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  • Tent Small Candle Stove KP

    Instructables: exploring - outside - popular
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:08 pm
    There is a rumor going about that you can heat a tent with a candle.. A: http://outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/3389/...I have experienced bitter cold at 4 o'clock in my tent and it would be perfect if I could heat it enough for winter camping. Wood stove, rocket or classic stove need...By: KresimirPregernikContinue Reading »
  • 5 1-Minute Ways to Feel More Organized

    I'm an Organizing Junkie
    Laura
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Sharon at Mom of 6. Sometimes the feeling of being unorganized is worse than actually being unorganized! Because if you are feeling out of control, that your house is a mess and you can’t find what you need- it can really make you feel stressed! So […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> 5 1-Minute Ways to Feel More Organized
  • Friday Favorites: DIY Organizing Projects

    I'm an Organizing Junkie
    Laura
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:01 am
    Hi friends, we meet again!  Happy Friday to you!  In keeping with my DIY theme this week I wanted to share some fantastic DIY organizing projects with you that I found around the web.  All of these projects will help you organize your life in some way and maybe save you some money in the […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Friday Favorites: DIY Organizing Projects
  • What is my CD collection worth?

    Perhaps like this - DIY, economy, prepping, nature and hobbies
    henkeb
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:22 am
    Until now I’ve mostly sold vinyl records but lately I’ve been think of expanding into CDs. In this post I’ll reason about the pros and cons of buying and selling CDs. I think many record collectors start their collecting based on nostalgia. They start off with some singles they had in their teens and expand their collection from there. Based on that theory, CDs will soon be the medium new collectors listened to in their teens. So perhaps this is a good time to buy used CDs for selling later on. But there are some question marks that I’ve tried to straighten out. The…
  • Diy Head Light Cleaner Gift Kit

    Instructables: exploring - workshop - popular
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:34 am
    My family were here for the holidays and my sister-in-law mentioned that she paid $30.00 to have her head lights cleaned and later learned a method to do it herself. I decided to give it a try. I was so thrilled it did such a great job; that I was inspired to make a gift kit for friends and family. ...By: sunshiineContinue Reading »
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  • New Project: Make an EEG Beanie That Reads Your Mind

    Greta Lorge
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
         Time required: A weekend Cost: $100 — $130 Ever wanted to visualize your brain activity? Electroencephalography (EEG) uses electrodes placed against the scalp to detect the tiny electrical changes that occur when neurons fire. By amplifying these signals through a computer, you can observe brain activity in real-time. Using an […]Read more on MAKE
  • Ride in a 3D Printed Car at the Detroit Auto Show

    Tyler Worman
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:03 am
    If you've wanted to see the 3D printed car featured on the cover of Make: Volume 42, or even ride in it, now is your chanceRead more on MAKE
  • 3D Scanned Statue Copyright Debacle: How A University Got It Wrong

    mweinbergpk
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
      Late last year we highlighted the fantastic work that the Cooper Hewitt Museum is doing to set an example for how museums and other cultural institutions can make high quality 3D scans available to the public. Unfortunately, just as long summer days must turn to cold winter nights, we […]Read more on MAKE
  • Capturing Creativity with the Dual-Screen, Sensor-Laden Sprout by HP

    Mike Senese
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:07 am
    Sprout by HP, a hybrid computer/design tool, is a pretty fascinating creation. We got to check out the new machine at CES 2015 in Las Vegas, in HP’s private suite in the Nobu hotel (located within Caesar’s Palace). The apparatus has three main components: a 23-inch monitor that has touchscreen […]Read more on MAKE
  • We Can’t Wait to Try Leatherman’s New Wearable

    Nathan Hurst
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:32 pm
    A new wearable popped up yesterday, called Tread, from LeathermanRead more on MAKE
 
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  • Use Drone to Find Roof Leak

    Tim Carter
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:09 am
    David Cox has a drone with a GoPro camera on it. He's also got a leak in his wood-framed chimney. Even though the shot could have been a little closer in this video below, it only took me about three seconds to locate the problem. This is an EXCELLENT example of how technology can help you around your home. Way to go David! Oh, my answer as to what's wrong is just below the video.     The issue is the metal cap was formed wrong. It was LEVEL across the top and gravity has caused it to become depressed so water collects on the concave surface rather than run off of it. It can be…
  • Best Door Colors Best Exterior Door

    Tim Carter
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:10 am
    Amy, who lives in the quaint city of Martinsburg, WV, is creating lots of angst at her local Home Depot and Lowe's stores. Here's why: "I have not been able to get a clear answer from Lowe's or Home Depot about when a door may need to be re-stained or repainted (and how). I've been trying to figure out whether to pay the expense of trying to get a decent wood-grain door or just get smooth fiberglass and paint it brown, maybe with a roller that would leave a little texture to it. If I decide to do paint, I’ve heard I can do it myself or have it factory painted. I’ve also heard that while…
  • January 20, 2015 AsktheBuilder Newsletter Follow-Up

    Tim Carter
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:56 am
    About five hours ago (January 20, 2015), I sent today's newsletter out. It had many links leading back to my AsktheBuilder.com website. Approximately three minutes after sending the newsletter out, my server BORKED out. That means it crashed or became unresponsive. You may have been one to alert me. I appreciate that. Moments before sending this, I double checked and the website is UP AND RUNNING. But here's some helpful advice and maybe, just maybe, you might discover something. If you click links out of a newsletter, on a webpage, or from your phone or tablet and they don't work, there…
  • January 20, 2015 AsktheBuilder Newsletter & Tips

    Tim Carter
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    Have you seen the new buttons here in the newsletter? They're different colors and have different messages. Pay attention to them from now on. Craig McCluskey sent me an email last night about one of them and it made me laugh out loud. Here's what he sent: "I clicked your colored button that said: 'What's Wrong at Your House? CLICK HERE for Your Answer! It's MAGIC!' Once there I entered, "no one wants to buy my house." The answers were interesting and took me to lots of interesting stories, none of which, however, addressed my problem. :-)" BWAHAHAHAHAHAAHAA! Click the red button just below…
  • How To Sell Your House Fast For the Highest Price

    Tim Carter
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:55 am
    I became an Ohio licensed real estate salesman in February of 1975. I was 23 and very wet behind the ears. My broker was a wise man named Harry Cafeo, and he owned a company called CCC Realty located on Harrison Avenue in Cheviot, OH. Within ten years, I passed the test to become a broker and started my own company. Harry taught me early on that if a new listing didn't get a written offer within 30 days, NO MATTER WHAT the market conditions, the price was too high. That didn't make sense to me at the time, but I later figured it out. Here's what Harry didn't tell me. The real estate market…
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  • What to Do With Packed Snow and Ice

    22 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    This time of year can be very overwhelming when it comes to house maintenance. Blowing snow and frigid temperatures can keep us inside and away from our yard duties. It's very hard to think of keeping up our yards when it's below zero outside, but if not maintained right away, slippery steps and sidewalks can lead to dangerous falls and painful injuries, not to mention insurance claims from clumsy neighbors. Here are some tips and hints to help you get through to spring. Time Is of the Essence It's best to start a snow and ice project immediately after it...
  • How to Melt Snow and Ice: What Are Your Options?

    20 Jan 2015 | 9:04 am
    The falling slippery snow and accumulating ice can be treacherous for humans and animals alike. It’s essential to keep your sidewalk and driveway free of ice and snow to keep your loved ones and visitors safe. The following products are great for melting ice and creating a safe place to walk around your home. Safe Shoveling The simplest and safest way to keep ice from building up on your sidewalk and driveway is to remove it as quickly as it develops. Keep a shovel at your back door so that you can easily access it whenever the snow begins to...
  • 5 Tips to Protect Your Hardwood Floors and Plumbing From Winter

    20 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    Winterizing your home is a necessary project to take on if you live in colder temperatures. Failing to do so puts home owners at risk of facing costly repairs and consequences come spring. In order to prepare your home for the dropping temperatures, we spoke to experts in the wood renewal and plumbing industries to learn essential tips. Hardwood Floors - Dave Murphy, Training Director for N-Hance Wood Renewal, a national franchise that is the trusted partner of The Home Depot for the renewal of hardwood floors and kitchen cabinets, provided us with tips on how to protect wood floors:...
  • Prep Your Car for a Snowy Road Trip

    19 Jan 2015 | 5:05 am
    Considering a fun road trip that will take you through snowy conditions? A drive to see the snow and perhaps even get out and play in it can be exciting and fun, but if you're ill-prepared, it can also be dangerous. Before you go, there's a few things you'll want to do to make sure both you and your car are ready for the trip. Prep With a Pre-Trip Inspection The first thing to do before a trip into a winter wonderland is a little pre-trip inspection. You don't have to be a mechanic to do your own inspection, but...
  • You're Snowed In - Now What?

    19 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    OK, so let’s say you just got 2 ½-feet of snow. You are snowed in. Power failures often occur in big winter storms as ice and snow build up on power lines and tree branches. So I will include a power outage with the snow storm. You already have shelter. The other necessities are heat, water and food - and something to do with your time. Heat If you do a little preparation, waiting out the storm will be relatively painless. As far as heat, I have a big fireplace, so I’m covered in case of a power outage. Remember...
 
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  • How to Catch a Cricket Ball

    24 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Catching is the action of fielders to get the batsman out by collecting the ball once hit in the air by the batsman. Catching is one of the elements of fielding, one of the most important aspects of cricket. The more adept the fielder, the better a cricketer the person is. Following is the article that will guide you on How to Become a Good Catcher: Steps Preparing for a Catch Know The Rules. For taking a catch you should be aware of some of the rules made by the International Cricket Council (Governing Body over Cricket): The batsman is not declared out if the ball is a no-ball or dead ball.
  • How to Be Talented

    24 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Talent tends to refer to that inborn skill that everyone seems to be born with. It's true that having a talent can help you in life, and that it's good to try and identify and practice that skill. However, try and avoid placing too much importance on finding a talent. Plenty of people go through life perfectly happy, and perfectly able to learn skills, without having one specific and specialized talent. Steps Discovering Your Talent Revisit your childhood. A good way to figure out where your talents lie is to go back to your childhood and think about what it was you wanted to do as a kid.
  • How to Know if That Person Truly Loves You

    24 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    There's no guaranteed way to know if a person truly loves you, but there are more than a few ways to read the signs to figure out what is on the mind of your loved one. If you'd like to know if the person you love indubitably loves you, then you have to pay attention to how the person acts, what he says, and what he does when you're together. Though love may mean something different to every person, there are many ways to tell if a person truly loves you instead of just having a crush on you, liking you a lot, wanting your money, or just being momentarily infatuated with you. If you want to…
  • How to Find All the Warp Tiles in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

    23 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    "Those who stepped on the Magical Warp Tiles that served as entrances would be lost to the Dark World, transformed into demons. Link, who possessed the qualities of the hero, did not become a demon, but was instead turned into an animal (in this case, a pink bunny)." -Hyrule Historia There are nine warp points throughout Hyrule, with each one transporting Link to the Dark World. The Dark World is pretty much the same as the Light World, but "warped". Warping to the Dark World may be necessary to gain access to dungeons, find heart pieces, complete quests, or to satisfy your curiosity. Steps…
  • How to Barbecue

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Barbecue has the potential to lift even the lowliest meats and vegetables from mundanity into the sublime. That rich combination of smoke and sear on charcoal grills keeps many pitmasters dedicated to their craft, constantly looking for better ways to cook their ingredients. Getting great barbecue is equal parts science and art. See Step 1 for a detailed look into several interesting techniques that can make you a more accomplished barbecuer in minutes. Steps Essential Tips for All Barbecuers Keep your grill clean and maintained. Get used to cleaning your grill lightly before each cook, and…
 
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  • Walk-Out Basement Wall Insulation

    Todd Fratzel
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Insulating Wood Framed Walk-Out Basement WallsWalk-Out foundations create an interesting dilemma in when considering wall insulating details. I’ve written extensively on the subject of how to properly insulate basement walls which deals with concrete (and block) walls but I’ve never addressed the occasional wood framed walk-out walls that exist in some many homes today. In this article I want to discuss the options most suitable for insulating these wood framed exterior walls that exist in homes with walk-out basements.Typical Wood Framed Walk-Out Basement WallsTypically we see most wood…
  • Outdoor Timber Pavilion by Western Timber Frame

    Todd Fratzel
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:02 am
    Timber Frame Pavilion ProjectEditors Note: We installed this pavilion in the late Fall here in NH and the weather turned before we could get some nice finished photos. We’ll update this article early next year when the weather clears and the final touches are complete on the landscaping. In the meantime we wanted to share this exciting project.Outdoor living spaces have become one of the most popular landscaping projects for home owners looking to expand their yards and gain useful spaces to entertain and relax. Last Spring we started an extensive year long outdoor living project including…
  • Drywall | Snap, Crackle, Pop

