The Envelope Game: How to Have the Best New Year’s Celebration of All Time

The Envelope Game | A New Years Printable

Usually at the end of the year, I'm left thinking: “Holy cow – that was fast! How has another year gone by already??” That's not the case this year, which is rare. These past twelve months have felt pretty long, and I'm totally ready to switch gears and hop into 2018 mode. I'm looking forward to welcoming in another new year, and to celebrate, I'm sharing with you this New Years printable game called The Envelope Game. Continue Reading

How to: DIY Backyard Ring Toss Game

How-To: DIY Backyard Ring Toss Game
Photo: Faith Towers

Now that summer is in full swing, so is barbecue season… and you can never have enough backyard activities to keep everyone occupied and having fun. So today I'd like to show you how to make your own wooden ring toss game that's guaranteed to keep everyone laughing all afternoon long!   


How-To: DIY Backyard Ring Toss Game
Photo: Faith Towers

You recognize it now, right? This is a great game for kids of any age, and adults will love it too. Continue Reading

Coffee Table Decor: DIY Chinese Checkers Game

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photo: Lovely Indeed

Sunday nights are game nights at our house. We typically break out Trivial Pursuit and try to prove how big our brains are. But I might just have to focus on only pretty games like this amazingly stunning DIY version of Chinese Checkers!      


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photo: Scot Woodman

I don’t think it could be more beautiful if it tried. This is definitely one of those games that could stay out on the coffee table! Continue Reading

Play Guess the Gadget: The Kitchen Edition Part 4

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Oh, my. It has been quite some time since we’ve played Guess the Gadget. (To play past installments, check out this post, this post and this post.)  As always, I’ll provide some hints along the way.

Number one holds something that’s fermented…and it’s not wine. 

Right of the knife, #2 is home to it’s big brother.

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Number 3 is attached to something you open and opens something inside.

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Carats of a different weight.

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Bippity boppity BAM. Continue Reading

Guess The Gadget: Kitchen Edition Part 3

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It’s been, like, forever since we’ve played a guess the gadget, hasn’t it? Thought it was about time for another installment. Any of which could be great for those ‘foodies’ on your Christmas list. 

Here’s a hint for #1: File it under ‘C’.    

 Number 2 may get you hammered. 

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Don’t roast #3 over an open fire.

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 Already at #4 and we’re almost done.

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Of coarse #5 is stacked.

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1. Index Advance Chopping Boards, available at MoMA, $75. Continue Reading

How To Build A Cornhole Game

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Image: IndyCornholeGame

If you live around these parts and you’ve been to a tailgate, a picnic, an outdoor company party, a family reunion, or just about any outdoor party, you’ve undoubtedly seen, or played a game of Cornhole. I have to admit that I steered clear of it for the longest time, but my competitive nature eventually took over. The deal is that if you own the game, people are always calling to see if they can borrow it for their own backyard shindig. Continue Reading

Flip Houses VIRTUALLY!

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Shockwave launched a new game yesterday called “House Flip”. The object of the game is just as it sounds. You buy houses, fix, clean or update them and then sell them for–hopefully–a profit. After receiving a link to the game, I spent about an hour playing it, and I must say, it’s hilarious and completely addictive! You can play the game without becoming a member of Shockwave, but if you DO become a member, you’ll get some perks–like skipping ads and earning ‘bling for your trophy case.’ Continue Reading

DIY Air Hockey Table.


Full size, and a fraction of the cost. OldSchoolStructure built a full sized air hockey table entirely from scrap, only purchasing premade pucks and mallets.  The frame is whitewood, the ‘ice’ MDF, and the air source? A leaf blower.

“An attached 3D drawing of the project might help you understand this project. You can download it in the Images and Files menu below. In order to view this drawing you need the free application Google Sketchup Viewer. Continue Reading

Tabletop Pinball Game (made from scrap wood).

From Seamster’s super creative Instructable:

diy_tabletoppinball_cc.jpg“This is a tabletop pinball machine made from all scrap wood and bits and pieces of things I’ve held onto just waiting for a project like this. The ball is from an old computer mouse, with the rubber coating removed (you could use a marble as well). A crafty person should never throw perfectly good stuff in the trash. Just hang onto it, and eventually you’ll find a new use for it down the road!” Continue Reading

The Anemone Clock awakens a person with a little more personality.

Unlike other alarm clocks, this one challenges a person. When the alarm goes off, it rumbles intensely, making it a little harder to find the off switch. Due to the rumbling, the clock also bounces away from the origin, thus creating another challenge of getting out of bed and chasing it around the room (kind of like a pet). After the clock is captured, it rumbles the person awake. Alarm clocks are just too easy to turn off, which leads back to sleeping again. Continue Reading