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Success From the Nest

By Tony Clark

Malm Lego play table

Materials: Two Malm 2-drawer dressers, two Lego building plates, saw, some screws, screwdriver, glue. Description: We were designing a playroom for our kids, and I wanted to add an Lego play table. I had seen several, but I wanted...... to put less effort in it! So I picked two old white Malm 2-drawer dressers. I pulled off the hardboard back plates and removed all remaining nails.

3 Ways to Make the Most Out of Procrastinating

In an ideal world, we’d do everything on time every time and still have time left over to eat, sleep, travel, and play. In the real world, we simply procrastinate… We know we shouldn’t put things off but we do it anyway. The next time you identify a good project to “do later” be sure to apply these 3 tips.

Think of Yourself In The Third Person.

I remember reading somewhere that writer Anne Lamott thinks about herself in the third person, to take better care of herself: “I’m sorry, Anne Lamott can’t accept that invitation to speak; she’s finishing a book so needs to keep her schedule clear.” I find that often, the same trick helps me to be realistic about myself.

The Gear Painting

Materials: RIBBA 52x52 Photo frame, LEDBERG (led strip) Description: I got this idea when I played around in SketchUp with the gear plugin. I had just bought and built my 3D-printer and wanted to build something cool. :) I drew the whole gear-layout in SketchUp and started to print... The biggest gears as you can see in the pictures took about 2 hours to print.

Some Thoughts on Dinner With My Family

For most of 2011, I’ve been posting a regular series entitled “Dinner With My Family” on Friday afternoons. In those posts, I’ve discussed inexpensive homemade meals that my family has enjoyed for dinner.

Man Cave upgrade

Materials: Markor cabinets, Format Lighting Description: Using six components from Ikea's Markor line (now discontinued), I designed, modified and built the library/AV center for our home. In all honesty this is part of the Man Cave scene occurring in Canadian and American basements.The modifications were not simple.

Octopussy lamp

Materials: Pressa hanging dryer, plastic bottle bottom Description: I've cut off the hook and put inside the cable and the lamp, and I've hung the bottle bottom instead of clothes pegs.. ~ Marta Guglielmotti, Roma, Italia

Razor Emporium Classic Shaving Giveaway

We’ve extolled the virtues of classic shaving countless times on the site. Not only does it provide a better shave, classic shaving makes a mundane chore into an almost meditative ritual. There’s just something about lathering up with a badger brush and using careful strokes with a well-stropped straight razor that settles the mind.

Workspace of the Week: A desk? A desk!

This week’s Workspace of the Week is StacyBart’s camouflage office: I’m a fan of this week’s office because the desk is such a versatile piece of furniture. I’ll let StacyBart explain: It’s deceiving. That’s why I love this furniture.

The Shabby Chic lamp makeover

Materials: Ekås shade, Rodd table lamb base, own craft accessories Description: My dried birthday roses from July were my inspiration to make this old Ikea light totally shabby chic. Otherwise I probably would have thrown it away, but this modification made the life cycle of this poor (and btw very inexpensive) thing a little longer.

Success in the Margins Isn’t Marginal Success

A few months ago, I wrote a post called “Two Paths to Financial Success.” In it, I outlined how there are two distinct ways to succeed financially. One, which I called “success in the margins,” refers to things like frugality, cutting costs, saving diligently, and so forth.

Dealing with the Worst Response to Your Sales Email

If you’re still growing your Freelancer’s Thick Skin, this one’s for you. You’ve all read the books about starting out in freelancing – the ones that discount the time spent “preparing and perfecting” your brand, as a means to avoid shouting: “I’m in business! Come and get it!” I couldn’t wait to begin full-time freelancing, but dreaded the sales aspect.

Nordmyra map hack

Materials: Nordmyra, map, PVA glue, scissors, varnish, brush. Description: Inspired by some lovely tables and chairs I saw in Columbia Road, East London, I decided to try a quick and easy Ikea hack on a seen-better-days Nordmyra that was hanging round the flat looking a bit sorry for itself. I'm very pleased with the result. Step 1.

Ask the Readers: Staying Motivated to Save?

Sometimes you do everything right — you work hard, you cut back on spending, you invest for retirement — but all of your effort seems for nought. You get sick. You wreck your car.

3 Steps to Mastering Empathy

I love vacation don’t you? I love it so much that I have found a way to have loads of vacation time anytime I want. I’m not flying all over the place though, and I don’t need to keep a carry-on packed.