How to: Make a DIY Calder-Inspired Mid-Century Modern Mobile (for under $10.00)

Chris Gardner

created at: 06/20/2012

Iconic mid-century designer Alexander Calder’s background in engineering and mathematics inspired him to make art that was three-dimensional and kinetic. But you don’t need a degree to make your own mobile! It just takes a little imagination and a lot of balance. In this project, you’ll learn how basic shapes can come together to create a spinning, swaying, stunning work of art for any room. For less than $10.00.   

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A Little Spring Fun: How to Make a DIY Modern Pillar Planter

Alexandra Hedin

created at: 04/03/2012

Hi!  I’m Alexandra Hedin – a lifestyle and entertaining expert from the Pacific Northwest.  I provide inspiration, recipes, and crafts for creating a lovely life.  It doesn’t take much to make everyday lovely – or to have fun.  And isn’t that what life is about? All week I’ll be here showing you how I threw together a little springtime affair that takes only a little thought and some good friends. 

All week I have shown you how to host...

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A Little Spring Fun: Make Fig Jam and Goat Cheese Pizza!

Alexandra Hedin

created at: 03/25/2012
Hi!  I’m Alexandra Hedin – a lifestyle and entertaining expert from the Pacific Northwest.  I provide inspiration, recipes, and crafts for creating a lovely life.  It doesn’t take much to make everyday lovely – or to have fun.  And isn’t that what life is about? All week I’m showing you how I threw together a little springtime affair that takes only a little thought and some good friends.   

Yesterday, I fixed a charming little cocktail and today, an appetizer to go with it: Goat & Fig Pizza.  A homemade pizza makes a really fast and easy appetizer.  I love making little pizzas with a homemade crust and seasonal ingredients from the garden or the farmers market.  

This super simple appetizer is really delicious and can take as little as ten minutes.  Which means you have no excuse not to entertain!  Have fun, have a party!   

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DIY Themed Bookends.

Chris Gardner

Simple, useful, and handmade. These are the kinds of projects the DIYosphere lives for.

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From EvilMadScientist: "We said that it's simple, and it is: it's a brick wrapped in a piece of paper...hese are "cement bricks" -- red dyed cement-- and cost about $0.25 each. Wrapping them up keeps them from scratching up your shelves and books." These left-brainers chose some Psis and brackets for their physics texts, but the technique is simple and could...

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DIY Thrifty Car Odor Eliminators.

Chris Gardner

Children. Pets. Power tools. Library books. Groceries. We ask alot of our cars...and, we put a lot of stinky things in 'em too. And with dark interiors and constant sludging back and forth, it's not always clear how dirty they get. Well, until the funk happens. It's like one day, you open the door, and sit down, and say "Oh, know...it's here."

Classic red car wtih red steering wheel, red fuzzy dice in the window and white interior, source: sxc.hu.

So, here's seven inexpensive deodorizers intended with the unique interiors, shapes, and smells of your...

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Crepe Paper Wall Stripe.

Chris Gardner

Matt had a blank wall. And, so, he decided to do something about it.

"I wanted a solution that was cheap and easier than painting. Then it came to me—common crepe paper party streamers. They come in a variety of colors and cost as little as five bucks for a 500-foot roll. The only other thing needed is a little double sided tape to hold them in place at the top and bottom."

Super cheap, and super effect. Visit Readymade for Matt's technique and...

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How To: Customize Roman Shades.

Chris Gardner

Every television design show lauds the ease of the basic Roman shade, which can be endlessly customized. Well, fine, but I still don't know how to make one...and those strings intimidate me.

Luckily, I have Jennifer's how-to from Apartment Therapy. "Jennifer took simple, plain and inexpensive Roman shades from Target and completely transformed them with a graphic patterned fabric from IKEA — providing customized window...

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10 Tips for Decorating on a Budget.

Chris Gardner

Make it beautiful, and make it cheap. Holly Becker has collected ten tips from her own experience of decorating a small one bedroom in Germany. Go and do likewise.

1. Take IKEA seriously.

2. Yard sales!

3. Bargain at flea markets and secondhand stores

4. Share a car.

5. Shop online at places like Craigslist, Ebay, and Amazon

6. Do it yourself.

7. Bundle your services like phone, internet, and cable.

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31 Cheap Decorating Tips

Diy Maven

Domino has put together a slide-show of 31 cheap and creative decorating tips. Some are easier than others, but all are inspirational. Two ideas that really appealed to me....

 

Lavanya put a softboard up inside the chimney of her non-working fireplace. She then wrapped wire around toothpicks that she slipped under the softboard. From the wires, she hung glass balls into which she placed tea lights. Lovely effect!

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The Quickest and Cheapest Countertop Upgrade.

Chris Gardner

Plywood. It's good for nearly everything, including the kitchen counter. This how-to article from This Old House describes this easy, and significantly inexpensive option (could be less than $1 a square foot). The best part is, you don't even have to remove the old countertop to install it. Sure, it may not by high end exotic hardwood slabs, but it beats the pants off 80s pink or 90s hunter green laminate.

 

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Ten Healthy Foods for Under a Dollar.

Chris Gardner

It's easy to justify junk food habits with a "it's way cheaper." Not anymore, potato chip monster. Web MD has assembled ten healthful foods available to you for under one US dollar. Lotsa fruit, lotsa grains, lotsa flavor.

1. Apples



2. Bananas

3. Baby Carrots (in bags)

4. Canned Beans

5. Canned Tomatoes

6. Oranges (extra large navel oranges)

7. Pears

8. Lentils (dry)

9. Pearl Barley (dry)

10. Yogurt (plain, lowfat, or fat-free)

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Seven No-Cost Tips to Keep Your Home Safer.

Chris Gardner

The cost of a home-security system can be intimidating, or even preventative. Even everyday folks deserve a safe home, so take a peek at this article from the Smarthomesecurity blog.

 A brief summary: 

1. Trim your garden.

2. Lock up your tools.

3. Make it look like you're home often, even if you're not.

4. Replace outdoor lights.

5. Don't advertise big purchases.

6. Better hide your emergency house keys.

7. Lock your door! 

[Image from inkart.com] 

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