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MonW, it's actually really easy to cut glass (mirror, too), especially in the straight lines typically required for frames. Here's a guide:

That lets you trim down larger pieces to fit whatever frame you like. Note, though, that glass generally gets more brittle as it ages, so older pieces may be harder to cut without breaking.

Found It? Buy It: ALWAYS Snap Up These 8 No-Regret Items At Garage Sales, Flea Markets and Thrift Stores
7/19/14 07:23 AM

Ditto everything MCW2009 said. Also, if your cats just won't leave your herbs alone (or if you really want to grow something they should never ingest), you could get a small indoor greenhouse for them, something like this:

Tips for Growing an Indoor Herb Garden? Good Questions
7/14/14 11:04 PM

pjohnso, thanks for that video -- great!

Best Wedding Cake Frosting to Handle Summer Heat? Good Questions
7/12/14 01:55 PM

JasonJones, the large plant in the first photo looks like a fiddle-leaf fig.

On the subject of books turned spine in: I, too, am bemused by it. If you want to have books but don't want them visible, it seems so much more practical -- not to mention like it offers far more design possibilities -- to hide the books in some manner, whether that's stowing them accessibly out of sight (spine-up in styled containers or underbed storage bins?), shelving them behind a cabinet door or color-matched fabric or artwork, etc.

10 Ideas to Steal from Rue Magazine's Small Space Issue
7/12/14 12:32 PM

Neatly just takes a bit of care. Align points and edges cleanly before making the actual crease, and you'll be fine. Getting fast at it takes a bit of practice, but not much.

Sharply is easy: run something hard (that won't snag the napkin) along each fold when you make it. This can be just pressing with a fingernail and sliding it along the crease, or using the edge of a piece of silverware or whatever you like.

An easy one to start with is the basic standing fan. It looks impressive, but is simple enough that I learned it at age 6 from being shown it once -- a local restaurant presented all their napkins that way, on a family dinner outing I asked how they made the "peacocks," and a kind waiter demonstrated. It works with paper or any sufficiently non-floppy cloth, and you don't have to press your creases. You can make them in advance, too, storing them in flat stacks and saving the final "open it out" step for when you put them on the table.

Origami Napkins
7/11/14 10:08 AM

Pretty, but yeah, looks awfully messy. Maybe instead doing sideways layering (it's sorbet, so somewhat sculptable) into orange halves as bowls, and serving with a spoon? Or just dishing it out straight from half a watermelon into other serving containers, possiby garnishing with melon balls?

What Summer Dreams Look Like: Watermelon Sorbet Wedges Delicious Links
7/11/14 09:46 AM

I'm late to the party, I know. Good, fun, motivating post. I have to comment, though, on "That copy of the DaVinci Code that we never read, but was on permanent loan from we-forget-who, is out the door."

Sometimes we wind up with things and no longer remember where they're from, or know that whoever "loaned" something to us never wanted it back, but my general principle is always to do my best to return anything borrowed. Even if I don't remember where it's from, its owner might well want it back, and asking a few friends who are its most likely source can restore a stray item to its true home.

10 Things We Should Have Gotten Rid of a Long Time Ago
7/10/14 12:23 AM

Cute -- but for roughly the price of those 12 folded napkins, you can get a book on napkin folding, and make many different folds yourself out of any paper or cloth napkins you like, ad infinitum. And if you don't want to buy a book, you can always go to the library or simply do a web search.

Origami Napkins
6/30/14 08:33 AM

If you want really, really smooth white chocolate -- say, for an ultracreamy cheesecake -- try Lindt. People who don't like white chocolate usually tend to enjoy it, too, often to their surprise.

What to Look for When Buying White Chocolate Ingredient Intelligence
6/13/14 11:16 PM

I just made this for the first time, for a coworker's birthday, and MMMmmmmmmm. I made a third more batter so I could have a layer stay at home; doubling the caramel was more than enough (with a couple of dangerous cups left over for additional drizzling/icecream/guzzling/whatever), even though I tripled the frosting so I could also frost the sides.

His cake was completely devoured before lunch time, amid multiple recipe requests.

Nisha.jassal, to answer your questions (in case you haven't already tried it for yourself):

1) I baked the cake yesterday evening and simply let it cool in the pans overnight; it was fine this morning when I got up to frost it (I think I dreamed about that caramel sauce overnight -- it's pretty glorious), but if I'd been waiting much longer I'd've stacked the layers in an airtight cake caddy, separated by parchment or waxed paper, and stuck the caddy in the fridge for the duration.

