By: Evan M. Lopez
At first, I was afraid that asking people to get involved in this year's DIY Gift Guide was a bit like begging Google for its secret algorithm, pro bono. I had to persuade some of the city's best cooks, gardeners, artists and business owners to hand over step-by-step instructions to their life's work — for free — all so our readers could give their beloveds something handmade and homegrown for the holidays.
I expected, at best, a few dropped calls.
Instead, the average response went something like this: "YES YES YES YES YES!" read an e-mail from Jeremy Lauder, the Derisory Designs owner who taught me how to screen print a T-shirt. Other people's reactions weren't quite as capitalized, but were just as gracious. When I nervously bugged Margaux Kent, founder of The Black Spot Books, at least 73 times to help me get the stitching on her hand-bound books just right, she laughed. "Of course I'll help," she said. "And stop saying 'sorry for asking' so many times."
Sure, on some level, publicity was probably a motivating factor. But don't take that thought too far, Scrooge. A good, healthy part of it also came from pure, wholesome, Google-size holiday cheer.
Gift Photos by Neal Santos