Kitchen Myth Busters

By: Diy maven Oct 08, 2010

Baking soda

Did you know, despite a great ad campaign, that a box of baking soda will NOT remove odors from the fridge/freezer? Or that alcohol does NOT bake off in the oven? These and other kitchen myths get… Continue Reading

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6 MORE Ways to Use Your Digital Camera for DIY

By: Diy maven Sep 30, 2010

Last week I posted 6 ways to use your digital camera for DIY, however, if you include the GREAT TIPS in the comments section of the post, it was more like 12 ways. With such a wonderful response, I thought I'd add a few more ways I use my digi for DIY. 

1. You can get some wonderful design ideas from public spaces such as hotels, restaurants and, yes, even bars, where proprietors are used to camera flashes. (I'm often inspired by… Continue Reading

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4 Steps to Creating the Home of your Dreams

By: Diy maven Sep 28, 2010

Melissa from The Inspired Room shares her design wisdom she has amassed since the creation of TIR, to help us create the home we want. Summed in four easy steps, Melissa provides oodles of advice as it pertains… Continue Reading

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6 Ways to Use Your Digital Camera for DIY

By: Diy maven Sep 22, 2010

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Anecdote: When MWT and I first started dating, I assisted him in changing the brakes on one of his old beaters. I've forgotten which one. It could have been 'Herb', the 1964 Chevelle handed down from his grandfather, or the '76 Nova that he bought from his family's barber, or the rusty/orange GMC 10 pickup of an unknown year affectionately referred to as 'The Unit'. Whichever it was, when the tire was off and the parts were scattered across the garage floor, we realized we didn't pay close enough attention to how we dismantled the thing. We were in quite the pickle. We… Continue Reading

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10 Inexpensive Ways to Boost the Value of Your Home Before Selling

By: Diy maven Jun 23, 2010

If you haven't heard, we're in a buyer's market. That's great news if you're shopping for a home; not so good if you need to sell your home. As a seller, you need to make your property stand out among all the others in the neighborhood. However, doing so doesn't mean having to invest a… Continue Reading

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Meg Ryan's Design Tips

By: Diy maven May 17, 2010

An interior design enthusiast and remodeling junkie, Meg Ryan is a Curblier at heart. (Even if she doesn't know it.) In the June 2010 issue of Elle Decor, Meg gives us a tour of her Martha Vinyard's home. Meg did use the help of decorator Marsha Russel of Satinwood Ltd, who, according to Marsha was basically a sounding board and procurer. Meg was the visionary. We can get a peek inside Meg's house on Elle Decor's website, but for the full experience, we'll have to spring for a copy of the magazine. However, Meg does share her eminently practical design tips free of charge. Here they are in a… Continue Reading

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The Definitive Safety Tip Sheet for DIYers

By: Diy maven May 04, 2010

 

The initials UL have been synonymous with safety for the last 115 years, so when Underwriters Laboratories offered to share with us their DIY Home Improvement Safety Tip Sheet (for both amateur and veteran DIYers) I jumped at the chance. No messing around; here it is,… Continue Reading

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Six Tips to Soften Butter on the Fly.

By: Chrisjob Oct 31, 2009

Making Butter Curls Is A Quick Way To Soften Butter

Whether you need it for your toast, or its time to whip up your first batch of holiday cookies, there's all sorts of occassions in which you need to bring chill-chested butter to room temp without melting it. The microwave is out, but these six ideas from TipNut will get you spreadable in a flash.

  • Grate with a box grater
  • Heat gently in a glass bowl with warm water
  • Get a butter curler, and heat it slighty.

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8 Alternative Uses for Plastic Wrap.

By: Chrisjob Oct 22, 2009

 

Plastic wrap, cellophane, Saran Wrap, cling wrap... whatever you call it, this just-a-bit-too-sticky surface does what it does - sealing food in containers to keep it fresh - and does it well. Turns out, there's at least eight other things it can do, as well, and they've been compiled thusly by Diane Rixon at DIYLife.

  • Salvage corked wine
  • Preserve paint and spackles
  • Pack silverware
  • Get a non-slip grip
  • Banish frizzies
  • Keep ice cream fresh
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How to Make Great Packed Lunches for Work.

