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A Femme’s Guide to Improvement: Overhead Lights

I’m betting that most of you ladies, being in your twenties and thirties, are apartment-based or, at the very least, renters. (If you’re younger than 35 and a homeowner, go away.) And if you’re at all human, the default overhead light fixtures that come with most rentals probably depress you. You know, like that photo right here?

Make a Blouse!

Let’s learn how to make it, fluttery sides and all! This is another great beginner project since no buttons, hooks, or zippers are required and most of your time is spent ironing.

Make Your Own Stationery: Pop-Up Cards

Though they can be a bit time consuming, pop up cards aren’t all that difficult, and the same principles apply to all manner of cards. Though the ones I’ve made are all colorful and cheerful, you could also make something a bit more subdued by subbing in white paper (a white-and-red “I <3 U” card would be really cute). Interested? Dust off your X-acto knife, crack open a fresh glue stick, and let’s get started.

How To Make Solid Perfume

Wearing a locket is basically a guarantee that someone at some point will ask you to see what’s in it, and then you’ll have to say “Nothing,” or “Um, horsehair from this horse Snowflake I used to ride when I was in elementary school.” Either answer is, for the record, disappointing to all audiences. So today, I’m filling all my lockets with solid perfume. Here’s how to make it.

Couture Hacks

Yes, the word just means “sewing” or “dressmaking” in French, but it’s come to be understood as shorthand for haute couture over the years. And something is not technically haute couture unless the person who designed it is a member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, the clothing is made to order, the label has a workshop of at least 15 employees in Paris, and the label presents a collection to the public twice annually at the Paris shows. So much for your lesson in rules governing super-expensive clothing that none of us will ever be able to afford. Now let’s steal some of their tricks and make our clothes a little nicer!

A Femme’s Guide to Improvement: The Multi-Purpose Wooden Pallet

I finally managed to act on my wishful thinking and drag home a wooden shipping pallet. You know the type: They’re always stacked outside stores, waiting for whoever hauls them away to haul them away. The same type of pallet you’ll see in “upcycled,” “repurposed,” “reclaimed” projects everywhere, done by people who seem reluctant to call them “OMG FREE WOOD FROM THE SIDEWALK” projects.

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