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  • Bathroom Paint Ideas - help in choosing the right colors

    Bathroom Remodel DIY Tips and Ideas
    5 Jun 2013 | 3:18 am
    Bathroom paint ideastips on how to choose the right colors for your bathroom
  • How to Build a DIY Workbench

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    Steve Sagovac
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:26 am
    This DIY workbench is something I just found at PopularMechanics.com, and I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a pretty nice unit when it comes to size, functionality, sturdiness and it’s also a do-it-yourself woodwork project. Now this is the first time I have ever visited this site. With a name like “Popular Mechanics” I imagined it had something to do with cars and engines. DIY Workbench Step by Step Instructions If you’re looking to build yourself a workbench, you should definitely check out this site. This is the Popular Mechanics intro to the Workbench…
  • Minwax® Ultimate Floor Finish Preview

    Home Construction Improvement
    Todd Fratzel
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:13 am
    Professional Quality Urethane That’s Incredibly Easy To Use Over the years I’ve spent countless hours applying urethane to furniture, floors and trim work. The task was often tedious, extremely odorous and difficult to get professional looking results. Also, because traditional “clear coatings” on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Cool Crowdfunding December 20th: Fancy Rulers, LED Gloves, and Robot Arms

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    Caleb Kraft
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    The Designliner See on Kickstarter PiKit    See on Indiegogo  The Kinetic See on Kickstarter Protocycler See on indiegogo  Solder Doodle See on Kickstarter  Me Arm See on Kickstarter EVB See on Kickstarter  The Alchemist See on Kickstarter   Filed under: Crowdfunding, Maker ProRead more on MAKE
  • Return Air Register Duct in Basement

    Ask the Builder
    Tim Carter
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Dale Hanson is thinking of purchasing a condo in Champaign, IL. His inspector may have given him bad advice: "I am purchasing a condo and the inspector said he could not find a return air duct in the basement. Is it necessary to have an air duct in the basement?" Dale, I assume you mean is it necessary to have a return-air register that puts basement air into the return air duct that goes back to the furnace. If the basement is unfinished, the answer is NO. You have return air registers in rooms that have supply duct registers.  If you're trying to put in 500 cubic feet a minute of heated…
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  • Cool Crowdfunding December 20th: Fancy Rulers, LED Gloves, and Robot Arms

    Caleb Kraft
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    The Designliner See on Kickstarter PiKit    See on Indiegogo  The Kinetic See on Kickstarter Protocycler See on indiegogo  Solder Doodle See on Kickstarter  Me Arm See on Kickstarter EVB See on Kickstarter  The Alchemist See on Kickstarter   Filed under: Crowdfunding, Maker ProRead more on MAKE
  • Brass Tacks Woodworking – Kansas City

    Jeremy Cook
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:01 am
    As noted in the video below, most furniture is built on an assembly line. This has some appeal if you don’t see yourself keeping it for a long time, as it’s generally not built to last. Brass Tacks woodworking, based in Kansas City, Missouri, takes a much different approach, building […]Read more on MAKE
  • It’s A New Filament Friday! New Flexibles and Metals

    Matt Stultz
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:01 pm
      Today, we saw two announcements for new 3D printing materials coming to market. 2014 has seen a huge rush of new filaments coming forward, as well as users who are adopting their unique attributes to take their 3D printing projects to the next level. First, Colorfabb has announced that BrassFill will […]Read more on MAKE
  • Dremel Idea Builder 3D Printer Giveaway: The Winner Announced!

    Caleb Kraft
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The time has come! We must announce the winner of the Dremel Idea Builder 3D printer. We began this contest last week with the topic of multi material use: something that used both 3d printed parts as well as non 3d printed parts. There were tons of entries. 433 comments […]Read more on MAKE
  • DIY Decoy Gift Wrapping

    Andrew Salomone
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Give the gift of misdirected expectations this year with this brilliant decoy gift wrapping tutorial by Instructables member gogglecrab.Read more on MAKE
 
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  • Return Air Register Duct in Basement

    Tim Carter
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Dale Hanson is thinking of purchasing a condo in Champaign, IL. His inspector may have given him bad advice: "I am purchasing a condo and the inspector said he could not find a return air duct in the basement. Is it necessary to have an air duct in the basement?" Dale, I assume you mean is it necessary to have a return-air register that puts basement air into the return air duct that goes back to the furnace. If the basement is unfinished, the answer is NO. You have return air registers in rooms that have supply duct registers.  If you're trying to put in 500 cubic feet a minute of heated…
  • Ra Paulette Cave Sculpture

    Tim Carter
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:37 am
    When you think of a man up in the mountains digging with a mattock and shovel, you probably conjure up a vision of a prospector looking for gold, silver or other valuable mineral. I doubt you'd imagine a man creating caves full of sculptured art. When you watch this video, I hope you take away from it what your legacy might be.
  • Insulated Shed is Cold

    Tim Carter
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:01 am
    Bob Monninger had a shed built at his Antioch, Illinois home. Let him finish the tale. "I had a shed built this summer by a company called Tuff Shed. It's a very good one,10 X 14,all wood. It sits on a concrete slab. I have installed insulation on all four walls, the ceiling, and the door. The problem is that it's still very cold inside, just about the same as outside. Do you think it's the floor ? If so how in the world would I insulate it?" Here's my answer: Bob, insulation is a material that's designed to slow heat transfer. Basic thermodynamics tell us that heat wants to move towards…
  • December 17, 2014 AsktheBuilder Newsletter & Tips

    Tim Carter
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:18 am
    We're just eight days away from Christmas now. I hope you're getting ready at your home. Yesterday, we finally put up our tree. We cut it down from a local grower on Sunday afternoon. Kathy and I love supporting local businesses when we can. I've got a link to a short video below that might give you a case of vertigo. Tell me if you think you could continue to walk across the ice on that lake! Talk about walking on water! Tip of the Week - Keeping Christmas Trees Fresh I discovered a cool trick a few years back that helps allow fresh-cut trees to soak up lots of water when they're inside a…
  • Cedar Potting Table Care

    Tim Carter
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:10 am
    Debbie Foley has a question about her cedar potting table that's stored outdoors all winter in Pickerington, OH. "I have a cedar potting table that must remain outside over the winter.  What should be done to care for it over the winter? Should it be covered and if so what should we use to cover it?  It has not been sealed it is just bare wood. My husband made it and is worried that we should have covered it over the winter.  What should we do to care for it overall to make it last for years?" Debbie, first the wood should have been treated with a penetrating wood sealer that has…
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  • What We're Working On: The Ghost of a Christmas Tree

    5 Dec 2014 | 7:44 am
    I don’t trust my chimney. I could invest in an inspection and repairs. I’m an advanced level DIYer, but fireplaces produce deadly gasses, flammable soot buildup and of course actual fire, so I feel like that’s a job left to a professional. Instead of going through all that I decided to use the empty space of the fireplace as a place to add a unique decorative element. I’d create the image of a floating, ghostly Christmas tree hovering in the dark interior, above the firewood. Pepper’s Ghost I didn’t invent the illusion. That was done…
  • Keep Your Christmas Tree Green All Season

    5 Dec 2014 | 4:22 am
    Christmas trees are the centerpiece of the holiday season and most families like to put theirs up during Thanksgiving weekend. However, if it's not artificial, it can be difficult to keep it looking beautiful and smelling fresh through December. There are several Christmas tree additives that claim to make trees last longer but in general a Christmas tree just requires the same TLC as any other plant. Where You Get It Where a tree is purchased can greatly influence its longevity. For maximum staying power, take a trip out to a local tree farm and cut it fresh. The quicker...
  • 8 Ways to Give Your Christmas Tree the Vintage Touch

    4 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    Christmas trees these days are so fancy, with all their brightly colored lights, fiber optics, and plastic ornaments. Perhaps old school is more your style and you'd like to decorate your Christmas tree to match. To gussy up your tree the vintage way, try a few of these decorating ideas. Bring it back to a time when people used to make their tree decorations by hand, cherish the memories, and use them year after year. Popcorn Strands String popcorn on a needle and thread to create a classic holiday garland. Don't cut the end of the thread until you are...
  • Short on Space? Try a Non-Traditional Wall Tree

    4 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    Some Christmas decorations are just too significant to leave out of your plan. The ever important Christmas tree is one of them. Every holiday season we go to great lengths to ensure that we have some sort of tree to display and decorate for the holidays. If you find you have grown tired of the traditional evergreen tree and are looking for a unique version of this classic Christmas element, consider putting up a wall tree. A wall Christmas tree requires less floor space, is easy to put up and take down, and can be created to match any ambiance...
  • Decorating a Small Space: Challenge Accepted

    4 Dec 2014 | 5:28 am
    With the holidays upon us, some people start to get anxious about how they can actually decorate small spaces. Concerns like, will that tree fit in my home? After the holidays, where do I store all my decorations? And - how do I make my home look festive for holiday gatherings, but still fit the decorations and the humans in the same space? Decorating a small space for the holidays requires a bit of thought and planning, but adding the holiday spirit can be easier than you think. Making a Statement Remember that very small trees can be cute and...
 
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  • How to Make Candy Cane Bath Salts

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Candy cane bath salts are ideal for the holiday season, useful for that moment where shopping, cooking and caroling just all becomes too much and you want to soak your exhaustion away. They also make a neat gift idea. Steps Assemble the items needed to complete the project. These are listed below under "Things You'll Need". Add the Epsom salts into the bowls. Pour 1/2 cup (4 oz) of Epsom salts into each bowl. If you're concerned about mess, use resealable plastic bags instead of bowls. Add 2 drops of the peppermint oil and 2 drops of the glycerin to each bowl. Stir thoroughly to ensure an…
  • How to Clean an Artificial Christmas Tree

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Many people choose to decorate their homes with artificial Christmas trees. Unfortunately, trees will accumulate dust and dirt from being on display or in storage. Many use fake trees to avoid the allergens of a real tree but forget to clean the tree annually. If you discover your hands are dirty and dusty after working with your tree, it is probably due for a good cleaning. Keep reading for ways to clean your tree before you set it up! Steps Cleaning before Christmas Remove the tree from the box and spread the out the branches. Place the tree base where you want the finished tree to stand.
  • How to Sharpen Kitchen Knives with Sandpaper

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A sheet of sandpaper and a flat, hard surface are all you need to sharpen any knife. It is really easy and simple, so even guys can do it. Kitchen knives get dull very quickly from cutting on ceramic plates, jostling in the dishwasher, and everyday use. This method can be used very quickly in the kitchen. Remember, a sharp knife is a safer knife. Steps Get a sheet of #180 grit or #240 grit "Wet-or-Dry" silicon carbide (black) sandpaper. These can be found at any home improvement store, or even Walmart in the Paint-Wallpaper section. Sometimes these are sold in "Variety Packs" with several…
  • How to Calculate Distance

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Distance, often assigned the variable d, is a measure of the space contained by a straight line between two points. Distance can refer to the space between two stationary points (for instance, a person's height is the distance from the bottom of his or her feet to the top of his or her head) or can refer to the space between the current position of a moving object and its starting location. Most distance problems can be solved with the equations d = savg × t where d is distance, savg is average speed, and t is time, or using d = √((x2 - x1)2 + (y2 - y1)2), where (x1, y1) and (x2, y2)…
  • How to Make Eggnog

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Nothing says "holiday spirit" like a glass of eggnog! It tastes like Christmas, and when you combine just a few simple ingredients, you have a treat the whole family can enjoy. Learn how to make easy eggnog for your family, a traditional batch large enough for a party, or a glass of iced eggnog to enjoy on your own. Steps Easy Eggnog Gather your ingredients. Here's what you need to make easy eggnog: 4 egg yolks 1 cup milk 1 cup cream ½ cups white sugar ½ teaspoon vanilla extract ¼ teaspoon nutmeg ¼ teaspoon cinnamon ¾ cup rum or brandy Create the milk mixture. In a large saucepan,…
 
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    Home Construction Improvement

  • Drywall | Snap, Crackle, Pop

    Todd Fratzel
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:12 am
    Minor Drywall Problems At work we warranty certain things on new homes for one year. By far the most common problem we see after a year are minor drywall problems. It’s not unusual at all during the first year or so of a new home to see and hear lots of minor drywall problems. In… Home... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Kohler Introduces Smaller-Sized Generator Units

    Todd Fratzel
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    8, 10 and 12 kW Generators Make Standby Power More Accessible KOHLER, Wis. – September 23, 2014 – Kohler® Generators is rolling out a complete new line of standby generators designed for homeowners with fewer power requirements, and who are looking for the performance and reliability of a KOHLER... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to remove a stump (Part 1)

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

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

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

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    image by KJPI'm fascinated by this instagram feed and the true story behind itGreat tips for the (distracted) entrepreneursDIY Christmas tree baskets are awesomeFinally, you can move pins from one Pinterest board to another easilyI mentioned it in my house tour but even conversations on Instagram are giving me the sense that we're all feeling pressure at this time of year. Picture-perfect home tours getting you down? Or feeling like you didn't craft enough/bake enough/keep up with the Joneses enough this holiday season? Do what you do. There's no joy in…
  • Ingredients for a Cozy Night In

