Adam Sporka’s 2008 Thumb Calendar is now available! This cool little two-sided design is interactive, as to read it you need to cover the dates on either side of the header bars with your thumbs. (If that doesn’t make any sense, Adam provides a visual tutorial on Flickr.) Simply print one off, cut it out, fold it in half and you’ve got yourself a handy, business-card-sized calendar. Pic courtesy of Adam’s home page.
Your DIYness spills over into every aspect of your life, including your holiday wishlist. So let us know! What sort of DIY, design, crafty, or other Curbly-related gifts did you recieve or give this year?
So, share your swag! What did you get!? How will you use it?
[Photo from subversiveinfluence.com]
You’re not exactly enthused with that potpourri Aunt Polly gave you for Christmas, or that bottle of champagne from your friend Brian, which makes you nauseous just looking at it. So what do you do with these gifts that you don’t need or can’t use? Polly's potpourri and Brian’s bubbly could be re-gifted, if you follow MB Dunleavey’s rules for re-gifting.
- Don’t tell the recipient their gift has been re-gifted.
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My assistant has become quite the clotheshorse. First she insisted upon a Halloween costume and now this.
Made with a fun double loop stitch, this sweater will work up in just a couple of hours. It fits my 11 pounder just fine, but can be adapted to fit just about any critter.
What Montreal lamp designer Francois Legault does with recycled flatware is quite marvelous. The idea of using them to fashion lamp shades sounds simple enough. The outcome, however, is not. Pieces in his Kitchen Collection trick the eye, as the utensils seem to have been intricately woven to create a somewhat futuristic flatware fabric. (Is it just me or does the cube look like the Borg starship?)
His Blooming Spoons on the other hand, are… Continue Reading
Maybe you haven’t had time to shop, or maybe a lack of funds has made braving the holiday shopping experience less than fun, or maybe you just don’t know what to buy those hard to buy for types. Don’t worry. Take a deep breath, read the list below and maybe you’ll find the perfect last minute gifts. Bonus: They’re more personal than the ubiquitous ‘gift card’ AND some don’t cost a thing!
- Offer that… Continue Reading
Check out this cool article on an interesting idea; "smart" closets are being developed that can tell you wether your shirt and tie are matched:
If you’ve ever felt the embarrassment of wearing a mismatched suit or outdated outfit to an important meeting or event, the “wearable computer lab” at the University of South Australia has just the solution for you. “Smart” closets are being developed that will let the owner… Continue Reading
Eric Harshbarger is a mathematician, computer programer and a professional LEGO artist. Although he’s never been an actual employee of LEGO, he is considered one of the preeminent LEGO sculptors and mosaicists in the world. His works are commissioned and his clients have included the MIT Media Lab, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the LEGO company itself, among others. Apropos to the season is Eric’s 13" army of Santas. For… Continue Reading
From designer Kristen Cunningham comes this great and EASY tutorial to make completely fabulous sea biscuit lights. She defines them as patio lights, but they’d look charming on a mantel–especially in the summertime when the fireplace isn’t being used–or in the winter when you’re dreaming of warm days on the beach.
A string of clear fairy lights
Purchased sea biscuit shells (enough to cover each… Continue Reading
- Sink stoppers: placing a plastic lid over a drain will create a vacuum and keep the water in your sink or tub.
- Kid coasters: let the tykes monogram plastic lids to keep their glasses from getting mixed up and from sweating all over the table tops.
- Cupboard and refrigerator drip pans: shove one under your pepper mill to catch the excess pepper that sifts out the bottom. Ditto for honey containers and all those other drippy things in the… Continue Reading