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  • Making Lightbulbs Float

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    Alasdair Allan
    3 May 2015 | 2:05 pm
    We talk to Simon Morris about the Flyt, a levitating lightbulb, which he and his team brought along to Maker Faire Paris. Read more on MAKE The post Making Lightbulbs Float appeared first on Make:.
  • Water Puddles on Patio

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    Tim Carter
    2 May 2015 | 3:50 am
    Ken Morris has lots of water puddles on his stamped concrete patio in Phoenix, AZ. He thought of an idea on how to solve it, but I believe I have a much better solution. Here's what he sent to me: "My patio was poorly designed.  You can see from the picture I get standing water and want to devise a channel drain system here. The channel drain would be 24 feet long.  Is this an issue because it seems like I would have to have a 6 inch drop from one end to the other?  What would you do with the existing concrete/slate on top?" That's some puddling. What a shame the installer of the stamped…
  • How to Hold a Guitar

    How to of the Day
    3 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Just like you've got to walk before you run, you've got to learn to hold the guitar properly before you learn to rip through a mixolydian tapping solo in E-flat. Holding the guitar properly helps you to build the fundamental skills necessary to play what you want to play comfortably, quickly, and with the right technique. Good guitar players take the time to build habits that will allow them to become even better. Whether you're playing electric or acoustic, and whether you're sitting or standing, you can learn to hold the guitar properly. Steps Holding a Guitar (Seated) Sit in an appropriate…
  • Doing laundry with no laundry room

    Old House Web Blog
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:52 am
  • Build A Shed Series Part 2| Preparing the Site

    Home Construction Improvement
    Jeff Williams
    6 Apr 2015 | 7:48 pm
    Build A Shed Series Part 2| Preparing the SiteIn part 1 of the Build a Shed series we covered finding out what rules and codes apply in your community, finding a good plan, and getting a permit. In part 2 we’ll cover utility locating, materials ordering, and finally site preparation.To be completely honest, I was surprised at how painless it was to acquire a permit. Before I was a contractor I had always been under the impression (the wrong one) that building departments were difficult to work with. Having a great plan made the whole process a breeze. And rather quick too. So quick that I…
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  • Making Lightbulbs Float

    Alasdair Allan
    3 May 2015 | 2:05 pm
    We talk to Simon Morris about the Flyt, a levitating lightbulb, which he and his team brought along to Maker Faire Paris. Read more on MAKE The post Making Lightbulbs Float appeared first on Make:.
  • Machining a Skeleton Clock from Scratch

    Theron Sturgess
    3 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Chris of Clickspring presents a fascinating step by step process of how to build a clock from scratch. More than a tutorial, he demonstrates the fine craftsmanship and precision machining possible in ammature clockmaking. The project covers building everything you need for a John Wilding, large wheel, skeleton clock; an […] Read more on MAKE The post Machining a Skeleton Clock from Scratch appeared first on Make:.
  • Makers Helping with Trauma Rehabilitation

    Alasdair Allan
    3 May 2015 | 6:37 am
    We talk to Stéphane Bonnard about the APREL Project, and the development of the exoskeleton arm that he brought along to Maker Faire Paris. Read more on MAKE The post Makers Helping with Trauma Rehabilitation appeared first on Make:.
  • Record number of visitors at Maker Faire Paris

    Alasdair Allan
    3 May 2015 | 2:29 am
    There are four Maker Faires happening around the world this weekend, the biggest in Paris, France, and it opened yesterday to record numbers of visitors. Read more on MAKE The post Record number of visitors at Maker Faire Paris appeared first on Make:.
  • Hydrojet-Powered Personal Pool Pontoon from PVC

    Theron Sturgess
    2 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Build a DIY hydrojet-powered watercraft for kids that’s perfect for the backyard pool. Kids love to drive the land roving mini cars and trucks you can get at the big box toy stores, now they can head to the water and pilot their own home built pontoon boat. This boat […] Read more on MAKE The post Hydrojet-Powered Personal Pool Pontoon from PVC appeared first on Make:.
 
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  • Water Puddles on Patio

    Tim Carter
    2 May 2015 | 3:50 am
    Ken Morris has lots of water puddles on his stamped concrete patio in Phoenix, AZ. He thought of an idea on how to solve it, but I believe I have a much better solution. Here's what he sent to me: "My patio was poorly designed.  You can see from the picture I get standing water and want to devise a channel drain system here. The channel drain would be 24 feet long.  Is this an issue because it seems like I would have to have a 6 inch drop from one end to the other?  What would you do with the existing concrete/slate on top?" That's some puddling. What a shame the installer of the stamped…
  • May 1, 2015 AsktheBuilder Weekend Warrior

    Tim Carter
    1 May 2015 | 6:38 am
    Train season is here. Tomorrow, May 2nd, I'll be attending the annual FRA Rules refresher class. If you're a newer subscriber, I got a once-in-a-lifetime part-time job last summer. Train Conductor Yes, a real conductor on a real full-sized train. CLICK HERE to see my magic hat and the bow tie that makes women swoon. Kathy just rolls her eyes and shakes her head. She thinks I'm delusional. Maybe she's right! My first trip this season is May 24th. Snow Be Gone Winners! Congratulations to our winners! Fourteen people picked April 29, 2015 as the day all the snow and ice would be gone from my…
  • Washing Machine Venting Diagram

    Tim Carter
    1 May 2015 | 4:53 am
    Kevin Garretty emailed me about a vexing problem at his Beaufort, SC home. He's scratching his head about the correct way to vent a washing machine and needs a venting diagram. I asked him to send me what he was talking about and you'll see his diagram below. For the record, I'm a master plumber among other things. I was a licensed master in Ohio for years and years before moving to NH. Then you'll see mine. Here's what he asked me: "Is it ok to vent washer drain line, before the hard trap in the wall?" This is Kevin's drawing. NEVER install a washing machine drain pipe and vent this way.
  • AsktheBuilder Loot FOR SALE

    Tim Carter
    1 May 2015 | 4:15 am
    In April of 2015, I decided to move from my larger basement office up to my cozy man cave ham radio shack. I had been putting it off for years, but many many possessions were just gathering dust.   Here's the reality. Why hold onto something you don't use anymore if you can SELL it and use that money to buy something you want? BINGO. You get to enjoy stuff that I no longer want nor need. This list CHANGES every few days. I have most of my ebay auctions scheduled to end on Sunday nights. I'm ADDING stuff all the time to the list, so you should just come back here often. CLICK the links…
  • Musty Smell in Shower

    Tim Carter
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:07 am
    Kelsey Rogers has a musty smell when anyone takes a shower in her Chattanooga, Tennessee house. Here's the situation: "For about the last two weeks in our home we have had a mysterious mildew/musty smell. Usually the time we smell it is during or right after someone has taken a shower or bath. We can smell it in both bathrooms and in one bedroom which are coincidentally all on the same wall of the house. We're  lost as to what it could be. Is it the pipes, the walls? There's no evidence of anything happening other than the strong mildew smell. Please help! Thank you!" I know exactly what…
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  • How to Hold a Guitar

    3 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Just like you've got to walk before you run, you've got to learn to hold the guitar properly before you learn to rip through a mixolydian tapping solo in E-flat. Holding the guitar properly helps you to build the fundamental skills necessary to play what you want to play comfortably, quickly, and with the right technique. Good guitar players take the time to build habits that will allow them to become even better. Whether you're playing electric or acoustic, and whether you're sitting or standing, you can learn to hold the guitar properly. Steps Holding a Guitar (Seated) Sit in an appropriate…
  • How to Pack for Air Travel

    3 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    If you've never or infrequently traveled by air, you may be confused and overwhelmed with what to pack. Guidelines seem to get more and more confusing all the time, and now there are sometimes fees to pay? If it's difficult to make sense of, you're not alone. And after a trip or two, you'll have the below tips and tricks down to an art. Steps Packing Your Carry-On If you can’t live without it, pack it in your carry-on. For what you're literally going to take with you on the plane, pack the essentials: undergarments, shoes, a set or two of regular clothes, something to do, medication and,…
  • How to Sleep Comfortably in a Car

    2 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    If you've ever done a massive road trip, thought hotels were way too expensive, or wanted to save on rent, you've probably had the urge to call your car home. Whether it's a long day or a long year, sleeping in your car comfortably can be a valuable life skill. Once you've scoped out the perfect spot, with a little creativity you can be snoozing the night away. Steps Preparing for the Night For cold temperatures, buy a sleeping bag (or two). What you need for a good night's sleep in the car depends on your location and the weather. In subzero temperatures, you'll probably benefit from a…
  • How to Grow Broad Beans

    2 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    The broad bean is also known as the horse bean, the field bean, the Windsor bean, and most famously as the fava (Vicia faba). It’s actually vetch, a type of legume that traces its roots to west Asia. They love cool weather and full sun, and can be grown in a variety of climates, and are an excellent source of protein and vitamins A, C and B. Rich in fiber and delicious, these are definitely worth growing in the garden. You can learn how to plant them, care for them, and harvest a crop of broad beans. See Step 1 for more information. Steps Starting Broad Beans Select a variety of broad bean…
  • How to Learn Faster

    2 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    To adapt more quickly to the rapidly changing environments in which we live, we need to learn more effectively and efficiently. You can help your brain to absorb information more accurately and efficiently, sometimes by just changing how you take care of your body. You can also employ a few easy studying hacks, which will get you feeling smarter before you know it. Steps Preparing Your Body Get plenty of sleep. A lot of the time, there's nothing wrong with you or how you study or learn: your brain just can't hold the information because your body isn't getting something that it needs. Often,…
 
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    Home Construction Improvement

  • Build A Shed Series Part 2| Preparing the Site

    Jeff Williams
    6 Apr 2015 | 7:48 pm
    Build A Shed Series Part 2| Preparing the SiteIn part 1 of the Build a Shed series we covered finding out what rules and codes apply in your community, finding a good plan, and getting a permit. In part 2 we’ll cover utility locating, materials ordering, and finally site preparation.To be completely honest, I was surprised at how painless it was to acquire a permit. Before I was a contractor I had always been under the impression (the wrong one) that building departments were difficult to work with. Having a great plan made the whole process a breeze. And rather quick too. So quick that I…
  • Build A Shed Series Part 1 | Planning The Build

    Jeff Williams
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:38 am
    Build A Shed Series Part 1 | Planning The BuildIn this part of the country spring is right around the corner and that means it’s time to start thinking about and planning this years outdoor projects. If one of the items on your list is to build a shed than you’re in the right place. This article is the first in a series that walks you through the major steps of how to build a shed.First things firstBefore starting the build of any outdoor project be sure to check with your city or local building department. Many have thresholds on sheds, anything above a certain square footage requires a…
  • AFCI Breaker | How to add one to your panel

    Jeff Williams
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:37 am
    AFCI Breaker | How to add one to your panelAn Arc Fault Circuit Interrupt (AFCI) Breaker is a circuit breaker that detects unintentional arcs. In unintentional arc is an arc that occurs outside of the normal operation of electrical devices. Many electrical devices arc, switches, relays, motors, and plugging items into an outlet.  Beginning with the 1999 version of the National Electric Code (NEC), AFCIs were required for all outlets in bedrooms. As of 2014 though, all rooms except bathrooms, garages, and unfinished basements require AFCI protection. If building a new home or adding to an…
  • OLFA Snap Off Blade Utility Knives

    Todd Fratzel
    13 Mar 2015 | 4:18 pm
    OLFA Snap Off Blade Utility KnivesOver at Tool Box Buzz we are always searching for new tools or solutions to highlight to our readers. In this case we are exploring Utility Knives and checking out a deviation from the ever popular quick change two-sided utility blades and knives.The snap off blade knife is often viewed as a light duty, almost throw away tool. This is NOT the case with the superior quality blades and rugged construction of the OLFA line of snap off blade utility knives, the creator of the snap-off blade!OLFA blades and knives showcase very intentional designs, a variety of…
  • How to Hang a Large Picture: French Cleat

    Jeff Williams
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:08 am
    How to Hang a Large Picture: French CleatHaving a photographer for a wife lends itself to having many beautiful pictures of our family hanging on the walls. As a builder though it pains me every time I put additional holes in the drywall. I remember skim coating those very walls to get them smooth and putting holes in them again just doesn’t feel right. Hanging larger pictures and signs often calls for proportionately large hangers. Larger and fancier hangers are not always the answer though. In this article we used a French Cleat to hang two large, heavy items. Read on to see how to use…
 
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  • The Love List

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    1 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    Such a clever use of latticeTips for choosing fabricAn 11 year house journeyThere is no AfterI'm crazy about this chandelierA fun large-scale art DIYReally practical shopping tipsI think I need these nautical tiebacks. They'd look great with outdoor curtains on the back porch.Paris in 3 minutes
  • Come Join Us In Vancouver!

