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Aug 05, 2010

How To: Make a Fluorescent Floor Lamp

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Few things inspire me more than a modern design product constructed entirely out of easy-to-find parts from the local hardware store.

This standing floor lamp is a perfect example: off-the-rack worklights from the home center, arranged and installed with just a bit of effort, resulting in a huge impact.

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Aug 04, 2010

How To: Craft Some DIY Skull Dishes

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Whether the skull-and-crossbone motif atop these craftily stenciled plates make you question the poison-content of your meal, or just indicate some badass culinary work coming out of your kitchen, we just think these are plain cool. They're stenciled with fabric or lace to create a geometric pattern, and then embedded with a toner image that's sealed on.

And the best part - you can choose to use whatever image you can get into your computer and onto paper via a laser printer.   Step 4

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Jul 22, 2010

How To: Make a Felt Wine Rack from a Mailing Tube

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Kate and I seem to have the same problem - extreme procrastination when it comes to framing artwork... And by extreme, I mean upwards of a decade, like so long, the print seems tirelessly outdate.

But here's a bit of motivation - once you actually get the art on the wall, you're can make something sweet out of the mailing tube. Like, perhaps enlist the help of some bold duct tape and felt, and create a wine rack you'll be proud to leave out to display, even if your vintage is more supermarket than sommelier.   

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Jul 21, 2010

How To: Build a Mid-Century Inspired Wireless Audio System

The mission? Make a moveable, wireless audio speaker system that can be controlled by an iPhone and blends seamlessly into an impeccably curated mid-century modern decor.

Mission accomplished. Joel Pirela created a custom wood cabinet that sits atop a Tulip-style base (from an old Bose 901 speaker), and can be used anywhere close to a power outlet. The cabinet houses a computer speaker system and an Apple Airport Extreme, which streams iTunes wirelessly to any location. The outside is covered with a speaker grill attached with magnets, and an inexpensive walnut veneer.

  

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Jul 21, 2010

Make Cold-Brewed Ice Tea in the Fridge

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When I was a kid, my parents always made iced tea in this vintage sun tea jar, complete with big 70s yellow poppies and a broken spigot. I never really realized what they were doing by sitting that thing on the back porch...besides making us chase extra fast to grab missed catches and tags during our neighborhood kickball game.

It's a pretty clever idea, the sun tea...when its this hot outside, the last thing you want to do is boil a big kettle of water and cool it down for hours to make a cold drink. But know what's even awesome-r, and quicker? Simply making great ice tea in your refrigerator overnight.

 

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Jul 14, 2010

The Perfect Pour - An Infographic for Any Coffee Drinker

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Design studio Plaid has created this mod infographic illustrating perfect coffee drink recipes. Click through for a full sized, printable version.  

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Jul 12, 2010

How To: Tie a Traditional Necktie into a Bow Tie, No Cutting or Sewing Required

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I don't own any bow ties (heck, I hardly own any normal ties), but I'm a bit curious to know what I'd look like in one. Orville Redenbacher or Kanye? PeeWee Herman or this precious hipster?

But, again, I don't own a bow tie, and short of buying one just to experiment, I guess I'll never know.

Or, perhaps i will. Turns out, you can indeed tie a traditional, long necktie into a bow tie. My bet is that a skinnier tie made of light fabric will work best, to compensate for the extra length, but the end results look pretty sharp, no?  

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Jun 25, 2010

Ultimate Napping: A How-To Guide

http://www.toonpool.com/user/648/files/zzz_hammock_150145.jpgWhether you opt for the post-work siesta, the late morning catch-up, or the classic Sunday afternoon in a hammock, don't hide your napping tendencies. The mid-day nap is scheduled into the daily life of many cultures, and it's routine for most other mammals.

But, if you're gonna take the time to do it, you might as well make sure its efficient. Thankfully, Psychology Today has created the ultimate "snore-by-snore guide to the most efficient, most effective naptime ever."  

