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How to Be Sassy

What's fun about being nice and shy? You wanna be sassy! Saucy, vivacious, bold -- all qualities that are enviable. Instead of blending in with the crowd, you stand out. Instead of going with the flow, you create it. You're the girl with that spicy, unstoppable attitude in any situation.


EditChanneling Your Sass

  1. Be a bit cheeky. This one toes the line, too. You want to be confident, not cocky. You want to be honest, but not hurtful. And you want to be cheeky, but not rude. Cheeky is when you say something where the words might be a little brash, but you say it with a smile on your face and you don't actually mean anything by it. It's a spice of attitude thrown in the mix! It's a pretty common term in British English; its closest American equivalent? A saucy smartass.

    • So the next time your friend texts you, "Hey, can I come over and play with you're ferret?" and you're sick and tired of your friend's typos, instead of responding with "Okay!" you opt for, "What?! I am ferret?! RUDE."

    • Being cheeky is meant to be fun. So when your English teacher asks you how Charles Marlow kept his slaves from running away and you didn't even open the book so you say, "...He cut off their feet!" it's with a wry smile on your face and not an angsty look of I-could-give-a-damn.

  2. Be quick with a comeback. When Shayla says she's leaving your party to go to a cooler one, you tell her she might want to change first so her shirt matches her shoes. Again -- it's with a coy smile and a laugh -- not a snip-snap, hair-tossed retort full of vitriol. It's just that when someone else wants to say something a little less than tactful, you show that you can be a little less than tactful, too. Play the game, baby!

    • Our buddy Bill Shakespeare said it best when he said, "I'd challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are unarmed."[1] Comebacks are sassy when they're disguised as a statement of fact or a question, as opposed to stating your opinion. Really, they're nicer on the outside than they are on the inside. Instead of saying, "Oi! Shut up!" You say, "Is your name Kanye West? It's not? Then stop interrupting me." Kinda like that. Or, next time your friend is talking about how awesome they are, you say, "I'd like to agree with you, but I don't want to be wrong." Zing!

  3. Be confident. If there's one thing that's true of all sassy girls, it's that they're confident. It takes knowing and loving yourself to have that gusto to do your own thing, to speak your mind, to not have the personality of a wilting wallflower. So to empower your inner sass, grab that confident girl within you and let her out! Because she's freakin' cool.

    • If being confident sounds like a challenge to you, it may be easiest to start on the outside in. True, confidence comes from the inside, but a little can seep in from the outside! Get dressed up, start feeling good on the outside, and act like you think a confident you might act. Practice makes habit, after all!

  4. Be funny. Might as well ask your pet ferret to recite soliloquys, huh? But you can't think of it like that -- everyone has a sense of humor; everyone has things that they find humorous. It's a human thing and it doesn't select for genes. So trust your gut -- if it makes you laugh, it probably makes someone else laugh, too!

    • Sassy girls tend to zero-in on two types of humor: humor at another's expense and humor at their expense (aka self-deprecating humor). Both are light-hearted, of course! So next time your friend has chocolate cake on their face all day, tell them, "You had chocolate cake on your face all day. Because you ate it alone. So. Very. Alone." And then when you have chocolate cake on your face all day, you tell everyone it's because you ate it alone. So. Very. Alone.[2]

  5. Be direct and honest. Once we hit 10 years old or so, we start unconsciously learning to not say what we have on our minds, girls especially. We learn to be nice, polite, and we definitely learn to avoid embarrassing ourselves. In learning that, we sort of lose our ability to be direct and honest. Well, to be sassy, you gotta get a little bit of that back!

    • This is, however, not an excuse to be mean. Sassy is not mean. So when your friend isn't pulling their weight on that group project of yours, it's not your place to say, "Yo. Check yourself before you wreck our grade, slacker." Instead, you're the one in the group with the moxie to say, "Hey. We're all working our butts off here. If you don't want to help, you're more than welcome to do a project alone, but we'd rather you chip in."

      • Yeah, some people will take your directness and honesty as being mean, but those are the people that expect you to be a doormat. As long as you're not going around hurting feelings for breakfast, you're fine.

  6. Be energetic. There's something about being sassy that is intrinsically fun. It's happy, it's bouncy, it's fun, and it's full of energy. If you're subdued, listless, and unenthused, your sassiness could easily just get mistaken for cynicism. A pep to your step keeps your sassiness fun and enviable.

    • The easiest way to seem energetic (without running around the room, which is not what we mean) is to be present. Instead of slouching over your phone and responding to questions with glazed-over looks or daydreaming in your own little world, get in the moment. Look at people when they talk and smile and nod. Ask questions. Joke around and flirt. Live in the moment.

