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  • Episode 1: Claudia Lezell on Floor Industry Standards

    Flooristics
    admin
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:47 pm
    In This Episode Learn About the Importance of Floor Industry Standards Rob McNealy interviews, floor industry veteran, Claudia Lezell, on the latest floor industry standards and standards bodies, including ANSI, ASTM, and IICRC. Listen Now Claudia Lezell’s Bio Claudia has been involved in the floor covering industry for more than 30 years. Since 1995, she has owned and operated Inspections Too, Inc., a full-time floor covering inspection and consulting service. Claudia has also spearheaded and led the IICRC Hard Surface Certification Floor Covering Inspector Program since 1996, served…
  • Bar Mixva: The Drink Mixing Robot

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    Jeremy Cook
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    If you’d like a “cool refreshing drink,” but don’t really feel like mixing it yourself, why not just build a robot to do it for you? It might not save time in the long run (I seriously hope not), but as creator Yu Jiang Tham notes, “It’s great fun at […]Read more on MAKE
  • How Thick Decorative Stamped Concrete Overlay

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    Tim Carter
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Bruce Laybourne, who probably eats lots of Skyline Chili and Aglamesis Mocha Chip ice cream, is scratching his head over two bids for putting a stamped concrete overlay on his patio. Let him tell you. "We have a concrete patio - 570 sq. ft.  We had two completely different estimates on how to make it look nicer.  One was a 2 in. concrete topping then stamped, the other was a 3/8 in. overlay, than stamped. Why such discrepancies?? Which do you think is better and longest lasting? There are some small hairline cracks but nothing serious with the concrete." Here's my answer to Bruce: Bruce,…
  • How to Line a Skirt

    How to of the Day
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A skirt lining ensures that skirt fabric doesn’t ride up on the wearer’s legs. Most good tailoring includes a lining, but you can install one after the fact if you need to. The best way to make a skirt lining is to measure it from the pattern of the skirt and stitch it in before you hem the skirt; however, you can also approximate a lining with a ready-made garment. Steps Pick your Lining Style Buy lining fabric at your local fabric store. Dress skirts and business attire usually employ shiny lining so that the skirt doesn’t catch at your legs. You can choose cotton to match a cotton…
  • How to restore that old deck

    Old House Web Blog
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
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    Flooristics

  • Episode 1: Claudia Lezell on Floor Industry Standards

    admin
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:47 pm
    In This Episode Learn About the Importance of Floor Industry Standards Rob McNealy interviews, floor industry veteran, Claudia Lezell, on the latest floor industry standards and standards bodies, including ANSI, ASTM, and IICRC. Listen Now Claudia Lezell’s Bio Claudia has been involved in the floor covering industry for more than 30 years. Since 1995, she has owned and operated Inspections Too, Inc., a full-time floor covering inspection and consulting service. Claudia has also spearheaded and led the IICRC Hard Surface Certification Floor Covering Inspector Program since 1996, served…
  • New Floor Industry Podcast, Floorcast, Coming Soon

    admin
    27 May 2014 | 1:52 pm
    We are pleased to announce that Rob McNealy, in conjunction with many manufacturers and floor industry leaders, is beginning a new weekly podcast for the flooring industry call Floorcast. Floorcast will feature lively floor industry, trends, talk and news. Hosted by Rob McNealy, a veteran of the flooring industry, will be seeking guests, news and tidbits and hope to put a more interesting and humorous spin on flooring technology. The range of topics Floorcast intends to examine include floor safety, floor failures, floor inspections, new materials, as well as how classic floor materials are…
  • Andy Weinberg Producer at Altitude Sports & Entertainment

    admin
    11 Mar 2014 | 4:19 pm
    “Rob was very knowledgeable about hard wood floors and went above and beyond the call to make sure we were satisfied in the end.” The post Andy Weinberg Producer at Altitude Sports & Entertainment appeared first on Flooristics.
  • Bob Bow Owner at Equity Builders

    admin
    11 Mar 2014 | 4:19 pm
    “Rob, from beginning to end was on top of the job and was there for me when any details needed to be discussed. His crew was fast, efficient, and detailed. I would highly recommend Rob for any of your hardwood flooring needs.” The post Bob Bow Owner at Equity Builders appeared first on Flooristics.
  • Greg Bogert Owner at Western Plow and Till

    admin
    11 Mar 2014 | 4:18 pm
    “I have come to know Rob personally and professionally and I am very impressed with this man’s character and integrity. He places value on character ahead of self. I met some of Rob’s crew and he obviously hires top notch workers who care about the service they provide and their customers. From one contractor about another, Rob runs the kind of outfit that is an example for the rest of us to strive towards” The post Greg Bogert Owner at Western Plow and Till appeared first on Flooristics.
 
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  • Bar Mixva: The Drink Mixing Robot

    Jeremy Cook
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    If you’d like a “cool refreshing drink,” but don’t really feel like mixing it yourself, why not just build a robot to do it for you? It might not save time in the long run (I seriously hope not), but as creator Yu Jiang Tham notes, “It’s great fun at […]Read more on MAKE
  • Maker Camp: Halfway through an Awesome Summer!

    Michelle "Binka" Hlubinka
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:01 am
    It’s been a busy first three weeks of Maker Camp. Thousands of kids worldwide have been dipping their toes into making. Our more advanced supercampers have been taking on bigger challenges and even holding their own gatherings around the virtual campfire with hangouts after our official hangouts. (We’re looking at you, Supercamper Ashley […]Read more on MAKE
  • New Project: Water to Wine Illusion

    Jason Poel Smith
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:33 am
    Inside the box a bunch of magic happens, and out comes a fine glass of wine.Read more on MAKE
  • Hanging 3D Galaxy Mobile

    Julia Mattonen
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
      Mobiles aren’t just for hanging over cribs anymore! Although this new 3D hanging galaxy mobile would be a great crib accessory, brighten up any room with a miniature piece of the universe made by you! An artist from Vancouver created this stunning piece with her own DIY guide to […]Read more on MAKE
  • How-To: Darth Vader Stove

    Andrew Salomone
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    Have you been looking for an outdoor stove, but can't find one that's ominous enough?Read more on MAKE
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    Ask the Builder

  • How Thick Decorative Stamped Concrete Overlay

    Tim Carter
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Bruce Laybourne, who probably eats lots of Skyline Chili and Aglamesis Mocha Chip ice cream, is scratching his head over two bids for putting a stamped concrete overlay on his patio. Let him tell you. "We have a concrete patio - 570 sq. ft.  We had two completely different estimates on how to make it look nicer.  One was a 2 in. concrete topping then stamped, the other was a 3/8 in. overlay, than stamped. Why such discrepancies?? Which do you think is better and longest lasting? There are some small hairline cracks but nothing serious with the concrete." Here's my answer to Bruce: Bruce,…
  • What is Smokey Film on Car Windshields and Windows

    Tim Carter
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Vicki Mead, who resides in Jonesboro, Arkansas, asked me with a tinge of smoker's guilt this question: "First of all:  I don't smoke, so that is not an issue.  But there is a film that develops on the INSIDE of the car window.I live in the sunny south and when the sun strikes that film, it is blinding!  Do you have a solution for that? I don't think the ideas given in your window cleaning videos (which are great for outside windows) would be good for the inside of a car window." Here's my response to Vicki: Vicki, maybe someone is borrowing your car and they're smoking. Just kidding! The…
  • Reclaimed Cedar Siding for Flooring

    Tim Carter
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Teresa, from Dove Creek, CO, asked a pithy question about recycling cedar siding. "Does reclaimed cedar siding make a good floor?" Here's my answer: Teresa, cedar is a very soft wood. I'd never use it as a flooring material. Oak is a handsome wood as is maple. Both work well for flooring.
  • How Much Gravel Under New Blacktop

    Tim Carter
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Dawn Coleman, from Munford, TN, is about to install a new blacktop asphalt hot top driveway. But she doesn't feel good about the estimate she received. Let her tell the story. "I currently have a gravel driveway and want an asphalt driveway installed.  The contractor quoted me a price for $2980.00 but is NOT going to add any additional gravel on top of the existing (no visible rocks left) driveway. He intends to compact 2" asphalt on top of the exisiting drive - is this typical?  I am worried that this is not standard and the driveway will fall apart eventually.  Please provide me some…
  • Portable Electric Generators 101

    Tim Carter
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:29 am
    DEAR TIM: I've had it with power outages here at my home and I've decided to get an electric generator. I've got several complicating issues. For starters, my budget is tight. Second, I want this generator to be multi-purpose and take it on family picnics and camping trips. The generator needs to be quiet. What are my options? Can I satisfy all of my wishes and have clean power that won't hurt my sensitive electronic devices? What can you tell me about these small generators? Kathleen K., Boulder, CO DEAR KATHLEEN: I've got great news for you. You can get a new portable generator that will…
 
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  • How to Line a Skirt

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A skirt lining ensures that skirt fabric doesn’t ride up on the wearer’s legs. Most good tailoring includes a lining, but you can install one after the fact if you need to. The best way to make a skirt lining is to measure it from the pattern of the skirt and stitch it in before you hem the skirt; however, you can also approximate a lining with a ready-made garment. Steps Pick your Lining Style Buy lining fabric at your local fabric store. Dress skirts and business attire usually employ shiny lining so that the skirt doesn’t catch at your legs. You can choose cotton to match a cotton…
  • How to Make Chocolate Brownies

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    When you need your chocolate fix to be served up warm in tender, bite-sized pieces, nothing quite fills the bill like chocolate brownies fresh from the oven. Here are a couple recipes delivering chewy, rich, chocolate flavor to help you take care of your cravings in delicious style! Ingredients Method One: Basic Chocolate Brownies Ingredients 1-3/4 cup (8oz/225g) sugar 1/3 cup (2oz/50g) flour, sifted 1 tsp salt. Note: if using salted butter, do not add salt.[1] 1/2 tsp baking powder 3-1/2 oz (100g) unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped 8 tbsp (4 oz/113g) unsalted butter, chopped coarse 2…
  • How to Remove Age Spots

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Age spots are the flat brown, black or yellow spots that appear on the neck, hands and face. They are primarily caused by sun exposure, and usually start to appear once people hit 40. Age spots are not dangerous in any way, so there is no medical reason to get rid of them. However, they can reveal a person's age, so many men and women want to remove them for aesthetic reasons. You can get rid of age spots using a number of different methods: using OTC and prescription products, using home remedies, or using professional skin treatments. Steps Using OTC and Prescription Products Use…
  • How to Make Orange Juice

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    There is nothing as satisfying as a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. It may take a couple minutes longer, but the taste is worth the effort and the wait. Try it out: Make some and see if you want to go back to drinking bottled juice again! Steps Squeezing Orange Juice by Hand Soften the orange. Tightly squeeze or roll the oranges firmly with the palm of your hand across the counter or table to soften them up. Cut the orange. Slice the orange in half and remove the seeds. If you want to go seedless, use navel oranges. Juice the orange. Grip the one of the orange halves tightly and…
  • How to Like Yourself

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Liking yourself is one of the main keys to living a more fulfilling and happier life! It takes a bit practice and work to get there, but with some practical tips about cultivating self-acceptance and reframing how you think about yourself, you'll be well on your way to liking yourself. Steps Learning the Fundamentals of Liking Yourself Cultivate self-acceptance. Self-acceptance is the biggest component of learning to like yourself. This basically means that you accept yourself on a neutral level, that you don't say things like 'I would like myself if...' or 'I will accept myself once I've...'…
 
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    Home Addition

  • My New Canoe and Kayak Rack

    TheBuilder
    4 Jul 2014 | 3:43 am
    Now I Can Keep My Canoe and Kayak off the Deck and Ground By Mark DonovanThis weekend I built a canoe and kayak rack for my lake house property. Prior to the rack I just left the kayak sitting on the deck and the canoe lying on the ground. Consequently the kayak took up precious room on the deck and the canoe was always dirty. Now they are neatly stacked and ready for use.It cost me about $60 in material and about two hours of work. All I used was an eight foot length of 4”x6” pressure treated lumber for the side posts, a couple of 10 foot lengths of 2”x6”s, and two 10 foot long…
  • How to Plant Grass Seed

