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By Jules

Tertial Chandelier

Materials: Tertial Work Light Description: - Weld Armature. - Spray paint shades. - Mount armature to ceiling. - Attach work lights. - Solder wires together. - Enjoy! ~ Jay Dokken, designcommissiongallery.com, Seattle, Washington, USA

Expedit-passage, room divider

Materials:  Expedit 5x5 & 2x2 Description: The 4 edges of the 5x5 (horizontal and vertical became the posts and the top and bottom was constructed with the edges of the 2x2. It is the split / gate between 2 of our rooms. Before After! The second photo shows the gate with view on a normal Expedit 5x5, the rest are the hacks. ~ Jan Courtois, België

Ask Unclutterer: Traveling with jewelry

Reader Katie submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I can’t seem to find a way to keep my jewelry organized while traveling. A simple solution, of course, would be to only bring one or two pieces when I travel, but for longer trips I don’t really like this option. Any suggestions?

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Brown-Bagging Lunch

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.

Workspace of the week: Cables contained

This week’s Workspace of the Week is JoyMystic’s beautifully wired desk: Instead of an entire office, this week I chose to feature the wire wizardry of a single workstation. All of the cables as they leave the equipment are tethered to other nearby cables with what looks like plastic zip ties.

3 Reasons Why Copywriters and Translators Should Team Up

Credit: Yuri Arcurs on Photodune Recently here on Freelance Switch, Thursday Bram discussed whether freelancers should be making use of the trend towards global outsourcing, to free up their writing and project management time by employing virtual assistants overseas to manage menial tasks. Today, I’d like to expand upon that theme, and talk about how freelancers, especially copywriters, co

Fancy Feather Boa Lamp

Materials: IKEA Grundton Lamp Post; IKEA Lampshade Description: Fairly easy I attached a pink Feather Boa I found after tidying up after our last "Gay Pirates" Theme Party on a IKEA Lampshade. Therefore I pierced the lampshare on its upper rim and attached the one end of the Feather Boa using a short piece of florist wire. Then I wrapped the feather Boa around the lamp shade.

Managing Mom’s Money: An Update from Happy Acres

I’m sitting in the lobby of Happy Acres waiting for the business manager to return from lunch. I just spent half an hour talking with Mom, who’s doing much better than she was a month ago.

6 Things You Must Do Today to Stay Sane in an Insane World

Do you ever feel like curling up in a ball and trying to forget the problems around you?

How to Decorate a Man Room

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Jayson Franklin and Morgan Gagne of Manly Vintage. There’s a good chance the first interior decorator was a guy, scratching pictures of a glorious hunt on the wall of his cave, trying to show off for his friends.  This was the first man cave, if you will.

Lose with Dignity. Celebrate with Grace. (Part I)

“I cannot describe it. I cannot give you any idea of the kindness, and generosity, and magnanimity of those men. When I think of it, it brings tears into my eyes.”  -Charles Marshall, Aide de Camp to General Robert E. Lee General Lee was wearing a new dress uniform, complete with a red sash and exquisite gold studded sword.

The 4-Hour Chef: The New Book with Amazon

I love exploring and try new things. Here: failing my Maid Cafe audition in Akihabara, Tokyo. (Photo: David West) Never before have I appeared on the cover of The New York Times, and never before have I seen such an incredible response to a single announcement involving me.

Emergencies and Irregular Expenses

Every once in a while, I’ll get an email from a reader that goes something like this… This month, my annual insurance bill came due and I couldn’t make ends meet. I cleaned out my emergency fund. Then, at the end of the month, my car broke down. What’s the point of having an emergency fund?

Kitchen cabinets in bedroom

Materials: Faktum, Nexus Description: Because we have sloping ceiling, we had problem finding cabinets that fitted by the wall for things like clothes, towels, bedlinen, christmas decorations and so on. I came up with the idea to use same kitchen cabinets that we use in kitchen and laundry. I put two skirtings lying down on the floor to make a distant for the cabinets, so we can open the d

As-is speaker stand / Ektorp mash-up

Materials: Ektorp couch, Stolmen hooks, candle stands, and Laxvik table Description: I wanted to put my speakers right behind my couch, but I didn't want to buy speaker stands, because I didn't want another set of objects that I had to shuffle around while vacuuming my apartment.