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:10 am
    Some of you might know that outside of the blog, I run and organize conferences for bloggers. It's my passion, my work, and connecting with other bloggers is my favourite thing ever.Which is why I'm excited to announce that BlogPodium, Canada's Conference for Lifestyle and Design Bloggers, will be happening on Saturday, September 26, 2015. And this time, we're taking the show on the road...There are so many amazing bloggers all across Canada and I'm looking forward to meeting even more of you! I hope some of my blogger friends from the east and the US will join us - we have lots of new…
  • From One Mom To Another

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    29 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    Last night as I put Chloe to bed, she asked me to tell her again the story of the day she was born. I tell her all the things I remember about that day. Like how I clutched my pillow as I walked from the parking lot into the hospital and I was nervous that the next time I walked to the car, it would be a sweet baby I'd be holding on to. Or how when we brought her home, her 0-3 month old outfit was much too big and I realized I should have bought Newborn or even Premmie sized clothes. There's so much to know about motherhood that you just learn along the way.I know that if it wasn't for chat…
  • One of A Kind Finds for Mother's Day & $100 Gift Card Giveaway

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    Mother’s Day is just around the corner and I’m starting to look for that perfect gift for my mom. Luckily, she’s always been an easy person to shop for. A fashionable purse, a luxurious silk scarf, body lotions, soaps, or anything to make her feel pampered and beautiful - paired with a thoughtful card and my mom was happy.I think Mother’s Day is a chance to celebrate Mom and give her a gift that is unique and special, perhaps something she might not indulge in buying for herself. Handmade gifts are great for Mother's Day; I like to think they're filled with love by the artists who put…
  • The Love List

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    A colourful and preppy officeHow to mix window treatments in a roomDo you ever think about rebranding your blog? I do all the time!This light bulb's a gem5 questions to ask yourselfThink bigger for your blog$98 US for this gorgeous side table? Crazy!Trends for home from High Point MarketA capsule wardrobe - could you do it?In my dreams, my Sunday mornings look like this too
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  • Around The Farm: Spring Maintenance

    Kit
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:08 pm
    This is my fourth spring on the farm, and, I’ll be honest, the first three all found new and fun ways to kick my ass. I mean, the year that I bought this place I didn’t have any animals to take care of yet, but I also didn’t have, like, a lawn mower. Just for reference, if you turn your back on this property for 24 hours, this is the kind of thing that happens… Moving on to six acres of country land without a lawn mower is totally a rookie mistake. Because that shit will take over inside of two, maybe three weeks. It’s like the goddamn Day of the Triffids every…
  • Sparing my Gentle Fingers… Or Not

    Kit
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Sometime in the next week or two thirty thousand bees are going to show up at the farm. Thirty thousand. That’s… not an insignificant number of bees, you guys. And heading in to the weekend my bee hives looked like this… I’m not much on social graces, but if you’re about to have 30,000 house guests–most of whom posses stingers–you should probably make sure they have an actual house, right? Right. Now, I don’t know a damn thing about bees at this point, but I do know a thing or two about building houses. Or, in this case, boxes. I’m going…
  • How To Build an A-Frame Coop (or Duck House)

    Kit
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:10 pm
    I’ve built a lot of things in the last decade (and definitely a lot more coop-like structure than one would have guessed… thank you, chickens) but building this duck house was a first on many levels… first time I’ve built an A-frame structure, first time I’ve installed cedar shingles, and the first time I used my mother as a human saw horse (actually, maybe not the first time I’ve done that last one. She has a good sense of humor about it though…) So, first of all, let’s be clear about how much of a “how to” this is. I’ve never…
  • Wherein Spring Is About To Kick My Ass

    Kit
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:26 am
    I expect I’m going to be in a full-on panic about ALL OF THE PROJECTS by the time I get to the bottom of this post, so let’s kick this one off with some good news… The roof on the duck house is fixed! The less good news is that apparently there are some rules my grandmothers HOA has about having structures or fences outside your house, and they gave her some grief for this. Mind you–if we zoom in the the left– the junker with a flat tire and falling-off bumper parked in her neighbors driveway isn’t a problem, but apparently my lovingly crafted duck house…
  • Duck, Duck… Done (Kinda)

    Kit
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:17 pm
    If the success of a weekend is measured in how many splinters you have at the end of it, then, guys… I am killing it. Or if you measure in how many full-grown ducks are no longer living in my grandmothers sun room… also winning. However, if you’re using metrics like “number of cedar shingles that did not blow off of the finished duck house while driving it down to my grandmothers house”? Well, shit. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start here, last weekend, when I stopped over to check on the “ducklings”… mind you, the last…
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  • Friday Favorites: DIY Jewelry Organizer, Organized Homes, Daily Declutter + more!

    Laura Wittman
    1 May 2015 | 10:52 am
    Hey beautiful people, smile, it’s Friday!  Happy weekend to you!  So did you get any organizing done this week?  I’m still working on my recipe organization so hopefully I’ll have that to share with you soon. I also want to thank everyone who contacted me after my latest call for contributors.  I’m excited to go […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Friday Favorites: DIY Jewelry Organizer, Organized Homes, Daily Declutter + more!
  • Sponsor Spotlight ~ April 2015

    Laura Wittman
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:47 pm
    Here we are at the end of the month again.  Gosh I love flipping over the calendar to a fresh clean page.  Such a great feeling!  This past month we’ve been talking quite a bit about purging our stuff.  Specifically about not saving all your purging for once or twice a year but rather do […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Sponsor Spotlight ~ April 2015
  • How to Get the Itch to Pitch

    Laura Wittman
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:06 pm
    Okay gals and you few guys that read here.  I’ve got the itch to pitch.  Not just in the spring but all year round.  It feels great, I stay on top of the clutter in my home and my house can breathe!  Here’s what I don’t understand.  The annual urge to purge.  I look back […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> How to Get the Itch to Pitch
  • Menu Plan Monday ~ April 27/15 & Last Day of Bundle Sale!

    Laura Wittman
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hi friends, more good news for me and my diet.  This weekend I successfully re-introduced eggs!  Oh my goodness so many new opportunities for different dishes, I almost don’t know where to start :) So I promised you on Friday that I would let you know about all the menu planning resources that are included […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ April 27/15 & Last Day of Bundle Sale!
  • 8 Organizing Trends that are Free!

    Laura Wittman
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home. Lately, I’ve tried to dedicate more free time to my favorite hobby, reading. Currently, I’m enjoying four separate books (what can I say, apparently I binge read). One of these books is very popular and all about organizing. That said, I’ve […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> 8 Organizing Trends that are Free!
 
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  • Handmade – Making Things the Old Fashioned Way – 4 Videos

    Steve Sagovac
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:33 am
    Good, Old Fashioned, Handmade Craftsmanship I love watching a talented craftsman working at his trade, especially when the work is being created using traditional methods and old hand tools. The older the better. I have recently been watching a few videos on Vimeo showing just that. Talented people who love their craft, alone in their workshop, producing amazing quality products, without a computer anywhere in site. Making a table out of reclaimed timber is one thing, but what these get up to is something truly special. The time and effort they put in to creating one thing as perfectly as…
  • Ozito Electric Chainsaw Sharpener – Product Review

    Steve Sagovac
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Ozito Electric Chainsaw Sharpener This is one of those power tools that I have been thinking about buying for a few years now, but I never got around to it until now. It just seemed easier to pay $10 – $15 each time and just have someone else sharpen my chainsaw chains for me. However, the problem I found with having someone do your chainsaw sharpening (professionally?) for you was that very little care seemed to be taken when it came to grinding off only the minimal amount required to sharpen each individual tooth. After only a couple of “professional chainsaw sharpens”,…
  • A foolproof guide to DIY renovations

    Steve Sagovac
    5 Feb 2015 | 1:38 am
    If you feel that your home needs a fresh look, DIY renovations offer a budget-friendly way for you to achieve this goal. However, doing a renovation without the help of a contractor can be a difficult and frustrating process if you’re not properly prepared. Here are some valuable tips for getting ready before you take on a big project. As with any decision that requires a large cash investment, you should consult with a professional to keep your project within your budget. Make a List of Annoyances This sounds like an odd way to start your DIY project, but listing every annoyance about…
  • How to Start your own Blog in Under 10 minutes

    Steve Sagovac
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Are you a handyman or handywoman? Why not share your DIY adventures online. Maybe even generate some extra passive income. Starting your own DIY blog is a lot easier than you might think. All you need to do is talk about what you are up to, what projects you are working on or even just use your blog to share online resources that you like to use and read. I started this blog back in 2007 as a test to see what this whole blogging thing was about. There are times I write a lot and there are times I disappear completely for a while. I have been offered products to write reviews about and I have…
  • Ozito Electric Planer Review – PLR-2000

    Steve Sagovac
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:59 pm
    The Ozito PLR-2000 Electric Planer When it comes to the woodworking tools you keep in your workshop, an electric planer is one of those power tools that you definitely need to have around for most DIY woodworking projects. In saying that I never had one of my own, until now. I bought myself the Ozito PLR-2000 Electric Planer, that has a decent sized 400W motor that is ample power for small to medium planing jobs. Why did I choose the Ozito Electric Planer There are a few reasons for my decision to buy an Ozito Power Tool from Bunnings Hardware. The 2 biggest reasons being it’s…
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  • will this duvet change the way you make your bed?

    Angela M.
    30 Apr 2015 | 4:12 am
    The change in seasons always calls for a swap in bedding, to freshen things up and give the illusion of redecorating. We’ve been looking for a new duvet cover to go with our palest-of-lavender walls and black-and-white dot upholstered headboard. Yesterday, I spotted some pretty offerings at Crane and Canopy, but then then I realized that this was so much more than just a sharp looking duvet. They’ve created a new way to make your bed, by rethinking the duvet cover. As you can see from the video below, the company’s new Nova collection doesn’t have buttons or snaps at…
  • vintage find: mccoy bread plate warms my heart

    Angela M.
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:23 am
    I’ve been trying to curb my love for vintage tchotchkes, namely because we are always fighting to keep our house uncluttered. But when I spotted this delightful bread plate at Salvage Style over the weekend I didn’t hesitate to swoop it up. Salvage Style is our local treasure trove run by former This Old House editor Amy Hughes. who has an amazing eye. Her tiny shop is so well curated, with just the right mix of mid-century furniture and decor pieces that both wow and warm your heart. In some ways, that’s what this bread plate did for me. You see, pane is the Italian word…
  • this adorable duck family makes me think twice about garden statues

    Angela M.
    7 Apr 2015 | 4:17 am
    As rule I shy away from “garden decor.” Who needs things whirling, whizzing and peeking out from your shrubbery? (Though I admit to having a soft spot for garden gnomes, it’s true.) This adorable family of ducks at Uncommon Goods is just charming enough to almost change my mind. They’re made from recycled plastic and filled with clay and newspaper and are quite durable. Momma duck is $35 and each of the little ones is $28 — but wouldn’t it be tragic to break up a family? See uncommongoods.com for more details.
  • discover muurla, the cutest tableware ever

    Angela M.
    2 Apr 2015 | 5:12 am
    http://royaldesign.com/US/viewitem.aspx?ID=135691 We spotted these insanely cute enameled mugs and plates at Royal Design and instantly felt our hearts flutter. Made by Muurla, a Finnish company founded in 1974, this collection focuses on Moomin, his family and friends Little My, Snufkin, Moominpappa and the others in the cartoon series. Our favorite is this Little My mug, with her punky ponytail and angry scowl.
  • cottage renovation: turning a slab of wood into a countertop

    Angela M.
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    When last we left off on our upstate cottage renovation, we had just purchased two pieces of slab wood to use as a counter in the kitchen. A lot has happened since then! The kitchen is complete and we have much to show off. But first, here’s the tale of how to turn a slab of wood into a countertop that will last and last, by Chad. One of the reasons I didn’t want to do a butcher block countertop, even though we loved the look of them, is because of a conversation I had with our contractor. When I told him we were thinking about going that route he looked and me and said;…
 
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  • May Home Maintenance To-Do List

    Danny Lipford
    1 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    April showers bring May flowers ... along with a lot of home maintenance chores! With the weather too nice to be stuck inside, most of this month's home maintenance to-do list focuses on getting the outside of your home ready for summer picnics and barbecues. Read on to find out more.
  • Other Uses for Coffee Filters Around the House

    Joe Truini
    30 Apr 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Coffee filters are great for a number of other uses besides filtering coffee, including cleaning glass and lining flower pots. Watch this video to find out more.
  • How to Repair Cracks and Dents in Drywall

    Danny Lipford
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Find out how to fix cracks and other flaws in drywall walls using joint compound and drywall tape. Watch this video to find out more.
  • Wood Deck Cleaning and Staining Tips

    Danny Lipford
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:07 am
    A wood deck needs to be cleaned regularly and refinished with deck stain or sealer every few years to protect the wood and keep it looking good. Watch this video for tips on how to clean and finish your deck.
  • Toro Recycler All-Wheel Drive Lawn Mower

    Jodi Marks
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Find out about the Toro Recycler All-Wheel Drive lawn mower, which has dual variable speed drive and an engine that doesn’t need priming or oil changes. Watch this video to find out more.
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  • Blog has moved!

    23 Apr 2015 | 7:29 am
    Hi there,Just wanted to give you aheads up that I've been making all new blog posts on our website's blog which you can find over here:  http://www.moopshop.com/blogs/newsPlease update your links and keep on reading over there.Thanks for reading along for all these years!  Hope you continue to do so!xoxo,Wendy
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    11 Feb 2015 | 6:45 am
    A few things about this image:1. I cannot wait to have the plastic come off our huge windows (though, they make for good diffusion panels). 2. I feel very lucky that I get to spend my days in this studio. 3. I’m carrying The Shopper no.2, which I use as my camera bag. I just slipped a padded insert inside to protect my gear.  4. I’m thinking a lot about my little brother who just deployed…again. 5. I’m sewing lots of Backpack no.2’s for the next few days and listening to every podcast The Memory Palace has produced.p.s. I've mostly moved the blog…
  • Introducing Dana and Sara

    7 Feb 2015 | 8:48 am
    I have finally had a moment to process after our whirlwind drive across the country to solidify my partnership with Spooltown in Portland, Oregon.  I started working with Dana and Sara about 9 months ago.  We started with a conversation about shoulder straps.  Then, very soon after, my entire world turned upside down and my feelings about how I was accomplishing my personal and business goals changed entirely.  For the last 8 years, I have been a very direct part of making every single Moop bag and I have run every other aspect of the business myself.  I have had…
  • HELLO, THIS IS VERY LONG AND YOU’LL WANT TO READ IT.

