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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

Upholstered Hack-a-Lack With Nailhead Trim

Materials: Lack side tableDescription: I needed an upholstered ottoman for my den and hacking a LACK side table was the way to go. It was inexpensive and easy and took about an hour. I bought some foam and batting at a local mega-store, and I purchased about a yard of fabric for the top of the LACK. I had some nailhead trim on hand from a prior project (which I had purchased on eBay).

Blessing in Disguise – Finding the Light

Photo by Federico Erra By Nadia Ballas-Ruta About two weeks ago, I uttered a sentence that I never thought I would hear myself say.

4 Creative Ways to Attract More Visitors to Your Website

It's hard to get ahead if no one sees the incredible work you're making. We break down how to get people to your website, and get on their radar.

Stolmen Bed

Materials: Stolmen Cabinet, Stolmen Shelvs, some planks, some metal brackets and a lot of screws Description: So, what do you do if you have a huge Stolmen Shelve but don't like it any more and also want to have an "easy-entry" bed? Hack em.. I recently moved into a smaller Condo and did not like my Stolmen any more. Selling it would be one idea but I found a better one.

Preparing for Your Next Act

A few days ago, I was standing by the bus stop waiting for my oldest child to arrive home from one of his first days in kindergarten. There were a few other parents of kindergarteners there and I struck up a conversation with one of them.

Strategies for letting go of your uncluttering fears

Continuing on the theme of letting go of fear from yesterday’s post, I wanted to provide some strategies for how to let go of your uncluttering fears. Most of us have them — I certainly do — but they shouldn’t keep us from achieving our uncluttering and organizing goals. The fear that you’re making a mistake.

The Four Archetypes of Mature Masculinity: The Boyhood Archetypes (Part I)

This is the second part of a series on the archetypes of mature masculinity based on the book King, Magician, Warrior, Lover by Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend reading the introduction to the series first.

5 Crippling Beliefs That Keep People Stuck, Unsuccessful, and Mediocre For Life

Is it just me, or is the whole “fitting in” thing highly overrated? Yes, there’s a certain comfort in going with the flow, being one of many, and following the same path as millions before you. Yes, it’s easier to not be stupid and put yourself way out on a ledge and risk your predictable and stable life.

LACK Nightstand

Materials: 1 LACK Table Description: So I needed 2 night stands that matches my MALM bed, saw so many LACK table hacks, so I decided to make a simple nightstand using Lack table... 1. Saw the LACK in half or desired length. One panel for top, and one panel for the backing (height) 2. Saw the 2 legs to match the height of the back panel. 3.

Money Isn’t the Root of All Evil

I just received an email from a concerned friend of mine who had never read The Simple Dollar before. I asked for permission to share this part of the email with you (with just a touch of editing). I can’t believe you’re actually using your life and your energy and your mind talking about money and encouraging other people to accumulate money. Money is the root of all evil.

Udden Stainless Steel Fireplace Wall

Materials: (5) Udden panels, Stainless Steel Screws, Wall Anchors, finishing nails, trim lumber (about 1/2" thick) , saw, wood stain, laser level, wall fireplace unit Description: I had originally purchased some Udden backsplash panels for our kitchen, before realizing they had to be attached to a specific Udden cabinet which I did not have.

The Ultimate Partnership Guide for Freelancers

Credit: Pressmaster on Photodune “Should I work alone, or find a partner?” There are some compelling reasons to find a partner: a complimentary skill-set, and an extra pair of eyes and hands, not to mention that it isn’t nearly as much fun to work alone. On the other hand, there are some fairly compelling reasons NOT to find a partner: they get half of your business, you won’t alwa

Disatisfied Customer? Make an Effective Complaint

This post is from staff writer April Dykman, who recently wrote about how pineapple pops can prevent heatstroke. I’ve often heard that there are two kinds of customers, those who will complain and those who won’t. The ones who complain are better for a company because they’re more likely to stick around if the company can successfully resolve their issue.

How To Develop What’s Going On ‘In Your ‘ead’

‘Such as are thy habitual thoughts will be the character of the mind, for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.’ Marcus Aurelius Antoninus I recently heard the statement – ‘It’s all in your ‘ead!’ These five words contain an incredible amount of powerful information, which once understood and applied, can transform your life. For it is what’s happening within our head that will determ

A Manly Handshake: An Illustrated Guide

Illustration by Ted Slampyak EMBED THIS GRAPHIC ON YOUR SITE: For awhile now I’ve been wanting to incorporate a more visual element into the Art of Manliness, but I have no artistic talent whatsoever. But lucky for us, former So You Want My Job interviewee Ted Slampyak does. Ted’s a super-talented illustrator based out of Albuquerque, NM (Go Isotopes!).