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How To Calibrate Your HDTV.

By: Chrisjob Apr 15, 2008

You spend all that time researching your new tv...then you spend all that money purchasing your new tv, and all that effort to get it hung at just the right height, to figure out the remote, etc.

This article from the New York Times helps you with that final step: calibrating your TV to get the colors, brightness, and contrast just right.

Options include:

  • Having the electronics store (such as Best Buy's Geek Squad) do the… Continue Reading
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Recycle your favorite T into a pillow!

By: Diy maven Apr 15, 2008


I’ve heard of people making quilts out of their favorite old t-shirts, but I think I like Savy Seams's idea of turning them into pillows even better! And can you imagine cuddling with the worn fabric of an old friend? How comfy that would be! (This would also be a great way of re-using those T’s that we’ve ‘grown out of’ but can’t bear to give away.)

What you need:

a t-shirt
pillow form
a zipper
a needle for … Continue Reading

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How to Re-Screen a Window/Door

By: Diy maven Apr 15, 2008

Ripped screen doors are not acceptable. Not only do they look tacky, they aren't doing their jobs of keeping out bugs. So, in preparation for the upcoming warmer weather, here's a quick video showing us how to replace those tattered screens. (Can't see the viewer below? Go here.)

Screen door pics via screendoors.com.

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Claw-foot Tub to Love Seat Conversion

By: Diy maven Apr 14, 2008

flavourdesign chops antique claw-footed cast iron tubs in two and makes love seats out of them. Now, I think these are clever and darling, really I do, but.....I think I’d rather have the tub intact. Each piece, which they call Savon, starts at $3500 and includes an upholstered cushion in ‘sensuede’ and matching down pillows but no Mr. Bubble.

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How to fall asleep and stay asleep!

By: Diy maven Apr 14, 2008

created on: 04/14/08
Have you turned your bedroom into a haven but are still suffering from sleepless nights? It might be time to take the fight to the next level. Lifehackery has assembled 12 tips to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. They include:

1. Don’t exercise for at least 3 hours before bedtime.
2. Turn off the TV and computer 30 to 60 minutes before sleepy-time.
3. Considering eating something with tryptophan in it, like a turkey sandwich, but....… Continue Reading

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Curbly Video Podcast: How to make aromatherapy 'sweets'

By: Diy maven Apr 14, 2008

created on: 04/14/08

Aromatherapy 'sweets' are fun and easy to make. Great for your mom or mom-equivalent on Mother's Day or as bridal or baby shower favors, they would make a great addition to any lingerie drawer!

(Can't see the viewer above? Go here.)

 What you need:

  • a candy mold (2 bucks at Michaels)
  • acrylic craft paints and paint sealer
  • paint brush
  • 1/4" fabric ribbon
  • craft glue
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How Does Your Garden Grow: Assessing Your Soil.

By: Chrisjob Apr 14, 2008

It’s springtime…well, at least it should be, though the recent cold front isn’t helping things much. If you’re creating a vegetable or flower garden this summer, now’s the time. Welcome to the first installment to Curbly’s multipart gardening series of 2008, “How Does Your Garden Grow?”

Part I: Soil Samples: Gathering and Testing.
    The number one, most important thing you can do to… Continue Reading

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Make a Cereal Box Magazine Organizer.

By: Chrisjob Apr 14, 2008

I cringe everytime I put a cereal box in the recycling bin. Sure, it's better than tossing it in the trash, but there's such stiff yet pliable material in my hands, yet at that moment, I'm not clever enough to come up with a project for its re-use. Luckily, someone else is (though I bet it wasn't the mogul herself)...

Materials

  • Large, sturdy cereal box
  • Craft knife
  • Straight edge
  • Decorative paper
  • Spray adhesive
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Light-Emitting Wallpaper.

By: Chrisjob Apr 12, 2008

Inhabitat.com illuminates this light-emitting wallpaper by Jonas Samson. Though the technology hasn't quite been revealed,"this Light-Emitting Wallpaper harkens back to recent products exploring digital paper by Miquel Mora, part of the Flat Futures project– developed by the Royal College of Art Design Interactions Department– showcased at the MoMA’s ‘Design and the Elastic Mind’ exhibition. By using developments… Continue Reading

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How to Make an Herbal Dream Pillow.

By: Chrisjob Apr 12, 2008

Abi from CraftyCrafty muses, "Dream pillows were used in olden days for fairytale maidens to rest their heads on as they slept. Nowadays, they're just great for anyone with the sort of full-on, stressful lifestyle that leads to insomnia. Using the fabric of your choice...cut two equal sized sheets depending on the shape you want your pillow to take, stitch along three sides of the material, then turn it right the… Continue Reading

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