    12 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Hello!!  The holidays are over and I can’t thank you enough for your patience with our growing pains this year.  We had our most successful holiday season to date (8 years strong now!) and did it all with one less person than usual (which meant, I worked like three people where I normally work like two).  Even though the exhaustion of creating my own personal sweatshop was so intense and yes, I did cry from being so tired (emotionally, physically, intellectually..a lot of things happened in my life these last few months), I shared those moments with two people who have become…
  • Yokoo

    8 Jan 2015 | 5:54 am
    I have long been a fan of Yokoo.  She hand knits scarves and hats and other amazing things.  We started our businesses around the same time and have developed one of my most favorite online maker friendships (one day we'll meet in person!).  I recently moved (as noted in this emotional post here) and started taking the T to my studio (Pittsburgh has a light rail system and it is one of the best things about this town...wish it went all over the city though).  This hat arrived this morning and it will help keep me warm on these frigid days.  If you need warm…
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  • HAZ UN BUZÓN DEL AMOR ♥ - Yuya

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    5 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
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    3 Feb 2015 | 3:30 pm
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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=TXCk3XTvzys NOW GO AND EL OH EL ... From: JennaMarbles Views: 5945754 166350 ratings Time: 05:39 More in Comedy
 
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  • The second best time

    schoolhousekat
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    There is a proverb that I used to kind of hate that says “The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” It bugs me because it’s so smug – so bucket listy – so serene and Pollyanna-ish, glossing over the very real frustration some of us […]
  • A Well Articulated Kale Management Plan (to which everyone has Buy In)

    schoolhousekat
    15 Mar 2015 | 8:23 pm
    In a relationship, gardening is where the rubber meets the road. People are unique beings with unique quirks, and whatever yours are, the garden will reveal them. Got a soft heart, so that each cut of the pruner nips into it? Your plants will reveal it by growing long and leggy. Got a short memory, […]
  • “Didn’t I blow your mind this time – didn’t I?”

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    30 Nov 2014 | 12:37 pm
    One of the things I love about gardening is that every year is different, and every year, there’s the chance that something will astound you. This year, it was the Provencal pumpkin.   I bought it at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center plant sale, just because it sounded unusual. It was a little late […]
  • The recipe less traveled

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    19 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Blame my grandmother. Years ago, she taught me to cook a roast chicken by smell. “Put some salt and pepper in a bowl,” she said. “Now go through the spice rack. Open the jars and smell what’s inside. If you want your chicken to smell like that, put some in the bowl. If not, go […]
  • So easy I can’t believe it took me so long to think of it

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    7 Jun 2014 | 7:01 pm
    So you know all those little plant tags that you collect over time? I’ve never known what to do with them.Yes, it”s handy having them near the plant but I don’t like the way they look in the garden and they always end up blowing around or disappearing anyway. Years ago a friend told me […]
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  • Noisy Computer Fan Repair

    3 May 2015 | 9:58 am
    My PC was making a terrible racket. I finally tracked the noise down to the fan on my video adapter card. First I thought it was the fan in my power supply because that fan is bigger, and the noise seemed to be more what it'd make, than the little fan on my video card. But I was wrong! So first off ...By: pfred2Continue Reading »
  • Ultrasonic Misting 3D Print Vapor Polisher

    3 May 2015 | 8:55 am
    Vapor polishing is nothing new. Experienced 3D printing enthusiasts are well aware that you can smooth the surface of 3D printed objects by exposing them to the right solvents. There are a few existing methods for doing this, but each of them comes with unique drawbacks. What's needed is a better s...By: MechEngineerMikeContinue Reading »
  • Make a Kalimba (thumb piano)

    3 May 2015 | 8:25 am
    The video link, in case it doesn't show up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMOGlNTZCS0Hi there! Would you like to know how to make some sweet tunes? Would you like to get in touch with the origin of music? Maybe you would like to play an instrument which has a history that dates back thousands of y...By: Switch and LeverContinue Reading »
  • Build your own Variable Lab Bench Power Supply

    3 May 2015 | 6:26 am
    In this project I will show you how I combined a LTC3780, which is a powerful 130W Step Up/Step Down converter, with a 12V 5A power supply to create an adjustable lab bench power supply (0.8V-29.4V || 0.3A-6A). The performance is quite good in comparison with other models which cost around the same....By: GreatScottLabContinue Reading »
  • Etching glass jars

    3 May 2015 | 5:58 am
    You'll need:Any type of glass jar/containerPaper tape or washi tape (but why waste it?), or a non permanent glass markerA power tool like a Dremel. Mine is a Einhell I got from my friend Kostas from here.Please always use such tools with the appropriate protective gear!Use the paper tape to create g...By: AkamatraContinue Reading »
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  • Etching glass jars

    3 May 2015 | 5:58 am
    You'll need:Any type of glass jar/containerPaper tape or washi tape (but why waste it?), or a non permanent glass markerA power tool like a Dremel. Mine is a Einhell I got from my friend Kostas from here.Please always use such tools with the appropriate protective gear!Use the paper tape to create g...By: AkamatraContinue Reading »
  • Bicycle Canvas Shoes

    2 May 2015 | 8:04 pm
    I love canvas shoes because they are just that-- a canvas! I also love to cycle, so why not combine the two? :D Now I can wear bikes on my feet. (And who wouldn't want to do that?!) Materials You will need a light-colored pair of canvas shoes, a decent quality fabric marker, and different colored...By: pie popperContinue Reading »
  • Weave a bamboo privacy fence

    2 May 2015 | 1:07 pm
    For some time now I've been bemoaning the lack of privacy in my back yard. Adding a privacy fence seemed too hard as large trees have large roots all around the fence line, and I didn't want to pull up the mostly-fine chain link fence that encloses the yard. With a bit of thinkulation, a bit of goog...By: carpespasmContinue Reading »
  • Hippie Inspired Feather And Beaded Ear Hook

    2 May 2015 | 8:55 am
    This is a feathery beaded ear hook.It's very easy to make and yet it's stylish.The colors of the beads helps you to match the ear hook to any of your outfits and it never goes out of style.I hope you all enjoyed this project and have fun making one yourself. Prepare materials For this project you...By: Ami9702Continue Reading »
  • Flat Marble Charm Necklace

    2 May 2015 | 3:44 am
    You can make several of these necklaces at once, and they are absolutely simple and easy to make!What you need:Either: Nail varnish, glitter or a small illustrationFlat marblesNecklace chainWirePVA GlueHot glue gun (optional, you can replace with PVA glue) Round nose and flat nose pliers Making ...By: Amethyst StarContinue Reading »
 
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  • Weave a bamboo privacy fence

    2 May 2015 | 1:07 pm
    For some time now I've been bemoaning the lack of privacy in my back yard. Adding a privacy fence seemed too hard as large trees have large roots all around the fence line, and I didn't want to pull up the mostly-fine chain link fence that encloses the yard. With a bit of thinkulation, a bit of goog...By: carpespasmContinue Reading »
  • Laser + Glitter = Red Galaxy + Party

    1 May 2015 | 10:44 pm
    Laser light + Glitters makes wonders. It works on the principal of Diffuse Reflection.Want to see red galaxy in your room just switch off the light and switch on the laser light.U can also make party lights very cheaply.(Two projects in this project, second continue after the first one) Materials ...By: jegatheesan.soundarapandianContinue Reading »
  • Ventilated Cat Litter Box

    1 May 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Anyone who lives with an indoor cat knows how bad it can be when the cat uses its litter box. A cat box is unsightly to see, and worse to smell. Using Dead Space in Wall My first step in addressing the problem was to put the cat box out of sight in a dead space under our stairs. I cut out the ...By: dcolemansContinue Reading »
  • WALKWAY RE-DESIGN & INSTALLATION

    1 May 2015 | 8:04 am
    For a lot of people the thought of Landscaping your property yourself can be daunting and most home owners will contract out the work to a landscape company which will make your property look great but comes with a hefty price tag. In this instructable I will show you the steps anyone can take to t...By: Corasaurus RexContinue Reading »
  • Penny Coaster: Make A Coaster For $.16!

    30 Apr 2015 | 11:49 am
    Nice cup coasters can cost upwards of $100! Fortunately, there is a way to make a very nice coaster for less than $.20! This coaster is made of pennies (and hot glue) and is a great conversational centerpiece. Enjoy! Materials 16 PenniesA Hot Glue Gun w/ Hot Glue StickVinegar To Help Clean The...By: funtogetherContinue Reading »
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  • Wire Dangle Earrings

    3 May 2015 | 1:55 pm
    In this instructable, you'll see how to make these cute dangle earrings. What You Need To make these earrings, you'll need...A pair of pliers (and wire-cutters. I use a Leatherman, which has both)1 pair of Earring HooksWireTwo jump ringsBeads (optional)Head/end pins (optional) Making Wire Ci...By: Artemis ZContinue Reading »
  • Summer earrings

    3 May 2015 | 12:28 pm
    I have a new tutorial for you today! I will show you how to make your very own stylish summer earrings with a nautical twist! What you are going to need You are going to need two 9cm pieces of leather cord. Mine is a gorgeous reptile print opal metallic leather. You are also going to need two end...By: AkamatraContinue Reading »
  • Hidden Sd/sim Card

    3 May 2015 | 10:49 am
    In this instructable I will show you how to hide a SD card or SIM card in a listerine pocket pac Things Needed Listerine pocket pac empty or half fullWhite plain napkinScissorsMarkerSd or sin cardTape Taking Apart Listerine Pac Open with your hands Trace On Napkin Or Paper You need to use t...By: werefox917Continue Reading »
  • DIY Glitter Fish Bowl

    3 May 2015 | 10:29 am
    Real fish bowls are a hassle to maintain! Create this easy glitter fish bowl with 6 simple supplies and 6 simple steps! What You'll Need 1 pack of cotton balls (optional)1 "fish bowl" candy jar1 pack of assorted artificial rocksWater (I used 1 liter)1 pack of assorted blue glitter1 pack of fish s...By: KingForASundaeContinue Reading »
  • Graduation Cap Card

    3 May 2015 | 9:49 am
    I was browsing Pinterest trying to find a DIY graduation card and came across this one http://tracie-craftycreations.blogspot.de/2012/05/graduation-time.html?m=1 . I loved the idea that the denominations of the bills spelled out the year graduating but I didn't like that you could see the money when...By: FloridascholarContinue Reading »
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  • Awesome Bike Trailer

    2 May 2015 | 5:39 pm
    I made this super awesome bike trailer to do shopping, buy and transport trees and plants, get lumber....etc.It's lightweight, takes over 200 lbs of load, versatile, maneuverable, ecologic and the best of all - cheap to make!Make it and you'll love it, guaranteed! Cutting the stock Cut Red Cedar ...By: andrea.arzensekContinue Reading »
  • simple water fountain

    2 May 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Build this simple water fountain in about 30 minutes Gather supplies Electric drill with 1" and 1/4" drill bits Large garden pot (I recommend one that is wide and is at least 24" tall)Lid that is slightly less circumference than the pot (I used an upside down garbage can lid)water pump (these cos...By: ClawdizzleContinue Reading »
  • Bike Basket Tutorial

    2 May 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Do you want to remember your childhood? Or do you prefer riding your bike taking your things near you?This tutorial helps you to make a bike basket that allows you to take your mobile, wallet, etc in sight.The materials which you need are:3D Printer Clamps with screw: I use it with 22 mm of diameter...By: charmrmContinue Reading »
  • Bike Boombox

    2 May 2015 | 10:04 am
    In this instructable I'll show you how to build a boombox for your bike. It's a cheap and useful project even for beginners. The device has a build in mp3 player chip with navigation buttons and with an LED screen. The power supply is a rechargeable 3.7v phone battery with 1000mAh of capacity. This ...By: ImetomiContinue Reading »
  • Foldable bike (for free on the train!)

    1 May 2015 | 2:57 am
    Hi there! Occasionally, I take the train to another city in Belgium. When I arrive in the city, it's always very useful to have a bicycle. Unfortunately, I don't have one in every city and a folding bike is quite expensive if you only use it occasionally. That's why I made this foldable bike myself!...By: lvandemaeleContinue Reading »
 
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  • Bike Boombox

    2 May 2015 | 10:04 am
    In this instructable I'll show you how to build a boombox for your bike. It's a cheap and useful project even for beginners. The device has a build in mp3 player chip with navigation buttons and with an LED screen. The power supply is a rechargeable 3.7v phone battery with 1000mAh of capacity. This ...By: ImetomiContinue Reading »
  • Foldable bike (for free on the train!)