    Todd Fratzel
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:12 am
    Minor Drywall ProblemsAt work we warranty certain things on new homes for one year. By far the most common problem we see after a year are minor drywall problems. It’s not unusual at all during the first year or so of a new home to see and hear lots of minor drywall problems. In fact, I liken it to the “Snap, Crackle and Pop” theme from Rice Crispies!As your new home dries out (framing lumber is always full of excess moisture) the framing members will shrink every so slightly causing stress and movement on drywall joints. The stresses are sufficient to cause some small cracks and…
  • Kohler Introduces Smaller-Sized Generator Units

    Todd Fratzel
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    8, 10 and 12 kW Generators Make Standby Power More AccessibleKOHLER, Wis. – September 23, 2014 – Kohler® Generators is rolling out a complete new line of standby generators designed for homeowners with fewer power requirements, and who are looking for the performance and reliability of a KOHLER unit at an entry-level price point. The expanded line focuses on lower kW-output models – 8 kW, 10 kW and 12 kW – making standby power available to more consumers with smaller budgets.“All homeowners should have access to safe, reliable backup power – no matter their budgets,” said…
  • How to remove a stump (Part 1)

    Jeff Williams
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:05 am
    How to Remove a Stump without breaking your back or the bank (Part 1)Last year I cut down a large maple tree in the yard that was only 10 feet from the house. The previous owners never should have planted it that close. Over the years as it grew, the roots started getting bound up on the house foundation. It was only a matter of time until the roots started wrecking havoc on the structure so down it went. Now the only remnant is a big stump.Get rid of most of the stump with the chainsawWhen I felled the tree the final back cut was at a comfortable height for me, about 2.5′ above the…
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  • The Love List

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    A bit of a different love list today...I went to the Opening Gala for the Interior Design Show on Thursday night and was blown away by the design talent. I noticed a few recurrent themes in what I was drawn too. Trends? Time will tell. Here's what I loved at IDS (sorry for the quality of the pics!):Ikea, along with two of Canada's top design magazines, Style at Home and House and Home, put together three stunning kitchens using Ikea's new Section line of kitchen cabinetry. I have to say this black and white kitchen by Style At Home edged out the others as my favourite. This stunning…
  • That Video Where I Make Popcorn

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Did you know I had a YouTube channel? I almost forgot myself, it's been so long since I uploaded a video. I've vowed to have more fun with my blog this year and that means incorporating some videos. But let's face it, you won't be getting white-washed, stylized, party skirt lifestyle blogger-ish videos from me. Nope, just poorly lit videos, jittery hand-held videos and videos of me using power tools. If that's what you're looking for, then this is going to work out just fine.Today I'm sharing a recipe for stovetop popcorn. Nothing earth-shattering here but doesn't it bug you…
  • Bring On The Stripes

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    I'm really not a winter person. I like a good snowfall for the holidays but after that, I'm ready to be done with the cold weather. January is typically the worst of it so I was happy this weekend when temperatures hit above zero and we got a very brief taste of spring.And with thoughts of spring comes an urge to freshen up the indoors. I'm craving simplicity and lightness these days. Really, I just want to paint everything white. The charcoal grey walls at our entryway were trendy seven years ago but now they're just feeling heavy and oppressive. Our living room has too much brown - that…
  • The Love List

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    17 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    A little late with this week's love list. Here's some links to get you through the weekend...Love this gallery wall at Oh Joy! headquarters. Photo by Kelly Brown, via decor8.I think I found the source of the herringbone floor photo in the last post and they have a whole portfolio of amazing Before & Afters. In Paris!Are you as sad about Target leaving Canada as I am? I wallowed my sorrow by going on a shopping spree and picking up these super cute pajamas, these sheets, and every Instagrammers favourite, the gold Nate Berkus shears. :( Beautiful basics like these are why I will miss…
  • My House Truths

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Oh hello my poor dear neglected blog. I have to tell you, work wise, the new year is already kicking my butt which has meant not much time left for blogging. Not that I'm complaining! I realize I'm lucky to have so much on my plate and I'm fortunate to be making a living doing the things I love - blogging, consulting, making big ideas happen. So, onward!The past few weeks have been a revelation for me. The new year is always a time for reflection and typically a time to make changes, but much like Erin, I'm learning to embrace things that will never ever change. Especially things about my…
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  • A Bird A Day

    Kit
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:02 pm
    For some reason I’ve put up a hoover-dam sized mental block about installing the tile board up in the upstairs bathroom. Because god forbid I spend two days prepping and tiling the shower and can then actually take a bath in this house. I wouldn’t even know what to do with myself. Instead I’m spending my time navigating this… Yeah, it’s pretty. Also, a pain in the ass to drive in. Between the snow and the lack of daylight hours, this time of year I’m always drawn to less, ah, physically intense projects. When people say things to me like “I…
  • Well, That Looks Like Something I Could’ve Built

    Kit
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Okay, so, listen… yes. Of all the millions of things in the world I could build, this bed is on the list… I mean, it’s made of old barn wood and I have a (not-wood) barn filled with a barn’s worth of barn wood. That’s a real thing. My life has become a children’s rhyme. Also, I own ALL OF THE TOOLS. Which looks like an exaggeration because I wrote it in all caps, but, actually, I’m pretty sure I’ve hit a point where I can (and will) build almost anything with the tools contained in my shop. On the other hand, I haven’t owned a legit bed in…
  • 2014 Lessons Learned: The Garden Edition

    Kit
    13 Jan 2015 | 2:15 am
    I miss my garden so hard right now, you guys. When the temps in Michigan start getting down to, oh, a million degrees below zero, everyone starts talking about taking warm-weather vacations: Florida, Texas, Cali. I’m not hating on those ideas, but I’m not interested. If I could have anything right now it would be just one evening here… Glass mason jar of wine, chickens following me around, tomatoes straight from the vine. Yes, please. But barring the invention of a time-travel machine or a magic wand, I’ve got a good four months until I’m back working in that…
  • Cantaloupes Do Not Have Legs (And Other Reasons You Can’t Kill a Good Story)

    Kit
    5 Jan 2015 | 9:28 pm
    So, it’s not unusual that whole things go on in the big wide world of the internet without me really knowing about it. Most of the time I have a chicken eating off my kitchen floor… It’s easy to not pay attention to much beyond that. But with time (like the better part of two weeks off work) I open my eyes a bit to what’s going on out there, check in on old blogs, try to read through my damn twitter feed. And here’s a thing that is happening, apparently. Everyone is talking about how blogs are dying. (Or, alternatively, defending how they are not dying.) Dying?
  • 2014: A Bigass List and Other Philosophical Things

    Kit
    3 Jan 2015 | 6:11 pm
    Actually, that was a lie. There are no philosophical things in this post. This is mostly just a token update about how I checked all of my “Winter” projects off my list already this year. Yeah. That’s right. (Note: The frowny face is not actually next to the “naps” item, it’s next to the “have a bigass party at the farm” item that I didn’t actually do this year.) And then, since I’d already taken ALL THE NAPS, I decided to update my bigass chalkboard with another bigass list for the coming year. Here’s how I closed out 2014. I…
 
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  • 5 1-Minute Ways to Feel More Organized

    Laura
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Sharon at Mom of 6. Sometimes the feeling of being unorganized is worse than actually being unorganized! Because if you are feeling out of control, that your house is a mess and you can’t find what you need- it can really make you feel stressed! So […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> 5 1-Minute Ways to Feel More Organized
  • Friday Favorites: DIY Organizing Projects

    Laura
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:01 am
    Hi friends, we meet again!  Happy Friday to you!  In keeping with my DIY theme this week I wanted to share some fantastic DIY organizing projects with you that I found around the web.  All of these projects will help you organize your life in some way and maybe save you some money in the […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Friday Favorites: DIY Organizing Projects
  • Ultimate DIY Ebook Bundle on Sale Now!

    Laura
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Yesterday I shared my little success with a small DIY project I took on to create a pretty and functional place to organize my essential oils. I actually enjoy the creative outlet DIY provides and the dollars it saves but often it’s the time factor that holds me back. For this DIY beginner the learning […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Ultimate DIY Ebook Bundle on Sale Now!
  • Thrift Store Find for Organizing Essential Oils

    Laura
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    If you’ve read here for any length of time, you know I am so not a crafty gal.  Oh I try every once and awhile but mostly it’s underwhelming to say the least.  But I’ve got to tell you, I am pretty excited about my lasted project.  I spray painted y’all.  For reals!  That’s a […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Thrift Store Find for Organizing Essential Oils
  • Menu Plan Monday ~ Jan 19/15

    Laura
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hello pretty people!  How is it already Jan 19th?  Time is flying by these days it seems.  Something I’m super excited about this week is my new spiralizer that I recently purchased off Amazon.  The first thing I’m going to make are some zoodles using zucchini, they sound really yummy (recipe link below).  Do any […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ Jan 19/15
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  • How to Install Board and Batten Wainscoting (White Painted Square over Rectangle Pattern)

    Fred
    1 Jan 2015 | 11:15 am
    For the last few months, we’ve been contemplating how to spruce up our relatively small upstairs hallway (below). We had installed wainscoting in our prior home’s living room, and thought that might add the visual interest we were looking for here. Then, inspired by Wilker Do’s recent board and batten video tutorial, I started gathering ideas on Pinterest for an elegant but simple design that could take this space up a notch. We settled on a 48″ high square-over-rectangle  board and batten design. We didn’t find anything exactly like it on…
  • How to Paint an Epoxy Concrete Floor Coating (Quikrete Example)

    Ethan
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Our garage workshop floor was in need of some serious TLC.  We applied an epoxy garage floor coating to cover the ugly oil stains and give the shop a nice, polished look. I’m amazed at the difference the floor makes and would recommend an epoxy coating for anyone looking to class-up their garage, basement or other concrete surface. Read on to learn how we did it and a few tips to remember when you start this project. Editors Note: A lot of readers have found this article helpful in transforming their own basement or garage. We hope you enjoy the article, and if there’s…
  • How to Build a Shed (with a Record 100+ Pics, Vids, and Diagrams!)

    Ethan
    22 May 2014 | 4:00 am
    This article is part of our library of DIY and expert Project Guides that share step-by-step explanations for a wide range of home improvement projects. As part of building this library, I follow expert contractors to the job site, documenting their steps, tips, techniques, and tools. We’re striving to be the best on the web! If you like what you read, please subscribe to our feed to keep up with all of the latest projects! Most of last week, I followed expert general contractor and carpenter Steve Wartman and his crew as they built this great looking backyard shed. This article covers…
  • How to Build a Wall-Mounted Lumber Storage Rack

    Ethan
    18 Dec 2013 | 3:00 am
    We’ve finished building three heavy-duty work benches and one of two folding wood sawhorses. Another important part of a workshop is good lumber storage. Up until now we’ve been piling boards on the floor, and it’s been a pain to keep moving them to make room for projects. Our solution is a simple wall-mounted wooden lumber rack. This article shares the instructions for building this rack. I found the idea on Woodsmith Shop, and with a few modifications, built one that fully meets our needs. Tools & Materials I had one-half of a sheet of plywood left over from…
  • How to Install a Tile Floor (Complete Guide)

    Ethan
    27 Nov 2013 | 3:00 am
    This is a comprehensive guide for how to install a tile floor (ceramic or porcelain). Below you’ll find tutorials for every step of the process, with expert knowledge and tips from professional tile contractors. Read on for links to the individual articles and recommended tools for laying tile. We hope you enjoy the series! This series covers everything for installing a ceramic or porcelain tile floor, including leveling the floor, installing underlayment, marking guides, laying tile and grouting joints. Just follow the steps below, and you’ll have the know-how to install tile in…
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  • Beach House Remodel

    Troy Farwell
    3 Jan 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Thanks to all of you readers out there. I haven't updated this blog for quite a long time - the kitchen has been done and we still really like it.We are now working on a beach house, and I will be blogging in a similar format: Our Beach House Remodel.View from the road in front of the houseThe house: A 1938 Cape Cod that was partially remodeled in the 70's and 80's, and lost a lot of its charm. We are working to add a lot of it back.Stop by and take a look when you get the chance.
  • Follow-up on our Pegasus Granite Sink

    Troy Farwell
    29 Mar 2009 | 7:19 pm
    I get a lot of hits on my blog for info our Pegasus granite sink. After two years, it's still basically as good as new.There are no stains, it still cleans easily, and the surface finish is fine. I just looked at it closely, and there are no scratches.I undermounted this sink, attaching it to the granite top with polyurethane glue. It is sealed with epoxy grout - no leaks or problems of any kind.
  • Cooking for Christmas

    Troy Farwell
    19 Dec 2008 | 9:31 pm
    My DW and daughter spent much of the week cooking all kinds of great food. I really liked the cookie plates (read display) they set up in the hutch. The food, colors and beadboard texture all go well together.Here is a picture of a very busy kitchen, which is why we did the remodel...Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas.
  • Thanksgiving Treat: Skiing!

