David Erik Nelson's new book Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred from No Starch Press is subtitled 'Seriously Geeky Stuff to Make with Your Kids.' That's true; the projects inside the book will appeal to kids, but they will also appeal to adults with a penchant for DIY. That's why it's a perfect book to buy to tell the kids in your life it's for them, but really it's for you!
The book is divided into 3 parts. The first is entitled 'Kid Stuff,' and it contains things that are great for… Continue Reading
Scissors get dull. Fast. The last time I took five or so pairs to a professional to be sharpened, I seem to remember paying about $50.00! After that shocker, I just started buying a few new pairs when they went on sale. It's high time I learn exactly how to sharpen my own scissors so I did a little… Continue Reading
I'm a terrible sleeper. I struggle with falling asleep, and staying asleep. I got it from my dad, and I've tried meditation, different levels of mattress and pillow softness, earplugs, heavy curtains, and everything I can think of. And I've learned a few things over the years of trying to feel rested: I need a little bit of distraction to occupy my mind to fall asleep, and once I'm there, I need an absolutely black and silent room to stay… Continue Reading
Sunburst mirrors have seemingly been around and in-style since the beginning of time and odds are that that fact isn't changing any time soon. The iconic decorative accent is available in a wide range of styles and an even wider range of price points. If you're looking to add this stylish piece to your decor, we've got two DIY versions that'll set you back less than dinner and a… Continue Reading
Dave Nelson, author of the new title, Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred,hosted an hour-long webcast today NOW AVAILABLE ON YOU TUBE in which he shows us how to build a $10 one-string electric guitar using a stick, some wire, a can and wax. Other topics he… Continue Reading
Lynn wanted something personalized, handmade, and decidely not cheesy to give to her special someone this Valentine's Day. She recalled a project she'd seen on Poopscape, and decide to turn it into a custom typographic art project for her… Continue Reading
What's more shocking to me, other than the fact that this studio apartment was transformed into a one bedroom, is how much bigger it looks after! It's magic, I tell you. Magic (and lots of hard… Continue Reading
Font decorating hasn't captivated me, until now. These four rooms, dressed up in graphic font wallpapers by the Italian company Wall and Deco, have me rethinking this whole font decor thing. These walls add just the right character (Ha!, no pun intended) and would provide hours of obsessive word searching. Oh! Get a load of that duvet and pillow combo.… Continue Reading
Would you be up to the challenge of transforming a bedroom from drab to fab with a budget of $100 and a restricted time frame? It sounds almost unfeasible (and incredibly stressful), but this crafty homeowner did just… Continue Reading
There's something quite beautiful about the fact that almost any old dresser can be turned into your own personal work of art. They're essentially a blank canvas waiting for an inspired transformation. Often, the hardest part is seeing beyond the chipped paint and missing hardware to where you can take that thing. Whether it's plain or fancy, painted or stained, here are 10 statement making dresser makeovers to inspire (well, only nine fit in my collage so you'll have to read on through to see the tenth… Continue Reading
This weekend, a friend and I went to a seminar at our nearby Pottery Barn for an 'accessorizing' seminar and, like a good blogger, I took notes to share with my peeps. If you're not a fan of the PB style, that's cool. These suggestions will work for any… Continue Reading
I just finished drying a load of dishes, and looked down upon my Skinny LaMinx tea towel and noted I hadn't gotten an update from Heather's blog in ages, and wondered what happened to all her juicy content.
Turns out, something went awry with my feed reader, and I've been missing all kinds of cool stuff: new prints, patterns, and how-to projects like these awesome handcut cork magnets and my favorite: this DIY hanging garden project. I love the idea of hanging planters, but the macrame work on secondhand pieces I could fine was always a bit stale and 70s-ish, and the new ones way too Tuscan and overwrought with wrought iron.
But, with a bit of time, you can create your own hanging garden that's vintage-inspired, but still… Continue Reading