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Let's be realistic... if you haven't finished your holiday shopping by now, you're going to be spending a few hours this weekend fighting the crowds, growing increasingly frustrated as you try to find a parking spot, and plunking down your cash for a last minute gift that isn't as heartfelt as you hoped you it would be. But, at least, buying that gift will get you out of the shopping malls and soon back in the comfort and solitude of your own home.Being home is one of the best things about the holidays. I love Christmas but I think I love the week after Christmas just as much. You're off work…
  • Christmas House Tour 2014

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    With Christmas just over a week away, its about time I finish up the decorating around here. And I have! Sort of.I'm not sure what it is this year, but I'm feeling a bit unsettled with my decor. I can't stop fiddling with vignettes I've already created and my mind is running with ideas on what to do with the leftover decorations (too.many.balls!). But at some point you just need to step away from the Pinterest, stop looking at the blogger home tours, and put down the glue gun so you can actually just sit back and enjoy the moment, know what I mean? Do you ever feel like that? There is such an…
  • The Love List

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Kate's gorgeous guest room. That's it - I'm moving in!A clever desk-to-wall-lamp hackPeppermint everything. Yum!Adorable tree skirtsAnother grainy pic of our tree but I had to put the Ikea clip-on snowball lights on the Love List. Totally cute.Dress your tech, Nordic style or chic and brightMake a snowflake. Addictive!Thoughts on slow blogging. What do you think of this trend? I've consciously blogged less frequently this year. I feel like blogging, for me, is more of a marathon than a sprint and if I want to keep my joy and have the energy to keep blogging, then a slower pace is…
  • Stocking Stuffers For Her Under $25

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    How has your December been? I managed to get the last of the Christmas decorations up - and promptly lost my camera battery so I couldn't take any good photos to show you. I'll share this grainy iPhone photo with you in the meantime. I was feeling a need for lightness and brightness so went with mostly white decorations on the tree this year. Do you gravitate towards a certain colour in your holiday decor? I just wasn't feeling the rustic reds I used last year so white it is.How can it be only two weeks to Christmas?? I still have gifts to buy, gifts to wrap, and stockings to fill! I haven't…
 
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  • Upstairs Bathroom: In Progress

    Kit
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:21 pm
    If you thought maybe I was taking a long break from giving you updates on my bathroom because it was finished and I’m spending all of my evenings lounging around in my bathtub… yeah. I’ve had that fantasy too. But mostly I’ve been spending my nights and weekends covered in drywall dust. And paint. It’s a glamorous life, you guys. Try not to be jealous. Actually, this transition into cold and dark-all-of-the-time is hard as hell. Every year. And even though I’ve gone through this for a lot of years, it still surprises me every time. I know we like to glorify…
  • Ready, Set… Snow!

    Kit
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:32 pm
    It’s not actually snowing right now, you guys, nor is it supposed to snow in the next week according the weather forecast, which we all know is always accurate, right? Right. There were so very many years in my life where “getting ready for snow” meant looking outside, and if it was snowing, maybe putting on a hat. If I could even find a hat, which I probably couldn’t. And then, you know, going about my business as usual. Not much was different except everything was covered in white. But now… Now there are a lot more fuzzy donkey faces in my life (begging for…
  • Life With Birds

    Kit
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:21 am
    When I first thought about bringing chickens to the farm… well…there wasn’t much thought, actually. I happened to be at Tractor Supply, and there happened to be tubs full of adorable little Nugs running around, and the next thing you know… But if I’d spent any time really thinking about chickens, I would have expected them to be kind of lame. I mean, they’re birds, right? Birds seem like they would be lame. You don’t expect them to recognize your car pulling into the driveway and rush to greet you. Or to take walks around the property with you. Or to…
  • Two Ladders, A Girl, and Her Tractor

    Kit
    2 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    If there was one unfinished thing on my list that was going to cause me some angst over the winter, it was this… Six 6×6 poles set in the ground almost 6 months ago, ready to become my next badass (or, in this case, bigass) pergola project. Except I never got around to working on that damn thing over the summer, and I’ve been worried that if I didn’t put the crossbeams up the posts would warp over the winter. (Trust me. Wood does that shit.) But it got super cold, super fast, and I found myself unwilling to spend hours out in the freezing rain, wind, and snow to finish…
  • Shit I Should Have Done Sooner: Bedroom Update

    Kit
    30 Nov 2014 | 5:35 pm
    You know that moment where you get all of your painting gear out, pop the top on a brand new can of paint, and just before you go to roll it on the wall, realize you really should skim-coat the walls one more time if you want everything to look right? No? Is that just me? It’s probably just me. I would be really excited to finally get to the painting and tiling stage in this bathroom, but it wasn’t meant to be last weekend. Too many new drywall joints too close together, and it has taken forever to finish them. So I didn’t paint the bathroom. But, you know, since I had the…
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  • Mini Cheese and Onion Pastries

    Laura
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:20 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Melanie at Melanie Makes. One of my most favorite parts of the holiday season is the food.  Shocking, I know!  In particular, it’s the finger food.  The grazing, the meals made of little bites, and the ability to chat with friends and family while nibbling on […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Mini Cheese and Onion Pastries
  • Last-Minute Clutter-Free Gift Ideas

    Laura
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:07 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Emily at So Damn Domestic. The holiday season is upon us, and we’ve made our list a long time ago. Now we’re in the “checking it twice” stage. Making sure we have gifts for those key gift exchanges, and getting things ready to ship to far-away […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Last-Minute Clutter-Free Gift Ideas
  • Choosing Joy {and free printable}

    Laura
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:34 pm
    I was just going through some old blog posts and found this one below that I wrote last year at this time.  The words are especially comforting to me this year as the last couple of months have been a rough road for me.  I’m dealing with sickness and pain in the way of an […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Choosing Joy {and free printable}
  • Menu Plan Monday ~ Dec 15/14

    Laura
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hello!  Hope you all had a terrific weekend.  I am in the thick of watching my romantic Christmas movies and watch at least one every day.  I’m talking about the sweet Hallmark type ones that always have a happy ending.  They are so good!  I’m slightly obsessed and my PVR has so many waiting for […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ Dec 15/14
  • Visual Aid Gift List Tracking

    Laura
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:16 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home. For me, this is crunch time to finish any remaining gift purchases. Usually by now, if I have anything left to buy, it’s the little “extras” that have gone unnoticed or weren’t a part of my original gift list. Sometimes I […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Visual Aid Gift List Tracking
 
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  • The best air compressor for your nailers

    The Handyguys
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:02 am
    What is the best air compressor for your nailers? There is a lot of jargon, CFM, gallons, PSI. We cut through the crap and picked what The Handyguys feel is the best air compressor for an average handyguy or gal. Best Air Compressor The Makita MAC700 is lightweight, quiet and will handle most nailing jobs an average homeowner will ever do. You can grab one for about $200 on Amazon and get free shipping too. Need a nailgun too? Check out this post  Selecting a pneumatic nailer.  The post The best air compressor for your nailers appeared first on The Handyguys.
  • Headlight Lens Restoration

    The Handyguys
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    Over time the headlights on your car or Handyguy Hauler may not shine at full brightness. The lenses may need restoration. The Handyguys produced a video comparing a commercial product for headlight lens restoration and tried an oft mentioned DIY hack for headlight lens restoration. Commercial Headlight Lens Restoration There are many product that a DIYer can use for headlight lens restoration. Handyguy Paul use the Sylvania Headlight Restoration Kit available at Amazon. DIY Hack headlight lens restoration, toothpaste! If you want to try a DIY hack for restoring your headlight lens then many…
  • How to Choose Security Lighting

    The Handyguys
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Security lighting is an inexpensive way to upgrade your homes safety and curb appeal. In this video we discuss How to Choose Security Lighting. The key to home security lighting is that it has motion sensing abilities AND dusk to dawn. You dont want your home security lighting coming on during the day and also there is no need to have it on when no one is nearby. We discuss several Security Lighting options in the video. Decorative home security lighting If you are shopping for new lights then make sure you purchase ones with built in dusk to day and motion sensing capabilities. Your…
  • How to Organize your Home Network Wiring

    The Handyguys
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:44 pm
    In today’s modern house we often have many different bits of low voltage network or video cables. Getting them organized makes for easy troubleshooting and allows for changes and easy upgrades. Watch this video on How to Organize your Home Network Wiring. One key thing for your home networking cable runs will be a patch panel. Patch Panel for Home Network Wiring Click this image for a patch panel like the one Handyguy Paul uses. You may also want to check out an older video on home networking here http://www.handyguyspodcast.com/3054/wired-networking/ The post How to Organize your…
  • Repair Flat Tire riding lawn mower or Wheelbarrow

    The Handyguys
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:02 pm
    The tire on your wheelbarrow, lawn tractor, snow blower or other piece of equipment goes flat. How do you repair a flat tire on riding lawn mower? If its not obviously punctured, and if you can get air into i,t you may be able to get back to work quickly. Repair a Flat Tire video Repair a Flat Tire tools All you need is a strap and an air pump! Watch the video for instructions. Click the image to see some straps at Amazon. We used an air filler like this one. We connected it to a small air compressor. Click the image for this and other combo gauges / fillers at Amazon.   The post…
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  • How to Start your own DIY 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…
  • How to Build Wood Pallet Furniture Projects

    Steve Sagovac
    2 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    Using recycled material to build furniture isn’t a new concept by any means, But with the seemingly endless availability of wood pallets, the DIY Wood Pallet Furniture craze has gained an incredible amount of interest in recent years. I personally have only recently started using recycled wood from pallets and packing crates for furniture, and have been on a constant look out for resources and inspiration. Here are some of the wood pallet furniture resources that I have found in my recent searches. Wood Pallet Furniture Resources Wood Pallet Project Books Here are 3 of the most recent…
  • How to Build a DIY Workbench

    Steve Sagovac
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:26 am
    This DIY workbench is something I just found at PopularMechanics.com, and I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a pretty nice unit when it comes to size, functionality, sturdiness and it’s also a do-it-yourself woodwork project. Now this is the first time I have ever visited this site. With a name like “Popular Mechanics” I imagined it had something to do with cars and engines. DIY Workbench Step by Step Instructions If you’re looking to build yourself a workbench, you should definitely check out this site. This is the Popular Mechanics intro to the Workbench…
  • Reclaimed Packing Timber Table

    Steve Sagovac
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:31 am
    All this timber just being wasted At my brothers factory, he is always receiving these long pallets of material that all include packing timber frames on the top and bottom of each pack. I must admit that I have seen these palettes over the years and not once did it occur to me to try and use the timber to build some furniture instead of just using it in my fireplace. Recently I noticed that an old table, with a slat top, that was always sitting outside was starting to look a bit worse for wear. A few of the slats along the top had rotted on the ends and they were starting to break off. That…
 
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  • a new kind of great room: bright, airy, modern and open

    Angela M.
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:51 am
    Our house is old — over a hundred years. The walls are thick, there’s lots of molding around the windows and the floors creak a bit. We love it, but occasionally we dream about what it would be like to live in a modern ranch, one with big open spaces and lots of light. This project from Klop Architecture speaks to to us volumes. From the simple open kitchen to the metal closet doors to the glass wall leading out to the garden, it’s the kind of space that just breathes. Better suited for a warmer climate than ours, for now we will let it in live in our dreams — and our…
  • ready for the cookie exchange: our favorite cookie recipes ever

    Angela M.
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:10 am
    I like to wait until last week before Christmas to make cookies for the holidays. I have a few that I insist on making, like pizzelles, and always throw in a new recipe just for kicks. Here’s a round up of some of the ones that I use again and again. Aunt Jean’s famous Pizzelle cookies – time to dust off the waffle pan! Wendy Gaynor’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe – still the best ever! Oatmeal Maple Cream cookies — a new kind of sandwich via my neighbor Jane Salty Sweet Peanut Butter Cookies — just typing their name makes me crave them Gingerbread Men…
  • everything we’ve ever written about thanksgiving

    Angela M.
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:23 am
    This is the week! The week where we celebrate our favorite culinary holiday, Thanksgiving. We love it so much we celebrate it twice! First, we go to a dear friend’s house on Thursday. This year our plan is to contribute a dessert and a salad. We know the host will have a pumpkin pie handy, so we’re adding a something non traditional to the mix this year. I’m going to attempt to make Crack Pie, made famous by Momofuku Milk Bar. More soon on how that goes. Then, on Saturday we will have our own mini Thanksgiving, because we cannot survive a winter without turkey soup, and…
  • feeling groovy: ikea brings back a limited edition, retro series

    Angela M.
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:26 am
    We got a press announcement yesterday that stopped us in our tracks. Ikea is reissuing some of its classic designs from the 50s and 60s in a new collection celebrating its 70th anniversary. The ÅRGÅNG is the sort of pieces that makes modernists swoon: Clean lines, bright colors, butterfly chairs, sturdy tables on skinny legs. Some if it will look familiar to you, like the Strandmon chair with its curvy wings (originally issued in 1951 under the James Bond-ish name, MK). If you don’t need to kit out a whole living room, consider the Gardskar pendant or perhaps a set of Matedel plates…
  • holiday gifts 2014: elevate the everyday with porcelain paper plates

