ShopTalk: Daily DIY Diversions

Inexpensive ways to enliven your hours outside of the cubicle walls.

moleskine recipe journal!Chop Talk
Home chefs can use this new Moleskine recipe journal ($20 at Blick Art Materials; to order, call 212-533-2444) to document recipe hits and misses.
mini loom weaving kit!Dream Weaver
This mini loom weaving kit ($32) comes with everything you need to make one of two colorful projects. All you provide is the finger time.
correspondence stickers!Write On
Hell bent on bringing back the lost art of letter writing? Encourage your pen pals to write back with embossed stickers (fifteen for $10) that bear a cute, guilt-inducing poem.
sunography solar fabric kit!Solar System
You still have that cyanotype picture you made in sixth grade earth science somewhere. Now make a T-shirt with this solar-powered fabric kit ($20).
hudson valley seed set!Sprout This
Urban gardeners will delight in the sixteen varieties of heirloom seeds (spotted trout lettuce, calico popcorn) in this Hudson Valley Seed Library set ($52), featuring work from NY state artists.

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