A DIY Career Change

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 03/31/2010
created at: 03/31/2010

Career paths can take sharp angled turns when you least expect it. One day you try something new and POW, that's it, you never want to go back. My career, if I can be so presumptious as to call it a career, happens to be in the arena of making things, figuring out how to fix things, creativity, a little photography, writing and teaching. It's perfect for me and my interests. So, here's how I took a sharp right hand turn and landed in this wonderful new world.

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Modern-Looking Scrap Wood Walls

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 03/31/2010

Image: LumberJocks

If you're trying to achieve that modern, textural, wood wall look, here are some scrap wood walls to consider for your nature loving self. Here, the woodworker has made good use of scrap wood, even though the project was a bit labor intense. But look at the results! It wouldn't be nearly as attractive if the room was overfilled with furniture and dust catching tchotkes. The sparse furnishings complement the dynamic wall.

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The Ab-Fab FabCab

by DIY Maven

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FabCab is short for Fabulous Cabin and it lives up to its name. The timber frame kit home debuted at the 2010 Seattle Home Show to onlookers' delight. The kit is shipped to the homeowner and then erected by a licensed contractor. Is it DIYable? Since the kit comes in pre-cut parts, possibly, if you have experience with construction of that sort.

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5 Easy Ways to Go Green this Spring

by DIY Maven

created at: 03/31/2010

This spring, forget DIY. It's time to GIY!! Green building guru John D. Wagner shares with us 5 easy ways to Green It Yourself when faced with this season's remodeling projects. Here's the lineup:

 

1.       Choose renewable natural resources 

  • When possible, choose renewable natural resources for your home improvement projects. Whether you are building a deck, or a backyard gazebo, select materials that to help reduce your carbon footprint.

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Woodworking Inspiration

by Marvin Windows

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Today’s post is a guest contribution from Susquehanna Photo and co-authored by Mandy Arnold, of LightStyles, Ltd., a window, door and hardware distributor based in Carlisle, Penn.


Many small towns often look inward for their sense of identity. The town of York, Pennsylvania, turns to its 250-plus years of history and local culture to identify itself. The town is full of independent businesses and artists, each trying to put their own personal...

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How to: Make a Wine Cork Bath Mat

by DIY Maven

DIY Wine cork bath mat

The hardest part about making this bath mat is accumulating the 175 corks you'll need to make it. Other than that, it's a cinch! Here's the things you'll need to put one together:     

  • 175 wine corks, plus a few for mistakes
  • hot glue sticks & gun
  • non-adhesive shelf liner
  • sharp pocket knife
  • cutting board
  • rotary cutter and mat
  • long ruler or yardstick
  • coarse sand paper

To see all the deets, head over to Crafty Nest. 

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The Kaufmann House: The Reason for Mid-Century Modern Resurgence

by DIY Maven

If you've ever wondered why mid-century modern design and architecture has become so popular as of late, it's not because of the success of Mad Men. Well, maybe Jon Hamm's baby blues did have a little to do with it, but if you'd ask an architect, she'd probably say it's because of The Kaufmann House. The 1946 Richard Neutra glass, stone and steel work of art was commissioned by Edgar J. Kaufmann Sr., the same gentleman who commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to build Falling Water about 10 years earlier.

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The Green Toad Painting System

by DIY Maven

created at: 03/30/2010

Not only does The Green Toad have one of the coolest names to come out of the hardware world in decades, the painting system just might revolutionize how we all paint in the future. This is how it works: The Green Toad system consists of ergonomic handles (available in standard grip as well as in 'extra contour' for larger hands)

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