    Troy Farwell
    27 Nov 2008 | 9:09 pm
    We are lucky enough to live 90 minutes from a year-round ski slope in Oregon, so my son and I took an early day off and went up for the morning. The snow field shown on the right side of picture sits at and elevation of 8500 feet.What does this have to do with remodeling? Nothing at all - sometimes I need to take a break and have fun. This helps me remember all the good things I have, and how lucky I am to to have my family, my job, my friends, my faith...I hope all of you out there have a great Thanksgiving, and get the chance to enjoy and appreciate all you have.
  • Coffee Center

    Troy Farwell
    22 Nov 2008 | 6:17 pm
    We have gone a little over a year without any additional projects in the kitchen. After staying in a vacation home that had a high-end built-in coffee maker, we decided to add one more.We really liked the Miele coffee & espressp maker, but at $2400 or more, it's pretty much a budget-buster...After doing some searching online, the cheapest built-in unit we could find was $1800. Free-standing units with the same features run $700 to $1500, so we decided to go with that option, hoping to spend less than $1000. My DW doesn't want it to sit on the kitchen counter, so we will build an in-wall…
 
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  • Where Are The Electrical Powerpoints?

    Bill Hutchison
    2 Jan 2015 | 7:21 pm
    One of our larger frustrations with the house is the complete lack of powerpoints in the rooms. The three children’s bedrooms only have one electrical point in each room, our bedroom has only two electrical powerpoints, and the main living areas also have a severe lack of powerpoints. We have set-up a desk for our children on the “Meals” area of the house so that we can supervise them on the computer and with their homework, but there are no powerpoints in that area, and only two in the “Family” area. The “Formal Dining” room, which is my office, has…
  • What Product Sould You Use To Seal Your Shower Grout

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

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

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

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

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:22 am
    Upcoming M12 Circular Saw - MilwaukeeWith the new year comes new tools, gear, and projects to think about. Here's the first of three posts on what I'm planning for 2015.Read on to see the tools I'm most excited for this year.Milwaukee M12 Fuel Circular SawI’ve been itching for Milwaukee to release a small circular saw ever since I bought my first M12 tool about two years ago. Since that time, I’ve been constantly checking the Tool Guyd blog, my main source of new tool news, for any hints from Milwaukee. Well, they’re finally release one in February 2015! This will be a brushless model…
  • Found Pocket Knives, Victorinox Budding Knife

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    My wife and I recently bought a new-to-us car. While we were cleaning out the old car to sell, I came across these three pocket knives in the very-full glove compartment (along with some hand warmer packets from the late 1980s). We figured these knives must have come from her father when he had the car years ago. I thought they were pretty interesting and worth a quick post.A little background would help here. My wife's family are orchardists, so it was no surprise her dad would forget a tool or two while he used the car to drive through apple orchard rows. I think I had probably came across…
  • Gerber Crucial Review Update

    6 Apr 2014 | 2:12 pm
    I bought the Gerber Crucial for myself about two years ago. At the time, I was searching for a multi-tool that was fairly compact and had the ability to deploy most, if not all, of the tools without fully opening the tool. My intent was to EDC (every-day carry) it. On paper, the Crucial fit my needs; however, I only found myself carrying it on and off.Here is a link to my original review from about 20 months ago. I actually thought quite highly of the tool at the time. So, why didn't I regularly use it for EDC? It's hard to say. A while after I bought the Crucial, I ended up getting a…
  • TSA to Allow Pocket Knives on Planes

    5 Mar 2013 | 8:12 pm
    The Transportation Security Administration, you know, those guys that make you take off your shoes at airports and don't have the common decency to at least put a rug down, has some good news for handymen and women today. Starting April 25th, they'll allow small pocket knives in carry-on luggage on planes. Here is a link to their press release.Also...They'll now allow previously prohibited sports equipment, such as pool cues, golf clubs, and hockey sticks. Does this sound like a hijacking attempt waiting to happen? Well, don't worry. Now Casey Jones is free to protect our airlines once…
  • DIY Wooden Sunglasses

    4 Mar 2013 | 8:29 pm
    I'm generally the kind of person who takes good care of their things, except all bets are off with sunglasses. That's why I'm a big fan of cheap ones. My usual go-to sunglasses are actually "safety shades" as I like to call them. They can be found at the local big box home improvement store for $5-10.  Of course, they aren't very stylish.I recently bought a couple pair of "aviator-style" sunglasses from Amazon for just a couple bucks each. From a distance, a long distance, these could be passable as stylish... I guess; however, I wanted to replace some of the cheap plastic on them with…
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  • Geek Trivia: What Was The Killer Application That Drove 1990s CD-ROM Drive Sales?

    Jason Fitzpatrick
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:37 am
    What Was The Killer Application That Drove 1990s CD-ROM Drive Sales? Office 95 Doom Myst America OnlineThink you know the answer?
  • How to Quickly Batch Rename Files on Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux

    Chris Hoffman
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:40 am
    Windows, Mac OS X, and most Linux desktops have built-in tools for quickly renaming multiple files. Use a batch-rename tool rather than fixing them one by one.Click Here to Continue Reading
  • How to Customize Your Minecraft Splash Screen Text

    Jason Fitzpatrick
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:34 am
    Minecraft is a game that begs for creative play and customization of elements big and small. Leave no detail unattended to by following along with our simple tutorial to customize the yellow splash screen text found on the game’s main menu with whatever quotes, quips, or information you desire.Click Here to Continue Reading
  • 4 Ways to View Your Laptop or Desktop’s Screen on Your TV

    Chris Hoffman
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:40 am
    Mirroring your laptop or desktop PC’s display on your TV is actually pretty simple, assuming you know what you’re doing. There are several ways to do this, both wired and wirelessly.Click Here to Continue Reading
  • How to Quickly Change the First Word in a Bash Command?

    Akemi Iwaya
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    If your workflow is populated with a lot of repetitive actions, then it never hurts to look for ways to improve and streamline your workflow. Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has some helpful suggestions for a reader seeking to improve his workflow.Click Here to Continue Reading
 
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  • real life test kitchen: lemonade’s sweet potato with parsley and pistachio vinaigrette

    Angela M.
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:06 am
    The other day I was in Los Angeles for work, and decided to go for a walk. The first thing you notice when you are walking in Los Angeles is that no one else is. Then you start to notice how pretty the side streets are, with rust-free vintage cars parked here and there and lovely succulent gardens in front of cute little bungalows. Of course, I was in West Hollywood, one of its prettiest neighborhoods. Wondering around in search of place to eat, I stumbled upon Leomonade, hidden behind a tall green flowering hedge on Beverly. It was the answer to all my cravings. Surprisingly tasty, healthy…
  • meet fred: the cutest humidifier we’ve ever seen

    Angela M.
    16 Jan 2015 | 4:14 am
    Winter is really starting to kick in. After seven or so days of below freezing temperatures, my body starts to notice it. My shoulders are tense from the way I hurriedly rush outside, my hands need constant moisturizing, and of course our house feels dryer than a used a chalkboard. Last year we invested in a hefty humidifier from Stradler Form, and I love it. It purrs along through the night and helps keep us breathing clear — not to mention prevents our skin from scaling off. But after spotting this cute little number, I’m attempted to trade in dull Oskar. Meet Fred, the cutest,…
  • cottage renovation: falling hard for a slab of wood

    Angela M.
    8 Jan 2015 | 4:52 am
    Forgive me for not writing sooner with an update on our little house project by the Hudson! We’ve been plugging away, making decisions and slowly getting to a place that we will be able to enjoy soon. The floors are down and stained (but not yet revealed). The new radiators are in place and keeping it warm. The kitchen cabinets have been built and appliances have been ordered. I’ll do a detailed post on the whole kitchen once I can show it off properly, but this morning I wanted to brag about the beautiful slab wood countertop we have found. We’ve been having a HUGE debate…
  • a new kind of great room: bright, airy, modern and open

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

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

    Danny Lipford
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Bathroom exhaust fans move a lot of air and need to be clean regularly to prevent the grill and motor from becoming clogged with dust. Read this article to find out how to clean the vent fan in your bathroom.
  • How to Make a Homemade Water Level

    Danny Lipford
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Water levels have been in use for thousands of years, are easy and inexpensive to make, and more accurate than carpenter’s levels. Read on to find out how to make an inexpensive water level that’s perfect for leveling a shed or deck foundation.
  • Behind the Scenes at IBS and KBIS 2015!

    Ben Erickson
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:32 am
    Danny and the Today’s Homeowner crew are in Las Vegas this week checking out all the cool new tools and innovative products for your home that are on display at the 2015 International Builders’ Show and Kitchen & Bath Industry Show. Read on to find out more.
  • Adding an Attic Lift and Built-in Drop Zone to Improve Storage

    Danny Lipford
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Find out how we organized the storage space in a cluttered garage by adding an attic lift and building a drop zone bench to organize shoes, coats, and backpacks. Watch video to find out more.
  • Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade

    Danny Lipford
    16 Jan 2015 | 2:37 pm
    See how we made a home more energy efficient by replacing the old sliding glass doors with insulated glass units, adding insulation to the attic, and installing a programmable thermostat.
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  • HELLO, THIS IS VERY LONG AND YOU’LL WANT TO READ IT.

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

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

    1 Jan 2015 | 8:09 am
    Happy New Year 2015! It's going to be so good and so different.  
  • Hello and Thank You!

    29 Dec 2014 | 6:37 am
    Good Morning, Monday!  We are back in the studio just a few days this week, working on sewing up as many remaining orders as we can that did not ship prior to xmas.  We are giving ourselves a little space to recover from the intense holiday production schedule...we'll be back to normal starting Jan 5th.  So, just a heads up, we are currently on about a 10-14 day turnaround while we work on rebuilding our stock of bags and fulfilling all of the remaining orders in queue.  Seriously! y'all are amazing!  Thanks so much for the orders that keep coming in!!
  • done!

    23 Dec 2014 | 5:13 am
    And here I am, four weeks later, wrapping up the busiest holiday season we've ever had...thank you a million times over for all of the orders this year!! We are here working today then signing off for the rest of the week for a much needed break. If you see Gena or Lexi or Jesse on the street give them huge high fives and bear hugs for making MoopHQ the best place to be this year.Much love,Wendy
 
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  • Eat Locally, Save Energy - A How-to Guide

    24 Jan 2015 | 2:57 pm
    My Environmental BlogAbout 5 years ago I made a commitment to myself that I would do something about the environmental issues I care about. With work and two young kids, I didn't have a lot of bandwidth, but I had determination. I decided to do research and write a blog (the link is above). My idea ...By: Rhonda Chase DesignContinue Reading »
  • Making The Zoetrope

    24 Jan 2015 | 1:49 pm
    A Zoetrope is an animation toy that literally translates to "life turning." While I had many challenges on this build, I have to say is it easily one of my favorite creations. I have a particular fondness for toys....My main worry was that the wedges would de-lamiate from the block due to the turnin...By: kludge77Continue Reading »
  • Build a star floor

    24 Jan 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Where it all startedI wanted something a bit geeky for the house, and I found fibre optics! Using them is very simple, but the results can be great - so once I'd completed my star floor in the bathroom I got hooked, and you'll see at the end of this Instructable some of the other things I've made us...By: BaldrContinue Reading »
  • How to make a wooden tape holder

    24 Jan 2015 | 9:37 am
    This is one of my homemade tape holders and below are the instructions showing how you can make your own!This tutorial will show you how to make a wooden tape holder for any sized tape rolls. This tutorial is meant as a guide to get you started and the goal is that you end up with a tape holder that...By: UffeContinue Reading »
  • 3D Buildings on grid paper!

    24 Jan 2015 | 7:37 am
    UPDATE: More that 900 views within 9 hours of posting!! I never thought that this would be such a big success! AND it's been featured!! Thanks to all!Hey guys! I'm back, doing my first post in a while: a tutorial on something cool to do on graph paper. You draw 3D models of buildings and stuff, and...By: knexinventions 49Continue Reading »
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  • Eat Locally, Save Energy - A How-to Guide

    24 Jan 2015 | 2:57 pm
    My Environmental BlogAbout 5 years ago I made a commitment to myself that I would do something about the environmental issues I care about. With work and two young kids, I didn't have a lot of bandwidth, but I had determination. I decided to do research and write a blog (the link is above). My idea ...By: Rhonda Chase DesignContinue Reading »
  • Build a star floor

    24 Jan 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Where it all startedI wanted something a bit geeky for the house, and I found fibre optics! Using them is very simple, but the results can be great - so once I'd completed my star floor in the bathroom I got hooked, and you'll see at the end of this Instructable some of the other things I've made us...By: BaldrContinue Reading »
  • 3D Buildings on grid paper!

    24 Jan 2015 | 7:37 am
    UPDATE: More that 900 views within 9 hours of posting!! I never thought that this would be such a big success! AND it's been featured!! Thanks to all!Hey guys! I'm back, doing my first post in a while: a tutorial on something cool to do on graph paper. You draw 3D models of buildings and stuff, and...By: knexinventions 49Continue Reading »
  • Striped Spring Vases

    24 Jan 2015 | 6:50 am
    Grab an old record player and some thrift store vases and make some beautiful striped vases for spring! Watch the short video tutorial here! You'll need An old record playerAmericana Gloss Enamels Cardboard Tape Glass vases Rubbing alcohol Paintbrushes Prep the record player Make a stack o...By: Mark MontanoContinue Reading »
  • Elastic Band Heroes

    22 Jan 2015 | 3:42 pm
    This instructable shows how to make your favorite characters or in this case heroes on the Rainbow Loom. For this particular instructable I will be showing you how to make a Rainbow Loom superman. I initially did this to repurpose the Rainbow Loom to make a neat keychain rather than the bracelets an...By: TaskMasterContinue Reading »
 
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  • Build a star floor

    24 Jan 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Where it all startedI wanted something a bit geeky for the house, and I found fibre optics! Using them is very simple, but the results can be great - so once I'd completed my star floor in the bathroom I got hooked, and you'll see at the end of this Instructable some of the other things I've made us...By: BaldrContinue Reading »
  • 3D Buildings on grid paper!

