Friday, August 22, 2014

Take a FREE Craftsy Class!

Obviously, I'm all about Craftsy. I write knitting, crochet, and sewing posts for their blog, plus I use Craftsy for my own personal craft obsession.

If you've never tried Craftsy's classes, now's the time! Craftsy offers free mini classes to give you a little taste of what it's like to learn via video. Here's the full list of Craftsy free mini classes to choose from, and here are a few of my favorites:

Note that the links in this post are affiliate links. If you enroll in any of the classes, I will receive compensation.


I'm ashamed to admit it, but even with 5+ years working at Martha Stewart under my belt, I still didn't know how to properly chop an onion. The Complete Knife Skills class shows you how, plus talks about different types of knives and how to use them. It's super handy, even if you're just cooking for yourself.


The best part about this class is when Deb takes you to the market to see all the adorable sheep. Of course, Know Your Wool is also awesome for helping you pick out wool for your next knitting project. You'll know ahead of time whether that pretty merino is going to pill or be itchy!


For me, one of the biggest sewing challenges is inserting a zipper. I like to refer back to this Mastering Zipper Techniques class whenever I run into an issue, so that I can ensure I won't have to break out that seam ripper again.

None of these classes tickle your fancy? See the full list of Craftsy free mini classes here, including classes in cooking, photography, and more. Have fun!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Super Quick DIY: How to Hide an Ugly Wall

Alex and I just moved into a house that was built in 1905. Though we love the house, there are a few quirks. Translation: we have some slanted floors, a few very odd closets, and some ugly walls.

There's one particular place where the stairs create a little slant in the wall. Alex thought it would be cool to put something there, but everything we had, including a few canvas paintings, were too heavy. Fortunately, fabric saved the day.



We dug through my fabric stash and found a piece of fabric we both loved. (It's an Anna Maria Horner fabric from her Innocent Crush collection.) I sewed a little 1/2" hem around the entire piece, and then we just tacked it to the wall. The whole thing took less than 15 minutes!

 
How do you hide ugly walls?