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By The Wise Bread Team

Dog kennel from an Ikea bag and camping mattress

Materials: Ikea blue shopping bag Description: We've had a cold winter here in Perth and I thought my little fluffball needed an extra cosy place to sleep. This kennel was simple to make and created entirely from things that would (should) normally be thrown away.

The Soup Kitchen

From about mid-October to roughly the end of March, we have some form of soup for dinner two or three times a week. It’s incredibly easy to make, has infinite variations, and is really inexpensive. What’s not to love about it? Here’s exactly how we do it. The Basic Tools Obviously, the most basic thing you need to have is a soup pot or two.

Mirror for a child

Materials: RAM Description: Today we have hanging in my room a nice mirror. Late, but better late than never. This particular model is 5.99 Ikea RAM. 1. Mom and I first thing we did was paint it a color, green in this case, according to the room. 2. Subsequently we used a rug ornament we had from a little old Zara Home, the tuneamos. See more of the mirror for children's room.

Workspace of the Week: Graphically designed

This week’s Workspace of the Week is 3tone’s Photoshop-inspired home office: I chose this week’s office because of how it took common Ikea furniture and turned all the pieces into a personalized and organized space. Every object in this office has a home, a place where it belongs. Additionally, the office doesn’t look sterile or like it belongs in a scene from THX 1138.

100 Days with No Goals

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Joshua Fields Millburn of The Minimalists. I have lived the last 100 days with no goals.

National and International Freelancers Day

Did you know that November 23, 2011 was National Freelancers Day in the U.K.? This year marked the third annual NFD, which was launched by PCG—a trade association and support network for freelancers. On Wednesday, November 23rd, St. Luke’s in London was host to leading industry experts who debated key topics on flexible working and varying workforce trends.

Stolmen cat tree

Materials: STOLMEN, VIKA ANNEFORS Description: Stolmen post with fastening accessories along with Vika Annefors bench as foundation. Two holes drilled with 52mm holesaw through Vika Annefors. Steps made of simple pinewood from local hardware store. Drilled with holes for Stolmen and the fastening kit. The steps finished with cat scratch friendly carpeting.

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Space Heaters

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money.

Ask FreelanceSwitch: Invoices and SEO

In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, we look at invoices and SEO. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing.

Mirror bedside table feat. Malm/Minde

Materials: Malm chest (2 drawer), Minde wall mirror, Selly's liquid nails, Dioder lighting strips Description: I wanted to share my hack which is a mirrored bedside table. I recently bought a new bed and of course, decided that I needed some new bedsides to go with it. I fell in love with some mirrored bedside tables, but quickly fell out of love when I saw the price (>$600 AUD each).

Ask the Readers: How to Help a Homeless Friend?

As the U.S. economy enters its fourth year of turmoil, average folks continue to struggle. At GRS, we’ve shared questions and stories about people who can’t make ends meet, who are losing their homes, and who find themselves out of work. But we’ve never tackled the homeless before. Today, though, Evan wrote with a tough situation.

Hacker help: Double Window Sills

Description: I need some help on what to do with this space in my kitchen. It is two window sills in a corner. One is 5 ft wide and the other is 6ft wide, both are 2 ft in depth. I can't take the bench out, because the windows stick out of the house. It is in the corner of my kitchen. Maybe someone can help me out with what to do here. Maybe a built in table? Shelves?

Letter From a Child: Don’t Be Realistic!

Imagine you received this letter from a child: “Hello, I will become a president. I know … I know. You’re thinking I’m a naive kid. You won’t believe in me or in my ability to reach that lofty goal. You’re laughing at me and thinking I’m like all kids who say things they don’t really mean. But I want you to know one little thing. I’m proud of my childish way of thinking. And

Productivity Tie-Breaker: How Will You Feel Afterwards?

Should you push a major creative project forward, or answer that nagging email? Psychological tricks for making better decisions about your work priorities.

Spare Change: Building a Tower Edition

For me, the past few months have been transformative. There have been some monumental changes in my mindset, which have begun to be reflected in my everyday life. Some of these changes are public — I’m doing more interviews, I’m preparing to tackle my next book project — and some of the changes are private.