    Angela M.
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:11 am
    There’s something so charming about ceramic and porcelain pieces that mimic the look of toss-away items. We love putting berries in ceramic “cardboard” containers or sipping hot coffee from the I Am Not A Paper Cup mug. Spotted at Provisions, Food52’s e-commerce shop that is brimming with foodie treasures, are these delicate serving fool-the-eye plates. Molded porcelain that looks like the most common of paper plates, they are both sturdy and beautiful. Made by SIN, a Brooklyn-based design company, they have received accolades from the design world, and will no doubt…
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  • DIY Interior Pinterest Home Decorating Projects

    Danny Lipford
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:27 am
    Watch this video to see how to build a faux finished wood frame around a TV, turn a french door into a wall mounted photo gallery, and apply a homemade whitewash finish to a table.
  • Energy Saving Holiday Cooking and Entertaining Tips

    Elizabeth Eckhart
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:53 pm
    The holidays are a perfect time to show off your cooking skills in the kitchen. However, hosting a party or preparing a big meal for family and friends can add to your utility bills. Read on for some simple tips to keep your energy bills from going through the roof when entertaining during the holidays.
  • Southern Romance Project: Episode 3, House Renovation Planning

    Danny Lipford
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Watch the third in a 13-part series of web videos on the renovation of a historic Southern home as Phantom Screens CEO Esther de Wolde and Danny Lipford discuss the plans for remodeling the house.
  • Top 10 Tool Gift Ideas for 2014

    Danny Lipford
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:53 am
    Check out these 10 great tool gift ideas, from innovative tape measures and stud finders to rugged cordless chainsaws and portable table saws, which are sure to satisfy the home improvement DIYers on your shopping list this holiday season!
  • Six Simple DIY Outdoor Holiday Gift Projects

    Julie Day
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Everyone loves homemade holiday gifts – they have love, creativity, and a goodie all wrapped up in one! Read on to find out about six great outdoor gift projects, from bird seed wreaths and personalized stepping stones to a wooden potting bench and patio planter.
 
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  • Holiday Deadlines

    11 Dec 2014 | 5:26 am
    While I was curled up in a ball last night with a bottle of chardonnay and watching Gossip Girl for the first time (I know…late to the game. And, yes, of course I started at season 1 episode 1) after the 12th day in a row if 12+ hours of manual labor, I really had no real thoughts…I was in total Blair, I mean BLISS! bliss.  I was in total bliss.. ok. yes, i have watched too much of that show.  But, seriously! I have also sewn as many bags as I possibly can each day and my neck hurts so cut me some slack…I can watch mindless bad t.v. and still be a good person. Anyhow, did you…
  • Moop just got prettier + some news

    8 Dec 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Good Morning, Monday!  I spent all of yesterday working on a much needed update to our website imagery. You know the feeling when you need to reconnect things back to their origins?  I had let the representation of what I do with my days slide too far away from my studio.  So, I scheduled a last minute photoshoot in our new space and it turned out exactly how I wanted. The last many months have brought an overwhelming amount of change.  All change that will lead to positive things but still, quite a lot to balance.  Sunday’s photoshoot was a reminder that…
  • Moop + Tugboat + Reiko

    4 Dec 2014 | 6:27 am
    I am so excited to invite you all to my studio for a holiday pop up shop with Tugboat Printshop and Reiko Yamamoto on December 13th, noon-5pm.  We'll all be there so you can do your holiday shopping.  Here's a link to a few details and the facebook event page here.  Also that day, Commonwealth Press is hosting a holiday sale in their studio so, come to Moop HQ, then head over to Commonwealth..or vice versa.  Can't wait to see you all then!xoxo,Wendy
  • Holiday Shipping Deadlines

    29 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hello!  I have a Thanksgiving hangover (or a hangover because i joined my little brother on a bar crawl last night..who knows which) but, just wanted to give you a quick holiday shipping guideline for all of the Moop bags that you would like to give as gifts.  Every Moop bag is handmade and handwrapped and that sort of stuff takes time so, please plan accordingly.  We're currently on a 2-3 day turnaround from the time you place an order to when your package ships out the door. (this will change as the holidays approach..we're just a few people sewing all of our bags!)And, don't…
  • Black Friday Sale

    28 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Hello and Happy Thanksgiving!  This is my favorite holiday of the year.  I have hosted Thanksgiving dinner for 9 of the last 10 years.  It is one of my most favorite things to do.  Bringing together my friends and family to spend a day watching football, sitting around the bonfire, setting off fireworks and sharing conversation over elaborate food, fancy cocktails and pie brings me lots of happiness.  This year was an all day affair filled with lots of cooking, cocktail making and zero stress.  My last three months have been incredibly overwhelming and all I…
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  • 3 POSTRES NAVIDEÑOS ♥ - Yuya

    Yuya
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    3 POSTRES NAVIDEÑOS ♥ - Yuya MIRA EL VIDEO ANTERIOR: http://bit.ly/1GyLt0O ¡COMPARTE EL VIDEO CON TODOS TUS AMIGUITOS Y NO OLVIDES SUSCRIBIRTE! http://bit.ly/yuyaYT ♥Vine: https://vine... From: Yuya Views: 1578683 80451 ratings Time: 08:06 More in Howto & Style
  • ¡ÁNIMO! TODO VA A ESTAR BIEN ♥ - Yuya

    Yuya
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    ¡ÁNIMO! TODO VA A ESTAR BIEN ♥ - Yuya COMPARTE EL VIDEO CON TODOS TUS AMIGUITOS Y NO OLVIDES SUSCRIBIRTE! http://bit.ly/yuyaYT ♥Vine: https://vine.co/yuyacst ♥Facebook: http://on.fb.me/12tMYgf ♥... From: Yuya Views: 1729633 160388 ratings Time: 03:23 More in Howto & Style
  • Jenna's Rachet Salon With Julien Solomita

    JennaMarbles
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:31 am
    Jenna's Rachet Salon With Julien Solomita Julien's majestic channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/TheFightingSolo Many videos include me looking like the bad guy from the DaVinci Code. Please subscri... From: JennaMarbles Views: 2071958 90095 ratings Time: 08:32 More in Comedy
  • What A Girl's Eyebrows Mean

    JennaMarbles
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:11 pm
    What A Girl's Eyebrows Mean Here's eyebrows on fleek https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfBdBpr7KCo Here's Ariana Grande singing eyebrows on fleek https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXCk3XTvz... From: JennaMarbles Views: 4271501 140152 ratings Time: 05:39 More in Comedy
  • Magic Tricks You Can Do With Everyday Objects

    BuzzFeedBlue
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am
    Magic Tricks You Can Do With Everyday Objects You'll never look at rubber bands or clothespins the same again. Post to Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1r6FFqG Like BuzzFeedVideo on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1i... From: BuzzFeedBlue Views: 3310876 39010 ratings Time: 02:04 More in People & Blogs
 
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  • “Didn’t I blow your mind this time – didn’t I?”

    schoolhousekat
    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

    schoolhousekat
    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

    schoolhousekat
    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 […]
  • Waste not, want not (or, how I managed to plant a wall of sweet peas with no seeds)

    schoolhousekat
    15 Mar 2014 | 6:58 pm
    It’s sweet pea time! Sweet peas are amazing things. They were, according to Wikipedia, “the floral sensation of the late Victorian era” and they have the names to prove it; enchanting names like Bronze Prince, Black Knight, Mrs. Bernard Jones, and Lady Grisel Harrington. And the scented ones smell heavenly. But despite how carefully they’ve […]
  • Wonders of the Woods

    schoolhousekat
    1 Feb 2014 | 6:06 pm
    In the summer, the Schoolhouse is in a lovely glade in the redwoods. In winter, it’s just in the redwoods. Still, things grow, and as spring approaches it’s time to tame the troops. Here’s the back pathway up to the driveway AFTER I got done cutting back the lavender and everything else: But that’s not […]
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  • De dierenvertaalmachine

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Our project started with a brainstorm with 12 year old kids. We asked them to draw their dream machine. Out of all the drawings we chose a top 3 and out of that top 3 our teachers chose a winner. The winner was Lennert who invented the animal translator. This machine would make it possible to transl...By: MelanieD4Continue Reading »
  • Frankendrill IV: The Resurrection

    20 Dec 2014 | 11:46 am
    I recently purchased a well made cordless model from a thrift store with the objective of converting it to my favorite type of power pack: the Harbor Freight 18- volter. It was an obsolete design, and the 14 volt battery unit was no longer readily available. An inspection showed it probably suffered...By: BeachsideHankContinue Reading »
  • Automatic Vent Control

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:32 am
    This machine starts a vent through a relay in ether an automatic mode or manual.1. Automatic mode : The vent start whenever the humidity levels in the room (bathroom) is higher then the levels selected by the user in the humidity level knob and stops when the levels dropped below.2. Manual Mode : Th...By: udubinskyContinue Reading »
  • DIY Bluetooth Headphones [Sony MDR-V6 wireless mod]

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    Go wireless with DIY bluetooth headphones.PARTS NEEDEDSony MDR-V6 headphones (or whatever headphones you got): http://amzn.com/B00001WRSJ?tag=griffhammo-20Jumbl Bluetooth receiver: http://amzn.com/B00HJBBBL0?tag=griffhammo-20RadioShack 1/8” stereo jack: https://www.radioshack.com/1-8-stereo-in-line-...By: griffinityContinue Reading »
  • Laser cut wood veneer lamp

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:23 am
    This laser cut dodecahedron wood veneer lamp is part of a “Temporaries” series that I designed together with Toon Welling and Jonathan Kraayeveld. In case you want to buy one or see the other shapes here’s a link to our webshop. In case you want to make one yourself please follow through with the in...By: Andrius StaContinue Reading »
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  • Ultimate Robo-Planter (with light and detachable anti-spill module)

    20 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    (If you like my project, please vote for me. Thanks!)Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you... my Ultimate Robo-Planter!"But Mario" - you will say - "We have seen your Robo-Planters before. Not bad and very ecological, but what new do you have to show?"Good question, my dear reader! Let me explain it to y...By: M.C. LangerContinue Reading »
  • Eyeglass Case Animal Clutch

    20 Dec 2014 | 6:38 am
    Make a cute zoo animal clutch with a dollar store eyeglass case! Watch the video tutorial here! You'll need Hard plastic eyeglass caseDrill Americana Multi-Surface Satin Paint Pony beads Googly Eyes E-6000 Glue Cord Paintbrushes Draw and paint Trace the eyeglass case and figure out your an...By: Mark MontanoContinue Reading »
  • Covered Christmas Advent Book (no sewing)

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    I was given a Christmas Advent book years before I had a family. Once my family came along, my kids loved the stories inside and remembering Christmases past from the stories, and adding more stories to it. Every year the first thing after the tree goes up the kids make sure the Christmas book is ...By: hegure_ryuContinue Reading »
  • Climbing Zoidberg

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:06 am
    Doctor John A. Zoidberg is one of my favourite TV characters, largely for his resemblance to Curly of the Three Stooges.I'd never thought of a Zoidberg instructable, though, until Marc-FR made a passing comment on my Climbing Gorilla necklace:A Dr Zoidberg version of this gorilla should be awesome! ...By: KitemanContinue Reading »
  • Foam T-Shirt Stamp: For Simple Illustrations That Are Difficult to Stencil

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:52 pm
    This is a method to transfer simple images (e.g. shapes, contour line drawings, typography, etc.) onto t-shirts. This method,- like stenciling, is cheaper and easier than screen-printing. But unlike stenciling this method makes it much easier to deal with images that have closed, positive-space line...By: dlynch02132Continue Reading »
 
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  • DIY X-Wing Fighter Ornament

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    I had been struggling for ideas this year, what to make for the annual ornament gift for the Things. Backstory - each year I make a one of a kind ornament gift for the kids. They are beginning to accumulate a nice collection of what I hope will be heirloom ornaments that they enjoy for years to come...By: craftycounterpartContinue Reading »
  • Homemade Christmas-Gift Key Fob

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:01 pm
    I'm going to show you how to make a key fob from leather scrap. These make great Christmas presents. First we need to gather our tools and a few supplies:Tools: Rawhide (or Rubber) Mallet Utility Knife Scratch and Diamond Awl (interchangeable blades work great) Stamping tools ...By: Clc02fContinue Reading »
  • Christmas Tree Napkin Fold

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Learning this Christmas tree napkin fold technique really upped my holiday table setting game and I'd like to spread the (napkin) joy. The following super simple steps result in nothing less than a modern, classy, and I can't help but say it, adorable way to work your napkins into the dinner mix.Le...By: Paige RussellContinue Reading »
  • Making a Metal Bowl from the Battleship USS Texas BB-35

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:53 pm
    I recently was able to get started with a program with the Battleship Texas Foundation for making art from materials removed from the ship as part of preservation of the ship. The steel I was given is reclaimed from the engine super structure and was laid in 1911 (that's when the keel was laid along...By: Das_WookieContinue Reading »
  • Just keep Swimming Aquaponic- Grow Wheat Grass with Betta Fish

