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7 Oscars DIYs That Bring the Red Carpet to Your Living Room

Posted by Melissa Massello February 28, 2014 05:54 PM

7_DIY_oscars_party_ideas.jpg(L-R) Jeff Lahens, Amanda Maciel-Antunes & Joselin Mane at Shoestring's 2013 OscarUp Boston. Photo: Carly Gillis

Unless you're dolling up in your red carpet best for the annual Ellie Fund party this Sunday night, chances are you'll be watching the Oscars at home in front of the television with a few of your nearest and dearest. That doesn't mean that you can't still channel some of the glitz & glamour of Old Hollywood with these seven DIY projects we made for last year's #OscarUp party, which instantly transformed our South End co-working space into (well, nearly into) the Chinese Theatre. Add some thrifted black tie duds, et voila! Pure silver screen magic.


5 minute DIY: How to make a stovetop smoker

Posted by Melissa Massello February 26, 2014 09:00 AM
DIY-stovetop-smoker.jpg The warm weather over the weekend had me daydreaming of summer foods, mainly barbecue. While it's not exactly grilling season just yet, you can recreate that pit-smoked richness on your stovetop with just a few things you probably already have lying around your kitchen. FULL ENTRY

Maker Moment: Crafty mommy-to-be Erika Buckley of Yay for Handmade!

Posted by Melissa Massello February 25, 2014 04:28 PM

Photo: via Yay For Handmade! & Instagram/Erika Buckley

With a new house and a new baby on the way, Erika Buckley found herself excited for the future, yet worried how parenthood would affect her sense of self. "It seemed like all the things had I kept putting off (writing more, trying to make a career in something more creative...) were suddenly in danger of evaporating before they ever had a chance to start," she says. But after a realization that many of the bloggers she follows and loves are moms, she decided to start Yay For Handmade! while awaiting the arrival of Baby Boy Buckley in June.


Swappable soup recipe and tips from National Soup Swap Day

Posted by Melissa Massello February 13, 2014 05:00 PM

The 8th Annual National Soup Swap Day was January 26, but even if you missed out on that tasty tradition, you can reap the benefits. The groundhog says it'll still be soup weather for some time, so we tapped the experts at America's Test Kitchen for their top soup-making tips. Plus, a totally swappable recipe for vegan chili from the Boston Food Swap will warm you up, inside and out.


Teach yourself yoga basics at home with Yoga by Numbers

Posted by Melissa Massello February 7, 2014 01:35 PM

yoga_by_numbers_elizabeth_morrow.jpgPhoto: The Grommet

If, like the rest of the world, you were captivated by the tear-jerking transformational story of Arthur Boorman, the disabled ex-paratrooper and Gulf War veteran who used self-taught yoga to learn to walk again, you're going to love the story of Yoga by Numbers — a teach yourself yoga mat designed right here in Boston and currently crowd-funding on Kickstarter.


9 DIY projects to make your Olympics party feel like an authentic athlete experience

Posted by Melissa Massello February 6, 2014 11:16 AM

9_sochi_winter_olympics_DIY_ideas.jpgPhotos (clockwise from top left): One Charming Party; Bow & Drape; New Dress a Day; Savannah Smiled.

When I was 14, I had the distinct honor of representing my country on the first ever Team USA for synchronized skating, traveling to Helsinki, Finland with Lexington's Ice Mates & Haydenettes, where we took home the international gold. There's nothing quite like standing center ice with your teammates, medal draped around your neck, watching your country's flag raised while the arena fills with your national anthem. I still get goosebumps & leaky eyes whenever I think about that moment, the pinnacle achievement of my athletic career, especially when I watch it happen for others.

Which is probably why, in the (cough, cough) 20 years since, I'm so passionate about hosting epic Olympics viewing parties. My friends know that, for the 17 days from opening to closing ceremonies, I will be glued to the TV or my laptop or both, cheering on every major and minor sport, rocking my best red, white & blue getups and recruiting others to do the same with me.

If you've also got Olympic fever, here are nine awesome DIY projects that feel authentic to the timeless athlete experience & that you can easily make at home in time for Opening Ceremonies tonight.


Have a hack? The Grommet wants launch to your product

Posted by Melissa Massello February 6, 2014 10:32 AM

Want your creation to go down in history with products like Cuppow? The Grommet wants to help you launch your product. They're looking for hacks and problem solvers that have household name potential. Could yours be next?


Scratch make some Mexican hot chocolate this snow day with Taza

Posted by Melissa Massello February 5, 2014 05:18 PM

taza_mexican_hot_chocolate_homemade.jpgPhoto: Shoestring

Frozen to the core? Sick to death of winter? Warm up from snow shoveling with this super easy, from-scratch recipe for authentic Mexican hot cocoa using Somerville's handmade source: Taza stone ground chocolate.


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