1001 Classic Old-Time Household Hints

By: Modhomeecteacher Mar 07, 2011

Cleaning house while dreaming about cleaning up the garden beds. Looking back, it's likely that I could have done a better job at both last year. To get myself pumped up for a Spring clean and purge, both inside and out, I just ordered 1001 Old-time Household Hints: Timeless Bits of Household Wisdom for Today's Home and Garden.Continue Reading

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Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred (Plus 4 Bonus How-to's!)

By: Diy maven Feb 16, 2011

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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 gettingContinue Reading

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Recommended Reading List Updated for Winter 2011

By: Bruno Feb 03, 2011

Guess how many new books are released every day? Yeah, I have no clue either, but it's a lot. Too many to keep track of, though we do try. Today we've updated our Recommended Reading page with a bunch of new titles for Winter 2011. These are books we've reviewed on the site, or just books we came across and thought looked cool. Here are some that I liked (make sure to click through to see them all):

 Fiesta at Rick's: Fabulous Food for Great Times with Friends

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The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes

By: Diy maven Feb 02, 2011

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According to Sasha Duerr, the author of The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes, if we can cook, we can dye. One of the chapters contained within is even entitled, "Kitchen Couture". And couture it is. Dozens of recipes tell us how to use such things as lavender, turmeric and red cabbage to dye plant and protein-based fibers the most luscious colors imaginable, all of which harmonize in ways 'only botanical colors can.'

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Sasha begins at the beginning, outlining supplies we'll need, explaining in easy to understand terms the benefit Continue Reading

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Amy Sedaris: Crafting for the Poor and Pissing People Off

By: Diy maven Nov 30, 2010

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Amy Sedaris has been out promoting her new book, Simple Times: Crafting for Poor People, and one of her stops was on NPR's Marketplace. The book, of course, is a parody of the DIY and crafting culture, however, her recent comments in the NPR interview are pissing people off...at least people who don't appreciate satire. One inflammatory Continue Reading

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New: Curbly's Recommended Reading Page

By: Bruno Nov 16, 2010

I know it's 'not cool' to talk about reading 'books' these days, but we at Curbly still love 'em, and every self-respecting DIYer has their prized collection. Our copy of Budget Living's Home Cheap Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to Great Decorating is dog-eared and damaged from all the use it has gotten (check out this cool book-art project we did more than three years ago!). Our other favorite book is our irreplaceable copy of the America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook (seriously the most useful cookbook I've even seen):

America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook

So, to keep track of our favorite analog volumes, we create the Curbly Recommended Reading page. It's a quarterly-updated list of our current reading recommendations for crafty-doers like yourselves, and it looks like this:

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Common Sense Storage

By: Diy maven Oct 26, 2010

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The title of the new print from Creative Publishing may have the word 'common' in it, but there is nothing common about the contents of Common Sense Storage. Filled with images of luscious interiors, the book is a cornucopia of inspiration, that just happens to solve all of our storage problems as well.

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Make a No-Slip Bookmark

By: Diy maven Oct 07, 2010

Just yesterday, I was searching for the bookmark that had fallen out of my current book group read. How delighted I was today then to see this no-slip bookmark idea. The maker claims she has seen them around all over the place. I must admit, I haven't. To make one, here's Continue Reading

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Curbly Bookworm - Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer

By: Chrisjob Sep 27, 2010

I was accidentally introduced to Novella Carpenter's Farm City. I was at the library, and managed to knock off an audiobook version whilst putting back another, and it fell to the floor, a CD rolled out, and wheeled itself across the aisle. I'm not a mystic, and certainly don't believe I was destined to check it out, but I did, and it's totally worth your time.

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Novella's an urbanite, dedicated to the diversity of a metropolitan landscape. Novella's also a farmer, and keep pigs, chickens, rabbits, and huge garden on a squatted piece of land next to her apartment. She feeds her livestock from the waste stream - dumpsters behind high-end restaurants, and houses her chickens in sawdust from a local cabinet shop.Continue Reading

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Ripley's Real Estate--Believe it or Not!

By: Diy maven Aug 31, 2010

The Shark

The new book by Ripley's Believe It or Not!, Enter If You Dare!, includes some interesting real estate stories. Here's just a few examples you can find within its pages, if you dare to open them.

The Shark House, pictured above, is located in Headington, Oxford. The 25 foot long, fiberglass shark, commissioned by Bill Heine and created by sculptor Continue Reading

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Zen and the Art of Renovating Your Home...and Life

By: Diy maven Aug 04, 2010

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We talk a lot about home renovation around here, but what if you want to renovate your life? One way to take on this monumental task is by following the Chinese Proverb that says, If you want to change your life, move 27 things in your home. It is the connection between ourselves and our living spaces and the energy we share that is Continue Reading

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Book Beads: A Pictorial Tutorial

By: Diy maven Aug 02, 2010

beads that look like teeny-tiny tomes

After you've made your Book Planter, you're going to have some book innards leftover. And since we don't like to waste ANYTHING here at Curbly--especially books or any parts of them--how about making some book beadsContinue Reading

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"The Real Man's Guide to Fixin' Stuff"'

By: Diy maven Jul 22, 2010

The humorously titled, “The Real Man’s Guide to Fixin’ Stuff”, is not a typical fix-it manual, and it’s not only for men, real or otherwise.

Oh, sure, it has some tips you’d expect to find in such books, like how to repair loose hinges, squeaky floors, and dripping taps, but in it you’ll also learn how to re-sole shoes, make a vacuum suck better, sharpen blender blades, and resurface a wooden cutting board, among

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From the Curbly Bookworm: 'The Nonstop Garden'

By: Diy maven Jun 24, 2010

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You know those gardens that look good in any season? Even in winter? During the growing season, something is always happily blooming. In the fall, deciduous tree leaves take center stage, varying from golden to copper to red. When winter settles in, conifers reveal their majesty and accentuate the garden’s structure and form. If this sounds like the garden you’d like to have, then The Nonstop Garden, by Stephanie Cohen and Jennifer Benner is a must have.Continue Reading

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The Gardener's Color Palette

By: Diy maven Mar 17, 2010

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Reading the title of Tom Fischer's new book, The Gardener's Color Palette, might make you assume it's a book just for gardeners. If you did, you'd be wrong, because it is so much more than that. But before we get to the 'more' part, lets look at what makes it a great gardening book.

First, it's laid out with a picture of each plant under consideration on the right pages and all the pertinent information about the specimen on the pagesContinue Reading

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