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Crafty: Textual Healing

Photos by Tonya Kehoe Philip Hensher’s book The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting discusses the vanishing act of the written word plays in our world today. The widely reviewed book claims that the diminishing use of handwriting is in turn diminishing our humanity. It seems Hensher may take his scribbling a little too […]

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Crafty: Homemade soda perfect for taste tweakers

Fact: a project is way more fun if you can drink the final product. It seems like everyone today is brewing up small batches of beer while sipping on a glass of homemade kale-ginger juice. I’m personally all for this tasty trend, and wanting in on it, I decided to try my hand at homemade […]

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Crafty: Love letters for your Valentine

Dear Little Village readers without a significant other: Hello, and thanks for reading! It’s February, the month of candy hearts, roses, love and chocolate covered things. You’re single, and I’m calling you out on it, right here in front of everyone (I just lost a few of you). What kind of crafty monster am I?! […]

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Crafty: Handmade Gratitude

Bring on the cocktail parties, ornament exchanges and holiday dinners: It’s time to host and be hosted. With all this celebrating going on, you might want to check your list twice. Hostess presents can lengthen your to-gift list quickly, which can get pricy. Rather than breaking the budget with bottles of wine, use your crafty […]

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Crafty – Making your own Tea Bags!

Tis the season! The season of giving. The season of warm drinks. The season of giving warm drinks (to your cold friends). Try out this project for crafting your own tea bags to steep and share all winter long.                Supplies Coffee filters Sewing machine or needle and thread […]

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Crafty: Do It Yo-Self

Of all kitchen appliances, the slow cooker ranks as “third most useful” in my book (coffee maker, wine opener, slow cooker). There was a time when it fell somewhere between pizza slicer and pastry blender, but those days were over as soon as my roommate brought an all-things-slow cooker cookbook into our apartment. This thing […]

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Crafty: Hot Thyme in the City

Don’t let your apartment dwelling ways dictate your green thumb. You’ve got to fight for your right to rosemary (and basil and chives). The experts at Pleasant Valley Garden Center (1301 South Gilbert St.) have generously shared some tricks of the trade, so let’s get your apartment-friendly herb garden started. […]

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Crafts: Bubbly Bliss

INGREDIENTS Liquid castile soap Liquid glycerine Optional: Essential oil Few things are more pampering than unwinding with a hot bubble bath after a chilly day. But, if you’re anything like me, lying in a mixture of “cocamidopropyl betaine” and “red #5” sounds anything but relaxing. Despite the daunting ingredient list on your bottle of Mr. […]

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Crafty: iSnail

January: time to take A Charlie Brown Christmas off repeat, drag the tree to the curb and send off a thank you note for each and every gift card you received. If these tasks seem cheerless after last month’s festivities, add some crafty fun to your to-do list by whipping up some easy, personalized cards to thank everyone from Grandma to the co-workers. […]

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Crafty: The Gift of Yarn

Knitting and crocheting have undergone a startling social transformation in the last decade. No longer an outdated craft your grandmother taught you one rainy afternoon, it’s now the new way to express your creative side. My personal conversion probably had something to do with the fact that my long-time boyfriend’s family switched to handmade Christmas […]

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