low-impact remodeling

I want to redo my kitchen. but… it’s mostly still functional.  just ugly.  dated. how can I make it new/ fresh without throwing away decent appliances and creating extra waste?     things I’m tired of: the off-white/ orange color scheme the wood edging around the cabinets the laminate countertops The fridge is the only…

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zero-waste fashion

I didn’t develop this concept-  or name it-  but I’m going to use the popular name.  It means using practically all the fabric and trims you acquire, and designing patterns that are very fabric efficient. The concept itself is hardly new-  if you look at ancient, historical, or third world type fashions, they tend towards…

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more new items

above and below:  I’m working more with draping and constructing directly on the mannequin.  it’s more fun than pattern-making, and much more free-feeling.  stay tuned for more in this arena….

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DIY sleeping bag project

In a diversion from the normal sewing tasks, Young and I got started on a project to make sleeping bags.  I haven’t made any technical outdoors items before, but with some research we determined that making the bags would cost about 25% that of buying them (even though we don’t have the cost-savings benefit of…

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regarding men’s clothing. a question.

I’m planning to rebuild my men’s line of clothing, increasing the options and color choices, and carrying a selection in store as well as online. right now the men’s choices are minimal, and I need to make some new photos. Considering the relatively small selection of styles for men I offer, I get a fair…

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clean clothes

So, here’s the deal-  sometimes I label garments as “dry clean only”  — but on a personal basis, I don’t do it. I do a gentle version of spot cleaning and hand-washing. There are care label rules restricting how garments can be labeled in the US. Dry cleaning means cleaning clothes using solvents (read, chemicals)…

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minimalism vs making

I have a fascination with the idea of minimal and nomadic lifestyles.  There are various web memes regarding these subjects, such as the one of living with only 50 or 75 or 100 possessions (those numbers exclude furniture and shared items such as kitchen tools) or spending one’s life in a nomadic fashion, through perpetual…

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choosing food

during the most recent raw food dinner on Whidbey, I was intrigued by a guest describing his own long-term raw foodism, which he eventually gave up in favor of a diet modeled after the research of Weston Price. Briefly, Price researched and documented native or indigenous diets around the world, and compared the dental health…

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