Book Reviews Articles

How to: Make a Modern, Minimalist Bird Feeder

As soon as I spotting this bird feeder in Fern Richardson’s beautiful, new book Small-Space Container Gardens, I immediately had to ask her publisher, Timber Press, if I could share it with my fellow Curbliers. Okay, yeah, it’s a bird feeder and Fern’s book is about small space gardening, but she does devote an entire […]

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Bookworm: Small-Space Container Gardens

   No garden? No problem. Fern Richardson of Life of the Balcony fame shows us how to have an enviable garden without the acreage in her title Small-Space Container Gardens from Timber Press. Organized into 9 tidy sections, we cover everything from flowers to herbs, from shady patios to sunny decks and everything in between.

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Bookworm: Handmade Garden Projects + BONUS Cocktail Table How-to!

Lorene Edwards Forkner’s book Handmade Garden Projects is filled with  step-by-step instructions for over two dozen projects that will keep you busy for this growing season and beyond. Featherweight planters (made of peat and cement), vinyl wall flowers (made of LPs), a vintage-y outdoor chandelier (made of wire edging), a pergola (made of plumbing pipes) […]

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Curbly Bookworm: DIY Furniture: A Step-by-Step Guide

Don’t let the unassuming title or cover of industrial designer and artist Christopher Stuart‘s new book, DIY Furniture: A Step-by-Step Guide fool you. The work is filled with some of the most interesting DIY furniture I’ve ever seen–and I’ve seen a lot. Chris collected 30 projects from the best designer-makers out there and put them […]

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Curbly Bookworm: Crazy for Cake Pops

Imagine this: On the eve of your 29th birthday you lose your job. What do you do? Well, if you’re Molly Bakes you stay up until one in the morning baking and frosting 30 cupcakes for your friends. That evening proved pivotal for Molly, as it was the beginning of a love affair for baking […]

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Creating Your Own Small-Space Edible Garden

Confession: As a vegetable gardener, I’m pretty pathetic. We used to have a 12′ x 15′ vegetable garden at the back of our property (about 200 feet from our house and down a somewhat steep hill). With the weeding and watering, our excitement every spring for growing our own peppers and tomatoes faded quickly, leaving […]

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Spring Cleaning 101: Tips from a Pro

For the first time in months, there’s a beautiful ray of mid-afternoon sunshine cascading through my window, and illuminating all the dust and grime that’s built up through the winter months. I dunno if the sun is going to last, but I do know that I can’t pretend like my house doesn’t need a thorough […]

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1001 Classic Old-Time Household Hints

Cleaning house while dreaming about cleaning up the garden beds. Looking back, it’s likely that I could have done a better job at both last year. To get myself pumped up for a Spring clean and purge, both inside and out, I just ordered 1001 Old-time Household Hints: Timeless Bits of Household Wisdom for Today’s […]

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Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred (Plus 4 Bonus How-to’s!)

David Erik Nelson’s new book Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred from No Starch Press is subtitled ‘Seriously Geeky Stuff to Make with Your Kids.’ That’s true; the projects inside the book will appeal to kids, but they will also appeal to adults with a penchant for DIY. That’s why it’s a perfect book to buy to tell the […]

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