    TheBuilder
    19 May 2014 | 8:17 am
    Key Steps for Planting Grass Seed and Ensuring a Lush Green Lawn By Mark DonovanThe best times of the year to plant grass seed are in the spring or fall when the temperatures are mild and the likelihood of rain is higher. If you plant grass seed in the fall, however, make sure you don’t do it so late to late in the season that you run into early winter conditions. Grass seed germinates best under warm soil and mild temperatures.Always use a quality grass seed that is appropriate for your climate area and lawn area. If, for example, the area to be grass seeded is shady part of the day then…
  • Time to Start Thinking Outdoor Home Improvement Projects

    TheBuilder
    22 Mar 2014 | 3:59 pm
    With Winter Finally and Officially Behind us It's Time to Start Thinking about Outdoor Home Improvement ProjectsBy Mark J. DonovanWinter is officially over. Thank God. It's been one heck of a winter. So much for having to listen to the Global Warming politicians and all of their hot air. Now that I think about it, it's probably their own hot air that's been the leading cause and concern for their fears of global warming. Being an Electrical Engineer since my college days I've always believed in James Joule's "Conservation of Energy" law and the related "Conservation of Mass" law by…
  • Planning a Home Addition? Then Read This on Estimating Room Addition Costs

    TheBuilder
    4 Oct 2013 | 7:38 am
    Pointers to a Excellent Source for Building a Room Addition and Estimating CostsBy Mark J. DonovanIf you are planning a home addition project then you will want to read this article on estimating house addition costs from HomeAdditionPlus.com. It provides a plethora of useful tips and considerations for the homeowner that enable him or her to come up with a back of the envelope estimate of expected room addition costs.The article also recommends purchasing a Room Addition Contractors Hiring Guide/Bid Sheet that can help a homeowner find the right contractor for the…
  • Replacing Rotted Out House Apron Trim and House Siding Clapboards this Weekend

    TheBuilder
    3 Sep 2013 | 10:31 am
    Roof Run-Off has Caused the Exterior Apron Trim and Clapboards to Rot Near House Entranceway StepsBy Mark J. DonovanThis weekend I have another home repair project to tackle. I’ll be replacing a 10 foot length of old exterior house trim board and some masonite house siding. More specifically I’ll be replacing a section of my home’s  trim apron and couple of rows of house siding that sit directly underneath the front entrance way of my house. Water that runs off the roof and splashes off the granite steps bounces up onto the house siding and has caused some minor wood rot.
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  • Upgrade Your Hose Storage

    Todd Fratzel
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    Hose Storage and Management Ideas Garden hoses can be a real pain to keep organized and moved around from place to place in the yard. I’ve got a huge yard and every year it seems as though my hose “miss-management” has gotten worse so I enlisted the help of the folks at AMES for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Design & Build A Backyard Shed

    Todd Fratzel
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Need Helping Designing and Building a Backyard Shed? The old saying “there’s never enough storage space” is especially true when it comes to garden tools and outdoor power equipment. I have a rather large garage but there’s simply not enough room for the riding mower, push... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Home Improvement Safety Tips

    Todd Fratzel
    18 Jun 2014 | 3:07 am
    Stay Safe While Doing Home Improvement Projects Each year thousands of homeowners are injured doing home improvement projects around their homes. Home improvement projects can be dangerous so it’s important to be prepared and outfitted properly in order to protect yourself. Below are some... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Building Wood Raised Bed Vegetable Gardens

    Todd Fratzel
    16 Jun 2014 | 4:30 am
    Raised Bed Vegetable Gardens Growing fresh vegetables is something I’ve done since I was a kid. When I was a kid we had a huge garden that took lots of hours and hard work but provide our family with all the vegetables we needed. With my family’s busy schedule a huge garden isn’t... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Bosch Giveaway – New Brushless Impact Driver

    Todd Fratzel
    3 Jun 2014 | 4:25 am
    Bosch IDH182 Giveaway Impact drivers are one of the most popular cordless tools on the market today. I myself use them more and more over regular drills because they drive screws easier and faster, and I like being able to attach sockets to them for bolted connections. In the past I’d install... [[ 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
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    A beachy guesthouseNothing much has changed, right, moms?Bloggers take note: A brilliant faux backdrop for your photosA soothing bedroom makeoverI went to the Indigo media holiday preview and can't wait for these cheeky pouches to hit the storesI spotted this pretty blouse on Ella at the preview. Now I must run to the store and get my own!Just stop comparingFrench homes are always so inspiringOhmigosh, this ice cream is so goodAn impressive kitchen before and after
  • Do Over: Retro Beachhouse Laundry Room

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Do you ever dream of doing a do over? Do over a room in your house and take the style in a different direction? Since most of our renovations are less than five years old, it wouldn't make sense to do over much in our house. But it is fun to dream about it.Bringing a coastal vibe to the back porch has me wanting to take this breezy look into other parts of our house. The laundry room is an easy candidate - it already has that beachy feel with the aqua glass tile backsplash. I'd take it down a notch, make it a bit more laid back with these few elements.Ironing Board CoverRetro Wall ClockAnchor…
  • Oar Decor

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    I've had these old oars sitting in the garage for the last few years. I brought them down from the cottage, not knowing where I would use them, but I think they have finally found a home on the back porch.We sanded them down this weekend (even Chloe got some time with the sander) but the wood beneath is not very attractive so I think I'll paint them or give them a weathered look. I don't want the porch to look overly coastal so I searched out a few inspiration pics with oars as decor. Homestead SeattleTrendsFrugal Farmhouse DesignDesign by Meredith HutchisonWish Simple blogI love the…
  • Weekend Brunch: Where Will Your Blog Take You?

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    It's been a while since we had a weekend brunch, but that question, "Where will your blog take you?", has been on my mind a lot lately and I needed to talk it out with all of you.For the last few months, I've been consumed with putting the next BlogPodium conference together. From finding just the right speakers to enticing the best sponsors to helping bloggers connect, evolve, and learn - I love the problem solving and making it all come together. Last year, the conference was  about making our blogs more marketable and ultimately more successful. We shared tips on blog design and…
  • The Love List

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Would you be brave enough to put all your messy office supplies on display?Her renovation is looking so goodBlogging doesn't have to be that hardThe Norwegians have the best lightAdorable free printables for your little camperChange your password, change your life. (I'm gonna try this!)Fruit donuts?! Cute!
 
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  • In The Garden: Pickles & Dilly Beans

    Kit
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:07 pm
    I feel like the only appropriate way to start this post is with an admission: I have no idea what the eff I’m doing in the kitchen. Well, wait. I’m actually a decent cook– you don’t grow up in a big Italian family without knowing how to make a damn good meatball– and I know how to do lots of other things in the kitchen too…like installing faucets. But my kitchen-related knowledge does not extend so far as that ol’ farm staple: canning. However, one of my very favorite things about being human– aside from opposable thumbs and the ability to wield…
  • Visible Progress

    Kit
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:54 pm
    Ten years of DIY has taught me a lot of things, but the longest running lesson is how to keep myself going when I’m feeling discouraged with how much I’m getting done, and how much there is left to do. Here’s my trick: visible progress. Every once in a while I need to spend some time working on a project that, when I finish it, will be up in my face reminding me that yes, I am in fact getting shit done. Which is how I ended up looking like this over the weekend… I might have taken the “up in my face” portion of that statement too literally. Also,…
  • Putting Up a Fight

    Kit
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    When I bought this old house I was prepared for a lot of things. I was prepared for the plumbing and electrical to be shit. I was prepared for painting and patching and stripping (both floors and walls). I was prepared for tearing things down and putting things back together. But you know what I wasn’t prepared for? Weeds. These kind of weeds. I was just not aware that this was a thing that could happen. Inside of three weeks. In the middle of your driveway. I grew up on some property, so big yards aren’t a new thing to me, but my family always kept it so well maintained that I…
  • So Much Wood

    Kit
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Yesterday, I thought my property contained a lot of wood. There’s the barn wood stored in the pole barn. The wood my dude just salvaged from a different barn. The stack of burning wood out by my bonfire pit. And enough sawdust in my workshop to swim in. A lot of wood, right? Then this happened… And I was like, okay, no, I used to have a little wood on my property but now, now I have a lot of wood. Sooooooo much wood. Here, let me put this in perspective for you. Yeah. If you’re wondering what in the hell I’m doing with that much wood on my property… clearly…
  • How To Vampire-proof Your Home (aka The Garlic Harvest)

    Kit
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:22 pm
    For as much as I cook things that include copious amounts of garlic, oddly, it never occurred to me that I could plant and harvest my own until one of my friends showed up at my house with a bag full of “planting cloves” last fall (at which point I was like THIS IS THE BEST IDEA EVER, and there was a lot of excessive punctuation coming out of my mouth.) Then I planted two of my raised beds full of garlic, and basically gave the finger to any and all vampires that might be targeting a small farm in the middle of nowhere for their next meal. Planting and growing was super easy. I…
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  • Menu Plan Monday ~ July 28/14 Guest Host Today!

    Laura
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hi everyone, hope you are all doing well. This week while I’m busy enjoying a whole lot of family togetherness I asked my regular recipe contributor Melanie to come share with you what her family will be eating this week.  I’ll be back with you next week and I’ll let you in on what we’ve […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ July 28/14 Guest Host Today!
  • Travel Organization: Children’s Clothing Bundles

    Laura
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:07 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home. I’ve had packing suitcases on the brain lately. I wrote about neck ties, bracelets, and now am sharing one more travel organizing post that pertains to children’s clothing. I’m always searching for ways to guide independence in children and packing the […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Travel Organization: Children’s Clothing Bundles
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

    Laura
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:09 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Melanie at Melanie Makes. If there’s one dessert flavor combination I can’t get enough of, it’s peanut butter and chocolate.  A true classic.  One that will never go out of style.  And now?  I’ve perfected it in ice cream form! We’re huge ice cream fans in […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream
  • Menu Plan Monday ~ July 21/14

    Laura
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hello!  It’s time to do a menu plan for the week!  Having a menu plan makes for one organized week and you will feel less stress in your day especially when it comes to 4:00 or as I like to call it, the witching hour.  You know the one I’m talking about! So I hope […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ July 21/14
  • Summer Homework for Kids

    Laura
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:38 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Sharon at Mom of 6. We “do summer” a little differently at our house…. after a school year that is full of activities and sports and lessons and commitments- we take the summers off. My kids don’t go to camp, we don’t sign up for tennis/golf/soccer/chess/horseback […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Summer Homework for Kids
 
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  • real life test kitchen: cardamon-oatmeal ice cream sandwiches

    Angela M.
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:27 am
    Have you noticed that home made ice-cream sandwiches seem to be very trendy this summer? I’ve seen them on the pages of several food and fashion magazines, a fad that is very hard to resist! I spotted this recipe for a cardamon-oatmeal ice cream sandwich in the August Food & Wine and decided to give a try. I love anything with cardamon (flashback: the perfect pumpkin muffins). These cookies came out lovely. They were a tad on the crumbly side which made actually eating them by hand with ice cream in the middle pretty messy. I used coffee ice cream which went really nicely with the…
  • etsy find: this showercurtain makes every day a day at the beach!

    Angela M.
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:38 am
    I’ve yet to feel the sand between the toes (thanks to a little renovation project that is sucking up our free time) this summer. I am yearning to lie back and listen to the sounds of the shore — splashing waves, distant gulls, far off kids laughing. Hopefully me and my beach towel will have some quality time before summer closes, but if not, this shower curtain from Wanderlustography should help. It’s made by photographer Catherine McDonald, who brings her camera skills to shower curtains, pillows, and prints that are available on Etsy. Not a beach person? Perhaps a mountain…
  • river cottage renovation begins!