    1 May 2015 | 2:57 am
    Hi there! Occasionally, I take the train to another city in Belgium. When I arrive in the city, it's always very useful to have a bicycle. Unfortunately, I don't have one in every city and a folding bike is quite expensive if you only use it occasionally. That's why I made this foldable bike myself!...By: lvandemaeleContinue Reading »
  • Ten Dollar Tenkara

    30 Apr 2015 | 6:54 pm
    Tenkara is the trendiest new trend in Fly Fishing.The problem is that Tenkara fishing will cost you a gazillian dollars to get started.As a Fish Nerd and a father, I had to find a cheap way to get in on this action.This indestructible will help you get into the fun for as little as $10! This is exci...By: potatomansoupContinue Reading »
  • Manual Chainsaw

    30 Apr 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Everybody loves a good chainsaw, but typically they don't fit in your pocket. On top of that, they are heavy, loud and dangerous. Replace the gasoline engine of a standard chainsaw with your arms and you've got a portable and versatile tool for cutting firewood or trimming trees. It isn't nearly as ...By: CobyUngerContinue Reading »
  • bicycle wood fender

    30 Apr 2015 | 2:07 am
    Let me say that fenders on a bike are not always stylish accessories, especially if plastic parts (except if it's reuse). Nevertheless when it's raining they become essential, so that leaves us with a question, install fenders or not?For my all-day city-bike I decided to make my own stylish fenders ...By: andrea biffiContinue Reading »
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  • $5 Bicycle Cell Phone Charger (Wind Turbine with build in Battery)

    3 May 2015 | 10:44 am
    I go very often to cycle in the nature where is no electricity, and during a long bike tour my phone usually discharges. These smartphones have a large capacity bit its consumption is big too. I made a few weeks ago another bike turbine for the Bicycle Contest, but I think I can make a better one. S...By: ImetomiContinue Reading »
  • Awesome Bike Trailer

    2 May 2015 | 5:39 pm
    I made this super awesome bike trailer to do shopping, buy and transport trees and plants, get lumber....etc.It's lightweight, takes over 200 lbs of load, versatile, maneuverable, ecologic and the best of all - cheap to make!Make it and you'll love it, guaranteed! Cutting the stock Cut Red Cedar ...By: andrea.arzensekContinue Reading »
  • simple water fountain

    2 May 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Build this simple water fountain in about 30 minutes Gather supplies Electric drill with 1" and 1/4" drill bits Large garden pot (I recommend one that is wide and is at least 24" tall)Lid that is slightly less circumference than the pot (I used an upside down garbage can lid)water pump (these cos...By: ClawdizzleContinue Reading »
  • Bike Storage Compartment

    2 May 2015 | 2:20 pm
    So....Hey there!! Just a quick intro otherwise I'll be writing paragraphs!! So, for my first first instructable I thought I would show off my (not very good) Storage compartment for a bike, I had the idea when I would be doing something to my bike or cycling and when holding something I would have n...By: adamsojbaContinue Reading »
  • Bike Basket Tutorial

    2 May 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Do you want to remember your childhood? Or do you prefer riding your bike taking your things near you?This tutorial helps you to make a bike basket that allows you to take your mobile, wallet, etc in sight.The materials which you need are:3D Printer Clamps with screw: I use it with 22 mm of diameter...By: charmrmContinue Reading »
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  • NES MAX Joystick Mod

    2 May 2015 | 8:34 pm
    ***Before you start this joystick mod, I should note that there is a similar Instructable out there that pre-dates mine. I found it after I completed most of this Instructable, so check it out (it uses a red Xbox joystick and it looks great too). For this Instructable, I happened to have a BANDAI S...By: Nickel-lessContinue Reading »
  • K'nex Foosball - World Cup 2014 Edition: Germany vs Argentina

    2 May 2015 | 2:05 pm
    GOOOOOOOOAL!! Mario Götze scores the first goal of the match, with only 7 minutes of extra time left, will Argentina bring it back?!?!....Those were good times. Scorching hot weather, never-ending games of Football. Life was grand. It's unfortunate that this summer will be without the presence of In...By: hunter999Continue Reading »
  • Crochet Big Daddy with Working LEDs

    2 May 2015 | 11:37 am
    This is for the wired portion of Big Daddy with pictures to show how I created the battery housing and made his light-up helmet with hot glue. The crochet pattern can be found on Ravelry. It would be neat to use this technique in other dolls. I wish I had a 3D printer, it would have made the helmet ...By: NicholesNerdyKnotsContinue Reading »
  • A Complete Guide to K'nex Motors

    2 May 2015 | 8:23 am
    Hey guys! It's been a long time since I posted something, so i decided to compile information on K'nex motors and put it up so that everyone could get some knowledge about them! This will be my first and only entry in this year's K'nex contest, so be sure to vote for it!To start off with, first let'...By: akshat21045Continue Reading »
  • Busy Work

    1 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This instructable was created in fulfillment of the project requirement of the Makecourse at the University of South Florida (www.makecourse.com).This mechanism was created to move small dolls as though they are running. I've attached the STL files for the figure I use in the video, but the goal was...By: KatMcKellContinue Reading »
 
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  • Crochet Big Daddy with Working LEDs

    2 May 2015 | 11:37 am
    This is for the wired portion of Big Daddy with pictures to show how I created the battery housing and made his light-up helmet with hot glue. The crochet pattern can be found on Ravelry. It would be neat to use this technique in other dolls. I wish I had a 3D printer, it would have made the helmet ...By: NicholesNerdyKnotsContinue Reading »
  • A Complete Guide to K'nex Motors

    2 May 2015 | 8:23 am
    Hey guys! It's been a long time since I posted something, so i decided to compile information on K'nex motors and put it up so that everyone could get some knowledge about them! This will be my first and only entry in this year's K'nex contest, so be sure to vote for it!To start off with, first let'...By: akshat21045Continue Reading »
  • Busy Work

    1 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This instructable was created in fulfillment of the project requirement of the Makecourse at the University of South Florida (www.makecourse.com).This mechanism was created to move small dolls as though they are running. I've attached the STL files for the figure I use in the video, but the goal was...By: KatMcKellContinue Reading »
  • K'NEX Motor & Gear Guide

    1 May 2015 | 3:31 pm
    This instructable will be about the use of K'NEX Motors and gears. The last part will focus on a the K'NEX cyber system.Summary of steps: Gear characteristics Some gear connections Motor characteristics Cyber K'NEX explained - IntroThe ProcessorThe Motors & Battery PacksThe IR-ControllerI hope yo...By: GWorksContinue Reading »
  • Penny Racers: Build Your Own 3¢ Lincoln!

    1 May 2015 | 5:14 am
    Although the design is extremely simple, and easy to make, the "Penny Racer" is an entertaining toy that can be spun like a top (almost), used to play games, and raced with other Penny Racers. Made with $.03 and some hot glue, the Penny Racer is a fun pocket-sized entertainer. One of the first big...By: funtogetherContinue Reading »
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  • Wooden K'NEX

    3 May 2015 | 10:06 am
    K'nex is great and wood is greatput the two together and you get really great! Items & tools needed 7 1/2 in by 1 1/4 in piece of wood (mine was from part of a stake)a 4 in by 4 in square of woodtoolsa sawa 1 in hole sawa 7/8 in hole sawa belt sander Measure find the middle vertically and mark...By: bravoechonovember1Continue Reading »
  • Finger Magic Trick-Dynamo

    3 May 2015 | 9:03 am
    This is a very simple trick that you can do anywhere and will surprise everyone. First Step ADVICE: be careful, follow all the steps. If you don't do it right you can hurt your finger.Ok, first you have to move your fingers to get ready. With your left or right hand catch the pinkie of the other...By: fituroContinue Reading »
  • The Shredder - a costuming tool

    3 May 2015 | 8:34 am
    Greetings and salutations! This will be my first Instrucable, so here we go. I am mr.phikset and I am going to be presenting to you the first in a series of Instructables having to do with costuming. To get things started, we need to gather some tools. Many tools are already in your workshops, tool ...By: mr.phiksetContinue Reading »
  • Beauty School Dropout Curler Crowns

    3 May 2015 | 8:02 am
    "Grease" is one of the most popular plays for high school and community theater groups, but some of the items required are a bit challenging. One common issue is the crown like curler headpieces used in the dream sequence during the song "Beauty School Dropout". You just can't find those giant pla...By: BeautyandBeastContinue Reading »
  • Munchkin Headpieces

    3 May 2015 | 7:08 am
    So, the school play is a day or two away and you have 30+ female munchkins with bright dresses but no hats or headpieces. You're out of time and short on funds. What do you do? At Beauty and the Beast Costumes, Chattanooga, we run to the nearest Dollar Tree, grab a glue gun and get crafty.These c...By: BeautyandBeastContinue Reading »
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  • Noisy Computer Fan Repair

    3 May 2015 | 9:58 am
    My PC was making a terrible racket. I finally tracked the noise down to the fan on my video adapter card. First I thought it was the fan in my power supply because that fan is bigger, and the noise seemed to be more what it'd make, than the little fan on my video card. But I was wrong! So first off ...By: pfred2Continue Reading »
  • Ultrasonic Misting 3D Print Vapor Polisher

    3 May 2015 | 8:55 am
    Vapor polishing is nothing new. Experienced 3D printing enthusiasts are well aware that you can smooth the surface of 3D printed objects by exposing them to the right solvents. There are a few existing methods for doing this, but each of them comes with unique drawbacks. What's needed is a better s...By: MechEngineerMikeContinue Reading »
  • Build your own Variable Lab Bench Power Supply

    3 May 2015 | 6:26 am
    In this project I will show you how I combined a LTC3780, which is a powerful 130W Step Up/Step Down converter, with a 12V 5A power supply to create an adjustable lab bench power supply (0.8V-29.4V || 0.3A-6A). The performance is quite good in comparison with other models which cost around the same....By: GreatScottLabContinue Reading »
  • Car / motorcycle or bicycle wifi alarm range 500m 10$ budget

    3 May 2015 | 3:14 am
    this is easy and inexpensive wifi alarm with 200m range if module is insert inside car or 500m if module is outsidetwo modules: RX and TXreceiver module make sound alarm and led blink when detect signal transmit module is connect to any device or switch to turn it onHardware is arduino attiny85 an...By: c128Continue Reading »
  • Computer Controlled Arduino

    2 May 2015 | 8:31 pm
    Have you ever wanted to control the Arduino with a program on your computer that can handle a full GUI? I'm sure most will say yes, but a full GUI takes hard work. You need to know the basics of it all before you can do the whole thing. A really good program that you can make a GUI with is Processin...By: RobotsWillRuleContinue Reading »
 
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  • Ultrasonic Misting 3D Print Vapor Polisher

    3 May 2015 | 8:55 am
    Vapor polishing is nothing new. Experienced 3D printing enthusiasts are well aware that you can smooth the surface of 3D printed objects by exposing them to the right solvents. There are a few existing methods for doing this, but each of them comes with unique drawbacks. What's needed is a better s...By: MechEngineerMikeContinue Reading »
  • How To Charge Your Phone In 5 minutes With Supercapacitor under 12$ !!!

    3 May 2015 | 7:02 am
    Do you know ? Ac Outlet has enough power to charge your cell phone in just 5 minutes or even less than that, but the batteries inside your phone does not have ability to accept all the power you give to itWell supercapacitor just do that ,supercapacitors can accept all the power you feed it just lik...By: kedar264Continue Reading »
  • Build your own Variable Lab Bench Power Supply

    3 May 2015 | 6:26 am
    In this project I will show you how I combined a LTC3780, which is a powerful 130W Step Up/Step Down converter, with a 12V 5A power supply to create an adjustable lab bench power supply (0.8V-29.4V || 0.3A-6A). The performance is quite good in comparison with other models which cost around the same....By: GreatScottLabContinue Reading »
  • Car / motorcycle or bicycle wifi alarm range 500m 10$ budget

    3 May 2015 | 3:14 am
    this is easy and inexpensive wifi alarm with 200m range if module is insert inside car or 500m if module is outsidetwo modules: RX and TXreceiver module make sound alarm and led blink when detect signal transmit module is connect to any device or switch to turn it onHardware is arduino attiny85 an...By: c128Continue Reading »
  • Computer Controlled Arduino

    2 May 2015 | 8:31 pm
    Have you ever wanted to control the Arduino with a program on your computer that can handle a full GUI? I'm sure most will say yes, but a full GUI takes hard work. You need to know the basics of it all before you can do the whole thing. A really good program that you can make a GUI with is Processin...By: RobotsWillRuleContinue Reading »
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  • Make Your Own 3D Designs - Intro to the Creative World of 3D Printing

    3 May 2015 | 2:45 pm
    3D printing, which began in 1984, has quickly become one of the biggest phenomena in modern prototyping and science. In fact in only a few years manufacturing processes have started to form around the possibilities that 3D printing yields. As well, many companies have started to realize the potentia...By: TaskMasterContinue Reading »
  • Control a Robotic Arm with the Microsoft Kinect!

    3 May 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Robots are quickly becoming more integrated into our day-to-day lives. They clean our floors, make our coffee, and are even used for telepresence. Since they are becoming so vital to society, why not give our robotic companions the gift of vision? In this instructable, I will show you how to use the...By: matt johnsonContinue Reading »
  • Musical tiles

    3 May 2015 | 1:09 pm
    This Instructable will guide you through the steps necessary to recreate our Physical Computing project of a table which generates music based on the positioning of tiles placed on it. Download the necessary files If you do not have Max MSP 7, you may download Max Runtime for free here which enab...By: StephenT3Continue Reading »
  • Radical Robert's Hi-Tech Hacks

    3 May 2015 | 12:26 pm
    A collection of Instructables for "hacking" electronic items and creating "mash-up" products. Camera Surveillance Controller System Making 'Glove One' - a 3D-printed, wearable cell phone. Gravity Touch bluetooth glove Glone - the glove phone Easy To Build Stepper Controller from Re...By: BobDohseContinue Reading »
  • DIY SPEEDOMETER AND ODOMETER

    3 May 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Hey guys, this a instructable of how to make a bike speedometer.Yeah,you read it right the one that we use in car but only for 10$ .Well the first this for you to know is that this is the collaborated project of Mr_DIY_Electrician and paurushthemaker .So back to topic our project is ...By: electroguyzContinue Reading »
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  • Make a Kalimba (thumb piano)

    3 May 2015 | 8:25 am
    The video link, in case it doesn't show up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMOGlNTZCS0Hi there! Would you like to know how to make some sweet tunes? Would you like to get in touch with the origin of music? Maybe you would like to play an instrument which has a history that dates back thousands of y...By: Switch and LeverContinue Reading »
  • Replacing spark plugs!

