DIY Thanksgiving: 15 Early House Prep Tips

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2009-10-20

Don't get caught like this--table centerpiece is ready and the wall is still being painted--Yikes!

We're not even to Halloween and, from past experience, it's time get my Thanksgiving (House Projects) To Do list in order. Every year I'm caught at the last minute trying to spruce up the joint and make the most outstanding tablescapes (in the words of Sandra Lee) the world has ever seen.

We're five weeks out. There's plenty of time, if well planned, to whip the house into an entertaining mecca that will meet even your highest expectations. 

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Rosie the Riveter Bookends.

by Chris Gardner

Fact of the Day:: 20 October 2009.

The iconic "We Can Do It" logo, immortalized on t-shirts, posters, coffee mugs, and avatars everywhere, does NOT depict WWII cultural symbol Rosie the Riveter. From DocsPopuli:

“For the past 60 years, the popular image of the World War II-era female worker in the “We Can Do It” poster has evoked strength and empowerment. The American public identified the image as “Rosie the Riveter,” named for the women who...

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DIY Photo Reflector.

by Chris Gardner

At the rate folks are cranking out DIY photostudio equipment (here, here, here, and here), it's entirely possible to create a fully functioning and incredibly lit studio shopping only at home improvement and craft store.

So, add this one to the list. A DIY collapsable photo reflector that looks identical to those sold commercially. Whether its reflectivity is as awesome isn't clear, but I can't imagine that shininess is for naught.

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10+ Best Uses for Your Toaster Oven.

by Chris Gardner


In my very first Curbly post EVER (almost 1,000 ago), I announced my love affair with the magical silver box that is my toaster oven. Way more effecient to run and way quicker to heat, the toaster oven is a great addition to small and large kitchens alike. The Kitchn has assembled 10 great times to opt for the tiny versions over the big dudes, and the comments are full of excellent additional options.

Plus, they're perfect for Shrinky Dinks. :)

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