    Angela M.
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:17 am
    Seven and half years ago, when we were still living in New York City and before our little girl was even an idea in our minds, we bought a small cottage close to the Hudson River. During the house inspection, several issues were pointed out to us — poor drainage around the house which caused damage to the sill beam, old termite damage that had been haphazardly fixed, patchy concrete stucco that covered the house. “Everything’s fixable,” our inspector had told us. In love the little patch of land and the quaintness of the place, we naively plunged forward thinking,…
  • billy bookcase: stronger, tougher and ready for your hacks

    Angela M.
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    Raise your hand if you have a BILLY bookcase in your home. Yeah, that’s what I thought. Who doesn’t have one of these insanely useful, crazy affordable, easily adaptable bookcases in their place, somewhere. We only recently got rid of the one in Isadora’s room. After six years of being jam packed with kid’s books, the shelves were bowing and the back panel continuely popped out of its track. Up in our attic, we have a whole wall of them, lining our knee-wall and housing our most beloved reads. Needless to say, we were pleased to hear the news last week that Ikea has…
  • real life test kitchen: refridgerator oatmeal

    Angela M.
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    One of the rituals that marks the passing of winter to spring-summer is a change in our breakfast staples. Usually around April, I stop making steel-cut oatmeal each morning on the stove and switch instead to Greek yogurt with homemade granola and fruit. Boredom’s been setting in already and I’ve been looking for a new routine. Then I discovered that a lot of people were tweeting about “overnight oats” or “refridgerator oatmeal.” There’s even a Buzzfeed list about it! Oatmeal you make in your refridgerator? Sign me up! Of all the recipes I saw, the…
 
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  • Monday re-run

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Here's that fantastic video Moosehead did about Moop.  Many of you have already seen it but, I can't believe this was almost two years ago - you should watch it again!  Not a whole lot has changed though...it's still me and my fantastic team designing and manufacturing each and every Moop bag.  I love this video..hope you do, too!Happy Monday!xoxo,Wendy
  • An audio interview

    17 Jul 2014 | 6:33 am
    In February I wrote about the fantastic entrepreneurial resource put together by Jen & Omar from These Are Things and Chris Guillebeau from The Unconventional Guides - I contributed an audio and a text interview to the companion and Chris just released the audio file of my interview.  If you want to hear me talk at length about how I started Moop, why I value process and how an art practice informs what I do then download this to your itunes library and listen to it on your drive somewhere.  It's about an hour and the audio begins a little jumpy but,…
  • Some Begins

    11 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    Dear Pittsburgh, Tonight I will be at 707 Gallery to celebrate the opening of my sis-in-law, Jamie Boyle's, new exhibition, Some Begins. She and Meg Shevenock, long time collaborators, are showing their newest body of work. It will be beautiful. You can read their statement here.My favorite line: Say it with today on the bus i sat next to eternity and it was very kind and it saved me a window seat.Hope to see you there! Also, stick around for The Night Market where you can pick up wares from the likes of Tugboat Printshop and Reiko…
  • Summer

    9 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    This has been the summer of my dreams.  For the first time in many years, we took our first real vacation.  One that did not involve work or presenting at a conference or meeting with suppliers or installing a show or having a pop up shop.  One that allowed us to hang out on the beach, drink daiquiri's by the sea, eat oysters prepared every imaginable way, paddleboard to a tidal island, wake up early to wander the beach looking for shells, read books in the sand and jump on hotel beds.  Only to return home to gorgeous weather perfect for canoe trips around our favorite…
  • The Shopper no.1

    4 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    HELLO!  We just released a new summer bag!The Shopper no.1, available in five colors, including one made with recycled plastic soda bottles.  We’ve been taking this with us everywhere.  It’s a large, no nonsense bag good for a variety of things…especially summer beach trips, poolside hangouts and weekend car travels.  We’re taking this to summer parties and sunshine this weekend, hope you are, too!   Enjoy these great days!xoxoWendy & co.
 
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  • Jenna's Drunk Art School

    JennaMarbles
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:43 am
    Jenna's Drunk Art School Please subscribe to my channel and my vlog channel! I make new videos here every Wednesday and make vlogs during my majestical daily life. JennaMarbles Jenna... From: JennaMarbles Views: 1326952 91896 ratings Time: 08:00 More in Comedy
  • HOW TO MAKE EMOJI COOKIES - NERDY NUMMIES

    Rosanna Pansino
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    HOW TO MAKE EMOJI COOKIES - NERDY NUMMIES Today I made many different Emoji cookies! I really enjoy making nerdy themed goodies and decorating them. I'm not a pro, but I love baking as a hobby. Pleas... From: Rosanna Pansino Views: 1055590 33663 ratings Time: 05:25 More in Howto & Style
  • How To Dance Like A White Girl

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    11 Jun 2014 | 8:52 pm
    How To Dance Like A White Girl Please subscribe to my channel and my vlog channel! I make new videos here every Wednesday and make vlogs during my majestical daily life. JennaMarbles Jenna... From: JennaMarbles Views: 3041366 116033 ratings Time: 04:20 More in Comedy
  • How To Parent Your Dog

    JennaMarbles
    4 Jun 2014 | 6:44 pm
    How To Parent Your Dog Tomorrow, my little baby Marble is turning 6, Happy Birthday Marbles! Love, Mommy. Please subscribe to my channel and my vlog channel! I make new videos here... From: JennaMarbles Views: 1965263 75476 ratings Time: 04:00 More in Comedy
  • Things Boys Don't Understand Part 3

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    20 Feb 2014 | 1:39 am
    Things Boys Don't Understand Part 3 Please subscribe to my channel and my vlog channel! I make new videos here every Wednesday and make vlogs during my majestical daily life. JennaMarbles Jenna... From: JennaMarbles Views: 4488436 139874 ratings Time: 10:20 More in Comedy
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  • 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 […]
  • Let there be (more) light, part 2

    schoolhousekat
    28 Nov 2013 | 9:56 pm
    So, where were we? Right, I had just driven to Lowes and back to return and buy back the same seven 5 inch, IC rated, remodel cans, and Steve was drilling holes in the ceiling. We added five cans along the long side and two along the short side, in an L shape. Because of […]
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  • tech projects with files

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Technology is awesome. Digital design allows you freedom to be completely flexible while creating, and turning your ideas into reality is (sometimes) as easy as pushing a button. This collection projects uses laser cutters, 3D printers, or Arduinos to bring your creations from digital to physical, a...By: mikeasaurusContinue Reading »
  • Easy Knitted Gramma Slippers

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    This instructable was handed down to me from my husband's Gramma, and now I am handing it down to you. They are called "Gramma Slippers" becuase Gramma was the one to always make them. But anyone can make or wear them. The pattern makes a pair of slippers in a women's size 5-10 shoe, but on the l...By: CraftyRexContinue Reading »
  • Easy Crochet Hat / For Biginners

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    This time of the year all you need a nice Summer hat to protect your self from the burning heat.It is pretty warm over here in my area,so here is my awesome project for out side '' EASY CROCHET HAT / FOR BIGGINERS''Last year I learnt the basic crochet and knitting and am able to do a little bit b...By: 786AyeshaContinue Reading »
  • Create An Animated GIF With An iPhone

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    In this Instructable I will show you how to create an Animated GIF using an iPhone and the Gifboom application. GIFs are a really fun way to help your project stand out among other ibles and to help you explain your process with greater detail. What is an amimated GIF?A form of computer image that m...By: Tater ZoidContinue Reading »
  • How to make molds

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    This Instructable is an introduction to the basics of mold making for people interested in mold making with little to no knowledge on the subject.It will walk you through some important vocabulary, break down the major mold types and help you select the correct mold for your project.Here are some gr...By: rlciavarContinue Reading »
 
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  • Easy Knitted Gramma Slippers

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    This instructable was handed down to me from my husband's Gramma, and now I am handing it down to you. They are called "Gramma Slippers" becuase Gramma was the one to always make them. But anyone can make or wear them. The pattern makes a pair of slippers in a women's size 5-10 shoe, but on the l...By: CraftyRexContinue Reading »
  • Easy Crochet Hat / For Biginners

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    This time of the year all you need a nice Summer hat to protect your self from the burning heat.It is pretty warm over here in my area,so here is my awesome project for out side '' EASY CROCHET HAT / FOR BIGGINERS''Last year I learnt the basic crochet and knitting and am able to do a little bit b...By: 786AyeshaContinue Reading »
  • Retro Camper Hoop Art

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    I'm not sure if I have mentioned this in the past but I don't sew. It is just something I had never really picked up. I think I was always more of a crafter and my sister was more of a sewer. Well not that sewing isn't a craft. Lately as I drop off my pants to be shortened or check out the cost of c...By: Weekend_CraftContinue Reading »
  • Vintage Inspired Cross-Stitch Purse

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:12 am
    I love doing cross stitch as it is one of my first craft works. I've been looking for antique, vintage cross stitch patterns for a long time and finally collected a number of patterns. Anyways, I wanted to get started with a simple design so I decided to make a cross stitch purse. It didn't take muc...By: Muhaiminah FaizContinue Reading »
  • Easy Headband Braid

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:44 pm
    What you'll need 2 small elastic bands2-4 bobby pinsBasic braiding ability Grab your section Take a section of hair from behind the ear. If your hair is very long, you may also take your section from the corner of your nape. Braid your section Now braid your section. If you don't know how to ...By: LeanohContinue Reading »
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  • Everything I Know About Stencils

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:21 pm
    (Note- I recently started writing notes about stencil techniques for a workshop at our maker space. When I saw the Paint contest and the Epilog Laser contest, I decided to do a short Instructable about stencils, since I use a variety of paints to create them and a laser cutter would help me take my...By: Chuck StephensContinue Reading »
  • Make a Bee Vacuum that Really Sucks

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:55 pm
    When I tell people I'm working on designing a bee vacuum the response typically varies from blank stares to shock. Everyone wants to know what the heck a bee vac is, and why would I want to suck those cute fuzzy stinging beasts into a shop vac in the first place. As a beekeeper, I am occasionally ...By: JenniferBerryContinue Reading »
  • Galaxy Fingernails

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am
    Ever wanted the powers of the universe at your fingertips? Then look no further because with these stylish and unique fingernails, you too can play god.This simple and easy to follow Instructable should help guide you through the design and process of painting a galaxy on your fingernails. -=Discl...By: NanovirusContinue Reading »
  • Painted Fabric Rugs

    26 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    Make no-sew painted fabric rugs in any style and size to match your home decor. Watch the video tutorial here! You'll need (to make both rugs) YOU'LL NEED1 yard printed fabric 2 yards heavy cotton canvas Americana Multi Surface Paints in your favorite colors Minwax Polycrylic E-6000 Stitchle...By: Mark MontanoContinue Reading »
  • Loom Cat Charm

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:59 pm
    So I got a request for a cat from Abigail02, so thanks to her, this 'ibles was possible! She has an amazing profile and some great Instructables, so check out her profile! Anyways, today I'm going to hopefully show you how to make this super cute cat! It's pretty simple and if you have made my Picka...By: loompiggytutorialsContinue Reading »
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  • Snow Kiing Retreat

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:14 pm
    Hotel in Shimla Hotel in Shimla, ENQUIRE FOR SPECIAL DISCOUNTED UPTO 50% Snow hotel no.1 hotel all shimla hotel but they can provide customer facility. Tourist visit this shimla they can stay out our hotel. Hotel in Shimla, Ask FOR SPECIAL DISCOUNTED UPTO 50% http://www.snowkingretreat.com/. ...By: snowkingshimlaContinue Reading »
  • Lightning Fingernails

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:58 pm
    I'm going to show you how to make these killer Glow in the Dark Lightning Fingernails! It's fast, easy, and looks awesome!You'll need:-Glow in the dark nail polish-black nail polish-nail polish remover- Q-tips-toothpicks-Napkin Make it glow Get your polishes and toothpicks ready!Apply two coats o...By: American RuinContinue Reading »
  • Updo in 1 minute (best for shoulder length hair)

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Have bad hair day? Can't get it straight? Not enough time to curl up your hair? This updo works best with mid length hair (shoulder length or 2 or 3 inches longer). If the hair length is too short,you will get frills around the edges and you may need to use a lot of hairspray. And if the hair length...By: ZannzannyContinue Reading »
  • The Frontier Homestead Garden Set

