the book because I was inspired to clean and felt overwhelmed by how much stuff I have…

“I don’t think I’ll stop feeling scared and apprehensive”: pregnancy after multiple miscarriages

With the help of some recent high profile announcements we’re starting to get better at talking about miscarriage, but when you clock three in a row no one really knows what to say. I’ve got one healthy child, three consecutive miscarriages, and now a fifth pregnancy that has stuck around to the 20 week mark, and is still hanging in there. In the past two years I’ve been pregnant for a total of 11 months.

Installing IKEA kitchen cabinets the DIY way

I consider myself an Ikea veteran. I have assembled dozens, if not hundreds, of pieces of Ikea furniture over the last 30 years. I am one with the allen wrench. So when I saw the raised eyebrows when I told the Ikea employees I’d be installing my kitchen myself, I knew it was going to be work. For anyone else considering doing a DIY Ikea kitchen install I offer the following advice…

Stop cheating your electric: How to safely replace a 2-prong outlet

Today we’re going to talk about power outlets, grounding, and how you can safely plug things into an old 2-prong outlet by replacing it with a GFCI or “ground fault circuit interrupter” receptacle. Doing electrical work can be intimidating, but if you follow the directions and use common sense this one is actually pretty easy.

How we DIYed our IKEA kitchen remodel

While we hired contractors for the Serious Business projects like structural and electrical work, we decided to tackle updating the kitchen cabinets ourselves. We chose Ikea cabinets as they were generally agreed to be the best quality for the price and we wanted to keep this a budget kitchen wherever possible. Here’s how we pulled it all off…