    2 May 2015 | 4:35 pm
    Time to replace worn spark plugs! I bought iridium plugs for longer lifespan and better fuel economy. Remove the cowling. On most vehicles there is a cowling to protect the plugs. This one had 3 Phillips head screws to remove plus the engine oil cap. Assemble the spark plug spanner! I used...By: Mjhobby Continue Reading »
  • Easy, high success rate, seed or cutting starter

    2 May 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Starting plants from seeds can have a variable success rate. This method increases your chances of getting viable plants to almost 100%, by preventing some of the common problems that cause seedlings to fail; inconsistent watering, and root shock. If you start a lot of plants from seeds or cuttings,...By: CityGirl6Continue Reading »
  • Tight spaces and detail sanding tool

    2 May 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Have you ever ended up in a situation where it is nearest impossible to reach using an electric sander?Hurt your fingers when trying to sand the toughest and tightest spots?remove too much of the workpiece due to little control of electric sander?I have ....I needed a tool that was small, handy and ...By: ameisterContinue Reading »
  • Making Logos With Marquetry

    2 May 2015 | 11:41 am
    As part of a larger project (a portable Raspberry PI computer) which will have a wooden case, I wanted to put a cool logo onto it, in keeping with a wooden case design! Here's what you can achieve with some wood veneer offcuts ... marquetry Parts List Parts: Mixed Wood veneers, e.g. search on eBa...By: MikBContinue Reading »
 
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  • Make a Kalimba (thumb piano)

    3 May 2015 | 8:25 am
    The video link, in case it doesn't show up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMOGlNTZCS0Hi there! Would you like to know how to make some sweet tunes? Would you like to get in touch with the origin of music? Maybe you would like to play an instrument which has a history that dates back thousands of y...By: Switch and LeverContinue Reading »
  • Making Logos With Marquetry

    2 May 2015 | 11:41 am
    As part of a larger project (a portable Raspberry PI computer) which will have a wooden case, I wanted to put a cool logo onto it, in keeping with a wooden case design! Here's what you can achieve with some wood veneer offcuts ... marquetry Parts List Parts: Mixed Wood veneers, e.g. search on eBa...By: MikBContinue Reading »
  • Networked RGB Wi-Fi Decorative Touch Lights

    2 May 2015 | 10:54 am
    I wanted to give my family a simple, meaningful, beautiful way to stay connected. We are spread out across two countries, and sometimes misunderstandings between us make communication even more difficult.As holiday presents this last year I built 6 RGB Wi-FI enabled networked decorative touch lights...By: whyameyeContinue Reading »
  • LED Acrylic Glass Sign

    2 May 2015 | 10:48 am
    In this Instructable, I made a LED acrylic sign.You will need:For the Sign:Acrylic glassI used a 100 X 80 X 5 mm sheetMini drill with diamond burr bits.Stencil knifePicture/print out for the stencilFor the base:Instamorph moldable plastic2 LED's with a battery holder, batteries and a switch For th...By: ShakeTheFutureContinue Reading »
  • Hand made Brass pendant

    1 May 2015 | 8:02 pm
    Get the design:  There are a million sites online that can offer you motifs / murals / designs that can be used for a pendant like this one. I chose to use one I had with me. The motif is that of a beautiful bird depicted in the Indian mythology and probably is several cultures across the world. G...By: bansuri.shankarContinue Reading »
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  • Edison lamp in a bell jar

    3 May 2015 | 2:41 pm
    I made an Edison lamp for my cousin about 3 years ago. Since then I have wanted to make one for myself and have played around with a whole heap of different variants in my mind. Recently I started to look at different computer aided design methods to help refine these designs. I am very happy with ...By: world of woodcraftContinue Reading »
  • home made led lamp

    3 May 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Hello everyone! This is my home made super bright led light.i hope you will like this project. I want to show you how I converted some daily used objects into a stylish LED lamp that can be used anywhere in the house. I made them for my room.it's look so good. My home made led light This is my ho...By: Quaid khanContinue Reading »
  • Driftwood Furniture

    3 May 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Wood collected on the Southern Tip of Africa and transformed into unique furniture for inside or out...@dePunt By: dePuntContinue Reading »
  • Refurbishing A Hatchet

    3 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    Hi, this instructable will show you how to refurbish an old camp axe or hatchet like the one I found while working at an urban farm in Cleveland, Ohio. The hatchet belonged to my friends grandfather, Hal Johnson. Hal did a lot of work with this hatchet and his granddaughter, Dawn Johnson, couldn't...By: TheTutor11Continue Reading »
  • DIY Replacement Gas can yellow cap

    3 May 2015 | 10:43 am
    I knew I should have put a string on my yellow cap for my gas can. I am always misplacing it when I am in a hurry. I didn't and now it's gone. Now I have 3 cans with no cap. Very stinky trips to the gas station; luckily they go in the bed of the pickup truck.This instructible shows how to make a...By: danneauxsContinue Reading »
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  • Come to the Vagabond Flea: Selling Organic Body Care Products and ALL the Vintage

    Van
    1 May 2015 | 11:07 am
    I'll be out at the Vagabond Flea Market at Hemming Park again this Saturday, May 2 from 10 am to 6 pm selling ALL of the rest of my vintage merchandise, upcycled goodies, and much more from my organic body care line. We'll have kits for Mother's Day, dry shampoo for blondes and brunettes, body butters, scrubs, face serums and much more! Hope to see you there!I can bring anything from my Etsy shop out for you to pick-up on hold if you'd like!/Comments Off And now back to formulating, labeling, and organizing with me! E-mail me if you have any questions. See you on the blog next week with some…
  • Badass Biz: Mid Mod Mom's Curated Mid Century Modern Ceramics Selling Studio

    Van
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:20 pm
    Mid Mod Mom is a gorgeous shop of mostly small mid century modern objects and housewares expertly curated by Beatriz Marcias. Her photographs are centered and even organized on the website in a color gradient. You can tell it's the work of a trained artisan. Beatriz was kind enough to let me share photos of her bright california workspace and tell us a little bit about the hows and whys of her approach to reselling vintage."I’m an architect and artist by training, and a collector by nature; I’ve always had an appreciation for beauty, craftsmanship, and design. Our house is an eclectic…
  • Business Life Lately: Teaching, Selling, Hustling, Learning and Beautiful Plant Therapy

    Van
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:11 pm
    I've been selling locally at markets (kindly alerted to me by Sally Ann, thank you!) and it's been helping me get rid of some excess clutter and put more money in the bank. I missed outdoor markets, you miss out on that interaction with customers face-to-face when you sell in local shops or online. And it's just nice to be outside exhibiting your wares. A couple of customers were long-time fans of my local antique mall booth.My mom, AJ, and mom's dog Pete were my companions for the 2nd market. I love mom's family of chihuahuas. Pete's the runt of the litter and he's terrified of everything…
  • Home Tour: Natasha of Halmoni Vintage's Cozy, Earthy Plant-Filled California Casa

    Van
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Natasha's volunteered to share her vintage world on the blog before, once in my Thrifters Around the World series and again when I profiled her sized-acceptance themed vintage clothing shop in California. This time I'm sharing peeks around her adorable bohemian bungalow. I love how it's comfortable, earthy, and a riot of color! I'm taking inspiration for re-arranging my own pad!Occupants: I live solo dolo with my main squeeze "Pupperoni Prince" Peanut.Professions: I am solopreneur behind Halmoni VintagePlease tell us a little about yourself: I run a vintage shop to fuel my…
  • Two Houses. Two Types. Are You a Maker, or Buyer? Trailblazer, or Follower?

    Van
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:32 am
    I adore the area I live in. Riverside, Jacksonville is an eclectic mix. There are 2,120 historic buildings, parks, independent businesses galore, underground scenes and frequent art gallery openings. It's a bohemian shangri-la and I never get tired of exploring the area. I'm especially drawn to the different houses, with diverse architecture and styles spanning decades.And I stop the photograph many of them, I'd stop to photograph every single one if I had the time. Each one with character, life, and unique quirks. The ones that drawn me in the most are the unfinished ones. The shabby, old…
 
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  • Buzzworthy Home Bar Designs

    Ryan
    1 May 2015 | 7:50 am
    A bar in your own home is great for entertaining family and friends – a simple addition to your house that can help create fun times and lasting memories. Check out these home bar designs created by our customers using faux stone paneling – they’re sure to get you buzzing. Carlton Cobblestone panels in Summer Tan give this home bar the look of real stone. The panels can be used on bars built both indoors and outside, and their ease of installation promises a fun and easy DIY project that can be completed over a weekend. Once completed, home bars serve as a convenient and…
  • The Advantages of Man Made Stone over Actual Stone

    Ryan
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:25 am
    Man made stone panels are a wonderful choice for both homeowners and business owners, offering design flexibility at a cost that the real thing can’t compete with.  In fact, there are many benefits of using faux versus actual stone.  Below, we’ll take a look at these advantages. Man made stone panels enhance the beauty of home exteriors. Professional installation not needed DIY-friendly Lightweight, easy to handle and install Can be installed on any surface, including concrete, wood, and even metal Cost-effective Maintenance-free Durable Made of high-density polyurethane that is…
  • 6 Easy Kitchen Remodeling Ideas for Spring Cleaning

    Ryan
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:59 pm
    If you’re in search of kitchen remodeling ideas as part of your spring cleaning this year, but you’re not too keen on spending a lot of money, you can relax and know that there are quick and affordable ways to give this room a fresh new look.  Below are six simple weekend projects that will give your kitchen renewed vitality and charm. 1. Spring clean. Spring time is a wonderful time to clean your home, and especially your kitchen.  It’s always a good idea to start with the windows.  This will let the fresh new visual wonders of spring come into your kitchen as clearly as…
  • Imitation Stone Siding: Drainage Mats

    Ryan
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:08 am
    Now that April is here, and you’re getting ready for spring cleaning and home remodeling, you may be thinking of the rain that this month tends to bring, before the flowers bloom in May.  You’d like to invest in imitation stone siding for your home exterior, but the April rain is making you wonder if moisture control is something you need to consider with your siding project. The blue drainage mat provides more than 800 square feet of coverage per roll. Our gray drainage mat provides 325 square feet of coverage. The good news is that our drainage mats provide moisture control, and…
  • Rustic Decor Ideas with Stone and Brick Panels

    Ryan
    3 Apr 2015 | 9:05 am
    One reason customers love our panels is that they have an authentic quality that lends a rustic flair to their homes’ interior designs. Read their testimonials below and see how their rustic decor ideas were easily achieved achieved with stone and brick panels. Elaine used Wellington Drystack panels to upgrade her small kitchen, and the results look great, as you can see below. Elaine knew her kitchen needed an upgrade. Dry stack gives the kitchen’s decor rustic charm. This product is just wonderful and has transformed my rustic cabin into a touch of class! I had a lot of…
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  • DIY Front Porch Personalized Welcome Sign

    Brooke Ulrich
    1 May 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Adding a personalized welcome sign was a great way to add character to our front porch area. We recently did just that by repurposing an old window a friend gave us. The window had been left outside for years, so the frame was a little damaged, but it was full of character. Here’s how I made my personalized welcome sign.    I first sanded the chippy wood frame with a 220 grit sanding block to remove some of the dingy texture. I didn’t paint the wood though because I liked it just the weathered wood look.   Next, I designed a personalized vinyl sign on my trusty…
  • DIY Painted Rug with a Colorful Kilim Style Pattern

    Stacy Risenmay
    1 May 2015 | 12:53 pm
    I am currently obsessed with Turkish kilim rugs. If you have ever checked them out, you know they can be super expensive, and they come in nontraditional sizes. I really wanted a small rug for my entry, but they don’t usually come as small as 2 x 3. I decided to create a painted rug to look similar to a kilim rug! I bought an inexpensive cotton rug and then headed to The Home Depot to get the supplies for my DIY painted rug. DIY Kilim-Style Painted Rug Supplies Cotton rug Paint (I bought the paint in sample cans since I wouldn’t need a ton of paint in each color and because they are such…
  • DIY Floating Shelves

    Nancy Christopher
    30 Apr 2015 | 2:40 pm
      When moving into a new home it’s great to add small, familiar touches such as photographs, mementos, etc. to make it feel like “home”. What better way to display those items then on stylish floating shelves? I built these DIY floating shelves in my bathroom. But they would look great in your living room, den, or just about any room of the house. This easy tutorial will show you how to build these DIY floating shelves in your home. Just follow the step-by-step instructions. But first… Cleaning once moving in is an important first step to making your home, yours.
  • DIY Hanging Rope Shelf and a Funny Story about a Magic Eraser

    Myquillyn Smith
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:36 am
    We’ve moved 14 times (in 20 years of being married) and the first two things I want to do when we are in a new place is to feel somewhat organized and to have something pretty that makes a new place feel like home. But before I get to the fun stuff, I always start with some cleaning because isn’t that what we all do when we are in a new home? At the end of this post I’ve got some hard-earned cleaning tips, but first, let’s talk about this super simple DIY! This super simple DIY hanging rope shelf functions as a great little catch-all right next to our porch door. It looks great. I…
  • DIY Hanging Planter (and Three Cleaning Tips) to Freshen Your Home

    Mandi Gubler
    30 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    I’m sharing a few of my favorite cleaning tips and a simple DIY hanging planter project to make your home feel a little more homey. The first thing that comes to mind when you are looking to freshen your home is wall color. Right!? I mean, that is the first and most impactful way to update a room. Whether you are moving into a new home or feeling the itch to change up your current one, wall color rules the game. My favorite painting prep hack is to use a Swiffer to get all the dust off of your walls before you paint! I’d be willing to bet that a few of you reading this didn’t even…
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  • 10 Tips to Prevent and Treat Insect Stings

    30 Apr 2015 | 1:24 am
      When I was a child, we spent long, lazy summers in the country with my cousins. The kids all enjoyed running wild and exploring nature. One day nature came a little too close for comfort, though, when we spotted a papery, cylindrical structure hanging from a porch beam.  See full article.
  • Plan for your Home Addition/Remodel Electrical Needs

    29 Apr 2015 | 10:12 pm
      Are you considering remodeling work or even an addition to your home? That's great -- we hope you enjoy the results! Just remember that a successful remodel demands thoughtful advance planning of every aspect. Take your electrical system, for example.  See full article.
  • Commercial HVAC: Right-Size and Save

    28 Apr 2015 | 9:46 pm
      When you are planning the multi-million dollar construction or remodel of a commercial building, the cost of HVAC equipment is a relatively small part of your total budget. However, right sizing your firm's heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system will not only save you money on the initial purchase and installation costs.  See full article.
  • Custom Cabinetry: Storage Solutions for the Whole Home

    28 Apr 2015 | 1:01 am
      "A place for everything and everything in its place" is a motto that most of us would love to live by. Unfortunately, it's not always so easy. Although decluttering is all the rage these days and a big part of the process is getting rid of items you no longer use (try to donate or recycle instead of adding them to our landfills), it's also important to organize whatever you want to keep.  See full article.
  • Get Rid of Dust Mites FAQs

    26 Apr 2015 | 8:56 pm
      A-h-h-h-choo! If you start sniffling, wheezing, and explosively sneezing when you find yourself in a dusty room, chances are you've got a dust allergy. And if you have a dust allergy, it's probably caused in large part by tiny bugs called dust mites. The good news is that after you get rid of the mites, you'll experience blessed relief from your allergic symptoms.  See full article.
 
