Sunday Snapshot: Stripy Cat Worktable Takeover

Sunday Snapshot: Stripy Cat Worktable Takeover

It would seem that a stripy Pixel Cat has taken over my worktable.

Because, if my kitties are any indication, there are very few things in this world more comfortable than lounging on a lumpy bed of WIPs. (In his defense, he did pick the cushiest project in the pile.)

So, how was your Sunday? Filled with cats, and crafts, and springtime adventures, I hope!

P.s. Before you ask, no, he’s not wearing nail polish. That stylish mani is actually a set of pink Soft Paws claw caps (his favorite color). Pretty fancy, right?

Tutorial: Beer Bottle Watering Globe for Houseplants and Container Gardens

Tutorial: Beer Bottle Watering Globe for Houseplants and Container Gardens

Going on a weekend trip? Want to prevent wilting during hot summer weather? Keep thirsty plants happy with a quick and easy DIY beer bottle watering globe!

Summers can be mighty brutal for my Brooklyn fire escape garden, and sometimes even mulching isn’t enough to prevent my most water-hungry plants from drying out. So, to keep my more drought-sensitive fruits and veggies blooming merrily along, I like to use glass beer or soda bottles as watering globes. It’s an inexpensive and simple household trick, and it really helps keep my container garden green—especially when life gets busy! (It’s great for indoor houseplants too!)

Note: If you’ve got plants that don’t like a ton of water—cacti or succulents, for example—this isn’t the right watering solution for you. Make sure your plants actually like to be watered regularly before giving this a try.

Tutorial: Beer Bottle Watering Globe for Houseplants and Container Gardens

Supplies:
* Glass beer or soda bottle, empty and thoroughly cleaned (wine bottles are ideal for larger plants)
* Water

Tools:
* Small shovel or trowel

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Ode to Thread Heaven: Savior of My Hands and My Sanity

Ode to Thread Heaven: Savior of My Hands and My Sanity

Today, I’m going to tell you a little story. A story about my mad infatuation with a magical substance called Thread Heaven (affiliate link), a thread and embroidery floss conditioner that is solely responsible for saving both my hands and my sanity.

This story begins with a book. More specifically, the cross-stitch book that I’m currently writing, and the resulting mountain of sewing that such a book necessitates. It’s fun work, but it’s still a bit tough on the hands, especially after a long day of solid stitching. Luckily, I’ve recently discovered a marvelous little blue box—no, not the TARDIS—and it has been nothing short life-changing.

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Happy Post: Pretty Embroidery Floss + Fancy New Website Design

Happy Post: Pretty Embroidery Floss + Fancy New Website Design

Whew! It’s been a crazy few days filled with a whole lot of PHP and CSS (and very little sleep), but TZoM has finally moved to a new and much faster server and has also gotten a much-needed makeover. (If you’re reading this on a smartphone or tablet, hello! My new site layout was specifically designed to look great on screens of all sizes—I hope you’re enjoying the view!)

So, to celebrate the new look—and because my brain is a bit too fried from all that code to finish the review I was working on—I’m sharing a photo of pretty embroidery floss instead. (Hooray for happy posts!) Because, when your studio table is filled with supplies this pretty, does it really still count as work?

And, with that, I’m going to step away from the computer for at least eight blissfully consecutive hours!

Brooklyn-based DIY from a gal in granny glasses