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By Mark Shead

Sewing/Crafting table with Basket storage

Materials: two Antonius Frame and Wire Baskets, Vika Amon Table Top Description: This is a simple sewing/craft desk made with two Antonius Frame and Wire Baskets and the Vika Amon Table Top. I used four cable clamps and small wood screws per each Antonius frame to attach them to the table top after they were assembled.

Reader Story: I Fought the Law (and the Law Won)

This guest post from Brooklyn Money 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.

Sunday Best: The Most Impactful Self Improvement Content This Week From Around The Web

Hi Guys! Hope you had a great, inspired week. In my travels around the web, I found 4 pretty cool finds! Check them out below: Firstly, I was totally inspired by Peter G.

Kid's art corner

Materials: Ribba frame ledge, Bygel rail, Bygel accessories Description: I went to IKEA and bought bits and pieces from the BYGEL system I also purchased a white RIBBA frame ledge. Put it all together in his little corner and here's what we have: See more of the children's art corner. ~ Bobbi-lee

LACK train table

Materials: Lack, Lilabo Description: First I got a LACK coffee table and a LILABO train set from Ikea as well as some good super glue and a $1 bag of plastic animals. Arranged everything, superglued it, primed and painted See more of the Lack train table. ~ Bobbi-lee

Get a Checking Account That Offers Interest (48/365)

Interest rates are a funny thing. While interest is always a good thing to earn, predicting the exact rate you’ll get is far from an exact science. When I first wrote 365 Ways to Live Cheap in 2007 and early 2008, many checking accounts – even entry-level ones – offered interest.

Hacker help: Brimnes free standing headboard

Materials: Brimnes Headboard Description: Hi there! Just wondering whether there is a stable way of supporting a headboard that is designed to be attached to a wall. Seems like it would be possible to add two legs to keep the headboard away from the wall but will it be stable enough when the shelves are filled with heavy stuff? ~ Emma Williams, Melbourne

LACK bed box

Materials: Lack TV table, Billy shelves or any other Description: I had this Lack TV table that I did not need anymore. Instead of moving it to the attic, I decided to give it a try in the bedroom, as I was looking for a bench-box kind of thing to put at the foot of the bed.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #60

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. 1. Jenna McCarthy on what you don’t know about marriage This is a wonderful talk about what actually makes marriage work. I think there’s quite a lot to what she’s saying here, based on my own experience. 2.

The Secret Structure of Great Talks – Video

View engaging conference lectures, interesting how to discussions, and high quality freelance advice via video here on FreelanceSwitch. This week we look at The Secret Structure of Great Talks by Nancy Duarte. In this video learn from the “I have a dream” speech to Steve Jobs’ iPhone launch, that all great presentations have a common architecture.


Materials: LACK table Description: Cool coffee table design. It's very easy to do, you only need to glue the tables that appear in the photo. Hope you like it! See more of the Ikea Lack coffee table. ~ Guillermo Sanz, Málaga, Spain

Why You Should Consider Starting Your Own Business (Even if You’re Currently Working Full-Time)

Have you ever thought about striking out on your own, perhaps turning a hobby into a paying gig?

Terrific! Kathie Lee & Hoda Discuss The Happiness Project.

Several thoughtful readers emailed me to let me know that this morning, on the Kathie Lee & Hoda hour on The Today Show, Hoda gave a big shout-out to The Happiness Project. Terrific! If you want to watch the discussion, it begins at about 2:30. A very nice surprise for my morning. Thanks to everyone who wrote to make sure I didn't miss it.

To Be Happier, Write Your Own Set of Personal Commandments.

One of the most challenging—and most helpful and fun—tasks that I've done as part of my Happiness Project is to write my Twelve Personal Commandments.

Romantic Fira mini chest makeover

Materials: 2 Fira mini chests, 12 knobs, paint, glue, wallpaper, pencil, ruler, scissors, drill and paintbrush Description: I started out with two Fira mini chests. One plain and one had a makeover some years ago with blue paint and white plastic knobs. Now I wanted to make them fit together with identical makeovers. I started with white painting both chests.