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  • DIY Hanging Lights: How to Install on Faux Beams

    Ryan
    1 May 2015 | 8:13 am
    A DIY hanging lights project is super simple to do when you’re adding them to faux ceiling beams. Below find the easy step-by-step installation instructions. By the time you’ve finished, your room’s decor will look fantastic. Installing hanging lights on faux ceiling beams is remarkably simple. Below are the steps for the installation of hanging lights: 1. Make sure to take measurement of the full height of the beam you’ll be installing. 2. See what the size of the gap will be between the ceiling and the bottom of the electrical box.  You’ll be filling this gap with…
  • Affordable Building Materials for Contractors: Imitation Wood Beams

    Ryan
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:20 am
    All across the United States, thousands of our customers have installed imitation wood ceiling beams to renovate their homes, indoors and out.  They’ve been very satisfied.  One thing we’ve noticed is how contractors and remodeling professionals also love these affordable building materials that allow them to create super designs for much less money and time than real wood beams would involve. Imitation wood beams are affordable buildings materials, easily installed. The beams can also accommodate recessed lighting easily. There’s a reason shows on channels like HGTV and DIY Network…
  • 4 Elegant Beams for Upgrading Your Ceiling Décor

    Ryan
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Our artificial wood beams with lightly distressed textures are an ideal way to give your ceiling décor a relaxing feel.  They can dramatically enhance the look of a room.  For a low cost and simple installation, DIYers can easily accentuate and highlight their ceiling designs in no time.         Lightly distressed beams give ceiling decor a fresh new look. The laid back rustic mood they add to interior designs is sure to transform your home’s decor.  Thanks to their durable, robust construction, the beams will last for years and always look great.  Termites will leave them alone,…
  • How-To Videos with Faux Wooden Beams

    Ryan
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:11 am
    In case you haven’t seen our YouTube channel, here are a few how-to videos that will help you understand what faux wooden beams are, and how easy they are to install. The first video answers the question, “What is a faux wood beam”? The second video is from the “I Hate My Kitchen” show on the DIY Network, and shows how using faux Timber beams saved on time, money, and effort for this young couple. The third video shows a customer who also used Timber beams for building a beautiful wine cellar. To see more videos of the advantages you’ll get from our beams and…
  • Faux Wood Window Headers Make Fabulous Exterior Accents

    Ryan
    3 Apr 2015 | 9:04 am
    Traditionally, window headers are structural supports located on the top portion of window casings.  They can be found in residential buildings, as well as commercial buildings.  Headers normally span horizontally across the top of the casing, for added support that can prevent the full weight of the wall from resting on just the window casing.  Our window headers are easy to install and offer great curb appeal. The added benefit of headers is that they enhance architectural style to exterior design of homes and businesses.  In addition to framing windows, L-headers can also be used to…
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  • Weekend Proves Hardware Wins Hackathons

    Mike Szczys
    3 May 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Teams hacking on hardware won big this weekend in New York. There were ten teams that answered Hackaday’s call as we hosted the first ever hardware hackathon at the Tech Crunch Disrupt NYC. These teams were thrown into the mix with all of the software hackers TC was hosting and rose to the top. Eight out of our ten teams won! As we suspected, having something physical to show off is a huge bonus compared to those showing apps and webpages alone. Recipe for awesome: Mix in the huge talent pool brought by the hardware hackers participating, then season with a dash of experience from…
  • TubeNetRadio Project Modernizes 1959 Tube Radio

    Rich Bremer
    3 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Years ago, [Luk] came across an old tube radio. He’s since wanted to convert it to an internet radio but never really got around to it. Now that we are living in the age when a micro computer can be had for a mere $35, [Luk] decided it was time to finish his long lost project. He chose a Raspberry Pi for the brains of his project because it is an inexpensive and well documented product perfect for what he wanted to do. [Luk] had a goal, to modify the radio as little as possible in order to get it to play both internet radio and locally stored MP3s. The radio from 1959 is certainly old,…
  • Robot K-9 Scares Off the Daleks

    Will Sweatman
    3 May 2015 | 10:01 am
    [Bithead942’s] love of the ever popular Dr Who series led her to develop a replica of the 4th Doctor’s robotic companion. It’s name is K-9, and was built from scratch in only 4 months. Its shell is made from HPDE – a light and bendable plastic. A custom plastic bender was constructed to get the angles just right, and custom laser cut parts were used in various places. Its frame consists of aluminum channel, and is packed full of juicy electronics. An arduino with an XBee shield controls the remote voice, frickin’ laser and eye sensors. Another arduino is paired…
  • ESP8266 WiFi Throwies

    Brian Benchoff
    3 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    A few years ago, someone figured out you can take an LED, a coin cell battery, and a magnet, tape them together, and throw them on every conceivable metallic surface. This was the creation of LED throwies, and the world was much worse off for its invention. With the ESP-8266 WiFi module, we have a tiny, tiny device with a WiFi radio, and just enough processing power to do something interesting. What does that mean? WiFi throwies. [Andreas Reischle] stuffed an ESP-8266 WiFi module and a lithium cell inside a weatherproof controller loaded up with magnets. On its own, these wouldn’t do…
  • Decoding and Replicating Xantrex Solar Charge Wireless Data

    Mike Szczys
    3 May 2015 | 4:01 am
    This is a story mostly of decoding data, but there is a happy ending that includes turning that decoding work into an open source receiver. Xantrex solar charge controllers monitor a lot of data about what is happening with your solar panels, and they stream it wirelessly but you need their add-on hardware to receive it. [Eric Herbers] figured if the data is being transmitted, a resourceful hackers should be able to decode it. And he did just that with a little help from his friends in the Hackaday community. We asked on Twitter what people were working on and [Eric] posted his scope…
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  • Tips for multigenerational house renovations

    Salvatore Ferro
    29 Apr 2015 | 4:01 am
    More people are living in multigenerational homes in the U.S. than ever before. In 2012, the Pew Research Center found that about 57 million, or one-fifth of all Americans, are living in multigenerational households – that's about twice as many as in 1980.  In some homes, "boomerang kids" are coming back home after college to live with their parents because of student loan debt and trouble finding a good job.  Another major cause of this multigenerational trend is a rise in older adults, often parents or relatives, moving in for medical or financial reasons.
  • Update your deck for the summer

    Salvatore Ferro
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:14 am
    When you prepare your home for the summer by cleaning the roof and washing your siding, take a minute to examine your deck. Whether it's the front porch or the back deck, these areas can provide a comfortable outdoor space for your family to enjoy the warm summer weather together.  If your house doesn't have a deck, the space is too small for cookouts or it's too old and full of splinters to use, consider installing a deck or remodeling your decking. By adding or updating a deck area, you'll be creating a seasonal addition to your home, which can become an outdoor…
  • Cleaning hacks: 7 tips for keeping your windows spotless

    Douglas Cornwell
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:13 am
    Whether you’ve just had replacement windows installed and you want to keep them looking new or you’re tidying up your home as part of some spring cleaning, it’s important to focus on your windows. Windows are one of the most important design aspects of your home because they impact both your interior and your exterior. Clean windows can give you stellar curb appeal and your desired interior design. However, sometimes it’s easier said than done to keep your windows spotless. Even when you do clean them, they can spot, streak or smudge. Here are a few useful tips that…
  • 4 questions to ask your bathroom designer

    Gina Bonura
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:15 am
    Thanks to the Internet, the number of bathroom designers in your area is seemingly limitless. While it's beneficial to have such a wide array of options when it comes to your bathroom remodel, it can also be quite overwhelming if you don't know what you're looking for. Fortunately, there are ways to narrow down your search when meeting with potential designers. Rosemary Mikelinich, a bathroom designer at Alure Home Improvements, listed the most important questions to ask your bathroom designer before moving forward on a project. 1. What are your credentials? One of the most…
  • 5 signs your home may need a kitchen renovation

    Gina Bonura
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:46 am
    For many homeowners, the kitchen is the most important room in the house. It’s where everyone comes together to cook, eat, do their work and interact with one another. Although the kitchen has become such an important space to the modern family, kitchen design hasn’t always kept up. This means that many people are living with kitchens that don’t match their needs or the way they use their space. If you’ve ever experienced these five problems in your kitchen, it may be a sign that it’s time for you to talk to a professional designer about renovating or…
 
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    Violet LeBeaux - Free Cute Craft and Beauty Tutorials

  • Chocolate Dipped Nail Art Tutorial

    Violet
    29 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    I can’t believe I haven’t done an nail art tutorial for this look before *_* I’ve worn it so often that I figured I had already done one… but I guess not?This year I’ve been keeping my nails really short again but I’ve started to grow them again recently so I’m  interested in making them pretty again :DSo let’s get going with some chocolate nails!Start off by doing a base coat in a pastel colour. I went with a matte peach this time which was a mistake because it chipped in about 3 seconds flat >_> I love matte polish but it’s so…
  • Crochet Bear Coffee Cozy Tutorial

    Violet
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    This bear looks like how I feel >_> Over the weekend our horrible neighbours finally moved out and they had a loud blow out party and trashed their place as a final “suck it” to their landlord. It was loud and late at night and I just want to sleep for about a week now. I don’t really have a lot of energy lately to start with!Instead let’s make a crochet bear coffee cosy :D I’m using a 3mm hook and crocheting with 2 strands of yarn at once to give it a mottled effect.I measured the size off a Starbucks cup holder but I think the Aus sizes are smaller than…
  • Silent-ish Saturdays

    Violet
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    I will at some point start talking properly in these again >_>We’ve gone through some big changes over the last month or so, Kris has gone back to QLD for a while so I’m working as James’ assistant again which takes a decent chunk out of my time and I’ve been working really hard to create more products for my Creative Market shop.I want people who aren’t using graphics like designers to be able to access my artwork too so I’ve been working on setting up places to buy prints, shirts and that kind of thing as well.I feel like I’m at a turning…
  • DIY Washi Tape Flags

    Violet
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Today let’s do a mini craft! I saw these little flags at a junk store a while ago but figured I would save some money and diy. I made about 30 of them for our Billy Idol Day lunch and only used 3 >_>So cute though right?You need:Cute tape, I used washi tape but you can use whateverToothpicksScissorsLiterally all you do is take a piece of tape at least twice as long as you want your flag… Fold it in half over the toothpick so it sticks to itself…And then snip the end into points.Rinse and repeat till you have enough!This really probably is the easiest tutorial…
  • Apparently I Do Own Jeans – OOTD

    Violet
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    You guys are always teasing me about whether I even own any pants well haha I managed to dig some out!This was a nice casual outfit to go and pick up a guitar James bought off a lady on Gumtree.The shirt/jumper I bought for $2 from the Camberwell markets when we first moved down here. The sleeve had a hole in it so I cut them shorter a few months ago. The jeans are from Aly about 8 years ago-ish. I’m surprised they even still fit haha! The shoes are my favourite obnoxious sneakers. They were the last pair at 7Angels and they’re both comfortable and blindingly gold. My make up was…
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    Nexus 21

  • 7 Ideas for TV Viewing in the Bedroom

    Nexus 21
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:43 am
    Do you like watching TV in the bedroom? Here are some ideas to make that activity even more fun! Set up your room to make TV watching comfortable. Extra pillows or wedges on the bed make for a comfy movie time, or if there is room you can set up a pair of recliners. Have somewhere to put the drinks and snacks. Seriously. A movie without snacks isn’t worth it! Have some plan to protect the duvet. A beach towel works. This catches stray pieces of popcorn and splutters of cola if you take a sip at the wrong moment during a comedy. DVR it. Commercials are no fun! A DVR could be your best…
  • Woodworkers – Create your very own Cabinet for a TV Lift!

    Nexus 21
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:22 pm
    If you enjoy making your own high quality, handmade furniture, why not attempt a TV cabinet? With a TV lift option, you don’t have to construct an enormous entertainment center. The entire piece can be under four feet tall. All you have to do is ensure that it is strong enough to hold the lift, and big enough to house the size of television you plan to use it for. We offer a wide range of TV lift cabinets that can be matched to existing décor. Various kinds of wood grain, stains, sizes and styles are all compatible with modern furniture suites. However, when you have a more eclectic style…
  • Using TV Lifts for Mobile Presentations

    Nexus 21
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    Have you ever set up an outdoor display for your business? Do you constantly struggle with the logistics of transporting and setting up a table and chairs to use as a laptop station? Wouldn’t it be great if there were another way? With a TV lift installed in the back of your vehicle, you can quickly and easily set up shop. Hook your laptop or tablet into a flat screen monitor, use a specialty canopy for shade and put a few chairs around your tailgate. It’s an automatic workstation! You get the advantage of a larger screen you can use for a presentation. More people can watch without…
  • Pump Up Your SUV with a TV Lift

    Nexus 21
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:04 pm
    Your SUV can be a classy ride. It’s a big vehicle, with lots of space. There’s plenty of legroom. With an upgrade to the stereo, it rocks the block. What if you could make your ride even more cool and classy? Ultimate Tailgate Machine A TV lift can be installed in the rear of your SUV, making it a tailgate event classic. Just pop the back, activate the lift, and enjoy the game from the parking lot or your own driveway. Set up the hibachi grill, break out those ice cold beverages, get out the camp chairs, and relax. It’s a great day for you whether your team wins or loses! Outdoor…
  • Implementing TV Lifts in 2015 – Part Four: The Bathroom

    Nexus 21
    2 Apr 2015 | 4:03 pm
    We will finish this short, four part series of looking at how to use TV lifts in your home by visiting that often used but sadly unsung room in your house. The bathroom may not be your first pick when you think of upgrading, but TV lifts can make any room more delightful! Start with deciding where you would like to put a TV. If you have a tub that you enjoy taking long baths in, look for a place that will allow a TV lift installation and give you a great view. The ceiling might be a good place to hide your TV. If you tend more towards showers, consider having your TV strategically placed…
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    Armchair Builder :: Blog :: Build, renovate, & repair your own home. Save money as an owner builder.