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:58 pm
    I like to practice, what I call 'free building'. Free building is where you create on whim, where the shape and design of a project flows from your own instincts and experience rather than any set plans. It's a bit riskier in that fatal errors can be made, but these become more of a learning experi...By: antagonizerContinue Reading »
  • This Is Aus

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Expert in visa mattersThis Is Australia and affiliates have provided professional advice and assistance with all visa applications for over 10 years. We also understand migrating is not just about applying for a visa. Be better prepared with our assistance with Australian Job opportunities, Skills S...By: RogRooContinue Reading »
 
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  • Handmade Knife and sheath

    26 Jul 2014 | 1:50 pm
    A good quality knife is an invaluable piece of kit for camping, carving or any out doors activity. Wooden knives can a lovely and very individual object, due to the grain and method of construction. Depending on what its going to be used to do the design of a knife can change substantially, making t...By: the binksContinue Reading »
  • Foolproof Rebar Pulling

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Ordinary tent stakes slide right out of the dry lake bed, or playa, that people camp on at Burning Man. The time honored solution is rebar. It's cheap, easy to cut to size, and not too hard to hammer into the playa after a little practice.But then there's pulling it back out of the ground.You can't ...By: bakuninContinue Reading »
  • Eno Camping Hammock DIY Knock-Off

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    Camping is one of my all-time favorite pastimes. Growing up in Colorado, this meant long family drives to national parks with a pop-up camper in tow or treks into the mountains for weekend backpacking adventures, with surrounding views of the Rocky Mountains.In Florida, most camping I've found is fa...By: emilygracekingContinue Reading »
  • Blue LED Bike Wheel

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    Hi everyone!In this ible i'll show you how to build a funny and cool LED project.I'll basically secure 6 blue LEDs to the spokes of the wheel. The result will be fabulous! And it's also a useful project because these LEDs, while cycling, will make a perfect bright circle that will help car drivers t...By: manuelmascContinue Reading »
  • Triangle Wheel Reflectors - Bicycle

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    I must stop watching TRON: Legacy, as I keep seeing things I'd like to make and this time it's something to make you stand out on the road* and doesn't require batteries. Triangle reflectors catch the eye, because they are different to what you're expecting to see from a circular wheel, but they a...By: simonhaydnContinue Reading »
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  • Handmade Knife and sheath

    26 Jul 2014 | 1:50 pm
    A good quality knife is an invaluable piece of kit for camping, carving or any out doors activity. Wooden knives can a lovely and very individual object, due to the grain and method of construction. Depending on what its going to be used to do the design of a knife can change substantially, making t...By: the binksContinue Reading »
  • Foolproof Rebar Pulling

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Ordinary tent stakes slide right out of the dry lake bed, or playa, that people camp on at Burning Man. The time honored solution is rebar. It's cheap, easy to cut to size, and not too hard to hammer into the playa after a little practice.But then there's pulling it back out of the ground.You can't ...By: bakuninContinue Reading »
  • Eno Camping Hammock DIY Knock-Off

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    Camping is one of my all-time favorite pastimes. Growing up in Colorado, this meant long family drives to national parks with a pop-up camper in tow or treks into the mountains for weekend backpacking adventures, with surrounding views of the Rocky Mountains.In Florida, most camping I've found is fa...By: emilygracekingContinue Reading »
  • Have your camping cooler light up like your fridge when you open it for $5!

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:47 am
    At night when camping or having a campfire in your back yard. Finding 'your' drinks in the cooler is a pain. You cannot see what drink is yours in the dark of night. Then you freeze your hands fishing around in the ice pulling several out that are not yours. Finally, in pain, you pull your frozen cl...By: MechanicalMashupContinue Reading »
  • Blue LED Bike Wheel

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    Hi everyone!In this ible i'll show you how to build a funny and cool LED project.I'll basically secure 6 blue LEDs to the spokes of the wheel. The result will be fabulous! And it's also a useful project because these LEDs, while cycling, will make a perfect bright circle that will help car drivers t...By: manuelmascContinue Reading »
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  • BOOM

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:38 pm
    With the Gold Coast’s largest plumbing team, Oceanside Plumbing provide competitively priced plumbing services to all areas of the Gold & Tweed Coast’s 24 hours a day 7 days a week! For any plumbing services you need give us a call now on (07) 5520 7100 By: RayOceanContinue Reading »
  • Assassins Creed Hidden Blade

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Stuff You Need 2" three ring binder Leather awl + heavy duty stringTwo rivets Coder pin 6" drawer slide (if you can't find them in storesI got mine from a cabinet maker, he ordered mine for me)Leather punch Leather + fake/real furTwo nuts from an erector set or from the hardware store The Sup...By: spaktashabitContinue Reading »
  • How to make homemade smoke flares

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Have you ever watched a movie where a super awesome ninja lights a smoke bomb. Haven't you wondered how to make something as cool as that. Because I have, so I did my research and found how to make smoke flairs and smoke bombs and they had surprisingly good results. These smoke bombs/smoke flares ca...By: JoelP1Continue Reading »
  • Rim Light for Bicycle --- with Solar charging

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    Hi everyone. I am Sahas Chitlange aging 15 from INDIA . Here's my new weekend project. SOLAR Rim Light for Bicycle --- with Solar charginghave you ever thought of adding a beautiful effect of rim light to your bicycle?? This is the system i made with which you can add a rim light giving you a effect...By: Chitlange SahasContinue Reading »
  • Making a No Budget 72 hours Outdoor Survival Kit (Small)

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    Hi, everyone.I always believe that outdoor safety is a holistic approach and it goes far beyond than just having a basic Altoids survival kit. But with that in mind, I do have this 'baseline' no-budget 72 hours-till-rescue outdoor survival small kit with me whenever I go outdoor. I call this kit a...By: comisContinue Reading »
 
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  • Custom Lego Castle

    27 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    This was a very fun build, utilizing my knight Lego pieces and other miscellaneous bricks. It took me anywhere between 40 to 60 hours to complete the model, spread out over about two weeks. My creation is built on a table that is 35 inches wide and 60 inches long. It was worth all the time it took t...By: Legoman1122Continue Reading »
  • Flipped Out Baldric

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:39 pm
    My son is an aspiring actor/theatre major and he was hired to portray a pirate in this years Renascence Festival in Houston Texas. In researching what he needs for the role we found the cost of props and equipment will leave him with very little or no money left of his earnings. The Baldric alone ...By: DadimeContinue Reading »
  • Vintage crossover NES System and Zapper

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:16 pm
    I had an old beat up NES system that I wanted to refurbish and bring back to life. In this day and age, NES systems are fairly retro so I decided I would go with a retro feel to the paint job. Nothing says retro like gold and wood grain. All it needs now is a scotch and some leather bound books. The...By: Cfennell89Continue Reading »
  • K'nex ball machine Canopy

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    Hi everyone,I'm proud to present you Canopy, a new kind of K'nex ball machine. Hopefully you like it. If you have any questions, please comment.Canopy is my entry for the Community Contest: Toy Rods and Connectors. I would be glad if you vote!Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nv86tzmyAQ8&li...By: dickheijboerContinue Reading »
  • Foot-operated drum - an adapter for hi-hat stand

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    This is a simple-to-build, inexpensive (assuming you already have a drum kit), road-tested mechanism which converts a regular hi-hat stand into an effective snare drum beater. It would be simple to adapt for cable hi-hat for more versatility.I use it on a snare in conjunction with a kick drum - I've...By: Wayne FreerContinue Reading »
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  • Custom Lego Castle

    27 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    This was a very fun build, utilizing my knight Lego pieces and other miscellaneous bricks. It took me anywhere between 40 to 60 hours to complete the model, spread out over about two weeks. My creation is built on a table that is 35 inches wide and 60 inches long. It was worth all the time it took t...By: Legoman1122Continue Reading »
  • Small boombox for less than 80 dollars that packs a punch

    26 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    I've wanted to build a small boombox that was lightweight, easy to transport, and has decent sound (both volume and quality). There are MANY different designs out there for a DIY boombox, both small and large ones, and different diffulties from complete novice to expert level knowledge of electronic...By: GrislingContinue Reading »
  • Flipped Out Baldric

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:39 pm
    My son is an aspiring actor/theatre major and he was hired to portray a pirate in this years Renascence Festival in Houston Texas. In researching what he needs for the role we found the cost of props and equipment will leave him with very little or no money left of his earnings. The Baldric alone ...By: DadimeContinue Reading »
  • Vintage crossover NES System and Zapper

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:16 pm
    I had an old beat up NES system that I wanted to refurbish and bring back to life. In this day and age, NES systems are fairly retro so I decided I would go with a retro feel to the paint job. Nothing says retro like gold and wood grain. All it needs now is a scotch and some leather bound books. The...By: Cfennell89Continue Reading »
  • K'nex ball machine Canopy

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    Hi everyone,I'm proud to present you Canopy, a new kind of K'nex ball machine. Hopefully you like it. If you have any questions, please comment.Canopy is my entry for the Community Contest: Toy Rods and Connectors. I would be glad if you vote!Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nv86tzmyAQ8&li...By: dickheijboerContinue Reading »
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  • Lego iPod Charging Station

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:48 pm
    This is a tutorial on how to make a lego iPod charging station. Many of the pieces pulled be replaced. Materials Here is what you'll need. Building Copy the pictures. By: butterproContinue Reading »
  • Office Supplies Catapult

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Enjoy my first instructable a cool catapult!!! : ) Hi everyone today I am going to show you how to make an office supply catapult. What you will need is 1 hammer1 pair of scissors Tape1 screw or nail I am using a screw because they are thicker2 pill bottles 1 rubber band A piece of cardboard 11"...By: EnderMine634Continue Reading »
  • Fun Minnie Mouse Makeup

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:02 pm
    I'll be showing you how to do a pink version of the Minnie Mouse eye makeup Materials The materials you need are face paint the colors are red or pink,black,white,and yellow.,face glitter, and brushes (you can see the sizes) Getting Ready The very first thing you should do is put your patients...By: TheaterDancerContinue Reading »
  • Legal Ninjago Spinner Hack

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Want to win at Ninjago? This spinner hack will show you how. Take Out The Bottom Piece Easy. Modify The Tip Get a 2x2 brick and put it on top the tip. Attach it back. You will notice that it will be taller. Lock Your Spinner Match the two arrows together. Then, get two 1 by two blocks and ...By: Boris GContinue Reading »
  • Lego Mini Sonic Screwdriver

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Want to have a mini Lego 11th Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver? You've come to the right place! This one extends too! Getting The Pieces The pieces shown are what you will need. The Emitter And Claw Get the strange 5 stud white piece. Put the green piece on the top stud. Put the grey 1x3 tile on the...By: Boris GContinue Reading »
 
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  • Create An Animated GIF With An iPhone

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    In this Instructable I will show you how to create an Animated GIF using an iPhone and the Gifboom application. GIFs are a really fun way to help your project stand out among other ibles and to help you explain your process with greater detail. What is an amimated GIF?A form of computer image that m...By: Tater ZoidContinue Reading »
  • Universal Portable USB Charger

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:52 am
    Hello! In this Instructable I will show you how I built myself a universal portable USB charger. I am soon attending a weekend festival with camping and I realized that my crappy chinese "10000mAh" USB power pack won't last that long. I have my phone (Galaxy S4), a GoPro and my friends will also wan...By: 3zuliContinue Reading »
  • Arm glider upper extremity support

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:18 am
    An arm glider was fabricated to assist individuals with limited upper extremity strength to perform writing and other motor tasks. Materials 1 piece 4” diameter PVC pipe, 8” long 1 piece 6-1/4" x 8-1/4" piece of 1/4” thick soft foam 1 piece 4-1/2” X 8” x 3/4" plywood, rounded corners...By: TCFDATDeptContinue Reading »
  • homemade rc car

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:22 am
    this is my first instructable so please bear with me guys :)I loved playing with rc cars when i was small so i thought of making one now when i have some knowledge of it.moreover i faced some problems while making it and tried to solve those problems via different sources across the net.thought of u...By: abhishek18Continue Reading »
  • 3D Printed Rock Candy

