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Keepin’ it Classy: Recesh worthy home decór.

Just because money is scarce, it doesn’t mean Jack B. Nimble should have to give up his death-defying  hobby.

Likewise, your lovely home doesn’t have to go to shambles.  Luckily, for just about three bucks you can class up your abode and give Jack something to jump about.  It’s time for a new set of DIY candlesticks!

Don’t worry, you won’t need any crystal cutting skills or silversmithing experience.  Just foam board and a sharp x-acto knife (also, paper, scissors, and a pencil are handy).

Got ’em? Great. Let’s go!

Step one: Make a candlestick pattern. Fold a piece of paper in half, draw half a candlestick (along the seem) and cut it out for a perfectly symmetrical candlestick pattern. (not feeling designy? no prob. here, use my pattern: candlestick pdf).

Step two: Trace that shape onto a piece of foam board four times. (We’re making a set of two candlesticks here, and you need two halves to make each whole).

Step three: Cut it out!  Well, cut them out… the four candlestick shapes. Here’s where having a sharp x-acto knife come in handy.

Step four: Cut a 1/4 inch slit out of the top half of two of your candlestick pieces and the bottom half of the other two. Like so: 

Step five: Assemble away! Just slip together piece one and piece two. Voilá. Lovely!

Now just put in some beautiful candles (i got mine at a dollar store, where they were two for a dollar).

In just a matter of minutes you can have your very own fancy-pants candlesticks!  Also, these candlesticks make wonderful gifts.  You can even disassemble them and send them through the mail to a far away friend!

p.s.  If you try this out, email me photos, or post a link to your photos in the comments.  I’d love to see them!

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Spread the love!

We have a recesh on our hands, people!  and it’s not just the stock market that’s down.  Chances are you know someone who could use some cheering up.

Today I would like to celebrate the simplest of love-spreading devices: the Card.

pear card

I’m not talking hallmark here.  Hand-made is the way to go.  Not only will the lucky recipient of your card feel exponentially more love… Here’s the best part.  If you have paper already in your possession, making a card is FREE.

Making a card is so easy!  It’s a piece of paper folded in half!  Seriously, grab some paper.  Chances are it’s already a rectangle-like shape.  If it’s not, this is easy to solve.  Scissors.  Now that you have a rectangle, fold that puppy in half.  Make a doodle on the front.  Write a nice li’l message inside.  And make someone’s day!

What to draw? You don’t have to be Michelangelo to decorate the front of a card (nor do you have to own thousands of dollars of rubber stamps and designer papers).  Go for something simple.  I like to draw a piece of fruit, or a simple vase of flowers.

thanks card

What to write? There are plenty of reasons to send someone a card.  Who doesn’t love a good Autumnal Equinox card (Sept. 22nd this year)?  There’s absolutely always someone you can send a thank you card to. Thanks for being a good friend! Thanks for having lunch with me! Thanks for that recipe you gave me last year, I still use it! Then there are the great no-particular-reason cards. “I just ate some ice cream that reminded me of that one time…” You could figure out who has the closest half birthday and send them a card that will blow their mind. No one expects a half-birthday card. (Hint: Just add six months. Right now it’s march, who do i know who has a birthday in September)?

Now the delivery.  Everyone loves to get mail!  To me, it’s pretty much the best deal on the planet.  How else can you make someone’s day for 42¢?  So, if you have their address, MAIL IT!  I’ve sent people emails that are paragraphs long, complete with the obligatory awkward catch-up, “i’m well, sorry i haven’t called in so long, how’s things with you?” just to ask for their mailing address to send them a “thinking of you” card.  I think it’s tragic that if someone asks for my mailing address, i assume congratulations are in order and czech my mail box for their save-the-date (there’s one abbreve i won’t use).

✩A note for those lucky enough to reside in the pacific northwest:  One of my favorite possessions is a stack of pre-scored paper in assorted colors from Fred Meyer.  They’re 5.5×8.5 inches and fold into a perfect little card.  Plus, they’re a total deal $9.99 for a bafillion sheets (ok, so i can’t remember the exact amount, and i don’t live near a Fred Meyer anymore, boo, but it’s a big number)!

Take the time to send a card today.  You’ll be glad you did and in just a few days someone else will be too!
Love Spread for a Grand Total: 42¢

UPDATE: stamps cost 44¢ now… (still a deal!)

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