  • Builder Leaves Property Owners with Unfinished Homes

    armchairbuilder
    29 Apr 2015 | 5:49 pm
    The choice to become an owner builder, general contracting your own home, is not an easy one.  But there is one thing for sure…if you do decide to go with a full service builder/general contractor, you still aren’t guaranteed good results.  Recently a group of customers in Sarasota Florida experienced this difficult lesson.  The builder [...]
  • More Reasons to Become an Owner Builder

    armchairbuilder
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:22 pm
    House prices and rent continue to rise as inflation is muted in the U.S., adding to the reasons one might want to become an owner builder.  By taking on the general contractor role for their own home, it’s possible to avoid paying the ever increasing monthly rent that does nothing but line the pockets of [...]
  • How Many People Built Their Own Home in 2014?

    armchairbuilder
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:41 pm
    If you are visiting Armchair Builder for the first time you may be asking yourself, “exactly how many people built their own home in 2014?”  After all, it can be a complicated, time consuming endeavor that many people aren’t prepared to handle.  To answer this question we take a look at the latest U.S. Census [...]
  • Kitchen Design Ideas

    armchairbuilder
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:43 am
    With a carefully thought out kitchen design you can create a fully functional, custom look at an affordable price.  For this small kitchen, we needed to maximize the use of the space to make things work.  In order to accomplish this, we pulled out all the secrets from the kitchen design books.  Here we will [...]
  • Negotiating for Your Dream Home

    armchairbuilder
    13 Mar 2015 | 11:15 am
      Building your dream home can be an expensive endeavor.  From the gorgeous lot with the view to the sparkly quartz countertops, each item that will make your new home “yours” comes with a price.  But just like everything else we buy, there are deals to be had on building materials and labor to build [...]
 
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    An Oregon Cottage

  • Three Things 5.02.15: New Trees, Source for Pillows, Best Dishwasher Detergent

    Jami
    2 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Happy Saturday! It’s our weekly ‘Three Things” post is where you’ll find a peek into my week and some things that are making me happy. And yep, that’s more than 3 things- I’m simply using 3 as a way to organize these weekly updates. Let’s get started! (Note: the links I provide are often affiliate links, though not always.) […] The post Three Things 5.02.15: New Trees, Source for Pillows, Best Dishwasher Detergent 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…
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    Our Toronto Life

  • Cheap and Tasty Dim Sum

    Our Toronto Life
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:20 pm
    I think dim sum actually means “touch heart” – so, it’s like Chinese soul food. And, I love it for so many reasons: – It’s the kind of brunch that I grew up having as a Chinese kid – It’s undeniably delicious (except the chicken feet, IMO) – It’s traditional and yet there are ever evolving dishes and fusion flavours – It’s meant for sharing Recently, my beautiful and hilarious friend Andrea and I shared dim sum at Fisherman Villa. I love it there because it reminds me of the old-school dim sum places (a little too…
  • What To Order at Shiso Tree Cafe

    Our Toronto Life
    15 Feb 2015 | 6:13 pm
    Cy takes after his mom – looks, organization, creativity, and his love for classic rock and guitars. Both of them have cool looking glasses too. Last week, she visited us and new baby D!  With the frigid temps, we haven’t really gone out (plus, I was house bound by Chinese tradition – no going out for 30 days post baby’s birth). Jail time was over, and we decided to go out to eat in Japan Town’s Shiso Tree Cafe. We shared a bunch of dishes (family style of course), and here are the verdicts: Verdict: Order this, it’s like a fancy Japanese Caesar salad.
  • Secret Weapon Brownies + Enter to Win a Trip to Spain (Yay)!

    Our Toronto Life
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:16 pm
    I’ve always been the world’s slowest eater according to family and friends. I take tiny bites to draw out the time that I spend with a really good chocolate cake. I distract myself by chatting and forgetting that I have to eat even if it’s delicious dim sum. I sometimes pick at my bento boxes and eat the good parts (ie. not the rice) then slowly eat the not-so-good parts (ie. the rice). Then, D came along. He is the boss, and he won’t put up with my slow-eating habit. In fact, cooking and baking has to be done in ultra speed too. So during the holidays, any baking…
  • Our baby is here!

    Our Toronto Life
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Little D made his way into the world on December 11th! Things are settling down at home, and it is a huge help to have my mom from Vancouver here with us. So far, the little guy is finally sleeping ok, eating well, pooping the stinky diapers, and loving his YouTube playlist including Baby Beluga and Elmo’s song.
  • We are having a baby!

    Our Toronto Life
    3 Dec 2014 | 5:30 pm
    It’s been awhile, I know. The last 9 months, I’ve been growing this baby bump. Cy and I are expecting a boy later this month. We are a mixed bag of excited, scared and farts. Did you know? Pregnant women fart more and sometimes they smell like funny eggs. OUR FAQ How do you feel? Pretty good. No morning sickness, and now it feels like there is a bowling ball in my tummy. Do you have any cravings? No, how boring! Have you finished the nursery? We are now! We turned the office into a nursery. Out went the desks, and in went the crib, change table, baby stuff and a forest curtain…
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    U me and the kids

  • Home Decor ideas: Yankee Candle Cafe Culture Collection

    rachelhirst
    3 May 2015 | 5:27 am
    U me and the kids There is nothing I love more than my home smelling fresh and clean. Sometimes I love to infuse my home with a richer, sweeter more enticing smell. The new Cafe culture range from Yankee candles offer a new way to fragrance your home. The look of the candles can update a living area with some […] The post Home Decor ideas: Yankee Candle Cafe Culture Collection 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 Guidance.
  • Celebrate “STAR WARS DAY” May the 4th AT DISNEY STORE

    rachelhirst
    1 May 2015 | 1:01 am
    U me and the kids Disney store will host a number of exciting in-store events and activities for families and fans to enjoy over the bank holiday weekend.If you are looking for things to do with kids this big or small this bank holiday, Disney store have it covered. This is to celebrate Star Wars Day on “May the 4th which […] The post Celebrate “STAR WARS DAY” May the 4th AT DISNEY STORE 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…
  • Win a £50 Shoe Zone Voucher

    rachelhirst
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:22 am
    U me and the kids Shoe Zone, The leading UK value footwear retailer, love to give customers the very best value possible, which is why there range includes a great collection of shoes for all the family, at fantastic low prices. No matter what you’re on the hunt for, whether it’s warm Winter boots, shoes for work or comfy slippers […] The post Win a £50 Shoe Zone Voucher 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 Guidance.
 
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    Movearoo Moving Blog

  • Putting Home Spun Stain Removers to the Test

    Victoria Blackburn
    28 Apr 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Stains happen. Unfortunately, there’s no telling when or where they will happen, so it’s good to know whether those home spun stain removers can get out those pesky stains before they set in. There are plenty of stain removal products on the market, but there is no guarantee that you’ll find one in your cupboard when you knock over your glass of red wine on a Friday evening, or get grease on your favorite jeans while tuning up your bike. The following five home stain removers have been proven time and again to get the stains out. Aspirin After a hard work out, most people…
  • 4 Tips for Hanging Your Decor

    Christine DiMaria
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Your home comes to you as a blank canvas. You’re responsible for giving it the personal finishing touches that make it comfortable, familiar, and reflective of you. We can help you add these decorations without causing damage to your home and the decorations themselves. Selecting a Nail It’s important to select the correct nail because a nail that’s not meant to handle the weight of your artwork could equal the demise of your frame. Usually you can use a standard finishing nail to hang your photos or artwork. These tend to look inconspicuous and don’t leave large holes…
  • 5 Moving Scams You Need to Know

    Christine DiMaria
    21 Mar 2015 | 12:48 pm
    In today’s world, people are out to make a quick buck even if that means taking advantage of others. These shady con artists stoop to any level to swindle you, especially when you’re most vulnerable. If you don’t want to be another victim when you’re moving, you should check out this list of moving scams that you might not know about. 1. Cubic Foot Price Don’t allow a company to give you an estimate based on the amount of cubic feet of possessions you’re moving. When the company informs you that they’re going to measure the area of your stuff, they…
  • Lighting Up Your New Place: Color and Cost

    Kendra Williamson
    11 Feb 2015 | 11:43 am
    As you’re finally settling in, there is one aspect of your new space that is impactful, yet often overlooked: light. Light changes how we feel and how we perceive our surroundings. Think of walking across a densely wooded hillside where the canopy is so eerily thick that you get the feeling a bear will jump out at you any second. On the other hand, imagine yourself in a forest glowing with green light; the sunlight filters through semi-transparent leaves, surrounding you with heavenly rays. Thoughts of danger are far from your mind as you experience that ethereal moment. Light matters.
  • The 7 Moving Myths

    Christine DiMaria
    18 Jan 2015 | 11:34 am
    In 2010 alone, 35.1 million people in the U.S. – which is equivalent to 11.6 percent of the population – moved locations. With moving so common, it’s important to know which moving rumors are merely myths and which rumors to look out for. Be wary of these seven common moving myths: 1. You Don’t Need Moving Boxes This is definitely a myth. While it’s cheaper to head to your local grocery store to get some free boxes, grocery store boxes are not designed for moving. These boxes can’t hold much weight and can’t withstand much impact when moving your…
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    The Ribbon Retreat Blog

  • Bow Tie Bows…with and without tails

    The Ribbon Retreat
    1 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Hello all! I get so excited when it is my turn to share a project with you and today…I think I might just be jumping with joy and excitement to share these absolutely adorable bows with you! I am in love with these little Bow Tie Bows and can’t wait to put them on my […]
  • Double Stacked Korker Hair Bow, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    It’s YouTube Thursday here at The Ribbon Retreat…so that means today we get to celebrate our BRAND NEW video tutorial! Making bows is a lot of fun…as you all know! However, sometimes you run into a bow that fits the definition of not only fun…but being a BLAST to make! I definitely have my favorite […]
  • Gem Necklace or Headband Tutorial

    Cheri Mortimer
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    I don’t know about you, but I can’t ever get enough of fun and easy jewelry projects that look A-MAZING! They are all one of a kind, and I love having something different than everyone else that is handmade and special just to me or for that special someone I made it for! Today, Cherie […]
  • Ribbon Ankle-Wrap Shoes

    The Ribbon Retreat
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Quick and easy projects that make a HUGE difference are most definitely in my top 5 favorites. It is so rewarding to see a project look amazing when you are all done, that costs next to nothing and takes less than 20, 10 or even 5 minutes to create. Today, Janica is sharing a project […]
  • Button Necklace

    Cheri Mortimer
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    When I was younger, my mom had a quart jar FULL of nothing but buttons. Small ones, big ones and some of every color. I loved to dump out the buttons and look at each and every one and their unique qualities. You could tell some were very old and had a story all their […]
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    Moonshine Distillers Blog

  • Make Your Mama Pleased as Punch This Mother’s Day

    Amy Huff
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:52 am
    Who says you can only drink cider in the winter time?  If your mother is sweet and a little bit tangy, then this sparkling pear cider recipe is the perfect drink for her!  Plus, with summertime right around the corner, this beverage serves as a last hurrah to the cold weather season, right in time for Mother’s Day.  Invite your mom over for a Mother’s Day brunch and treat her to one of these delicious beverages, or experiment with other ideas.  For the pear-cider sparkler, start with 2 cups of chilled pear nectar (sounds good already!); then mix in 2 cups of sparkling…
  • Spring Drinks for Everyone!

    Amy Huff
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:32 am
    Burgers, friends, and a warm spring day calls for a backyard BBQ. Do you know what to serve the kids but are struggling to make something interesting for the adults? Now is the time to break out that micro beer you’ve been dying to show off to your friends or the tequila you know your friends will love! If you don’t have a liquor still to brew up that special tequila, then you are in luck because Moonshine Distiller’s still has liquor stills for sale. For those who like something on the stronger side and not too fruity, try this drink: Light or regular beer A shot of tequila and triple…
  • Where Does the Still Go?