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:26 pm
    For the Mason Jar contest I decided to try Aquaponics. My kids always wanted a Betta fish, so I thought why not try it in a Large Mason Jar as a Aquaponic system. Plus I had read a blog in which it said never fear failure as they are pillar to success and with every try one gets better at what ever ...By: SonikaJAnandContinue Reading »
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  • Wood Block Printing with the ShopBot

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:53 pm
    I have been a TechShop member for a little over a year. I can't say enough about how much I love the studio atmosphere and being able to watch, learn and collaborate with others. I spend most of my time in the Textiles area and do quite a bit with the laser. For this project, however, I wanted a nic...By: andreabContinue Reading »
  • Rendering Beeswax

    20 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
    If your beekeeping efforts resulted in a honey harvest, then chances are you have wax to process. Most of my beekeeping friends give me the wax simply because they don't want to deal with it after all the effort to harvest the honey. But have no fear, it can be really easy to process wax even if yo...By: JenniferBerryContinue Reading »
  • Protective Scissor case

    20 Dec 2014 | 10:36 am
    Carrying scissors is dangerous. a protective case is a must!this is an instructable which shows how to make a protective case for scissors using paper and cardboard! it's quick to make, and does a pretty good job too!This instructable is especially relevant to children for whom a protective case for...By: advaymContinue Reading »
  • Espeon Pillow That Lights Up

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:41 am
    Anybody like Pokemon? I sure do! My favourite Pokemon is Espeon, hence the main focus of this project. This is actually very easy to do. The hardest part is the wiring. Mostly becuase listening to around an hour of "Happy Birthday to You" is killer. There's more information below! =^.^=Hello my lovi...By: LolAshleyContinue Reading »
  • Ultimate Robo-Planter (with light and detachable anti-spill module)

    20 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    (If you like my project, please vote for me. Thanks!)Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you... my Ultimate Robo-Planter!"But Mario" - you will say - "We have seen your Robo-Planters before. Not bad and very ecological, but what new do you have to show?"Good question, my dear reader! Let me explain it to y...By: M.C. LangerContinue Reading »
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    Instructables: exploring - outside - featured

  • How to Make a Fishing Lure From Paracord

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:28 am
    Throughout this Instructable I will show you how to make a fishing lure out of paracord. When in a survival situation knowing how to take apart your paracord gear and use it for survival is important. After all, why else would you wear paracord gear if you don't know how to use it in a survival situ...By: ParavivalContinue Reading »
  • Country Kitsch/Primitive Hanging Bird Feeder

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    This is going to be a simple project to make inexpensive christmas presentsOn a difficulty scale I would say this is an easy adult project. Due to fire and potential broken glass I would probably not have the kids try this unassisted. 1 Gather parts1 Quart narrow mouth, Mason Jar Solid copper wir...By: MoTinkerGNomeContinue Reading »
  • Simple Solar Cooking Jar

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:39 am
    This instructable will show how to use mason jars to pasteurize water or cook using only the sun and simple items from your pantry and kitchen. Needed Items You will need: Mason Jars or large glass jars; black paint masking tape shiny reflective material oven bag or larger glass enclosure optiona...By: hegure_ryuContinue Reading »
  • Back Yard Chicken Tractor

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:07 pm
    We built a Chicken Tractor so our chickens can be moved around to different areas of the yard or garden. Build frame we went with a crazy tee-pee design because we don't have a clue! Its my first home, my first chickens, and my first attempt to build something like this! Build nesting laying bo...By: wesleyTylerContinue Reading »
  • How to Make a Paracord Watch with Buckle

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Throughout this Instructable I will show you how to make a paracord watch. Some people call them survival watches, ICE watches or tactical watches, whatever you call it, they are great items to have with you when exploring the outdoors. You can view an easier-to-navigate version of this tutorial ove...By: ParavivalContinue Reading »
 
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  • Simple Solar Cooking Jar

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:39 am
    This instructable will show how to use mason jars to pasteurize water or cook using only the sun and simple items from your pantry and kitchen. Needed Items You will need: Mason Jars or large glass jars; black paint masking tape shiny reflective material oven bag or larger glass enclosure optiona...By: hegure_ryuContinue Reading »
  • Back Yard Chicken Tractor

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:07 pm
    We built a Chicken Tractor so our chickens can be moved around to different areas of the yard or garden. Build frame we went with a crazy tee-pee design because we don't have a clue! Its my first home, my first chickens, and my first attempt to build something like this! Build nesting laying bo...By: wesleyTylerContinue Reading »
  • How to Make a Paracord Watch with Buckle

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Throughout this Instructable I will show you how to make a paracord watch. Some people call them survival watches, ICE watches or tactical watches, whatever you call it, they are great items to have with you when exploring the outdoors. You can view an easier-to-navigate version of this tutorial ove...By: ParavivalContinue Reading »
  • Bed, Table, and Benches for camper van - All in one!

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:27 pm
    After using the van with the simple platform for a bed, table and place to hang out for a year, we decided it was time to go to the next level: Build an all-in-one bed-table-benches-storage! Our goal was to add more storage to the livable space in the van, to create a space where 4-5 people could ea...By: AudreyDesjardinsContinue Reading »
  • Altoids Tin: Pocket Survival Kit

    11 Dec 2014 | 7:47 pm
    I know you guys have probably seen these before; I have as well. However, the ones I have seen both outside this app and in it have been very poor representations of what this little kit can be. This kit should be carried on your person at all times and can be a lifeline during a survival situation ...By: jberry15Continue Reading »
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  • Paracord Snake Stitch

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:15 pm
    The Snake Stitch is a para cord project that takes about fifteen minutes. Materials You will need half an arms length to about a full arms length.You will also need a key ring Fuse Fuse the ends of each rope Adding Rope Make sure when you put the rope on that it is even length. To make the...By: saboy22.Continue Reading »
  • How to Make a Fishing Lure From Paracord

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:28 am
    Throughout this Instructable I will show you how to make a fishing lure out of paracord. When in a survival situation knowing how to take apart your paracord gear and use it for survival is important. After all, why else would you wear paracord gear if you don't know how to use it in a survival situ...By: ParavivalContinue Reading »
  • Shadow box bird fedder

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
    dill hole in the terra cotta dish. Put it in water. If don't it well brake By: MatlibContinue Reading »
  • Country Kitsch/Primitive Hanging Bird Feeder

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    This is going to be a simple project to make inexpensive christmas presentsOn a difficulty scale I would say this is an easy adult project. Due to fire and potential broken glass I would probably not have the kids try this unassisted. 1 Gather parts1 Quart narrow mouth, Mason Jar Solid copper wir...By: MoTinkerGNomeContinue Reading »
  • Swivelless Paracord Sling

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    If like me you have a rifle without sling swivels, and don't wish to alter the gun, here's a simple solution to adding a sling. Cheap too, the paracord cost less than £1. Measure your cord I found that twice the length the rifle was an ideal length of cord to start with. and four times that leng...By: radiografContinue Reading »
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  • De dierenvertaalmachine

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Our project started with a brainstorm with 12 year old kids. We asked them to draw their dream machine. Out of all the drawings we chose a top 3 and out of that top 3 our teachers chose a winner. The winner was Lennert who invented the animal translator. This machine would make it possible to transl...By: MelanieD4Continue Reading »
  • Handheld Tree Cannon - nerf style

    20 Dec 2014 | 7:18 am
    I'm a great fan of the Mythbusters. I know it's quite obvious and not quite original as a first statement - like saying you don't like it to visit a proctologist, NO-ONE likes it - whatever, I love the concept, the teams craftmanship, their creativity, their crazyness, their looks - talking female M...By: bricobartContinue Reading »
  • Rubber Band Gun Multi-Shot

    20 Dec 2014 | 3:59 am
    My Homemade rubber band gun from popsicles that can deliver multi-shot. Detail Guides Last time I made an Instructables on how to make a toy gun with click-clack sound when playing: http://www.instructables.com/id/Click-Clack-Toy-G... .Now, I've realized that this can also be an multi-shot rubbe...By: Mo0kContinue Reading »
  • Connect 4 Face Mosaic

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:41 pm
    This is Connect 4 with a twist. Connect 4 is a two-player game in which the players take turns dropping colored discs into a vertically suspended grid. The pieces fall straight down, occupying the next available space within the column. The object of the game is to connect four of your pieces vertic...By: 10DotMatrixContinue Reading »
  • Minecraft Steve Model! With Bonus Double Chest!

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:40 am
    My little brother is a big fan of Minecraft and Christmas is coming up, so I thought instead of buying a Minecraft related present, why don't I make him a Minecraft gift? My answer was to make a model of Steve!This model is fairly straight forward and is essentially just a bunch of geometric shapes,...By: drjagCreationsContinue Reading »
 
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  • Handheld Tree Cannon - nerf style

    20 Dec 2014 | 7:18 am
    I'm a great fan of the Mythbusters. I know it's quite obvious and not quite original as a first statement - like saying you don't like it to visit a proctologist, NO-ONE likes it - whatever, I love the concept, the teams craftmanship, their creativity, their crazyness, their looks - talking female M...By: bricobartContinue Reading »
  • Rubber Band Gun Multi-Shot

    20 Dec 2014 | 3:59 am
    My Homemade rubber band gun from popsicles that can deliver multi-shot. Detail Guides Last time I made an Instructables on how to make a toy gun with click-clack sound when playing: http://www.instructables.com/id/Click-Clack-Toy-G... .Now, I've realized that this can also be an multi-shot rubbe...By: Mo0kContinue Reading »
  • Connect 4 Face Mosaic

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:41 pm
    This is Connect 4 with a twist. Connect 4 is a two-player game in which the players take turns dropping colored discs into a vertically suspended grid. The pieces fall straight down, occupying the next available space within the column. The object of the game is to connect four of your pieces vertic...By: 10DotMatrixContinue Reading »
  • Rockabilly Guitar

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:56 am
    A while ago I inherited a DeArmond X-135 from the estate of my dear friend (and phenomenal musician) Martin Smith, with whom I used to play in the Oxford-based rockabilly band, the Sugar Creek Trio. Martin was an exceptional drummer, but had also amassed a collection of various other instruments, i...By: SimonF3Continue Reading »
  • Iron Merkin

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:49 am
    Don't really know how to introduce this. It is an idea I had during a random Terrible Things discussion, and then I just had to make one. Alcohol was involved in the discussion, although not in the making.A merkin is a pubic hair wig. An Iron Maiden is a medieval torture device. The Iron Merkin ...By: rachelContinue Reading »
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  • Golf hole

    20 Dec 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Golf hole The reasoning behind the golf hole is relatively it was meant for practicing golfing. But the type of golfing varies for uses depending on how large your yard if it suburban than putting and to chip it in. But if you live in rural area than you could easily just play a full round of go...By: HaydenWContinue Reading »
  • De dierenvertaalmachine

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Our project started with a brainstorm with 12 year old kids. We asked them to draw their dream machine. Out of all the drawings we chose a top 3 and out of that top 3 our teachers chose a winner. The winner was Lennert who invented the animal translator. This machine would make it possible to transl...By: MelanieD4Continue Reading »
  • Minecraft

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:41 pm
    My preferred tutorials Farming in Minecraft Flans Mod: Guns and Ammo (Minecraft) Minecraft Animals How to Mine in Minecraft Mining Ores in Minecraft By: vcriniContinue Reading »
  • knex tomohawk

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:31 pm
    i am exited for my first instruction post The red piece find a long red piece The grey piece find a grey piece The blue piece find a blue pice Connection connect red and grey The hardest step connect blue to grey thats connected to red All done now you can show it off to fri...By: knex builder.Continue Reading »
  • Cobblestone & stone generator(s)

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:43 am
    Hi , in this guide I'll be telling how to make different cobblestone generators . At one point , its easier to make a stone generator , so there's also one stone generator among them . These can be useless at the overworld , in survival , but are the most important machine at skyblock . You can also...By: Arman5592Continue Reading »
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  • Automatic Vent Control

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:32 am
    This machine starts a vent through a relay in ether an automatic mode or manual.1. Automatic mode : The vent start whenever the humidity levels in the room (bathroom) is higher then the levels selected by the user in the humidity level knob and stops when the levels dropped below.2. Manual Mode : Th...By: udubinskyContinue Reading »
  • DIY Bluetooth Headphones [Sony MDR-V6 wireless mod]

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    Go wireless with DIY bluetooth headphones.PARTS NEEDEDSony MDR-V6 headphones (or whatever headphones you got): http://amzn.com/B00001WRSJ?tag=griffhammo-20Jumbl Bluetooth receiver: http://amzn.com/B00HJBBBL0?tag=griffhammo-20RadioShack 1/8” stereo jack: https://www.radioshack.com/1-8-stereo-in-line-...By: griffinityContinue Reading »
  • Iron Man Arc Reactor Bang Bang Tag

    20 Dec 2014 | 1:46 am
    Hello Guys....We Are Back....Everyone Wants To be Iron Man One Time in his own life.....So here we present you IRON MAN ARC REACTOR BANG BANG TAG....We Got this idea from our native place where children play games like, Police-Thief in which One Becomes A hero (Police Inspector) And The other become...By: Mr AbAkContinue Reading »
  • How to Play "What am I?"

