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  • Festfalia, A Ford Festiva Flip Top Camper

    Instructables: exploring - outside
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    I've wanted to make a car into a flip top camper for some time and finally found the perfect vehicle for it, the humble Ford Festiva. Why choose such a small car? I believe that limitations breed creativity and I wanted high MPGs. This is not meant to be a step by step instructable but more of a gui...By: Nor-tea-aContinue Reading »
  • A Glimpse At Maker Faire Milwaukee

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    Caleb Kraft
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Maker Faire Milwaukee kicked off last weekend with tons of really cool things. Due to a fire in a Chicago airport, some of us didn’t get to make it to the event. Luckily Brian McCormick was able to attend and shot this great video for the world to enjoy. Filed […]Read more on MAKE
  • How to Remove Hard Water Stains

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    Tim Carter
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Quick Column Summary: white vinegar removes hard water spots soaking and patience is key vinegar can harm marble muriatic acid can be used, but it's POWERFUL There's a good chance you have to deal with hard water stains on many of your surfaces. Municipal water systems don't always deliver nice soft water to your home via the network of buried water mains. The white rings or spots you see on glasses, countertops, shiny faucets, shower doors, etc. are created when tap water evaporates and leaves behind the very tiny minerals and elements that are dissolved in the water. Calcium, calcium…
  • What We're Working On: Break Room Overhaul

    Home Improvement Made Easy on Doityourself.com
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:42 am
    There’s a ping pong table in the break room on the 10th floor of the DoItYourself Building. That translates to dings, dents, scuffs and outright holes in the wall from (over) enthusiastic ping ponging DIYers. In some other building they might bring in a crew of outsiders to fix things up, but being who we are we took it upon ourselves not just to repair the damage, but paint the walls, install a chair rail and add some edge to the room with 114 square feet of chalkboard paint. Replacing the Drywall There were three holes in the wall. The...
  • How to Tickle Feet

    How to of the Day
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    You can tickle feet by lighting touching a person's feet with a feather, soft-bristled brush, or even your fingers. There are a few techniques for getting the best results when it comes to tickling feet. Just make sure you're not tickling someone (too much) against his will, or there may be a lot of kicking involved! Steps Approaching Your Victim Choose your tickling tool. The fingers are very effective for tickling and have been used for this process for centuries. However, if you want to mix things up, a feather or a soft-bristle brush can also help you use some tickling tactics. It's up to…
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  • A Glimpse At Maker Faire Milwaukee

    Caleb Kraft
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Maker Faire Milwaukee kicked off last weekend with tons of really cool things. Due to a fire in a Chicago airport, some of us didn’t get to make it to the event. Luckily Brian McCormick was able to attend and shot this great video for the world to enjoy. Filed […]Read more on MAKE
  • 3D Printing A Samus Aran Costume From Metroid

    Krista Peryer
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    3D printing and cosplay make a great team with this Samus Aran suit. Read more on MAKE
  • DIY Faux Flesh Table Cloth

    Andrew Salomone
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    Stimulate your appetite for gory horror this Halloween with this macabre faux flesh table cloth tutorial by Instructables member and props specialist Tye Rannosaurus.Read more on MAKE
  • Ghost Gunner: A CNC Mill For Making Untraceable Guns

    Caleb Kraft
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    Defense Distributed, the group that has been making headlines by using 3D printers to make guns and gun parts has some new headline material. They’ve just released their own CNC Mill, called the Ghost Gunner, specifically aimed at manufacturing reliable firearm parts.  The term “Ghost Gunner” is a reference to […]Read more on MAKE
  • PBS’s How We Got To Now Reveals How Tinkerers Changed Our Lives

    Caleb Kraft
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    This new six-part series premieres at 9/8c on Wednesday, October 15.Read more on MAKE
 
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  • How to Remove Hard Water Stains

    Tim Carter
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Quick Column Summary: white vinegar removes hard water spots soaking and patience is key vinegar can harm marble muriatic acid can be used, but it's POWERFUL There's a good chance you have to deal with hard water stains on many of your surfaces. Municipal water systems don't always deliver nice soft water to your home via the network of buried water mains. The white rings or spots you see on glasses, countertops, shiny faucets, shower doors, etc. are created when tap water evaporates and leaves behind the very tiny minerals and elements that are dissolved in the water. Calcium, calcium…
  • Remove Paint From Brick

    Tim Carter
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    Chad Ewald, who lives in Stillwater, MN - a place mentioned in  Roger Stelljes' Deadly Stillwater book, has paint pigment stains on his brick. Great read by the way! Here's what Chad sent me: "How do I remove paint from brick?  The white medallion elements on my home appear to have bled white paint onto the brick and fiber cement siding over time. Any ideas on how to get the paint off, especially the brick?" Here's my answer to Chad: It's easy! You just apply my Stain Solver with a garden hand-pump sprayer and saturate the brick for about 30 minutes never letting the solution dry. Stain…
  • Paint Peeling Off Drywall

    Tim Carter
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    Louise Sargent, who lives in Gilford, NH just a few miles from my house, has a problem with peeling paint from her drywall. "Dear Tim, I read your video about priming drywall before painting for even absorption of paint. Is curing drywall the same as using a primer? A few flakes of paint are loosening up as the years pass on the walls. A reason stated was that the drywall was not cured. I think it's from humidity. What do you think?" Louise sent a photo, but it was out of focus. Imagine a 3-inch diameter spot of peeled paint from drywall where the paint around the edges is curled up. Here's…
  • September 30, 2014 AsktheBuilder Newsletter & Tips

    Tim Carter
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
    Last week, I worked as a conductor on the scenic train. I had two different afternoon dinner train trips. One of the trips was with a group of professionals who study or work with people with eating disorders. The attendees were from all over the USA. They were attending a two-day conference just down the street from the train station. They all seemed to enjoy the rolls and butter, cranberry sauce, hot fresh-carved turkey with real mashed potatoes, dressing, butternut squash and delicious gravy. Oh, they had ice cream for dessert. I didn't have time to tell them about my slight disorder -…
  • Top Five Tools

    Tim Carter
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    DEAR TIM: I just sold some of my old stuff that I no longer wanted nor needed using an online classified website. My intent was to get cash together to add to my hoard of hand and power tools. Can you share some of the coolest tools you're aware of? I'm interested in versatility and quality. If I need more cash, then I'll sell more of my stuff! Kevin F., Liberty, ME DEAR KEVIN: You and I are doing the same thing! I've been trying to de-clutter my garage and attic and I'm making progress! It's funny that what I feel is junk or of little value to me is worth much to someone else. I'm having…
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    Home Improvement Made Easy on Doityourself.com

  • What We're Working On: Break Room Overhaul

    25 Sep 2014 | 3:42 am
    There’s a ping pong table in the break room on the 10th floor of the DoItYourself Building. That translates to dings, dents, scuffs and outright holes in the wall from (over) enthusiastic ping ponging DIYers. In some other building they might bring in a crew of outsiders to fix things up, but being who we are we took it upon ourselves not just to repair the damage, but paint the walls, install a chair rail and add some edge to the room with 114 square feet of chalkboard paint. Replacing the Drywall There were three holes in the wall. The...
  • The Nuts and Bolts: Rustic Wood and Neutrals Fall Decor Trends

    24 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    The Master Bedroom Goes Industrial This Fall: Rustic Wood, Statement Lighting and Neutrals Named Top Picks for Home Remodelers Zillow Digs® announced industrial chic as the top master bedroom design style for fall 2014. Raw or exposed wood elements with dramatic lighting and neutral colors will be among the most popular master bedroom design trends this season, according to the Zillow® Digs Home Design Trend Report, a leading indicator of home design trends. Industrial chic is a dramatic contrast to the traditional-style master bedroom that has become a staple in many American…
  • 7 Ways to Add Vintage Charm to Your Bathroom

    22 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    Creating a bathroom with vintage charm isn't difficult if you make gradual changes to your existing space. While some changes can be much larger than others, this list provides a wide variety of ways you can transform your bathroom into a space that seems to come from another time. 1. Accessories Small accessories can make a big difference when decorating a bathroom. Check out your local antique shops, thrift stores, and garage sales for vintage-looking soap dishes, trash cans, soap dispensers, foot stools, laundry baskets, and more. These items can live in small places around the bathroom…
  • 8 Ways to Save on Your Bathroom Renovation

    22 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    Financing a home renovation is overwhelming even for the best budgeter. Kitchens and bathrooms are usually the most expensive to redo, however they are also the most likely to add value to the home and offer the best options for customization. Just like any other project with a budget, there are many ways to cut costs while keeping a sense of style. 1. Make a Big Impact With Paint Paint is generally at the top of any expert renovator's list. It quickly updates a room and changes its look without professional assistance or extravagant costs. This is especially true for...
  • How to Refinish a Cast Iron Tub

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    Although refinishing a bathtub is not a typical DIY project, it can be done. Bathtub refinishing kits are sold at many home improvement stores -- if you do it from scratch it may be hard to find the chemicals. Either way, give yourself time because the entire project could take up to three days. Do the Necessary Prep Work All successful projects start with great prep. As it turns out, this is the toughest part of the job. Remove the old drain and trip lever. Cut away all the old caulk from around tub. Clean the tub thoroughly with a...
 
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  • How to Tickle Feet

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    You can tickle feet by lighting touching a person's feet with a feather, soft-bristled brush, or even your fingers. There are a few techniques for getting the best results when it comes to tickling feet. Just make sure you're not tickling someone (too much) against his will, or there may be a lot of kicking involved! Steps Approaching Your Victim Choose your tickling tool. The fingers are very effective for tickling and have been used for this process for centuries. However, if you want to mix things up, a feather or a soft-bristle brush can also help you use some tickling tactics. It's up to…
  • How to Write Song Lyrics

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    You can have the best song melody in the world, but if your lyrics aren't good, it can drag down your whole song. Whether you're just the lyrical type or you want to write lyrics for the sweet guitar jam you just wrote, wikiHow can help. Get started with Step 1 below and follow as we walk you through standard song forms, music considerations, as well as just finding those elusive words! Steps Understanding Common Structures Understand the parts of a song. There are several parts of a song. Your song can include all of them or none of them. It really all depends on you. There are standard…
  • How to Butterfly Shrimp

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Butterflying shrimp before grilling or frying it helps them cook more evenly and offers a pretty presentation. Shrimp are commonly butterflied by opening the flesh along the backs. It is also possible to butterfly shrimp along the inside belly, a process that's more time intensive but yields a unique result. See Step 1 to learn both ways to butterfly shrimp. Steps Preparing the Shrimp Wash the shrimp. Rinse all of your shrimp to remove any sand or other debris before you start the butterflying process. Store the shrimp you haven't yet butterflied in a bowl of ice to keep them fresh. Peel the…
  • How to Skateboard (Beginners)

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Everybody has got to start somewhere. If you want to learn to skateboard, but don't know an ollie from an elbow, you've come to the right place. You can learn to get the right gear for learning to skate, learn to stand on the board and ride comfortably without falling down, and some helpful hints for sticking with it and actually learning to ride. See Step 1 for more information. Steps Getting the Gear Get a skateboard that suits your interests. There are lots of styles and brands of boards available for all skill levels and interests. Visit a local skate shop to browse the selection and get…
  • How to Delete a YouTube Account

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Your YouTube account is now completely connected with your Google account, which means you can't delete one without deleting the other. If you have multiple channels, however, each one is treated as a separate account and can be deleted individually. See Step 1 below to learn how to delete your YouTube channels or delete your Google account entirely. Steps Deleting a YouTube Channel Log in with the channel you want to delete. Each channel you create will have an individual account on YouTube and Google+. When you delete the YouTube channel, you will also need to delete the associated Google+…
 
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    Bob Vila : Trusted Home Renovation & Repair Expert

  • How To: Remove Poison Ivy from Your Yard

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    Homeowners know too well that not all greenery contributes to the beauty of a garden. Weeds, for instance, are a chie...
  • 7 Ways To Transform Your Mudroom in 48 Hours

    Mudrooms: They're the gateway between the great outdoors and the rest of your house. That means they're susceptible to mess, moisture, and a whole host of organizational challenges. The mudroom is primarily functional, a space to button your coat or unlace your boots. Since you're not likely to linger in this room, it often falls to the bottom of the list when it comes to major design renovations. But this room still sees a lot of traffic, which makes it the ideal space to have fun, break out of your normal home decor style and make strong design statements. And the best part about…
  • Enter Bob Vila's $5,000 Fall Flooring Give-Away—TODAY!