    24 Jan 2015 | 7:37 am
    UPDATE: More that 900 views within 9 hours of posting!! I never thought that this would be such a big success! AND it's been featured!! Thanks to all!Hey guys! I'm back, doing my first post in a while: a tutorial on something cool to do on graph paper. You draw 3D models of buildings and stuff, and...By: knexinventions 49Continue Reading »
  • Plug and Play Arduino Temperature controller

    23 Jan 2015 | 9:41 pm
    I've seen a few different temperature controller projects here. I wanted to build one, with the following constraints: Controlled "dumb" appliance can be plugged directly into the unit. I didn't want to hack into the appliance, but more importantly I wanted to potentially be able to use this with mo...By: smrat alleckContinue Reading »
  • Dog's Water Bucket Heater

    22 Jan 2015 | 6:42 am
    If you live in an area with cold winters and have a need for an outdoor water bucket for a dog, you know that keeping it free of ice in the winter is a problem. I'd seen simple little heaters like this used in chicken coops, and decided to see if it would work to keep our dog's water bucket thawed. ...By: walter.warren1Continue Reading »
  • Burned Holes Furniture for your Garden

    22 Jan 2015 | 6:19 am
    Hi makerfriends!I'm an Instructable fan since 2010, and I've always wanted to write an instructable. I noticed that there is a new contest called "BURN IT! CONTEST"... What a perfect occasion to start! With this project I'm gonna show you how to burn some logs in order to make this awesome garden fu...By: zorzoContinue Reading »
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  • Cheap and easy phone stand

    24 Jan 2015 | 4:34 pm
    In this instructable i vil make a phone stand that is great gor watching mobies youtube clips and everything else. You will need:A bottle (I used a coke bottle) A knifeAnd some duckt tape First cut your bottle close to the bottom but not too close And then cut it like the picture, you can cu...By: tobiasfjeldContinue Reading »
  • Clay Critters - Turtle

    24 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    What you need: 1 x 1 1/4-inch diameter ball of clay (BOC) 1 x 1/2-inch diameter BOC 4 x 1/3-inch diameter BOC 1 x 1/4-inch diameter BOC 2 x Super-tiny BOC Toothpick Press bottom of largest BOC on flat surface to form a dome. Pinch around bottom of dome to create a slightly flared edge,...By: ChandraBlackwellContinue Reading »
  • Eat Locally, Save Energy - A How-to Guide

    24 Jan 2015 | 2:57 pm
    My Environmental BlogAbout 5 years ago I made a commitment to myself that I would do something about the environmental issues I care about. With work and two young kids, I didn't have a lot of bandwidth, but I had determination. I decided to do research and write a blog (the link is above). My idea ...By: Rhonda Chase DesignContinue Reading »
  • Lets build a snow man!

    24 Jan 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Hi everyone! Sorry I haven't posted anything lately. My computer has been down for a few months and instructables was one of the sites that I couldn't post anything on :( Well good news is that everything is good now and im back to posting! So anyway we are going to build a snow man! Getting ...By: woogs1765Continue Reading »
  • Build a star floor

    24 Jan 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Where it all startedI wanted something a bit geeky for the house, and I found fibre optics! Using them is very simple, but the results can be great - so once I'd completed my star floor in the bathroom I got hooked, and you'll see at the end of this Instructable some of the other things I've made us...By: BaldrContinue Reading »
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  • Our Dog's $100 Recumbent Trike

    23 Jan 2015 | 4:41 pm
    Our chocolate lab, Louie, just loves to run.  His favorite used to be trotting along on a leash while I rode my bike.   But a few weeks ago an unleashed/unattended dog came at us while riding through a nearby neighborhood.  Louie instinctively bolted toward the dog and when I couldn’t release his le...By: dewey302Continue Reading »
  • Inductive Bike Lights

    23 Jan 2015 | 3:39 am
    Be seen on your bike with no batteries involved!This instructable shows how to build an inductive back bike light. When magnetic flux passes a coil of wire it induces a current to flow within that wire. This is the principle of all motors and generators. This principle is shown here:http://www.instr...By: chunkyhamptonContinue Reading »
  • A Better Snow Shovel

    22 Jan 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Your snow shovel will perform better and you will like it moreif it's sized to suit you.See the fellow in the picture above? The top of the handle on his shovel comes just to the top of his forehead. That's just the right size. He added a piece of hardwood dowel and extended the length of his shovel...By: homemadeisgoodContinue Reading »
  • Tent Small Candle Stove KP

    22 Jan 2015 | 2:08 pm
    There is a rumor going about that you can heat a tent with a candle.. A: http://outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/3389/...I have experienced bitter cold at 4 o'clock in my tent and it would be perfect if I could heat it enough for winter camping. Wood stove, rocket or classic stove need...By: KresimirPregernikContinue Reading »
  • Tent Small Rocket Stove KP

    22 Jan 2015 | 3:18 am
    Hot tent ? Why not ?Well, let's go! 1000 mile hiking begin with small step Because I like to be/sleep in warm. and winter camping is (could be) very cold, well i must add a heater in the tent.But which one. It in a common sense to burn wood and cook and heat yourselves on site. But open fire is o...By: KresimirPregernikContinue Reading »
 
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  • Our Dog's $100 Recumbent Trike

    23 Jan 2015 | 4:41 pm
    Our chocolate lab, Louie, just loves to run.  His favorite used to be trotting along on a leash while I rode my bike.   But a few weeks ago an unleashed/unattended dog came at us while riding through a nearby neighborhood.  Louie instinctively bolted toward the dog and when I couldn’t release his le...By: dewey302Continue Reading »
  • Inductive Bike Lights

    23 Jan 2015 | 3:39 am
    Be seen on your bike with no batteries involved!This instructable shows how to build an inductive back bike light. When magnetic flux passes a coil of wire it induces a current to flow within that wire. This is the principle of all motors and generators. This principle is shown here:http://www.instr...By: chunkyhamptonContinue Reading »
  • A Better Snow Shovel

    22 Jan 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Your snow shovel will perform better and you will like it moreif it's sized to suit you.See the fellow in the picture above? The top of the handle on his shovel comes just to the top of his forehead. That's just the right size. He added a piece of hardwood dowel and extended the length of his shovel...By: homemadeisgoodContinue Reading »
  • Tent Candle Oven Stove KP

    22 Jan 2015 | 2:08 pm
    This is an application fo the candle stove. Candle power to heat a tent can give a temperature up to 240C, which I measured testing the candle tent stove. My friend Miro told me that he must have his daily bread, otherwise he gets hungry, especially on several days of hiking. Carrying a long lasting...By: KresimirPregernikContinue Reading »
  • Tent Small Candle Stove KP

    22 Jan 2015 | 2:08 pm
    There is a rumor going about that you can heat a tent with a candle.. A: http://outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/3389/...I have experienced bitter cold at 4 o'clock in my tent and it would be perfect if I could heat it enough for winter camping. Wood stove, rocket or classic stove need...By: KresimirPregernikContinue Reading »
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  • Low Carry Attachment for Mora Knives (On a Budget)

    24 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    In many parts of the world, come winter, everyone gets bundled up to stay warm and toasty when outdoors. The problem with that is that under all those layers, your belt carried knife may be difficult or impossible to extract when practicing winter Bushcraft or survival.Here is a quick guide to a ve...By: Common Man SurvivalContinue Reading »
  • DIY Bicycle Cargo Trailer (from Child/Kid bike trailer)

    24 Jan 2015 | 11:54 am
    I've seen several DIY bike cargo trailers and I had a burning desire to build one of my own. Oddly enough, I have no real reason for needing one. But, I didn't let that stop me. :)Most of the DIY trailers have a non-adjustable platform for cargo. I decided I would use nylon webbing to construct a...By: marpilliContinue Reading »
  • USB Rechargeable Fire Starter

    24 Jan 2015 | 10:33 am
    This Instructable is for a USB rechargeable Fire Starter. I've tested this with lighting some paper towels on fire and could be promising for a camp fire starter device. Here are the list of materials:MATERIALS:QTY DESCRIPTION1 2" Long piece of Kanthal 28 ga wire http://www.ebay.com/itm/Kanthal-A1-R...By: SolarcycleContinue Reading »
  • Our Dog's $100 Recumbent Trike

    23 Jan 2015 | 4:41 pm
    Our chocolate lab, Louie, just loves to run.  His favorite used to be trotting along on a leash while I rode my bike.   But a few weeks ago an unleashed/unattended dog came at us while riding through a nearby neighborhood.  Louie instinctively bolted toward the dog and when I couldn’t release his le...By: dewey302Continue Reading »
  • Kiddy Bike Radiator Mascot

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:55 am
    The description may sound worrying, but i `ve chosen it because the result of my work had remember me on those famous radiator mascots like the "Emlily" from RollsRoyce or the wildcat from Jaguar.The Idea behind had started with a simple task and ended up in a long time project that i d like to shar...By: lathe_makeatioContinue Reading »
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  • Dieselpunk Goggles XD-2

    24 Jan 2015 | 4:41 am
    Hello to all crafters,recently i've finished these very very simple dieselpunk goggles, made of just a few things.Time to make them could be like 20 minutes, maybe 30.And so here's a quick tutorial...What you will need:a piece of leather or an eco-leatherpapertube from a vacuum cleanersilver paintco...By: DreamchronicContinue Reading »
  • Repairing Camel for "Camel Up!"

    22 Jan 2015 | 1:52 pm
    "Camel Up!" is a fun board game that involves strategy, betting, and luck. The key element is a race track with stackable camels that compete. My friend, Josh, received a set with a one orange camel that was shorter on one leg than the others...and as such, wouldn't stack! The horror! So I borrowed ...By: rnsmckinContinue Reading »
  • How To Make a Matchbox Rocket Launching Kit

    22 Jan 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Here's how to make rockets, that shoot over 40 feet, with aluminum foil and a wooden match.These desktop rockets might be tiny, but they’re impressively powerful, and leave a cool trail of smoke. Surprisingly, they’re only powered by one single match head. Watch The Video! WARNING: Although thes...By: The King of RandomContinue Reading »
  • Gun Wrong

    21 Jan 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Last time I tackled a replica firearm, I tried to make it in an apartment with hand tools. Now, with a little more experience under my belt and access to a full shop.. I proceeded to, again, do almost everything wrong. Here's hoping you can learn from my adventure. The Demilitarized Zone This is ...By: nomuseContinue Reading »
  • Hot Wire Ice Cutter

    21 Jan 2015 | 11:18 am
    Have you ever wanted to sculpt something out of ice? Well here is an easy way to do it that doesn't require a chainsaw. In this project, I am going to show you how to make a "hot wire ice cutter." The design for this project is very similar to other types of hot wire cutters. Electricity is sent thr...By: DIY Hacks and How TosContinue Reading »
 
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  • Dieselpunk Goggles XD-2

    24 Jan 2015 | 4:41 am
    Hello to all crafters,recently i've finished these very very simple dieselpunk goggles, made of just a few things.Time to make them could be like 20 minutes, maybe 30.And so here's a quick tutorial...What you will need:a piece of leather or an eco-leatherpapertube from a vacuum cleanersilver paintco...By: DreamchronicContinue Reading »
  • How To Make The Turbo Meteor Paper Airplane

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:47 pm
    Fast, long range and nimble, the Turbo Meteor is an enlarged but still tiny development of the Meteor "drone-fighter" paper airplane. The aircraft's design is quite simple, as is its handling in flight.The Turbo Meteor's development was initiated to take advantage of the good handling displayed in t...By: OrigamiAirEnforcerContinue Reading »
  • Repairing Camel for "Camel Up!"

    22 Jan 2015 | 1:52 pm
    "Camel Up!" is a fun board game that involves strategy, betting, and luck. The key element is a race track with stackable camels that compete. My friend, Josh, received a set with a one orange camel that was shorter on one leg than the others...and as such, wouldn't stack! The horror! So I borrowed ...By: rnsmckinContinue Reading »
  • How To Make a Matchbox Rocket Launching Kit

    22 Jan 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Here's how to make rockets, that shoot over 40 feet, with aluminum foil and a wooden match.These desktop rockets might be tiny, but they’re impressively powerful, and leave a cool trail of smoke. Surprisingly, they’re only powered by one single match head. Watch The Video! WARNING: Although thes...By: The King of RandomContinue Reading »
  • Collapsable Bo Staff ultra light weight (adjustable lenght)

    22 Jan 2015 | 4:38 am
    Hi everyone, and specially "staffers"! Do you still have your old TV?This is very simple tutorial covers how to make this very light (and fragile) staff for travelling.I recommend to practice with it veeeeery slowly. It feels like you don't have anything in your hands, so use it wisely and do not sp...By: DreamchronicContinue Reading »
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  • how to draw a cartoon cat!

