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Seven Common Cooking Mistakes to Avoid.

By: Chrisjob May 02, 2008

A tiny slip in preparation or technique can ruin a whole meal. RealSimple assembled a checklist to ensure that your don't damage your dishes before you dine.

1). Read the recipe all the way through before you begin.

2). Don't overcrowd the pan.

3). Preheat the pan properly.

4). Don't use a tiny pot for rice or pasta.

5). Dry leafy vegetables before sauteeing.

6). Don't overdo it on the dry herbs.

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Greenrrroof Animal Home.

By: Chrisjob May 02, 2008

These vegetatively-capitaled Greenrrroof pet houses are a beautiful alternative to those Little-Tikes, tan, plastic things they sell at the discount stores. Stephanie Rubin's designs are made of natural cedar, no-VOC paints, and beeswax water sealant. Expensive, yes, but the including diagrams and simple but clever design make them totally DIYable.


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Cutting-Edge Cardboard Interior.

By: Chrisjob May 02, 2008

"This beautifully sculpted cardboard mille-feuille... lines the walls of Yiorgos Eleftheriades‘ Yeshop in Athens. Dubbed “Papercut”, the project was a collaboration between the fashion designer and dARCH Studio. It takes a multidisciplinary approach to interior design, synthesizing elements of fashion and architecture into a streamlined, self-illuminated, biomorphic installation that was handmade using all … Continue Reading

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How To Make an Apron Out of Old Jeans.

By: Chrisjob May 02, 2008

A ounce of prevention is worth some unnecessary stain-stick and a load of laundry. Protect your clothes while cooking, crafting, or tablesawing with this cool how-to via CraftyCrafty:

"We've all got an old pair of jeans lying around somewhere that's either gone out of style or no longer fits us (and if not, charity shops and thrift stores can't get rid of the things). So take some scissors to your old denim and get… Continue Reading

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Square Watermellons

By: Diy maven May 02, 2008

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Round watermelons are so last century. Case in point: Farmers in Japan have begun to ‘grow’ cube-shaped watermelons by inserting them into tempered glass squares while the fruit is still growing on the vine. Not only do they look cool, they take up less room in the fridge too.

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Curbly Video Podcast: Graffiti Leaves

By: Diy maven May 02, 2008

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This is a really quick, easy and inexpensive way to create images pretty enough for framing.

The props:

  • Acrylic craft paint (I used a luscious turquoise)
  • White acrylic spray paint
  • A paint brush
  • Something to serve as a canvas like a piece of plywood or MDF
  • Several leaves from an indoor or outdoor plant (for the picture above, I used silk leaves purchased at my local craft store

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The Flower Vanity

By: Diy maven May 01, 2008

Duebi Italia’s Flower Vanity may have a flowery shape, but there's nothing flowery about it. An abstract interpretation of an organic form, the vanity possesses that delicate combination of bold modernity and whimsy. Via trendir.


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10 Fabulously DIY-able Headboard Ideas

By: Diy maven May 01, 2008

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BHG ups the ante on the DIY upholstered headboard with these super easy and super fast ideas!  … Continue Reading

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The Cardboard Coffee Shop

By: Diy maven Apr 30, 2008

On another trip to Taiwan last week, MWT found a spot he hadn’t yet visited before. Namely a coffee shop in the Da Keng area of Taichung City that seems to revere cardboard.

The chairs...

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the tables, cup holders, menus....

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the stage (for open mic night?)...

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and shelving and wall treatments....all cardboard.

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Get FREE Paint Samples!!

By: Diy maven Apr 30, 2008

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For a limited time, VOCs-free Freshaire Choice is giving away 3 2-ounce paint samples. All you have to do is go to their website, pick 3 colors from the 66 they offer, call a toll free number and they’ll ship the samples out to you. Freshaire even pays for the shipping. (For comparison, those small plastic bottles of craft paint that you can buy at Michaels et al. are 2 ounces.)

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