If You Can't Hide Cables, Embrace Them.

by Chris Gardner

Until wireless technology becomes as cheap and accessible as its wired brethern, we're still dealing with cables. And cords. And plugs. And hookups.

And those things, despite our best attempts, are visible, and need to be accessed.

If You Can't Hide Cables, Embrace Them.

From Unpluggd - "artist Maisie Maud Broadhead has found a way to incorporate the cable of a lamp into the decor of a space in most impressive fashion that actually adds to aesthetics. Cable Drawings by Maisie Maud...

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How To: Giant Altoids Lunch Box.

by Chris Gardner

Clever reuse of the all-purpose Altoids tin is a rite of passage for any DIYster, but turning something else entirely INTO an Altoids tin? Well, that's just plain fun.

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"Whether you're off to school or work, you need something to pack your lunch or snack. Just
like the Flintstones, don't forget your lunch pail. There is a mini-Altoids lunch box but that will not do if you have a hero, grinder, po'boy or submarine sandwich. Make a custom giant...

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Rain Gutter Gardens.

by Chris Gardner

Below: Suzanne Forsling's windowbox garden after two months.
Suzanne Forsling, raised in Iowa but now living in Juneau, had a need to grow her own produce, has only a bit of sunny space in her yard, and it was tiny. Her solution? Don't grow the goodies next to the house...grow 'em ON the house.

"Why not put rain gutters in rows along the wood siding on the sunny side of the house[?] It might look weird, but that was where all the heat, sun and protection from damage is best.We went to Home Depot and...

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The Lap Counter.

by Chris Gardner

The Lap Counter.
Dateline: Thanksgiving 1994(ish). Twelve-year-old Chris, in his holiday best, is betasked to peel the potatoes. Not wanting to miss the parade, I sneak the trashcan into the living room, and get with the de-eying. Meanwhile, the sous chefs continue to toss out the unusables into that spot where, you know, the rubbage bin is "supposed" to be.

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30 Tricks That Will Make You Look Smart

by DIY Maven

30 Tricks That Will Make You Look Smart

Did you know that an automobile snow brush works great to get crumbs and dust out from under the fridge? Did you know that you can get ketchup to flow faster by insterting and then removing a plastic straw into the bottle first? Those are just a few hints that'll make people think you're even more clever than they already do now! You can see the other 28 here.

Image courtesy of the Daily Mail. Follow this link for more politically incorrect...

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6 Alternate Uses for Aluminum Foil

by Lilybee

created on: 02/04/09
 
created on: 02/04/09

or 'AluminIum' foil for the Brit contingent. Real Simple has 6 things to do with foil, and very useful they are too. Though bizarrely, they haven't added 'use whole roll to make suit of armour when drunk' or 'fashion hat to thwart brain-wave stealing aliens' to the list. But you can:

  • use it to iron dedicates
  • add those cool stripes to grilled food
  • get better TV... They don't mean that it blocks Everybody Loves Raymond, just that it...

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Frame Wallpaper

by Lilybee

I spotted this rather smashing Frame Wallpaper over a Graham & Brown, 

created on: 10/17/08

It's by artists Taylor & Wood and appears in their Young British Talent section (*waves flag and hums God Save the Queen*) and it's $40/double roll. The blurb says that 'it's a completely interactive wallpaper - you decide what you want it to be - whether you want to put up your youngsters art, paint directly in to a frame, or put up family photos - it's up to you!' ...

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Make an inverted bookshelf.

by DIY Maven

Make an inverted bookshelf.

Instructables has a very intriguing tutorial of an inverted bookshelf. The maker, fungus amungus, used a simple wooden shelf and brackets along with the help of some elastic webbing and a stable gun to fabricate the optical illusion. And like all magic, a peek behind the curtain reveals all!

For the entire tutorial, visit Instructables.

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Belt Up... Things To Do With Old Belts

by Lilybee

Holding up pants is honorable work but it's possible that your belt is actually aspiring towards some other job, like organising jewellery, or being a handle on a storage box or even forming the seat of a sassy little stool. Readymade Magazine has the know-how to put your belt on a different career path.

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Belt Up... Things To Do With Old Belts

Add flair to basic storage boxes—and make them easier to pull down from your shelves—with pulls made from colorful belts....

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