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    It's October, and fall is here in earnest. You might find yourself searching for ways to reinvigorate your surroundin...
  • How To: Clean Pillows

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Whether tucked under our heads while sleeping or behind our backs while lounging in the living room, pillows are an o...
  • Kitchen Cures: The Perfect Solution for Every Unruly Drawer

    No matter the size of your kitchen, there never seems to be enough storage space to fit the everyday wares and specialty gadgets. Soon, you find the collection spilling onto the countertops and invading your cooking space. But before you consider where to add more cabinets, shelves, or baskets to your kitchen, take a peek inside the areas that still have a little more room to give: your existing drawers. If left a mess, they don't store to full potential. Fortunately, these seven tricks can organize every drawer in the kitchen to work harder and fit more—without turning into an overcrowded…
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    Home Construction Improvement

  • How to remove a stump (Part 1)

    Jeff Williams
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:05 am
    How to Remove a Stump without breaking your back or the bank (Part 1) Last year I cut down a large maple tree in the yard that was only 10 feet from the house. The previous owners never should have planted it that close. Over the years as it grew, the roots started getting bound… Home... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Minwax® Ultimate Floor Finish Preview

    Todd Fratzel
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:13 am
    Professional Quality Urethane That’s Incredibly Easy To Use Over the years I’ve spent countless hours applying urethane to furniture, floors and trim work. The task was often tedious, extremely odorous and difficult to get professional looking results. Also, because traditional... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Certificate Of Occupancy | What Is It?

    Todd Fratzel
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:12 am
    Certificate Of Occupancy The final step in the permitting process for new construction is typically the Certificate Of Occupancy. The Certificate Of Occupancy (CO) is issued by the local or state government certifying that the building structure complies with current building codes and is suitable... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Vinyl Siding Leaks – Period!

    Todd Fratzel
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:52 am
    Understanding The Limits of Vinyl Siding Today as I was driving home for lunch I passed a new home under construction and witnessed something that really bothered me. A contractor was installing vinyl siding on a new home that was sheathed with OSB. However, there was one very crucial detail... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Outdoor Fire Pit and Patio

    Todd Fratzel
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Backyard Patio with Fire Pit and Sitting Wall Outdoor living has become an increasingly popular topic for many homeowners looking to expand and upgrade their yards. One of the most popular projects in the outdoor living arena is an outdoor fire pit and patio. An outdoor fire pit can create a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Rambling Renovators

  • 25 Things To Do Instead of Reading Today's Blog Post

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    I'm going to be offline for the next little while, enjoying a much needed vacation with my family. In the past, if a blogger was going to be away from the blog, they would line up guest posts or have a backlog of posts scheduled. But, I think it would be good if my readers took a little break too. We all spend too much time in front of our computers or looking at tiny handheld screens, don't you think?In case you're stumped as to what to do with your free time, here's a list of 25 Things To Do Instead of Reading Today's Blog Post:Read the next chapter in that book on your bedside tableSend a…
  • Lessons from French Interiors

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    What is it about the French and style? Clothes, food, home decor... they seem to have an innate design sense that leaves many of us coveting all things French. We'll be heading to Paris soon and of course one of the things on my mile-long shopping list is picking up something beautiful for my home. Perhaps its vintage linens, a small painting from Les Puces, or something for the kitchen. I picked up salt and pepper grinders when we were in Paris on our honeymoon and every time I see them, I remember the city, the gorgeous department stores, la belle vie.What makes a home quintessentially…
  • Design Lessons

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Do you ever visit showhomes? They are such a great source of design inspiration. Not only do they incorporate the latest materials but they are typically designed by renowned designers and really feature smart and beautiful ideas. You can learn so much just by looking around!This weekend, along with a few other bloggers, I had a chance to tour the Princess Margaret Welcome Home Sweepstakes grand prize showhome with its designer, Brian Gluckstein. Brian is a master at creating sophisticated and timeless classic spaces. It was fun to hear the how's and why's behind the design of the house - and…
  • The Love List

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    A clever corner bookcaseA roundup of DIY art ideasI need to have this pizza for dinnerI'm going to totally try this at home.Free downloads for your tech. I love this one - that's what a blog is all about!Excellent career adviceYes, a dustpan can be prettyThe ankle bootie is the boot for the season. I've been wearing this one from Target everywhere.Smart ideas for subway tileLots of fall decorating inspiration right here on the Better Homes & Gardens Pinterest boardSpeaking of BHG, thanks for featuring me in your October issue!
  • What I Learned At BlogPodium 2014

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Has it really been a week since my last blog post?? The past few days have been a whirlwind and I'm still both exhausted and energized by all the ideas in my head. Crazy! BlogPodium changes every year, from venue to content, from sponsors to attendees, so its always a bit of a mystery on how things will actually turn out. Thankfully, everything went as planned and I really think we did deliver on the best BlogPodium yet. I can't wait for next year!!While I don't get to attend the sessions myself, just like last year, I find that there are some big lessons that resonate throughout the day and…
 
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  • For the First Time in Years

    Kit
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:45 pm
    This weekend marked a special occasion on the farm. It’s the first time in years (yes, years) that all of my tools have been properly unpacked. That sounds even to me like it should be an exaggeration. Like, “Oh my god you guys it’s been yeeeeaaaars since I’ve unpacked these tools.” Except my life has literally become my exaggerations at this point. Mind boggling. Let’s talk about fun things in the workshop, shall we? Like how this is what it looked like a little over a month ago. Remember that? Holy shit. I’m going to before-and-after you right now,…
  • Chainsaw Practice & Other Progress

    Kit
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Last week I shared my big list of shit to get done before it starts snowing, and while it may seem like I’ve just been sitting around being philosophical about chickens, I’ve actually been working pretty hard to make some pre-winter progress. One of the things on my list was clearing all of the tree debris from the storm a couple of weeks ago, which meant taking my shiny new chainsaw out of the box it’s been sitting in for a year and a half. Oh good, it comes with instructions. All you ever need to know about operating a chainsaw right there, folks. Actually, chainsaws make…
  • Lessons in Letting Go

    Kit
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:14 pm
    When it comes to the farm, there are certain things I would like to have control over. For example… ah… everything. You’d probably never know about my control-freak tendencies if you talked to me, or even if you’ve worked with me. I’m not a perfectionist in any area of my life, and I’m 100% accepting of the fact that I can’t change or control things that are outside my sphere of influence. But the farm? This is my place. And even more than that, it’s my responsibility. And, honestly, after a decade of tearing houses apart and putting them back…
  • In The Garden: The Most Delicious Egg Recipe Ever

    Kit
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    When things start to get a little fall-like, I start baking. Well, first, obviously, I start panicking. Then I start baking. I actually like baking, and often wish I had more time for things like this. But I often wish I had more time for a lot of things (aka naps) so I take a Sunday morning here and there to do what I can. Last weekend I made one of my faves, homemade english muffins. So, so much better than anything you buy at the store. I don’t really keep any other kind of bread in the house, so these muffins are the vehicle with which I eat homemade raspberry jam, eggs,…
  • Checking Things Off the List: Winter 2014

    Kit
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    My internal clock is set for some time back in June, but according to the calendar it’s already effing September. That’s how we’re going to refer to it for the whole month. Effing September. Which is going to be short lived because effing September is effing half over already. It’s almost effing October. I just need to take a minute to breathe into a paper bag, if you don’t mind. You know, September itself isn’t such a bad month. I love Fall. I love it when the entire world starts to smell like apples and woodsmoke. I love the idea of curling up with a book…
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    I'm an Organizing Junkie

  • Top Organizing Bloggers Kitchen Tour: Organizing Lazy Susans

    Laura
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:02 pm
    So today I’m going to talk about Lazy Susans or “Working Mikes” as my middle son likes to call them…ha!  My corner cabinets are definitely working overtime for me that is for sure.  I spent a couple of hours yesterday giving them each a complete overhaul.  It was long overdue especially since I recently realized […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Top Organizing Bloggers Kitchen Tour: Organizing Lazy Susans
  • September 2014 Sponsor Spotlight

    Laura
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    It’s the end of the month and that time where I take a second to thank my AWESOME sponsors of this here blog. This Sponsor Spotlight post is a regular monthly feature where I showcase my sponsors and give you a little more in depth detail on what they have to offer to help you […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> September 2014 Sponsor Spotlight
  • Menu Plan Monday ~ Sept 29/14

    Laura
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hey folks!  Let’s get organized for the week shall we?  All you have to do is select 5 quick and easy meals to make during the week, shop for the necessary ingredients and you’re ready to go.  No reason to complicate menu planning any more than you have to.  Keep it simple and get in […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ Sept 29/14
  • Organized Traveling Pharmacy for Kids

    Laura
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:37 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home. Not too long ago, Laura shared her Organized Traveling Pharmacy and I read with pure admiration. You see, I’m at a different stage in life where being prepared while traveling involves bulkier bottles of liquid medicines for children. I’m sure some […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Organized Traveling Pharmacy for Kids
  • Friday Favorites: Fall Cleaning Checklist, Free Toy Label Printables + more!

    Laura
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    Hey y’all!  It’s Friday, whoot!!  I have some organizing projects on my to do list that I hope to get to.  Top of the list is: 1.  Finish switching out my seasonal clothing in my closet 2.  Reorganize my baking and spice lazy susan cupboards 3.  Clean out and organize my fridge How about you?  […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Friday Favorites: Fall Cleaning Checklist, Free Toy Label Printables + more!
 
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    Renovate Australia

  • What Product Sould You Use To Seal Your Shower Grout

    Bill Hutchison
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    Most grout that is in your bathroom, shower, toilets, and kitchen are cement based and porous. Most builders and contractors don’t bother actually sealing your grout, which means that the grout will actually be absorbing any liquid that gets on it. The types of moisture that it will absorbing will be: Water Soap Body Oils Of these, the body oils are by far the most common caused of discolouration of your grout lines. There are a few ways that you can help to prevent staining or discolouration of your grout lines. Your first option, recommended by Mike Holmes, is to tint your grout so…
  • Can I Install Low Flow Shower Head with Instant Hotwater

    Bill Hutchison
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:56 pm
    One problem that many people have when wanting to install a low flow showerhead is working out if their hot water system will work with it. Some instant hot water systems don’t work if there is not a high enough water flow. This really goes against the current trend of conserving water, and leaves a gap in knowledge about the compatibility of instant hot water systems and low flow shower heads. When determining if you can install a low flow (9 liter per minute, 8 L/min, 7.5 L/min, or lower) you need to work out what the lowest water flow is that your hot water system requires to…
  • Cut Your Shower Water Use with a Trickle Valve

    Bill Hutchison
    7 Sep 2014 | 4:53 pm
    With a standard 3-Star, low flow shower head you are using 9L per minute in the shower, so for a 5-minute shower you would use 45L of water. It adds up pretty quick, even with a low-flow shower head. Water in South Australia is expensive. If your household uses less than 328 litres per day, you be paying $2.32 / kL (source). As your daily use increases, so does your cost per litre, with it jumping up to $3.32 / kL for up to 1424 litres per day. According to SA water a normal family of 5, with a small garden, will use around 550L per day of water. Bearing that in mind, a 5-minute shower…
  • Is a 7.5L / Minute Shower Head Worth It?