    24 Jan 2015 | 4:45 pm
    This is not the picture that your gonna draw. The picture that I'm gonna show you, is way easier and ''cuter'' to draw!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Head If your gonna draw an animal, your gonna need to draw the head first. Just like any other species your trying to draw. and don't make your drawing small if it'...By: DaVidMakerContinue Reading »
  • Minecraft Spider Jockey Children's Costume with Moving Legs and Head

    24 Jan 2015 | 4:20 pm
    This costume will be finished this weekend. I will be adding shoulder straps and a custom t-shirt for the skeletons body! I will be adding in step by step instructions this evening with many more photos, and hopefully a video of the costume functioning as it does now, with the head tilting up and do...By: joshualeelairdContinue Reading »
  • How To Solve A Gear Cube Ultimate / Extreme

    24 Jan 2015 | 4:13 pm
    The source for this;http://ruwix.com/twisty-puzzles/gear-cube-extreme-ultimate-how-to-solve-gearcube-solution/ The Equator (middle) Layer Turn the R, F, L, B layers until the middle layer edges match the centre pieces Top Corners You can solve the top corners by using this algorithm;D' R2 D R2...By: geadzieContinue Reading »
  • Mario Paper Quilling

    24 Jan 2015 | 3:44 pm
    I would love to hear or see how your Mario quilling project came out. If anything is unclear or you have questions please ask. As always I hope my Instructable is helpful and that you enjoy it! Gather Supplies 1. Paper , red, black, cream, brown, yellow and blue2. Colored pencils and a regular pe...By: caitlingelinasContinue Reading »
  • Katara's Necklace

    24 Jan 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Katara's necklace is a blue choker with a light blue, hand-crafted jewel bearing the waterbending symbol. But since I made this cosplay on a major budget, its just a plastic shrinky-dink. Step 1: What you'll need Materials A circle template (mine was about 2 1/2") Shrink plastic or #6 plastic Sci...By: lianechanContinue Reading »
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  • Militarize Your G-shock Watch

    23 Jan 2015 | 12:39 pm
    For this tutorial, I am going to teach you how to change your G-shock's module into a Military Red Eye Version. Some might say its as easy as putting a red plastic cover infront of the module, but that's not it. We want it clean and legit. We want to modify the look and make it a badass military sty...By: SaiP1Continue Reading »
  • Wire Dispenser/Caddy

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:05 am
    In my new Home Office/Workshop, I've been making space for my electronics hobby. My space has to be multi-functional and it has to be able to be tidy ... I'm not a very tidy person and my workspace can quickly become an homage to kipple (read Philip K. Dick for an explanation).This instructable is a...By: baelza.bubbaContinue Reading »
  • Stay warm this winter: CPU Hand Warmer

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:26 am
    In this small project I will show you how I repurposed an old AMD CPU to create a small, light and easy to use electric hand warmer. With the help of a small portable power bank this gadget can warm you up for around 2 and a half hours and can easily reach temperatures up to 60 degrees celcius. W...By: GreatScottLabContinue Reading »
  • Barrel Speaker

    23 Jan 2015 | 6:01 am
    Regular Saturday morning at town's car boot sale/market, my friend noticed nice wee barrel as he was looking something nice to make a saving money bank. I've had to change his mind :) Cost me only £5.I have decided to make amplified speaker out of it. Parts Next stage was to plan and collect nece...By: DasElisContinue Reading »
  • Plasma Gum

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:21 pm
    Here for your enjoyment is a hack/make/assemblage item. I've always loved plasma globes ever since first spotting one as a wee lad (a million years ago) in Radioshack. Now that they're no longer $100 in eighties money, and are a mere $20 on sale, they're much easier to attain. Being more practically...By: nate71173Continue Reading »
 
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  • Tablet Docking Station

    24 Jan 2015 | 12:45 am
    Docking station for Tablet has the following features:Display out to the LCD TVAudio out for TVAudio out for External Speakers (USB speakers attached to Docking Station)Connected to Bluetooth Mouse via the Micro USB port.Power supply for Tablet and Speakers.Its a great fun to watch the on TV the Int...By: azam.asifContinue Reading »
  • The Ultimate guide to create a headless Minecraft server

    24 Jan 2015 | 12:21 am
    So you want to build a Minecraft server?What your going to need: A Server (A 'dedicated' computer that you want to run the minecraft server on: Dedicated server wiki) A computer monitor A separate computer (your normal computer)An internet connection (For updates, and downloading McMyAdmin) Ubuntu l...By: EvolvedAwesomeContinue Reading »
  • Militarize Your G-shock Watch

    23 Jan 2015 | 12:39 pm
    For this tutorial, I am going to teach you how to change your G-shock's module into a Military Red Eye Version. Some might say its as easy as putting a red plastic cover infront of the module, but that's not it. We want it clean and legit. We want to modify the look and make it a badass military sty...By: SaiP1Continue Reading »
  • Wire Dispenser/Caddy

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:05 am
    In my new Home Office/Workshop, I've been making space for my electronics hobby. My space has to be multi-functional and it has to be able to be tidy ... I'm not a very tidy person and my workspace can quickly become an homage to kipple (read Philip K. Dick for an explanation).This instructable is a...By: baelza.bubbaContinue Reading »
  • Stay warm this winter: CPU Hand Warmer

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:26 am
    In this small project I will show you how I repurposed an old AMD CPU to create a small, light and easy to use electric hand warmer. With the help of a small portable power bank this gadget can warm you up for around 2 and a half hours and can easily reach temperatures up to 60 degrees celcius. W...By: GreatScottLabContinue Reading »
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  • LED Shadow Box

    24 Jan 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Here I have a shadow box with chibitronics LEDs in the back that light up when you plug it in. Not the most professional looking, but if you know what you're doing and put the time into it, you guys can make it look much nicer. And bonus points to you guys who know what city this skyline is based ...By: alienldr1Continue Reading »
  • boombox: reuse old car speakers

    24 Jan 2015 | 4:38 pm
    always wanted one of these, there are so many great creations around here and there, I decide to make mine! And here was this old speakers box ( I don't know how to call it) laying there in my workshop... idea and material nothing complicated here:- old car trunk speakers box (vertical stereo twe...By: nemo13Continue Reading »
  • Camera Mount

    24 Jan 2015 | 2:45 pm
    This tutorial shows how to improve any universal tripod thread mount camera to a GoPro mount.It is useful because Gopro has a lot of mounts that fits any need, such as suction pads, adhesive mounts, attachable for handlebar, seatposts and many others that can be seen on regular or professional kits....By: JorgheContinue Reading »
  • Replace the X-axis idler on your Prusa i3

    24 Jan 2015 | 2:38 pm
    I have enjoyed my FolgerTech Prusa i3 3D printer. It has presented very little trouble and taught me a great deal about 3D printing, parts design and troubleshooting... in a good way.This Instructable walks you through replacing the printed X-axis idler with a couple bearings to eliminate the wear y...By: MindRealmContinue Reading »
  • Tracking and Controlling your car remotely using Arduino and Android

    24 Jan 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Actually, many of us may suffer or afraid from being his car stolen. In this project, I will try to help you to protect your cars and even control them remotely. Basically, you have to leave a mobile phone in your car and when the car starts to move it uses its sensors to detect that and will send t...By: ashraf nabilContinue Reading »
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  • Making The Zoetrope

    24 Jan 2015 | 1:49 pm
    A Zoetrope is an animation toy that literally translates to "life turning." While I had many challenges on this build, I have to say is it easily one of my favorite creations. I have a particular fondness for toys....My main worry was that the wedges would de-lamiate from the block due to the turnin...By: kludge77Continue Reading »
  • How to make a wooden tape holder

    24 Jan 2015 | 9:37 am
    This is one of my homemade tape holders and below are the instructions showing how you can make your own!This tutorial will show you how to make a wooden tape holder for any sized tape rolls. This tutorial is meant as a guide to get you started and the goal is that you end up with a tape holder that...By: UffeContinue Reading »
  • Pirateship Playhouse / Treehouse / Fort / Swingset / In trouble with wife

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:25 pm
    I started a job in a new town, to help with the transition I promised my sons that I would build them a pirate playhouse. I told my wife I would build a 5 foot platform with a ladder and slide. Things escalated quickly.... Mapping it out First step map out where you plan to build, ask the wife ...By: JP AmmonsContinue Reading »
  • Diy Head Light Cleaner Gift Kit

    23 Jan 2015 | 11:34 am
    My family were here for the holidays and my sister-in-law mentioned that she paid $30.00 to have her head lights cleaned and later learned a method to do it herself. I decided to give it a try. I was so thrilled it did such a great job; that I was inspired to make a gift kit for friends and family. ...By: sunshiineContinue Reading »
  • Origami Lamp

    23 Jan 2015 | 2:01 am
    Material you need:1) One large sheet of paper, the sizeof the paper needs to be 1:2 (width/length) ratio,2) Glue3) Large size empty bottle4) Paper cutter5) Thread6) Small ligiht bulb and cable A quick gothrough (will update the detail in the future) Follow the pic's order to fold the pattern.Once...By: jake_lee_1105Continue Reading »
 
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  • enhance your car or ups battery

    24 Jan 2015 | 7:02 am
    today i will show you how to enhance a battery ressults of the improvement can be seen within a week or 2you will needepsom salt (magnesium sulphate)distilled water Gather it up a battery with six caps or cells needs2 cups of epsom salt2 cups of water (distilled water preferd)now take them in a b...By: ccpro14Continue Reading »
  • very cheap 1.5 $ angle grinder

    23 Jan 2015 | 11:50 pm
    its for those people who don,t have a high budget, and want an emergency angle grinder .its ready in half an hour or less ( depending upon the type of epoxy you use)material required -1x instant glue ( i used feviquick )1x araldite 1x angle grinder blade 1x hand drill 1x small plastic piece( optiona...By: shashankrwt342Continue Reading »
  • Pirateship Playhouse / Treehouse / Fort / Swingset / In trouble with wife

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:25 pm
    I started a job in a new town, to help with the transition I promised my sons that I would build them a pirate playhouse. I told my wife I would build a 5 foot platform with a ladder and slide. Things escalated quickly.... Mapping it out First step map out where you plan to build, ask the wife ...By: JP AmmonsContinue Reading »
  • Diy Head Light Cleaner Gift Kit

    23 Jan 2015 | 11:34 am
    My family were here for the holidays and my sister-in-law mentioned that she paid $30.00 to have her head lights cleaned and later learned a method to do it herself. I decided to give it a try. I was so thrilled it did such a great job; that I was inspired to make a gift kit for friends and family. ...By: sunshiineContinue Reading »
  • Build an awesome mobile space saving work bench.

    22 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Hey there everyone my names Colter and i'm here to help you build an awesome space saving workbench that is also mobile. I would like to let you know that most of the instructions in here can either be adjusted to fit your area or the style you want. Like if you don't want doors on the front of it j...By: ZombTechContinue Reading »
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  • Small Wasted Space Idea Above Basement Stairs in Garage

    24 Jan 2015 | 5:09 pm
    I built this because my garage was to short to put shelving in front of where the cars are parked at.Here's how I did it.If you like this idea vote for me in the Small Spaces Contest. Thanks. Storage above basement garage stairs. Wasted Space Made Useful. Start with building the lower shelf. ...By: kckaceContinue Reading »
  • Exploring Stirling

    24 Jan 2015 | 4:38 pm
    Hello Instructables,Over the next couple of months I want to start exploring the science behind the Stirling engine. In this process I want to make several test to make the most efficient Stirling engine I can. I want to make many tiny Stirling engine projects to hopefully create a Stirling engine p...By: Blockman301Continue Reading »
  • Making The Zoetrope

    24 Jan 2015 | 1:49 pm
    A Zoetrope is an animation toy that literally translates to "life turning." While I had many challenges on this build, I have to say is it easily one of my favorite creations. I have a particular fondness for toys....My main worry was that the wedges would de-lamiate from the block due to the turnin...By: kludge77Continue Reading »
  • Stainless bowl lamp

    24 Jan 2015 | 12:26 pm
    A simple lamp using a large inox bowl with a reflective inside.A simple 10mm hole at the bottom is not so easy to make because, stainless steel is quite hard. I used a smaller drill first and then used the 10mm drill.I used a long lamp adapter to serve as a leg and two rubber patch to prevent the la...By: Luk---Continue Reading »
  • solar and wind power car(reach to 70 km with satellite remote

    24 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    it is unbelievable Solar first take solar panel (12 v ) Satellite remote IT help to control car from miles with vedio Turbines we would buy three 2.5 v turbines that will generate power to help car for reaching at 70 km per hour IT can give energy back to us In summer :12 v are given...By: Abdullah CHContinue Reading »
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  • January Goal Updates: Reselling, Making, School. Success, Failures, Trucking Along