    27 Jul 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Do you have a sweet tooth? Like Breaking Bad? If you have free time and enjoy watching things grow, you might like growing sugar crystals.I thought it would be interesting to see if / how sugar crystals would grow on a 3D printed surface, and if I could manipulate how they grow based on the structur...By: Aaron PorterfieldContinue Reading »
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  • Iphone HomeMade Powerbank

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    Materials/Tools NeededCar mobile usb chargerAA batery holderAA batteries 8 pcsSwitchUtility box ( i used telephony u box here)Tools:Soldering iron + leadGlue stickScoring Blade ( for hole cutting )PencilMasking tape(optional)Electrical Tape(a must) Dismantling Disassemble the Car mobile charger,a...By: rodskiContinue Reading »
  • Create An Animated GIF With An iPhone

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    In this Instructable I will show you how to create an Animated GIF using an iPhone and the Gifboom application. GIFs are a really fun way to help your project stand out among other ibles and to help you explain your process with greater detail. What is an amimated GIF?A form of computer image that m...By: Tater ZoidContinue Reading »
  • Universal Portable USB Charger

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:52 am
    Hello! In this Instructable I will show you how I built myself a universal portable USB charger. I am soon attending a weekend festival with camping and I realized that my crappy chinese "10000mAh" USB power pack won't last that long. I have my phone (Galaxy S4), a GoPro and my friends will also wan...By: 3zuliContinue Reading »
  • 3D Printed DC Motor

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    I designed and 3D printed a Brushless Direct Current (BLDC) motor, and used an Arduino to control the motor. All parts of the motor, excluding magnets, solenoid wrapping wire, and hall effect sensors, were printed with a Makerbot Replicator 2. The video shows the completed working motor.This instruc...By: pitrackContinue Reading »
  • Arm glider upper extremity support

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:18 am
    An arm glider was fabricated to assist individuals with limited upper extremity strength to perform writing and other motor tasks. Materials 1 piece 4” diameter PVC pipe, 8” long 1 piece 6-1/4" x 8-1/4" piece of 1/4” thick soft foam 1 piece 4-1/2” X 8” x 3/4" plywood, rounded corners...By: TCFDATDeptContinue Reading »
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    Instructables: exploring - technology

  • Using the chipKIT Basic I/O Shield with Analog RGB Strip LEDs

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:19 pm
    A few months ago I wrote a blog post about the chipKIT Basic I/O Shield and used Analog RBG Strips to demonstrate the the open drain FETs. This post is to give details on how to wire up the strip LEDs to the I/O Shield. You should already know how to program MPIDE before using this Instructable. ...By: LariSanContinue Reading »
  • Arduino Powered Fortune Teller

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:36 pm
    I created this fun Instructable to show you how to make a completely customizable Digital Fortune Teller. When the button is pushed, you will receive a random fortune. This is all the fun of fortunes, without having to eat all the cookies! Enjoy.Supplies:Arduino Uno Male/Female WiresBreadboardJumper...By: cah65Continue Reading »
  • Accountants

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:56 pm
    IQ Accountants are located at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast. Our clients are not only based in the local area but a significant number of our clients are remotely located including interstate and overseas. We appreciate that in this current day, our lives are busier than ever and fitting in an ap...By: IreneQuContinue Reading »
  • DIY Simple Photo/Video and Lighting Stands

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:34 pm
    I'm always trying to take better photos and videos of my projects. Recently I've tried to fix a few problems with how I document what I'm making.The tripod that I currently have will only rotate left and right - not tilt up and down. This was a problem because often times when working on a project...By: fozzy13Continue Reading »
  • LED multimedia projector

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Last year I saw the instructable of newtonn2 about his DIY projector, this intrigued me to build my own projector. While I was searching for all the parts on his list, I had the luck to find a cheap second hand projector with a broken lamp in a town nearby.Since I already had bought the driver and l...By: Ronny_the_kingContinue Reading »
 
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    Instructables: exploring - workshop - featured

  • How to make molds

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    This Instructable is an introduction to the basics of mold making for people interested in mold making with little to no knowledge on the subject.It will walk you through some important vocabulary, break down the major mold types and help you select the correct mold for your project.Here are some gr...By: rlciavarContinue Reading »
  • 2-part brush-on silicone mold

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    This Instructable will walk you through the process of creating a 2-part brush-on mold of an original.2-part brush-on molds are ideal for replicating complex shapes that would otherwise be impossible with a pour (block) mold or glove mold. Using a brush-on technique gives the silicone more flex when...By: rlciavarContinue Reading »
  • Make Fork Bugs (Magnets)

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    I recently came into the possession of a lot of forks. Like, 30 or so. I had no idea what to do with them, so I started looking around online. I found lots of cool sculptures and models of animals made out of recycled metal, so I figured I'd give that a shot. While I didn't end up making a giant scu...By: M3GContinue Reading »
  • REVOLVE // A hardware-less coffee table

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:33 am
    So last year when I had a bit of down time before moving from icy Calgary to sunny-ish San Francisco. I thought I would try my hand at 123D Make and use it to create a piece of furniture that required no hardware for assembly. I wanted to do this for my IKEA challenged friends who never seem to unde...By: NesserzContinue Reading »
  • Gatling Rubber Band Machine Gun - Easy Weekend Project

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:10 pm
    This super fun rubber band gatling gun project can be completed in a weekend with inexpensive material and basic tools that most people already have. There are easier ways to make some of these parts using expensive specialized tools, but we tried to make the entire guide more accessible by using b...By: melarkyContinue Reading »
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    Instructables: exploring - workshop - popular

  • Make Fork Bugs (Magnets)

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    I recently came into the possession of a lot of forks. Like, 30 or so. I had no idea what to do with them, so I started looking around online. I found lots of cool sculptures and models of animals made out of recycled metal, so I figured I'd give that a shot. While I didn't end up making a giant scu...By: M3GContinue Reading »
  • REVOLVE // A hardware-less coffee table

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:33 am
    So last year when I had a bit of down time before moving from icy Calgary to sunny-ish San Francisco. I thought I would try my hand at 123D Make and use it to create a piece of furniture that required no hardware for assembly. I wanted to do this for my IKEA challenged friends who never seem to unde...By: NesserzContinue Reading »
  • Gatling Rubber Band Machine Gun - Easy Weekend Project

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:10 pm
    This super fun rubber band gatling gun project can be completed in a weekend with inexpensive material and basic tools that most people already have. There are easier ways to make some of these parts using expensive specialized tools, but we tried to make the entire guide more accessible by using b...By: melarkyContinue Reading »
  • Hand Engraving Zippo Lighter

    27 Jul 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Zippo is great. Free repairs (not counting shipping), customization, and awesome legacy.When it comes to customizing your lighter, however, Zippo is very restrictive: you may only fit a certain size parameter, you cannot engrave the sides, and uploading image designs cost a whopping $15.Custom engra...By: TSJWangContinue Reading »
  • Cast Concrete Lamp

    27 Jul 2014 | 12:42 pm
    I think this is a fairly simple project for those of you that want to get your feet wet casting concrete. This was the second cast concrete project that I ever tried and I think it turned out pretty good. There are a few nuances that make it a little more advanced than making a stepping stone or a...By: blancefitzContinue Reading »
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  • Real Life Super Mario Concrete Thwomp!

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:53 pm
    Ever wanted a real life Thwomp? They are great at keeping intruders away from your house! : ) Designing the Mold Supplies Needed: Tools: Computer Printer Scissors/X-acto Knife Spray GlueMaterials: Paper Poster Board Cardboard TapeI started ...By: mactothefutureContinue Reading »
  • Things to Attempt

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:07 pm
    NES controller duct tape wallet No Sew Open Back Shirt Duct Tape Quick Dots Duct Tape Rounded Rose Pen Hanging EL Wire Cassette Display How To Make A "Secret Container" Out Of A LIGHTER How To Make A High Quality Duct Tape Wallet! By: meckaileeContinue Reading »
  • DIY PROJECTOR LAMP

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:28 pm
    Hi im with my next project diy projector lampThis is a cool and simple diy project try it ,Enjoy Materials Needed Ball (it can be a plastic,wooden which can drill easily) Support stand Base for support Bulb (any type /any watts ) Support part for ball Bulb holder Drill Wires/plugs Brush/paint...By: tominjoseContinue Reading »
  • Toolbox Restoration and Retrofit

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:23 pm
    I am a student at Georgia Tech, about to graduate and move out on my own. I love making things, but have mostly been using my father’s tools in his garage up to this point. So my grandfather gave me an old toolbox filled with old tools to help me start my own tool collection with a good place to p...By: sixtonsniperContinue Reading »
  • Concrete Countertop With Integrated Sink and Fiber Optics

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:25 pm
    We were remodeling our bathroom and I wanted a unique option for the countertop and sink. I finally decided to make a concrete countertop after seeing other instructables on the subject. I had to make it my own with the sink and adding lights. I found some different ideas for how to do the fiber opt...By: edw488Continue Reading »
 
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    Thrift Core

  • Top 5 Favorite Posts for Artists, Makers and Writers. Accomplish Goals. Follow the Muse. Stay Inspired.

    Van
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
    I'm doing lots of exercises to work my creative proverbial creative muscles, they've atrophied. Just like every other part of your body you have to use it or lose it. I'm journaling, making lists, exploring, documenting and collecting. I'll share the step-by-step progress and results on the blog in the coming weeks and months. Until then I thought it would be good to look back at my top favorite posts from the past on exercising creativity and accomplishing goals.1) Do You Own Thing with Integrity, a Special Artist's Quote + Silence Your Inner Critic - I go back to this quote and advice in my…
  • What I'm Packing for my Puerto Rican Vacation: Visiting Family, Simple Living, Vagabond Fantasizing

    Van
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:33 am
    I own a lot of Stuff. I'm closer to being a minimalist than I've ever been but items still exceed the 100 or even more likely the 200 mark (when you count all my robot toys and randomness). When I travel I always pack my camera bag and one carry-on no matter how long I'll be gone. It's liberating to carry all of your favorites and none of the extra, your load is lifted and you feel truly free to travel and live life to its fullest. I love random adventures away from home carrying the bare minimum, it indulges my fantasy of getting away from all trappings of society. No responsibilities, no…
  • How I Eat Healthy (And Cheap) On The Run: For The Busy Vegan. Veggies To-Go.