    Bill Hutchison
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    If you are looking for an easy way to potentially save an extra 5000 litres of water per year, it’s worth looking at replacing your 9 liter per minute shower heads with a new 7.5L per minute shower head (source). It’s also possible that you could be eligible for some government rebates for installing water efficient shower heads. Although 7.5 litres per minute does not sound like enough for a decent shower, according to this article by Choice there are some decent shower heads out there. When we went to a local bathroom shop to test out shower heads we were actually pleasantly…
  • Get Your Own Toilet Seat Stickers

    Bill Hutchison
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:13 pm
    I don’t think this is something I would buy, but it’s good for a bit of a laugh … Considering that we are trying to work on getting the kids to close the toilet lid, having humour on the inside of the toilet lid is probably not the best idea … If you want your own toilet seat lid stickers Groupon has a deal for them right now of $9.00 for one sticker up to $24.00 for four stickers. You can check it out here …
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  • ELITE DIY123RH / DIY

    Gray
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    ELITE DIY123RH / DIY Click - http://bltIy.com/1ig7rPs This ELITE DIY123RH / DIY is completely prominent. I would exceedingly propose it to anyone out there. I was in the wake of something...
  • Cinnamon Lake Towers - On Site Maintenance - Waukegan IL 60085

    Gray
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    http://local.chicagotribune.com/b26031341/Cinnamon+Lake+Towers?type= Here at Cinnamon Lake Towers, we want our residents to have everything they need to feel at home, and that includes fast,...
  • DIY Cell Phone Case How To Make Cute Iphone 5S Designs by ANNEORSHINE

    Gray
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    For links to all MATERIALS and Step by Step instructions, you can go here: I love seeing all those great couture style cell p. LIKE, SUB & Pin! ‪‬♡I was supposed to have this tutorial...
  • InterNACHI's Home Maintenance Book

    Gray
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:41 am
    "Now That You've Had a Home Inspection" is InterNACHI's full-color home maintenance book that certified home inspectors give to their clients with every home inspection. For details, visit...
  • DIY Chinese Head Massage (21) Better Blood Circulation and Treatment of Headache

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    30 Sep 2014 | 9:21 pm
    If you like more ear cleaning and massage videos, please visit easydiy365.com Our website contains: 1. Health Tips 2. Disease Prevention Tips 3. Understanding the Self Healing Mechanisms of...
 
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  • real life test kitchen: jamie oliver’s apple pie recipe that never fails

    Angela M.
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:05 am
    This is an update to one of our favorite posts! Apple pie is one of those things I never thought I would make myself. It seemed like something that would require a great deal of skill and patience, not to mention equipment — none of which I have! But then a couple of years ago I stumbled across Jamie Oliver’s Apple Pie recipe. It’s one of his “top ten” favourites in this book Jamie’s Dinners. I don’t know if it was the lovely photo or the casual way the recipe was written, but it seemed like something I could handle with my limited baking skills…
  • cottage renovation: taking down the walls and ceiling

    Angela M.
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:19 am
    When we last left off on our Cottage Renovation saga, we were filling you in on the messy, but necessary work we had to do on the sill beam and the support of the house. As that work was being completed by our contractor, Chad decide to tackle another dirty job: the tear down of almost all of our walls and ceiling. Once we started working to strengthen the outside of the house, we realized how wonky the interior was. Some of our walls were supremely messed up — especially those on the back of the house where most of the water damage had occurred. The ceiling had a bizarre, 70s-popcorn…
  • painting gourds: colorful, metallic or creepy?

    Angela M.
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:22 am
    As tempting as it may be, we don’t put up any Halloween decorations before October 1st, otherwise our home is likely to become a spooktacular playground before school even starts. Fall is just the best time of year when it comes to seasonal decorating. To things started this year, we’re going to buy a few dried out gourds and attempt this easy D.I.Y. from Inspired by Charm. Turns out that you can buy dried gourds for next to nothing: Curious Country Creations sells ten for $10. While Michael at Inspired by Charm opted for a multi-hued gourds, I think we may go the metallic route…
  • back to school groove with grovemade wooden desk accessories

    Angela M.
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:12 am
    Admit it. You feel pangs of jealousy as watching kids go back to school. No, not about the anxiety of grades or making new friends, but of the gear. Why don’t they make a freshly sharpened pencil room freshener? Just thinking about it is enough to make you feel like studying. Well, we’ve found some grown up desk accessories that will spruce up your office and inspire your next great great project. Grovemade – the company that makes exceedingly cool device cases — has expanded into making more traditional gadgets sing with their new desk collection. Made with materials…
  • real life test kitchen: how to grill “roast” chicken

    Angela M.
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    During the winter, grilled chicken is a staple Sunday night dinner. It makes your house smell great and the leftovers are great for soups or lunches during the week. In the summer time switch to the grill, and the whole chickens go away — mostly because of our fear of under cooking. When I spotted this technique in the August issue of Bon Appetite magazine, I decided to give it a go. It calls for a whole chicken with the “backbone removed.” I suppose you could ask your butcher to do this, but I hacked it out on my own — which is easier than I thought it would be. Once…
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  • Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Home

    Danny Lipford
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Houses are being built tighter these days to save energy, but it can also cause the air inside your home to be much more polluted than the air outside. Read on to find out how to improve the indoor air quality in your home.
  • October Lawn & Garden To-Do List

    Julie Day
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    In October, gardeners have a color show unequaled in any other season. While many summer annuals are still blooming, trees begin their yearly show of fall color, and fall-blooming perennials explode into bloom. Read on for a list of October to-do jobs for your yard.
  • Enter Our October Cordless Chainsaw Giveaway

    Danny Lipford
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    To celebrate the arrival of fall, we’re giving away a BLACK+DECKER cordless, 40-volt chainsaw complete with lithium-ion battery and charger that's perfect for cutting firewood to keep you warm during the cold weather ahead. Read on to find out how to enter!
  • When to Seal or Stain a New Wood Deck

    Danny Lipford
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Watch this video for tips on how long you need to wait before sealing or staining a new wood deck.
  • Weber Spirit Gas Grill with Removable Griddle

    Jodi Marks
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    Find out about the Weber Spirit gas grill which comes with three burners and a removable, cast-iron griddle. Watch this video to find out more.
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  • New Space

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    Good Morning, Wednesday. This is my new landscape. The studio has been moved and we are slowly getting back to production and shipping out orders from the last 10 days. There's a lot of 'where's the such and such?' and adjusting muscle memories to the new space and finding better ways to organize. But, I love it here.  Feeling pretty grateful to get to work in a space like this. 
  • Moved

    27 Sep 2014 | 4:41 am
    This week has been filled with so many emotions of change and adjustment.  We left behind the studio we worked so hard to build out three years ago...the one we thought we would never leave...to move into the most beautiful studio we've ever worked in.  So much hard labor went into making it this way and I am forever thankful to Jeremy who made it all happen and for letting me be his assistant while we worked on refinishing the space.  I want to say we will never leave here but, I've learned, trusting permanence is not a smart thing to do.  Things change,…
  • smallness

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    I am often immersed in a world of much larger than me, small businesses.  The US Gov’t defines a small business as less than 200 employees - that is a lot of employees!  That means you are dealing with a lot of volume, cash flow, materials, data, clients, customers, etc.  That kind of business is huge to me.  Moop is a business that employs three other people, besides myself.  The four of us together can accomplish a lot.  We make a lot of bags, every day of the week.  The work is repetitive and labor intensive but, it results in really well made bags -…
  • Home

    15 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    I feel very lucky to call this place home.  This is the view from my bed as I wake up each morning. This summer, Jeremy built the small barn, the chicken coop and 4 large raised bed gardens. Tomorrow, we'll be photographing the Moop collection in this space with a bunch of my most favorite people. I can't wait to share the images with you.  It's been a long time since I've felt so inspired by a place, the people around me, the things I get to do everyday and the life I've worked so hard to build.  Hard work pays off.  Keep on trucking, folks and enjoy your…
  • Bayardstown

    6 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
    We will be at Bayardstown Social Club this Saturday for a last minute pop-up shop with Deadbury Dead, Tugboat Printshop, Cellar Door Soap and Steel City Cotton Works.  Bring your friends, your picnic, your booze and your conversation because we'll be there with bags and ready to hang out.  Starts at 6pm.  See you there!xoxo,Wendy
 
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  • What A Girl's Eyebrows Mean

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    10 Sep 2014 | 9:11 pm
    What A Girl's Eyebrows Mean Here's eyebrows on fleek https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfBdBpr7KCo Here's Ariana Grande singing eyebrows on fleek https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXCk3XTvz... From: JennaMarbles Views: 2720544 114865 ratings Time: 05:39 More in Comedy
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    4 Sep 2014 | 2:22 am
    How To Care For Your Cermet Weirdest video I've ever made, I decided. I know the actual video is only like a minute and a half but let me tell you it took me a hot fucking while to edit... From: JennaMarbles Views: 2164570 144560 ratings Time: 04:03 More in Comedy
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    Jenna's Drunk Art School: Painting Please subscribe to my channel and my vlog channel! I make new videos here every Wednesday and make vlogs during my majestical daily life. JennaMarbles Jenna... From: JennaMarbles Views: 2224726 117766 ratings Time: 08:00 More in Comedy
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    15 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    HOW TO MAKE EMOJI COOKIES - NERDY NUMMIES Today I made many different Emoji cookies! I really enjoy making nerdy themed goodies and decorating them. I'm not a pro, but I love baking as a hobby. Pleas... From: Rosanna Pansino Views: 1957498 42861 ratings Time: 05:25 More in Howto & Style
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    How To Dance Like A White Girl Please subscribe to my channel and my vlog channel! I make new videos here every Wednesday and make vlogs during my majestical daily life. JennaMarbles Jenna... From: JennaMarbles Views: 3860495 127153 ratings Time: 04:20 More in Comedy
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  • Blooming Zoetrope Sculptures

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:44 pm
    This instructable demonstrates a number of different sculptures I designed that animate when they are spun and lit by a strobe light (or are captured by a video camera with a very fast shutter speed). Let's start by looking at a few examples:What you are viewing in each of the above videos is a soli...By: edmarkContinue Reading »
  • How to Sew a Dart

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    A simple straight forward tutorial on how to cut, mark and sew a straight dart, starting from a pattern. Anatomy of a Dart This instructable uses a bust dart as the example. Place you pattern down on your fabric, lining up the grain line.Identify the the dart notches, most likely they will be mar...By: push_resetContinue Reading »
  • Festfalia, A Ford Festiva Flip Top Camper

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    I've wanted to make a car into a flip top camper for some time and finally found the perfect vehicle for it, the humble Ford Festiva. Why choose such a small car? I believe that limitations breed creativity and I wanted high MPGs. This is not meant to be a step by step instructable but more of a gui...By: Nor-tea-aContinue Reading »
  • Super Hero/Villain Helmet - With Pattern!

