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hand stamp some tea towels

posted June 13, 2014 by Maria |

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turn a plain tea towel into something bright and delightful with a hand-carved vegetable (or two).

 

what you’ll need:

1. Supplies

plain tea towel

acrylic or fabric paint in your favorite colors

potato, carrot or other produce of choice

paring knife

paint brush (optional)

what to do:

2. Carve Stamps

1. cut and carve your vegetable into a unique pattern to make a stamp.

3. Paint Stamp

2. smooth out your tea towel on a flat surface. (tip: you can lay paper towels or scrap paper underneath if you don’t want the paint to bleed through.) then use the paintbrush to evenly coat your vegetable stamp with a color of your choice.

4. Stamp Towel

3. get your stamp on and let dry. the end.

5. Ann finished project

method’s craft pod meets each month to make a creative project. see what we made last month here. and if you followed the instructions above, we’d love to see what you made. post a pic to the comments section.

 

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easy DIY mother’s day gift

posted May 6, 2014 by Maria |

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still need to get something special for mom this mother’s day? make your own work of art with a little help from our craft pod.

what you’ll need:

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sand paper

paint brushes

painter’s tape

block of wood

acrylic paint in your favorite colors

hooks + binder clips

glue gun (optional)

chalkboard paint (optional)

what to do:

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1. smooth out any uneven surfaces on your block of wood with sandpaper.

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2. use the painter’s tape to cover the parts you don’t want paint to hit and create your own design—bold stripes, borders, blocks of color…whatever your creative heart desires. then, apply your first coat of paint and let dry. repeat with additional coats until you’re satisfied.

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3. once the paint is completely dry, slowly peel off the tape.

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5. put the finishing touches on your piece of wood. need some ideas?

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method’s craft pod meets each month to make a creative project. check back in for more DIY posts. and if you followed the instructions above, we’d love to see what you made. post a pic to the comments section.

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5 ways to win at ping pong

posted April 28, 2014 by Maria |

 

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if there’s one thing you need to know about method (aside from the fact that we make awesome cleaning products), it’s that we take ping pong very seriously. we recently completed our  annual march madness ping pong doubles tournament, with lucy s.+ josh paddling in for the win. below, they share some of their best kept ping pong secrets (even if it’s lucy doing most of the talking):

1. three words: low. cut. shirts. three more words: on josh, obviously.

2. look the part. josh has his own 29-year-old paddle, which he keeps in his desk drawer. he saved the money he made working at a deli in high school to buy it—and it psyches people out. it’s kind of like having your own bowling ball. are you good at bowling? maybe. but when you roll in with your own bowling ball, you’d better believe people take notice. if you’re lucky, they’re like, “hey dude, great bowling ball. can i buy you a pretzel?” by the way, josh takes his pretzels with mustard.

3. play up your strengths. josh has a crazy top spin-slicey serve that is nearly impossible to return. my skill is getting the ball over the net 80% of the time. together, we’re like katniss and peeta, united in victory. but just to be clear, josh has a lovely wife, sally, who also works at method (hi sally!), and i have a husband who came into the office during the playoffs and wondered why we were all drinking at 3 p.m. on a wednesday.

4. practice, or not. josh doesn’t practice because he doesn’t want people to scope his game. i practice a lot, which perhaps made people think i was faking at  being mediocre. that, of course, would have taken more talent than just being good. so, it was like reverse-reverse psychology. which i guess just makes it psychology.

5. as in all things in life, just get the ball over the net. maybe they return it handily. maybe it comes back at you faster than you sent it. maybe it hits you in the boob. but every once in a while, it’s a point. and enough of those is a win.

stay tuned as lucy + josh play dirk + bob from Ecover in our people against dirty® global championships on may 1st. want to see pics from past ping pong finals? just click here and here.

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inspired by: modern naturals

posted October 9, 2013 by meagan |

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our modern naturals collection for Target was inspired by the organic patterns and textures found in nature: wood grains, natural stone, fall and winter foliage, and ancient textiles. just in time for fall, we found these simple ideas for incorporating the warm, rustic modern naturals sensibility into your home decor. our silver birch, plumeria, or dulce de leche hand wash would look perfect next to that marble sink, don’t you think?

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ditch dirt at the door

posted October 1, 2013 by meagan |

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quick tip: shoe track in tons of dirt, grime, and toxins, especially in urban areas. ditch dirt at the door by creating a space for shoes and boots in the entryway with a decorative metal or water-proofed tray. keep the area nice and tidy in preparation for autumn rains and cold weather.

photo credit: Real Simple
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