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80 How-To Sites Worth Bookmarking.

By: Chrisjob Jul 07, 2008

The internet has been so integral to the DIY and handmade revolution, its no surprise to find an enourmous collection of how-to websites from around the world. has assembled a solid eighty, in areas like home decor, crafts, dining, business, and personal finance. Though, there's no Curbly. Write in and make it eighty-one!!!!

Also, check out this collection of fifteen from DumbLittleMan.



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Convert an Old Ironing Board Nook into a Spicy Spice Rack.

By: Chrisjob Jul 07, 2008

Growing up, my best friend's house had a built-in recess for an ironing board...and it hardly got used for anything but junk mail and a standard hiding place for Easter eggs. This technique from Instructables can be used to create a great  spice rack, or any sort of built-in storage in older homes.

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Charles and Ray Eames Videos.

By: Chrisjob Jul 07, 2008

Even casual fans of modern design know American superstar couple Charles and Ray Eames. Grassroots Modern has compiled a fantastic collection of film clips featuring the Eameses and their brilliant furniture and architectural creations. From the debut of the Eames Lounge on NBC in 1956 to a full collection of interviews, this is fine way to spend an hour...I just did.

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The Living Room is Dead; Long Live the 'Live-in' Kitchen

By: Diy maven Jul 07, 2008

Okay, maybe the living room isn’t dead, but its prominence in the house isn’t what it used to be. Because of the way we live these days, the kitchen is the place to be. Maybe the kids are doing homework and we’re checking e-mail or paying bills, or perhaps we're entertaining. Whatever the situation, the kitchen is where the action is.

Kitchen Remodeling Ideas says, “The trends in kitchen design are set to focus… Continue Reading

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8 Creative Ways to Recycle Stationery

By: Diy maven Jul 07, 2008

created on: 07/07/08

If you save calendars, greeting cards and leftover wrapping paper you could use them to decoupage something, or you could check out Real Simple’s clever ways to reuse them.

1. Instead of tucking them away where they can’t be seen, frame the images on cards or calendars in inexpensive IKEA wood frames.

2. Use them as media for a mixed-media art project.

3. Use wrapping paper to line the backs of bookcases or line tack boards in… Continue Reading

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How to make a PVC Sprinkler Water Toy

By: Diy maven Jul 07, 2008

Although this PVC Sprinkler Water Toy has been dubbed ‘Kidwash 2', it’s totally awesome for adult-types too! Inspired by Kidwash, this version uses mister jets. For supplies, you’ll need to head to your hardware store for 3/4" pipe and the following fittings:

2 ten foot lengths of PVC
3 end caps
1 threaded female chose connector (slip fit)
2 elbow joints (90 degree)
2 T connections
1 pack quarter mister jets (12 count)

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101 Picnic Dishes in 20 Minutes or Less.

By: Chrisjob Jul 04, 2008

The New York Times' Mark Bittman admits: "It may be nothing fancier than bologna or tuna salad on white bread, but you’re still likely to have a good time, which is probably why many of us remain devoted to the same picnic foods we’ve eaten all our lives." But sooner or later, a little variety atop the checkered blanket would be nice. But the bulk of the time should be spent outside, not in preparation in the kitchen. So,… Continue Reading

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Mid Century Modern Makeover: Upholstered Seats

By: Modhomeecteacher Jul 03, 2008

created on: 07/04/08

Finally, the last step of this project - the seats.  The snaps and the backs were more entailed, these  are standard, boxed, no cord, with top stitching. 

Take apart the seat tops and boxing, lay it out on your new fabric and cut out the pieces. 

1.  Check out the condition of the foam.  If it has become compressed, try using a steamer to refresh the old foam.  This foam bounced right back.

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How To: Make a Pocket Sized Floorplan.

By: Chrisjob Jul 03, 2008

Apartment Therapy, Chicago-version, offers this clever take-along floorplan. The goal is to be able to account for all the components of your room, particularly scale, arrangement in color: "You will want to include basic information like the size and layout of your rooms, color choices (fabric swatches are perfect for this!) and sizes of existing pieces of furniture. Other things that might be helpful are window heights (in case you… Continue Reading

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The Spicelab Bar at Etsy.

By: Chrisjob Jul 03, 2008

I'm charmed by this Spicelab bar from PurposeDesign, featured in the Etsy Storque. Sure, it's not the only of its kind, but its construction is inspiring for DIY attempt, or not overpriced if you just wanna purchase one.


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