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McDonald's Goes Minimalist.

By: Chrisjob Nov 21, 2008

From Pica+Pixel "McDonalds' has created one of the recognizable brands in the world, but that doesn't seem to matter in their two new Quarter Pounder stores in Tokyo. The stores, packaging, and advertising are all devoid of the classic golden arches and red-headed Ronald."

Quarter Pounder - check your clowns at the door

About this curious switch, Investor Spot says:"Generic packaging, minimalist decor, a two-item menu - and not a clown in sight! That goes for the website as well.Continue Reading

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A New Twist on the Recycled Jewel Case Lamp.

By: Chrisjob Nov 21, 2008

Over the past two years, Curbly has featured plenty of clever reuses for CD Jewel Cases: from a mini-greenhouse to a calendar or wall art (and 13 other ideas).

And certainly, if you've been about the DIY blogosphere at all, you've run into a fair share of how-tos for creating lamps out of jewel cases, or even used CDs themselves. So, here's another simple and beautiful entry from Make Grow Gather.


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How To Make Perfect Mashed Potatoes.

By: Chrisjob Nov 21, 2008

I gotta admit: I appreciate the smells of sage-infused dressings and carmelized sweet potatoes and spiced cranberries, but every year at Thanksgiving, it's the mashed potatoes which occupy at least half of my very-stretch stomach.

So whether they'll fill up the vegetarians in your family, or you just need a place to use up all that gravy, perfect mashed potatoes are easy and obtainable for any home cook.

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DIY Holiday Gift Wrapping and Mail Station.

By: Chrisjob Nov 21, 2008

With the extra cheer of trees, menorahs, wreaths, and other decor comes the extra clutter of wrapping paper, catalogs, Christmas cards, reciepts, and all the noise, noise, Noise, NOISE!

So, Organized Christmas offers a DIY control-your-Christmas-clutter solution. Using readymade materials, this how-to keeps your stuff where you want it, available when you need it, and away when you don't.

Via and photo.

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Turkey Alternatives

By: Diy maven Nov 21, 2008

If a recent news conference by a certain future ex-Alaska governor has you horrified--especially with Thanksgiving next week--I thought some turkey alternatives might be in order. Follow the jumps for recipes of these ideas:

Standing Rib Roast
Crown Roast of Pork
Boneless Beef Rump Roast
Roasted Duck
Italian Roll
Steaks, including rib-eye, t-bone, porterhouse and filet mignon.

If the video has put you completely over the edge and you’veContinue Reading

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The Wireless Router Vase

By: Diy maven Nov 21, 2008

Finally, an answer to that age-old question, ‘Could they make wireless routers less ugly?’ STC’s response is a  wireless router vase combo. I’m not sure about the safety issue of water so close to all those connectors--especially the AC one--but hey, it’s still an inspired design, and you could always go the faux floral route in your router.

Also incorporated into the vase are wireless internet, voice over IP, land line telephoneContinue Reading

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Dexter's Blood Splattered Dining Room

By: Diy maven Nov 21, 2008

Eleven designers were inspired by six different original Showtime series to transform a townhouse in Gramercy Park into Showtime’s Design House. Lucky Amy Lau drew the Dexter card and came up with this blood splattered dining room. If you know anything about Dexter, the television show or the book series, the blood makes perfect sense.

Dexter is an expert at blood splatter analysis who just happens to be a serial killer. But he’sContinue Reading

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Faux Fire

By: Lilybee Nov 20, 2008

When the weather turns rubbish nothing beats snuggling up in front of a fire, possibly with trashy fiction and preferably with some kind of chocolaty beverage. It's just what winter should be all about. Unfortunately our apartment doesn't have a fireplace so I was forced to improvise...

created on: 11/20/08

While technically it wont keep me warm, (except in a cockles-of-my-heart way) it was super easy to make and it makes meContinue Reading

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Curbly's Guide to 2008 Holiday Gift Guides

By: Modhomeecteacher Nov 20, 2008

created on: 11/20/08's fun 2008 Holiday Gift Guide got us thinking about how to get through all the Holiday Gift Guides out there. So here's a comprehensive summary to the best 2008 Holiday Gift Guides we could find, organized by topic, just for you!

Use it as a "guide to gift guides", to help find what you're looking for. I've started with the obvious interests of Curbly readers. If you're looking for foo-foo-y girly gifts or a nice warm robe for Grandma, you'll need to do a little online research. 

If you have other obvious categories you'd like to have reviewed, feel free to leave a comment for consideration. 

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Make Snowflake Gift Soaps

By: Diy maven Nov 20, 2008

Two things that make a perfect handmade gift include its level of sweetness and its degree of easiness. These snowflake soaps score high on both points.

Ingredients you'll need to make them:

  • "Silicone muffin pan (6-cavity)
  • Approx. 20 oz. Goat Milk Soap Base
  • Cornflower Blue Mica
  • Peppermint Essential Oil (second distillation)
  • Small Metal Snowflake Cookie Cutter
  • Alcohol in a Spray Bottle
  • MeasuringContinue Reading
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