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Here we are with another game run by MsSweetSatisfaction out of Instructables Headquarters!This time we're playing a game called "What am I?" It is similar to the game called "Who I am?" that is used as an ice breaker at many an awkward party. The difference is that instead of a person, I will be ...By: MsSweetSatisfactionContinue Reading »
  • Swarmscapers: Autonomous Mobile 3D Printing Robots

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:54 am
    Swarmscapers is a 2 month long research project conducted in the Creative Architecture Machines studio, taught by Jason Kelly Johnson and Michael Shiloh at California College of the Arts in the Digital Craft Lab. It is a collaboration between Clayton Muhleman, Alan Cation, and Adithi Satish. A huge ...By: AlanCationContinue Reading »
 
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  • DIY Bluetooth Headphones [Sony MDR-V6 wireless mod]

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    Go wireless with DIY bluetooth headphones.PARTS NEEDEDSony MDR-V6 headphones (or whatever headphones you got): http://amzn.com/B00001WRSJ?tag=griffhammo-20Jumbl Bluetooth receiver: http://amzn.com/B00HJBBBL0?tag=griffhammo-20RadioShack 1/8” stereo jack: https://www.radioshack.com/1-8-stereo-in-line-...By: griffinityContinue Reading »
  • Iron Man Arc Reactor Bang Bang Tag

    20 Dec 2014 | 1:46 am
    Hello Guys....We Are Back....Everyone Wants To be Iron Man One Time in his own life.....So here we present you IRON MAN ARC REACTOR BANG BANG TAG....We Got this idea from our native place where children play games like, Police-Thief in which One Becomes A hero (Police Inspector) And The other become...By: Mr AbAkContinue Reading »
  • Swarmscapers: Autonomous Mobile 3D Printing Robots

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:54 am
    Swarmscapers is a 2 month long research project conducted in the Creative Architecture Machines studio, taught by Jason Kelly Johnson and Michael Shiloh at California College of the Arts in the Digital Craft Lab. It is a collaboration between Clayton Muhleman, Alan Cation, and Adithi Satish. A huge ...By: AlanCationContinue Reading »
  • Build A Cheap Handcrafted CNC Mill

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:42 am
    Ever since I knew what a CNC was, I've dreamed of having one. As a kid, my parents didn't take it seriously. They said it was too impractical to buy one, specially for my age. CNC and 3D printing services in our country were absent at that time. I was very eager of building a DIY version so dreamed ...By: ASCASContinue Reading »
  • How to Build a Decorative HTPC

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:40 am
    Why a HTPC?A HTPC (Home Theater PC) is generally an easy, affordable build if the primary purpose is to stream video (e.g. Netflix, etc.). Even if you are using something like a Roku, having a PC in the mix expands the functionality of your entertainment center and is not dependant on what kind of ...By: rghoffContinue Reading »
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  • Arduino and protoboard

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Arduino y protoboard -- Arduino and protoboardWhen an Arduino Nano is mounted on a protoboard there are only 5 lines of contacts to use (3 +2). Other integrated circuits. can not be used because they "eats" all the contacts.Cuando se monta un Arduino Nano en una placa de montaje sin soldadura (proto...By: Fernando el curiosoContinue Reading »
  • Dual-Arduino I2C Temperature Display

    20 Dec 2014 | 11:43 am
    Using Arduinos is great and all, but what happens when you run out of pins? Sure, you could buy a Mega, but what if you already have a few Unos, or maybe some Micros? There is a nifty protocol in electronics nowadays, and it's called Serial. Oh, you've heard of it? Well, Serial communication can...By: Frowney001Continue Reading »
  • FlashLight

    20 Dec 2014 | 11:09 am
    This project show you how to do a flashlight using a cell phone battery Part List For this Project you will need :Parts High Brightness LED (1W) 1 Universal Board (5x5cm) 1 Cell phone Battery Push but...By: MauricioRContinue Reading »
  • Music Visualiser Table

    20 Dec 2014 | 10:40 am
    This Instructable will hopefully give you all you need to put together a reactive music led table.I based it on the Music Visualiser at Music Visualiser - Adafruit. The code is from there, the circuit is from there - all I really created was a big led matrix, and put it into an Ikea table!Really, I...By: crt4041Continue Reading »
  • Programing

    20 Dec 2014 | 10:32 am
    DIY GPS Tracked Bike Lock Custom OBD II Gauge in With OEM Look Hidden Garage door opener (UPDATED) Fixing the stuff around you with a 3D-printer EWaste 60$ 3DPrinter Smart home with arduino DIY Spectrometer) Explore the Unknown - Washer Dryer Laundry Alarm using Arudin...By: bsj2985Continue Reading »
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  • Frankendrill IV: The Resurrection

    20 Dec 2014 | 11:46 am
    I recently purchased a well made cordless model from a thrift store with the objective of converting it to my favorite type of power pack: the Harbor Freight 18- volter. It was an obsolete design, and the 14 volt battery unit was no longer readily available. An inspection showed it probably suffered...By: BeachsideHankContinue Reading »
  • Laser cut wood veneer lamp

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:23 am
    This laser cut dodecahedron wood veneer lamp is part of a “Temporaries” series that I designed together with Toon Welling and Jonathan Kraayeveld. In case you want to buy one or see the other shapes here’s a link to our webshop. In case you want to make one yourself please follow through with the in...By: Andrius StaContinue Reading »
  • Giant wooden Lego men

    20 Dec 2014 | 1:51 am
    These are some giant Lego men that I have made. They have all the movements, clips and operations that a standard Lego man has. They are to scale (1 : 6.25). The timbers I have use are Huon pine, Australian red cedar and American walnut. More works @ www.facebook.com/pages/Simon-Beggs-Wood-Turning/1...By: Simon Beggs Wood TurningContinue Reading »
  • Wooden Boot Jack

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:38 pm
    So with the heart of winter on the way, its time to break out those winter boots. But taking off those boots can be a real hassle when your fingers are cold, your boots are covered in snow and dirt, and you just simply don't want to have squat down and find a way to pull them off. A boot jack is sim...By: hankcContinue Reading »
  • Pallet Bar

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:21 pm
    For father's day I wanted to surprise my boyfriend with something unexpected and special (not to mention fun that we can all enjoy!) Since we had been talking about buying a bar for the outdoor area but they were all so expensive I looked up some Pinterest ideas and set to my plan in motion. I picke...By: mperkins433Continue Reading »
 
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  • Laser cut wood veneer lamp

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:23 am
    This laser cut dodecahedron wood veneer lamp is part of a “Temporaries” series that I designed together with Toon Welling and Jonathan Kraayeveld. In case you want to buy one or see the other shapes here’s a link to our webshop. In case you want to make one yourself please follow through with the in...By: Andrius StaContinue Reading »
  • Giant wooden Lego men

    20 Dec 2014 | 1:51 am
    These are some giant Lego men that I have made. They have all the movements, clips and operations that a standard Lego man has. They are to scale (1 : 6.25). The timbers I have use are Huon pine, Australian red cedar and American walnut. More works @ www.facebook.com/pages/Simon-Beggs-Wood-Turning/1...By: Simon Beggs Wood TurningContinue Reading »
  • Wooden Boot Jack

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:38 pm
    So with the heart of winter on the way, its time to break out those winter boots. But taking off those boots can be a real hassle when your fingers are cold, your boots are covered in snow and dirt, and you just simply don't want to have squat down and find a way to pull them off. A boot jack is sim...By: hankcContinue Reading »
  • Pallet Bar

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:21 pm
    For father's day I wanted to surprise my boyfriend with something unexpected and special (not to mention fun that we can all enjoy!) Since we had been talking about buying a bar for the outdoor area but they were all so expensive I looked up some Pinterest ideas and set to my plan in motion. I picke...By: mperkins433Continue Reading »
  • HomeMade Modern DIY Pipe Shelves

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:11 am
    There are a lot of ways to use iron plumber's pipe to make shelves. Here's the way that has worked well for me. Pipe shelving systems are not cheap but are a great investment because they can be disassembled and adapted to almost any setting. If you're renting your current home or move often, they'r...By: homemademodernContinue Reading »
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  • Frankendrill IV: The Resurrection

    20 Dec 2014 | 11:46 am
    I recently purchased a well made cordless model from a thrift store with the objective of converting it to my favorite type of power pack: the Harbor Freight 18- volter. It was an obsolete design, and the 14 volt battery unit was no longer readily available. An inspection showed it probably suffered...By: BeachsideHankContinue Reading »
  • Laser cut wood veneer lamp

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:23 am
    This laser cut dodecahedron wood veneer lamp is part of a “Temporaries” series that I designed together with Toon Welling and Jonathan Kraayeveld. In case you want to buy one or see the other shapes here’s a link to our webshop. In case you want to make one yourself please follow through with the in...By: Andrius StaContinue Reading »
  • Lego Rockets

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:17 am
    Cooking isn't something that interests me much, unless it results in a fast burning fuel and a successful rocket launch!WARNING: Ignition of an incendiary or explosive material may not be legal in your area, so check local laws before attempting. Materials Using some kitchen chemistry and a few ...By: arhamhackContinue Reading »
  • Giant wooden Lego men

    20 Dec 2014 | 1:51 am
    These are some giant Lego men that I have made. They have all the movements, clips and operations that a standard Lego man has. They are to scale (1 : 6.25). The timbers I have use are Huon pine, Australian red cedar and American walnut. More works @ www.facebook.com/pages/Simon-Beggs-Wood-Turning/1...By: Simon Beggs Wood TurningContinue Reading »
  • Wooden Boot Jack

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:38 pm
    So with the heart of winter on the way, its time to break out those winter boots. But taking off those boots can be a real hassle when your fingers are cold, your boots are covered in snow and dirt, and you just simply don't want to have squat down and find a way to pull them off. A boot jack is sim...By: hankcContinue Reading »
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    Thrift Core

  • 10 Ways to Sell Household Clutter for Big Time Cash: Go Minimalist, Make Bucks

    Van
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    I'm still in the midst of my crazy minimalism journey. I'm loving the hell out of it, even though things are in that "messier before it gets clean" stage. I'll update with before/after photos next week when the house is photogenic again!  I've gotten rid of 90% of my already-purged wardrobe, all but one of my DVDs (I kept my collector's edition of the 1986 animated "Transformers the Movie" of course), boxes of books...and I'm making money to set aside for my future start-ups along the way!Ah...photos from clean office past I'll get you back to perfection again, office!The new year (13…
  • 5 Business Motivation Tips: Whether You're Getting Started... or Getting Tired

    Van
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:17 am
    I'm enjoying a huge surge of motivation and creative inspiration for my business. Sales are up, I'm plotting big moves with the right partners and I'm excited and busy as hell. So busy I barely get to sit, so busy running around I almost fell on my ass then later face hard yesterday, basically catching myself both times at the last second. Too busy to die, don't take me yet netherworld!Positivity leads to productivity. I had to analyze what's created this turn around on luck, sales and motivation after a bit of a slump and realized the following steps were big helpers. Try them, they work:1)…
  • Lush Bath Bomb DIY: Make Your Own Organic, Natural Fizzing Bath Balls

    Van
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Oh Lush, it beguiles with its striking minimalist branding, bright products, and all-natural aspirations. When we didn't have a Lush in Jacksonville, Florida I explored the Orlando, Florida Lush two miles South with wonder, beguiled by the textures and scents, enchanted. Lush's "bath bombs" are a fan favorite. They explode like a science fair volcano in your tub, turning it into a vat of colorful, fragrant, fizzy goodness. What's not to love? Well, their ingredients list. Not even close to 100% natural. When I see "Fragrance" on a label I twitch, this vague title could be a combination of…
  • The Real Puerto Rico: A Walk Through my Grandparent's Eclectic, Gentrifying Barrio

    Van
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:29 pm
    When the weather outside is frightful it's comforting to look back at tropical scenes, sip tea, and conjure exotic thoughts. Let's warm up with photos I took during my only extended walk in my grandparent's neighborhood in Ponce, Puerto Rico. It's gentrified since I saw policia trashing gang member's bicycles when I was seven, but my grandparents were still worried about my safety when I visited six months ago. The general area houses squatting drug dealers and is conductive to crime, but it was so nice to see formerly derelict homes renovated and loved. You can tell the current…
  • Scavenger Life Chat: On Earning $13K in a Month and Using eBay to Live the Dream of Self-Employment

    Van
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:47 am
    Jay and Ryanne of Scavenger Life found me when they googled "Thrifting in Amsterdam" and landed here. I found them when asked to interviewed me for their reselling video series. And the Scavenger Life found us all. It has a way of doing that. I left copywriting/web marketing to resell, Jay and Ryanne left television production. You may have left a day job or you may be planning to. Whatever the case, Jay and Ryanne have the perfect advice for being successful selling on eBay that will inspire no matter what you want to pursue as an alternative to working for The Man. Check it out:Jay…
 
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    Creative Faux Panels

  • The Many Uses of Manufactured Stone Veneer

    Ryan
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
    One of the great qualities of our manufactured stone veneer panels is their versatility.  Our customers use them for all kinds of design projects.  We’ve seen the panels used in just about any kind of room.  They’ve also been used for many different kinds of exterior applications.  In every case, the end result is always quite impressive. If you’re imagining what a beautiful design in your home can look like, then the panels are ready to make your vision a reality.  And if you just need some ideas to help you out, below are a few places where you can put them to good use in your…
  • DIY Chimney Surround Ideas for the Holiday Season

