Roundup: 15 Best Free Fonts for your Designs

15 best free fonts for your designs

Over the years, I’ve managed to gather many good, free fonts that I’ve hoarded away in my laptop like squirrels hoard nuts. Truth be told, I’ve got a bit of a font addiction and I’m not ashamed to admit it – after all, they’re so useful, how can I resist? 

If you want to expand your font collection, click through for some of my favourites. Trust me, whether you design a little, a lot or almost never, you’ll find these come in handy regardless – and best of all, they’re free! Continue Reading

Father’s Day Roundup: 25 Awesome DIY Gifts to Make for Dad!

Father’s Day is right around the corner (June 16th, mark your calendars!). If you’re planning on making your old man a gift this year, here are 25 DIY gift ideas that are sure to make the occasion a memorable one!      

1. DIY Silhouette Art

2. DIY Typographic Clay Containers

3. Homemade Flavor-infused Vodka

4. DIY Tree Branch iPod Dock

5. DIY Bar Bottles: Hooch, Moonshine, Booze

6. DIY Swiss Army Key Ring

7. Homemade Maple-Bacon Marshmallows

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Gift Guide: 12 Cool Gifts for Geeks!

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The way I see it, there’s a geek in all of us. Maybe you’re crazy about robots (ahem), photography, coffee, or even your iPhone — and chances are you know someone just as geeky, too. Celebrate their nerdy obsessions with a gift they’ll truly love!      

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1. All-Natural Caffeinated Maple Syrup

2. Camera Lens Mug

3. Nervous System Puzzles

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4. 2013 Robot Calendar Screen Print

5. Ampersand Bottle Opener

6. Wood Camera iPhone Case

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7. Chemistry Shot Glass Set

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Make It: Easy Custom DIY iPhone Case

created at: 11/05/2012

I had one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” moments when I first spotted this project from Crafty Endeavor. I mean, it’s ridiculously easy! And 100% customizable! And have I mentioned awesome?       

Grab your favorite paper (that could be scrapbook paper, wallpaper, gift wrap — you name it! Even a photograph or a magazine page…) and a clear phone case and you’re set. Some careful tracing and cutting will leave you with a custom, interchangeable case! Continue Reading

Make It: Colorful String-Wrapped Earbuds!

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Sure, there are earbuds available with a few pops of color on the ends, but the cords are always white or black. BORING. Add some personality and flair (and help keep them tangle-free) with this easy DIY project — you may even find yourself wrapping all your gadgets in string!    

Those fashionable kids at Refinery29 came up with this clever project that’s a throwback to the old friendship bracelet days. The process is super, super simple — check out the photo tutorial right here! Continue Reading

How To: Make a Stitched Leather Gadget Case

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…or wallet, or pencil holder, or mouse pad!   

The cool kids over at Martha Stewart have done it again, this time channeling the summer camp crafts of yore. You only need a few basic supplies (and one special one: a leather punch), and you can be on your way to leather tooling heaven. Check out how over on Martha Stewart.

Have you seen any other updated takes on “camp crafts”? There are loads of wooden bead necklace tutorials floating around these days. Continue Reading

Curbly Gift Guide: 20 Awesome Manly Gifts for Father’s Day

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Man-gifts: leather, wood, bacon, and tools for the great outdoors (or life). We’ve rounded up 20 gifts that would make any dad proud. Happy Father’s Day!   

1. Handmade Leather Journals: $32 – $63

2. Craft Beer Brewing Kit: $28 – $48

3. Film Festival in a Box Kit: $18

4. Salts of the World Test Tube Kit: $35

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5. Ultralight Outdoor Cookset: $65

6. Golfers BBQ Set: $25

7. Bacon Hot Sauce: $8

8. Upcycled Tent Dopp Kit: $38

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How To: Dye Your Laptop Using Common Fabric Dyes!

created at: 02/28/2012

This DIY goes out to all the design-minded, technically inclined, color-loving Mac geeks.  You are a beautiful and unique snowflake — and so is your laptop!   


I’m filing this project under the “so cool, but so complicated” folder.  Obviously, dying your Macbook involves some level of warranty-busting risk, not to mention some technical know-how.  (You’re not going to see me completely disassembling mine any time soon.)  But if you’ve got the guts and the skills, I say go for it! Continue Reading

Last-Minute DIY Gift Idea: Two-Toned Felt Gadget Cases!

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Holy cow, it’s December 22nd and you don’t have a gift for that person who has everything!!  First, take a deep breath; fret not.  And then bust out some basic sewing skills and make them a two-toned gadget case!   


You can size these to fit anything from a smartphone to an e-reader to a tablet.  The supplies are readily available and the required skills are, like we said before, absolutely basic.  All you need is the following:

  • 2 18″ square pieces of wool felt in contrasting or coordinating colors
  • cotton thread to match the exterior felt
  • felt buttons (you can buy these or easily make a few yourself… or just use some fun buttons from your stash!)
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Design Blogger Wish List: Nicole Balch of Making It Lovely

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created at: 12/20/2011This holiday season, Curbly asked our friends, peers, and favorite design bloggers to stop by, have some hot cocoa, and tell us what gifts they’d like to receive this year. Today, we’re excited to welcome design and lifestyle blogger, as well as master home makeover-er, Nicole Balch of Making It Lovely.

This year, I’m hoping for things to make me, my tech devices, and my home look cute. I have all the books I want, all the fun crafty supplies I could use, and all the things I need, so why not wish for a little bit of cute?    Continue Reading