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By J.D. Roth

An Ode to My Son’s Piggy Bank

About three months ago, my four year old son saw a toy at a store. He mentioned that he had played with it at a friend’s house and that he wanted one. But rather than demanding it this minute, he asked how much it would cost.

Bookshelf = entry way furniture (Road trip)

Materials: IKEA bookshelf, jeans, acrylic paints, nails, decoupage cards, old rack, yarn, glue, finish Description: This is most favorite piece of furniture in my apartment. I spent over two months to transform ordinary used IKEA bookshelf to a funny entry furniture. I named it "Road trip". I started from drawing canvases for licences plates on the back wall.

Linkswitch #34: Finances, Style Guides, Press Releases

Blogging For Web Designers: Editorial Calendars and Style Guides A few years ago, you might not have pointed out during a meeting with a potential client that you maintained a blog. Over time, though, blogs have evolved from the being a personal hobby to a serious work tool. In fact, today, web designers are supposed to know much more than just how to design and build websites.

Golden objects

Materials: Havtorn / Molger Description: I wanted to colour my bathroom and I decided to paint the box Molger and the flower vase Havtorn. I used a dark red and golden standard paint, and the result was spectacular! ~ Oscar, Barcelona

10 Inspirational Quotes to Apply To Your Finances

EVERYONE likes handy little money-saving tips, but getting control of your finances sometimes takes much bigger ideas. Why not take these ten inspirational quotes and apply them to your finances? “Worry, like a rocking chair will give you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” – Vance Havner Most of us are guilty of worrying about money, and whilst it might be justified in s

Some Thoughts on a “Daily Action Pack”

Last weekend, I wrote a review of 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More.

Bookshelf flips to storage cubby

Materials: Ikea Bookshelf Description: I bought an Ikea bookshelf and it didn't really match the decor of my home. I wondered what I could use it for and came up with this... I turned the bookshelf on its side and reinforced the shelves with screws. I bought a 1x10x8 board and cut it into different size pieces and screwed them into the shelves sideways.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: September 4, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week.

We’ve got the technology

Having the right tools to do a job can increase productivity and greatly improve your overall experience working on a project. Our friends at Chopping Block graphic design firm recently made a fun film illustrating how difficult it would be to do their jobs without Photoshop.

Measuring Service: Quantifying Your Experience for Maximum Impact

As you build your freelance business, you get the satisfaction of touting the work you have already done when talking to new prospects for your services.

Alternate Lack TV stand

Materials: Lack TV stand, Ekby Shelves Description: Well when I saw your Lack TV stand on Lifehacker I jumped up and shouted "hey that's my idea !!!"..and when I clicked the link I was introduced to the incredible world called "Ikea Hacks"...I never knew about it but I think you guys are awesome! Anyway, I humbly submit my alternate Lack TV stand design.

Manly Laptop Bags

My Life Scoop is a website that invites bloggers from various blogs to contribute different articles on tech-related themes. They’ve asked me to do a series of articles for the site.

Summer Meal Series #14: Chicken Pie

This summer, I’m going to be posting a series of fifteen low-cost, tasty, and easy-to-prepare meals that are literally straight from my own kitchen. One of the fun things about the end of summer and the start of fall is that, if you have a garden, lots of vegetables are starting to come in.

The pink Malm, prettified.

Materials: Pink Malm, Spray paint primer, Interior Latex Olympic Paint in White Mood, Spray Paint in Seaside Green, Brushes, Stencil, Tape Description: My daughter has had this dresser for a few years, and as she got older and her favorite color went from pink to green, I thought it was only fitting that the Malm followed suit. I sprayed the whole thing with primer, twice.

Poll: Average Project Time

Over the past few months, I’ve been finding all types of new and exciting clients, with new and exciting projects.  One of the things that I’ve noticed is the variety of projects that are out there.  From quick projects – “The easiest $50 you’ll ever make” – to longer term projects, with multiple sections spanning a few months.  FYI – the $50 project was completed very quickly,