    Ryan
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:23 am
    As the holiday season gets in full gear, many homeowners like to come up with decorative chimney ideas that express the season’s cheer.  Decorating with festive wreaths, ribbons or lights may call attention to the fact that the chimney unadorned is unsightly or in need of an upgrade. A faux stone chimney surround adds a touch of character and style to your home’s exterior design. A fresh look of real brick or stone would do the trick, but many are deterred from hiring a mason, due to the high costs and time consuming installation process.  This is why many homeowners are turning to…
  • Fake Stone Foundation Covering: Curb Appeal Made Easy

    Ryan
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    An attractive foundation covering on homes is an important aspect of exterior décor that homeowners sometimes neglect.  Finding the right cover or veneer for concrete foundations isn’t always easy, though. A foundation covering created with Nailon Stone Wall siding makes an elegant front garden accent. Installing an attractive foundation cover can also be time consuming and costly, especially when the project involves items such as heavy stone or brick masonry.  In many cases of installing products such as those to foundations, the job often means needing to hire a professional to…
  • Interior Paneling That Adds Winter Warmth

    Ryan
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Take a look at how these FauxPanels.com customers got a warm, winter look for their homes with the help of stone veneer interior paneling. Adding stone veneer interior paneling to key walls creates a warm look that’s perfect for winter. The cold winter weather is on its way – with some meteorologists forecasting below-zero temperatures in January and February.  Like last year, we could be in for another one of the coldest winter spells on record. That’s the reason many homeowners are taking the time now to complete this season’s design projects.  They’d rather not get held up…
  • Create Stunning Designs with Dry Stack Stone Wall Accents

    Ryan
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:50 am
    When it comes to interior design in homes, a lot can be accomplished with just a few simple touches.   Our customer, Steven C., demonstrates this with the family room remodel in his new home using our Wellington Dry Stack Stone wall panels in Earth color. An artificial dry stack stone wall does wonders for interior decor. Below, you’ll see his comment, along with more photos of his design. Your product was very easy to work with and truly looks like real stone once up on the wall. I get many complements on our room thanks to your product! Fake stone accent panels provide an appealing…
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    Home Improvement Blog – The Apron by The Home Depot

  • Festive DIY Wreath Made from Pinecones and Greenery

    Cassie Freeman
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    When it comes to Christmas, I tend to get a little carried away….think Clark Griswald meets Elf. Well, maybe minus all the lights. My first step in decorating for the holidays is to pop a wreath on the door; it’s instant festive, and puts me in the spirit! It’s also the only spot we can have the feel and smell of real greenery (thank you, allergies!). I love the fresh wreaths from The Home Depot (such a great deal, too!), but this year I wanted to jazz mine up a bit, so I came up with this DIY wreath made from pinecones and greenery. The secret ingredient, though, is a…
  • A Glam, Golden Christmas Card Holder

    Destiny Alfonso
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Christmas cards can be one of the best parts of decorating for the holidays. The trick is finding a way to display them that keeps them out of the way and easy to see. This upcycled wheel frame Christmas card holder is a great solution. That’s what I use. But I wanted to add some glam to it for the holidays. Here’s what I did.  Materials for Glam Christmas Card Holder Rustic Wheel Card Holder or Old Wheel Frame Rust-Oleum Gold Spray Paint Clothes Pins House Letters in Gold and Black Simply take out your Rust-Oleum gold spray paint and give your wheel a nice light coat, making…
  • How to Make a DIY Ladder Stocking Holder

    Chelsea Coulston
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:05 am
    No Mantel? No Problem! In all of the homes we’ve lived in in the last eight years none of them have had a mantel. That’s totally fine with me about 330 days out of the year, except around the holidays. No mantel to decorate for Christmas… it’s a travesty. Kidding! But seriously, where do you put the Christmas stockings? I’ve gotten creative over the years with stockings but this one is my best one yet, I think. This DIY ladder stocking holder is the perfect solution for any home that doesn’t have a fireplace. It’s attractive and easy to store away…
  • How to Make Unique Dipped Terrarium Christmas Ornaments

    Brittni Mehlhoff
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:40 am
    Typically, at my house, we try to keep the Christmas decorations functional and minimal. So, with that in mind, I found these awesome little glass terrariums at my local Home Depot store and decided to give them more of a seasonal look. Here’s how to make your own dipped terrarium Christmas ornaments. Materials Rust-Oleum Glitter Spray Paint (in Gold and Silver) 3M Advanced Multi Surface Painters Tape 3-5 Glass Air Plant Containers (available in Home Depot stores) String Scissors Scrap Paper or Newspaper   DIY Dipped Terrarium  Christmas Ornament Instructions Step 1 Start by…
  • DIY Cake Stands Made from Thrift Store Plates and Candle Sticks

    Liz Stanley
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    I love the idea of having a huge selection of fancy cake stands to entertain with during the holidays, but I really don’t use them enough through out the year to rationalize buying a whole collection. They can be pretty expensive! I thought it might be fun to create my own DIY cake stands with simple thrifted materials and a little help from Rust-Oleum Gold Metallic Spray Paint and Primer. For only a couple dollars each, these festive cake stands are perfect for your holiday parties, and year round. Here’s how I did it… Step 1 Find some plain white plates, candlesticks or…
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    Home Improvement Articles from Networx

  • Planning to Build a Barbed Wire Fence

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:44 pm
      Barbed wire is the type of fencing commonly used on farms to confine livestock, keeping valuable animals safe from predators, motor vehicles, deep water, and other hazards. Good quality barb wire fencing will last as long as 25 years, which helps to justify its relatively high price tag and the fact that it is one of the most difficult fences to install.  See full article.
  • Feeding Birds in Winter

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:29 am
      Winter is a difficult season for birds who stick around in northern climes. They need extra stamina to keep themselves warm, just at the time of year when their usual foods are in short supply. Feeding the birds in winter is a kindness not only to our feathered friends, but also to yourself.  See full article.
  • Basement Remodel? Don't Forget the Egress Window!

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:56 pm
      There are so many good reasons to remodel your basement -- more usable room, additional privacy, increased resale value, and energy efficiency, to name just a few. The best part is that basement remodeling costs only about 10-15 percent as much as building out.  See full article.
  • What to Do About Common Cabinet Problems

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:23 am
      Uh oh! There it goes again -- that cabinet door that always bangs annoyingly or the almost-impossible-to-open drawer from Hell. Even if you've gotten used to living with problem cabinets or drawers, cabinet repair should really be a priority on your "Let's Finally Get Organized" list.  See full article.
  • Commercial Painting: More than Just Pretty Walls

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:07 pm
      If you are a commercial property owner, investor, or manager, you tend to have a lot on your plate when it comes to maintenance. Certainly, you want your building or complex to look its best, but at the same time, it is essential to keep in mind the bottom line.  See full article.
 
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    Faux Wood Workshop

  • Enhance Your Office Interior Design with Imitation Wood

    Ryan
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:14 am
    Our beams, planks and corbels make great additions to office designs.  Below are some inspiring examples of customer offices upgraded with imitation wood.  Rustic beams add a charming touch to interior office design. One of the key attributes of an office that feels good to work in or visit is its décor.  More often than not, the way office interior design looks and feels also influences worker productivity.  Offices that lack a feeling of warmth can be costly over time, in the form of reduced business and output.  An office with design elements that add comfort, on the other hand, can…
  • Beautiful Bedroom Makeovers with Exposed Beam Ceilings

    Ryan
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:23 am
    When you wake up in the morning, the first thing you see is your bedroom ceiling.  So it makes sense that you’d like your bedroom to be an especially comforting room, with a décor that adds a cozy feel. Faux timber beams are great for bedroom makeovers. When it comes to bedroom makeovers, we often think of design elements like bedding, furniture, lighting, and the color of the walls.  What we can often overlook is the ceiling.  It’s a part of the room that takes up a lot of square space and is important to consider when creating a beautiful bedroom design. Creating an elegant ceiling…
  • Faux Style Profile: Heavily Distressed Wood Beams Add Rustic Charm

    Ryan
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:03 am
    What our customers love about our heavily distressed wood beams is that they perfectly replicate the pronounced notches, nicks, and grooves of real distressed wood in such a striking way that it’s impossible to tell the difference. Heavily Distressed Wood Beams are a great way to give your ceilings a gorgeous and rustic look. The especially rustic look they give to designs is impressive and sure to add an aesthetically pleasing look to interiors and exteriors.  Thanks to their tough, durable, yet lightweight construction, the beams will last throughout the years and continue to look great,…
  • Happy Thanksgiving from Faux Wood Beams™

    Ryan
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:19 pm
    This Thanksgiving, the Faux Wood Beams™ family has so much to be thankful for. We’re thankful for our amazing customer service, sales and web team this Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is a holiday we love celebrating here at the FauxWoodBeams™ office.  It’s a time for expressing gratitude for everything we’re thankful for, and savoring quality time with friends and family. For us, the FauxWoodBeams™ team is like family.  Many of us here have been working together for years, and we look out for each other just as a real family does.  We believe this camaraderie comes from the fact…
  • Faux Exposed Wood Beams: Get the Convenience of Light Weight

    Ryan
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    There are many reasons faux exposed wood beams are a smarter and more practical choice for your design projects than using real timber.  Our beams are indistinguishable from actual wood, cost much less, and can be installed in just a few hours.  For installation, the only things you need are a regular wood saw, screws and wooden mounting blocks. If there’s one real reason customers prefer faux beams, it’s the fact that they weigh just a fraction of real wood. A 16-foot faux wood beam, for example, weighs just about 20 pounds.  As shown below, one person can easily carry one of these…
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    Hackaday

  • First Ever Parts Emailed to Space

    Matt Freund
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:01 pm
    The shocking thing is not that this happened. The shocking thing is how normal it seems. An astronaut inside a space station needed a ratcheting socket wrench. Someone else on Earth drew it up on a computer then e-mailed the astronaut. The astronaut clicked a button and then the tool was squirted out of a nozzle. Then he picked up and used the tool for the job he needed done. No big deal. The story itself is almost uneventful – of course we can do these things now. Sure, it happens to be the first time in mankind’s history we have done this. Yes, it is revolutionary to be able to…
  • Right Hand Loses Job As Head-Mouse Enters Mousing Arena

    Rich Bremer
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    Moving the cursor around your computer screen is an everyday occurrence that we humans do not give much of a second thought to. But what if you didn’t have to move your hands from the keyboard anymore? Sure there are keyboards with Track Point or even track pads not to far from the keys, which isn’t too bad. What if you could just slightly point your face in the desired direction the mouse would move? The [Sci-Spot] folks wondered that same question and came up with a DIY Head Mouse. The concept is pretty darn simple; a web cam is mounted to the user’s head and points at…
  • DIY Bicycle Roller Helps Cure The Winter Blues

    Rich Bremer
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Winter’s a-brewing and that is a downer for the everyday cycling enthusiast. There are certainly ‘bike trainers’ out on the market that will let you ride in your living room but they clamp to (or require replacing the) the rear axle. These bike trainers hold the bike in an upright position so that the rider can’t tip the bike and might feel a little boring for some. There is another indoor biking solution called a bicycle roller which is, just as it sounds, a few rollers on the ground that the bike wheels rest on and is not attached to the bike by any mechanical…
  • One Man’s Mini Symphony of Many Strings

    Sarah Petkus
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you don’t get along with your orchestra, screw ‘em. [Vladimir Pliassov] proves that you can play each of the virtuosic string instruments yourself, all at the same time (with the exception of the double bass of course). For the life of me, I can’t imagine how long it took to get situated in this spider’s web of moving parts, but it’s impressive. With the help of this unique mechanical invention all his own, [Vladimir] is able to finger not only the neck of a violin and viola, but also a cello hoisted at an angle below his desk so that he can execute chords with his FEET. To…
  • Brother Builds “Zerg-Berg” Coffee Table Media Server – 38(!) USB Drives

    Matt Freund
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    After [Travis]’s media server died a couple months ago, his brother [Nick] secretly plotted to replace it for Christmas. Admitting it to be an “asinine Rube Goldberg” arrangement, [Nick] wanted something custom and remarkable for his sibling. Rather than go the normal SATA route, 38 USB hot-swap laptop drives were clustered together inside a custom leather enclosure with a bronzed glass top. [Nick] picked up 45 of the 500GB drives for only $350 and designed the project around those. He spent $1000 on matching metal docks for each of them, powered by $800 worth of PCIe…
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    Stain Removal Blog - A Mom's Guide To House Cleaning, Laundry And Stains

  • Baby Wipes Clean Everything!: Alternate Uses For This Common Item

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Baby wipes have so many uses in your home, your car, and out and about with you beside for their obvious intended purpose. You can clean all kinds of things with them, and I've collected over 20 uses for them in this article. I bet you'll be surprised by at least one of these uses, or at least say, "now why didn't I think of that?" I'd also love to hear how you use them around your home as well!
  • Frugal Laundry Tips For Busy Moms

    13 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Laundry can get expensive, but there are ways to make sure you can do it as frugally as possible. Here are 7 frugal laundry tips that can save you money, while still not taking loads of your time. I'd love to hear how you save money while doing laundry as well!
  • How To Clean Stainless Steel Sink: Tips & Tricks

    13 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Here are some tips for keeping your stainless steel sink looking great. This is a simple cleaning task that can make a huge difference in the way your kitchen looks!
  • Simple & Chemical Free Drain Unclogger: Zip It Drain Cleaning Tool

    13 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    I put a quick review of this product up on the Household Management 101 page a few days ago, never anticipating how much positive response I'd get from readers about this product. It's called a Zip It, and it's my number one recommendation for clearing your drains of clogs, especially hair clogs, without chemicals. I think no home with at least one long haired family member should be without it. After such a positive response I thought it was worthy of its own review on the site, so I've explained exactly how the Zip It drain cleaning tool works (it's soooo easy), plus included some ringing…
  • How To Clean Shower Curtain

    9 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Is your shower curtain looking yucky, with soap buildup, or even mold or mildew on it? Mine is actually needing a good cleaning, which is what reminded me of this article sharing how to clean your shower curtain in the washing machine, so you can get it looking good without having to buy a replacement.
 
