Saturday, November 24, 2012

Crafting for Kitties: DIY Scratch Wheel

 Anyone who knows me, knows I love my cats. Ever since we brought these two little furballs home nearly a year ago, they have made my life so much more fun and entertaining (which is really saying something - my life is pretty sweet).

Perhaps not surprisingly, Thailand stores don't exactly cater to doting kitty mammas who want their little fur babies to have the very best of everything. However, much like human babies, I suspect kittens do not need nearly as much store bought crap as we think they do. I do want my girls to have easy access to things to scratch, however; I love my cats, and I also love my yoga mats and do not want claw marks all over them. Luckily this homemade scratching wheel takes care of their urge to scratch and my mats (and other household items) remain fantastically claw-free.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Shop Handmade!

The holiday season is fast approaching and although I'm a long ways away from any shopping mall, I am pretty sure the Christmas carols are blasting out the speakers and every shiny glass window is decorated with red and green, and signs telling you to bust out your credit cards so their corporate CEOs can have nice fat Christmas bonuses.

Now I'm not trying to be a total downer and tell people not to celebrate Christmas, if that's what you want to do (or any other winter holiday, of course). However, I do propose that if you decide to use this time of year to buy gifts for others (or yourself) that you do so consciously. I urge you to shop handmade, buying from artists, crafters, creators, and free thinkers rather than random big box stores and corporations who use teams of researchers, PR people, and marketing specialists to convince you that your life will be better if you buy, buy, BUY their products.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Totally 80's Legwarmer How-To (Neon Optional)

I love Halloween, and this year decided to dress up as an 80's aerobics instructor. I figured it was fun, comfy, and relatively easy given my yoga-centric wardrobe. One thing I was lacking though was a rockin' pair of neon legwarmers. No problemo- it had been a long time since I'd done any knitting, although I had a few of my needles, and for whatever reason the nearby store that sells everything from bathroom pipes to eggs to refrigerators to nail polish had lots of choice of neon yard. Weird? Yes, but not surprising in Thailand. So, I picked up a few colours- neon turquoise, pink, and yellow, and whipped these up. The pattern is really easy, and you can pick whatever colors you like - neon totally optional! Halloween costumes aside, legwarmers are a great way to cuddle your calves during chilly yoga sessions (or commutes to the studio), to wear under boots, or just for fun. Here's how: