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By S. Qiouyi Lu  /  June 25, 2015

I mentioned to @nicasiosilang that I once tried to explain intersectionality in Mandarin, but ended up with something along the lines of “the… the… feminism… but… more… [how do I say identities?]” To which Nicasio replied, “no no i love it, that on a tshirt: THE FEMINISM BUT MORE.” I had the supplies on hand […]

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Kintsugi Mending

By S. Qiouyi Lu  /  May 19, 2015
kintsugi patch

Kintsugi (金継ぎ) (Japanese: golden joinery) or Kintsukuroi (金繕い) (Japanese: golden repair) is the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-e technique. As a philosophy it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to […]

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Homecooked Roundup

By S. Qiouyi Lu  /  May 17, 2015
peaches and pork

I’ve finally started cooking again, and I figured I’d post a roundup once or twice a month to show what I’ve made. I don’t tend to link to recipes on Instagram (where the photos get posted first), but I’ll do so where possible here. 🙂 Let me know if you’re interested in a writeup for […]

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Gathered Flower Skirt

By S. Qiouyi Lu  /  May 16, 2015
Gathered floral skirt

Wardrobe expansion part two! I thought this fabric would lend itself nicely to a cute gathered skirt, and I wanted to learn how to add side pockets through this project. I also added interfacing to fabric for the first time, and the reinforcement really helped to keep the waistband smooth and flat. I didn’t pattern-match […]

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Mathematical! Skirt

By S. Qiouyi Lu  /  May 14, 2015
Mathematical! Skirt

Long time no update! I’ve been too lazy to update this blog and document DIY stuff in detail. I do post snapshots to my Instagram, so follow me there if you want more frequent pictures. I recently applied the KonMari method to my townhouse. The good news is that everything is neat and organized, yay! […]

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Black Widow T-shirt and Necklace

By S. Qiouyi Lu  /  March 18, 2015

I knew after making my Captain America floral shield sweater that my next project would be a Black Widow T-shirt. However, instead of using floral fabric, I wanted something with more of a watercolor feel—one of the lines from The Avengers that stuck with me is, “I’ve got red in my ledger—I’d like to wipe it […]

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DIY Pleated Skirt

By S. Qiouyi Lu  /  March 15, 2015

I’ve wanted to wear hanfu for a long time, but wearing a traditional hanfu stateside would make me stand out more than I would in China, where even Chinese people have all but stopped wearing traditional hanfu. But, after seeing the work that Leesle has done, I feel more confident that I can fulfill my […]

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Gusseted Drawstring Bag

By S. Qiouyi Lu  /  March 13, 2015

My friend Jena’s grandmother passed away recently. As Jena’s in New York and I’m in Ohio, I wasn’t able to visit her while she was sitting shiva, but I still wanted to send her a small condolence gift. I went down to the Short North in Columbus and got a letterpress sympathy card from Tigertree. […]

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DIY Postal Frame

By S. Qiouyi Lu  /  March 11, 2015

I’ve started creating what I call “laundry line frames” as a convenient display for items that I either don’t want to frame or that would be rendered nonfunctional by framing (like items that need to be unfolded to be read). It’s a fun repurposing of old frames and usually costs around $10–$15 in materials to […]

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Umbra Showcase Shelves

By S. Qiouyi Lu  /  March 8, 2015

I’ve been struggling to find small shelves to display a couple items I have in my home gallery. Target and Lowe’s do have wall shelves, but they’re both too large and too expensive. The only shelves that fit my needs were Umbra showcase shelves, available from the Container Store and from Amazon. They’re still a […]

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Bishop Is My Business

By S. Qiouyi Lu  /  March 7, 2015

I adore Matt Fraction‘s run of Hawkeye, because both the writing and the art are amazing. I love that it’s as much about Kate Bishop as it is about Clint Barton. Kate’s idealism, independence, and stubbornness remind me of myself sometimes. I also like that there’s room to read her as Asian, especially with the way David […]

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femme is not compliance

By S. Qiouyi Lu  /  March 4, 2015

I’ve been having complicated feelings about gender and how I, as a nonbinary femme person, fit into women’s spaces and women’s narratives. I’ve previously identified as a woman, but I haven’t been identifying that way for the past couple of years at least. Yet I’m read by the world as a cis woman, and that […]

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Captain America Floral Shield Sweater

By S. Qiouyi Lu  /  March 3, 2015

tehnakki’s Captain America floral shield sweater showed up on my Tumblr dash the other day, and I instantly fell in love with it. tehnakki was gracious enough to provide a PDF to a pattern, which can be downloaded from the original post or via my mirror link here. Altogether, it probably took me about 2.5 […]

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Sparkling Orange Blossom Lemonade

By S. Qiouyi Lu  /  February 27, 2015
orange blossoms

Hello world, and welcome to Mintly Life! I’ll be posting recipes, DIY instructions, and other fun domestic stuff. Thanks to Iuri and Nao for encouraging me to start my own lifestyle blog. 🙂 This recipe has a couple of inspirations. First, about a week ago, I followed a recipe for gunpowder lemonade from Afro-Vegan by Bryant […]

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This is an archive of an inactive blog. My thoughts and opinions may have changed since the publication of these posts.

Me and Adventure Time princesses in the Short North
Me and Adventure Time princesses in the Short North

Hi everyone! I'm Stephany, a 20-something grad student in linguistics who loves doing any kind of DIY stuff. You'll find recipes and instructions for arts and crafts here, plus whatever other lifestyle posts strike my fancy. Feel free to leave questions and comments on my posts or send a private message. If referencing me in the third person, please use they/them pronouns. Thanks, and enjoy your stay!

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