Origami Lights

by Lilybee

I heart paper lanterns. They make everything prettier and shinier and awesomely better. So I decided to make some in the simplest way possible.

created on: 07/14/08

Origami Waterbombs are SUPER EASY to do and can be whistled up in huge numbers while you're say, catching up on season 3 of Battlestar Galactica.

These pictures are of the finished lanterns, as I took a whole series of 35 step-by-step Origami 'how to' photos then discovered a nice simple instruc...

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New Uses For Old Stuff.

by Lilybee

Over at realsimple they have a list of alternate decorative uses for  cheap everyday stuff. Which is my kinda list, it includes:

  • A toothbrush holder used as a vase for individual blooms. which would look brill with Peony's IMO.
  • Dish towels used as placemats, which looks all picnicy chic.
  • A cute ribbon bedecked lampshade.
  • And my personal favorite, planters brought inside, topped with glass and used as occasional tables.

created on: 07/11/08

For the whole...

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The $20 (Temporary) Bathroom Makeover

by Lilybee

created on: 07/08/08

I'm going to come right out and say it. I HATE our bathroom with a fiery passion. After living with it for a year-and-a-bit I decided that something had to be done.  Now my first choice would have been to rip it out, burn the pieces and salt the earth, cursing all the while. Trouble is this is a rental, and the agency might have a problem with that.

Here's the before and after shots:

created on: 07/08/08
created on: 07/08/08

Note the ill advised blue paint on the 70's medicine...

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Tins... Millions of Tins...

by Lilybee

created on: 07/08/08

It's a bit of a stretch to call this a how to, as essentially you stick some paper on a baby formula tin, and that's it.

created on: 07/08/08

My problem is the sheer quantity of these things, the kid chows his way through one a week, and it seems a shame to just toss them into the recycling, so, what else would you do with them?

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Smart Lamp....

by Lilybee

It's called Smart (Actually it's got those dot thingys over the 'A' but I don't know how to do them on my computer) and it is...

I Found this fellow whilst perusing Ikea for a desk lamp. I was astounded. It doesn't look like a 20 Dollar lamp. It looks well, designery. It comes in various different patterns and it's mouth blown, and awesome.

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Wanna Hang Out? Clotheslines YAY or NAY?

by Lilybee

"There's a whole generation of kids growing up today who think a clothesline is a wrestling move," 
    Dalton McGuinty, Ontario's Premier, (on lifting Ontario's clothesline ban.)

created on: 06/30/08


Clotheslines have a lot going for them, they're free, they make things smell nice, they don't use fossil fuels, you don't have to plumb or plug them in, you don't have to sit in a non-air conditioned laundry room guarding them so no one makes off with your...

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Make A Light Show Lamp

by Lilybee

So. It's not exactly a Kanye style light show, but it does throw pretty patterns onto the wall and ceiling and it's dead easy to make.

I used

These just happened to be the most uh, 'cost effective' shade and base that Ikea had, but I'm pretty sure this would work with whatever you happen to have around.

  • craft paper or wrapping paper
  • a craft knife
  • scissors
  • a bit o'...

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Death Star for Kitties

by Lilybee

Looking for a sinister place for your feline chum to hang out and plan the downfall of the rebellion? Found!

This is the Litter Robot 2. (I'm assuming Litter Robot 1 got a taste for kitties and had to be shut down a'la Robocop)

created on: 06/23/08
It's selling points?

  • It self cleans!
  • It's really really sinister! 
  • Apparently you can also "Say goodbye to those expensive special receptacles or waste bags, the Litter Robot uses regular kitchen garbage bags".
  • ...

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How To Create Wall Art With Electrical Tape

by Lilybee

Electrical tape. My dad firmly believes that electrical tape can be used to fix anything, from lamps to broken hearts. I've used it here to give my balcony wall a temporary Mondrian kick.

created on: 06/21/08

To do this you'll need:

  • A roll or two of electrical tape
  • a spirit level
  • a few coloured acetate sheets
  • a craft knife.

First give the wall a quick swipe with sugar soap or something, as stickiness and dirt are mortal enemies. Next roughly plot your...

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