EditActing Sassy

  1. Have fun! This is a lot like the above step, but it doesn't hurt to have the reminder that being sassy is a lot about having fun. Why wouldn't you? You're confident, energetic, and cracking people up (even if it's just you). So don't be afraid to create an atmosphere of awesome, regardless of the situation. Because with the right outlook, everything is and you are, too.

    • Seriously. Be that person that can have fun with anything. Did you get an extra-large slice of coffee cake at lunch today? SCORE. Uh oh. Did you spill that coffee cake on your shirt? Fashion show time! Stains are all the rage, you know. Is Becky looking at you funny, modeling your coffee cake stain? Just tell her if she can rock pit stains, you can rock the cake stains. (Said with a smile, of course.)

  2. Make your presence known. You know those people that manage to have some sort of invisibility power? They can walk into any room and practically no one notices? They stick to the wall, slink in and slink out, barely making a sound? Yeah, that's not you. You're too rambunctious for that. Being sassy is definitely something everyone notices!

    • So whether you're cracking jokes, telling stories, or putting on lunch-stain fashion shows, go for it. Don't shy away from all eyes being on you. And the best part? Your positive energy and vivaciousness will keep any party going. Not everybody can play that role!

  3. Speak your mind. To be the sassy one, you'll be the one comfortable saying what everybody is thinking. You don't get embarrassed by telling it like it is -- good or bad. So many people are afraid to ask for what they want or to even just give their true thoughts on the matter. Not you!

    • So when your teacher gives you 3 days to write that 5 page paper, you tell him that that's an illogical amount of time. When your crush tells a funny joke, you're not afraid to tell him how cute he is. And when your friend is wearing that pair of pants she should not be wearing, you tell her before anyone else notices.

  4. Make your body language sassy, too. Since you're confident, vivacious, and bold, your body language needs to match. What does a sassy girl seem like with her mouth shut? Here's a couple things:

    • Walk with your head high! Shoulders back and definitely not slouching. Too much confidence for that!

    • Don't shy away from eye contact. You've got things to say and other people do, too. Why not connect with them in the process?

    • Be flirty. Smile, touch the person you're interested in, laugh -- you know how it goes.

    • An eye roll or some other body equivalent (something like "talk to the hand," but less 1999) has its place in being sassy, too, but keep it to a minimum. That stuff gets negative pretty easily.

  5. Don't worry what others think. Just for the record, there's not a lot of room for it in the "being sassy" domain. Some people are gonna find your behavior off-putting; if you're a woman, some fiercely believe that women should be quiet and shy. And in addition to that, some people may be very sensitive and find your tell-it-like-it-is mentality to be hurtful. This is gonna happen. Listen to the remarks, sure. Some may have points. But if they don't, don't pay 'em any mind.

    • Being sassy is partly about knowing your audience. You may have a friend that can't handle your sarcasm or you poking fun at them. If that's the case, recognize this. You shouldn't have to change yourself for anyone, no, but you should have to consider their feelings.

EditIncreasing Your Sassy Factor

  1. Find a role model. Being sassy isn't exactly a stereotype that's easily accessible in modern society; however, that does seem to be slowly changing. There are more and more women in media who are stronger, bolder, and sassier by the minute. So find a role model and get some inspiration. Sometimes we need an example to follow!

    • Prominent examples that come to mind? Beyoncé, Ke$ha,Rhianna, even Taylor Swift has her sassy moments. Kristin Wiig, Jennifer Lawrence, and Tina Fey are good, too. Though your Aunt Jean isn't a bad idea, either!

  2. Dress stylishly. If a hobo is sassy, she's just being insubordinate and might be a little drunk. But if a girl who's rocking the style is being sassy, she's got the whole package. While it shouldn't have anything to do with the clothes you wear, it definitely helps. When your clothes have a punch of attitude, it'll be easier for you to feel the sass, too.

    • "Stylishly" is obviously relative. If you're into the punk scene, you're not gonna think haute couture is stylish. Trust whatever this word means to you. The important thing to take away from this is that your clothes have an effect on people -- including you. Can you imagine being sassy in a walrus outfit?

  3. Challenge your fears. There is something about sassy that is unafraid. It's willing to go outside of the box and do whatever it takes. So if being confident is easy, if speaking your mind is easy, take it to the next level and challenge your fears -- you'll be all the better for it. You'll be bolder and shine brighter. What's not to like?

    • So whether it's public speaking, heights, or slugs, challenge yourself. You're not afraid of challenging others, right? You call 'em out, you tell it like it is, you're honest -- so you have to be honest with yourself, too. It's only fair!

  4. Try something new. Sassy girls (and guys!) are dynamic and anything but boring. Since they can find joy and humor in just about anything, there's nothing they're not unwilling to try. So be the one in yoga class that also practices krav maga. Bring your ukulele to choir practice. Let your personality run free.

