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Awake at the Wheel

By Jonathan Fields

DIY Dorothy Draper Chests

Materials: Rast Dresser Description: 1) I bought 2 Rast dressers from IKEA, and assembled the tables, except for the drawers. 2) I primed the 'body' of the dresser {assembled} and the fronts of the doors and then sprayed them using RustOleum's black lacquer spray. I did 2 coats to get good coverage.

Eco-chic headboard

Materials: Rykene bed, particle board, hammer, saw, drill, staple gun, cotton fabric, burlap, 8 wooden buttons, an old mattress pad (or foam cut to fit your headboard), strong thread, extra long doll needle Description: My boyfriend and I were tired of our old Ikea Rykene headboard. We wanted something modern and naturalistic and came up with this ecofriendly project.

Unitasker Wednesday: The Rimroller

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Tim Hortons, the Canadian-based coffee chain with a handful of locations in northern U.S.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 A lesson on mental clutter from the book Zen ShortsFrustrations caused by occasional messes are usually not worth carrying around with you and cluttering up your mind, energy, and emotions. 2008 Weekend project: Tackle the area beneath your kitchen sinkThe last thing you want to do is have to waste time clearing a path for someone who is about to cost you a hundred dollars an hour to fix t

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Politics Edition

Because some aspects of personal finance overlap with politics, I’m often asked what my political views are, particularly on specific issues. I usually don’t feel comfortable doing that, for several reasons. First, I usually see benefits on both sides of the issue. Often, my feelings on a specific issue have more to do with me than it has to do with the merits of an issue.

Blinksale: Invoicing Service Review

Starting out on your freelancing career can be a daunting task for just about anyone. From registering your business name to setting up your accounts, there can be a lot of stress when making those first important decisions. One question the FreelanceSwitch forum gets frequently asked is: what should you use to invoice your clients?

Besta Boas Chalkboard Room Divider

Materials: Besta Boas TV storage unit, medium-density fiberboard, chalkboard paint, industrial strength velcro Description: We recently moved into a 1000 sq. ft. apartment and quickly discovered that our large couches only fit in one configuration in the living room. Unfortunately, this covered the wall designated for the TV.

Gaming Without Breaking the Bank

Though J.D.’s back on the blog, he’s still a bit behind — so much e-mail! — so here’s a guest-post from Tim Ellis, who writes Seattle Bubble when he isn’t glued to a screen, zoned out on video games.

Stop Saying “I Can’t”

Do you ever find yourself saying “I can’t”?

A Man’s Guide to Boots and Shoes

Over 70 years ago, archeologist Luther Cressman discovered perhaps the world’s oldest footwear in Central Oregon.  The sandals were dated to be 10,000 years old, and from the pictures I’ve seen, were made with intricate weaves that indicated they were not only functional, but also stylish in design.  From our tribal days to modern times, men have searched for and valued footwear that both l

Video: Get Enough Sleep.

2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! Last month's theme was Self-knowledge. This month’s theme is Body.

Solar powered jewellery display

Materials: Sunnan lamp, recycled wood, Plexiglas Description: We need a new display for my jewellery dealer that they can put wherever they want without electric cables. So we find this amazing Sunnan lamp that works with solar panels and....our gorgeous display!! ~ Fabiana and Massimo, Rome, Italy

Downgrading Your Job Without Downgrading Your Life

In March 2008, I walked away from a great job into a writing career path that, at the time, paid me about 50% of what I was making at my previous job. To a lot of people in my life, this seemed like an amazingly difficult step. That move reduced our monthly household income (at the time) by about 30% and seemingly did away with a great deal of job security.

Rolling Craft Table

Materials: Vika table top, ClosetMaid 2 shelf organizer, Casters from Harbor Frieght Description: I used 2 Closetmaid organizers (from Target) and 2 Vika table tops and four casters. I attached the casters to the underside of one of the Vika tops. I liked these clear retro looking ones from Harbor Freight, they spin nice and come in locking and non-locking. They were only about 5 bucks each.

Casting call for Enough Already! with Peter Walsh

I’m not one to usually pass along casting calls for television shows, but this one is so much fun I couldn’t resist. If you live in the Los Angeles area and want your home organized for FREE by Peter Walsh, check this out: Enough Already!