Curbly Bookworm: Crazy for Cake Pops

by DIY Maven

Imagine this: On the eve of your 29th birthday you lose your job. What do you do? Well, if you're Molly Bakes you stay up until one in the morning baking and frosting 30 cupcakes for your friends. That evening proved pivotal for Molly, as it was the beginning of a love affair for baking and a new career.

Soon thereafter, she began selling cupcakes in Brick Lane Market in London's East side. It was then she came to another turning point. She discovered

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Recommended Reading List Updated for Spring 2011

by Bruno Bornsztein

It's Spring, and for most of us (at least up here in the north country of Minnesota), that means a raging, uncontrollable urge to be outside of the house. Reading books? A not-so-close second. Still, there are lots of good new titles out there, and some of 'em might even assist you in your outdoorsy endeavors. We've updated our Recommended Reading page for Spring 2011; here are some excerpts ...

Square Foot Gardening

Grow more in less space! Ok, to be fair...

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Creating Your Own Small-Space Edible Garden

by DIY Maven

created at: 03/23/2011

Confession: As a vegetable gardener, I'm pretty pathetic. We used to have a 12' x 15' vegetable garden at the back of our property (about 200 feet from our house and down a somewhat steep hill). With the weeding and watering, our excitement every spring for growing our own peppers and tomatoes faded quickly, leaving us with a less than flourishing garden. Several years back, we gave in, realizing that, even though we have plenty of room for a 'proper' garden, we just weren't 'proper' garden people. We made

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Spring Cleaning 101: Tips from a Pro

by Chris Gardner

For the first time in months, there's a beautiful ray of mid-afternoon sunshine cascading through my window, and illuminating all the dust and grime that's built up through the winter months.

I dunno if the sun is going to last, but I do know that I can't pretend like my house doesn't need a thorough scrubbing and organizing anymore. Grrrr...stupid sun.    

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

by DIY Maven

created at: 02/11/2011

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 getting

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Recommended Reading List Updated for Winter 2011

by Bruno Bornsztein

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

I watch Rick's show on public...

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The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes

by DIY Maven

created at: 02/02/2011

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.'

created at: 02/02/2011

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

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Book review: Residential design for aging in place

by Marvin Windows

Residential Design for Aging in Place by Drue Lawlor and Michael Thomas is a comprehensive book written by two seasoned interior designers to show that universal design is good design. The book is well organized so readers can pinpoint a specific topic to learn about; however, I found myself so drawn into the information that I read the book cover to cover!

The uniqueness of this book is the thorough research that Lawlor and Thomas...

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New: Curbly's Recommended Reading Page

by Bruno Bornsztein

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

by Chris Gardner

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.

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