All month long we've been getting reader submissions from handmade artists, artisans, and designers. (We put out a call here.) It's a wide variety of offerings and talent — perfect for a little Friday afternoon perusing!
For every successful DIY and handmade project splashed across the front page of a blog, there are just as many (if not more) secret failures and disasters. See exhibit A: Salvaged-wood-pile-intended-for-super-awesome-handbuilt-bed-frame = wobby, hacked together eyesore that even a bedskirt can't hide. See exhibit B: Super cool wall mural painted in an arresting array of ocean life colors = a display that's more murky waters than oceanic glory. Have you had a DIY fail? Tell us!
We know that there are plenty of skilled artisans among Re-Nest readers, but we're curious to know in what specific areas our readers find themselves working. Do we have more needleworkers or woodworkers? Potters or painters? Tell us what YOU do!
I grew up in a home that encouraged the practices of making things for yourself instead of buying them. We made a great deal, we bought a great deal, but I know the balance between the two. Today, I am still fueled by my roots and would much rather create something for my home than buy it. What about you? What fuels your need to create? Money? Addiction? Tradition?
Keeping a collection from your childhood years can mean one of two things. Either you still have items you used to collect, or it means you're like me and are still working on the same evolving collection you've had since you were 6. Normal adults still collect Hot Wheels right? Right?
If I had to pin down one chore I could be better at doing, hands down, it would be dusting. It's not that I dislike it, the benefits from doing so are quite obvious, but truth be told, it's not that easy to remember to do when time is short. With lots of collections around my home, it always feels like a true chore and I know I should be better at it. So I'm curious, how often do you dust — come on, be honest!
There is no question about it, shopping on Craigslist, eBay and Goodwill for fabulous finds for the home is an art form. It takes time, patience and the right keywords to find the deals and the one-of-a-kind pieces that make your home stand out. If online scavenging is a hobby of yours, then no doubt about it at least one of your friends has asked you "how DO you do it?" But are you telling?
Vickie is an Apartment Therapy reader who is looking for advice. She is 23 years old and has recently moved out of her family home and into an apartment. She and her boyfriend have a year lease and the ok to make some decorating decisions and general home improvements. But she's wondering where the line should be - how much work, money, and time is too much to invest?
With school starting back, the art projects are sure to start rolling in. It's always great to see what they've made, at school or home, but we're curious how long you leave it out on display? 6 days? 6 weeks? 6 months? What, you still have that clay plate from 1982 sitting out?
Having grown up in Kansas City, the city with the most miles of roadway per capita, we're car based folk around here. It wasn't until I moved out and away that I realized doing your homework before hand to have things close by (like laundry and groceries) was not only a thing, but a necessity. What are your top 5 must haves within walking distance?