    Van
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Sticking to a healthy diet on-the-go is simple with a little prep and routine. I'm often running around from one place and thing to the next and I've learned how to keep up with my mostly raw vegan diet in world that's not at all catered to it.These are tricks I've learned for staying on track and eating right (and inexpensively) for vacations, or anytime you're out and about.A green drink bought at Atlantic Beach From Biomax. Photos in this post from my Instagram feed.1) Packing Smoothies: When I know I'll be sleeping over at my guy's pad or I'll be out exploring I'll blend 2-3 smoothies and…
  • Art School Pros/Cons and Tips for Better Photos with Nature Photographer Jill Mullins

    Van
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:47 pm
    The best thing I've gained from my part time kitchen shop at Shakti Life Kitchen are the connections with like-minded eco-freak crunchy folk. Before, there was no one else in my close circle of friends I can vent to for hours on end about veganism or conversationalism. You might be inclined to drop kick us (Damn You Hippies!) for our crunchy convos; we're eco-natzis. No shame. Now that I'm trying to figure out a school path I finally had to grill my co-worker and friend Jill on her experience going to school for a Masters in Fine Arts in Photography and get some of her pro tips on improving…
  • Freshly Curated (AKA Thrift Haul, New Name) Sexy Summer Vintage and Clothes + Updates

    Van
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    My hunting is limited these days. I'm still trying to list everything in my apartment, clearance, and purge before I start yard sale hopping in earnest again. In fact on the fence with reselling. Journalism and photography and paramount and I'm putting my feelers out there, but reselling will always be there at a smaller scale. I did go hunting for some necessities though, here some of the latest finds and curated goods:I love my new gym shoes! I found these along with an identical pink pair (given to mom) at the Goodwill "Pound Store" for a song.  (As colloquially refer to it in…
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    Creative Faux Panels

  • Simple DIY Porch Remodeling with Ledgestone Panels

    Ryan
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    DIY porch skirting with stone veneer panels give this customer’s home a look he is amazed by. When our customer, Mark from Texas, completed his DIY porch renovation, using Oxford Ledgestone panels, he emailed us and said, “Our local contractor / builder stopped by to check it out and was amazed at how much it looked like actual stone.” DIY porch skirting with faux stone panels adds beauty and security. Notice the difference stone veneer porch skirting brings to Mark’s house. Knowing that it would have been costly and time consuming to have his porch skirting built with actual…
  • Easy Wainscoting with Imitation Stone

    Ryan
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    For homeowners who want a charming wall design made easy, wainscoting is a popular choice.  Redecorating a room this way can be done in a wide range of styles.  Those who have experienced increased levels of comfort after bringing this kind of design to their interior walls have also decided to enhance their exteriors with the same approach. Originating from the medieval German word, wagenschot, which translated as “wall board,” according to the Oxford English dictionary, wainscoting was originally paneling made from riven oak.  This kind of oak derived from big, slow-growth trees, and…
  • Modern Mobile Home Designs with Skirting Panels

    Ryan
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:41 am
    Mobile homes are increasingly favorable alternatives for people who want to downsize their standard of living while maintaining or increasing their quality of life.  As of 2013, 6.4% of U.S. housing is made up of mobile homes, of which there are nearly 8.5 million. Approximately 20 million people in the country currently occupy them.  By choosing this option, people rarely face expensive down payments, pricey monthly payments, high maintenance fees, or steep property taxes. And despite much of the stigma attached to the lifestyle that surrounds them, many owners of these homes today are…
  • Walk-in Shower Design with Stacked Stone Veneer Panels

    Ryan
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Once FauxPanels.com™ customers Adrian and Lisa Simmons made the decision to remodel their bathroom with a walk-in shower design, they transformed it into a captivating sanctuary with our Norwich Stacked Stone veneer panels. AFTER: Artificial stone paneling gives this walk-in shower a fabulous look. Our bathrooms can sometimes end up being one of the more uninspiring rooms in our homes.  Using them for their main purposes can cause us to forget that they have every reason, and the potential, to be a place where we can find respite and peace as we start our days, and also conclude them.
  • DIY Retaining Wall Project with Faux Stone

    Ryan
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:30 am
    Well-built retaining walls are a great way to maintain the natural contours of your landscape, while also helping to prevent the soil erosion that occurs with water runoff.  They also allow you to grow creative gardens in the areas they border and on the slopes they protect. Typically constructed out of materials such as treated wood, railroad ties, interlocking blocks, stones and bricks, retaining walls have the potential to enhance the aesthetic and textural appeal of your yard.  But in many cases, they end up doing no more than supporting an embankment and protecting against the…
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    Home Improvement Blog – The Apron by The Home Depot

  • DIY Outdoor Games: Kids’ Sprinkler Limbo Made from PVC Pipe

    Kimber Matherne
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Kimber Matherne, the The Pinning Mama, obviously knows how to generate family fun. That’s quite obvious looking at the photos of her kids playing in her awesome DIY kids’ sprinkler game.  This is one of the fun DIY outdoor games in our Outdoor Games Style Challenge in which we invited some of our favorite design bloggers to come up with an outdoor game using a specific assigned material. In Kimber’s case, it was PVC pipe. Her sprinkler limbo set is great for getting the kids (and adults!) active outside on a hot day. Who could resist the fun of doing the limbo with…
  • DIY Backyard Games: How to Make a Yard Pong Set

    Beth Barden
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Beth Barden of designPOST interiors has come up with one of the simplest DIY backyard games ever. It’s her contribution to our Outdoor Games Style Challenge. We’ve asked some of our favorite design bloggers to create, or re-imagine fun games that you can play in your backyard at a tailgate party, and that you can make yourself.  Beth’s version of yard pong cleverly makes use of regular PVC pipe and some spray paint. You’ll see how she made it just below. But Beth didn’t stop at creating the outdoor game. She also came up with an ingenious way of turning a…
  • DIY Outdoor Games: PVC Bowling Pins, Chalkboard Scoreboard

    Katrina Sullivan
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Here’s a great outdoor game that practically anyone in the family can play. It’s backyard bowling with cute PVC bowling pins that are easy to make.   We’ve asked some of our favorite design bloggers to create DIY outdoor games for our  Outdoor Games Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. This is the contribution by Katrina Sullivan, the blogger behind Chic Little House. She added a DIY chalkboard to keep score to make this project even better. Take a look at this fun, easy DIY project that will have the whole family having a ball in the backyard.   One of…
  • DIY Backyard Quidditch Game for Little Muggles

    Summer Hogan
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    What’s the greatest game ever invented that involves flying brooms? Of course, it’s Quidditch, the game we muggles first learned of in the Harry Potter books and movies. (And before we hear shouting from the curling crowd, note that curling brooms generally aren’t supposed to fly.) Of course, if you’re a muggle, you’re best to use non-flying brooms for backyard Quidditch.   Blogger Summer Hagan of Simple Stylings {for the semi-creative mind} has invented a lovely game for her little boy based on Quidditch in a stripped down way. There are brooms, but they only…
  • A Backyard Makeover with a DIY Outdoor Game and a Place to Put Your Drink

    Emily and Ryan
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Ryan Lange and Emily Belden think of everything. We asked this Chicago couple if they’d like to come up with a DIY for a fun outdoor game for our Outdoor Games Style Challenge. They’re known for being makers of amazing things, as you can see on the Handmade America website.  They invented a whole new backyard game that’s a fun addition to the bean bag toss genre of outdoor competition. But they also realized an outdoor game isn’t much if you don’t have a handy spot to put your drink down… or a place for chips and dip. And they’d never have fun in…
 
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    Home Improvement Articles from Networx

  • Repurpose Wood Fencing as Home Décor

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:45 am
      What’s old is new these days in the home décor field, where used wooden fencing is in high demand. The rugged, weathered look of reclaimed wood fits perfectly with today’s popular shabby chic and country farmhouse decorating styles.  See full article.
  • Eco-Friendly Garden Flower Arrangement

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:49 pm
      Summer is peak season for gorgeous fresh flowers. What a pleasure to walk through fragrant, lushly blooming gardens in backyards and parks! And what a temptation it is to bring the outdoors inside with lovely floral arrangements from your garden. Just be sure to create your displays in an eco-friendly way.  See full article.
  • 12 Things to Do with Your Old Shoes

    20 Jul 2014 | 12:21 am
      Outworn, outgrown or out of style, old shoes are a fact of life. And unlike easily recycled or repurposed items such as secondhand clothing or empty plastic bottles, no-longer-new footgear poses a dilemma. What exactly is a green-thinking person supposed to do with leftover loafers or rundown runners? Well, depending on their condition, you can take your pick.  See full article.
  • Curb Appeal: Simple Fixes to Boost Your Home’s Value

    14 Jul 2014 | 9:58 pm
      Curb appeal is that essential “it” factor which makes your home stand out from its neighbors – in a good way. If you are looking to sell your home but lack a huge amount of time or cash to invest in exterior remodeling, there’s no need to despair.  See full article.
  • Transform Your Home without Buying a Thing

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:31 am
      Are you depressed by the blah look of your personal space when you come home at the end of the day? Maybe you have a stack of old clothes, unfiled paperwork and cassette tapes un-listened to since 1989 that you just can’t find the wherewithal to deal with.  See full article.
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    Faux Wood Workshop

  • Exceptional DIY Kitchen Makeover Projects with False Wood Beams

    Ryan
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    DIY kitchen makeovers are easy with faux ceiling beams. Kitchens have always been known to be the heart of a home.  They make up the space of a house where family members get together for the preparation of meals, to relax, eat, talk about how their days went, entertain friends, or even get work done. In many traditions, in fact, the kitchen is the space in a home that has the most direct impact on the health and harmony of the family.  Some even maintain that the well-being and prosperity of a home’s residents depend on the kitchen. Being the heart of a home, a kitchen’s décor is…
  • Exciting Wood Beam Design for a Recessed Ceiling

    Ryan
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    When Mark Beyers, owner of Beyers Cabinetry & Custom Woodworking, was asked by a client of his to build a wood beam design from which she’d be hanging a chandelier in her multi-million-dollar house, he enthusiastically took the opportunity to create the look she was seeking. In an interior design magazine, she had come across a picture of a wooden design that she loved, and wanted to replicate for her recessed ceiling lighting.  The picture was of a traditional wagon wheel ceiling treatment that had a distressed, old-world look. Because this client’s ceiling was 30 feet high, Mark…
  • Tudor Revival Homes Revived with Faux Wood Planking

    Ryan
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    Inspired by the domestic architecture in 16th Century England, Tudor Revival homes have been popular in cities and suburbs in the United States since the early 20th Century.  Probably the most noticeable feature shared by these homes is the half-timbering design that decorates the exteriors, as you can see in the photo below. These wooden half-timbers that distinguish Tudor-style homes bestow a rustic, romantic look, and add a unique and stately charm.  One thing many people don’t realize, however, is that these real wood decorative planks only last between three and five years before…
  • Custom DIY Wine Cellar with Fake Timber Beams

    Ryan
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Custom DIY Wine Cellar with Fake Timber Beams A custom DIY wine cellar or room is something that many wine lovers have chosen to create for themselves.  The elegance and enjoyment that a quiet, temperature-controlled environment affords the taste of a wine aficionado is often hard for them to ignore.  When the opportunity to create such a space in one’s own home is affordable, and easy to build, it’s often hard to pass up. For many modern homeowners, experiencing a fuller enjoyment of wine in their homes isn’t always easy for them to imagine, let alone afford.  When Tom and Juli I.
  • Eye-Catching Gable Roof Design with Decorative Outlookers

    Ryan
    27 Jun 2014 | 10:10 am
    If you’ve ever driven past a home that had decorative outlookers installed under its roofline or its overhanging eaves, no doubt you were impressed by the beauty of the house, but maybe didn’t have enough time to figure out why as you rode by. A house like the one pictured below may be one with the kind of gable roof design you’ve once briefly admired.  Could it have been the paint color, the porch columns, the landscaping, or maybe the fence? Most likely, it was all of those things combined. If you look closely for a few seconds, you’ll see that the house has decorative brackets…
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    Hackaday

  • Hijacking Cromecast With The Rickmote Controller

    Brian Benchoff
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    With a simple $35 dongle that plugs right into your TV, it’s possible to enjoy your favorite TV shows, YouTube channels, and everything else Chromecast has to offer. Being a WiFi enabled device, it’s also possible to hijack a Chromecast, forcing your neighbors to watch [Rick Astley] say he’s never going to give you up. The rickmote, as this horrible device is called, runs on a Raspberry Pi and does a lot of WiFi shennaigans to highjack a Chromecast. First, all the wireless networks within range of the rickmote are deauthenticated. When this happens, Chromecast devices…
  • Clay 3D Printer Keeps It Simple

    Rich Bremer
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Artist [Jonathan] has built a 3D printer specifically for printing in clay. The part count is kept to a minimum and the printer was designed to be made with basic tools and beginner skills. The intent was to not require access to a plastic 3D printer in order to build this printer. Although this build’s goal was clay printing, the extruder could certainly be swapped out for a typical plastic printer version. This Delta uses quite a bit of MDF. The top and bottom plates are MDF, as are the bearing carriages and extruder mount plate. 12mm rods are solely responsible for the support between…
  • Building A True Unix Keyboard

    Brian Benchoff
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    compact keyboards that do away with a third of the keys you would usually find on a normal-sized keyboard are all the rage now, but for [jonhiggs], they weren’t good enough. There is a long tradition of Unix shortcuts these compact keyboards don’t pay attention to – CTRL-A being the Home key, and CTRL-D being the Page Down key. To fix this horrible oversight of Unix history, [jon] tore apart one of these compact keyboards, rewired the switch matrix, and made his own perfect keyboard. The keyboard [jon] is using is a Filco Minila, a very nice and high quality keyboard in its…
  • 18-Channel PWM Aquarium Lights Provide Habitat-Like Life for Fish

    Mike Szczys
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Whether you want to keep your fish happy or just need a good light show, this aquarium light fits the bill. It is the second iteration, but [William] calls it v1. That’s because v0 — which used a few loops of LED strips — never really met his requirements. This build uses just six LEDs, each a 30 Watt RGB monster! To source about 350 mA for each, and to control brightness with 18-channels of pulse width modulation, he had to plan very carefully. This meant a proper aluminum project box and a beefy, fan-cooled power supply. The driver board is his own design, and he etched a…
  • The Tree of 40 Fruit

    Adam Fabio
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    [Sam Van Aken] is working on a long-term project which literally will bear fruit. Forty different kinds, in fact. The Tree of 40 Fruit is a single tree, carefully grafted to produce 40 different varieties of fruit. Growing up on a farm, [Sam] was always fascinated by the grafting process – how one living plant could be attached to another. In 2008, [Sam] was working as a successful artist and professor in New York when he learned a 200-year-old state-run orchard was about to be demolished. The stone fruit orchard was not only a grove a trees, but a living history of man’s…
 
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    Stain Removal Blog - A Mom's Guide To House Cleaning, Laundry And Stains

  • Does Using Dawn Cause Smelly Sponges?