By: Chrisjob Oct 02, 2009

A quick lunch out in the middle of the workday...it's easy, usually tasty, and a great break from your occupational worries.

'Cept, it's also rarely healthful, and those $5 a day can quickly add up week after week. The answer, of course, is to pack your own...and with these tips from DumbLittleMan, you can keep your brownbags interesting, healthful, and inexpensive.

 

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40 Decorating Tips for Your Living Room

By: Diy maven Oct 01, 2009

Real Simple lives up to its name with these 40 Decorating Tips for Your Living Room. From adding inexpensive punches to varying textures, everything's covered. Inspirational to be… Continue Reading

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The Secret to Etsy Success

By: Diy maven Jul 20, 2009

 

Etsy

Need to make some extra cash in these hard economic times? Maybe it's time to turn your hobbies into an income source via Etsy. To make your Etsy experience a successful one, let's turn to the advice of Kellbot who actually used to work for Etsy. 

  1. Take better photos.
  2. Make something people actually want.
  3. Make something other people aren't making.
  4. Build a cohesive line.
  5. Give up on the bad ideas and move to new and better ones.
  6. Take… Continue Reading
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21 Home Office Organizing Tips.

By: Chrisjob Jun 19, 2009

No matter how I try to not pick up my office for work, I simply can't be productive in a chaotic space. Whether trying to be creative, efficient, or just less distracted, I simply need a clutter-free, accessible space. So, these twenty-one tips from Real Simple seem perfect for folks just like me, AND for those who need a bit more structure in their workspace.

Real Simple Organizing Tips

Photo comp and via :: Decor8

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10 Tips for Starting a Simple Garden.

By: Chrisjob Jun 16, 2009

Briana Feola of Brainstorm Print & Design. is a full time artist with a huge passion for gardening. She's assembled ten great tips for Indie Fixx on getting started with your own food production garden.

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1) START SMALL

2) START PLANTS INSIDE

3) COMPOST!

4) OBTAIN APPROPRIATE SUPPLIES

5) PICK SEEDS AND PLANTS NATIVE TO YOUR AREA
6) GET PROPER FENCING TO KEEP CRITTERS OUT

7) GET THE SOIL READY

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How To: Water Conservation Techniques that Make Every Drop Count.

By: Chrisjob Jun 08, 2009

This June, Treehugger has been devoting a great deal of research and articles to issues of fresh water. To kick off the feature, they've collected some tremendous resources to conserve, cut back, and reuse on a daily basis. Check out a few links below, and click here for the full article.cold water tap image

Water Basics
How to Go Green: Water

Conserve Water Outside
a few easy ways to conserve.

Cutting down water use in the garden

Conserve Water Inside
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266 Woodworking Tips

By: Diy maven May 22, 2009

Have you found yourself in a woodworking conundrum? If so, Woodsmith has you covered. From Staining end grain to drilling holes in dowels plus 264 other helpful tips. Visit this page for the ENTIRE index.

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Housecleaning Tips From a Pro

By: Diy maven May 07, 2009

The French Maid Barbie Doll - photo

Straight from the pros, these cleaning tips will make house-cleaning day less of a chore.

  1. Make a house cleaning check list.
  2. Evaluate the space and i.d. trouble spots; plan accordingly by buy the right supplies for the job.
  3. Get help. If you don't live alone, other people are adding to the mess; the least they can do is help… Continue Reading
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How to Clean Everything You Own

By: Diy maven Apr 30, 2009

From our paper shredders (I'm supposed to clean that??) to books to fake plants and just about everything in between, howtocleanstuff.net tells you all you need to know to clean everything you own. HOWEVER, if you can't find it in this catch-all Things You Own list, check out the site's other catagories, which… Continue Reading

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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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17 Tips to Make Your Life Easier

By: Diy maven Apr 27, 2009

From reheating pizza to re-opening a sealed envelope, here are 17 tips that might just might make our lives a little easier.

  1. Reheat pizza in a non-stick skillet
  2. Use a zippy bag to make deviled eggs
  3. Expand your store-bought frosting with your… Continue Reading
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