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Make your own super hero/villain helmet with built-in mask from the enclosed pattern. This is a great base for building upon, no matter what your super powers may be! Materials - neoprene 1/16" thickness- 1 sheet of craft foam- 1/2 yard of stretch fabric in the color of your costume- Super 77 sp...By: push_resetContinue Reading »
  • Custom Photobag from Recycled Material

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Hi Folks! This instructable will show you a lot of good tips and tricks for sewing your custom photobag. You can use new materials or have even more fun doing it partly from recycled material – like I did... Material and tools You need the following materials and tools:ZippersA foam sleeping pad ...By: inspiredwoodContinue Reading »
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  • Blooming Zoetrope Sculptures

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:44 pm
    This instructable demonstrates a number of different sculptures I designed that animate when they are spun and lit by a strobe light (or are captured by a video camera with a very fast shutter speed). Let's start by looking at a few examples:What you are viewing in each of the above videos is a soli...By: edmarkContinue Reading »
  • How to Sew a Dart

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    A simple straight forward tutorial on how to cut, mark and sew a straight dart, starting from a pattern. Anatomy of a Dart This instructable uses a bust dart as the example. Place you pattern down on your fabric, lining up the grain line.Identify the the dart notches, most likely they will be mar...By: push_resetContinue Reading »
  • Eyeshadow Blending 101

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    If you've ever wondered why your eye makeup doesn't look as effortless and amazing as the pro's does, it's most likely because you're not blending correctly! Blending is how colors seem to seamlessly transition into one another with no discernible brush marks, stops, or starts. There are two distin...By: AlexYourFaceContinue Reading »
  • Beautiful Backsplash

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    Make an awesome backsplash with tons of doodads, beads and bottle caps! Watch the video tutorial here! You'll need 1/4" thick plywoodJigsaw Grout or plaster of Paris E-6000 Glue Beads, dominos, gems, bottle caps, tiles, small mirrors, seashells Make the base Cut out the shape of your back...By: Mark MontanoContinue Reading »
  • How to Make Oil Paint

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Have you ever worked with oil paints, and wondered what the heck is in this stuff? You might be surprised to learn that most oil paints typically contain only two or three ingredients! Not only is formulating your own oil paint fun, but it can also yield a higher quality product that costs much less...By: heyzakContinue Reading »
 
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  • How to Make Oil Paint

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Have you ever worked with oil paints, and wondered what the heck is in this stuff? You might be surprised to learn that most oil paints typically contain only two or three ingredients! Not only is formulating your own oil paint fun, but it can also yield a higher quality product that costs much less...By: heyzakContinue Reading »
  • Broken iPod Touch Wallet

    30 Sep 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Turn a broken iPod touch into a stylish wallet! Pry Open the iPod Grab a flathead screwdriver, or something close to that. You'll need it to pry open the iPod. Work the flathead into the crack between the screen and the backing. Tip: Use toothpicks, pencils, or something likewise to hold the scre...By: trosen2109Continue Reading »
  • Easy but very effective door draft stopper

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:38 pm
    I was planning do make a door draft stopper for a long time, but the remix and the winterize contest were my starters' gun - finally. I found the http://www.instructables.com/id/Wonderful-World-Draft-Stopper/ and the http://www.instructables.com/id/Draft-Stopper-for-drafty-doors/instructables, bu...By: juliaRCContinue Reading »
  • Impressed Sugru Stamps

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    For my mixed-media art, I like to use stamped patterns. I'm always looking for ways to create my own patterns and textures. Enter my local makerspace, Phoenix Asylum, and its Sugru Build Night! Materials 1. Sugru2. Bases for stamps (blocks and sturdy cardboard tube)3. Release (foamy soap)4. Vari...By: caitmcqContinue Reading »
  • Sandblasting Glass

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Sandblasting glass is fun and easy! It's a great way to repurpose old bottles to use around the house. Materials needed:- Clean and dry glass bottles, vases, or drinking glasses- Masking tape (a variety of widths)- Exacto knife- Cutting board- Straight edge- Sandblaster- Your design! Setting Up Yo...By: heypatimaContinue Reading »
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  • Cheap, stylish junk storage camouflage.

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:21 pm
    A cheap, cool, teenage way to cover all the stuff on your shelf wall is to camouflage it with shower curtains. Prep the hang distances. Just hang electrical conduit from perforated strap leaving a space at the top and bottom for air flow. Shape to suit. Use angled junctions to go around corn...By: ducati-daddyContinue Reading »
  • Blooming Zoetrope Sculptures

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:44 pm
    This instructable demonstrates a number of different sculptures I designed that animate when they are spun and lit by a strobe light (or are captured by a video camera with a very fast shutter speed). Let's start by looking at a few examples:What you are viewing in each of the above videos is a soli...By: edmarkContinue Reading »
  • hand mannequin

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Another cheap solution for a crafting need Materials tape, scissors, poking tool (i used a chopstick), something light you can cover your hand in (i used a cellophane glove, but saran wrap or a plastic grocery bag will do.) Assembly cut various lengths of tape. (an assistant is great, but i di...By: raffContinue Reading »
  • how to make folds in leather

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:59 pm
    When doing leatherworking, it's common to run across patterns that involve folding or flaps. In this instructable I'll show you a couple of techniques I use to get nice folds into leather!The crispness of the fold depends entirely on how thick the leather is - but you can still get a nice graceful c...By: jessyratfinkContinue Reading »
  • Portable and cheap lighting for outdoor decorations

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:06 pm
    This is for folks that want to put up temporary holiday displays. In this case, these light holders were created for the Nightmare Cruisers Hearse Club. When we set up at haunted attractions, it is always dark. Even with decorative lighting installed, a black hearse is hard to see at night. Also, we...By: lime3DContinue Reading »
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  • Festfalia, A Ford Festiva Flip Top Camper

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    I've wanted to make a car into a flip top camper for some time and finally found the perfect vehicle for it, the humble Ford Festiva. Why choose such a small car? I believe that limitations breed creativity and I wanted high MPGs. This is not meant to be a step by step instructable but more of a gui...By: Nor-tea-aContinue Reading »
  • Boiling Fresh Crayfish - A Timeless Tradition

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Warning living things will not be living by the end of this instructable!This Is my entry for the Hunter Gatherer Contest. Please Vote through October 6th.Just to get it out of the way, Crayfish refers to: crawfish; crawdads; freshwater lobsters; or mudbugs. Get Some Crayfish So fresh they're cra...By: RbotJContinue Reading »
  • Make A Lawn mower Blade Knife

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Make a sweet knife out of a old junk lawn mower blade . Things You Might Need Tape measure , square and or straight edge, pencil and marker, grinder , cutoff wheel, flap wheel, grinding wheel, and a couple of different sanding discs for starting the polishing finishing process, clamps for holding...By: rg2013Continue Reading »
  • Pocket Sized Water Purifier

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    It sounds like magic, but it's just electrochemistry. All you need is a pencil, some titanium wire, and a battery to start purifying water. The voltage between the graphite and the titanium converts H2O and a little table salt (NaCl) into NaClO, sodium hypochlorite, also known as bleach. Run the rea...By: MaxM2Continue Reading »
  • Bicycle Trailer LED Lights

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:35 am
    So, I've already lit my bikes and built my bicycle trailer, now it's time to light up the trailer. This is a relatively simple task that doesn't require too much time or effort. In fact, it went pretty quick. With the search tools I've provided below and a bit of patience, you should be able to purc...By: Tater ZoidContinue Reading »
 
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  • Festfalia, A Ford Festiva Flip Top Camper

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    I've wanted to make a car into a flip top camper for some time and finally found the perfect vehicle for it, the humble Ford Festiva. Why choose such a small car? I believe that limitations breed creativity and I wanted high MPGs. This is not meant to be a step by step instructable but more of a gui...By: Nor-tea-aContinue Reading »
  • Make A Lawn mower Blade Knife

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Make a sweet knife out of a old junk lawn mower blade . Things You Might Need Tape measure , square and or straight edge, pencil and marker, grinder , cutoff wheel, flap wheel, grinding wheel, and a couple of different sanding discs for starting the polishing finishing process, clamps for holding...By: rg2013Continue Reading »
  • Pocket Sized Water Purifier

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    It sounds like magic, but it's just electrochemistry. All you need is a pencil, some titanium wire, and a battery to start purifying water. The voltage between the graphite and the titanium converts H2O and a little table salt (NaCl) into NaClO, sodium hypochlorite, also known as bleach. Run the rea...By: MaxM2Continue Reading »
  • Bicycle Trailer LED Lights

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:35 am
    So, I've already lit my bikes and built my bicycle trailer, now it's time to light up the trailer. This is a relatively simple task that doesn't require too much time or effort. In fact, it went pretty quick. With the search tools I've provided below and a bit of patience, you should be able to purc...By: Tater ZoidContinue Reading »
  • R2D2 Style Wood / Log Burner

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    R2D2 log burning stove, made due to popular demand...enjoy... Locate An Empty Vessel For the body of the R2D2 I used an old 19kg gas bottle. Make sure the bottle is empty. I cut off the safety handle from the top and carefully cut off the brass tap with a hack saw, this ensures there are no spark...By: doddieszoomerContinue Reading »
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  • Starting a fire with a firesteel

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    This is about as simple as it gets! Start a fire with a firesteel! This video shows you just how easy it is to start a fire with a firesteel magnesium fire starter! By: TheALOwensContinue Reading »
  • Festfalia, A Ford Festiva Flip Top Camper

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    I've wanted to make a car into a flip top camper for some time and finally found the perfect vehicle for it, the humble Ford Festiva. Why choose such a small car? I believe that limitations breed creativity and I wanted high MPGs. This is not meant to be a step by step instructable but more of a gui...By: Nor-tea-aContinue Reading »
  • Fire Starting

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    Starting a fire with a firesteel Start a Fire With Chewing Gum! Use a Fresnel Lens to Start a Fire Start a Fire with Steel Wool and a Battery! Start a fire with air By: TheALOwensContinue Reading »
  • longboard land paddle

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:51 pm
    this is a rough tutorial on making a land paddle to go along with a longboard. I managed to make this roughly under 40 dollars. I used the design of the kahuna stick as my base template and downgraded it's looks to maximize the cost savings while still maintaining it's functionalities. Materials ...By: rmoolsContinue Reading »
  • Boiling Fresh Crayfish - A Timeless Tradition

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Warning living things will not be living by the end of this instructable!This Is my entry for the Hunter Gatherer Contest. Please Vote through October 6th.Just to get it out of the way, Crayfish refers to: crawfish; crawdads; freshwater lobsters; or mudbugs. Get Some Crayfish So fresh they're cra...By: RbotJContinue Reading »
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  • Super Hero/Villain Helmet - With Pattern!

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Make your own super hero/villain helmet with built-in mask from the enclosed pattern. This is a great base for building upon, no matter what your super powers may be! Materials - neoprene 1/16" thickness- 1 sheet of craft foam- 1/2 yard of stretch fabric in the color of your costume- Super 77 sp...By: push_resetContinue Reading »
  • Thomas the Train costume

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    My little girl loves Thomas the Train and all his friends so I decided to make her the Engineer for Thomas on Halloween. She will wear overalls and a conductor hat and of course Thomas the Train. Step One Start with a box appropriate to the size of your child. Cut out bottom and top where child w...By: sheri.laxContinue Reading »
  • Mario Kart and Luigi Kart

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Let your kids ride in style this Halloween on a working Mario (or Luigi) Kart. These easy and inexpensive props are sure to be a Halloween hit. You can use any ride-on vehicle or toy to create these Karts. It's best if you can use matching carts and go with friends as your favorite Mario characte...By: BeetlesmartContinue Reading »
  • Free-standing A-Frame Swing Set

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    This is a BIG sturdy swing set! The top beam is about 11 feet above the ground. The footprint is about 13 feet by 13 feet. It took me two days to build it,being careful and figuring it out as I went along. You might be able to knock it out in a day if you are efficient with your time. Total est...By: adiemfamilyContinue Reading »
  • Puzzle and Dragons beginner's guide

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:52 pm
    I recently passed my 200th day playing this game, so I thought I'd write up a basic beginner's guide to Puzzle and Dragons. :DP.S. Other PAD players - see anything I missed? Have any useful tips? Leave them in the comments!!For those of you not sure what Puzzle and Dragons is, have a look at the off...By: jessyratfinkContinue Reading »
 
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  • Mario Kart and Luigi Kart

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Let your kids ride in style this Halloween on a working Mario (or Luigi) Kart. These easy and inexpensive props are sure to be a Halloween hit. You can use any ride-on vehicle or toy to create these Karts. It's best if you can use matching carts and go with friends as your favorite Mario characte...By: BeetlesmartContinue Reading »
  • Free-standing A-Frame Swing Set

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    This is a BIG sturdy swing set! The top beam is about 11 feet above the ground. The footprint is about 13 feet by 13 feet. It took me two days to build it,being careful and figuring it out as I went along. You might be able to knock it out in a day if you are efficient with your time. Total est...By: adiemfamilyContinue Reading »
  • Puzzle and Dragons beginner's guide

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:52 pm
    I recently passed my 200th day playing this game, so I thought I'd write up a basic beginner's guide to Puzzle and Dragons. :DP.S. Other PAD players - see anything I missed? Have any useful tips? Leave them in the comments!!For those of you not sure what Puzzle and Dragons is, have a look at the off...By: jessyratfinkContinue Reading »
  • Leather Plague Doctor Mask