    Van
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:24 pm
    This year I'm sharing monthly business and personal goal updates. It holds me accountable and it gives you a behind-the-scenes on a free-spirited soloprenuer (and naturally, broke, ha!) student's lifestyle. It's been a crazy, but rewarding month full of new experiences. Behold!:January Business Progress:Lost $$$ on my antique mall booth. No time! Downsizing to a tiny one next month.Excitedly doing Web Marketing for two local natural living indie businesses. Copyeditor and designer for a quarterly local natural living magazine!Testing for our organic body care line going…
  • Guides for a Healthy New Years Body: Weight Loss, Recipes, Exercise and More

    Van
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:40 pm
    You revamp and organize you home (see: guides for organizing your everything) for the new year; but it's equally important to streamline and care for our bodies! You only get one, it deserves the best food and care possible. I've worked in a commercial raw vegan kitchen for three years and I'm currently enrolled in nutritional herbalism and master herbalism courses. I'm extremely passionate about learning the inner working of our bodies down to a cellular level and giving it the optimum fuel. I love creating like crazy and staying busy as hell. You, too, have a never-ending list of things to…
  • Apartment Tour and Challenge, Room 1, The Living Room / Office / Dining Room

    Van
    18 Jan 2015 | 10:45 pm
    My forever-task of re-arranging my apartment continues, but it's getting better every day! Limits force creativity, and my challenge is a money-saving one. I want to solve as many living space solution problems as possible, if not all of them, by not purchasing anything new. I can thrift a little, I can make things, but for the most part, I want this to be a $0.00 challenge. My living room/office area isn't done by far yet, but here's the current progress.I've read in feng sui it's good to move your desk so that it "overlooks your workspace" for good energy. I've had it facing the wall and…
  • How to be an Explorer of The World: Week 2 of 5

    Van
    17 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    Results of last week's explorations:  It rained most of the time last week, preventing me from completing the "daily walks" prompt, but otherwise, I'm glad I made these prompts public and accountable. It forced me out of the house when I was enjoying a writing job so I could go out and enjoy the rare, sunny weather.  It was fun to play with composition, too. The "childhood collection' shot with the soda can actually looks like a scene from my childhood! The ribbon looks exactly like cheap necklaces I'd wear (it was, after all, the 90s), I was addicted to coke and always running…
  • Thrift Wish List 2015: Unique Art, Kitchen Goodness, Mid Century Modern Furniture

    Van
    16 Jan 2015 | 1:26 am
    For years now I've taken The Compact, a vow to Buy Nothing New and only shop second hand for most needs. (I've written tips on starting your own here and 12 reasons why I chose to buy nothing new, too). Everyone has their own exceptions and I've allowed a new purchase or two, especially when I've been hunting for years and haven't been able to find what I needed second-hand. After making some plans to clear out some final bits of clutter I feel confident allowing myself to do some thrifting soon, but I'm setting strict rules!I haven't allowed myself to thrift for months because I was…
 
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  • Attract a Crowd with Lightweight Stone Veneer: Gorgeous Trade Show Booth Designs

    Ryan
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:54 am
    Most would think that lightweight stone veneer is meant primarily for remodeling homes and businesses – for exterior siding, accent walls, wainscoting, kitchen backsplashes, etc. More and more, though, people are coming up with novel ways to make use of our panels and columns.  Thanks to their light weight and robust construction, it’s easy to come up with new applications for them. Lightweight stone veneer is a great way to add visual appeal to your trade show booth. Some of the most impressive of these applications can be found at trade shows and similar events.  A couple customers…
  • Great Siding Ideas: Upgrade with Imitation Brick Panels

    Ryan
    16 Jan 2015 | 10:09 am
    Often, the original siding on our homes or businesses can start to appear uninspiring and drab.  We know it could use an upgrade, but don’t want to spend too much money or hire a professional to do the job for us.  Then we see brick siding ideas that we love the look of, but know it would be too expensive and labor-intensive for us to install.  This is where faux comes in.  One of the best, most cost-effective ways to bring the classic look of brick to your remodeling project is with our imitation brick siding. Our Oxford Brick panels bring an old world look to home exteriors. A…
  • Making a Great DIY Playhouse with Exterior Paneling

    Ryan
    9 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    A number of our customers have demonstrated a variety of applications using faux stone exterior paneling.  Their ingenuity truly inspires us.  One of the unique ways we’d like to highlight in this week’s blog post is how faux stone and brick panels are excellent for the design of a DIY playhouse. In addition to the highly realistic resemblance faux stone panels has to the real thing, it’s perfect for use on children’s playhouses because of how lightweight easy the panels are to install.  Made of high-density polyurethane, there’s no need to worry that they’ll crack, chip, or…
  • Wall Paneling Featured on Several Popular Home Makeover Shows

    Ryan
    31 Dec 2014 | 10:27 am
    Wall paneling provided by FauxPanels® has been featured on major TV networks, in a number of popular home makeover shows. These include ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition, DIY Network’s Man Caves, NBC’s The Apprentice, HGTV’s Curb Appeal, Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible, and more. Below, you’ll see a few of our favorite short videos of the panels showcased on ABC’s Extreme Makeover, the DIY Network’s Man Caves, the Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible, and HGTV’s Curb Appeal. Watch them and get a real-world view of all the design possibilities with wall…
  • Happy Holidays from All of Us at FauxPanels.com

    Ryan
    24 Dec 2014 | 8:17 am
    Happy Holidays from FauxPanels.com!! From an outdoor DIY outdoor bar in Pennsylvania, to a faux brick backdrop in an exclusive musical performance space in Las Vegas, 2014 has seen the Creative Faux Panels blog cover fantastic projects from all across the United States. A DIY Outdoor bar in Newton, PA The Gibson Showroom at KVVU-TV studio in Las Vegas Venture Crew 360’s Enchanted Castle Playhouse in PA Thank you for all of your encouraging support over the past twelve months.  We’re excited to see all the great project details and pictures you guys send us in 2015. Faux Panels has…
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  • Free Plans for an Awesome Chicken Coop

    Natalie Dalpias
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:47 am
    Raising chickens has grown in popularity in recent years, and a lot of folks are looking for instructions on how to build a chicken coop. This coop, designed and built by Natalie Dalpais of The Creative Mom has to be one of the best we’ve ever seen. It’s practical, with several features to make cleaning and egg gathering easier. And perhaps best of all, it actually looks attractive! It looks like a classic barn with a raised center aisle roof.  We have the instructions here, along with plenty of helpful photos. Plus, we have the chicken coop plans and building instructions in…
  • Building a Garage Laundry Nook

    Jamie Dorobek
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:39 am
    Jamie Dorobek , the mastermind of the blog C.R.A.F.T. (Creating Really Awesome Free Things), masterminded a way to make her laundry routine a lot better. She needed a way to stack her mismatched washer and dryer and bring a little order to her laundry space. She and her husband came up with this terrific garage laundry nook.    Raise your hand if you love laundry! How about doing laundry in your cold garage with your washer and dryer seven feet apart from each other. My hand is not up. But, that’s how we did laundry in Casa de Dorobek for almost two years. Over the last few months…
  • Cute Mini Pantry with Pipe Shelves and Sliding Door

    Chelsey Andrews
    15 Jan 2015 | 1:09 pm
    DIY blogger Chelsey Andrews and her husband built the cutest mini pantry you’ve ever seen. It’s a very clever storage solution for their small kitchen. It’s not only quite functional, though. With its hand stamped wall pattern and sliding door, the pantry adds to the kitchen’s visual appeal, too. Here’s how she built her mini pantry, including a clever solution for building shelves in a house with uneven floors. (And look at the end of the article for the free downloadable kitchen poster you see in Chelsey’s kitchen.) Our little 950 sq. ft. house was built…
  • Garage Organization Makeover Creates Tidy Workshop

    Laura Putnam
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
      Laura Putnam and her husband Dana make their living crafting maple syrup in New York’s Hudson Valley. Their garage is very important to them– it’s their workshop, storage space and… their garage. But a garage organization makeover was long overdue. Take a look at the amazing job Laura and Dana did taming the clutter in their garage, turning it into a tidy, well organized and pleasant place to work on projects and park their vehicles.    Do you have an area in your home that is an absolute mess and out of control? For us, it has long been our garage. Last…
  • How to Make a DIY Acrylic Frame

    Jana Bek
    9 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Can you spot the gorgeous DIY here? Squint for a glimpse of the awesome acrylic frame in the background. It’s a DIY by Jana Bek of Jana Bek Design. Here’s her tutorial so you can create one for your artwork.     I’ve long loved acrylic frames. With their clean lines and bold stand-offs they are artwork in themselves. That said, they cost a pretty penny, especially if you want to make a ginormous one, which is what I was after! After perusing blogs and gathering tips and tricks, I felt pretty comfortable taking this challenge on. I’m so thrilled that Home Depot partnered…
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  • Build a Garage to Add Value to Your Home

    21 Jan 2015 | 10:56 pm
      Are you thinking of adding a garage to your home? There are a great number of advantages to this idea. You'll be protecting your vehicle -- not only from weather damage due to snow, hail, or strong sunlight, but also from theft. In addition, you stand to gain extra storage, much-needed room to work at crafts or hobbies, perhaps a cozy retreat (man cave, anyone?), a convenient home office, or even additional living space.  See full article.
  • How to Clean and Maintain Your Roof

    21 Jan 2015 | 12:22 am
      Protect one of the largest parts of your home -- the roof -- with regular cleaning and inspection. This should be done at least twice a year, in fall to get your roof in shape for the cold weather and again in spring to see how it has held up to winter's hardships.  See full article.
  • Tile Beautifies a Kitchen or Bathroom Wall

    20 Jan 2015 | 8:04 pm
      Kitchens and bathrooms are a major focal point in 21st century home design. And no wonder! The modern trend is to transform these once-humble rooms into highly personal spaces that nurture body and soul. With this end in mind, we're seeing more and more exciting ideas for tiles to adorn the walls of kitchen and bath.  See full article.
  • ID a Faulty Garage Door Spring

    19 Jan 2015 | 10:51 pm
      How often do you use your garage door? Even if you open and close it only when you're leaving for work or coming home, that's a total of approximately 500 times per year. All that wear and tear puts a lot of strain on your garage door springs, which act to counterbalance the door and hold it in place.  See full article.
  • Heat Pumps Provide Cheaper Heating *and* Cooling

    18 Jan 2015 | 11:33 pm
      The name "heat pump" is misleading. This appliance actually does an efficient job of both heating and cooling your home. Unlike conventional HVAC systems, a heat pump functions by moving heat, rather than generating hot or cold air. This heat may be sourced from the air (the most common type, also known as "air-to-air"), water, or earth (geothermal).  See full article.
 
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    Faux Wood Workshop

  • Create a Box Beam Ceiling with Reclaimed Wood Style

    Ryan
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:56 am
    The latest additions to our line of products are Real Wood Box Beams.  Available in four distinctive texture styles, and offered in three-sided and four-sided options, they can be used to create a particularly gorgeous box beam ceiling.  Made of virgin wood, they are each painstakingly faux finished to match the color, texture, and character of real vintage barn wood as closely as possible. Adding real wood box beams to living room ceilings creates a dramatic new look. From a distance and up close, it’s impossible to believe they aren’t authentic reclaimed wood that’s over 150 years…
  • Polyurethane Corbels: Inspiring Interiors with Imitation Wood

    Ryan
    16 Jan 2015 | 9:57 am
    Have you thought of ways you can enhance your home or business’s interior by adding a small touch without spending too much?  Polyurethane corbels offer a fabulous way to do this.  The way they accent angles on beams, walls, ceilings, mantels and more gives any room a brand new charm. Polyurethane corbels can be used to enhance mantel designs, ceilings, beams, and more. The wide range of decorative corbel styles we offer makes it easy to find the right one for your interior design.  Each style has the unmistakable appearance of authentic wood grain.  Made of a robust polyurethane…
  • Renew Your Design with Decorative Wood Panels

    Ryan
    9 Jan 2015 | 11:37 am
    Creating an inviting and comfortable décor in your home or business doesn’t always have to be difficult or time-consuming.  Getting started doesn’t have to be overwhelming either.  A great place to start when remodeling a room, in fact, is with wall and ceiling decoration.  This way, you’ll create a fresh ambiance without taking up space. Decorative wood panels create stunning ceiling designs. A wonderful way to renew your wall and ceiling designs is with decorative wood panels.  The cozy atmosphere they create opens up space for new ideas and new design elements.  Below, we’ll…
  • Porch Post Ideas and More with Custom Timber Beams

    Ryan
    31 Dec 2014 | 10:40 am
    Talk about an innovative use of imitation wood beams!  A customer of ours recently sent us pictures of his home’s exterior design, where he used Custom Timber beams to realize his porch post ideas. Porch post ideas like these can be realized easily with imitation wood beams. Custom Timber beams give you the opportunity to transform your home in an almost limitless number of ways.  They provide numerous options to add a classic, exposed-beam look to a ceiling design, while also breaking up the empty space of a vaulted ceiling.  In addition, they also have the versatility for use as…
  • Upgrade Interiors with a Faux Wood Coffered Ceiling

