How To Make Easy Snow Ice Cream

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2010/02/16

Alas, more snow. Can February be any longer??? What to do with all this snow, and feeling all Jack Nicholson (The Shining)? One tasty little distraction would be to run outside, gather up some snow and whip up some, almost free, snow ice cream. With all the desserts that are baked around here, a little refreshing ice cream on the side will round out a hot apple crisp or double, nay triple, fudge brownie.

All you need:

  • 4 cups of fresh, clean snow
  • 1/2 cup of milk or half and half
  • 1/4 cup of sugar

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Makeover Monday: Neutral Basement Rec Room into Colorful Family Entertainment Space.

by Chris Gardner

Debbie Wiener of Design Solutions took a standard tract home, subdivision finished basement space and fused in some color and personality.

"Her focus isn’t on creating showroom homes instead its on creating designs for real living. Such is the case here. Debbie took a basement family room and made it into a family-friendly colorful entertainment room that encapsulates her design ethos: fun, inviting, and best of camouflage for all of life’s...

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by DIY Maven

Did you know there are such things as rug heaters? Me either! From Warmly Yours, the 1/4" thick rug heaters fit under area rugs like a traditional rug pad. But these pads you plug in, giving you a pleasant case of toasty toes.

The rug heaters come outfitted with a dual temperature control which you can set to either high or low. Having a house full of quarter-sawn oak floors, I'd probably only use it on tiled (concrete-based) areas--which really...

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Working with SnapStone, A Floating Porcelain Tile System

by DIY Maven

Recently I had the opportunity to play with a product called SnapStone. SnapStone is a porcelain floating floor system that can be installed over most vinyl, wood and concrete sub-floors. I've seen this product before in my local big box store in the 'real' tile aisle and have always looked upon it a bit suspiciously. It couldn't possibly rival real stone or tile, I thought. So, when the boxes of SnapStone arrived at my front door, I was...

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workshop improvements

by Tmgeorgo

created at: 2010/02/14

One of the by-products of the bathroom remodeling project that I just finished was to enhance my garage workshop.  To make room for more tools and to store building materials on the floor and walls, I had to buy and install a lot more shelving.  I used the same brand as I did when I made the workbench, the Closetmaid Maximum Load stuff from Home Depot, and covered an entire wall with 4' and 8' shelves.  I also added a couple more squares of...

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Mr. Modern VALENTINE: Alexander Girard

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2010/02/12

Photo Images: Herman Miller

Nobody has done as much for cool, modern heart designs as textile designer, and lover of folkart,  Alexander Girard. I became a huge fan of his furniture and fabric designs when we were entrenched in making the projects for Curbly's book, Make It! MidCentury Modern. I was more than delighted to see Herman Miller's blog tribute posted yesterday about their beloved Master of Textiles. It states,

"In the 1967 Herman Miller catalog the “International Heart” is referred to as “Love Heart” and “A tribute of Love and Friendship to your wife, sweetheart, or customer."  And you could get a 15 1/2 square for a whopping $2.25. Not bad!

See the Master at work, and get a peek into his studio...

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Oil Based vs. Water Based, Why Can't They Just Get Along?

by Thedidenizen

created at: 2010/02/15
My recent table staining adventures gave me the opportunity to use water based stain and laquer for the first time. In the past I have only used oil based, because it is cheaper, and while I found it very educational, I think I am going to stick to oil based given a choice. My commitment didn't come without much thought on the matter. I even made a colorful Pros and Cons chart! Yes, I have better things I should be, I'm not neglecting...

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My Showroom Tour of Room & Board, Part 3

by DIY Maven


created at: 2010/02/11

In this the 3rd and final installment devoted to my recent tour of Room & Board, we consider the living room. If there were any question of the retailers ability to bridge the gap between mid-century with the 21st, these vignettes answers it. That’s because their 21st century designs are presented with the likes of Eames, Noguchi, Nelson and Wegner to name just a few. And on those occasions when the masters’ creations don’t make an appearance in the R & B living room vignettes, their influence is felt. 

The Pierre chair, pictured below

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