How to Survive a Family Christmas

By: Diy maven Dec 18, 2008

Dashed expectations, drunken relatives, unruly children. Aah..the joys of the holidays! To help you experience the festivities and remain unscathed, check out this entertaining video.

Seasonal Humour:How To Survive A Family Christmas

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'Stop Talking' Cards

By: Diy maven Dec 17, 2008

Company holiday parties, family Christmas get-togethers. They can be fun or feel like the seventh ring of hell--depending upon with whom you are trapped in conversation. Designer Alison Riley came up with the polite yet not-so-subtle 'Stop Talking' cards. You can find them at The Cooper-Hewitt Shop for 8 bucks. No word on how many that 8 bucks give you, although it does seem to buy a handy holder. For a quick and cheap alternative, may IContinue Reading

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Celebrating the Solstice

By: Lilybee Dec 17, 2008

created on: 12/17/08

The winter solstice is the shortest day and longest night of the year, this year it's on the 21st of December. It's kind of a boon to those of us who don't really do religious holidays at this time of year, as folks have been eating, making wreaths and burning stuff (all my favourite things!) to mark the solstice for pretty much ever... even longer than Festivus has been celebrated.
You can, of course, observe Solstice simply by thinking quietly to yourself
'In your eye, rubbish darkness, bring on the longer days and the way more awesome part of the year'
If you were hoping for something a little more formal you could try:

  • Building a wreath, gather your folks and a heap o' greenery (and maybeContinue Reading
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How To Make a No-Sew Holiday Dog Bed

By: Modhomeecteacher Dec 17, 2008

created on: 12/17/08

While you've got your materials handy for these hand printed fleece scarves, it will only take you about an hour to put together this well-deserved holiday gift for your hard working canine companion. Continue Reading

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Curbly Recession Busters: 5 Gifts for a Buy-Nothing Christmas

By: Diy maven Dec 16, 2008

Still haven't gotten around to your Christmas or Hanukkah shopping yet? Don't. Instead, you might want to consider opting for a recession-busting, buy-nothing holiday. However, just because you don't buy anything doesn't mean you wouldn’t be giving your loved-ones gifts. For example...

  1. For Mom: Make housework coupons. (Here's a free printable that could work.)
  2. For Dad: Paint a picture of something meaningful.
  3. For YourContinue Reading
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Sweater Stockings

By: Lilybee Dec 16, 2008

We've had upcycled sweater cushion covers here on Curbly before, and very fabulous they were too. These Christmas stockings from Martha may be their second cousins.created on: 12/16/08

To make them you need

  • A sweater (cardigans or Henley tops seem to be simplest)
  • Thread
  • The downloadable stocking template included in the instructions.

Head over for the full skinny. You could felt the sweater before you made the stocking, IContinue Reading

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How to beat the holiday blues the Curbly way.

By: Diy maven Dec 15, 2008

created on: 12/15/08

The internets are replete with articles on how to beat the winter blues, but I noticed the series of tubes are lacking the beat-the-blues Curbly slant. So here it is, a few ways to make your pad make you feel better.

1. Skip the gingerbread smells and try aromatherapy. Here’s a handy list of those that can raise your spirits.

2. Do NOT fill your home with sappy Christmas music! As a matter of fact, go anti-holiday with your musicContinue Reading

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Curbly Video Podcast: How to Make Hand-Printed Fleece Scarves.

By: Chrisjob Dec 15, 2008

created on: 12/14/08

This easy no-sew, no-knit hand-printed scarf project makes a perfect and perfectly easy gift for everyone on your list. And since they cost under $2.00 to make, you can create one to match every coat and outfit in their closet.

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Mod No-Sew Quilt Ornament

By: Modhomeecteacher Dec 14, 2008

created on: 12/14/08

Tie a little extra LOVE onto the gifts you're giving this year. If you have scrap fabric piled up, pull out some bright, happy prints and go to town. You can design and create one-of-a-kind, no sew, modern quilt ornaments in no time flat by following these quick and easy steps posted over on Whip Up....Continue Reading

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Stocking Stuffer: Safety Glasses You'll Want to Wear Everywhere

By: Modhomeecteacher Dec 13, 2008

created on: 12/13/08

Gone are the days of face-encompassing safety goggles. No need to look nerdy while buzzing through a 4 x 8 piece of plywood anymore. Safety glasses have gone cool.  Hardly resembling their frumpy older sister, safety goggles, hip safety glasses have their own market, and they're hot.  Check out some of the latest looks after the jump...Continue Reading

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An Environmentally Conscious Christmas tree.

By: Diy maven Dec 12, 2008

This tree and the company, Cloud Gate Design LLC,  that designed it gets major props for environmentalism. First, the very modern tree and its packaging are made from recycled cardboard which is also 100% recyclable. In addition, a portion of the profit from the sale of each cardboard tree is being donated to the Arbor Day Foundation’s Trees for America. And to top it off, The Cardboard Tree’s website is delightful; just click ‘decorate’Continue Reading

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Very Geeky Wrapping Paper

By: Diy maven Dec 12, 2008

Yes, store bought wrapping paper is sort of a waste of money and it's not eco-friendly, but these wrapping papers from Think Geek are hilarious. Four sheets of 20" x 30" paper will set you back $5.99. Also, if you do go for store bought wrapping paper, there are always ways to conserve it, like this.Continue Reading

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Turn Soda Cans into Christmas Balls

By: Diy maven Dec 12, 2008

It really doesn't get much more eco-friendly than turning empty soda cans into Christmas ornaments! According to Esprit Cabane, it only takes a few supplies too, and the soda cans are probably in your or your office's recycling bin.Continue Reading

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DIY: LED Christmas Cards.

By: Chrisjob Dec 11, 2008

Those geeky geniuses at EvilMadScientist don't post nearly enough...but everytime they do, they nail it.

Combining an LED throwie, a square of acrylic, and some Christmas cheer, they've created these edge-lit holiday cards that glow and leap off their background.

And it's the kind of tech-y project that should scare ya. Really, I think I'm going to try this one.

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How To: Celery Stamped Gift Wrap.

By: Chrisjob Dec 11, 2008


Potato pirnts are fabulous and super fun, but their big blocky, starchy selves mean either a huge block of color, or your own, carved design.

But, give mother a nature a chance to pick the pattern this time with making prints with celery. A little wispy, a little floral and a whole buncha cool. Pair with some scrap paper for an excellent homemade gift wrap option.


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