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Brace yourself Dawn dish soap fans, I'm about to say something controversial. Many readers have complained that this extremely popular brand causes their sponges and dish rags to get stinky and smelly. And not just one or two -- a bunch, like lots and lots of them. Has this happened to you? Let's get to the bottom of this problem!
  • Baking Soda Cleaning Tips For All Around Your Home

    27 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Baking soda is one of the top homemade cleaner ingredients for a reason -- it's amazing stuff. It's cheap, eco-friendly, and cleans and deodorizes all kinds of things. I've gathered quite a few cleaning uses of baking soda for around your home. I'd also love to hear how you use baking soda since there are so many ways.
  • Uses For Borax Around Your Home

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A common ingredient in many homemade cleaning and laundry supplies is borax. This stuff has many different uses around your home, and in this article I've collected quite a few of them, including some surprising ones.
  • Scrubbing Bubbles Shower Cleaner Reviews

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    For something we step into daily to get ourselves clean the shower can sure get grimy fast. Here are reviews of Scrubbing Bubbles Mega Shower Foamer from readers. I'd love to hear what product you use to clean your shower, whether it be a general use product, one specific for the shower, or even something you've made yourself.
  • Gain Fireworks Reviews And Opinions: Mixed

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Many people like to add extra scent to their laundry, and one of the first products on the market where you could do this was with Gain Fireworks scent boosters. There are lots of fans of this product, but there are also some people that have had less positive responses, including issues with staining and allergic reactions. Check out both positive and negative reviews of this product here, and be sure to tell me your own thoughts as well!
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    Violet LeBeaux- Cute Free Craft Tutorials

  • How To Make A Cute Flower Crown

    Violet
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:47 am
    I feel like I can’t log on to any of my social networks lately without seeing someone wearing a flower crown XD I’ve made these before for tutorials but I had a bunch of random flowers rattling around my crafting stash so I figured time for a new one! All you need for this craft […] The post How To Make A Cute Flower Crown appeared first on Violet LeBeaux- Cute Free Craft Tutorials.
  • CHEEEEEESE Snapshots

    Violet
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    We visited Milk The Cow which is a fromagerie aka cheese shop. Oh yes, an entire shop filled with the most delicious cheeses imaginable. Seriously. It exists and we ate so very much. The post CHEEEEEESE Snapshots appeared first on Violet LeBeaux- Cute Free Craft Tutorials.
  • Some Tips For Big Hair!

    Violet
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:59 pm
    Seeing as I get asked about big hair a lot I thought I would share some extra tips for getting that volume today! To begin with, big hair works best if your hair isn’t completely clean. Hair has more grip if it’s a bit dirty. Obviously the easiest way to get volume is to use […] The post Some Tips For Big Hair! appeared first on Violet LeBeaux- Cute Free Craft Tutorials.
  • Violet’s Daily Romantic Make Up Look Photo Tutorial

    Violet
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Make up tutorial? It’s been so long!! I used to do a lot more make up video tutorials but they don’t really interest me as much lately because I think it’s easier to follow along with photos. So I thought I would do my basic every day look as a photo tutorial and if you […] The post Violet’s Daily Romantic Make Up Look Photo Tutorial appeared first on Violet LeBeaux- Cute Free Craft Tutorials.
  • How To Make 3 Kinds Of Felt Flowers

    Violet
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:29 am
    For today’s tutorial I’m going to show you how to make 3 different kinds of basic felt flowers.   All you will need is some felt and either a needle felting needle or needle and thread. Let’s do the red spiral one first. Start by cutting out a large red circle. Next draw a spiral […] The post How To Make 3 Kinds Of Felt Flowers appeared first on Violet LeBeaux- Cute Free Craft Tutorials.
 
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  • Tips For Raising a Kid in a Cross-cultural Marriage

    Monica Hyatt
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:54 pm
    Just like learning a new skill, meeting someone different can be very exciting and fascinating. You just want to get to know everything about this person; love grows and soon after marriage follows. You get along well and everything seems perfect until a child comes into the picture and then comes the reality check. Raising a kid is especially...
  • Tips for Educating Children at Home

    Monica Hyatt
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Educating your child at home can play a huge part in his or her cognitive development. Whether you choose to send your child to a conventional school or decide to home-school your child completely, if you wish to take an active role in your child’s education then these tips will be of interest to you. The post Tips for Educating Children at Home...
  • Mixed Marriage Advantages and Disadvantages

    Monica Hyatt
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:59 am
    Mixed marriages are becoming more and more common in the 21st century. By mixed marriage we refer to a marriage between individuals from different races. Up until the middle to late 20th century, mixed marriages were frowned upon in most parts of the world and even outlawed in some societies, including the United States and South...
  • Helping an Alcoholic Spouse Stop Drinking

    Monica Hyatt
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Living with an alcoholic spouse is a condition few people bargain for when they say I do. Equally few people ever envisage one day becoming alcoholics and yet alcoholism continues to plague many marriages. Sometimes alcoholic partners get extremely violent and abusive towards their spouses and children; and in such cases, no matter how much you...
  • Tips for Physical Education Teaching and Curriculum Strategies

    Monica Hyatt
    5 Jun 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Physical education teaching is an integral part of the educational process and contributes to the physical, intellectual, social and spiritual development of every student. The mission of physical education in schools is the development of autonomous, lifelong learners who readily participate in meaningful physical activity on a regular basis. A...
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    Nexus 21

  • Power Saving Tips and Tricks

    Nexus 21
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:55 pm
    With the constantly increasing cost of energy, saving a little on your electricity bill each month could be a godsend. How can you stop the trickle of energy loss that is common in most homes? Here are a few tips to help. The big ways are obvious: Set the thermostat a little higher or lower depending on the season Adjust the temperature on your water heater to maintain just enough warm water to get through your shower or a load of laundry or dishes Turn off lights when leaving a room All of these steps can help; but what about the constant, insidious power drain most of us don’t even…
  • Is Home Automation the Future of Our Living Spaces?

    Nexus 21
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    It goes all the way back to the Jetsons – the homes of the future!  While robots that do housework are still out of reach (no, Roombas don’t count), we can all have a TV lift! You can turn your own house into a futuristic hideout by using TV lifts in many areas of the home for different purposes. Of course, the first idea is to use them for televisions; the idea of your TV seamlessly appearing on demand and disappearing when not in use is something that appeals to many – especially if we have kids in the house! TV lifts can be installed in the floor, from a hidden recess in a…
  • Privacy Matters – and a Lift can Help!

    Nexus 21
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Sometimes you just don’t want your whole life hanging out for everyone to see. There’s a snoopy neighbor that you KNOW always goes through your bathroom medicine cabinet; your child’s friend’s parent who would freak if she knew your house had a gun; the key to the safe deposit box; your passports and other documents. A lift in the floor of a closet or bedroom can be easily covered with a rug over the floor and will protect your privacy. You can simply have a safe instead of a TV attached to the lift, and store all of your important papers and even jewelry away and out of sight! In the…
  • TV Lift or TV Wall Mount? Make the Right Choice!

    Nexus 21
    18 Jun 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Your new slim profile TV deserves a special place – but how do you keep it and your kids safe without compromising the quality of your viewing time? While people have seen the age of the console come and go and clunky sets give way to sleeker models with less bulk, many haven’t gotten away from the idea that a TV needs a big entertainment center to be properly showcased. In fact, with today’s expensive sets, less is more and safety still counts when it comes to mounting your television. TV Wall Mounts Are Old School While wall mounted TVs are often seen as the “high tech”…
  • It’s Up, Up and Away! Ceiling TV Lifts

    Nexus 21
    11 Jun 2014 | 12:10 pm
    When redecorating your home and doing your best to upgrade your most used rooms, the kitchen and bath may get something a little extra special – a TV! But where can you put it? Answer: the ceiling. It’s simple, really – just select where you want to view the TV from, sit down and gaze around for a good vantage pint, then buy a TV lift and have it installed in the ceiling where it will not be in the way and provides the best line of sight from your seating space. If you have an open floor plan, select a space out of the normal foot traffic pattern. Close to a wall means that…
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    Armchair Builder :: Blog :: Build, renovate, & repair your own home. Save money as an owner builder.

  • Wall Assembly Calculator

    armchairbuilder
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    One of the benefits of building a new home is that we get to create exactly what we want.  An eye catching front elevation that combines unique materials and design to make us smile when we pull into the driveway…check. An open layout that meets the family’s particular needs for socializing and entertaining…check.  An engineered [...]
  • Housewrap for Building a Tight Home

    armchairbuilder
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:52 pm
    One of the biggest reasons people choose to build a new home is to add all the latest technologies and building techniques to create a high performing structure.  Older homes in many cases have insulation and moisture problems that can create mold, increase maintenance, and lead to higher energy costs.  One of the ways we [...]
  • Monthly Builder Secrets

    armchairbuilder
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:01 pm
    The latest Armchair Builder Monthly Builder Secrets update was just published.  In this quick email blast we cover trade secrets that most professional builders won’t share with you like profit margins, pro builder design ideas, and insider tricks for getting more home for the money.  In case you haven’t committed to signing up just yet, [...]
  • Owner Builders by Region

    armchairbuilder
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:32 pm
    In our last article we looked at the total number of owner builders that completed their own dream home last year.  So we know a lot of people took on the challenge of building their own home as the general contractor.  But where were the most owners builders located?  Were there more homes built by [...]
  • How Many Owner Built Homes Built in 2013?

    armchairbuilder
    17 Jun 2014 | 2:32 pm
    One of the questions that frequently comes up here at Armchair Builder is, “Are there many owner built homes being constructed in the U.S.?”  And when we say owner built, we are referring to the situation where the owner of the property pulls the permit and assumes the responsibility for the project.  This responsibility includes [...]
 