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:03 pm
    For this project we are creating a pair of custom leather Plague Doctor masks.Quick history lesson: During the bubonic plague in Medieval Europe cities would hire masked Plague Doctors to tend to the infected. More information on Plague Doctors can be found on Wikipedia here.If you have any questi...By: VexFXContinue Reading »
  • Hoodies No-Sew costumes

    28 Sep 2014 | 6:20 pm
    These Hoodie No -sew Costumes are made from store bought hoodies with foam details glued on. I drew out the features for the Olaf hoodie onto craft foam . I used a1/4 thick foam. The thinner foams that are available are good for the eyes and nose ,but a thicker foam is needed for the hair ,but...By: darcy3529Continue Reading »
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  • In and Out Spiral- a K'nex Ball Machine Element

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:17 pm
    I call this element the In and Out Spiral because the ball enters close to the back bone, and as it goes down, it moves out away from the backbone but then moves in toward the backbone as it exits. Below is the parts list:Rods:White: 16Yellow: 2Red: 7Gray: 9Connectors:Dark Gray: 19White: 17Other:Bl...By: KnextusContinue Reading »
  • Flipped Out Flask Holder & Belt Strap

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    I recently posted an instructable for an economical Baldric ( Flipped Out Baldric) I made for my son. He also asked for some accessories to go with his Baldric. This flask holder was one of the embellishments to add to his pirate persona (for this years Ren Fest) Tools And Materials For this pro...By: DadimeContinue Reading »
  • Drums

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Build your own Djembe (and End Table) HOW TO MAKE AN ELECTRONIC DRUM.(not a MIDI sampler) aka KIDU Homemade Djembe African Hand Drum How to re-skin a drum 9 Piece Bongo Drum Shell Rubber Drum Heads Senegalese Style Drums X-ray Drum Heads Percussion Add-ons for a...By: LiMaliLContinue Reading »
  • CNC cut Fizzbot

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    This shows how to assemble a CNC cut Fizzbot (one that is cut out with a laser cutter or paper cutter). It doesn't cover the cutting as that's specific to the machine you are using, or you may have your own pre-cut Fizzbot that you bought from the Crafty Robot in person. What you need All you nee...By: CraftyRobotContinue Reading »
  • Rubber band 14 shot, shotgun

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:23 pm
    I have been inspired lately by a video I saw on YouTube on a rubber band shotgun, It looked easy so I decided I would try to do it. I have taken some time to get the angles to the best standard and accuracy of shooting and I am quite pleased with the end product. I also experimented with different w...By: cadfandaviesContinue Reading »
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  • Custom Photobag from Recycled Material

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Hi Folks! This instructable will show you a lot of good tips and tricks for sewing your custom photobag. You can use new materials or have even more fun doing it partly from recycled material – like I did... Material and tools You need the following materials and tools:ZippersA foam sleeping pad ...By: inspiredwoodContinue Reading »
  • SOLO Cup Speaker

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    Want to be the life of the party this year? Or maybe, like many college students, you want to blast your music way too loud. Awesome. You're in luck because I've designed this SOLO Cup Speaker to bring out that college student that's inside all of us. Because, what is a party without music? And more...By: bergerabContinue Reading »
  • Dog's Back Mounted Leather Camera Harness

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    This is a project that I've been wanting to do for a long time, so when I recently acquired a waterproof, shockproof camera from Instructables, I knew its time had come. I've always had a fascination with video taken from the perspective of pets wondering how they viewed the world, and us as their o...By: antagonizerContinue Reading »
  • Adding Bluetooth support to your car

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:18 pm
    I just bought a used Toyota Matrix 2011 and it has an AUX port to plug your phone or MP3 player so it plays on the car radio. It's a great feature and I've been using it but the audio wire is annoying and is always in the way. I have decided to add a Bluetooth audio receiver to the car while makin...By: aka.gufContinue Reading »
  • Anachronistic Audio Effect Unit: Tremolo

    30 Sep 2014 | 3:23 pm
    As part of my residency at the Pier 9 Workshop, I explored the analog roots of some audio effects that are very commonplace in the current digital music world. The goal was to re-create these effects as they would have been designed in the Florentine workshops in the 16th century; going a step beyon...By: joejoetheclownContinue Reading »
 
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  • SOLO Cup Speaker

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    Want to be the life of the party this year? Or maybe, like many college students, you want to blast your music way too loud. Awesome. You're in luck because I've designed this SOLO Cup Speaker to bring out that college student that's inside all of us. Because, what is a party without music? And more...By: bergerabContinue Reading »
  • Adding Bluetooth support to your car

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:18 pm
    I just bought a used Toyota Matrix 2011 and it has an AUX port to plug your phone or MP3 player so it plays on the car radio. It's a great feature and I've been using it but the audio wire is annoying and is always in the way. I have decided to add a Bluetooth audio receiver to the car while makin...By: aka.gufContinue Reading »
  • Anachronistic Audio Effect Unit: Tremolo

    30 Sep 2014 | 3:23 pm
    As part of my residency at the Pier 9 Workshop, I explored the analog roots of some audio effects that are very commonplace in the current digital music world. The goal was to re-create these effects as they would have been designed in the Florentine workshops in the 16th century; going a step beyon...By: joejoetheclownContinue Reading »
  • Cardboard Cafe

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:24 pm
    The cardboard cafe is an outdoor installation made of entirely of corrugated cardboard, and at the end of it’s life will be recycled into a new product packaging. Fabrication techniques The cardboard cafe was built with a combination of digital and manual fabrication techniques. Many of the tool...By: Studio for Urban ProjectsContinue Reading »
  • PC Box Fan

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:17 am
    Whenever I upgrade a computer, I always try to salvage and reuse as many of the old parts that I can. One part that I have collected a lot of over the years is the cooling fan. You find these in power supplies, on CPU's and in tower cooling systems. So what do you do with a bunch of small fans? You ...By: DIY Hacks and How TosContinue Reading »
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  • Semaphore for beginners

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Hi! I make this instructables for those persons who are beginning in the electronics world. In this instructable you are going to know the operation of the 555 timer in astable configuration, and the aplication of this circuit to create a very easy semaphore of one way light. Have fun! What is th...By: JuanToñoContinue Reading »
  • Ham / CB radio mount

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:36 pm
    I was looking for an easy way to mount my Ham Radio in my truck. I did not want to drill holes in my truck. I went to Lowes Hardware and found just what I needed. Ham / CB Radio Mobile Mount Parts List2) 4 inch square sheet metal brackets with holes. These brackets come in different sizes. Get o...By: ROD917Continue Reading »
  • Turn any flashlight into headlamp with duct tape

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:27 pm
    I've always been stuck holding the flashlight without enough hands to hold other stuff, and i never got around to go to the store and buy a headlamp. So i decided to make a removable one for any flashlight out of duct tape Gather your stuff Flashlight duct tape rubber band scissorsoptionalI used...By: ed shternContinue Reading »
  • Light Painters Palette 2.0 - A complete guide

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Hello Photographers! I've been planning on doing , and have requests for, a follow up instructable on my Light Painters Palette. For a while I've been working on taking the big box form of that device and making it more compact, simple, and user friendly. To do this I designed a PCB (printed cir...By: jritcheyContinue Reading »
  • Generative 3D Printing

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:34 pm
    This collection is a grouping of instructables I found helpful in my 3D printing endeavors as a software developer, some of them are oriented towards applications I would consider fabrication and others are projects of a broader interest. Fabrication tends to need a tighter tolerance for the piece...By: Index01Continue Reading »
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  • Gettin' Jiggy Widdit

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    Laser Etching acrylic can be a wonderful experience, especially if you're never worked with acrylic before and have hangups against it as a material. I fall into that category, someone who has detested all things plastic-y since childhood. But I have to admit, its such a wonderful material to work ...By: JenniferBerryContinue Reading »
  • How To Put Square Cabinets In A Round Bus

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    In an ongoing saga of my school bus conversion, my first choice for kitchen and over head cabinets was to make them. Older school buses have rounded roofs and stock cabinets are square. I figured I'd solve this problem right off by making the cabinets to fit. Why the decision to go stock. The...By: rovingcraftshopContinue Reading »
  • Vehicle Accessory Webbing

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    There are some things you don’t always need, but when you do, having them makes all the difference. Like an umbrella when you didn't expect rain. Or flip flops, because fancy shoes are only comfortable for so long. To keep it all available and out of the way, I made these gear straps. They are made ...By: MrballengContinue Reading »
  • Pirate Chest Cooler Box

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:14 pm
    I recently saw an instructable about turning a cooler into a treasure chest and had to give it a go.http://www.instructables.com/id/Pirate-Chest-Beer-Cooler/ I'll walk you through the steps I took to turn my cooler into a treasure chest. All of my materials used were recycled wood from pallets and t...By: joshwelch9Continue Reading »
  • Display Case/ Shadowbox

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Supplies & Tools Assuming you've taken the time to CAD out a design and you've got your dimensions... Hit the Hardware Store/ Lumber Yard or unguarded construction site.1/2" x 2" & 5" x8' MDF Baseboard1/4" PegboardLED Puck Lighting KitWood glue1 1/4" NailsHole FillerTools:Table sawChop sawF...By: josh.miller.engContinue Reading »
 
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  • Gettin' Jiggy Widdit

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    Laser Etching acrylic can be a wonderful experience, especially if you're never worked with acrylic before and have hangups against it as a material. I fall into that category, someone who has detested all things plastic-y since childhood. But I have to admit, its such a wonderful material to work ...By: JenniferBerryContinue Reading »
  • How To Put Square Cabinets In A Round Bus

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    In an ongoing saga of my school bus conversion, my first choice for kitchen and over head cabinets was to make them. Older school buses have rounded roofs and stock cabinets are square. I figured I'd solve this problem right off by making the cabinets to fit. Why the decision to go stock. The...By: rovingcraftshopContinue Reading »
  • Vehicle Accessory Webbing

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    There are some things you don’t always need, but when you do, having them makes all the difference. Like an umbrella when you didn't expect rain. Or flip flops, because fancy shoes are only comfortable for so long. To keep it all available and out of the way, I made these gear straps. They are made ...By: MrballengContinue Reading »
  • Pirate Chest Cooler Box

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:14 pm
    I recently saw an instructable about turning a cooler into a treasure chest and had to give it a go.http://www.instructables.com/id/Pirate-Chest-Beer-Cooler/ I'll walk you through the steps I took to turn my cooler into a treasure chest. All of my materials used were recycled wood from pallets and t...By: joshwelch9Continue Reading »
  • Cheap and Easy Fireplace Heater

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:56 pm
    As fall rolls in, people start to dread the cold winter months and the cost to keep the house warm. Fireplaces are very pretty and cozy but are actually very inefficient. This instructable will show you how to get alot more heat out of your fire place for about $50 (cost me only $30 because I had ...By: nochanceinhell3856Continue Reading »
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  • Over-Ear Headphone Fix, with Sugru

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    I volunteer at a teen makerspace at The Denver Public Library. There, we have some ten pairs of over-ear headphones. These headphones get much use and invariably wear out. The typical failure point is a little piece of plastic that connects the ear piece to the headband (see above). Our first repair...By: sam.j.peppleContinue Reading »
  • Faux Fireplace

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    I love decorating for Christmas, and about 11 years ago had a place with no fireplace. Both of my children were young, and I wanted a place to hang their stockings besides on the back of the front door! :-) I had seen a cheesy looking cardboard fireplace kit I believe at Party City, and decided, I c...By: LoriLAubreyContinue Reading »
  • 120v Power Source for Car

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    I had purchased a tablet that I wanted to be able to charge in the car, but was unable to find a suitable car charger that would work with it. I then wanted to use a power inverter to charge it, but they are all big and bulky. I then had the idea to add a 120v power outlet to my console. I had a...By: Captain DataContinue Reading »
  • Knighty_almighty

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Hinged Phone Stand Uses a series of bolts, washers, nuts that can be tightened or loosened depending on how high you want the phone to be . By: will-knightContinue Reading »
  • drums