    • Don't be surprised when everyone else starts doing krav maga or playing the uke, too. The sassy ones are often the trendsetters, doing what other people are often too afraid to do.


  • Some people might get jealous and spread bad rumors about you, but don't let it bring you down. Sassy girls don't care about what people think; sassy girls just wanna have fun!

  • There will always be a few people who are easily offended, and will think of you as rude. Don't let it get to you or spoil your sass.

  • Don’t over do it, or you might be thought rude or a bit of a diva!

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How to Dye Glass

Clear glass can be dyed to look like pale sea glass. Whether you want to create blue mason jars or a colorful lighting fixture, dyeing the surface of the glass requires only a few supplies, a few minutes of work and extra drying time. Learn how to dye glass with waterproof paint or food coloring.


EditWater-Proof Glass Dyeing

  1. Find clear glass that you would like to color. These methods don’t work for dyeing glass surfaces that are used for eating. However, you can dye the opposite side of serving trays, pitchers and decanters that can be washed by hand.

  2. Clean and dry your glass. Use a dishwasher if possible, to ensure all dirt and grime is removed. If you are using a thin bottle, you may need to soak the bottle in soapy water before rinsing.

    • A decanter or bottle cleaning brush will reach into the bottle to remove food or grease residue. They are available online and in kitchen stores.

  3. Purchase glass paint in the color of your choice. You can find glass paint at large craft stores and online.

  4. Buy acetone-based nail polish remover. It is available in most drug stores. You can also purchase acetone at some craft stores since it is used as paint thinner.

  5. Cover your work area with newspapers or paper bags.

  6. Mix 1 tsp. (4.9 ml) of glass paint with 1/4 tsp. (1.2 ml) of acetone in a small plastic bowl. Mix together with a paintbrush. The acetone is used to thin the paint, so increase the amount of glass paint or paint thinner, depending upon the color you would like to achieve.

    • Remember that the glass paint will dry lighter than it appears at the start. Increase the paint thinner to dye the glass a subtle shade.

    • The amount you need is commensurate with the size of the project. Increase the amount of paint and acetone if it is a large project.

    • If you are dyeing a glass bottle, you can pour the glass paint and acetone directly into the interior of the bottle and mix it by shaking.

  7. Pour the mixed paint into the interior of the bottle or vase. Paint it onto the underside or outside of a bottle or tray if it will be used for serving food. Use a paintbrush to distribute the dye evenly.

    • Dyeing the outside of the surface can make it slightly tacky to the touch. It is recommended for surfaces that don’t have to be used or washed too often.

    • Swirl the paint around the interior of the bottle until it covers the entire area. Roll it around on a surface or turn it in the air slowly to coat the surface.

    • If your paint doesn’t seem to be distributing in an even coat, you have used too much acetone. Add more paint to the interior and mix again.

  8. Pour out excess glass paint from the bottle after you have coated the interior or exterior surface. Some accumulation will drip down into the bottom, but you want to avoid pools of glass paint.

  9. Set the glass aside to dry for 3 to 7 days. Allow the paint to cure for a week before pouring water into it.[1]

EditGlue Glass Dyeing

  1. Clean your clear glass thoroughly. This method of glass dyeing is faster and less expensive; however, it should not be used with glass that will get wet or serve food.

  2. Set up a workspace covered with wax paper.

  3. Experiment with food coloring shades. Adding your food coloring to glue is similar to adding food coloring to frosting. The Food Network has a guide for achieving vibrant shades, at http://ift.tt/1x81yYj.

    • Remember that your shade will dry to a lighter tint than it first appears.

  4. Mix a measurement of 1 tsp. (4.9 ml) of white glue or Mod Podge with 3 drops of food coloring and 1.5 tsp. (7.4 ml) of water. Use a disposable bowl and spoon to mix the dye.

  5. Paint the interior of the glass with a paintbrush. Your glass dye will go further if you paint the surface with a broad brush. However, you can also pour the glue mixture into a jar and swirl it around.

    • The swirl method may result in more dripping and drip marks.

  6. Place your jar upside down on a piece of wax paper. Allow it to rest for 6 hours, or until it stops dripping. Excess dye will accumulate at the mouth of a jar.

    • If you are dyeing a flat surface, simply lay it face up.

  7. Turn the glass jar or bottle over and let it dry for 12 hours. Once the glass appears tinted, rather than painted, it is ready to use for decoration. [2]

EditThings You'll Need

  • Clear glass

  • Bottle cleaning brush

  • Acetone nail polish remover

  • Glass paint

  • Small bowl

  • Broad paintbrush

  • Newspaper

  • Wax paper

  • Food coloring

  • White glue/Mod Podge

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How to Build a Wooden Louvered Gable Vent

Although you can buy manufactured gable vents, you might want to build your own wooden vent that matches your home or building's exterior out of wood. This article will show you how it can be done.

