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Squeezing paint into a mint tin, for art

I've had tiny palettes on the brain lately. I think it's one of those things where I swear I'm going to do [x] (paint) more because I have [y] (a tiny paint palette). I thought really hard about getting a fancy small wooden palette (as seen in this tiny palette mega review by Leslie Stroz), but decided against it in favor of engineering one out of a mint tin.

I love putting random shit in mint tins. I already keep my small cross stitching projects in one (you would be shocked at the amount of embroidery floss you can stuff into one Altoids tin), so I might as well keep the ball rolling.

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Improving my life by putting things on a metal cart

A few years ago, I got one of those carts everyone and their mom seems to have. I don't use it as a cart 99% of the time, but it's easier to move around than a shelf if I do need to move it. I recently got the impulse to consolidate most of my art supplies onto it for easy access, so I am here to share the results of that organization with you, the audience.

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A cheapskate's Traveler's Notebook setup

I bought a Traveler's Notebook cover last year, mainly because they released an olive edition and I'm me, but I also liked the idea of a modular notebook. I continued liking the idea and doing absolutely nothing else with it for 6 months. But now I've gotten off my ass and started using the damn thing for real! And definitely not in the way the company wants you to use it!

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Destroying pins to make needleminders

I got into embroidery fairly recently and was quickly bombarded by articles telling me I need a needleminder, a decorative magnet that you attach to the fabric and stick your needles on. I thought they were cute and handy but ultimately an unnecessary expense. But it occurred to me that a lot of needleminders are just the front part of an enamel pin. In theory, one should be able to rip the pin part of the pin off and glue a magnet to it. I gave it a try with an unused pin I had lying around, and it turns out you can (with a few possible caveats)!

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