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Drums n Beats :D 9 Piece Bongo Drum Shell Rubber Drum Heads X-ray Drum Heads How to re-skin a drum Build your own Djembe (and End Table) Homemade Djembe African Hand Drum Senegalese Style Drums Percussion Add-ons for a Drum HOW TO MAKE AN ELECTRONIC DRUM.(not a MIDI...By: TrippyhazeContinue Reading »
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  • My Kitschy Halloween Art and Decoration Collection + Halloween DIYS and Ideas

    Van
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    Halloween has a special place in my heart, it's in my soul. My roommate/best friend and I were both scheduled to be born on Halloween. I was removed on the 16th of October instead and Marianne came 2 days late. I occasionally seriously contemplate decorating my apartment like it's Halloween year-round, hence why I've written four posts about this amazing  Halloween-house made by two artists.There's a manga called Sugar Sugar Rune where the characters are from a perpetual Halloween world. I want to live there. That and Halloween Town from The Nightmare Before Christmas are my version…
  • My Friend Terri's Comfortable Neptune Beach Ornamental and Food Garden

    Van
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    A couple of weeks back I attend a documentary/fund-raiser on the healing powers of plants with my co-workers at Shakti Life Kitchen. Terri lives in the area, so Jill (the teacher friend who gave photography grad student tips here) and I carpooled over to her house to get a look at her garden before borrowing a couple of her bikes to ride to the Neptune Beach farmers market like proper hippies.I snapped a few photos with my smart phone before we took off. Her garden's just the inspiration I need to see right now. I have garden lust, bad. I'm dying to dig in the dirt and grow some herbs,…
  • The Pros and Cons of Your (Yes, "Your", I Read Your Mind) Future Dream Jobs

    Van
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Do you scoff at instructions, digging into projects without restricting guidelines? Are you a goal-setting visionary? Do you see interesting start-ups or projects and think, "I can do that!"? If so, you're cursed with my busy entrepreneur brain. I'm always dreaming up beautiful businesses, whether I want to or not.Every time I see a retail space for rent in downtown St. Augustine, my favorite place in the world, I vividly dream of buying it and opening a business. Damn you, entrepreneur brain. After years of coaching people, getting coached, and interviewing others I've come up with five…
  • The Hostel in the Forest: Sleepin' in a Treehouse. A Dream Artsy Hippie Woodland Commune

    Van
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    I'm freshly back from an amazing stay in The Hostel in the Forest and feeling inspired and renewed. The Hostel in the Forest is just what it says, a unique hostel in the woods of Brunswick, Georgia. The rooms are tree houses, the complimentary dinners are vegetarian, and the atmosphere is peaceful. Electronics aren't allowed outside of your room. You walk trails, canoe in the lake, swim in the pool, check out the garden, read, draw, and enjoy a peaceful time away from your typical hustle and bustle.We stayed in the "bamboo" hut. A tree house with three big glass windows overlooking the…
  • My Grandparent's Colorful House and Gorgeous Tropical Garden in Puerto Rico

    Van
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:42 am
    With my home tour series I love to share the real homes of makers/creatives/friends/interesting-people with aesthetics to admire. This time I'm sharing a home that's influenced my ethos and aesthetic itself; my grandparent's house in Ponce, Puerto Rico. My love of gardening, bright colors, Spanish-style homes, growing my own food, all of it stems from the very same house my dad, his four sisters and brother were raised on a tight budget.The guest bedroom where we stay on visits. Bed outfitted with light sheets because none of our family members have air conditioning. The heat! Oppressive.The…
 
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  • Reclaimed Barn Board Paneling for Designs with Rustic Flair

    Ryan
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    We’ve recently added a new line of faux panels, which we’re proud to announce here on the blog.  Made in the unique style of reclaimed barn board paneling, they are a complete innovation in the design industry.  Nothing like them has been seen before. Artificial barn wood panels look great in any design, indoors and out. The panels are highly durable polyurethane replicas crafted from master molds made of wooden boards that were salvaged from beautiful old country barns.  The result is a strikingly realistic decorative panel that has the same alluring charm and texture of real antique…
  • Cobblestone Veneer Makes Beautiful Exterior Paneling

    Beth
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:21 am
    Cobblestone veneer creates a charming look on any home. Sometimes you just need a change. That’s how Robert and Patti C., from Cypress, Texas, felt about their home’s exterior paneling. As you can see from the photos, the home has charming details, including a stain glass window, but other parts needed work. “We needed to redo stucco panels that were 30 years old and showing their age,” said Robert, “But we were tired of the stucco only look. So we changed several areas of stucco over to Faux Panels®.” The before-and-after photo shows how our Carlton Cobblestone veneer panels in…
  • Woman Builds a Fireplace Surround with Stacked Stone Panels

    Beth
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    People ask all the time how easy our Faux Panels® are to install. Easy enough for a 50-year-old woman with mixed DIY experience. Shelley from Williston, Ohio, wanted to redo her fireplace. As you can see in the before photo, her fireplace had a flat front, which could make hanging artwork easy, but was also bland. Building the fireplace surround with stacked stone panels, even with a shallow profile as shown in the after photo, dresses up the living room and creates a more traditional fireplace look. Because Shelley carried the design all the way up to the ceiling, it also functions as a…
  • Forget Catalogs: Why it’s Better to Buy Faux Stone Panels Online

    Beth
    5 Sep 2014 | 11:18 am
    Faux Panels® gets catalog requests all the time. We’ve never produced a print catalog, and our customers benefit from that decision. Here’s why it’s better to buy faux stone panels and siding online: Print catalogs go out of date – sometimes even before they arrive in your mailbox. We’re constantly adding new styles, colors and accessories. By directing you to our web site you can be sure you’re seeing our most current inventory and options. Better access to special prices. Have you ever tried to order a sale item from a print catalog and found out it was sold out even though…
  • DIY Kitchen Backsplashes with Fake Brick and Stone Panels

    Ryan
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:06 am
    A lot of our customers have chosen to make use of our fake brick and stone panels to upgrade the look of their kitchens.  In particular, many have used them to create DIY kitchen backsplashes.  The remarkably realistic look and feel of real stone that the panels have when installed as a backsplash has dramatically improved the appearance and comfort levels of our customers’ kitchens. Faux stone panels make DIY kitchen backsplashes like this one easy to install. What is a kitchen backsplash?   It’s simply the accented area that’s installed in the space between your kitchen counter…
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  • Check Out the DIY Bookshelves in This Home Office Makeover

    Tracy Laverty
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Bookshelves generally play two roles– functional and aesthetic. In this home office makeover, the DIY bookshelves add some much needed shelf space, and they certainly make the previously bare room look warm, comfortable and sophisticated.   These DIY bookshelves were created by Tracy Laverty and her husband Steve. Tracy is the author of the DIY and lifestyle blog Right Up My Alley, and this DIY bookshelf tutorial and home office makeover are part of our ongoing DIY Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. We pick a particular material– in this case, plywood — and…
  • How to Build the Best Kids Reading Nook Ever

    Charlotte Smith
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    This kids reading nook is the cozy, quiet space we probably all wished we had when we were kids. Heck, a small, enclosed mini-sanctuary like this would be pretty nice even for adults. This cool little bedroom reading corner was created by Charlotte Smith, the DIY blogger behind Ciburbanity. It’s part of our DIY Challenge series in which we challenge some of our favorite decor and DIY bloggers to create fun, practical and clever DIY projects starting with a single material– in this case, plywood. Charlotte has the full tutorial here for you, including a little help with the math…
  • Easy DIY Wainscoting for a Dramatic Accent Wall

    Caitlin Ketcham
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
      This easy DIY wainscoting will guarantee a dramatic look for your living room or dining room. Caitlin Ketcham of the blog Desert Domicile came up with this staggered flat panel wainscoting project for our ongoing DIY Challenge series. We’ve asked several of our favorite DIY and design bloggers to come up with practical DIY projects starting with a single material– in this case, plywood.  We love the sophisticated look of this distinctive wainscoting, and we were impressed with just how easy it was for Caitlin to build it. And as you can see, the results are simply…
  • DIY Shoe Rack for the Entryway or Mudroom

    Aileen Allen
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
      What do you do with your shoes as you kick them off when you walk into the front door? Aileen Allen, the DIY blogger behind At Home in Love, and her family dumped their shoes in the entryway closet. You can probably guess how that was working out.  That’s why she created a very nifty DIY shoe rack for her entryway. It’s custom build for her space, and even shoe size. It works as a bench, too, to sit on as she puts on her shoes. It’s even on wheels so it’s easy to move out of the way, when needed. And best of all… we have the tutorial so you can make a…
  • DIY Shelves and a Storage Closet Makeover

    Destiny Alfonso
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    We don’t know anyone who isn’t looking for ways to use every square inch of their homes. That’s why we’re mighty impressed with the recent storage closet makeover by lifestyle blogger Destiny Alfonso.  She says for the longest time, it was one of those “everyone’s coming over, I don’t have a place to put it, just stuff it in the closet” spaces. But after she worked her DIY magic it’s a closet she doesn’t mind guests actually seeing inside the closet. Destiny writes about DIY, decor and entertaining on her blog Just Destiny. Her…
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  • Practical Ways to Green Your Home Sewing Hobby

    28 Sep 2014 | 2:22 am
      Sewing is a fun and practical hobby that helps aficionados save money while getting exactly the fashion look that they want. If you are a "sewist," as they say, you can bring together both your love of sewing and your concern for the state of the planet when you try out these tips and tricks for greening your favorite hobby.  See full article.
  • Eco-Friendly Ideas for Awesome Halloween Crafts

    25 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
      Just like when watching a horror movie has you glued to the edge of your seat waiting for the next scream-worthy moment, the anticipation of a happily haunted evening is a big part of the Halloween fun. If you really want to stir up the holiday spirit, get crafty and try your hand at some easy DIY to decorate your home, outside and in.  See full article.
  • Rent, Don’t Own, to Simplify Your Life

    22 Sep 2014 | 11:12 pm
      "The more you have the more you want" may be a truism but like most truisms, this simple sentence contains a grain of … well … truth. America has long been known as a consumer society, where the hallmark of an individual's status has tended to be how much they own and what they are worth in financial terms.  See full article.
  • 11 Unusual Uses for an Old Cardboard Box

    21 Sep 2014 | 12:11 am
      Somehow, you can't bring yourself to recycle them, or worse yet, to throw them away. They'll come in so handy some day if you decide to move to the other side of the state or put together a collection of vintage vinyl records. There's something about cardboard boxes, from tiny jewelry cases to super-sized appliance containers, that awakens the inner hoarder in almost everyone.  See full article.
  • Repurpose Tree Trimmings as a Charming Twig Fence

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:39 am
      Would you like just a bit more privacy in your urban front yard? We're talking about a friendly distance from your neighbors and casual passersby -- nothing hostile or extreme. Oh and while you're at it, maybe you want to persuade the local dogs not to use your geraniums as all-too-public conveniences.  See full article.
 
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  • Staining and Painting Fake Wood Beams

    Beth
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    Beams faux painted by the customer. In addition to their wide variety of sizes and styles, staining and painting fake wood beams yourself is another way to create exactly the look you want. Most customers simply choose one of our pre-stained beams such as the walnut, cinnamon, or java color options, but if you want do something different, here are a few tips. First, always use a water-based stain or paint, never oil-based. Most of our unfinished beams are already primed with a water-based coating. Oil and water do not mix, so you have to use a water-based product on top of the existing…
  • New Beams for Sale: Introducing Custom Smooth and Recessed Smooth

    Ryan
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    We’ve recently added a new line of custom faux wood beams for sale, and would like to talk about them here on the blog.  To give our customers the opportunity to bring an even greater dimension of beauty to home, business and office designs, we are now offering beams that we call Custom Smooth Beams and Custom Recessed Smooth Beams. Custom Smooth Beams: 3-Sided Style These beams stand out from the others we offer, in that they have a uniquely soft, consistent texture and mellow look that’s free of the notches and pronounced grain lines characteristic of many of our other beams.  The…
  • How to Install Fake Wood Beams on a Stucco or Stippled Ceiling

    Beth
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:18 am
    Fake wood beams installed on top of a stucco ceiling. One of our Facebook fans recently asked this question: “All of your photos show faux beams on a smooth ceiling. What about a stippled ceiling? Can you use faux beams on them?” Great question, but let’s make sure we’re all on the same page before delving into it. A stippled ceiling is one with a texture, like a “popcorn” ceiling. They’re often used by contractors to save time and money because the ceiling doesn’t have to be mudded, taped, sanded, primed or painted. Stucco is another type of textured ceiling. Yes, our…
  • Are Reclaimed Wood Beams Right for You?