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Jun 22, 2010

How To: Play the Vuvuzela

For the last two weeks, the vuvuzela has been all over the news, social networks, and blogosphere. And if they're not already available at your local discount store, they're gonna be. Soon. Guaranteed.

And you're either gonna be that guy with the vuvuzela, or the friend of that guy. Either way, you might as well learn how to actually play it properly.  

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Jun 14, 2010

How To: Build a Desktop Zen Garden

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When I need a break from work, I tend to go for today's crossword puzzle, but I certainly appreciate the daydream-inducing liltiness of keeping a mini zen garden on one's desk.

Instructable author Obbitz has created one of the finest DIY zen garden options that'll inspire you to keep your desk clear. It's created from scrap wood and a bit of glue, and filled with ordinary sand and pebbles. Insulation and paint   

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Jun 08, 2010

How To: Make a Laptop Riser for Watching Movies and TV in Bed

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In the era of streaming videos, Hulu, Netflix, and the like, folks are cancelling their cable packages left and right and opting to recieve all of their television and watch many of their movies on computers. Our old CRT televisions are dying, and instead of replacing them, we just head to the computer instead.

And it's great...except watching films and engaging television is supposed to be about relaxing, and that can be difficult to do when you're trying to consume a feature length film at your desk. Many of us have wi-fi connected devices on our TVs, or even connected whole computers to televisions in our living and family rooms, both

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Jun 02, 2010

Customize Your Cookies With DIY Cookie Cutters

Cookie Cutter DIYIf pushed to declare a gender-neutral food, I'd nominate the cookie. Free of stereotypes, affiliations, and boosting and infinitely adaptable color palette, the cookie belongs on everyone's plate, if they make it that long.

But, the cookie's adaptability also allows for some intense customization, particularly in the classic cutout. But the next time you check out the cookie cutter section, you'll find yourself swimming in the limited palette of teddy bears and Easter baskets. Cookie cutters should be available in as much diversity as men and women come - from powder puffs to power tools.

So, looks like we'll have to make our own. The Beat

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May 25, 2010

Classic Cocktail How To: The Tom Collins

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There's a really weird origin story that surrounds the Collins. And by really weird, I mean some sort of hoax that I'm not quite sure I get. The Wikipedia article leaves me quite confused, but this post at Mental Floss explains a bit better:

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"The Great Tom Collins Hoax of 1874...begat The King of Cooling Drinks, the Tom Collins. The hoax kicked off with a prankster telling a group that they were being talked about by the loose lipped Tom Collins, and then sending them on an angry goose chase to find him. 
In 1874, the Steubenville Daily Herald reported that the hoax “belong[ed] to New York, where it was played with immense success

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May 24, 2010

How To: Turn Your Computer's CD/DVD Drive into an iPod Dock

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In the days of streaming Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, and the ability to watch feature films on your mobile phone, your computer's CD and DVD drive doesn't get as much play as it used to. But you certainly WILL still use it, so you don't want to ax it altogether.

This how-to by Tim Schiesser combines the best of both worlds - he's created an iPod dock that sits in your computer's rarely used CD/DVD tray, but is easily removable for when the time comes.

Tim says: "I noticed recently that my DVD drive wasn’t getting much love, but my iPod Nano was getting loads of use and needs charging all the time. An idea came to me suddenly one day that I

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May 11, 2010

How To: Make Fresh Artisan Bread in Only Five Minutes a Day

In the post-wonder bread era, most North Americans don't know quite how to think about bread. We want the chewy texture and rich crumbs and whole grains of artisinal bread, but have been spoiled by the long shelf life that the preservatives in national brands offer.

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What if there were some way to always have fresh AND healthful, tasty artisan bread on hand?

Turns out, there is. "ARTISAN BREAD IN FIVE MINUTES A DAY taught busy people how to make great bread at home, with only five minutes of active preparation time. Now, HEALTHY BREAD IN FIVE MINUTES A DAY whips up fabulous breads made with more whole grains, fruits and vegetables. The secret? Mix up a lightning-fast batch of moist no-knead dough, save it in your refrigerator, tear off portions over the next week or more, shape, and bake."

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