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GRONO/JUTIS Floorstand Lamp

Materials: GRONO Table Lamp, JUTIS Speaker Stand Description: I just wanted to have a modern, unique floorstanding lamp. So I decided to modify my old pair of Jutis Speaker Stands (Its design is very modern in my opinion.) I bought 2 GRONO Table Lamps at Ikea, pulled the wires out of them. Next, I pulled the wires through the tiny pipes of the stands.

Homemade Gift Series #10: Homemade Cookies and Gift Bundle

In the coming week, we’re going to be giving a few early small seasonal gifts to people, so with that in mind, we put the final finishing touches on our first gift basket, utilizing some of the items we already made. One component of many of our baskets this year is going to be cookies. Sarah is a spectacular cookie maker and she delightfully packages them up for people as well.

Great stamp collection on the Rast

Materials: Ikea chest Rast Description: I had great collection of stamps from all over the world, but it was only lying around and nobody ever took a look at it. I glued a compilation of the most interesting stamps on top of the IKEA Rast chest. A nightmare for every serious stamp collector, because I will never be able to take it off again and some of the stamps are really rare.

Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Materials: Florera Fin 4-inch candles, Palitig Vase, Onska Ribbon, autumn leaves, and a hot glue gun Description: This Thanksgiving, decorate your holiday table with a simple centerpiece made from IKEA products and leaves from your backyard! 1. Take 1 Palitig vase and wrap a length of beige Onska ribbon around it twice. Hot glue the ribbon onto the the vase just below where it widens.

Video Update + Overcoming Anxiety

Very exciting news! I’ve made it as one of the top 20 finalists through to phase 2 of the Good Mood Blogger competition, and you can now see my 90 second video entry below (or click here). Voting starts today. Please help me with a quick 2 sec vote everyday until December 10th, 2010. If you need a quick reminder, sign up here and I’ll shoot you an email each morning.

Ask Unclutterer: Is texting clutter?

Reader Allen submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I recently received my T-Mobile bill for this month and my text message sent count was 14,657. I mean, thank god for unlimited texting, but it seems like texting might be cluttering my life, or cluttering my mind too much?

Making It All Work – Getting Perspective at Twenty Thousand Feet: Areas of Focus and Responsibility

This is the fourteenth entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday mornings and Friday mornings through December 10. What, exactly, are areas of focus? I think the best way to spell this out is to give you some examples from my own life.

Freelancer’s Guide to Coffee – Part 1: Brew Your Own

credit: TheGiantVermin/Flickr Rocket fuel, cup o’ joe, brain juice, mud. Call it what you will, coffee has been the go to fuel for freelancers from around the world.

Workspace of the Week: Home office haven

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Mandi’s office, her way: The first thing that jumped out at me in Mandi’s office is the wonderful cable control. A simple cable tube groups all the cables together and reduces their visual clutter. I also like how she uses matching frames, all along one shelf, to group photographs.

The Boring, Daily Birth of a Renegade

Today’s guest contributor is my friend, Mark Silver. Mark is a Sufi spiritual nut and business tenderizer who has worked with thousands of entrepreneurs, the self-employed, and other similarly beautiful people since the late 1990s.He had the amazing good timing to launch Heart of Business, with a spiritual foundation in Sufism (the mystical practice of Islam) on September 12, 2001.

Masking tape my IKEA world

Materials: Regolit and Anno Amorf Description: Just Japanese masking tape on products. See more of Sandrine's masking tape creations. ~ SAND, Pornic, France

Ask the Readers: How to Negotiate with Credit-Card Companies?

A reader calling herself Florida Girl dropped a line recently to share her story of financial woe. Though she’s beginning to get a handle on her finances, she’s struggling to cope with the cost of her past choices. She needs help. I’m struggling to keep up with the minimum payments on my credit cards. Unfortunately, I’m paying for past mistakes.

Amateur Boxing for Beginners: A How-to Guide-Part I

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Martin Schatz. People come to boxing for a variety of different reasons and goals.  Some come to the sport as a tool for self-defense, some come for fitness, and some have aspirations to compete.

How to Follow the Art of Manliness

If you follow the Art of Manliness, chances are you probably visit the site directly every day to check if we’ve posted something new. If there isn’t a new article when you visit the first time, then you keep coming back throughout the day to check if a new one has gone up. That’s not a very efficient use of your time.

Some Thoughts on Passive Personal Finance Barriers

In my most recent book, The Simple Dollar, I spent some time talking about passive barriers. A passive barrier is a small barrier that you set up that will make a particular bad habit more difficult to continue or, sometimes, make a particular good habit easier to repeat.