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How To Write a Great DIY How To.

By: Diy maven Feb 04, 2008

When I first started writing for Curbly, my biggest worry in constructing a how to was its translation. Would my readers be able to follow the steps? Would anyone be able to replicate the process outlined in the how to? To help alleviate my fears, I did what any novice blogger would do, I read other blogs. Although I discovered plenty of how-to-write-how-to’s out there, they weren’t specifically for DIY how to articles. Ultimately, I… Continue Reading

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How to clean a vacuum filter.

By: Diy maven Feb 04, 2008

The instructions included in your small, handheld vacuum probably say that you should periodically removed the filter and ‘tap clean’ it, meaning you need to smack it against the inside of your garbage can to free the filter of debris. Okay, as I see it, this is lousy advice for two reasons. First, simply tapping the filter doesn’t remove everything. And ‘B’, hitting that thing on the inside of the garbage can makes… Continue Reading

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I Have an Article in the New READYMADE Magazine!

By: Chrisjob Feb 04, 2008


If you were to go to your local, well-stocked bookstore, and happened to find Issue 33 of Readymade magazine, you might flip it open and check out all the fascinating articles and some amazing how-tos. And if, in this process, you made your way to pages 58-59 and the "Ready-Whip" column, you'd see a how-to article entitled "Build You Own Butcher Block."

I happened to have written that article. Even more interesting, that's my actual piece in… Continue Reading

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By: Diy maven Feb 04, 2008

Using simple runner attachments, Raw-Edges Design Studio asserts that you can add a drawer to any flat surface. As indicated in the image, this would be a perfect way to turn those traditional pieces into something fresh and modern.

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How to Draw with Light.

By: Chrisjob Feb 04, 2008

As seen in the famous "Centaur" photograph of Picasso, or the current (and excellent) crop of Sprint commercials, the combination of a controllable light source and some long exposure photography can lead to some amazing artwork. Check out the fabulous work of the Japanese collective PikaPika here (Flickr) and here (animation).

Thankfully, Lori and Stuart  from are offering some help. Though they don't detail the exposure… Continue Reading

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Pebble Rug

By: Diy maven Feb 04, 2008

Although the Pebble rug from 2Form Design may look like it’s made of real pebbles, it’s actually crafted out of 100% wool. Of course, if you have anything in the house that occasionally projectile vomits, you might want to choose a floor covering with less texture, ‘cause whatever gets between those pebbles is gonna wanna stay between those pebbles.

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How to make balls of light chandeliers.

By: Diy maven Feb 02, 2008

More fun than balls of yarn, these big chandelier light spheres are made out of 4-24' strands of rope lights. Your biggest investment would be the lights as the other supplies needed are relatively inexpensive. They include:

  • 10 clear plastic zip ties
  • ceiling hooks
  • a metal chandelier chain (optional)
  • an S-hook (also optional)
  • pliers
  • scissors

As for the how-to part, basically you plug one strand of your rope lights into your extension… Continue Reading

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Cookin' in a Football

By: Diy maven Feb 01, 2008

If you haven't heard, this Sunday is the Superbowl. (Giants v. Patriots, I think.) And even though I'm not a fan--can you tell?--the kid in me likes this football slow cooker. Available on Amazon for $39.99 or on clearance at various Walmart stores for 5 bucks. Now, if they only made basketball slow cookers.


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Valentine Cookie Pops.

By: Chrisjob Feb 01, 2008

Everything's better when it's on a stick: Pillsbury offers this fun recipe to jazz up your Valentine's sugar cookies.


1    package (18 oz) Pillsbury® Ready To Bake!™ refrigerated sugar cookies
20    flat wooden sticks with round ends
1 1/4    cups vanilla creamy ready-to-spread frosting (from 1-lb container)
    Assorted small candies, or candy decors or nonpareils, if… Continue Reading

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5 Easy Ways To Make Your Bathroom Feel New.

By: Chrisjob Feb 01, 2008

"Is it difficult to find enthusiasm about cleaning the bathroom? Are you living in a place that someone else rented or owned before you? If you said yes to both, try not to think about what may have happened in your bathroom before you moved in....Here are five inexpensive things you can do to make your bathroom truly feel like it is yours. Doing these will not make the room look new but it will make it feel much more new to you."


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