2) Peanut butter and chocolate frosting: Depends on your frosting. The cake tastes like a sweet, cakey banana bread, and is quite moist. The caramel sauce is deliciously salty, and there's enough in the frosting to make it a nice complement to the cake. You might add a bit of salt to your PB&C frosting. Taste and see!

Recipe: Caramel Banana Cake Recipes from The Kitchn
6/10/14 08:59 PM

Neat trays, which could make some really pretty ice (a bit of herb or fruit, or an edible flower in each perfect cube? tasty art!). One US fluid ounce equals two tablespoons, for volume conversions.

Tovolo Perfect Cube Silicone Ice Cube Trays
5/12/14 08:53 AM

Instead of buying a sprig or bunch of clipped herbs, you could buy a small sage plant if you have a sunny spot indoors (or want to put a grow bulb in a regular lamp). They grow pretty well in a pot if you keep them watered, and are widely available in a variety of different pretty leaf looks anywhere that sells garden plants. That way, you could enjoy it year round and simply pinch off as many leaves as you need whenever you like, with no need to buy cut herbs again.

What Are Some Great Ways to Use Up Leftover Sage? Good Questions
5/6/14 09:21 AM

Jaaa, I agree! (Ja, Jaaa!)

Nerak1818, you could look for larger containers for the spices that don't fit in the jars you have (if they don't come magnetic, you could stick magnets on them), or put what doesn't fit in one jar into a one, or stick magnets on your leftover containers. Or put all your leftovers into one bin that you can stow somewhere, then "shop" that bin before you buy more spices.

Spice Storage Before & After: A Tiny Corner Cabinet Gets Neatly Organized Reader Kitchen Project
5/5/14 10:53 AM

Big improvement! I wonder what the cabinet manufacturer had in mind for such a funny little space.

I like the jars. If the lids are already magnetic, and if you ever want to fit more in that cupboard, you can probably ditch the thick-and-narrow magnetic knife racks and replace them with sheets of stainless steel. By getting vertical strips cut either to just fit between the peg holes, or to fully cover each wall of the cabinet (and the door?) and drilling to match the peg holes, you could have a lot more flexibility in jar placement and could still add the shelves in anywhere you might someday wish.

Spice Storage Before & After: A Tiny Corner Cabinet Gets Neatly Organized Reader Kitchen Project
5/5/14 09:38 AM

My worry is not about the time, it's about them being potentially difficult to get all the way clean. If those eyes are darker wood, with a smooth join, more thought has indeed gone into them.

Kids Wooden Plates from Poketo
5/1/14 07:29 PM

Whatever you choose, I'd love to see pictures of the end result!

Material Ideas for Finishing Fire-Feature Wall? Good Questions
5/1/14 09:17 AM

esausville, have you tried eBay? Some sellers try to price gauge; however, as with thrifting, you can find good deals if you keep looking -- but with a much broader search range.

On Buying a New Set of Dishes: What Do You Recommend? Reader Intelligence Request
5/1/14 09:14 AM

Are the eyes holes, or are they filled in? If the former, I wouldn't want to use these for food, because that'd be a pain to clean, but they are indeed adorable. Maybe they'd be good as wall hangings or as a bedside/desk tray, especially the rabbit with the separate-well ears?

Kids Wooden Plates from Poketo
5/1/14 09:06 AM

More broadly than which brand or style to select:
* Choose dishes you love (matched or otherwise), will be happy to have family and friends eat from, and won't find frustrating to clean and store.
* IF you have the space and can afford it, get at least enough settings for the biggest dinner parties you can envision yourself hosting within the next decade (just your own immediate household? family Thanksgiving? big potlucks?) -- then a few more, if feasible, in case you misestimated or pieces break.
* If feasible for you, don't get separate sets for everyday and formal dining, but one group of dishes you'll be pleased with for any occasion. That'll let you enjoy your best dinnerware all the time, and spare you extra storage and moving.
* Not usually a huge deal, but consider the rest of your dining setup too. Lovely, earthy, handmade pottery sets, for instance, might not go as well with cut-and-faceted glasses, or extremly modern-looking silverware, or very formal furniture.

On Buying a New Set of Dishes: What Do You Recommend? Reader Intelligence Request
4/28/14 10:23 PM

Whups, sorry! Credit for desk-chair comment where it's due: to dudunox. (Per the floor plan but not appearing in the photos, there's yet another available chair, too, tucked into the bedroom corner.)

Small Space Lessons: Floorplan & Solutions From Kathryn's Lucky Location
4/18/14 12:11 PM