Jewish Journal

Why I DIY: From illness comes creativity

By Julie Bien

November 13, 2013 | 10:37 am

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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... 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

  • Clothing redux: Leggings into a cardigan

    By Julie Bien

    October 28, 2013 | 12:14 pm

    I'll be the first to admit it--I have a leggings problem. I have soooo many pairs it's ridiculous. Hate all you want, but those things are comfortable and perfect with a long tunic. But sometimes you need something else in your wardrobe, like a cardigan. So what can a girl do when... read on

  • 10 clever last-minute Halloween costumes for those who procrastinate!

    By Julie Bien

    October 21, 2013 | 10:32 am

    I love Halloween, and I love getting dressed-up. But for whatever reason, I'm terrible about pulling a costume together ahead of time (and I know I'm not the only one.) For that reason, I bring you a list of punny, cost effective and simple costumes that you can pull together asap.... read on

  • Make your own affordable and mostly-edible cleaning supplies

    By Julie Bien

    October 18, 2013 | 11:25 am

    Whatever your reason for not wanting to use chemical cleaners (they cost too much, you hate the smell of bleach, you're trying to save the environment, etc.) these four products will keep your house spic and span. And three of them taste good in stuff. BONUS!

    1. Baking Soda

    ... read on

  • Clothing redux: T-shirt to tank top

    By Julie Bien

    October 16, 2013 | 10:33 am

    No matter how little money I had in my bank account at my poorest post-grad school point (I was very, very broke) I always found myself with an abundance of oversized t-shirts. Out of a mix of necessity, craftiness, and caffeine-induced mania, I decided to teach myself how to... read on

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