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By Brett Kelly

Non-gormless Picnic Table

Materials: Gorm shelves, 30"x20" Description: My thrift-shop picnic table was showing the effects of two and a half months of an Oklahoma summer -- the top was warped, peeling, and all the finish had flaked off, but the metal base was just fine. I wanted a new top that was solid wood, not veneer over particle board, but that the rain (if we ever got any again) would not be able to puddle up on.

When Deals Become Less of a Bargain

A few months ago, I was reading an older personal finance article at the library which discussed a very specific method for getting tremendous deals at CVS (a pharmacy chain). All you had to do was follow a sequence of steps and you’d find yourself with piles of items for free! I decided to give this system a shot.

Linkswitch #89, Web Presence, Pricing War, Writing Problems

Take Control of Your Web Presence with Ten Top Tips Social media is a brilliant way to build your brand, which in turn grows your client base. But it can suck hours out of your busy day. And time is the one resource that we freelancers crave. With a simple routine, you’ll soon put those hours back in your day.

Reader Story: How to Buy a Car at Auction

This guest post from Jacq is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes. Woot! I just bought a new-to-me SUV at the local auto auction.

4 Reasons to Seek Natural Therapy

One of the first things people are wary of with medical therapy is the side effects of the medications.

7 Types of Creative Block (and What to Do About Them)

Creative block is your worst enemy, and it can come from almost anywhere. We look at how to treat the problem areas, and get your ideas moving.

Dreams, Big and Little

My youngest child has had an intestinal illness that’s lasted for several days now.

Bold Striped Curtains

Materials: Ritva curtains, paint, paint brush, tape measure, pencil Description: Samantha of Crafty Texas Girls did a 'make-over' on her husband's office with one of the biggest changes being the drapery.

Ulsberg Updated

Materials: Ulsberg Nightstand, decorative paper, foam core board, x-acto knife Description: This is a really quick and easy hack that makes this simple Ulsberg nightstand into a custom piece that can fit the look of any room. HOW TO! 1. We went to a paper store and chose our favorite one (a nautical map motif). 2. We went to CVS and bought some foam core. 3.

How to Kill Your Painful Habit of Wishful Thinking

Do you constantly hope that your situation will improve, but find yourself unable to start or finish projects that are going to contribute to your growth. If you do, you may be falling victim to the trap of “if only”.Even celebrities, even the richest of the rich, even people who guide the course of history tend to fall into the same exact unhappy trap as the rest of us.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #40

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. I spent a lot of time looking at photos of autumn to help my kids with an art project. Several of them deeply impressed me with their artistry and capture of the season, so this edition is a bit heavy with those photographs. 1.

TED Video: What We Learned from 5 Million Books

View engaging conference lectures, interesting how to discussions, and high quality freelance advice via video here on FreelanceSwitch. This week we look at What we learned from 5 million books by Jean-Baptiste Michel and Erez Lieberman Aiden. Have you played with Google Labs’ NGram Viewer?

Design Frosta

Materials: Frosta, paint, felt, yarn Description: Before assembling, paint legs and seat. Using the seat as a template, cut three circles out of felt in various thicknesses. Cut inner circles of various sizes. Design an embroidery to fix the layered felt cover to the seat. Mark required points on the bottom of the seat.

How to Change Your Thinking by Using Self-Affirmations

Your mind is an interesting tool and lives in symbiosis with the sensations from your body.

Imitate a Spiritual Master. One Candidate: Steve Jobs.

One of my favorite resolutions is to Imitate a spiritual master. My spiritual master is St. Thérèse of Lisieux, and I've read her spiritual memoir, Story of a Soul, many times, as well as a whole shelf full of biographies. I think about St.