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    Violet LeBeaux - Free Cute Craft and Beauty Tutorials

  • Violet’s New Dream Apartment – Snapshots

    Violet
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    As a special treat for my birthday (yes that’s how long it takes me to write these >_>) Celina and Tobias took us to my new all time favourite restaurant: The Conservatory.The whole place was exactly how I want my house to look. But you know, with less strangers and wait staff. I would probably put in a 4th chocolate fountain too because, you know, you can never have too many chocolate fountains. It’s kind of modern French wile still being very art deco inspired. All mirrors and white marble as far as the eye can see. James enjoyed it because it’s a buffet and if…
  • Simple Ribbon Braid Hair Tutorial

    Violet
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    I guess today’s hair tutorial could be a little bit festive if you wanted it to be! This hairstyle is regular braid but with a ribbon threaded through. This style is particularly good for people with darker hair who worry about the pattern of braids getting lost in their hair.You can tie the ribbon in many ways but the easiest way I’ve found is to use a clip in hair extension. Open the clip and thread the ribbon through it. Separate a small section  just above where you want the braid to begin.And clip the extension in just below the part.Flip the top hair over again and it will…
  • DIY Bergamot Bunny Baseball Cap Tutorial!

    Violet
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Yay! A really fun project today: Bergamot Bunny baseball cap make over! Argh so fricking cute, I want to wear it all the time! I previously made this cap over but I haven’t worn it in ages so it was time for another rethink: answer? Bergamot ears!For this tutorial you will need:Baseball capCardboardWhite fabricFelt or roving for the pink parts of the earsLace for the bowHot glueNeedle and threadDraw the Bergamot ear shape on to a piece of cardboard.Cut them out!Cut a rectangle of the white fabric big enough to cover the ear on both sides. I’m using some fluffy polar…
  • Super Quick Bow T-Shirt Surgery Tutorial

    Violet
    14 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A really quick t-shirt surgery today, turning 2 identical singlets into one with a cute little bow design on the front!My Mum bought these but didn’t like the fit so she gave them to me, I thought they were a little boring so out came the scissors.I put the lighter one inside the dark one.I stitched them together at the shoulder seam.Then I cut through the top layer at the bust in two lines.I folded up the middle.Then tied another piece of the shirt around the middle.Taadaa bow!It still seemed a little plain so I cut the top layer into a curve around the bottom too.Easy!Looking cute…
  • Who Needs That Many Shoe Horns? – Sponsored

    Violet
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:10 pm
    This post is sponsored by Optus.For more information about sponsored posts click here.So this year we’re going a little nuts with Billy Idol Day (this is our version of Christmas because… Billy Idol rocks at Christmas songs). I’ve decided that I want to upgrade our holiday, no random mismatched wrapping paper, no last minute running around to post gifts, no nonsense, no stress, I’m going Martha Stewart on this! I’m even going to be taking a little time off (shocking I know!) to relax and just enjoy… relaxing!Colour themes!! My lunch is going to be so cute,…
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    Nexus 21

  • Do You Have a TV in Your RV? Part Two

    Nexus 21
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Last week we looked at the most traditional TV installation in RVs: the windshield cabinet. This week, we are going to explore other places to enjoy a TV in your RV! Part Two: Unless you particularly love having your TV up front, you might be happier with your entertainment center moved towards the rear of the coach. Alternate Screen Placement Many RV users would benefit from the TV being placed further back in the vehicle. If you originally had a windshield cabinet mount, you can remove the old cabinet completely, or clear out the old TV and use the space for storage. Some of the other…
  • Do You Have a TV in your RV? Part One

    Nexus 21
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Does your RV boast a TV? If not, why not? If so – is it time for an upgrade? Flat screen televisions as a standard in RVs have only become popular in the past 8-10 years. In addition, older RVs with TVs in them usually had the unit securely bolted in a permanent position, without options for moving it or getting a better viewing angle. Nexus 21 can provide a TV lift for installation in an RV that previously had no TV. A fixed mount can also be replaced with a new TV on a lift. This can save space and provide a better viewing experience. This two part blog post takes a look at how you can…
  • Calling all Yacht Owners! Do you have a TV Lift Aboard?

    Nexus 21
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you are a yacht owner, you’ve probably already realized that space aboard your yacht is at a premium!  Depending on your layout, there are several places a TV would be desirable. Maybe you want one in the master bedroom – or perhaps you have the perfect spot in your lounge. Fortunately, you don’t have to sacrifice quality and style for space! A TV lift could make installing a new screen on board your yacht a simple process. A hidden lift won’t shrink your living space, and can deliver an excellent option for great entertainment. There are at least 5 reasons you should consider TV…
  • At the Office: TV Lifts for the Professional World

    Nexus 21
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    How is your office looking these days? Is it up to date? Does it have high tech devices to impress visitors? It might be time for an upgrade in any of these places: Reception Areas Do you have a large influx of clients during each day, with any sort of wait time? A TV in the waiting or reception area could make the difference between grumpy, impatient people and content, relaxed ones. A TV lift can easily be installed in the ceiling or in a cabinet, so it can be slid into view during working hours. This single renovation can make all the difference in the world. If your clients have children,…
  • TV Lifts can be Part of a Well Rounded Entertainment Plan

    Nexus 21
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Are you thinking about turning a room of your home into a media/game room? Perhaps that library you rarely use is prime square footage for a terrific entertainment venue. However, you don’t want to get rid of your precious, carefully collected books that span years of enjoyment. Can TVs and bookshelves co-exist? Our sources say yes. People love to argue online about the merits of the Game of Thrones books versus the HBO adaptation of George RR Martin’s work. You can be a reader and a viewer with all of your favorite things in one room. With the books on hand, you can quickly find…
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    Armchair Builder :: Blog :: Build, renovate, & repair your own home. Save money as an owner builder.

  • e-Book for Building a Home

    armchairbuilder
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:57 am
    For those of you that are looking for a gift for that special someone, you may want to check out our e-Book that covers all the details of building a new home.  Here’s a description for the e-Book to help you decide whether it’s right for you.  Feel free to ask if you have any [...]
  • Clothes Dryer Exhaust Vent Design

    armchairbuilder
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:43 am
    A clothes dryer exhaust vent should be carefully designed into the architectural plans of a new home to prevent potential problems from occurring.  Some common problems with exhaust vents include rodent entry, lint buildup, cold air access, and potential fire hazards.  Let’s take a closer look at the dryer vent to help ensure a trouble [...]
  • Owner Builders Save 50 Percent on Custom Options

    armchairbuilder
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Last week we talked about how owner builders can save twenty to twenty five percent by general contracting out their own home.  This is the fee the builder charges for managing the project.  We also discussed how an owner builder can save even more by taking on some of the physical labor themselves.  From painting [...]
  • General Contract Your Own Home… Save 20-25 Percent

    armchairbuilder
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:51 pm
    November 12th, 2014 So is it possible to general contract your own home and save money in the process?  The decision to take on this project shouldn’t be taken lightly.  There are subcontractors to deal with, building code changes, and complex design problems…just to name a few of the issues that come up during a [...]
  • Floor Squeaks with Floor Trusses

    armchairbuilder
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    Reader Question on Floor Squeaks:  I just read your article about floor squeaks, and it is so helpful!  I am experiencing the HVAC floor squeak you described in one room in my house.  Luckily, there is an unfinished basement underneath. You mentioned I need to make sure there is a 1″ gap between the joists [...]
 
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    An Oregon Cottage

  • Ranch Salad Dressing Mason Jar Gift

    Jami
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Here’s a super quick mason jar gift idea that makes a really useful and different gift for teachers, hostesses, and for families at the holidays. You simply pull together mason jars – vintage, regular or even the colored special editions – pop-top lids to fit, and a seasoning mix for salad dressing. Finish with a recipe […] The post Ranch Salad Dressing Mason Jar Gift appeared first on An Oregon Cottage. Thank you for subscribing! ***Here is the link to your FREE eBook:*** CLICK HERE for the PDF version of Seasonal Dinner Menus eBook to view in your browser {or…
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    Our Toronto Life

  • 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…
  • Judy and Cyrus Eat Poutine in Montreal

    Our Toronto Life
    23 Jun 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Poutine has this special little spot in my heart. There are only good memories that came served fries, cheese curds and gravy. Friendship Poutine One of my best friends, Pia, loves poutine as much as me. When we have a serious catch up, I’d message her on the way to her place and ask, “what do you want?” She almost always says poutine, and I’m glad. So, I call it friendship poutine. Ottawa When Cy lived in Vancouver and I lived in Toronto, he had a work trip in Kingston. It was perfect meeting place to start a mini trip to Ottawa together. It was in the middle of…
  • Potato Waffles > Regular Waffles

    Our Toronto Life
    14 Jun 2014 | 7:35 am
    Almost a year ago, I joined American Express. In ways, it was like starting at a new school with a new building, new things to learn, and new people. Some of those new people became friends, and it’s just nice to have coworkers that you actually want to spend time with outside of work. Recently, Cy and I joined Lucy, Sandy, Crysthian (Sandy’s husband), Anooja and Sagar for some morning brunch – my favourite meal of the day! We picked Starving Artist on St. Clair from a friend’s reco of the waffles. And, we ordered waffles and more. This is what you have to order here:…
  • Happy Mother’s Day + Contest

    Our Toronto Life
    5 May 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Mothers are superheroes. They are strong, fearless and put up with us through all the good and bad. For example, Cy’s mom supported us in words and actions when we made our big move to Toronto after our wedding. There was a lot of packing involved there! This is what Cy had to say about Mom: Her Super Power:  Muscle mimic. She could see something, and then pick it up easily like piano, arts & crafts, cooking, kung fu and tai chi. How are you most like your mom? She is always happy and tries to look for the best in all scenarios. My Favourite Memory: As a kid, she would tuck…
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    U me and the kids

  • Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids – Tutorial YULE Log

    rachelhirst
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:44 am
    U me and the kids Making your very own Christmas decorations can be so much fun! This Christmas candle yule log idea actually involves very little money “literally the purchase of one candle” and a time and a bit of fun walking through the local wood’s collecting and gathering the log, holy, fern and evergreen foliage to attach to the bark making a very lovely Christmas Ornament that can be enjoy throughout the Christmas period in your home. I found that this is an Easy Christmas crafts for kids idea and my little helpers Lydia and Riley both enjoyed making these so much – we have…
  • My Tween has lost his Self Esteem – Memoirs #1

    rachelhirst
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:11 pm
    U me and the kids My Tween has no self esteem It’s so stressful sometimes watching your children feeling low and down about themselves. My youngest son has always had a hard time at school albeit in some cases his quirky personality and style actually makes him a target to other children most of the time. Only in the last few months he has been very quiet a little different lets say and we eventually got to the bottom of that when my husband found out he was being bullied by a girl at school. Whilst the bullying was taking place I had noticed signs of him feeling down and not really…
  • Best Boots Deal of the Week (Updated Daily)

    rachelhirst
    14 Dec 2014 | 3:37 pm
    U me and the kids During the current economic climate I genuinely like to think quite savvy attempting save not just myself a little money but others too. Each week I will provide information on best boots deal of the week which should help you save money when looking for the best gifts at any time of year. These Boots offers will be updated on a daily basis with deals that I feel are truly excellent and on offer. These deals would make a perfect gifts for him and her. Boots aim to save you money by providing you with some of the best and top quality  beauty products from large brands…
 
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    The Ribbon Retreat Blog

  • Lovely Flower Topiaries

    The Ribbon Retreat
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Welcome, welcome! I am so beyond excited to bring you a super simple but LOVELY Christmas craft perfect to add to your Christmas tree, a wall hanger, or to place on your table. However you display this sweet little craft, it will be eye catching and beeeeautiful to look at. Made with gorgeous flowers and […]
  • How To Use Silly Grips, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Wahoo, it’s YouTube Thursday…the day we get to get super crafty video style! Today we are all about solving that major dilemma of taking the time to fix your little sweeties hair in super cute piggy tails, braids, twists or buns, just to turn around and see that the fun bow you placed proudly on […]
  • Peppermint Twist Loopy Puff Bows