    Ryan
    24 Dec 2014 | 8:19 am
    If you’re wondering how you can add more depth, character and comfort to a room in your house or business, a coffered ceiling is a great way to do it.  These kinds of designs are a simple but powerful way to enhance the visual interest on flat, dull ceilings.  They create a more dynamic space with professional appeal.  The grid of beams also brings a subtle sophistication to a room, without being too complex.  This is a rustic coffered ceiling created with our Pecky Cypress beams. For many, installing coffers may seem like an overwhelming task.  With simulated wood beams, though, any…
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    Hackaday

  • Audience Pong and RC Trash bins: An intro to TEI

    Joshua Vasquez
    24 Jan 2015 | 4:01 pm
    This past weekend, I had the chance to visit this year’s Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction Conference (TEI) and catch up with a number of designers in the human-computer-interaction space. The conference brings together a unique collection of artists, computer scientists, industrial designers, and grad students to discuss computer interactivity in today’s world. Over the span of five days (two for workshops, and three for paper presentations), not only did I witness a number of today’s current models for computer interactivity (haptics, physical computing with…
  • When Handmade Circuits Become Art

    James Hobson
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    This mind boggling piece of art took hundreds of hours to make over a period of three years. The entire structure is composed of thousands of components, all of which are part of the clocks circuit. They call it, The Clock. Each component was hand soldered in this ridiculously complex 3D structure. They have a typical artist statement, but you know what — for once it’s actually pretty intuitive. “The Clock” has digital pulses flowing inside every single wire and every single part. These synchronized pulses, all intelligently controlled and channeled through every…
  • Trinket uses RF to track you through the house

    Adam Fabio
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    If you carry a cell phone with GPS, you always know where you are on the planet. But what about inside buildings or even your own home? Knowing if you’re in the kitchen or the living room would be a great feature for home automation systems. Lights could come on as you enter the room and your music could follow you on the home audio system. This is exactly the what [Eric] is working on with his Radiolocation using a Pocket Size Transceiver project. [Eric] started this project as an entry in the Trinket Everyday Carry Contest. He didn’t make the top 3, but was one of the fierce…
  • Arduino + Servo + Scotch tape == An Interesting Conversation

    Will Sweatman
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:01 am
    If one could temporarily remove their sense of humor and cast a serious look into a Rube Goldberg machine, they would not say to themselves “well that looks simple.” Indeed, it would almost always be the case that one would find themselves asking “why all the complexity for such a simple task?” Too often in hacking are we guilty of making things more complicated than they really need to be. Maybe it’s because we can see many different paths to a single destination. Maybe it’s because we want to explore a specific path, even though we know it might be a…
  • Get Better at Mortal Kombat by Hacking Your PS3 Controller

    Rick Osgood
    24 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Fighting games like Mortal Kombat provide you with a variety of different available moves. These include kicks, punches, grabs, etc. They also normally include various combination moves you can perform. These combo moves require you to press the proper buttons in the correct order and also require you to time the presses correctly. [Egzola] realized that he could just hack his controller to simulate the button presses for him. This bypasses the learning curve and allows him to perform more complicated combinations with just the press of a single button. [Egzola] started by taking apart…
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    Stain Removal Blog - A Mom's Guide To House Cleaning, Laundry And Stains

  • Laundry Detergent Pacs: The Ultimate Guide

    1 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Do you already use laundry detergent pacs, or are thinking about switching to them. If so, here's the ultimate guide to this type of laundry soap, with pros and cons of the pacs, directions for use, safety warnings, plus even reviews of many of the major brands. So tell me, since the pacs are more expensive do you still find their convenience worth the extra price?
  • Baby Wipes Clean Everything!: Alternate Uses For This Common Item

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

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

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

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

  • Picture perfect: Match windows to your personality

    Salvatore Ferro
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:16 pm
    One might say that the windows are the soul of any room. The right ones can offer decorative flair, an appealing view or even change the mood of a space by letting in the desired amount of light. Windows serve other important functions as well. If they're well-insulated, they can impact the energy efficiency and air quality of your home. So it goes without saying that this is one of the fundamental aspects to consider if you're looking to do some bedroom, bathroom, living room or kitchen remodeling. The only question is, which ones should you select? Follow this guide to match…
  • Stick built vs. modular extensions: Which is right for your home?

    Salvatore Ferro
    14 Jan 2015 | 2:25 am
    As you get older and your needs change, your home may require certain modifications. Whether you're adding to your family or you're simply changing up the look of your home, an extension may be necessary. Some of the most common reasons for a new addition include a master suite, more bedrooms or an apartment for older parents. Regardless of the reason for your expansion, you'll need to decide between a modular and stick built extension, which can fulfill different needs for your home improvement project. James Quinn, construction consultant at Alure Home Improvements, explained…
  • How to best manage your bathroom renovation

    Gina Bonura
    11 Jan 2015 | 11:49 pm
    You're likely already aware of the importance of proper installation when it comes to your planned bathroom renovation. However, you might not know exactly which dangers are possible if you fail to seek out the best professionals for the job. Alure Home Improvements' Kitchen and Bathroom Designer Patricia Nicolini explained how to manage a bathroom renovation to make sure that the end result is both beautiful and properly done.  1. Make sure mud floors are used when laying out tile flooring Extra care needs to be taken when installing ceramic tiling, which is typically the…
  • 3 reasons why homeowners finish their basements

    Salvatore Ferro
    7 Jan 2015 | 1:02 am
    Those who seek more space in their home may not have to look further than their basements. Finished basements have become a popular way to gain extra space, add resale value and keep homes modern. In as little as two weeks, your basement can turn into a beautifully designed room that can serve multiple purposes. Greg Griffin, basement designer at Alure Home Improvements, noted that it's now one of the most popular requests he receives. "Basement renovations are especially common – so much so they are now big business," he said. Here's why so many people have…
  • 4 essentials of a rustic kitchen

    Gina Bonura
    5 Jan 2015 | 4:03 am
    While clean lines and shiny appliances are characteristic of a modern kitchen renovation, sometimes people prefer a more aged look and feel for their dining area – especially for a kitchen within an older home. Many homeowners with Colonial or Spanish-style houses request a warm, inviting kitchen that welcomes in guests and flows nicely with the other rooms in their home. Rustic kitchens are popular, and with the right attention to detail, can become one of the most beautiful indoor spaces. Alure Home Improvements' kitchen and bathroom designer Roman Gorelin explained exactly…
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    Cheap Men Versace Sunglasses,Replica Versace Sunglasses Mens For Sale

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    Violet LeBeaux - Free Cute Craft and Beauty Tutorials

  • Arranging the Peonies Part 2: The Peonying…

    Violet
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    So following on from the last peony post. Omg why is the word peony so difficult to say in sentences?On the way home we ended up going a different route so we could take some photos and stop by Bunnings for craft supplies. I took home some awesome painting and resin stuff.We had decided to start our garden again after the last batch of dead plants so I picked up another bunch of daisies. I’m honestly coming to a point where I think our location is not suited for plants and I’m thinking of getting fake ones again because this is all too hard!Celina was nice enough to give me her…
  • Pink Peony Picking – Outfit Of The Day

    Violet
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:15 pm
    So the weird obsession with “pick your own” farms continues but this year we didn’t just want to do the regular berries and things like that so we googled around for some alternatives and found a Peony Farm which was open just one day a year!Then we debated for like 3 weeks on the correct way to say peony because it just doesn’t sound right.It was quite the drive out from Melbourne and we managed to pick a day which had pretty average weather. It threatened to rain all day but luckily didn’t start until we left the farm!The farm really looked like something out…
  • A New-ish Start

    Violet
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
     2014 really seemed like a very long year didn’t it? By the end of it I was feeling pretty drained and burnt out so I decided to take a few weeks away from the things that I felt were making me feel bleh and concentrate on things that I really enjoyed doing instead. James and I sat down together and actually talked about what we didn’t like about 2014 and what we wanted to do about it in 2015. I was in a really introspective kind of mood and it felt like the more things I thought about myself, the more I realised that I wasn’t necessarily loving the direction I was…
  • Filming With Surfaced Studios – Snapshots

    Violet
    2 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    So have you ever wanted to see James beaten to death? Apparently it’s more common that you would think! We’ve been helping Tobias and Celina film some videos lately and the most recent one involved the boys getting into a big fist fight XDI got to apply the fake blood, it was made of chocolate sauce and smelled delicious. They started out in an office and it escalated fairly quickly. Best friends 4everz. And this is why one shouldn’t leave their camera unattended. I think James really got the worst of it, he was getting food colouring out of his ears for like 3 days after…
  • Happy New Year!

    Violet
    30 Dec 2014 | 7:10 pm
    I hope you are all having a great time today and here’s to 2015 being an amazing year!I don’t generally make resolutions because it seems like setting myself up for failure but I want to make this year incredible so what do you guys thing we do to make this year even better? Or if you make resolutions what are you planning to do?I’ll be taking a week or so off now to organise my brain for 2015’s posts and get back into an organised working mode. See you in a little bit!Anyway, have a wonderful night and I can’t wait to see you next year! The post Happy…
 
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    Nexus 21

  • DIY TV Lift Ideas – In the Living Room

    Nexus 21
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Living rooms are one of the most used rooms in a home – but arranging them can be a hassle! Sometimes the room serves more than one purpose, with people studying, working and playing. Having a TV at one end can be counter-productive, and waste valuable wall space. It can also cause conflict when multiple people are using the room for different purposes. Having a TV that can point different directions can help. Having one that can be centrally situated and reach many different seating options is even better! A piece of TV furniture all too often underutilized is the coffee table mount. A TV…
  • DIY TV Lift Ideas – In the Basement

    Nexus 21
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    A TV lift can be used to enhance any spare room in your home – including the basement! If you are finishing out a basement to be used as a functional room, consider adding a TV lift for any of these options: A mother in law suite. Wouldn’t you prefer that she catch up on her daytime soaps in the privacy of her own quarters? A TV lift ensures she has the appropriate privacy to swoon over the latest TV hunk, and her only problem will be keeping the grandkids out of her apartment! The man-cave. Your dude deserves a place to hang out with the guys. A TV lift downstairs with a 60 inch screen…
  • DIY TV Lift Ideas – In the Kitchen

    Nexus 21
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Tired of cluttered looking cabinets and cords everywhere from small appliances? A TV lift could transform a section of your kitchen into a useful oasis – with even better aesthetics than you ever imagined. Here are just a few ideas for incorporating a lift into your existing kitchen: Add an island. Building a small island for your kitchen is a fairly simple job. An electrician can be enlisted to install a power outlet in the floor, accessible through the inside of the cabinet. Install a lift with a platform to hold your favorite small appliance, such as a Kitchen Aid. With the push of a…
  • Home Builders – Are You Selling Clients on Automated Options?

    Nexus 21
    24 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you are into home building, one of the fastest growing trends today is home automation. People want the latest in high-tech in their new home, and you can steer them in the right direction! Home automation goes way beyond the automatic garage door and a keypad for the front door. Today’s possibilities include the ability to adjust your thermostat remotely, lock and unlock doors, have voice command activated appliances and dozens of other options. A TV lift is a natural step to take when it comes to upgrading new home plans! Homeowners would jump at the chance to have such a device…
  • Do You Have a TV in Your RV? Part Two

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

    armchairbuilder
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:13 pm
    If you’ve ever had problems with your house sewer lateral (the pipe that runs from the house to the street), you know how frustrating things can get.  A simple obstruction within the sewer line can cause backups into the home which can cause a huge mess.  On top of that, the bathrooms, showers and kitchen [...]
  • Repairing Shower Leaks

    armchairbuilder
    15 Jan 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Shower leaks can be a tremendous headache for homeowners.  Imagine spending thousands of dollars on a new shower to find water leaking through the new surfaces which can cause major damage over time and possibly even mold.  Here is a recent reader question who has this problem and wanted some guidance on diagnosing and repairing [...]
  • Adding a Code Compliant Bedroom

    armchairbuilder
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:34 am
    If you are thinking of adding a bedroom to a new or existing home, it’s important to think about the building code requirements during the design phase.  One very important, and often overlook, requirement for bedrooms is the need for egress.  Whether you are finishing a basement with a bedroom or just turning a space [...]
  • e-Book for Building a Home

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

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

  • Three Things 1.24.15 – Painting Tip, Perfect Travel Mug, True Story Behind a Sweet Baby Picture & More!