    Amy Huff
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:11 am
    You’re really excited about your still coming in the mail – so excited that you haven’t thought of where to put it. You could do a quick set up in the kitchen or the family bathroom, but since you’ll probably want to be doing this for the long haul, it might be good to sit down and consider where the best place is to set up your stainless distiller. Easy to get to Fortunately, we’re not talking about the size of commercial alcohol distilling equipment here. An in-home alcohol still kit or liquor still kit shouldn’t take much more room than a 6’ by 6’ square. Think of a place…
  • A few Dos and Don’ts about Distilling at Home

    Amy Huff
    10 Mar 2015 | 2:17 pm
      Are you looking to buy your first set of Distilling Equipment? Is it time to take the plunge and upgrade to a bigger still? Here are few Dos and Don’ts for every novice and experienced Distiller out there. Do: Experiment! Experiment with flavors and different types of alcohol. You do not know what is good until you try it. Don’t: Keep your finished experiments next to the still when they are done. Can you say fire hazard?  Most hard alcohol is flammable and bad things could happen. In fact, the only thing that you should keep next to your still at all times is a fire…
  • Hearts Series, Episode 6: Aging Products vs Oak Barrel Maturation

    Jeff
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Products used in this video: -Charred Oak Barrels -Toasted Oak Chips Video Transcription Howdy folks, I’m Jeff from Moonshine Distiller, and welcome back for another hearts episode. This time we’re going to be talking about the different ways you can age and flavor your spirits. Typically, most whiskeys are aged with oak, and you’ve got two ways of doing this. The cheaper and easier way is toasted oak chips. The more expensive and time-consuming way is aging it authentically in an american oak barrel. All of the barrels here at Moonshine Distiller are american white oak, and they’re…
 
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    Oz DIY Handyman

  • Handmade – Making Things the Old Fashioned Way – 4 Videos

    Steve Sagovac
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:33 am
    Good, Old Fashioned, Handmade Craftsmanship I love watching a talented craftsman working at his trade, especially when the work is being created using traditional methods and old hand tools. The older the better. I have recently been watching a few videos on Vimeo showing just that. Talented people who love their craft, alone in their workshop, producing amazing quality products, without a computer anywhere in site. Making a table out of reclaimed timber is one thing, but what these get up to is something truly special. The time and effort they put in to creating one thing as perfectly as…
  • Ozito Electric Chainsaw Sharpener – Product Review

    Steve Sagovac
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Ozito Electric Chainsaw Sharpener This is one of those power tools that I have been thinking about buying for a few years now, but I never got around to it until now. It just seemed easier to pay $10 – $15 each time and just have someone else sharpen my chainsaw chains for me. However, the problem I found with having someone do your chainsaw sharpening (professionally?) for you was that very little care seemed to be taken when it came to grinding off only the minimal amount required to sharpen each individual tooth. After only a couple of “professional chainsaw sharpens”,…
  • A foolproof guide to DIY renovations

    Steve Sagovac
    5 Feb 2015 | 1:38 am
    If you feel that your home needs a fresh look, DIY renovations offer a budget-friendly way for you to achieve this goal. However, doing a renovation without the help of a contractor can be a difficult and frustrating process if you’re not properly prepared. Here are some valuable tips for getting ready before you take on a big project. As with any decision that requires a large cash investment, you should consult with a professional to keep your project within your budget. Make a List of Annoyances This sounds like an odd way to start your DIY project, but listing every annoyance about…
  • How to Start your own Blog in Under 10 minutes

    Steve Sagovac
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Are you a handyman or handywoman? Why not share your DIY adventures online. Maybe even generate some extra passive income. Starting your own DIY blog is a lot easier than you might think. All you need to do is talk about what you are up to, what projects you are working on or even just use your blog to share online resources that you like to use and read. I started this blog back in 2007 as a test to see what this whole blogging thing was about. There are times I write a lot and there are times I disappear completely for a while. I have been offered products to write reviews about and I have…
  • Ozito Electric Planer Review – PLR-2000

    Steve Sagovac
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:59 pm
    The Ozito PLR-2000 Electric Planer When it comes to the woodworking tools you keep in your workshop, an electric planer is one of those power tools that you definitely need to have around for most DIY woodworking projects. In saying that I never had one of my own, until now. I bought myself the Ozito PLR-2000 Electric Planer, that has a decent sized 400W motor that is ample power for small to medium planing jobs. Why did I choose the Ozito Electric Planer There are a few reasons for my decision to buy an Ozito Power Tool from Bunnings Hardware. The 2 biggest reasons being it’s…
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    TownHouseHome

  • Living room, wallpaperless edition

    Koen Goeminne
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:48 am
    The final nail in the coffin of what used to be our living room: getting rid of the old wallpaper. Now this wallpaper had all the looks of being a more feisty opponent than what we had removed so far, so we came prepared. First we picked up some new weaponry to add to our inventory: a spiked roller. Together with the block brush, the scraper knife and a putty knife this should be all we need to tackle our latest adversary. And of course a bucket and a whisk to make the very dilluted wallpaper glue (add ten times more water than the box says, or ten times less glue), just as we did before…
  • Ceiling removal in the living room

    Koen Goeminne
    12 Apr 2015 | 10:54 am
    The fireplace wasn’t the only thing we wanted gone in our future living room. No, no, no. There was also the old ceiling, exactly the same as we used to have in our kitchen. And what went out there also has to go now.  Hit it!   Besides the fact that we don’t like how the ceiling looked, I was also curious if it would be possible to get back to the original ceiling height. After all, at 2,6 meter it was pretty low compared to the rest of the house, with all of its ceiling heights hovering around 3 meter. Thus we started chucking down the wooden shelves. There were…
  • Fireplace and chimney, be gone!

    Koen Goeminne
    5 Apr 2015 | 10:57 am
    With the kitchen done, what’s the next logical step, the next logical room to tackle? Well, in our minds that was the living and dining room. As it’s practically one open space, we’re going to tackle them together. The cycle can restart, and hence it’s demolition time! Back in the days when the animals could still speak and the previous owners had the house remodelled to their wishes, some funny things happened and decisions were made that nowadays would be… Well, frowned upon. It must have been très chique back then, but in houses today you can’t really…
  • Makita BO3711: the review

    Koen Goeminne
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    I’ve got yet another confession to make. Up to now, I’ve never written a review. Ever. This will be another first, and I’m glad to be able to share it with you. But how do you start a review? It seems the same way as any other post around here, with music!   Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get a bit more comfortable, shall we? Get yourself a drink, and then scroll down. The unboxing For this I have made an attempt at a video.   Yes, another first, that’s two in the same post! If you can’t see the video, in the box I found the sander…
  • Sheet sander shakedown!

    Koen Goeminne
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:55 am
    At the moment we’re working in the living room annex dining room (it’s basically one big J-shaped room next to the kitchen). We’re at the stage where we need to do a lot of sanding. A lot. Since I don’t own a sheet sander (yet, I borrowed one in the past), I decided it was time to get one myself.   I learned the hard way that you get what you pay for. I own an el-mucho-cheapo drill that’s probably still alive, lying somewhere inside a cupboard in my work shed, but it’s a hazard to work with. Like real life-threatening hazardous. I also own an angle…
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    Personal Creations Blog

  • The Essential Herb & Food Pairing Guide

    admin
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:27 am
    Incorporate fresh flavors into your cooking with an herb garden. Find new inspiration by pairing the 13 most commonly grown herbs with their ideal foods.The post The Essential Herb & Food Pairing Guide appeared first on Personal Creations Blog.
  • What Makes Moms Awesome?

    admin
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:45 am
    To celebrate Mother's Day, we asked how much people cherish their mothers. Find out what they said.The post What Makes Moms Awesome? appeared first on Personal Creations Blog.
  • 5 Fresh Margarita Recipes

    admin
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:43 pm
    In honor of one of Cinco de Mayo, we’ve put together a roundup of five fresh and delicious margaritas.The post 5 Fresh Margarita Recipes appeared first on Personal Creations Blog.
  • April Showers Painted Umbrella

    admin
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:41 am
    This week’s #MakeThisMonday project is our April Showers Painted Umbrella, and it will have you praying for rain.The post April Showers Painted Umbrella appeared first on Personal Creations Blog.
  • Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes

    Piera Jolly
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:40 am
    Make your Mother's Day brunch a beautiful and delicious presentation! Piera Jolly shares a few of her favorite breakfast or brunch recipes.The post Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes appeared first on Personal Creations Blog.
 
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  • Planting chili from seeds pt. 2

    henkeb
    19 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    It’s now been exactly three months since I planted the chili seeds. For a novice, the result is amazing! In my previous post, Planting chili from seeds pt. 1, I described how I used the chili seeds from last year to hopefully get some new plants this year. Most of the seeds resulted in a plant. It has now been three months since I planted the seeds and all plants are growing like crazy. As you can see, the plants are now flowering and I expect there will be some chili fruits pretty soon. Since I didn’t have enough pots for each plant I put two or more plants in some of the pots.
  • Healthy walks and collecting things

    henkeb
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:42 am
    I like to collect things. It could be to browse through a pile of crap in hope of finding that special stamp or coin. It could also be picking mushrooms or trying to catch fish. I also like (the idea of) living healthy. Recently I’ve tried to combine the two – business with pleasure. Taking long walks is a nice way to get more energy and reducing stress. But I am a bit restless and can sometimes be bored on my walks. So recently I’ve started to try turning my head in directions I don’t normally look. There is often much to see that you normally would just ignore. Where…
  • Planting chili from seeds pt. 1

    henkeb
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Last summer I bought a nice chili plant that brought me a lot of chili fruits. I dried the fruits and this year I decided to plant some of the seeds. This is my chili planting experiment part one. The fruits were red, small and had a very strong taste. Last year the plant produced about 50-60 chili fruits and I saved most of them by just letting them dry in the window sill. When they were completely dry I put them into a cupboard and left them there (dark and room tempered). Now it’s been about seven months and I wanted to see if I could get some more plants from the chili seeds. First…
  • Rethinking weight loss and exercise

    henkeb
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:42 am
    In recent years many basic truths about how to lose weight and exercise has been revised. The thoughts I grew up proved questionable, if not wrong. We love quick fixes, especially when it comes to weight and exercise. There is no limit to how many books, programs and experts that claim to know the best way for you to live a long, good and healthy life. That includes me too I guess since I am writing this. I have my own thoughts, but they are in no way revolutionary or unique. So why should you trust me then? You shouldn’t, you should do your own research and trust your gut feelings. I…
  • 10 “set it and forget it” money saving tips

    henkeb
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:25 pm
    The best money saving tips are those that don’t reduce your life quality. Here are some tips that are easy to implement and don’t require much time or effort. 1. Chose a bank that doesn’t charge any fees for your debit/credit card or your bank account. Change bank if necessary. 2. Never let your money reside on an account with no or very low interest rate. Get an account with the best interest rate you can find so you have somewhere where your money can work for you. This is just for money that you plan to use soon, for your savings there are better solutions. 3. Change your…
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  • 3 Key Steps to Help You Achieve a Beautiful Lawn

    Mike
    30 Apr 2015 | 4:03 am
    Rod Stewart once sang “the first cut is the deepest” and when it comes to your lawn this can be true if you haven’t taken the time to care for it. In fact, the first cut of the year is without doubt the most important, and can set the pattern for the rest of your mowing season. But it isn’t only ahead of the first cut when you need to take care of your lawn. It’s a year round job. And to help you keep your lawn looking luscious, it’s important to know when and how to cut your lawn, as well as how to take care of it. When to Cut Your Lawn: Many of us only opt to cut the lawn when…
  • Save Money by Switching to LED Bulbs

    Mike
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:45 am
    It’s estimated the average household lighting bill in the UK is roughly £300 per year. But by replacing your existing light bulbs for LED ones you could significantly reduce yours. How Much Can I Save by Switching to LED? How much switching to LED bulbs will save you depends on a few factors, including: How many bulbs you have in your home. The type of bulb you have. Bulb wattage. How much kW/hr your current bulbs cost you. As a rough guide, if you had 4 GU10 spotlight 35w bulbs, costing 12p per kW/hr, switching to 3w LED bulbs would save you roughly £384 over the lifetime of the bulbs.
  • 15 Ways to Spend Less on Your Garden

    Mike
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:31 am
    A survey conducted last year revealed as homeowners, we spend on average £30,000 on our gardens in our lifetimes. But it's possible to turn your garden into an oasis without spending a small fortune - as explained in this infographic.
  • 20 Simple Gardening Tips to Save You Money

    Mike
    2 Apr 2015 | 5:43 am
    The garden is our own little slice of paradise and a great place to relax. But according to a 2014 survey conducted by GardeningExpress.co.uk, during our lifetimes we are spending an average of £30,000 on our gardens. Gardening needn’t be expensive, if you follow the tips below. Buy Wisely – Plants needn’t be costly, visit car boot sales. Recycle and Reuse – Turn milk cartons into watering cans. Plant, Prune and Fertilise – Keep your garden tidy, prune regularly. A Little Goes a Long Way – Get rid of ants using talcum powder. Buy Wisely: When it comes to buying plants for your…
  • 40 Tips to Help You Save Money and Reduce Energy Consumption

    Mike
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:27 am
    Have you ever wondered how with a few changes around the home, you could reduce your energy consumption and more importantly save money? We’ve got you covered, with 40 money saving tips, separated into individual categories, below. Water Wise – Save 5,500 litres of water a year by fixing your leaky taps. Heating – Reduce your heating by 1⁰C and save £75 a year. Laundry – Cut your energy bills by £100 by reducing your tumble dryer usage. Around the Home – Slash £250 on your energy bills with loft insulation. Switch Off and Save – Turn off standby and save £35. Kitchen –…
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  • Kitchen Table Crafts : Soot Sprite Center Piece

    Stephanie
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:01 am
    Susuwatari (Japanese ,; "wandering soot"), also called Makkuro kurosuke (; "pitch-black assistant"), is the name of a fictitious yōkai which was devised by Hayao Miyazaki, drawn by Studio Ghibli, known from the famous anime-productions My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away where, in the former, they are identified as "black soots" in early subtitles, as "dust bunnies" in the Streamline Pictures English dub,12 and as "soot sprites" or gremlins in the later English dubbed version. - WikipediaMy first encounter with Soot Sprites or "pitch-black assistants" (that's such a bad-ass name) was in…
  • Crochet Cowl : Hunger Games Catching Fire

    Stephanie
    10 Apr 2015 | 10:16 am
    To say I am a newbie at crocheting was absolutely true, until I decided to be ambitious and tackle the cowl Katniss wear while in district 13 in Hunger Games Catching Fire.  The second I saw her wearing that I knew I had to either buy it or make it, just like everyone else. For Christmas I crocheted about 12 infinity scarves for my friends and family, so I figured all the hours of mindless half double crocheting to Gossip Girl would totally pay off. Now its not as hard as I'm making it seem, but it was for me because I altered the pattern a bit. In the pattern I have, the…
  • Reasons my Wedding Rocked: Ceremony Lego Heart

    Stephanie
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:53 pm
    Before I got married everyone told me I would hardly remember my wedding because I wouldn't have that much fun, running around trying to say hello to everyone, or just being generally overwhelmed I guess. Well my wedding was the exact opposite! I had so much fun, and one of the things I loved most that my husband and I did, was instead of pouring sand or lighting a candle to "signify your union" we decided to build a Lego heart together.  facebook.com/timkim We love Legos, to date we have built Hagrid's Hut from Harry Potter, the Ghostbuster's car, the Slave 1 and more. So…
 
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