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By Colin Beavan

From Stool to Bedside Locker

Materials: ODDVAR stool, INGMAJ curtain, 2 drawer slides, white paint, staple gun Description: We needed a small bedside table for our guestroom. As always, instead of simply buying one, we went to IKEA and got a stool named ODDVAR (77996709) and a curtain named INGMAJ (00212714). Using these and two drawer slides, we created a bedside locker with a sliding top board.

The Art of Shining Shoes: An Illustrated Guide

This illustrated guide is brought to you by Johnston and Murphy.  See also: How to Shine your Shoes like a Soldier. Related posts:A Man’s Guide to Boots and Shoes Waterproofing Your Shoes – A Man’s Guide to Weather Resistant Footwear A Manly Handshake: An Illustrated Guide How to Break Down a Door: An Illustrated Guide

5 Simple Principles for Becoming an Expert

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Corbett Barr of Expert Enough. There aren’t shortcuts. Merely direct paths. Most people don’t take them, because they frighten us. Things that look like shortcuts are usually detours disguised as less work. -Seth Godin For the past month, I’ve been studying people who have become skilled and knowledgeable enough to be called “experts” in prepara

The Latest Google Update is Fantastic News for Freelance Writers

On November 3, 2011 Google published a new article on their blog informing readers that fresh new content is now being seen as highly valuable on their blog or website. This “freshness update” is a new addition to Google’s “Caffeine web indexing system”. Now blog owners who update their sites regularly will be rewarded with a higher search engine ranking.

Children as Financial Paradox

Karen writes in: I have a question I think it would be interesting for you to attempt to tackle.

Ikea Brada iPad stand

Materials: BRADA Description: An iPad stand hacked from the Brada is featured on Pappasappar.se. This improves on the one Ikeahackers featured previously, with a cut-out notch for the charging dock and dampers to keep the iPad firmly in place. See more of the Brada iPad stand. (View the site in Google translated English) ~ Pappa Daniel, Sweden

Getting Ready for Next Year–Now

While the end of the year is likely not in the minds of many, it’s closer than you may think. So before the ball drops and that tax deadline gets even closer, it’s a good time to think about the many things you can do to prepare for the end of the year–and the promising year ahead. Here are 4 tips to get you started. 1.

Lack coffee table makeover with wallpaper

Materials: Lack coffee table, wallpaper, scissors, decoupage glue, brush Description: On my Lack coffee table from IKEA stains had come by drinks and coffee, which I couldn't clean anymore. Therefore I provided it with another layer. I cut the wallpaper first to size. Then coated decoupage glue to the table. Press the wallpaper firmly to the table, particularly the edges.

Lovely lace jewelry holder

Materials: IKEA SÖNDRUM 26x35 cm frame, IKEA ALVINE SPETS curtain, liquid starch, pliers, scissors Description: It's a lovely variation of the picture frame style - earring holders. First of all I pulled the frame to pieces, as I only needed the frame. I pulled out the small metal items with pliers and I cut out a large piece of a curtain.

Think Different: Teaching Kids to Be Entrepreneurs

This article is from new staff writer Tim Sullivan. I remember when my parents gave me a raise in my allowance. I was seven and I went from $2 a week to $5 a week because I started doing my own laundry and washing my own dishes. I was so excited to be a model employee.

How to Stay Motivated on Big Projects

When you’re working on something big, you often start off with great intentions … only to find your motivation gradually slipping away. Whether you’re studying for a qualification, tackling a mammoth project at work, or writing a book in your spare time, you’re only going to succeed if you can stay motivated.

Venturing Beyond the Playpen: How to Take a Baby Camping

The very idea of camping with infants causes the shivers in some parents, mostly those who have been taught that babies are fragile creatures who are not adaptable to any environment except a sterilized one.

What You Do Every Day Matters More Than What You Do Once In a While.

One of my Secrets of Adulthood is: What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while. I’ve been surprised how often this “secret” comes in handy. Exercising -- I have a friend who thinks she’s a regular exerciser because every several weeks, she goes to the gym for two hours.

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Going Below Speed Limit

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.

Noresund bed goes modern

Materials: Noresund bed, iron saw, fabric for cover Description: My Noresund bed was a little too romantic for me, so I decided to make it more modern. 1. Saw extra pieces away. That was hard! It took me about 3-4 hours, I wish I had had some powertools... 2. A lot of measuring and then cutting the fabric 3.