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By Mark Shead

Playing Torka on my Orgel

Materials: 1x torka, 1x Orgel and Good glue Description: I love the Torked out Ribba backlit frame posted here a few days ago. So I made some of those. But I had more Torka than I needed. And not enough light. So this is what you do; 1. Go to Ikea and picked up an Orgel. (I already had some Torka, but if you don't pick up that to. 2. Put the light togheter. 3.

Should I Buy Now, or Should I Wait for Better Features at a Lower Price?

This is one question that, in some form or another, keeps popping up time and time again in all sorts of contexts. Should I buy a computer now, or should I wait for prices to come down? Should I buy a new television now, or should I wait for the bigger screens to become available? From cars to cell phones to woodworking equipment, these questions are asked about major purchases that many of us mak

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: October 16, 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.

How To Make Peace with Money

Do you hate thinking about money? Even those that aren't living in financial distress can have an uncomfortable relationship with money. It's common to feel like it's not nice to think about money or that everyone has a good handle on it except for you.The truth is money is a tool and we all have to decide how we will use it.

Pack rats illustrated in comic books

The website Comics Alliance, as its name suggests, covers comic books and all things related to the comic book industry. Reader Haley called our attention to the site to check out the post “Super-Hero Hoarders. The 7 Biggest Pack-Rats In Comics.” Art often mimics life, so it’s not surprising that fictional characters struggle with clutter the same as everyone else.

Turn your studio apartment into a 1 bedroom with PAX

Materials: PAX Description: My girlfriend and I bought and moved into our first apartment, with a tight budget we couldn't afford anything bigger then a studio apartment. I can't imagine anyone wanting to have their bed in their living room, so we started to brainstorm. We discussed ever type of foldaway bed and room divider. Then we found IKEA's PAX sliding cupboard doors.

Budget-Friendly Decorating Tips

In April, Rebecca shared a guest post about how she generates extra income by letting strangers pay her rent. She has homes in Portland, Oregon and New York City. When she’s in one city, she rents out her place in the other. By doing this, she’s able to subsidize her housing payments. Rebecca’s full of good advice.

Want to Feel Happier? Read Something for Fun.

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you should have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now.

Hi-tech desk frame , minimal art

Materials: KVARTAL bottom rail Description: I was looking for a stylish, hi-tech frame that fits to interiors with minimum design. I don't think a frame could be more simple than this one: 1. Take the 45cm KVARTAL bottom rail and cut it in two pieces 2. Have your picture mounted on the back of a 4mm glass (make sure the edges are curved to avoid injuries) 3.

Homemade Gift Series #5: Wine Jelly

“Not everyone will like the caramel apple jam,” Sarah commented to me after we made it. As much as I liked it, I knew she was right: it was very sweet and lacked the tartness that I often crave in my jellies and jams. So we decided to make another jelly/jam, this time doing something decidedly different: wine jelly. What’s “wine jelly”?

Borrvy lantern as a home for a wee beasty

Materials: Borrby Description: We adopted a praying mantis female from the garden (before the frost) and were looking for vases to make into terrariums. We stumbled across the large Borrby lanterns - scoree! A perfect size, beautiful, and a much better access than a vase (door on the side).

Ask Unclutterer: Nowhere for new purchases

Reader Megan submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I spent months cleaning out and organizing my space; everything had a place and it looked beautiful. The problem is that every time something new comes in, I don’t necessarily have a place for it, so it sits on the floor or in a chair mocking my organization system.

Making It All Work – The Fundamentals of Self-Management

This is the fourth entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday mornings and Friday mornings through December 10. Time management. Money management. Health management. Management of your stuff. Relationship management.

6 Ways Freelancers Can Go Green

The theme of this year’s Blog Action Day is water. That means that approximately 2,500 blogs around the world are, in some way, writing about all-precious H20. At FreelanceSwitch, that got us thinking.

Workspace of the Week: No-mayhem mudroom

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Michelle Smyth’s hallway mudroom: Now that it’s fall, I’ve set near our front door the plastic tray we put snowy, wet, and muddy shoes on during the colder months. Our home doesn’t have a mudroom, but that doesn’t alleviate our need for one. As a result, I was inspired when I came across Michelle Smyth’s solution.