    Beth
    5 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Salvaged wood beams add a rustic touch to this sunny kitchen. If you’re not sure about using faux wood beams but don’t want to cut down any trees (or can’t afford the high cost of a solid wood beam), what can you do? Consider reclaimed wood beams. Instead of being made of polyurethane like faux beams, these beams are made of wood rescued from old barns and similar buildings. So instead of just tearing down a great old building and trashing it, the wood is saved and repurposed as new building materials, thereby sparing trees. The reclaimed wood is then cut into veneer pieces a half an…
  • Great Dining Room Ideas on Pinterest

    Ryan
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    Pinterest is a fun way for us to put together customer photos and project pictures, while also collecting inspiring and useful ideas for our customers and their design plans.  One board you’ll want to take a look at is the one we created to compile Dining Room ideas. From cozy, family-style dining rooms to more elegant, formal styles, the board includes great photos our customers have sent us of the stunning designs they have created with faux wood beams.  Below are some great examples of the photographs there. The fake wood ceiling beams add a captivating touch to this dining room. A…
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  • Console Controllers for JAMMA Boards

    Brian Benchoff
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Back in the day, and by that we mean the late 80s and early 90s, arcade machines started using the JAMMA standard, a means for a single arcade board to be wired in to the controllers, video output, and other ephemera found in arcade cabinets. Since then, quite a few people have amassed a collection of these vintage arcade boards. Putting them to use requires a means of providing power, video output and controller connections. The usual way of wiring in a joystick and buttons is with a wiring harness, but [Mike] and [Jasen] are connecting Xbox 360 and PS3 controllers to their machines with the…
  • Ask Hackaday: Help NASA With Their High Altitude Problem

    Will Sweatman
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Unless you’ve been living under a high voltage transformer, you’ve probably heard that NASA has grounded the Space Shuttle fleet. This makes getting stuff to and from the International Space Station slightly more difficult. With the growing need to get small experiments back to the surface quickly and safely, NASA is researching an idea they call Small Payload Quick Return, or SPQR (pdf warning). Basically, they toss the experiment out of the window, use drag to slow it down, and then use a High Altitude High Opening (HAHO) self guiding parafoil to steer the thing down to a…
  • Sine Waves, Squares Waves, and the Occasional FFT

    Bil Herd
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    I became aware of harmonics and the sound of different shaped waveforms early in my electronics career (mid 1970’s) as I was an avid fan of [Emerson Lake and Palmer], [Pink Floyd], [Yes], and the list goes on. I knew every note of [Karn Evil 9] and could hear the sweeping filters and the fundamental wave shapes underneath it. I remember coming to the understanding that a square wave, which is a collection of fundamental and (odd) harmonics frequencies, could then be used to give an indication of frequency response. If the high frequencies were missing the sharp edges of the square wave…
  • Unreal Line-up and Live Stream of Hackaday’s 10th

    Mike Szczys
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Yeah, check out that line-up poster. We’re so lucky to have an unreal collection of talented people pitching in to make this event happen. This Saturday is going to be Epic! Good thing since we’re celebrating 10-years-of-Hackaday! What’s that you say? You don’t live in Los Angeles and are going to miss out? We’ll be live-streaming the event on: Hackervision #1 Hackervision #2 You should put this feed on in the background while you hone your solding skills on that project you’ve been meaning to finish. We will also be recording and posting the talks so that…
  • Developed on Hackaday: Sometimes, All You Need Is a Few Flags

    Mathieu Stephan
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The development of the Hackaday community offline password keeper has been going on for a little less than a year now. Since July our beta testers have been hard at work giving us constant suggestions about features they’d like to see implemented and improvements the development team could make. This led up to more than 1100 GitHub commits and ten thousand lines of code. As you can guess, our little 8bit microcontroller’s flash memory was starting to get filled pretty quickly. One of our contributors, [Miguel], recently discovered one compilation and one linker flags that…
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    Stain Removal Blog - A Mom's Guide To House Cleaning, Laundry And Stains

  • Cascade Dishwasher Cleaner Reviews & Opinions

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    I've been trying to find a dishwasher cleaner I really like for a long time, preferably one without a wax seal dispenser since those don't seem to work well for actually dispensing in my dishwasher. I personally liked these Cascade dishwasher cleaner pacs, but they did have a strong perfumey odor to them, which another reader did not like at all. Have you used this product? If so, I'd love to hear your thoughts. What product(s) do you use to clean your dishwasher?
  • Honest Laundry Detergent Reviews: Liquid & Pod Varieties

    27 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Have you ever heard of Honest laundry detergent? It comes in both liquid and pods version, and is both eco-friendly and hypoallergenic. Sounds great huh? Well one reader did really like it, but I've also gotten reports of allergic reactions to this detergent despite it being hypoallergenic. Has anyone else used this laundry soap? If so, I'd love to hear your experiences with it, especially whether it is worth the higher price and having to order it from the company instead of being able to purchase it in stores.
  • Dawn Direct Foam Reviews & Opinions

    26 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Many people love foaming hand soap, but what about foaming dish soap for washing dishes? Dawn has Dawn Direct Foam, and some people love it while others don't. I'd love to hear your opinion of this type of soap, and whether you think the foaming variety lasts longer for washing dishes or not.
  • How To Remove Hair Dye Drips & Spills From Hard Surfaces

    26 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    When applying hair dye sometimes, no matter how careful we are, there are little drips and spills onto hard surfaces like your counter or sink. Here are tips and home remedies you can use to try to remove the stains left behind.
  • Mystery Dryer Stains: Possible Causes And Solutions

    25 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    I get so frustrated when clothes I KNOW did not have a stain on them before I put them in the laundry come out of the dryer stained. Does this ever happen to you too? Here are possible causes of those mystery stains, and also ideas for how to fix the problem. Of course, so many things can cause this I'd love to hear your experiences as well, if you've figured out what was causing your stains and/or how you fixed it!
 
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    Alure Home Improvements

  • Everything you need to know about converting your basement into a gym

    Salvatore Ferro
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    One of the biggest challenges that comes with staying in shape is simply getting yourself to the gym.
  • Extend the life of your roof

    Salvatore Ferro
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:31 am
    Alure Home Improvements' exterior design expert Mike Serra told homeowners a few different ways to keep their replacement roofs working for them for as long as they need.
  • 5 tips for renovating your basement when relatives are moving in

    Salvatore Ferro
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:52 am
    Alure Home Improvements' design expert Greg Griffin explained that remodeling your basement to accommodate your parents or relatives isn't just normal, but can actually end up being a positive in multiple ways.
  • A Labor Day Reflection

    Salvatore Ferro
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    Summer is almost over, the kids are going back to school and football is back! This can only mean one thing, Labor Day weekend is here. Time for BBQ’s, beaches, enjoying family and friends and getting ready to say goodbye to summer vacation. Let’s add to that! Let’s actually celebrate Labor Day for what it
  • Top 3 reasons for bathroom renovations

    Gina Bonura
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:48 am
    If you're considering a bathroom renovation in your own home, it may be smart to look at the reasons other people begin this significant home remodeling project.
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    Violet LeBeaux - Melbourne Blogger

  • Covered External Hard Drive Tutorial – Home Sweet Home

    Violet
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Time for another Home Sweet Home tutorial! Today I’m recovering my external hard drive so it matches my desk more! For this tutorial you will need: Hard drive Old magazines or pretty paper Book covering contact Glue Clean the outside of your hard drive to make sure that you have a nice smooth surface. I […] The post Covered External Hard Drive Tutorial – Home Sweet Home appeared first on Violet LeBeaux - Melbourne Blogger.
  • No Sew Draped Cardigan Tutorial

    Violet
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Another no sewing tutorial, this time I made an easy draped cardigan! I think the real key to all of these draped clothes is using the right fabric. I am using a really stretchy fabric which is also thin so it flows really well. Stretch is much more forgiving if you’re just experimenting too! It’s […] The post No Sew Draped Cardigan Tutorial appeared first on Violet LeBeaux - Melbourne Blogger.
  • Pressed Sugar Cookies – Cute Food

    Violet
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:55 pm
    Random cute food today: cookies! These cookies have so many different names but I’m going to go with Spritz cookies at the moment because that’s what my recipe said.   . I’m not going to bother posting the full recipe because I didn’t change anything when doing it. You can find the recipe on the […] The post Pressed Sugar Cookies – Cute Food appeared first on Violet LeBeaux - Melbourne Blogger.
  • School Dress Make Over Tutorial! – Do It In A Dress

    Violet
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Today’s tutorial is a special one! I’m going to make over a school dress for Do It In A Dress! Here’s my finished skirt/shirt set:   And here’s the original dress:   Bit of a change yes? ^_^ . Before we get into the full tutorial let’s have a look at what Do It In A […] The post School Dress Make Over Tutorial! – Do It In A Dress appeared first on Violet LeBeaux - Melbourne Blogger.
  • Win $150 Westfield Voucher- Australian Reader Survey

    Violet
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Morning! I hope you had an awesome weekend ^_^ As you guys know, I have recently joined a new agency and they were hoping to get some information about you guys to make sure the campaigns they pitch to me are actually relevant and interesting to you all. It’s been forever since I did a proper reader […] The post Win $150 Westfield Voucher- Australian Reader Survey appeared first on Violet LeBeaux - Melbourne Blogger.
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    Armchair Builder :: Blog :: Build, renovate, & repair your own home. Save money as an owner builder.

  • Liquid Applied Housewrap Pros and Cons

    armchairbuilder
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:42 pm
      We know how important it is to provide an air and moisture barrier to the exterior of homes built today.  Not only does it keep rainwater and air from freely passing into the exterior walls of the home, but these barriers also allow any moisture trapped in the wall to get out.  And by [...]
  • New Home Pitfalls

    armchairbuilder
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Real World Example The best way to describe potential new home pitfalls is to share a real world example.  I want to tell you about friend of mine that had a new home built by a production home builder.  It was one of those communities that has a single builder constructing all of the homes.  [...]
  • Repairing Bouncy Floors

    armchairbuilder
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Armchair Builder recently answered a reader question on repairing bouncy floors so we thought we might share it with the rest of you.  Even if you don’t have floors that move too much now, knowing more about what causes the problem can help to prevent issues on future building projects.  When we say “bouncy” we’re [...]
  • General Contract Your Own Home or DIY

    armchairbuilder
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:47 pm
    It’s totally possible to general contract your own home to save money and get control of your new project.  But what about doing some of the physical labor yourself?  Is it a good idea to DIY the project or should you leave the work to the professionals?  There are circumstances where it does make sense [...]
  • Drain Tile Problems

    armchairbuilder
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:03 pm
    Here’s a reader question that revolves around basement water and drain tile problems in a home.  Because this problem does happen somewhat regularly, I thought others might be interested as well.  Reader Drain Tile Problems:  “I live in the end unit of a four unit section of townhomes.  A few months ago my next door [...]
 
