The Fix Its: On The Road at No Coast Craft-O-Rama

by Bruno Bornsztein

Still shot from Fix Its video tour of No Coast Craft-O-Rama.
Well, it was a busy weekend for Alicia and me with a disappointing trip to the Target Center and a not-disappointing trip to the No Coast Craft-O-Rama, the Midwest's premier independent craft extravaganza!

Ben joined us as we browsed the amazing assortment of local crafty vendors and got the low-down on this grassroots gathering (see Ben's write-up here).

Check the video, yo:

Special thanks to www.nocoastcraft.com, www.craftyplanet.com, www.withrem...

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The Fix Its: DIY Magnetic Flower Vases

by Bruno Bornsztein

Our DIY magnetic flower vases
Alicia found these great magnetic flower vases that amaze your dinner guests by balancing implausibly on the table-top. Unfortunately, the price tag was also implausible ($42 dollars!).

 
So, in true Curbly fashion, we decided to do it ourselves. Here's the video, details and links are below.

 
Like this video?

 

For those of you who want to try this at home, here's what we ended up buying, and some tips to get you started:

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More Easy Wall Art (in CD frames!)

by Bruno Bornsztein

Alttext's post on creating easy wall art out of simple, cheap materials generated a lot of interest. Here's another method that produces some pretty spectacular results:

DIY Jewel Case Frames: Wonderful Wall Art Faster than you can say Polar Bears!

CD Jewelcase Wall Art Display

"We found a clever project that uses CD jewel cases to make rearrangeable, refillable, photo frames for those empty walls of yours. Watch our first ever Photojojo video tutorial and see how you can get...

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Living in a Comic Strip

by Bruno Bornsztein

The Art Hotel in Berlin (Arte Luise Kunsthotel) prides itsef on the eccentric and unique interior design of its building. Every room is different and original:

The concept of this somewhat different hotel - "art instead of grandeur, poetry instead of room service" - is winning guests over.

Let's take a tour...

In the 'Comic' room, every corner and angle is outlined with a thin, hand-drawn black line to gift the effect of being in a cartoon.

Living in a Comic Strip

In...

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The Fix Its: How To Revive Your Dining Room Chairs

by Bruno Bornsztein

Are your dining room chairs on their last legs? Mine were. They were already looking bad three years ago when I bought them for $40 at a thrift store. Well, this weekend, Alicia and I decided we'd had enough:

Thanks for watching our first-ever installment of 'The Fix Its' (that's me and Alicia); we plan on doing lots more. If you have a suggestion for a project or a topic you'd like us to cover, please let us know

Here are...

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What's a cheap way to fix chairs with broken caning?

by Bruno Bornsztein

Our dining 'set' is a thrift-store rescue; it was on its last legs and probably would have been put down (sent to the landfill) if I hadn't come along to save it ($40). I think it was actually once a nice piece of furniture, built by the White Furniture Co. of Mebane, North Carolina.

But like any rescue, this one has some rough edges. check out the broken caning on the backs of the chairs: 

 

Our broken dining room chairs

More broken caning. Detail

Alicia and I have finally decided to get around to fixing...

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Are Americans Getting Hip To Design?

by Bruno Bornsztein

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Immigrants, expatriates, and airline-stewardesses have known it for a long time: there's a startling gap between American and European attitudes toward design. Entering the U.S. after spending any length of time in Europe (or, for that matter, practically anywhere else) is eye-opening. Everything looks bigger, more imposing, like the world has been outlined with a black marker. Even the buildings look like they could have all-wheel drive.

It's...

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