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Jan 11, 2011

Fold a Yeti Papercraft Calendar (Free Download)

It's official: I'm declaring today, Tuesday, January 11th 2011, Paper Day! Most of the country is under a winter storm advisory, so lots of us are stuck inside, eating from the fridge and looking for something to do. Since you might not be able to get out of the house and pick up supplies for a large scale DIY project, we'll be offering four sweet and FREE how-to or printable projects to keep you busy.

created at: 01/11/2011

Paper Day, Part 2: Papercraft Yeti Calendar

The marketing and design firm The Curiosity Group have begun an amazing project for 2011: free, downloadable paper toy calendars! They're kicking it off with the best papercraft printer I've seen in ages: this adorably awesome 60s-inspired Yeti, complete with a January… read more

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Jan 11, 2011

How To: Fold a $5 Bill to Give Lincoln a Baseball Cap

It's official: I'm declaring today, Tuesday, January 11th 2011, Paper Day! Most of the country is under a winter storm advisory, so lots of us are stuck inside, eating from the fridge and looking for something to do. Since you might not be able to get out of the house and pick up supplies for a large scale DIY project, we'll be offering four sweet and FREE how-to or printable projects to keep you busy.

created at: 01/11/2011

Paper Day, Part 1: Lincoln Gets a Cap

Hilarious and seemingly easy instructions to turn Honest Abe into a true b-boy. Once here's there, you could turn him into a puppet for an impromptu performance, or whip out your camera for a quick-and-easy stop motion… read more

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Jan 10, 2011

One Last Holiday Post: Pranksters Gift Wrap their Friend's Entire Home

created at: 01/10/2011

I know, I know. The holidays are over...even I took down all my seasonal decor over the weekend. 

BUT! This kind of awesomeness is worth watching, year-round. Plus, we figure these guys actually completed this after Christmas, and grabbed all that terrible gift wrap when it was 90% off.   

created at: 01/10/2011

Click through to… read more

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Jan 10, 2011

Mike's Masculine Vintage Home Tour

created at: 01/10/2011

As a professional interior designer, Michael Murphy has had plenty of time to curate and cultivate his own style, so named masculine vintage. "It is a design philosophy that explores the ideas of color and shape with materials and patterns. The palette is cool and controlled. The shapes are formed and in scale. The objects are found and weathered with time and use. The overall effect is a warm space that will allow control in its clutter and comfort for it inhibitor. The word masculine I define not as man, but as a sense of being. I welcome the entire color palette but it’s the control of the world being created with the use of wood and objects that define what “Masculine vintage” is to me as a… read more

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Jan 10, 2011

How (and Why) to Make Fresh, Homemade Pasta

created at: 01/10/2011

I looooove eating fresh pasta. It takes on the sauce or condiment in a totally different way, it cooks in a minute or two, and turns a basic meal into something plenty special.

But, I don't love, or even like, making fresh pasta at home. The traditional "well method" makes a huge mess, and dealing with the mile long pieces of pasta is really tough for a single person.

So, I'm totally in love with this super easy,… read more

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Jan 07, 2011

How To: Winterize Your Bike to Ride in the Snow

created at: 01/07/2011

Outside, the ground has been covered in snow since our first fall back in December, and its still falling. Which means my bicycle's been in the garage for six weeks, and I'm getting a little antsy. And the recumbent exercise bike just isn't cutting… read more

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Jan 07, 2011

Papercraft Andy Warhol [Free Download]

created at: 01/07/2011

Matt Hawkins created this incredible, and free!, Andy Warhol papercraft template, which you can download and fold up yourself!

Who wouldn't want one of these? Heading to my printer to plug in… read more

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Jan 07, 2011

How To: Make a Moorish-Inspired Mathematical Lamp

created at: 01/07/2011

Traveling through Morocco and southern Spain, Stregoi fell in love with the Moorish patterns and mosaic that characterize the architecture and spaces

So, he created this amazing pendant lamp inspired by these patterns, and shares his templates so you can make one of… read more

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Jan 06, 2011

Typographic Bicycle (Free Hi-Res Download)

created at: 01/06/2011

I'm quite enjoying this clever work of art by Aaron Kuehn for the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. The book in which it appears comes as a free PDF download, which means you can grab the image and blow it up to print at whatever size you want. And, the rest of the book is pretty sweet as well.

You gotta click through to see all its clever… read more

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Jan 06, 2011

Home Hacks: 12 Cool Things To Do with Your Microwave

created at: 01/06/2011

Microwaves are those things that you don't know you need unless you don't have it. When my last one stopped functioning, I figured "I'll save the counter space. I don't need to replace that."

But, I'm always in the habit of making a little bit more at dinner for lunch the next day. And, I spend whole weekends making five or six batches of soup to freeze to have around for cold winter days. And sooner, or later, I bought a new microwave.

And, now, having discovered these twelve cool tricks, I'm pretty… read more

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