Instead of Black Friday or Buy Nothing, Make Something Today
While I've never been one to wait in line outside the mall in the pre-dawn hours of the day after Thanksgiving, I've never really found the Black Friday alternative, Buy Nothing Day, all that compelling either. After all, "buying nothing" is not an activity. It's not a way to spend your post-Thanksgiving Friday. It's opting out of something, but not for something else.
I also come from a proud tradition of crafty Midwest ladies. In that spirit, I'll be turning Black Friday into Make Something Day. If you'd like to join me, here are six little projects I've had bookmarked for quite awhile. Take out your glue guns, folks. Let's get busy.
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This Moving Digital Project Allowed a North Korean Man to Finally Travel Home Eighty-eight year old Kim Gu-Hyeon hasn’t been to his village since 1947.
Choosing Hope Over Terror in Paris Hours before the start of global climate talks, thousands form a human chain across the stricken city.
Abused Lab Chimp Finds Friendship in an Unlikely Place “We’re happy she found something she loves.”
Skinny ties, via Design Mom
What's more tragic than finding a vintage tie in a great print, only to realize it's almost as wide as a human torso? Here's a way to turn clunky 70s neckwear into something sleek and modern.
Hanging succulent garden, via Skinny Laminx
These are very pretty. Now I just have to figure out how to keep the plants alive...
Lace-stenciled picture frame, via Craft
The print is just abstract enough that these frames won't look too lacy.