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December 22, 2014


WAX AND WICKS: Local candlemaker opens shop in Gadsden

“Monkey Farts is definitely one of my favorites.” Stevie Papoi says, laughing. “It’s a blend of coconut and banana that kids love because it’s funny, and it actually smells good, so grown-ups like it too.”

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Saturday 08/16/2014
Haute in hurry: Class up casual wear with little time and money
Updated: August 17, 2014 - 2:27 pm

My small private elementary school’s rule that “skirts must never hit above the fingertips” left zero room for a young lady to give her crush, who wore his neon headgear loud and proud, even a hint of skin. Which was just as well since white cotton socks, folded at the ankle, and drab loafers left much to be desired in the shapely limb department.

Sunday 08/10/2014
Art meets history in new exhibit
Updated: August 10, 2014 - 11:48 am

Inclement weather doesn’t bother Jerry Marks. The Oxford painter welcomes the opportunity to stay inside his studio all day and paint to his heart’s content.

Saturday 08/02/2014
Posted: August 02, 2014

It’s a patio, a shed, a fire pit and a shady place to relax on summer weekends in the backyard. But more importantly, it might just save their lives.

Saturday 07/19/2014
Easy updos — for those whose talents lie elsewhere
Updated: August 17, 2014 - 2:27 pm

They say everyone is great at something. But the thing you’re great at isn’t always the thing you’re passionate about, and just because you’re passionate about something doesn’t make you great at it.

Saturday 07/05/2014
The craft is always greener on his side of the closet
Updated: August 17, 2014 - 2:27 pm

I’ll never forget the day I snuck into the laundry room to swipe a wachamacallit from the man of the house's toolbox and, to my horror, it was locked. But when one door closes, another one opens. Cut off from the wonderful world of men’s tools, I turned instead to his closet — which has no locks — and was soon rummaging through the wonderful world of refashioned menswear.

Artist carves her niche in gourds
Updated: July 05, 2014 - 11:24 pm

Soggy, moldy, smelly. Those are the words most people use when they see a gourd. Peggy Mayo, on the other hand, sees a canvas.

Sunday 06/29/2014
A maternity care package, and a farewell
Updated: June 29, 2014 - 1:13 am

Meghan is pregnant again, due in August. And I haven’t gotten to see her in a long time — family commitments kept us apart for our usual Thanksgiving meet-up last year, and I couldn’t make it to Tennessee in May for her 30th birthday party — so I decided to make her a care package.

Sunday 06/22/2014
Send your decor in a new direction
Updated: June 22, 2014 - 2:26 pm

Framed maps, map printed fabrics and globes are popular accents right now, and luckily for the DIYer, it’s pretty easy to find old paper maps and atlases to turn into something new.

Saturday 06/07/2014
Starch raving mad: DIY makeup mavens go crazy for cornstarch
Updated: August 17, 2014 - 2:27 pm

Cornstarch, that small yellow box filled with what tastes like crushed aspirin, transitions from the kitchen pantry into the hearts and cosmetic bags of diehard makeup artists with ease.

Behind old doors: Repurposed doors offer privacy, and an art studio
Posted: June 07, 2014

When our neighbors moved away, they let us comb their basement for any treasures they were leaving behind. Among the prizes were a bunch of old wooden doors with glass door knobs from a house remodel several years earlier. I knew these beauties would come in very handy in our backyard.

Sunday 06/01/2014
Busy as a bee: Eastaboga Bee Company tackles more than honey
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 8:49 am

In addition to honey, Eastaboga Bee Company now sells multiple products, including soaps, lotions and lip balms, which can be found in co-ops and at festivals throughout the state, and can be purchased on the company’s website.

Saturday 05/24/2014
Keep calm and stroll on: DIY dog stroller puts the friendly back in pet-friendly
Updated: June 14, 2014 - 9:50 pm

I’m still pretty shaky on two-leash dog walking. Toss in a third, especially one with a textbook Napoleon complex and a knack for coaxing my two lunatics’ barking into a riotous howl session, and you see why I might have concerns. I decided before descending on a city park filled with more sights, sounds and unsniffed dogs than you can shake a double leash at that we’d better have an exit strategy.

Sunday 05/18/2014
DIY projects to rid your yard of buzzing, biting pests
Updated: May 20, 2014 - 8:48 pm

With the new deck came a new problem — carpenter bees. These wood-boring pests look a lot like bumblebees, but are usually seen hovering around wood structures, especially newly built ones. While the male carpenter bees don’t have stingers, they do patrol the area around the nest while the females do their egg-laying deep inside a tunnel they’ve bored.

Sunday 05/11/2014
Everybody poops: Worm tower — economical, agricultural and not as icky as it sounds
Updated: May 20, 2014 - 9:01 pm

Adding compost to your garden provides nutrients and moisture, and helps with drainage and fertility. And one of the best poops for a plant is worm poop

Sunday 04/27/2014
Make This: Burlap sacks make frugal, eco-friendly planters
Posted: April 27, 2014

I am a coffee person. Like many people, one of the first things I do in the morning is prepare the daily pot of joe (along with two sippy cups of chocolate milk — kids have their routine, I have mine). Rarely are we out of coffee and when we are, it’s usually worth a 6 a.m. trip to Walgreens to pick up a new block of Folgers. It’s the best part of waking up, right?

Sunday 04/20/2014
Make This: Get on a roll with your veggie garden
Posted: April 20, 2014

Here’s a garden tip for you: When you’re ready to begin planting, you can find some very helpful supplies right in your bathroom. Yep, it turns out a roll of toilet paper can go a long way when starting plants from seeds.

Sunday 04/06/2014
Make This: An elegant weapon for a more civilized age
Posted: April 06, 2014

The boy is in a “Star Wars” phase. He and his daddy have been watching episodes of “The Clone Wars” on Netflix, and the padawan is now ready to begin Jedi training ... or so I’m told.

Sunday 03/30/2014
Style upcycled: Rethinking bling makes a fashion statement
Updated: August 17, 2014 - 2:27 pm

Youth is fleeting and so is fashion; what’s “in” this very second will be “out” by the time you finish reading this sentence. So instead of spending a lot of money on trends that can’t be worn next season, invest in the classic and repurpose for the now.

Style upcycled: Rethinking bling makes a fashion statement
Posted: March 30, 2014

Fashion is an industry centered on youth. Want to know the latest trends? Just ask the babysitter who’s wrangling your offspring to pay for college while looking like she jumped straight out of your “dream closet” Pinterest board.

Sunday 03/09/2014
Make This: I ‘meow’ pronounce you man and wife
Posted: March 09, 2014

My younger brother got married yesterday, making him the last of my siblings to tie the knot. Other than my own, his wedding will be the only one I will have attended as an adult — my oldest sister was married when I was 14, my older brother eloped and my son was recovering from heart surgery when my other sister was married (yes, there’s a much longer story in that little fact, but that’s for another day).

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