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By Trent Hamm

Tolsby - A cheap and easy earring display

Materials: Tolsby frame, plastic cross-stitch canvas, scissors Description: This hack is great for someone like me who loves to own a lot of earrings and need something to display them out neatly without costing too much. The Tolsby is an excellent choice for earring display at home and for product selling, I have used this display for my local craft fairs to great effect.


Materials: Not, Mammut Description: I had the NOT lamp and the MAMMUT shelf for a long time by my bed as a reading light and book shelf, one day I accidentally knocked the lamp down and broke its standing pole.

Eight Minutes to Financial Success – Minute #6: Make a Weekend Plan

This week, The Simple Dollar is running a short series on some of the key moments in my financial turnaround and how you can experience those moments as well. For a full description of this, see the first article in the series. My weekend planning has always followed the same general structure (at least since I graduated from college).

Ask Unclutterer: Receiving unwanted gifts

Reader Wendy submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: What do you do when you come from a culture where gifting is part of etiquette? For example, when my daughter turned one recently, my mother who happened to be visiting from our home country brought back TONS of clothing (whether the right size or not) and toys for my daughter. It was overwhelming.

RETUR goes to bed

Materials: RETUR waste sorting bin Description: In our bedroom there's a lack of space beside our bed. I have spent a lot of time figuring out a solution for a bedside table. Then suddenly I saw the RETUR bin and with a little time and creativity I made it fit into our bedroom. I used wallpaper, decorative plastic and goldcolour. See more of the Retur bedside table.

Ask FreelanceSwitch: IOUs and Networking with Clients

Credit: freddyfromutah on Flickr In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, we look at promissory notes and networking clients. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing.

Geographic Arbitrage: Save Money by Leaving The Country

This is a guest post from Gary Arndt, who has been traveling around the world non-stop since March 2007 and has visited over 80 countries.

How to Overcome Taking Criticism Personally

For many years of my life, I had this problem of taking what people say to me personally. It didn’t matter if their intentions were good or not, for some reason my ego would take control my thoughts and I’d take offense to it. This negative thought pattern I had was on auto-pilot. I’d get offended even if what that person said to me was true.

Weekend DIY Project: How to Make a Leather Wallet

“What ordinary people once made, they buy; and what they once fixed for themselves, they replace entirely or hire an expert to repair, whose expert fix often involves installing a pre-made replacement part…so perhaps the time is ripe for reconsideration of an ideal that has fallen out of favor: manual competence.” -Mathew B.

The Tao of the Dow: All About Stock Market Indexes

This is a guest post from MP Dunleavey, who is a contributing editor at Money magazine and the editorial director at Daily Worth, which offers free, daily money tips for women. What exactly is the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the mythic number that punctuates each day’s stock market report? I’ve always wondered.

Eight Minutes to Financial Success – Minute #5: Reroute Your Commute

This week, The Simple Dollar is running a short series on some of the key moments in my financial turnaround and how you can experience those moments as well.

Randy Murray on Not Being Responsible For Other People’s Productivity

Productivity is how I get things done. If I’m managing other people, I can specify how we get things done together, but I can’t extend that over their entire lives. They have to work that out for themselves. Spoken like a man who has spent many years managing others. New managers try to micromanage methods and details.

My cherry blossom lantern, inspired by Joey

Materials: Regolit lamp Description: When I saw Joey's cherry blossom lantern, I immediately fell in love with it. Since I already had two Regolit lamps at home, I decided to make my own cherry blossom lanterns.

"A Very Close Friend Says That I Am Not Type A, but AAA."

Interview: Margaret Roach. I love reading accounts of other people's happiness projects -- whether it's Thoreau moving to Walden Pond or Alisa Bowman working to save her marriage.

Making Money From Quitters

I’ve spent a lot of years involved in the business of health and fitness.So I know the metrics well.