EditMaterial list (basic)

  • Cedar or other weather resistant lumber, 10- 1X6 by 6 foot rough sawn cedar privacy fence boards

  • Treated southern yellow pine 2- 1X4 by 8 foot boards without large or loose knots

  • Aluminum insect screen 2 foot by 6 foot

  • Fasteners of choice


  1. Measure the gable to decide how large a vent you can put into it and to determine the pitch of the roof if you want your vent to match it. This article will describe construction of one that fits the center of the gable underneath the roof flashing.

  2. Figure out how much lumber you will need and what type you will use. Rough sawn cedar is used in the images here for durability and appearance, but any weather resistant lumber can be used. If you want to get exact material requirements, you may need to produce a scale drawing with specific nominal dimension lumber lengths and sizes.

  3. Assemble other tools and materials you will use for the project. See Things You'll Need for tools and other items, below. A table saw, a work table, a compound miter saw, and a finish nailer are very helpful for the project.

  4. Lay out the shape and size of your vent on a flat work table or sheet of plywood. Drawing it here to scale will allow for determining accurate lengths and angles, and to help you position the pieces together for fastening.

  5. Rip the louver boards on a bevel. 22.5 degrees is generally enough, but 30 or even 45 degrees may be preferred. If you measure carefully and cut with a table saw, you should be able to get two vanes from each board, assuming you are using 1X6 cedar fence boards. These will be the stock cut for vanes later.

  6. Cut the face frame (1X4 treated southern yellow pine in images, used for strength, not appearance) to the sizes and angles established from your layout. A miter saw is helpful in getting accurate angle cuts.

  7. Assemble the face frame using finish nails or screws, then test fit on the gable where it will be installed. You may want to scribe the inside dimension while doing this to make cutting the hole in the siding easier later on.

  8. Cut the louver vane frame, again, using the layout for lengths and angles. The frame should be at least 3/4 inch deeper than the width of your vanes to make sure it doesn't leak.

  9. Attach the vane frame to the face frame, caulking the seam with a waterproof sealant and using rust resistant wood screws.

  10. Cut a compound angle on one end of a piece of the vane stock ripped earlier. The width angle will be 45 degrees, the bevel should be about 30 degrees, with both long points facing the same direction and opposite the direction of the bevel on the edge of the stock.

  11. Place the stock so it fits within the vane frame to determine the overall length of this first vane. You can check the fit of the angles approximately at this time but until the opposite end is cut, it isn't possible to do exactly.

  12. Mark the approximate length of the vane, and cut it an inch or so longer than needed to allow for angle adjustments when it is fit into position.

  13. Try the vane when it cut to see how well the angles fit. Make scribed adjustments and check the angles on the saw so later cuts on the next vanes will all be the same.

  14. Mark the frame about 3 inches higher up and measure the difference in length form you longest vane to this one. If it is ten inches shorter, you can reduce the length of subsequent vanes by the same amount to space them equally without measuring each one.

  15. Cut all the vanes needed to complete the louver. Make sure each angle is cut so it faces the same way in relation to other angles and sort them by length.

  16. Begin installing the vanes working from the shortest (top) to the longest, nailing each end, and keeping the vanes flush with the bottom (back) of the face frame so insect screening can be stapled to them later.

  17. Turn the louver over to complete nailing from the back side where the ends are more easily accessed. Use a finish nailer with corrosion resistant nails or corrosion resistant screws and a screw gun depending on your preference. Remember, the louver will be exposed to weather conditions, so it should be built securely to prevent wind damage that will result in leaks into your building.

  18. Caulk, then paint or stain the louver if desired.

  19. Place the louver on the table with the back up, and stretch the aluminum insect screen on it. Staple it in place with 1/4 inch galvanized staples. Make sure to staple through the screen into the louver vanes to help prevent them from bowing or loosening.

  20. Cut the hole in the gable siding and install your new louver.


  • Use suitable lumber for this exterior building project. Western cedar privacy fence boards have an attractive rough sawn surface and are weather resistant and light weight making them a good choice, but treated pine can be used for the frame securing it to the gable for strength.

  • Caulk and paint the project before installing if possible.

  • A compound miter saw, table saw, and pneumatic nailer make the job easier.

  • Setting up a work table will make lay out and assembly easier.


  • Secure parts with strong fasteners to prevent failure and a potential leak into your structure.

  • Use appropriate personal protective devices using power tools.

EditThings You'll Need

  • Work table, saw horses, or other work place

  • Miter, table, and circular saws

  • Lumber of choice, see material list

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