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Art of Manliness

By Brett McKay

My slick Lack hack

Materials: Lack side table, metal frame Description: For quite a while I've been crushing on side tables with thin metal frames/legs. I like the industrial-chic look, the juxtaposition of the warm wood and metal, and the fact that the streamlined design helps make any small space appear larger.

Jewelry Display

Materials: KLACK tray, corks, paint, spray adhesive, hot glue gun and sticks, decorative paper Description: All self-explanatory, I think: hot glue gun your corks, spray your paper, add push-pins and hang your jewelry and push your earrings into the cork. I think it's important to lay out your tray before you glue anything down. See more of the tray jewelry display.

5 Ways to Find Work as a New Freelancer

When I first started freelancing, I was unhappy in my job. I was working in Boston during the dotcom bubble burst of the early 2000s. There was nowhere for me to go in my current position, and the constant layoffs and cutbacks were making me nervous. So I retreated back to what I knew I was good at—writing. I started off slow at first, finding a few gigs on Craigslist.

Your Willingness to Fail Will Determine How Often You Succeed

Learning how to surf was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I have zero natural athletic ability, and I’ve never been good at sports. To add to that, the conditions are different every single time you paddle out. But, I persevered. Every single day for several months I took a beating until I finally stood up on my board.

Spring forward and tackle a few quick chores

In the wee early hours of this coming Sunday morning, most of the US will spring forward an hour to begin Daylight Savings Time. This change in the clock is also a great time to take on a few quick spring chores. Check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. In addition to replacing their batteries and testing their alarms, be sure to also check the units’ expiration dates.

Vanity/Dressing Table

Materials: 2 Ekby Jarpen wall shelves w/ brackets, 3 Branas baskets, and 1 Ingolf stool Description: We mounted the 2 Ekby Jarpen wall shelves just far enough apart so that the 3 Branas baskets could move in an out freely and that was all. Mounted a mirror over them and made a cushion for the Ingolf stool...

7 Steps to Learning Freelance Web Development

So you want to become a freelance web developer. Maybe you’re already a front-end developer and want to dig deeper into web applications, or maybe you’re a copy wiz and are eyeing the countless developer positions out there. Either way, it’s an entirely new skill you’ll be picking up.

Reader Mailbag: Paper Search

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Refinancing into extremely low ARM 2. Over the Roth cap 3. Dealing with well-meaning family 4. Value of supporting local businesses 5. Walking away from great employer 6. Investing fluctuating income 7.

Freelance Freedom #248: Memory Memories

Once a week, we feature a fantastic freelance-themed comic from the talented N.C. Winters. Why not also take a look at our comic archive?

A pair of Norbo drop-leaf tables become an art table and a dinner table for toddlers

Materials: Norbo wall-mounted drop-leaf table Description: Not much explanation needed here. We have two toddlers in a small place and a bar/counter that wasn't getting much use. So we grabbed a couple of Norbo drop-leaf table ($30 each) and hung them under the counter at the lowest possible height.

Class Consciousness and Social Mobility

Kris and I have returned from three weeks traveling in Argentina and Chile with a group from our university alumni association. My favorite parts of these trips are when we get to interact with the locals, not just because I can use my Spanish, but also because it’s a chance to see how they live their lives. I did get to do some of that on this trip, but not as much as I would have liked.

How to Let Your Emotions Guide You to Happiness

For some, we find ourselves in certain situations where our emotions take over. Many people believe that nothing that can be done about it. Often, they just let their emotions run its course, leaving it at that. But there is more to your emotions than just feelings that need to be released. An emotion is an instinctive response to your circumstance and an illustration of your feelings.

How to Ignite Personal Change

Photo by Vanessa Paxton By Kayla Albert “The outer conditions of a person’s life will always be found to reflect their inner beliefs.” ~James Allen The first step to create personal change is to recognize the reoccurring patterns in our life that no longer serve us.

On The Road: How To Produce Great Work While Traveling The World

"Travel more" is on almost everyone's bucket list. So why don't we act on it? Three veteran world travelers tell us how to take the plunge & still produce great work.

Stamped Ikea chair

Materials: Ikea Poang chair, handcarved stamps, textile paint Description: I carved some cloudstamps and decorated my white Poang chair with it. ~ Judith Tops, The Netherlands