25 Amazing Tree Houses

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

25 Amazing Tree Houses

Tree houses aren't just for kids, they are serious business. Whether constructed for fun or necessity, take a look at 25 amazing tree houses compiled by Web Urbanist  that run the gamut of style, design and function. Built in trees, with trees, hanging from trees or around trees, architects and builders have expanded the tree dwelling Swiss Family Robinson prototype to encompass every style imaginable. See more amazing tree houses

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How To: Four Lives of a Modern Side Table

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

How To: Four Lives of a Modern Side Table

Good thrifting advice is to go ahead and buy a piece if it stands out from the ordinary. What stood out about this table? The legs. Modern, sleek, solid wood and sturdy. The supports are also solid and can be used again, I'm sure. The table tops are a composite wood covered with formica and  a plastic band around the edges. See three more very different looks you can get with this $6.99 Goodwill table.

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The biggest energy hog in your house....your refrigerator.

by DIY Maven

The biggest energy hog in your house....your refrigerator.

According to National Geographic's Green Guide, our refrigerators are probably the biggest energy hogs in our homes. What to do? Well, if a new refrigerator is in our future, it's best to shop for an Energy Star rated refrigerator, which use at LEAST 20% less energy than federal standards. The most energy efficent refrigerator on the market right now is the Sun Frost RF-12, pictured below. It is a whopping 51% more efficient and federal...

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Milan Design Week: Multi-tasking Furniture

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Milan Design Week: Multi-tasking Furniture

'more' separating unit designed by giorgio caporaso

I've spent years dreaming of going to the ICFF in New York. However, after meeting my photo class friend, Nikki, who travels to Milan every April to buy for her store owner, my dreams have changed. Granted, the pressure to sell right now has to be excruciating, but a trip to Milan to buy furniture with someone else's dough??? Come on, let me go.

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Cigarette Butt Artwork

by DIY Maven

Cigarette Butt Artwork

Artist Tom Deininger has found a way to turn those unsightly cigarette butts that litter the globe into some extraordinary artwork. 'Filter Rabbit', pictured above, is made of just that: unraveled filters. Below is 'Shell', which was constructed of butts the artist found in parking lots near a beach in Rhode Island.

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Staggering Plastic Water Bottle Facts

by DIY Maven

Staggering Plastic Water Bottle Facts

So we all know that plastic water bottles are bad for the environment, and that’s enough to eschew their usage. However, if you ever needed more specificity to punt the plastic, Green Upgrader has ‘em.

Did you know......

....that plastic bottles take 700 years to even begin composting?

Or that 90% of the cost of the bottle water is due to the bottle itself??

Or that 80% of all plastic bottles used aren’t recycled?

Or that 38 million...

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Curbly Recession Busters: 12 Ways to go Eco-Festive this Christmas and Save Bucks!

by DIY Maven

created on: 12/05/08

You might want to think of these eco-friendly decorating tips, as gifts to Mother Earth. With them we can all be as green as Christmas trees this holiday season and, in the long run, save some cash while we're at it.

  1. Celebrate with a small, potted living Christmas tree that you can plant after the holidays and enjoy for years to come.
  2. Instead of buying new ones, reuse or remake your old Christmas decorations.
  3. Swap your old decorations...

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Green Candles

by Lilybee

created on: 12/03/08

Holidays equals candles for lots of folks, but it turns out that your average candle is not as green as it could be.

Most candles are made from paraffin wax, paraffin is a by-product of crude oil. Crude oil...well you know the story. Even worse, the soot from paraffin wax is apparently no good for your lungs and can cause respiratory damage. There is also lead in the wicks of some candles! Apparently the best way to tell is to part the...

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Sixteen Recycled Handmade Gift Ideas

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

 

created on: 11/10/08

  If you're condsidering handmade gifts this holiday season, you most likely have some creative genes already in place.  For that reason, this is a quick "off the top of my head" list of found objects you could artistically and lovingly incorporate into your own sweet handmade offerings.  Feel free to expand this as the ideas start flowing. Don't be tempted to buy used and re-give in the same condition.  Your family and friends will treasure...

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Cactus Clothesline Poles

by DIY Maven

Cactus Clothesline Poles

My mother has always been a proponent of hanging clothes on a wash line to dry. Even in the middle of winter, she’d skip the drier and opt for the clothesline. She’d bring in the linen, which was frozen stiff, let it thaw and then iron it. Yes, it was a lot of work, but if you’ve never slept between freshly laundered sheets that have been dried on a clothesline, well, you haven’t lived. These days, many neighborhoods actually ban the use of...

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