    Jami
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Thank you for your response (email, social media, and here) to this new Saturday 3 things post! I’m glad you think it’s fun, ’cause I’m already getting a kick out of collecting my list throughout the week to share with you. It’s funny, I don’t really feel like it’s “just another post” that I have […] The post Three Things 1.24.15 – Painting Tip, Perfect Travel Mug, True Story Behind a Sweet Baby Picture & More! appeared first on An Oregon Cottage. Thank you for subscribing! ***Here is the link to your FREE eBook:*** CLICK…
 
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    Our Toronto Life

  • Secret Weapon Brownies + Enter to Win a Trip to Spain (Yay)!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Collapsible Buckets

    trevor
    2 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    As I’m sure you know already, one of the downsides to 5 gallon buckets is how big and bulky they are. This is why shipping them is so expensive and why I advocate finding free buckets from local shops. But five gallon inventors have created a solution! This elite class of transformers morph from a tiny package into a glorious 5 gallon warrior. This one is made of silicone, making it flexible but still strong enough to hold up when filled to the brim with sticky notes, fish, lego, or whatever else. But you gotta be careful with these things! I had a noodle strainer made out of the…
  • The “Easy Mosquito Trap” that Doesn’t Work – Plus one that does

    trevor
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Want to trap tons of mosquitoes? Click here to jump directly to the mosquito trap that actually works! Within the past month, this picture with its accompanying tutorial exploded all over the internet. Allegedly, all you needed to make an ultra effective mosquito trap is a 2 liter bottle, cut in half with one half inverted, some brown sugar and some yeast. This concoction would bring the mosquitoes in from miles around to happily dive into the sugar water and die. Here in central Alberta, mosquitoes are the most common form of winged life under the sun. Going outside in summer is a real risk…
  • Stinging Nettle Fertilizer

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

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

    trevor
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    Washing some of your clothes by hand is quick, easy, and takes an enormous pressure off your weekly laundry machine loads. You’ll be surprised to learn that a bucket sized load takes only 5 minutes when done right. During the summer we manage to handwash at least half our clothing, during the winter we hand wash less because colder weather means everything takes longer to dry and winter fabrics tend to be thicker. When it Works and When it Doesn’t Remember that an ordinary washing machine has a “spin cycle” that leaves clothes quite dry. The best you can do with…
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  • Boots Deals – Half Price No7 Make-Up Collections

    rachelhirst
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:24 am
    U me and the kids I think many of you who read my blog know just how much I love the Boots No7 make up. I genuinely can’t get enough of the wonderful and inexpensive makeup and products that they produce. Unlike many own brand products these beauty products actually do seem to do the trick and make me look and feel great whenever I use them “which is daily may I add”.  I was first introduced to the No 7 Brand when I began to use No 7 Youthful eye serum a few years back now! Personally I instantly fell in love with the brand and since then I have pretty much tried most of the…
  • Struggling to Sleep at Night? Are you Suffering from DSPS

    rachelhirst
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:57 am
    U me and the kids Attention all you night owls, did you realise that constant late nights can play havoc with your body clock. It is recommended that the average adult should have 8 hours of sleep per night. This for many is not realistic, with busy lifestyles many of us can be found still doing household jobs, checking emails and on interacting facebook into the small hours of the next morning. Like many I am often found emptying the dishwasher, loading the washing machine, writing blog posts and answering my emails at one, two, even three am. I sometimes have even stayed up so late that on…
  • Boots Deals – Baby Basics Pink 8 Piece Set – Mini Club

    rachelhirst
    18 Jan 2015 | 2:39 pm
    U me and the kids I love finding great deals in the uk for my readers! Here is an amazing Boots Deal that will suit anyone who has a baby that needs additional clothing for their wardrobe! It’s an amazing baby basic pink 8 piece set for just £5.00. It is also available in blue, which I think looks totally awesome too. Baby Basics Pink 8 Piece Set – Mini Club Product description Baby Basics Pink 8 Piece Set – Mini Club This baby girls set includes all your wardrobe must haves. The layette pink colour can be worn with a variety of garments keeping your baby girl looking…
 
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    The Ribbon Retreat Blog

  • Ribbon and Gem Heart Decor

    The Ribbon Retreat
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    One of my favorite holidays to decorate for is Valentine’s Day. I love all of the pink and reds that are flowing from the stores and the glittery hearts that are EVERYWHERE! The colors, the hearts, the glitter….all some of my favorites and all get me so excited for this fun holiday I LOVE to […]
  • How To Make A Snowflake Ribbon Sculpture, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Welcome to YouTube Thursday! Whether you are brand new to YouTube Thursdays here at The Ribbon Retreat or a returning reader/viewer (hehe)…we are so glad you are here and know you are going to LOVE today’s video tutorial! I am not teasing when I say that today’s project is stunning! This little snowflake is seriously […]
  • Ruffled Ribbon Wreath

    Cheri Mortimer
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Every holiday needs a gorgeous and festive wreath welcoming your holiday crowd to all of your parties and fun! And, wreaths are just the thing to take on that job of welcoming all to your festivities and a great decoration that can be unique and one of a kind. Today, Cherie is sharing a gorgeous […]
  • Valentine Art, Blogger Competition no. 2

    The Ribbon Retreat
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Hello, hello and welcome to day 2 of our Blogger Competition! I am so excited about this fun, new event taking place here at TRR! It is going to be so much fun to see who you all choose as our first Blogger Competition WINNER! Today, Kim from A Girl and a Glue Gun is […]
  • Burlap and Lace Love Pillow

    The Ribbon Retreat
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Do you agree that burlap is kind of sweeping the craft world? I love it! I think it is such a fun product to work with and creates a beeeeautiful home decor item for your home or a fun statement accessory for your adorable outfit! Today, Christine is adding to that great burlap lineup with […]
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    The DIY Helpers

  • How to Avoid Injury While Shovelling Snow

    12 Jan 2015 | 7:43 am
    Shovelling snow is one of those thankless tasks that simply must be done no matter how much we’d like to pretend otherwise. The fact is that it’s hard work and all too often those of us who have spent a lot of time the previous day clearing paths, wake up to find that Mother Nature has been out and about whilst we’re sleeping and done her worst yet again - so the whole sorry task has to be repeated! If you live in an area where the roads are not cleared by the authorities then you will know just how important shovelling snow can be, especially for those people who have mobility issues.
  • 13 Must-Know Mould Busting Tricks

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

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

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

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

  • Snowblower Safety Tips (The Full List)

    lbelding
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Being safe around a snowblower is a no-brainer. The only issue is sometimes your choices for clothing (or lack thereof) along with safety gear could be putting more in harm’s way. Not only that, but the common-sense tips are also equally as vital to have down pat. Safety Gear Safety gear should be a top concern. Make sure you are protecting your eyes, ears, everything! Simple things you need but most over-looked are goggles, earbuds & slip-proof boots. Winter Wear It is definitely a good idea to wear a warm jacket, gloves, but hold on there. If you are thinking about a scarf, think…
  • 3 Snowblower Safety Tips You Must Know

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

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

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

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

  • The Perfect Beverages to Pair with You Next Holiday Feast

    Carla
    31 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    A bottle of wine may be the typical gift to bring to a host, but this is one tradition you don’t have to adhere to.  Wouldn’t it be even better to share a bottle of your own homemade brew instead?   Your latest batch of whiskey, rum, vodka, or tequila to create an amazing cocktail, we’re sure your family and friends will appreciate your effort.  Here are some suggestions for crafting the perfect cocktail. 1. Hot Spiced Hard Cider Who doesn’t enjoy a steaming mug of fresh apple cider that has been steeped with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves?  You can…
  • Moonshine for Newbies

    Carla
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Okay. So you’ve heard of this thing called moonshine and you want to try brewing it yourself. Your Google search produced a lot of information but not for a newbie like yourself. It’s like a different language. You just want the basics! Well, look no further. We’ll start off  with a breakdown of the basic equipment. Fermenting Vessel This is a container to ferment the stuff in. Obviously. You want something with a wide mouth so it is easy to sanitize. Make sure the vessel also uses a material that handles heat and temperature variations. It can be as simple as a food grade plastic…
  • Scotch Pairing

    Carla
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    You did it! That fantastic Scotch you carefully crafted and aged in that classic oak barrel is ready to be tapped. You need to grab a couple of good buddies and celebrate. Along with your belles of the ball – Your wife and the Scotch – you are going to need some quality pairings to serve. So get out your grocery list, and let’s get started. Meats Let’s not be coy, gentlemen; if it’s whiskey night, there better be meat on the menu. Nevertheless, it’s good to keep in mind that the meat you choose shouldn’t overpower the taste of your hard-earned Scotch,…
  • Under The Light of the Moon: A Quick, Down-and-Dirty History of Moonshine

    Carla
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    As you work at your home still, your mind may wander from one thought to the next, daydreaming while you are still continues to leak nectar of the gods. If you are like many of us, you probably enjoy a good story as you sip your brew too. Well, you are in luck today, because making moonshine has an amazing history of its own. Feeling Patriotic? Well you should be – before the American Revolution, the English tried their darnedest to tax anything and everything, without giving the colonists a say in their own government. Along with that tea thrown into Boston Harbor,…
  • Awesome Drinks to Make for Halloween

    Carla
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Now that you can age your own whiskey, moonshine, and other spirits, there is no excuse to serve boring brews at your Halloween party. This is especially true now that you have your own, homemade, one-of-a-kind vodka, tequila, whiskey, rum, or Scotch at your disposal. In fact, here are some great Halloween ideas for your brews that you and your friends will surely enjoy. • Witches’ Brew Your guests will surely love the bewitching taste of this drink. The ingredients in witches’ brew are vodka, sugar, water, kiwi fruit, fresh mint leaves, ginger ale, some iced cubes,…
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    Personal Creations Blog

  • 25 Easy Big Game Appetizers

    admin
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:22 am
    The Big Game is coming, and whether you're hosting the party or attending one, we've got 25 of our favorite appetizers sure to be the hit of the party.The post 25 Easy Big Game Appetizers appeared first on Personal Creations Blog.
  • Make a Photo Gallery Wall in Your Home

    admin
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Create your very own photo gallery wall and peep your photo mementos out where everyone can see them.The post Make a Photo Gallery Wall in Your Home appeared first on Personal Creations Blog.
  • Hosting Game Day

    admin
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:26 am
    The big game is a big deal in its own right, but it’s also a fine excuse for getting together with friends and spending the … Read MoreThe post Hosting Game Day appeared first on Personal Creations Blog.
  • What Are America’s Favorite Soups?

    admin
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:53 pm
    We asked more than 2,000 Americans what their favorite soup is. Find out how they answered, and learn a few fun soup facts along the way.The post What Are America’s Favorite Soups? appeared first on Personal Creations Blog.
  • Healthy Recipes to Start the Year

    admin
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:02 am
    It’s a brand new year. Clean slate. Resolutions fresh in your mind. You’ve said goodbye to heavy, rich foods from the holidays and set your … Read MoreThe post Healthy Recipes to Start the Year appeared first on Personal Creations Blog.
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  • 5 prepper things that can be used in everyday life

    henkeb
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Even if you’re not a die hard prepper or survivalist, it’s always good to be prepared for power outages and other unexpected events. Many of the things needed to be prepared can be used in everyday life. Here are five examples. Kerosene lamp A good kerosene lamp is useful in a situation when there is no electricity. It uses kerosene as fuel to produce lightning. Even if there is no power outage for the moment, it’s soft, cosy and warm lightning is a nice addition to a cold fall evening. Sewing kit For the prepper, a sewing kit is essential. It can be used to mend socks and…
  • How to get rid of wasps

    henkeb
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:48 am
    Wasps are an essential part of the nature, but can be annoying for humans and animals. There are many tips for getting rid of them but there is only one that I tried that really worked. This is how I did. What you need: 1. A plastic pipe with a diameter of about an inch, long enough to reach the wasps nest from the ground (wasps tend to build nests near roofs) 2. Air compressor or something similar that can pressure the powder through a pipe, with a hose and a handle 3. An in insecticide containing deltamethrin (0,05%), like this one 4. Tape, preferably a roll of duct tape Step 1 –…
  • What is my CD collection worth?

    henkeb
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:22 am
    Until now I’ve mostly sold vinyl records but lately I’ve been think of expanding into CDs. In this post I’ll reason about the pros and cons of buying and selling CDs. I think many record collectors start their collecting based on nostalgia. They start off with some singles they had in their teens and expand their collection from there. Based on that theory, CDs will soon be the medium new collectors listened to in their teens. So perhaps this is a good time to buy used CDs for selling later on. But there are some question marks that I’ve tried to straighten out. The…
  • Picking and storing yellowfoot chanterelle mushrooms

    henkeb
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:59 am
    The yellowfoot chanterelle mushroom is a really delicious ingredient in cooking. They can be tricky to find, but if you find one you’re almost guaranteed to find a lot more. I enjoy hunting for mushrooms and yellowfoot chanterelle is one of my favourites. It grows during summer to late fall and can be picked until the temperature falls below the freezing point. The cap looks almost like a leaf, which can make them hard to find at first if there are dead leafs on the ground. But you can often spot their yellow-brown foot if you watch carefully. Once you find one you will surely find…
  • How to save money, part one

    henkeb
    30 Nov 2014 | 5:59 am
    Many people live from paycheck to paycheck without an emergency fund. It’s a source of stress and anxiety for many, but it is often unnecessary. Even with a small paycheck, with some adjustments and common sense, it is possible to create an emergency fund that will make living easier. That is what this post is about. I will also share some thoughts and tips for how to make most of the savings and how to preserve it’s value. Hopefully you will get inspired and turn your economy from something scary to your friend. Why should I save my money? There are many reasons why an emergency…
 
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