Classic Craft: SunPrints

By: Chrisjob Jul 17, 2009

With just a bit of cyanotype paper, wonderful, natural modern prints are just a walk-through-the-park away. The Light Garden offers their experience with this fun old-school craft here, here's a bit of the science behind the process, and a link to the supplies.


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How to make sidewalk chalk out of eggshells.

By: Diy maven Jul 16, 2009

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

Okay, so sidewalk chalk isn't exactly the most expensive thing in the world, but why buy it when you can make it? And out of eggshells no less! (Mr. Wizard would be so proud.) The procedure is simple and the supplies are minimal to say the least. They include:Continue Reading

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Wednesday Night Upholstery: Before and After

By: Modhomeecteacher Jul 16, 2009

created at: 2009-07-16

Classes are filling and expanding. I wish everyone could come to my home studio (basement) and learn fast and easy techniques to transform your Goodwill trashy furniture into upcycled beauties.  The new class started last night and each one brought a simple piece and a difficult piece. We got started on the easy ones first to get the feel of the tools, staple gun, and to fully understand why upholsterers charge the prices they do. Here's a perfect example of Beginner's Instant Gratification.Continue Reading

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Mid-Century Modern Classics...For Tots.

By: Chrisjob Jul 03, 2009

Knoll Furnishings, the manufacturers of classic pieces by Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Alexander Girard, Maya Lin, and  Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (nearly all the MCM heavyweights besides the Eameses and George Nelson), is getting smaller.

"Created for the ones we love, knoll kids™ is a collection of spirited, modern furniture scaled for a younger generation. Each piece reflects our belief in the utility of modern design and commitment toContinue Reading

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15 Tips to Keep Your Car Interior Clean, Stainless and Fresh

By: Modhomeecteacher May 19, 2009

created at: 2009-05-19

Twenty hours on the road can leave your car filled with the likes of fries, spilled drinks, wadded up napkins, pillows, blankets, maps, newspapers and sticky, gooey messes. The best way to avoid stains is to not eat, drink or do anything in the car but ride. Since that's impossible, here are 15 tips from Road & Travel Magazine to get things straightened up after your vacation.  Continue Reading

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Love Hurts:: Travis Cain's BFF Series.

By: Chrisjob May 01, 2009

A balloon and a thumbtack? An ax and a tree stump?

In Travis Cain's BFF series, now available at Kid Robot, opposites attract.

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17 Cool Magnetic Tricks.

By: Chrisjob Apr 29, 2009

Home use and DIY projects, geek crafts, handmade toys...there's nothing wrong with keeping a few neodymiums in your tool box. The clever team at Evil Mad Scientist have assembled seventeen helpful uses, with original photographs!Magnet tricks

Some highlights:

  • Extract batteries from stubborn holders
  • Find studs in your walls
  • Make a homopolar motor
  • Make LED Throwies
  • Demonstrate magnetohydrodynamic propulsion
  • Make a simple compass
  • Experiment with self assembly
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Mr. Rogers Swings

By: Modhomeecteacher Apr 06, 2009

created at: 2009-04-06

Who can forget the comforting, "everyone is dearly loved" tunes sung by Fred Rogers in his surreal little undecorated house and his painted cardboard neighborhood?  Boing Boing reminds us of our favorites likeContinue Reading

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Saddle Rocking Active Sitting

By: Modhomeecteacher Feb 17, 2009

created at: 2009-02-17

The Giddyup Rocking Stool by Tim Wigmore snagged my attention  because it combines two of my favorite seats, a rocking chair and Continue Reading

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Curbly's Guide to 2008 Holiday Gift Guides

By: Modhomeecteacher Nov 20, 2008

created on: 11/20/08's fun 2008 Holiday Gift Guide got us thinking about how to get through all the Holiday Gift Guides out there. So here's a comprehensive summary to the best 2008 Holiday Gift Guides we could find, organized by topic, just for you!

Use it as a "guide to gift guides", to help find what you're looking for. I've started with the obvious interests of Curbly readers. If you're looking for foo-foo-y girly gifts or a nice warm robe for Grandma, you'll need to do a little online research. 

If you have other obvious categories you'd like to have reviewed, feel free to leave a comment for consideration. 

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Lego Kitchen Crafts.

By: Chrisjob Nov 06, 2008

Oh, you geeks. The fun never stops.

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Clothes Pin Lamp

By: Lilybee Sep 28, 2008

Over a Readymade they have instructions for this interesting lamp. It might be equally at home over at weebabystuff as it's creator was inspired by the idea of diapers hanging out to dry. He says that it casts baby-soothing shadows in his little girl's nursery.

created on: 09/28/08

To make it you'll need:

  • Medium-size wire tomato cage
  • Small roll of 16-gauge wire
  • Ceramic socket
  • Hose clamp
  • 3 3/4” zinc plated D-rings
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Wee Baby Stuff

By: Bruno Aug 19, 2008

By now perhaps you've noticed the big ad in the side bar for Wee Baby Stuff (if you don't see it, try refreshing the page a couple of times). It's no secret that getting ready for a baby means researching, pricing, and buying a lot of gear. Wee Baby Stuff is a community dedicated to helping new and expecting parents figure out what to buy, and where to get it.

Alicia, Lilybee, and ModHomeEcTeacher have taken the lead, writing some greatContinue Reading

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How To: Dye Pasta For Crafting.

By: Chrisjob Aug 13, 2008

First, there was just plain old semolina yellow. Then, they got fancy (tacky?) and developed the tri-color by using spinach and tomato products to tint you rotini. Now, embrace the rainbow by coloring your pasta ANY shade you may choose with vibrant, punchy results. This is a great medium for kids, or for some tongue-in-cheek nostalgia...perhaps some macaroni macrame?


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Softie Book Ends

By: Lilybee Aug 11, 2008

This weekend in Toronto was genuinely rubbish, wet and windy and yuck. The sort of weather that kicks good intentions in the pants. I had meant to Clear, Organize and generally Improve my closet spaces this weekend. (18 months is more than enough time to acquire a bunch of stuff). Instead I curled up reading, which lead me to make these fellows.

created on: 08/11/08

They are Harald and Alec, Heraldic Lions and book ends for myContinue Reading

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