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Automated Sprinkler Systems: Responsible or Wasteful?

By: Chrisjob Jul 08, 2008

This Instructable got me thinking: in the era of resource-watching and water rationing, are automated sprinkler systems more responsible, as its organized and at the right time, or wasteful, as they can water when not necessary, etc? Are lawn sprinklers EVER okay anymore? Is is different for produce gardens?

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15 Homemade Swiffer Cloth Patterns

By: Diy maven Jul 08, 2008

Tipnut has assembled the ultimate list of homemade Swiffer Cloth Patterns. Some you sew, some you crochet, and some you knit.

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A Shipping Container Playground.

By: Chrisjob Jul 08, 2008

Over the last few years, shipping containers have been recycled into everything from storage sheds to emergency houses to entire wings of homes. But none seem so useful or poetic or FUN! as Skinners Playground by Phooey Architects in Melbourne. "Many of the structural elements in the Skinners Playground are simply container cut outs that have been repositioned. The stair railings, shade overhangs, and balconies are all parts of… Continue Reading

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Crafty Ways to Tart Up Your Knobs!

By: Diy maven Jul 08, 2008

BHG has some clever ways to create custom drawer pulls for pennies. Here are some of my favorites:

Great for a child's room, simply glue a dimensional letter (found in the scrapbook department of your favorite craft store) at the center of a porcelain pull.


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A bit of paint breathes life into this wooden knob. created on: 07/08/08

A round craft mirror and by-the-yard rhinestones and a little glue bring bling to this knob.

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The BEST On-Line Guide to Residential Styles

By: Diy maven Jul 08, 2008 has, by far, the best on-line residential style guide for the layperson that I’ve come across. From Italianate to art deco to shingle and everything in between. Each style has a pictorial example and a thumbnail description. For a lengthier description, click on the individual styles. Also, the page includes an nice section called ‘Home Features’ which defines various architectural features… Continue Reading

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Tins... Millions of Tins...

By: Lilybee Jul 08, 2008

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It's a bit of a stretch to call this a how to, as essentially you stick some paper on a baby formula tin, and that's it.

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My problem is the sheer quantity of these things, the kid chows his way through one a week, and it seems a shame to just toss them into the recycling, so, what else would you do with them?

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Make "Mrs. Fields'" Chocolate Chip Cookies

By: Diy maven Jul 08, 2008

I'm not big on posting recipes here on Curbly, but a recent tete a tete with my bud Kestrel resulted in a request for this yummy chocolate chip cookie creation. It was given to me with the title ‘Mrs. Fields’ Chocolate Chip Cookies.’ If it's one of the cookie queen’s authentic recipes, I’m really not sure. What I am sure of is, they are to DIE for. Warning: this recipe makes a very large batch, but it’s… Continue Reading

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80 How-To Sites Worth Bookmarking.

By: Chrisjob Jul 07, 2008

The internet has been so integral to the DIY and handmade revolution, its no surprise to find an enourmous collection of how-to websites from around the world. has assembled a solid eighty, in areas like home decor, crafts, dining, business, and personal finance. Though, there's no Curbly. Write in and make it eighty-one!!!!

Also, check out this collection of fifteen from DumbLittleMan.



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Convert an Old Ironing Board Nook into a Spicy Spice Rack.

By: Chrisjob Jul 07, 2008

Growing up, my best friend's house had a built-in recess for an ironing board...and it hardly got used for anything but junk mail and a standard hiding place for Easter eggs. This technique from Instructables can be used to create a great  spice rack, or any sort of built-in storage in older homes.

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Charles and Ray Eames Videos.

By: Chrisjob Jul 07, 2008

Even casual fans of modern design know American superstar couple Charles and Ray Eames. Grassroots Modern has compiled a fantastic collection of film clips featuring the Eameses and their brilliant furniture and architectural creations. From the debut of the Eames Lounge on NBC in 1956 to a full collection of interviews, this is fine way to spend an hour...I just did.

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