Giveaway: A Collection of Modern Design and Gifts from EcoSalon (A $450 Value!)

by Bruno Bornsztein

EcoSalon Shelter Box gift box giveaway!

What's better than a box full of eco goodness this holiday season? Our friends at EcoSalon, the web's largest conscious culture and fashion publication, have put together their annual Shelter Box, a hand-picked collection of the best green products for the home (valued at over $450). We're thrilled to be giving one away!

The Shelter Box includes Sleek reusable stainless steel pint glasses from Klean Kanteen and NAU, gorgeous journals from EcoSystem and a set of prints from Wolfie & The Sneak. And that's just the beginning; this box is full of eco fashionable, functional and sustainable items for the home, perfect to give as gifts this holiday season, or to keep for yourself. Read on to see how to enter for your chance to win!

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Happy Thanksgiving 2011!

by Bruno Bornsztein

I've made a bit of a custom of checking in on Thanksgiving morning and saying thank you to all our readers (see 2010, 2006!). November and December are our busiest months of the year, and we work really hard to make sure we do a great job keeping you informed about the best gifts, decor ideas, and DIY projects for the holidays. It's a lot of work, and Thanksgiving day is one of the few we 'take off'.

So, I just wanted to say thanks. To our...

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First Impressions: Milwaukee 12amp Sawzall Reciprocating Saw

by Bruno Bornsztein

created at: 11/17/2011
Ok, so I know I'm late to the game getting a reciprocating saw, and if you already own one or know everything about them, mosey along. But Alicia's been getting after me to get rid of these ugly metal pipe laundry line posts in our back yard, and today I finally decided to do it. 

Now, for any job there are lots of tools that will work, and usually one or two that are perfect for the task. In this case, I decided on getting a reciprocating...

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Gift Guide: 16 Great Gourmet Gifts for Home Chefs and Food Lovers

by Bruno Bornsztein

2011 Curbly Kitchen and Foodies Gift Guide

Somehow I managed to score this gift guide assignment again this year (see my post from 2010), even though Chris is clearly the more qualified person to do it (I mean, c'mon, he makes stuff all the time, like donuts and romesco sauce).

Nevertheless, I am nothing if not a shameless amateur, and I like to think of myself as food-literate. So, fueled by this decidedly non-gourmet turkey sandwich I whipped up for lunch and a string of INXS...

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Giveaway: Win an Easy Track DIY Closet Organization System ($270 value)

by Bruno Bornsztein

created at: 07/11/2011

Ok folks, it's November and holiday season has officially begun. That means gift-wrapping, decorations, and finding a place to put all that stuff! This week, we're going to help you out on that front. We've teamed up with Easy Track, makers of easy-to-install closet organization systems, to give away an Easy Track starter kit, worth $270!

Read on to find out more about the giveaway prize, and how to enter!

Easy Track closet organization starter kit.
The Easy Track starter kit package: this week's giveaway prize (it's available in three colors: truffle, white and natural cherry)!

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A Glitter-y Vintage School Desk Makeover

by Bruno Bornsztein

Schooldesk makeover, before

Against all my expectations, my daughter Ayla is a princess-loving, pink-obssessed, necklace-wearing girly girl. She's two, and yet she often demands wardrobe changes several times per day. Honestly, I don't know how this happened; I always kind of thought I end up with a tomboy, but no, her favorite games are 'jewly' (jewelry) and and dressing up her 'babies.'

It's cool, though. I can adapt. And here's proof: this fall I was driving...

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Make a Compost Bin from Shipping Pallets!

by Bruno Bornsztein

created at: 10/28/2011

Remember my DIY paver stone patio and walkway project from the summer? Well, those paver stones came to us stacked on (what else?) wood shipping pallets ... 'lotsodem. For a couple months, those pallets sat out behind our garage while I mulled over what to do with them. Neighborhood bonfire? Wild turkey shelter (yes, we have dozens of wild turkeys around)? Skate ramp (wait, I don't skateboard)? 

Then I stumbled on this post by John...

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Our Porch Floor Makeover: A Wagner EZ Tilt Paint Sprayer Review

by Bruno Bornsztein

A couple of weeks ago, the people at Wagner (they're based in nearby Plymouth, MN) sent me one of their new EZ Tilt Spray Painters (if you're looking for one, you can buy it here on Amaazon) to try out. We had been planning on re-painting our porch floor, so we decided to put it to the test and get a minor project out of the way at the same time. Read on to see how it went.

The Wagner EZ Tilt paint sprayer
   

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Giveaway: Win an 8GB Apple iPod Touch Pre-Loaded with the Caesarstone App ($199 Value!)

by Bruno Bornsztein

created at: 07/11/2011
This fall, we've done a series of kitchen projects and posts sponsored by Caesarstone, the original quartz surface manufacturer. Alicia did a fun kitchen re-org post, Capree did an eco-friendly kitchen roundup, and Chris showed you how to make a rolling kitchen cart from a filing cabinet.

Caesarstone iPod app

This week, we're thrilled to be teaming up with Caesarstone again to give away a brand-new 8GB iPod Touch pre-loaded with their excellent designer's-assistant iPod app:

Read on to find out how to enter to win the iPod Touch from Caesarstone!

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Curbly Giveaway: Craftsman 10" Laser Trac Table Saw ($349 value)

by Bruno Bornsztein

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!

created at: 07/11/2011


If you're like me, always trundling over to the neighbor's garage to borrow time on his table saw, then this is the giveaway you've been waiting for. This week, we've teamed up with the folks at Craftsman to give you guys a really solid, 10" Table Saw with Laser Trac (model 21807). This thing retails for almost 350 bucks, and the reviews on it are overwhelmingly good (seriously, look for yourself, it's one of Consumer Research's best buys) 

Craftsman 10" Table Saw with Laser Trac (#21807)

And, over at ManMadeDIY, we're also giving away a really nice Craftsman Miter Saw, so you can double your chances to win (well, I'm not a statistician, not maybe not really, but come on). 

Last weekend, our own Chris Gardner was on a fun online TV called the Craftsman Experience, showing off his mad tooling skills, so we're excited to let you have a chance to win one for yourself.

Read on to find out how to enter both giveaways!

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