Author: Declan Cavanaugh

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I'm pretty sensitive to light when I sleep, so I prefer to have something covering my eyes if I’m trying to sleep while it's light out. Lately I’ve been waking up earlier than I’d like because of the early sunrises, so I decided to make a sleeping mask to help myself. This process involved some trial and error, so I’ll share what worked and what...

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Like any machine, a sewing machine works best when it is cared for. Whether you constantly work on sewing projects, or haven’t touched your machine in years, doing some simple maintenance is always a good idea to keep everything running smoothly. If you are an avid sewer, it may even be helpful to set a schedule for maintenance. Here are some ways you can keep...

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Granola is tasty, healthy, and pretty versatile. It can be used for many things in the kitchen, such as trail mix, parfaits, and bars. It can even be thrown into the batter for baked goods like pancakes, muffins, and cookies. Personally, I like to eat it like cereal and pour some oat milk over it.   Here’s What You Will Need:     4-5 cups old fashioned oats Salt ½ cup vegetable...

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At the IRL’s wood shop, you can cut elaborate designs into wood using a CNC laser cutter. At home, you might not have that kind of equipment but you likely have the tools necessary to make basic designs using the same principles. Believe it or not, a magnifying glass is all you need! Magnifying glasses can imitate the lasers on laser cutters by amplifying the...

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This summer, I’ve been experimenting with a lot of gardening projects at home. A few weeks ago, I saw something online about propagating basil “endlessly” in water, and I was curious to try it. It ended up working really well and it wasn’t very hard either. I highly recommend this project!     Basically, propagation is the process of creating new plants from one ‘parent’ plant. It’s a...

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Reducing your energy and water usage at home is good for the environment, and it can also save you some money on your utility bill each month! Here are just a few quick tips for an energy-efficient lifestyle.     Unplug electronics when not in use. Even if you aren’t charging your phone, a phone charger that is left plugged into the wall will continue to use...

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In this tutorial, you will learn how to turn an old t-shirt into a stylish, comfortable facemask you can wear outdoors. It’s quick, easy and does not require any sewing skills or a sewing machine! Here’s what you will need:   1 cotton t-shirt (at least 16” wide when you lay it flat) Scissors Ruler/measuring tape   The first step is cutting off the seam at the...

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Whether you are looking for a new hobby or just another way to pass the time, painting straight onto denim jackets can be a fun way to get creative and express yourself!    Here’s a list of materials you’ll need to get started: a denim jacket, acrylic paint, gac 900, paint brushes, a paint marker, and a poster board (optional). 1. Start by using a buttoning up the...

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This tutorial will show you how to make approximately ½ gallon of liquid soap out of 4 oz. of bar soap overnight. It only requires about 30 minutes of hands-on time, and you can find most (if not all) the materials you will need in your house. Here’s what you will need:   Materials 1 large pot ½ gallon of water Large spoon 4 oz. of bar...

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