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Art of Manliness

By Brett McKay

The Ultimate Quilting Table

Materials: 2 Ikea Expedit bookcases, 1 Ikea Numerar countertop, 4 heavy duty casters and 2 2x4s Description: As any quilter will tell you, a large table to support the quilt is a must have item. We were looking at all kinds of hacks for months before walking into IKEA and seeing the Expedit bookcase on it's side and on casters! The wheels starting turning...

Creative Freelancers Unite! Preview of Photoshop CS6

I’m going to tell you a little secret that causes me some embarrassment. I still use Photoshop CS3. I’m going to chalk it up to the fact that I am skeptical of constant software upgrades and the fact that I’m not a graphic designer. Still…I’m so behind the times.

Breaking Through the Frustration Barrier

Personal finance can be really frustrating at times. For starters, money success can take a long time to achieve. If you’re in a big hole of debt, you’re looking at years of digging just to get back to zero. People are often encouraged to start saving for retirement in their twenties, even though most won’t actually retire until their seventies.

Enhance Your Freelance Writing Career with These 5 Tips

Every writer requires some new input at whatever stage they are in their career. Constant improvement, or kaizen as the Chinese call it, must become a part of the writer’s lifestyle. A serious writing career has demands, just like any other, and requires deliberate action towards a targeted end. Have you ever sat down to think of how to make your writing have more impact?

FÄRGRIK candle holder

Materials: FÄRGRIK Mug, moss, candle, floral foam, styrofoam eggs Description: 1. Cut a piece of floral foam and fit it inside the cup. 2. Heat the bottom of the candle and glue it with wax on to the foam 3. Add moss on top and eggs. See more of the Easter decoration. ~ Sibylle

A Magician of Time

It’s strange sometimes to see yourself through other people’s eyes. Others see things — both good and bad — that you don’t see in yourself. “I see you as outdoorsy,” a new friend told me the other day, which caught me off guard.

How To Recognize and Deal with Controlling People

Why do people end up trapped in relationships with someone who has a controlling, even abusive, personality? The main attraction of the controlling person is his charming and disarming façade while he’s in the beginning stage of obtaining what he wants.

Getting Better vs Being Good

Perfection isn't everything. By setting goals based on improvement - rather than looking smooth - you can stretch your potential and reduce your anxiety.

Coat Rack with a bit of Wall Protection

Materials: Molger Floor Decking and Attest Knobs Description: Normal coat hooks near the door have always had the problem of buttons, zips, etc. scrapping the walls so we wanted a different solution. Our answer was to use four Molger floor decking panels with 10 (5 packs of 2) Attest knobs as coat hooks - other knobs are available! Click to read the rest of the post >>

Take Advantage of Hand-Me-Downs (67/365)

When Sarah and I had our children, we were somewhat lucky in that a lot of our friends and family were having children around the same time.

APPLÅD and Godmorgon Coffee Table

Materials: APPLÅD doors (60x90 cm), APPLÅD drawer fronts (13x60 cm), Godmorgon legs (22 cm), Screws, construction glue Description: We had been looking around quite a while for a suitable coffee table for our new penthouse apartment. We had a fairly good idea of what we were looking for, but we couldn't really find the right model - at least not for a reasonable price.

"The Most Ordinary Moments Are the Ones that Are the Most Transcendent."

Happiness interview: Kyran Pittman. I met Kyran at a conference last year, and after talking to her, I ran out to buy a copy of her book, Planting Dandelions: Field Notes From a Semi-Domesticated Life (which just came out in paperback).


Materials: PAX VIKEDAL mirror door Description: To build a low budget big surface, distortion-free and easy to handle mirror, you need ... - PAX VIKEDAL mirror doors - a set of top hat rails - straight wooden slats - screws (and screw anchors) - cloth pads - appropriate tools Get ready with the material you need.

Organizing solutions for renters

A common disadvantage of renting is most landlords prohibit structural changes to their properties. As a result, organizing can be trickier in a rental property than in a home you own. Creativity is a must when seeking out these uncommon solutions.

EXPEDIT - kitchen storage

Materials: Expedit, door hinges, black MDF, plywood (pine tree) Description: As we like a very "open" style of kitchen where you can see at the end all the stuff that is part of this room we decided to buy an Expedit to store our plates and glasses etc.. Click to read the rest of the post >>