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DIY-nspiration: Frankie Magazine

Frankie Magazine

Frankie Magazine


I absolutely love the most utterly accidental of finds. Finding Frankie Magazine was simply because I was looking for someone else named Frankie, but I halted my search there when I saw the cutest pictures of pale hues and rosemary wreathes.

I love happy accidents and hope that you enjoy exploring Frankie Magazine.

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DIY Health: Homemade Cough Drops

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I’ve been on the mend this week. I caught a nasty bug from the hubs. My throat has been on fire and so I’ve been living on throat lozenges. And while the kind I use are great, I’d love to try my hand at making some of my own.

I found this great recipe & tutorial for making cough drops. If they turn out well, I might add these to my holiday gift list.

What natural remedies do you use when you’re not feeling well?

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DIY Shop: HankWorks on Etsy

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There are so many local crafters and artists that live and work in the Asheville area. One of my goals here at The How-To Shop is to support these local makers by sharing them with the world and giving them a little bit of link love. This first maker is someone I’ve known for a few years now but who just recently started selling his wares.

Tony of HankWorks was a former coworker of mine. When both of our work situations took an unexpected turn, we were both able to turn these changes into something positive. Tony opened HankWorks to sell beautiful wooden items made from the last tree that his late father had reclaimed. Tony needed some advice on running his Etsy shop and he came to me. Tony became my first client and I realized I had the know-how to start my consulting business, Organized Chaos.

Take a minute and check out HankWorks. His handcrafted cutting boards, knife racks and wine bottles holders make the perfect holiday gifts.

Know someone local who makes beautiful handmade goods? Send their info to me – I’d love to feature their work on the blog!

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DIY Baby Find: DIY Plaster Milk Carton Houses | Paper & Stitch

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I’ve asked my friends and family this holiday season to make the effort to make presents this year, especially for the little one. Or, if they can’t make, at least buy locally/regionally. In our world mass-produced toys are the norm. The building blocks of young imaginations are being predetermined by massive corporations. This year, and for the years to come, I wish for the toys that my daughter plays with to be the simple building blocks of the worlds that she will create.

Today’s find is the inspiration behind the kind of toys I wish for my daughter to play with. Although this tute is for very heavy plaster houses, I plan on making a version sans plaster for my little one to play “house” with.

What are some creative ideas you’ve had when making toys for little ones? Simpler really is better for itty bitties with endless imaginations, it seems.

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Sweet Simple Stocking Stuffer_ Clay Magnets Homemade Holiday Gift Idea Exchange: Project #5 | Apartment Therapy

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This is such a sweet, simple handmade holiday gift idea. I absolutely love the clean, white shape of the magnets.

I have an epic list of holiday gift ideas that I’ll be working on this weekend. It will be first of many weekends spent banging out some (hopefully) sweet handmade gifts. I’ll post pictures as gifts are created.

What are your weekend plans? Handcrafting your holiday gifts yet? Or will you wait until the very last minute and just “do what you can”? (Like I’ve done oh-so-many years now.)