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Worth Talking About Wednesday: DIY Infinity Scarf

Just when you thought you knew what to expect with “Worth Talking About Wednesday,” I’m mixing up the template a little bit this week: Rather than showcase a few things that are worth talking about, I am focusing on just one topic this week.

I know. Hold onto your seats.

DIY Infinity Scarf

This is worth talking about for a few reasons.

  1. Infinity scarves are neat concepts, but dang-it if they aren’t expensive. It’s a circle of comfortable fabric — why does that require are $20+ price tag?
  2. This is a very easy DIY project even with no sewing machine. I did it. You can do it.
  3. My Martha Stewart streak doesn’t seem to be letting up.

What you need:

  • Old sweater, sweatshirt or t-shirt
  • Scissors
  • Sewing pins
  • Embroidery floss
  • Embroidery needle

Directions:

  • Lay the sweater out on the floor.

  • Cut a horizontal line across the sweater, just underneath the sleeves.
  • Fold that in half vertically to measure two equal sections. Cut across. You should now have two equally sized tubes.

  • Horizontally cut each tube. Now you should have two, long and equally sized rectangles.
  • Thread the needle. Pin the end of one rectangles to the other, so the ends are overlapping about 1/2″.

  • Sew the ends together with a running stitch. Overlap at the sides, so the fabric doesn’t fray.
  • Repeat with other ends of the rectangles, forming a large circle.

This took me barely any time at all. Love those kinds of projects!

Wrapped three-times around, the scarf was a perfect fit. It’s also perfect for weird self-portraits.

And… Not to leave you guys without some real Wednesday entertainment, here’s a picture that had me laughing this week.

Questions: What do you think is worth talking about this week?

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Channeling Martha Stewart

I made a wreath. That’s noteworthy, because I used to think they were elaborate decorations that only factories and/or Martha Stewart had the ability to craft.

Now I know that’s not true — and, if I can make a wreath, then anyone can make a wreath.

I started with three simple supplies: A straw circle (?), some yarn and a hot glue gun.

Scissors would help, too. Teeth would probably work in a pinch.

Then, I hot-glued one end of the yarn down and went to town on tightly winding the yarn around the wreath so there were no spaces between strands. This was a tedious process. I took me the whole episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians: Kim’s Fairy Tale Wedding show to finish it. In other words, it took me about the same length of time as Kim’s whole marriage.

Once the yarn was wrapped all the way around, I cut the strand and hot glued it down. Try to hot glue on the same side both times, so it can be the back of the wreath.

The whole thing was pretty monochromatic, so I sewed a few yo-yo rosettes, put a pin through them and covered the middle of each with a button, which I hot-glued down.

Much better!

Best of all, the rosettes are only pinned into the wreath, so I can replace them with seasonal decorations at other times of the year.

In other news, both Dan and I caved today and he gave me my birthday present. Eleven days early, smell-seven-shay-Shirley.

This is my “I’m eager to open this present” face, apparently.

At first, we made basic excuses like, “There’s no place to hide it” and “I actually deserve presents every day.”

But, it was no use and the gift was gifted. Ta-da!

A new iPod dock/stereo!

It’s honestly perfect, because it is a gift that both of us can enjoy. I’m selfless like that.

Friday Fragments

Last week, I came upon an article in the Washington Post by Jennifer LaRue Huget (who is one of my favorite health writers), about how a little bit of sugar is not incredibly dangerous.

I thought the article was particularly well done, because she broke down some of the science behind sugars and also explained why tracking dietary sugars can be a challenge. The gist of it is this: Our bodies need sugar, but the majority of it should come from natural sources, such as fruit. Only 5 percent of our daily calories should come from added sugars, such as table sugar, honey or high fructose corn syrup.

It can be difficult to differentiate between the types of sugars, however, because the FDA does not require them to be listed separately on labels.

That being said, Stephanie Dunbar, the director of clinical affairs for the American Diabetic Association, says that although sugar isn’t a health food, a little bit isn’t going to hurt anyone. Rather, as with most foods, it takes an excessive amount to do damage.

What do you think?