    The Ribbon Retreat
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Holiday hair bows are really fun to make and really fun to display in your sweet little girl’s hair or in your hair too! Today, the talented Mary from Little Mama Bowtique is sharing really fun and really full Loopy Puff Bows that are made with a holiday ribbon mix, glitter ribbon and super cute […]
  • Cinnamon and Applesauce Ribbon Ornaments

    The Ribbon Retreat
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    When I was first introduced to The Ribbon Retreat, I had two little boys and so naturally didn’t think I had any need for ribbon, because ribbon is only used in hair bows right?!? And, my two little boys weren’t really excited about me putting bows in their hair. Well…was I ever wrong! Ribbon can […]
  • Rudolph Inspired Christmas Hair Bows

    Cheri Mortimer
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Rudolph is coming to town, and I can’t even wait! He is such a fun part of Christmas night with his nose so bright guiding Santa safely through that foggy and snowy Christmas Eve night! But, we don’t have to wait until Christmas Eve to celebrate this awesome reindeer! Today, Cherie is sharing a very, […]
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    The DIY Helpers

  • 13 Must-Know Mould Busting Tricks

    10 Dec 2014 | 8:07 am
    Mould or mold? However you spell it it’s undoubtedly one of the most irritating things that can happen in your bathroom. If left untreated it can spread like wildfire and you’ll end up with a major problem on your hands, so getting rid of it should be a priority when it comes to bathroom care.We recently covered how to first prevent mould and how to tackle it if you’ve already got it. We are, however, aware that there are many more methods to tackling a bathrooms worst nightmare, so Ant decided to use the ease of the DIY lovers website Hometalk to create a board featuring 13 different…
  • 9 Amazing Things to do With Duct Tape

    9 Dec 2014 | 8:21 am
    Duct tape is the tape of a thousand uses, but since we don't have all day we've come up with 9 uses you can do today. Got any you think we should add? Just comment below!Hem Your Trousers It’s an unwritten law that you notice your hem on your skirt or trousers has come loose just as you’re about to leave the house, and then have to spend time hunting for a needle and thread to repair it. Duct tape works really well as an emergency hem repair kit, and is especially good on thick fabrics like denim which are tough to sew through. Get Crafty Follow Sherron Heidlage's board Duct Tape Crafts…
  • Black Mould: How to Get Rid of it and Prevent it

    10 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    Black mould or mildew in the bathroom isn’t just unsightly, it can be a real health hazard too. High levels of mould in the bathroom can cause a range of health problems as they produce a toxin which we breathe in every time we go into the room. In some people these problems can be mild allergy type symptoms, but in other people or when there are high levels of mould and mildew, the spores can cause permanent lung damage. Many households are involved in an ongoing battle against the mould and mildew, but there are a few things you can do to get rid of the mould, and to stop it coming back.
  • How to Install an Outdoor Tap

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:14 am
    Plumbing is an important skill for any DIY enthusiast and often plumbing is at the center of most home improvement plans from kitchen refurbishments to bathroom refitting. Not only that it is important in emergency situations and to ensure you’re getting the best from your plumbing system.Outdoor Tap Fitting A garden tap is a useful addition to any home. Many homeowners are turning to outdoor taps for ease of gardening and other functions. The benefits of an outdoor tap far outweighs the affordable cost of having one installed.Working recently with a plumber who installed an outdoor…
  • Making a Greenhouse out of your Attic

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

  • 3 Snowblower Safety Tips You Must Know

    lbelding
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Snowblowers are supposed to protect you from pains and soreness, not cause them. That’s why this year (which is already looking to be a record year for snowblower sales) you need to be on top of the most common safety risks when operating or being around a snowblower. 1. Snowblower Jams One of the most typical risks of a snowblower, never use your hand to unclog it. Gloves will not help and hundreds of injuries a year happen because of this mistake. Instead, use the end of a rake or the end of a broom handle. The augers will remain engaged after the handle is released so don’t…
  • Best Gas Leaf Blowers of 2014

    lbelding
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    Calling something the “best” is extremely relative. Your big thing might be price or weight whereas someone else may only car about cc amount and power. That being said, when shopping for your ideal gas-powered leaf blower it helps to have the advice of professionals at your side. Our customers consist of professionals and homeowners alike, making this list a reference for anyone on the market for a gas-powered leaf blower. Best Handheld Leaf Blowers Stihl BG86 Handheld Leaf Blower This blower wins big in one way, power. With a 27.2 cc power potential & air velocity that…
  • How To Grow Garlic Without Replanting Every Year

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

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

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

  • How to Start your own DIY 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…
  • How to Build Wood Pallet Furniture Projects

    Steve Sagovac
    2 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    Using recycled material to build furniture isn’t a new concept by any means, But with the seemingly endless availability of wood pallets, the DIY Wood Pallet Furniture craze has gained an incredible amount of interest in recent years. I personally have only recently started using recycled wood from pallets and packing crates for furniture, and have been on a constant look out for resources and inspiration. Here are some of the wood pallet furniture resources that I have found in my recent searches. Wood Pallet Furniture Resources Wood Pallet Project Books Here are 3 of the most recent…
  • How to Build a DIY Workbench

    Steve Sagovac
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:26 am
    This DIY workbench is something I just found at PopularMechanics.com, and I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a pretty nice unit when it comes to size, functionality, sturdiness and it’s also a do-it-yourself woodwork project. Now this is the first time I have ever visited this site. With a name like “Popular Mechanics” I imagined it had something to do with cars and engines. DIY Workbench Step by Step Instructions If you’re looking to build yourself a workbench, you should definitely check out this site. This is the Popular Mechanics intro to the Workbench…
  • Reclaimed Packing Timber Table

    Steve Sagovac
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:31 am
    All this timber just being wasted At my brothers factory, he is always receiving these long pallets of material that all include packing timber frames on the top and bottom of each pack. I must admit that I have seen these palettes over the years and not once did it occur to me to try and use the timber to build some furniture instead of just using it in my fireplace. Recently I noticed that an old table, with a slat top, that was always sitting outside was starting to look a bit worse for wear. A few of the slats along the top had rotted on the ends and they were starting to break off. That…
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  • Finish the insulation: the vapour barrier

    Koen Goeminne
    7 Dec 2014 | 11:54 am
    We’re going full speed in the kitchen now. First stop: a finished ceiling. For that, we first need to finish the insulation part with a vapour barrier. Why you need it Simple: prevent condensation. All air contains some water vapour. If the warm air from inside your house travels through the insulation, it cools. Cooler air can hold less water vapour, so at a certain point it will start to condense. You don’t want that. It can get you into all kinds of problems, from insulation being less effective to mold formation or worse. What are the options There are different kind of vapour…
  • How to create your own plant support and repot

    Koen Goeminne
    30 Nov 2014 | 11:16 am
    Before we bought our own house, we rented an apartment. When we moved in (a long time ago), we got (among other things) a tiny little plant from Chrisje’s grandmother. Somehow it managed to grow, and grow, and grow, and in the Spring of 2014 it had grown too big for the pot and support it came in and with. The pot didn’t pose any problem at all: when we bought our house, we also inherited an abundance of empty pots, in all different kind of sizes, shapes and materials. We hardly found any support that fitted our needs though, and if we were lucky enough to find one it was…
  • Plaster against the wall

    Koen Goeminne
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:57 am
    There are things that take a lot of time to finish, and seem like barely any progress at all (removing glue from underneath the carpet anyone?). And then there are things that don’t take that much time but have a huge impact on how a given room looks and feels. If your walls are made of brick (and not drywall), then plastering them is one of those things. But first, some music. Kudos if you guess the link (go wild in the comments, I dare you). How did we do it? So, plastering brick walls. It requires some patience to set up and finish it properly. It requires a certain level of…
  • Rippin’ out some more ceiling

    Koen Goeminne
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    If you’re an attentive reader (and I assume you are), you must have noticed that I skipped a part between taking down the wooden ceiling in our former kitchen and installing the insulation. You know, the part where things get really dusty, removing the old lath and plaster. Fear not, for I can make up for that now! But first, some music that just popped into my mind when I came up with the title for this post (for those of you that prefer a little music while reading): A couple of posts ago I wrote about the to-be-kitchen ceiling, and how we put insulation up there, as there’s…
  • Roof guy: the good, the bad and the ugly

    Koen Goeminne
    9 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    If I were a betting man, I’d bet you wanted to know more about how things ended with roof guy (now that we’re back). Maybe I’d win, maybe not, but that’s what this post is going to be about (feel free to disagree with me in the comments below). The good We have a new roof, yay! We also have quite a lot of wood now, to burn in our future stove. Everything came down in pieces, after which I sawed everything in pieces. You know, that made storage a little easier. The bad Where to start? Obviously the guy is completely clueless when it comes to communication. He clearly…
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  • Holiday Gift Tags & Potato Stamp Wrapping Paper DIY Printables

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    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    It's gift wrapping season, and if you want festive and fun without spending a lot of money, create your own! Check out our festive DIY gift wrapping ideas.The post Holiday Gift Tags & Potato Stamp Wrapping Paper DIY Printables appeared first on Personal Creations Blog.
  • Simple & Cute Christmas Treat Recipes for Santa

    Piera Jolly
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:02 am
    Piera Jolly shares with her recipes for a couple of yummy treats for Santa.The post Simple & Cute Christmas Treat Recipes for Santa appeared first on Personal Creations Blog.
  • Two Fun Takes on Christmas Eve Traditions

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    15 Dec 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Short on time? These holiday ideas require only minimal planning, but the joy of sharing in the season will be the true payoff.The post Two Fun Takes on Christmas Eve Traditions appeared first on Personal Creations Blog.
  • How Much Do You Really Know About Santa?

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    10 Dec 2014 | 8:53 am
    Take your Santa IQ from 0-100 faster than ever with this festive infographic.The post How Much Do You Really Know About Santa? appeared first on Personal Creations Blog.
  • 25 Years of Must-Have Toys

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    7 Dec 2014 | 6:52 am
    Harken back to toys of holiday past with us and see if any of your favorites made the list:The post 25 Years of Must-Have Toys appeared first on Personal Creations Blog.
 
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  • 26 DIY Ugly Christmas Sweaters That Prove You’re Awesome

    MostCraft
    1 Dec 2014 | 3:26 pm
    We grew up in the ’80s, which means at some point our parents put ugly Christmas sweaters on us, took us to the mall and made us pose in front of a man who shouldn’t have been within 500 yards of children. But those days are gone, and now Christmas sweaters are part of the over-the-top intentional irony that has come to plague much of modern life. Just kidding. Whether you’re attending an ugly Christmas party, or just want to embarrass your friends and family, here are a few ugly Christmas sweater ideas you can put to good use this holiday season. The Focus is on the…
  • 41 DIY Christmas Ornaments to Make Your Tree One-of-a-Kind

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    24 Nov 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Every year, we seem to have the same debate about Christmas ornaments. Do we make the tree look like it belongs in Macy’s, with expertly positioned ornaments and lights? Or do we give it some personality and make some funky ornaments that no one else will have? Usually we end up somewhere in the middle. And no matter which side of the fence your family’s on when it comes to ornaments, you can use these simple DIY ideas to create your own Christmas ornaments. Reindeer Thumbprint Ornaments via little bit funky These ornaments are great if you have children who want to get in on the…
  • Candy Cane Christmas Ornaments You Can Make in Minutes

    MostCraft
    9 Nov 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Around this time every fall, we ask ourselves, “what kind of Christmas ornaments can we make this year?” Inevitably it came down to this: candy cane ornaments. We shall make you. For these simple ornaments, we used regular candy canes, jute, some hot glue and different ribbons and bells to add as “accent pieces,” if you want to put it that way. Jute Candy Cane Ornaments These are the easiest to make – simply wrap the jute around your candy cane and apply hot glue where it’s needed to keep the whole thing together. Keep the jute wraps tight on each other to…
  • 27 DIY Outdoor Christmas Decorations to Light Up Your Home

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    3 Nov 2014 | 5:55 pm
    What better way to prove to your friends, family and neighbors that you have “the most” Christmas spirit than by making your own outdoor decorations? Anyone can go to Walmart, Target, Kmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby or Kohl’s to get their outdoor decor, but it takes a real Holiday Cheermeister to do it yourself. Here are 27 DIY outdoor Christmas decorations and ideas that can put you and your home into the holiday spirit in no time at all. DIY Outdoor Christmas Decor Things to Remember If it rains or snows a lot during the winter in your area,…
  • 30 DIY Backyard Fire Pits

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    27 Oct 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Now is the time of year that it makes the most sense to have a fire pit, and even if it’s already starting to get cold in your neck of the woods, that doesn’t mean it’s too late. With these DIY fire pit ideas, you can easily whip up something in a day or weekend or if you’re the type to really spread things out, a month. But don’t wait too long. Winter and it’s heartless icy attitude will be here before you know it. Here are 30 DIY backyard fire pits that you can use to make your own awesome fire pit for this fall and winter, and many more seasons to come.
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