motleycraft-o-rama:

By Maranghouse on Etsy.

diy:

How A Used Carton Box Is Solving Rural Indian Schools’ Biggest Problem - For Less Than 20 cents.  Innovations can happen on large and small scales - try your hand at these challenges and help to make the world a better place:

diycrafts:

DIY Wine & Lace Centerpiece | The Hostess With The Mostess

diycrafts:

DIY Wine & Lace Centerpiece | The Hostess With The Mostess

harpercollinschildrens:

Take your child’s book experience to the next level with these fun book-making crafts! Your imaginative little ones will have a blast crafting their own books and creating the stories that will fill them. It’s like a two-for-one!

There’s nothing wrong with stapling…

motleymakery:

Sew up this Nice & Neat Manicure Kit:
Great tutorial by I Heart Linen, on Art Gallery Fabrics.

motleymakery:

Sew up this Nice & Neat Manicure Kit:

Great tutorial by I Heart Linen, on Art Gallery Fabrics.

diy:

“Rubik’s Cube Perspective Drawing" made by young artist on DIY.
createforless:

Crochet Fabric Coasters via Petals to Picots
Grab some scrap fabric and crochet it into simple and pretty coasters.

createforless:

Crochet Fabric Coasters via Petals to Picots

Grab some scrap fabric and crochet it into simple and pretty coasters.

(via crafts-ga)

For today’s Make-It Monday I’m posting a "Countdown to the GRE!" DIY I did at work today (shhh…..). Given that my test day is two months away I thought I’d better create a study schedule. That went pretty well, it was less painful than I thought it would be. I now have a fairly good idea of how I need to organize my free time for the next 50-or so days, and together with this countdown calendar of sorts I have some fun motivation too!

I mean, I enjoy studying, even for something as banal (<— that’s a GRE vocab word kids, hope you’re takin notes) as the GRE, but I burn out quickly if I don’t reward myself every so often. I thought it’d be fun to create an interactive countdown calendar that gives me some incentive to study (while getting into a good graduate school is the ultimate reward, I need some short-term satisfaction too).

So I created a paper chain calendar: each slip of paper is a day, the entire chain represents the number of days I have before my exam. Every day I meet my study goals I get to take off a link in the chain. The strip either contains a reward, a Calvin and Hobbes comic (the ones in which he’s (not) doing his homework or taking a test), or a motivational quote. My rewards include getting boba (milk tea) after work, dining out, and going book-buying. Because I couldn’t very well give myself a reward every day (let’s keep it cool), I used the comics and quotes as fun fillers.

All I had to work with were office supplies, which just goes to show how simple this really is. You can easily make a paper chain calendar like I did with strips of paper and some tape or glue, or you can find other ways to count down to your Big Day.

What do you guys think?

Hi everyone,

Ughhhh sorry for being MIA again, especially after I promised I wouldn’t be going AWOL anymore…

My back gave out a little over two weeks ago (lower back, muscle spasm) and I’ve been lying flat ever since. It’s getting better now—which is how I’ve made it all the way to my laptop without anyone knowing—but I’m not my usual self yet.

There’s some stuff in my drafts folder which I’ll try to get out by the end of the week. I estimate that by next Monday everything will be more or less normal, and daily posts will resume.

Well, kinda: I think I’m going to take it a little easy given that I work 40 hours a week and now need to study for the GREs…

But I will be back. For reals this time…

Tumblove,

Mika