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By Tim Clark and Mark Cunningham

Old ads on dresser

Materials: old ads, Ikea dresser Description: I glued old ads from a mag onto an Ikea dresser. See more of the dresser. ~ Manuela Hardy, Norway

Does Frugality Beat Inflation?

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. On Facebook, Rebecca requested a post on “ways to live more frugally, and ‘beat’ inflation. ie: garden, raise own animals?

"To...Catch the Good That Is Within Our Reach, Is the Great Art of Life."

“To improve the golden moment of opportunity, and catch the good that is within our reach, is the great art of life.” --Samuel Johnson, Lives of Eminent Persons * Volunteer as a Super Fan, and from time to time, I’ll ask for your help. Nothing too onerous, I promise! Sign up here or email me at gretchenrubin1 at gmail dot com.

Mirror to Bulletin Board

Materials: Stave mirror Description: 1. Removed the mirror from the Stave frame. 2. Sanded and spray painted the frame in high gloss green paint. 3. Upholstered a board covered in foam and inserted into the frame. 4. The result is a beautiful bulletin board to complete my family command centre. This can be done with any Ikea mirror. ~ Oksana @ Order Matters

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #27

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. Cooking with my youngest child Lately, when we’ve been working on making meals, our youngest son has insisted on being put in his high chair and pulled as close to the counter as possible.

Ein Kleine LACKtmusik

Materials: LACK TV bench, VIKA RORBY trestles Description: I own a digital piano but for a long time just had it sitting atop one of those flimsy x-shaped metal stands. This was problematic because my cats liked to jump up on top of it which was not good for the keys and also made me worried they'd knock it over.

Inspiration: Denver Street Musician Dred Scott Sings Purple Rain

Saw this video and I just had to share it with you guys. Living on the street in Denver, Colorado, musician, Dred Scott, shares his soulful voice with the larger world for the first time. Truly moved me…You can buy a copy of this song on iTunes here.Enjoy the weekend! 

Gary Vaynerchuk on the Thank You Economy at SXSW 2011 Interactive

Advertise here with BSA View awesome conference lectures, engaging how to discussions, and high quality freelance business advice via video here on FreelanceSwitch. This week we look at Thank You Economy – SXSW 2011 Interactive by Gary Vaynerchuk.

Emotional Intelligence: Lessons We Should Learn From World Events

When we look at world news on CNN, BBC or even through your own local news broadcast, we are often shown video footage of terrible events such as disasters, war zones, protests and riots. Such world events are often so negative that we just want to turn the TV off.

Classy Open Curio

Materials: Enetri Description: I sawed off the enetri unit to make it shorter. I also attached a detached single plank from the top to the bottom of the unit to give it a complete feel. ~ Ani, Kirkland, WA

Looking to the Dietary Gods: Eating Well According to the Ancients

(Photo: H.Koppdelaney) Just a few weeks ago, I received the following from Ryan Holiday: “…in the last 6 months, I’ve lost 15 lbs and am in the best shape of my life.

The Ikea Hacked +1 button

Materials: Pyssla, iron, level 20 geek Description: I often use the +1 button in Ikea Hackers as well as the other share options in the bottom of the posts. Today I saw the Pyssla beads and boards for the first time in my local Ikea. Suddenly I thought about the +1 button in Ikea Hackers. It looks really cool but I decided to make it truly Ikea Hackers compliante.

STUVA standing on flowers

Materials: STUVA wardrobe, standard furniture feet, floral adhesive foil, scissors, cordless screwdriver Description: You need a STUVA wardrobe and 4 standard furniture feet (e.g. DIY market). Cut an appropriate piece of adhesive foil for each foot. Affix it onto the metallic surface, avoid bubbles. Screw the feet under your STUVA. ~ StMue, Germany

Trying To Make Home Happier: Give Warm Greetings and Farewells.

One of the bedrock principles of my happiness project is that I can't change anyone but myself. It's so easy to imagine that I’d be happier if only other people would behave properly, but I can't assign resolutions to anyone but myself. I firmly believe this, yet I did decide to try something that runs completely contrary to this very sound Gretchen-only rule.

Ask Unclutterer: Not displaying family photographs

Reader Mary submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: My parents divorced when I was quite young, and little evidence of their past relationship remains in our lives. Being the most sentimental of the three kids, I am in possession what is, to my knowledge, the only remaining wedding photograph, a framed 8×10 that has been sitting at the back of my closet for years.