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By Trent Hamm

Cijaye gets the Perfekt scrapbooking room

The hacking is minor but the idea is a nice one. Instead of plates, the Perfekt Plate Racks houses her papers and books. Two of them form the legs for her craft table. Cijaye says, "I had a small extra room (previously used as a spare bed/craft/toy room) that needed to be converted to an organized scrapbooking room.

Leksvik craft table

Frida hacks a stand-up-and-craft table. She says, "It is the Leksvik bar table that I have altered with a shelf and painted, also shortened the legs." The legs are shortened about 4 inches from the top. And Frida fitted a glulam shelf at the base for her sewing machines and other crafty things. Finally, a coat of paint. See more of Frida's craft table.

How to Plan a Kick-Butt Road Trip

Do you have a bad road trip story? Join the club. Almost everyone I meet has one, and the ones that don’t have a bad story haven’t been on a road trip, so they don’t count. How do these vacations go wrong? The idea of the open road seemed so inviting when you said to your family or friends, “Hey, I know!

How To Cope When You're Feeling Exhausted

We all have days (and in some cases, weeks or months) when we just feel exhausted. Just getting out of bed feels like a huge effort, and by the time we’ve stumbled to work, downed a grande-sized triple-strength latte, and switched on the computer, we just want to go back to sleep.

5 Simple Ways to Protect Your Brand

Trademarks are often some of the most valuable assets of a business – legend has it that Coke® is the second most well known word in the world after “hello.” The Google® brand is estimated to be worth more than $20 billion. A trademark is a brand name, logo, or slogan that distinguishes your business’ products or services from those of competitors.

How To Be Happier – in Four Easy Lessons.

I realized that I’ve never done a post about my Four Splendid Truths, although I think about them all the time. I named these realizations the “Four Splendid Truths” because I was reading a lot about Buddhism when I started to come up with the list.

Cost of a New Computer

It is very easy to underestimate the cost of a new computer. The cost of purchasing a computer is relatively straightforward. You pay the price that on the sticker. However, there are two other areas of cost that are often overlooked. Let’s briefly look at each of them. Maintenance costs Computers are like cars.

One for fat candles

Clive makes a few modifications to the Skimmer candlestick to allow it to hold large stubby candles. He says, "I've just hacked an Ikea Skimmer candlestick, to complement an existing candle stick I'd made from scratch (the tall one). Skimmer hacked for spike-style candles Stage 1, with the top bezel sprayed black, and with a screw fixed in upside down to act as a spike to hold the candle in pl

Unitasker Wednesday: Bread slicer and crumb catcher

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! I’m of the opinion that if someone knows how to bake homemade bread that they’re suave enough to be able to slice it.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2008 It’s new and improved!Over at Neuromarketing, studies suggest that we may be hardwired to find “new products (and even repackaged old products) attractive.” Work life creeping into personal life?

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Old Connections Edition

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been surprised to find that several people that I used to know quite well in the past are quiet regular readers of The Simple Dollar.

How to Client-Proof Your Work Schedule

It’s a fact of freelance life that some clients just don’t really seem to understand the sort of schedule that is necessary to complete a project. Keeping to a schedule when you’re waiting for approval, content or something else from a client can take a lot of patience and a little skill.

Learn to Celebrate the Small Victories

Recently, I was lamenting that there is never enough time in the day for me to accomplish all that I need to. I know I’m not alone in this because many people’s refrain these days seems to be, “I’m so busy” or like me, “There is not enough time...”Consider all of the roles we all play.

Freelance Radio, Episode 35: When Humans Attack

The thirty-fifth episode of Freelance Radio, the official FreelanceSwitch podcast, is now available! This episode, the panel (John Brougher, Dickie Adams, Kristen Fischer and Von Glitschka) talks about dealing with negative, unsolicited feedback. Subscriptions to the podcast are available via iTunes and an archive of all podcasts will appear in the podcast section.

Saving for the Short Term

Dave wrote yesterday with a common question. He’s looking for a low-risk investment with decent returns, but not having any luck finding one. He writes: I currently have a Money Market Savings account and the interest rate has dropped to 1%. It used to be 5%. When it was earning 5%, I had roughly $25,000 in there, and would make something like $60-$90 per month in interest.