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    An Oregon Cottage

  • Sweet and Spicy Canned Onion Marmalade

    Jami
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’ve been making this onion marmalade off and on for years, ever since seeing the original version in Jan Roberts-Dominguez’s food preservation column in The Oregonian newspaper years ago when I first started canning. I love sweet onions and was looking for a way to preserve them through the winter. This sweet and spicy onion […] The post Sweet and Spicy Canned Onion Marmalade appeared first on An Oregon Cottage. Thank you for subscribing!
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    Five Gallon Ideas

  • Double Bucket Wash Method & Dirt Dropper

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

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

    trevor
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:07 am
    Back yard chickens are phenomenal – feed them waste from their kitchen and they in turn feed you fresh eggs daily. But when you catch the “chicken bug” in a big way, you’ll end up with so many eggs that just washing them turns into an hour long chore. A bucket based egg washer is ideal for someone who washes several dozen at a time. The egg washer we built for this article will fit 70of the golden-centered orbs at a time. The basic premise is simple – air is blown through holes in a submerged pipe resting at the bottom of a standard bucket. The air flows upward…
  • Washing 5 Gallon Buckets FAST

    trevor
    6 Jul 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Washing buckets is relatively simple to do – but it takes some foresight and special technique to do fast. I’ve got 9 buckets for CSA customers to clean spotless today so I’m writing this article so you can follow along. Keeping Buckets Cleaner Washing goes quickest if the buckets are less dirty to begin with. You can line your pails with absorbent, compostable newspaper to protect your inner bucket walls from grime and scratches. Check the full lining with newspaper article for the very quick 15-second newspaper liner that locks in place. Pressure washing with a garden hose…
  • Tazo Tea & Tic-Tac Spice Containers

    trevor
    17 Jun 2014 | 2:39 pm
    A recent post on Lifehacker shows spices being organized in old tic-tac containers. It’s a fantastic reuse of little containers, and comes in handy when traveling. But tic-tac containers suffer from a quantity problem. If you do cooking in any kind of quantity, you’ll exhaust the spice very quickly and end up having to refill them constantly. So here’s my response to those teensy tic tac containers. These are Tazo tea containers from Starbucks. You should be able to get them in any retail centre in the entire northern hemisphere. Originally each tin held a different…
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    Umeandthekids

  • Bars & Melody Hopeful Anti-Bullying Song – lets show our support!

    rachelhirst
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Bars & Melody “Hopeful” Anti Bullying at it’s best! “I Wish I had an angel to stay by my side” Some things in life really touch you! It is something that makes almost every parent, adult, child and teenager relate to one another. This is mainly through experience in one way or another, and from […] The post Bars & Melody Hopeful Anti-Bullying Song – lets show our support! appeared first on Umeandthekids.
  • Instagram Followers – Top 10 Tips to supercharge your profile

    rachelhirst
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:56 am
    10 tips to gaining real Instagram Followers It is time to get your Instagram followers ramped up and in love with your profile and pictures! I love Instagram, but sometimes gaining more Instagram followers is difficult, however, with the following 10 tips I have compiled below you should be well on your way to being […] The post Instagram Followers – Top 10 Tips to supercharge your profile appeared first on Umeandthekids.
  • Daniel Footwear: Michael Kors City Ballet Womens Flat Pumps

    rachelhirst
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
      Daniel Footwear Michael Kors City Ballet Flat Pumps   Daniel footwear kindly provided me with some stunning ballet style pumps by the fabulous designer Michael Kors. “I was so excited to receive these pumps, I couldn’t wait to wear them.” Daniel footwear need no introduction,  anyone who knows anything about purchasing the latest & classic […] The post Daniel Footwear: Michael Kors City Ballet Womens Flat Pumps appeared first on Umeandthekids.
 
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    DIY Maniacs

  • 17 Tasty Homemade Dog Treats

    Sharon Brockman
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:13 am
    Homemade dog treats are the ultimate reward for your little friend. And trust me, they know how to appreciate your effort. Dogs love peanut butter & bacon as much as we do, and its a sure things to have tails wagging…Not to mention some of these are tasty even by human standards. After reading a lot of dog treats recipes for my Beagle and seeing most of them had ingredients that can harm your dog like garlic, onions, milk etc. I’ve decided to make my own list. Also note that some dogs can be allergic to flour/wheat. You can use rice or coconut flour as a replacement if you…
  • Top 10 Lethal Homemade Weed Killers

    Sharon Brockman
    27 May 2014 | 11:42 am
    If you’ve been looking for ways to kill that nasty weed without shelling out a fortune for toxic chemicals … here are 10 great frugal alternatives. But first… How to apply weed killer For best results apply it when it’s hot outside, and there is no rain in the forecast for at least a day or two. Make sure there is no breeze, cause weed killer can damage your other plants as well. You can add a fine stream from the sprayer for better control. Spray the leaves and the root as well (generously) and avoid your grass and favorite plants for obvious reasons (just use a common…
  • 35+ DIY Romantic Gifts for your Better Half

    Sharon Brockman
    18 May 2014 | 9:51 am
    Times have changed. Love notes transformed into text messages, love songs into YouTube links and romantic dates into club parties, and we can say that the days of Romeo & Juliet are long past. With so many tasks to fulfill and with all sort of gadgets that steal our lives, it’s hard to find the time to make something cute for the person you love (at least once in a while), but I believe that as long as we love each other, there’s still hope. The idea for this article sparkled a few months ago, when I was pretty tight and I wanted to find a gift that would be budget…
  • 20 Homemade Mosquito Repellents that Work

    Sharon Brockman
    8 May 2014 | 1:21 pm
    With summer knocking at the door, mosquitoes are sharpening their needles, preparing for a new hunting season. If you’re not so comfortable in the posture of an easy victim, I suggest you fight nature with nature.  Since most commercial mosquito repellents are expensive and quite ineffective, I thought that it’s time to try something else. I’m an advocate for natural solutions, but when it came to those unpleasant bites, I had no choice but to consciously apply dozens of types of substances (more or less toxic) meant to keep these little parasites as far away from my…
  • Moonshine Marshmallows – The Ultimate Delight for Coffee Drinkers

    Sharon Brockman
    7 May 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Morning coffee is practically indispensable for me, but unfortunately it has long ceased to be the most interesting thing of the day. However, we can make our sleepy mornings a bit more interesting without too much effort or money. Don’t you think it would be a nice surprise for your partner to see that you’ve prepared him a tasteful coffee with Moonshine Marshmallows (the Blue Bottle Way)? I’m pretty convinced he’ll be pleasantly surprised by your effort. The ingredients required for this tasteful pleasure involve: - 5 gelatin sheets, or 3 3/4 teaspoons powdered…
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    The Ribbon Retreat Blog

  • Tiered Skirt with a Tulle Surprise

    The Ribbon Retreat
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Close your eyes…I’ve got a big surprise! Who doesn’t love to hear those words? Surprises are fun and full of excitement and today, Michaela from Covered in Mod Podge is sharing a super adorable Tiered Skirt with a little surprise on one of the layers. This skirt is fun, fabulous and perfect for dancing, prancing, […]
  • Lovely Lace Knit Pencil Skirt

    The Ribbon Retreat
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Sometimes us ladies just need a moment to ourselves and read a good book, take a walk or get dressed up in our cutest clothes and look smokin’ hot! Whether you are a mama, sister, aunt or friend sometimes it just feels amazing to get dressed up in some cute duds and go hang out! […]
  • How To Make A Tulle Bow, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    It’s Thursday again…hooray, which means it is time for another incredibly awesome YouTube video tutorial brought to you by none other than the fabulous Shirley! I don’t know about you, but this summer is going crazy fast and the weeks are seriously flying by! Time sure flies when you are having a BLAST!!! And today, […]
  • Two Quick and Easy Fish Ribbon Sculptures

    The Ribbon Retreat
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Have I ever mentioned that I am a HUGE fan of fishing? It is one of my most favorite hobbies. I love packing up the poles and the kids and those yucky slimy worms to head out for a great big catch, well…to be honest, any catch makes me thrilled. So…I am sure you can […]
  • Easy Lamp Re-Vamp Tutorial

    The Ribbon Retreat
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Do you love makeovers? Personal makeovers, room makeovers or decor makeovers? Whatever type of makeovers you love, I am sure you are going to love our lamp re-vamp that Havalah from Sisters, What! is sharing with us today. This simple yet stunning lamp makeover is awesome and can be done with a small piece of […]
 
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    Creative by Kate Danielle | Creative by Kate Danielle

  • Make a Yearly Family Photobook

    katie
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    I have began working on Ali’s Baby Book… it will be all about her first year. I have decided to print with Blurb. I have read many wonderful things about blurb and it seems great for books that could have many pages. Below are some tips about making your own Family Photobook. sponsored post | This post has Affiliate Links If you’re a parent, aunt, uncle, or grandparent, you know how time flies. Kids just grow up so fast. Which is why I think using Blurb to create yearly photo albums, is such a cool idea. A yearly photo book is the perfect solution—and it’s not as…
  • Citrus Lane Box: Best Gift for New Moms and Baby Product Reviews

    katie
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:38 am
    (This post contains affiliate links, however all opinions are my own!) My sweet sister in-law gave me a subscription to Citrus Lane. It was such a wonderful and fun gift for new moms. Citrus Lane is a monthly box subscription with the best products for your kids (babies and up). They also usually throw in a sample product to pamper mom. I love getting fun packages in the mail and this is even extra exciting for a new mom who is not getting out of the house much. Once a subscription has been purchased (weather it be for yourself or a gift) the recipient creates an account where you will share…
  • DIY Monthly Onesies for Your Monthly Baby Photo Sessions

    katie
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    (This Post Contains Affiliate Links) Ali Mae turned 3 months old and I have been having fun with her monthly photo sessions. I DIY her onesie each month with my own temporary decal. One way to make your own monthly decal is to buy sticker or label paper and print your own design. That is actually the easiest way but  you know I try save money whenever I can with my DIY projects and I happen to already have a big roll of Reynolds Freezer Paper. Freezer paper will temporarily iron onto fabric, which is great for stenciling or in this case a temporary decal. Directions for Printing on Freezer…
  • Fourth of July Sales! | Gymboree, Crazy 8 & Janie and Jack

    katie
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
  • Don’t Miss Out! Additional 40% Off at Tea’s Semi-Annual Sale

    katie
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Additional 40% Off Tea’s Semi-Annual Sale **This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. This is it, Tea Collection’s Semi-Annual Sale is going all out and marking sale items down an additional 40% off starting today (7/3) and ending Monday (7/7). Sweet dresses, tees, onesies and more all filled with the rich colors and intricate patterns of faraway Morocco. Simply use the promo code: MORE40 when you checkout. Don’t wait, styles will sell out as the sale is almost over. Have fun shopping! 
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    The DIY Helpers

  • Creating a Survival Bag for the Apocalypse!

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

    15 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    It’s one of those things which make the heart of every house-proud homeowner sink; the sight of a big blob of sticky chewing gum ground into their beautiful carpet. Many people make the mistake of trying to tear the offending gum out with their fingers whilst it is still fresh and because of the nature of chewing gum this is one effort that will simply lead to frustration! The gum will cling to each and every fibre whilst it is still soft and no amount of picking, pulling or poking will convince it to leave. There are many solutions to the problem of gum in your carpet and perhaps one of…
  • How To Lay Garden Decking: A Step-By-Step Guide

    27 Jun 2014 | 7:32 am
    So, you’re thinking of laying down some garden decking? Great idea. Putting down a bit of decking in your garden will make it look infinitely neater whilst giving it a smart appearance and space to entertain family and friends. Best of all, it will be easy to maintain and care for, when compared to unruly grass, plants and all that type of stuff. The decision of laying garden decking is usually one which you’ll mull over for a while, or sometimes it might be an immediate thing that you know needs doing. If you aren't a big fan of how your garden currently looks or you feel like you’ve…
  • How to Clean Tile Grout

    20 Jun 2014 | 6:10 am
    However well ventilated you keep your bathroom, the warm and wet atmosphere can allow mould and dirt to start building up on surfaces. Keeping tiles and other hard surfaces clean is simple, and there are lots of cleaning products which will help you do this – and even products that you wouldn’t necessarily think could be used for cleaning.One of the trickiest places to keep clean is the grout between the tiles. Many homeowners think that once the grout starts getting grotty or develops mould that there is no other option but to replace it all. This is a time consuming and messy job, but…
  • How to Hang Wallpaper the Easy Way

    10 Jun 2014 | 8:11 am
    Image credit: iCanvasArtHanging wallpaper is one of those jobs which cause people to shake their heads in horror. Most people dread the task so much that they’d far rather pay someone else to do it but the fear of hanging wallpaper has come largely from various silly sitcoms and sketches where hapless decorators get in a tangle whilst wrestling with sheets of damp paper, which inevitably get torn, get pasted on upside down or fall off as soon as they’re on!The reality of hanging wallpaper however isn’t half as tricky as the writers of these shows would have you believe! The tools which…
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