DIY bottle holder lets babies feed themselves

DIY bottle holder lets babies feed themselves. Photo credit: sueb262/Instructables #parenthacks

I already love the Oball by Rhino Toys — it's my #1 gift for new babies. But THIS hack? Damn smart. From sueb262: From the very first, my granddaughter has been independent. When she was about 2 months old, she started trying to hold her bottle herself, but it was too big for her hands […]

Your turn: Creative uses for…the binder clip

Binder clip iPhone Stand. Photo credit: Rich Sipe

I love "new uses for old things" -style tips. The cheapskate declutterer in me can't resist a) reusing an item I already have and/or b) avoiding buying another "unitasker" which will eventually make its way into the giveaway pile. As I've been sifting through the archives for book research, I've discovered that we've got the makings […]

Why “art career” isn’t a contradiction in terms: my behind the scenes look at “The Boxtrolls”

Adjusting props on the set of The Boxtrolls

Last Spring I was invited to LAIKA for a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how The Boxtrolls was made. “Behind-the-scenes” anything is fascinating. But I was especially excited to learn about (and share with you) an example of a vital workplace filled with artists and technicians. Especially because my daughter is a budding artist herself.