The Dollar Store Rental Kitchen Makeover - Again

by Lilybee

Once upon a time, way back when, I became enraged with my ugly rental kitchen. Observe the horror:

The Dollar Store Rental Kitchen Makeover - Again

I cursed it, I cried, I shook my fists at it. Then I did what everybody does (surely?), I looked for a solution on the internets.
What I found was Curbly. Inspired by the spirit of Curbly Daring-Do I figured out a solution, and posted pictures of it here..

Three (three!) years have passed. My temporary contact paper solution has withstood all kinds of shenanigans and is, I suspect, INVULNERABLE to anything but Robot Laser Eyes.

BUT, it is a New Year, a new decade even, and that always prods the part of my brain that likes things NEW and CLEAN and SHINY. So I turned a beady and critical eye to my kitchen. And decided it was time for a change.
So I did this.

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Lego Does Frank Lloyd Wright

by Lilybee

Lego's architecture series is perfect for those of us who had trouble giving up the blocks as kids. The collection now includes the Guggenheim in all it's crazy-shaped glory (it looks particularly sci-fi in Lego).

Lego Does Frank Lloyd Wright

Falling Water is also in the range, (though not available yet) and it has me cooing like a lovestruck pigeon (it's like a perfect storm of awesome

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Pretty Pretty Paperclips!

by Lilybee

I like having painty, mod-pogded hands with chipped fingernails and saw wielding calluses, they make me feel all curbly-ish and like I've been DOING stuff.  But girly? Not so much. BUT I reckon a pretty paper clip rose ring would make even my paws look dainty. 

Pretty Pretty Paperclips!

This slice of gorgeous was whipped up by

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Why Ms. Plastic Bag, You're Beautiful!

by Lilybee

I don't know if Martha would approve, or even how they would look in the cold light of day. But at night? Pretty magical.

Why Ms. Plastic Bag, You're Beautiful!

 

created at: 2009-04-30

These 80 bags o' light were a temporary art installation outside of the Museo Del Prado in Madrid. They would prob'ly be super-easy to recreate, even if you just jammed a few

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The Littlest Veggie Gardens

by Lilybee

The Littlest Veggie Gardens

What's better than chomping on food you grew yourself? Not a lot really. Except maybe chomping on food you grew yourself in a tiny space, without a garden, as if by MAGIC (like 8th-floor-balcony, middle-of-the-city Sweet Peppers). TheKitchn has a roundup of the loveliest, tiniest veggie patches for us urbanites looking for inspiration to play in the dirt. There are links to the best crops for pots ("crops" squee!) and a how-to on building...

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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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My Bloody Valentine, Make an Anatomically Correct Bleeding Heart

by Lilybee

Nothing says 'I love you' like a severed bleeding heart. Add a card and a ring embedded in the left Atrium and you've got just about the most romantic/mind-blowingly-gross Valentine I've ever seen.

created on: 02/03/09


And you can make one to traumatise or enrapture your own sweetheart! There are very detailed instructions and even a video over at I Make Projects
you'll need:

  • One heart-shaped mold (find one here.) You could use a use a Valentine heart-shaped cake pan for a less restraining order inducing response.
  • 1 large package Strawberry flavor gelatin (6oz, or 170g)
  • 1/2 can evaporated skim milk

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Sayonara Domino Magazine

by Lilybee

Domino Magazine is the latest casualty of the crazy economy (and arguably the rise of Internet journalism). March's issue will be the last on newsstands and WORSE they'll be turning the lights out on their awesome and always inspiring website. I'll be heading over to the 'site to peruse and grab inspiration before it's gone. If you need a quick reminder of what was so awesome about Domino how 'bout:

$1 design finds...

created on: 02/01/09

Before and After living rooms

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2 Ways to Make a Doormat Cooler

by Lilybee

created on: 01/30/09

Doormats, they're the first thing most folks will see as they step into your house, and in the winter they are the front line between horrid mud-melty-snowy boots and the rest of your place. So why aren't they more awesome? Well they CAN be.... Martha has not one but TWO techniques to give a bog-standard mat a little va-va-voom (sure they're relatively similar, but still...)

First a technique for adding a door number or lettering,

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