Jewish Journal

DIY: Mock Chalkboard Art

By Julie Bien

November 26, 2013 | 11:15 am

Kurt Vonnegut would approve. I hope.

I'll admit it. I have a decorating problem--I get bored with my walls, but don't exactly have the budget to refresh the art every year. I also have a thing for 'word art' (is that even a... read on

  • Why I DIY: From illness comes creativity

    By Julie Bien

    November 13, 2013 | 10:37 am

    It started with an inflamed spleen and liver.

    I was forbidden from doing anything that could rupture either of the two organs, including getting in a car. In the unfortunate event that the driver (or I) had to slam on the breaks, the seatbelt could instantly rupture one or both... read on

  • Thrifty gifts: DIY candles in a cup

    By Julie Bien

    November 11, 2013 | 11:50 am

    With birthdays, housewarmings and various celebrations sprinkled throughout the year, it's always good to have an easy-to-make/easy-on-the-wallet gift to give.

    This gift is most cost-effective when done in bulk (at least 4 or 5 candles) but it's not expensive if you only want to... read on

  • Have olive oil, will travel: Cooking soothes the soul

    By Julie Bien

    November 6, 2013 | 10:54 am

    I absolutely love food. I can wax poetic about a falafel ball with  the same enthusiasm that Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote about love. My relationship with dark-roast coffee can only be described as one of dependence. Don’t even get me started on the exquisiteness of the scallop... read on




Hi. I’m Julie Bien.

I’m a writing, blogging, coffee-drinking machine.

I also have a thing for sustainability, organic gardening, cooking, and easy crafting. I’m like Martha...

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