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    An Oregon Cottage

  • Soft 100% Whole Wheat Rolls Video

    Jami
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Brian and I have wanted to shoot a recipe tutorial for you all for awhile now and what better AOC recipe to start with than our soft whole wheat dinner rolls, one of our most popular recipes ever? I have answered a lot of questions about this recipe over the years, but with hundreds of […] The post Soft 100% Whole Wheat Rolls Video appeared first on An Oregon Cottage. Thank you for subscribing! ***Here is the link to your FREE eBook:*** CLICK HERE for the PDF version of Seasonal Dinner Menus eBook to view in your browser {or right-click and save to desktop}.
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    Five Gallon Ideas

  • Stinging Nettle Fertilizer

    trevor
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:33 am
    If you have access to a healthy supply of stinging nettles, it’s high time to declare your own personal independence from the Haber-Bosch process by creating your own fertilizer. This is a simple recipe for making a valuable fertilizer from a common weed – stinging nettles. Where do Nettles Grow Stinging nettles are absolutely everywhere. You’ll find them in the ditches and forest edges all throughout northern Europe and Asia. They grow in every single U.S state and Canadian province except for Hawaii. They especially thrive in areas with high rainfall such as the…
  • Emergency Kit

    trevor
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    With regular large scale disasters already common in North America, it’s a good time to talk a bit about disaster preparation and how a 5 gallon bucket can help provide some good physical insurance against a catastrophic situation. Image Credit: SafetyKitStore.com A well designed emergency kit will contain the best bits of modern technology and healthcare packaged neatly in a carryable 5 gallon bucket. Prepackaged Emergency Kits The simplest way to invest in your five gallon insurance plan is to get your hands on a professionally built kit. Usually these kits are helpfully rated for a…
  • Hand Washing Laundry in a Bucket

    trevor
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    Washing some of your clothes by hand is quick, easy, and takes an enormous pressure off your weekly laundry machine loads. You’ll be surprised to learn that a bucket sized load takes only 5 minutes when done right. During the summer we manage to handwash at least half our clothing, during the winter we hand wash less because colder weather means everything takes longer to dry and winter fabrics tend to be thicker. When it Works and When it Doesn’t Remember that an ordinary washing machine has a “spin cycle” that leaves clothes quite dry. The best you can do with…
  • Double Bucket Wash Method & Dirt Dropper

    trevor
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Washing a vehicle is easy to learn, but takes skill to fully master. This intermediate level vehicle washing tutorial is especially useful for larger vehicles such as RVs and trucks. Tools to Get You Started Pick a brush with the right texture for your type of use. An ideal brush will have soft tip bristles that wrap around the support block. Combination wash and wax soap – find the best suited to cut through typical road grime in your area – such at XYZ (recommend a soap product here?) At least one clean bucket with optional dolly. If you have two you can take it to the next…
  • Bucket Multitool

    trevor
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:23 am
    I help run a bucket-based compost project where lids sealing too tight are our customers’ #1 complaint. How’s this for a concept – a bucket that opens itself! Well today we’re one step closer to that utopian vision, with this great bucket opener and multitool that clasps around the bucket’s handle so you always know where to find it. The Perfect Painter’s Partner If opening 5 gallon buckets weren’t enough, it’s got a rounded pry bar that will make short work of even a rusted shut paint can lid. And unlike the clunky flathead screwdriver…
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    U me and the kids

  • Win a Paddington Bear Plush and 4 in 1 Puzzle with stickers

    rachelhirst
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:46 am
    U me and the kids   Win a Paddington Bear Plush and 4 in 1 Puzzle with stickers   To celebrate the new Paddington movie which is released in the UK in November, Rainbow Designs have a brand new range of Paddington Bear Toys and gifts. Rainbow Designs, have kindly given U, Me and the kids a fantastic Paddington bear package [...] The post Win a Paddington Bear Plush and 4 in 1 Puzzle with stickers is an article from http://umeandthekids.com. U,ME AND THE KIDS is a UK Lifestyle & UK Parenting Blog - which features articles for people who love Lifestyle tips and Parenting…
  • Giveaway|1 of 5 Primula Kids Cheese Lunch packs & Recipe Books

    rachelhirst
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:46 pm
    U me and the kids    Win 1 of 5 Primula Kids Cheese Lunch packs & Recipe Books   Whether you squeeze it, spread it or serve it on toast, Primula is everyone’s favourite squeezy cheese available in six delicious flavours: Original, Primula and Chive, Primula and Ham, Primula and Prawn, Light and Primula Kids, which is especially designed for [...] The post Giveaway|1 of 5 Primula Kids Cheese Lunch packs & Recipe Books is an article from http://umeandthekids.com. U,ME AND THE KIDS is a UK Lifestyle & UK Parenting Blog - which features articles for people who love…
  • oMoi All in one Balm Natural beauty product

    rachelhirst
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:39 am
    U me and the kids  oMoi “All-In-One” Balm for 100% Natural Beauty     When this little pot of  oMoi All-in-One Balm which is 100% Natural beauty product arrived in my mail, I quickly assumed that this little pot surely would be gone in a few applications. A Natural Beauty Product – goes a long way? After unwrapping the packaging I finally [...] The post oMoi All in one Balm Natural beauty product is an article from http://umeandthekids.com. U,ME AND THE KIDS is a UK Lifestyle & UK Parenting Blog - which features articles for people who love Lifestyle tips and…
 
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    The Ribbon Retreat Blog

  • Bat Headband

    Cheri Mortimer
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no…it’s the cutest little bat you’ve ever seen! Seriously, have you ever seen such an adorable bat? Cherie is sharing this festive winged friend on a fabulous ribbon covered headband that is too cute for words and way too much fun! This little high flyin’ critter is easy to […]
  • Halloween Ribbon Spider Web

    The Ribbon Retreat
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Typically spider webs are really not something that is welcome or even invited into our homes except for one special time of the year and then it’s all about the creepy crawly spiders and their nasty little webs…Halloween time! Today, JaniJo is sharing a spectacular spider web that is anything by nasty and one that […]
  • Two-Toned Cheer Bow

    Cheri Mortimer
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Did you know that I have a special place in my heart for big cheer bows? It is true! I was a cheerleader for a looooong time and big bows just like this one were a big part of my life. Those were the days of short skirts, high kicks, and lots of cheers for […]
  • How To Make A Twisted Boutique Bow, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Welcome to YouTube Thursday…one of my favorite days of the week! Are you new to our YouTube Thursday party? This party is all about getting crafty video style with a brand new video tutorial each week that is fabulous, fun and full of frilly hair accessories and other fun crafts! I get so excited for […]
  • Witch Legs Halloween Decor

    The Ribbon Retreat
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble. My favorite part of Halloween is all of the cute…not scary, Halloween decor! I love the vibrant oranges, greens, purples and black. I also love the fun and friendly spiders, pumpkins, ghosts, goblins and last but surely not least, the witches and their famous cackles. […]
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    The DIY Helpers

  • Making a Greenhouse out of your Attic

    24 Sep 2014 | 2:34 am
    The benefits of converting your loft into an extra bit of living space, whether a spare bedroom, bathroom, home office or leisure area, are well known. From increasing your home’s value to expanding your available space without the need to move house, loft conversions have proven their worth time and again.Toronto Greenhouse LoftBut if those ideas don’t spark your interest, then how about something completely different? Those with green fingers and a bit of a creative bent could do well to take note of Toronto residents Stephen Young and Roseanne Berry, and their unique and ambitious…
  • How to Get Rid of Dust Mites

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:06 am
    Dust mites are the bane of many people’s lives, but most especially those with asthma or other breathing issues. Dust mites are minute creatures which thrive off the dust and debris which is left behind by most human’s daily lives. Much of what forms the diet of the average dust mite is rather horrible to contemplate; they eat the tiny flakes of skin which are shed by humans and left behind on many surfaces but most especially within soft furnishings, bedding, rugs and soft toys. Because dust mites can cause extreme irritation to those who have breathing problems already, it is very…
  • How to Lay your own Carpets: A Fuss Free Method!

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    Laying your own carpets isn’t as difficult as you may imagine. Many people are put off by the fact that carpets are not only heavy to move but very expensive, one mistake and there’s no going back! But if you follow instructions very carefully then there’s no need to assume that carpet laying is only a job which professionals can tackle. Before you begin the task of laying your own carpet, take a look at the tools which you will need.Sharp knife such as a Stanley KnifeChalkTape measureKnee padsThe first thing you will need to tackle is the removal of the old carpet. Many people do this…
  • How To Get Tough Stains Out of Carpets

    8 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s every home-owners nightmare: a glass of red wine spilled across their beautiful cream carpet. Stains on carpets can be very hard to remove, and there is no end to old wives’ tales about salt, using water, not using water and so on. Although there is no one way of treating every stain, it’s worthwhile learning how to deal with the most common stains so that if that glass of red wine is spilled, you’ll know what to do about it.General PrinciplesAlthough there are no miracle solutions which will work on every single stain, there are some general principles to bear in mind. Firstly,…
  • Creating a Survival Bag for the Apocalypse!

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    OK, so it’s unlikely to happen, but you never know just when your daily life will be transformed into something out of a Hollywood blockbuster movie. We all like to think we’d cope in a post-apocalyptic world, but when it’s survival of the fittest, a bit of forward planning pays dividends. Having a bag at the ready which you can just grab and go is the first step in your plans. Bag Before you start thinking about what to put in it, your first consideration has to be the bag itself. This is not the time for luxury handbags or suitcases; you need a relatively small backpack with lots of…
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    Power Equipment Tips

  • How To Grow Garlic Without Replanting Every Year

    lbelding
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    In Central European folk belief garlic will ward off werewolves, vampires and demons. Some still believe this today (and to be honest, i’d try it if in such dire circumstance), but most just love how garlic tastes. Whether you need it to stock up on werewolf protection or just to fill your cabinet and flavor your meals most people don’t realize that garlic can be grown (in your own garden!) to return year after year. Here’s how: How to Plant Perennial Garlic Make sure when planting your garlic that you give each seed adequate space to grow. Plant them pointy side up within an…
  • Best Generators for Tailgating

    lbelding
    5 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    It’s that time of year again. The age-old tradition of filling up the car with great food, family, friends and heading to your favorite team’s stadium is back for yet another epic year of college/professional football. The most important aspect of any great tailgate is of course, food. After that, maybe a small TV for the die-hard fan that needs to catch the pregame, a portable radio, portable fridge, grill, maybe even a laptop to bring entertainment full circle. The only question remains, how will I make sure I can run all of my equipment? The answer: Portable Generators. Good…
  • Choose The Best Fuel for Your Power Equipment (Part 2 With Checklist)

    lbelding
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:52 am
    STALE FUEL – Gasoline begins the gradual process of degrading and losing its volatility as soon as it leaves the refinery. Just like milk, bread and other food items, gasoline will eventually spoil or turn stale. You’ll probably get sick if you drink spoiled milk. Leaving stale fuel in an engine will typically first cause non-warrantable fuel system damage. Stale fuel is the number one cause of stiff carburetor metering diaphragms and a leading cause of carburetor replacement. Very often, engines will run on stale fuel for some time. Stale fuel gum & varnish will quickly stick the…
  • Choose The Best Fuel for Your ECHO & Shindaiwa Power Equipment (Part One)

    lbelding
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    The Right Fuel For Your Equipment Only use Fuels that contain 10% Ethanol blend or less in ECHO and Shindaiwa 2‐Stroke Engines. Look on your gas station’s pump for a sign or decal to identify the percentage of Ethanol in the gasoline. In most states in the U.S. this is required by law. Use of fuel containing over 10% Ethanol (E10), such as (E15, E20, E30, E50 and E85), or any fuels not meeting ECHO and Shindaiwa requirements, are not approved for use in ECHO and Shindaiwa gasoline engines. Use Of Fuels Containing over 10% (E10) Ethanol can cause the following problems: Poor engine…
  • Animated Knots App on iTunes

    lbelding
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Ever wish you knew how to tie any knot known to man? The top knot tying resource online is now available as an app! Whether you are an Arborist, Climber, or Fisherman, this app gives you the know-how in knot tying of a master. Read more information below from the Animated Knots page on itunes.com. “Named the best knot-tying app by Outside Magazine! Learn to tie knots the fun and easy way from the creators of the web’s #1 knot site and #1 iPhone knot app. Animated Knots by Grog HD is simply the best and most comprehensive teaching and reference tool for boaters, climbers,…
 
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