It’s Time to Banish This from Your Bedroom Once and for All

Why having a technology-free bedroom will help you sleep schedule, you relationships, and your happiness

Each room of your home serves a specific purpose. The kitchen exists to nourish. The living room is there for relaxation. The dining room, for fellowship. And we don’t need to go into the details of what the bathroom is for. But arguably the most important room of your home is the bedroom. It’s your sanctuary, your safe space. It’s the place where you go to lie unconscious for 6-8 hours in order to function properly as a human being!  Continue Reading

How to Give Your Laptop the Deep Cleaning It Deserves

How to clean your laptop

If you're sitting at your laptop right now, I want you to look down at your keyboard. Get really close. Close enough so you can take a peek under the keys. Now look at the screen. Move from side to side to get different angles. How's it looking? If your computer is like mine was before I cleaned it, then you're probably noticing a bunch of greasy fingerprints mixed with crumbs from lunches past. Real talk: When was the last time you actually cleaned your laptop? Continue Reading

20 Awesome DIY Laptop and iPad Sleeves and Case Projects

created at: 02/18/2013

If you’ve got gadgets and gizmos aplenty, chances are they all need a little protection from the hazards of daily life — or at least from surface scratches. Here are 20 creative DIY sleeves and cases for laptops and tablets!     

created at: 02/18/2013

created at: 02/18/2013

1. DIY Geometric Laptop Sleeve

2. DIY Zipper Laptop Case

3. DIY Stitched Leather iPad Sleeve

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created at: 02/18/2013

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4. DIY Geometric Laptop Sleeve

5. DIY Scrap Fabric Laptop Sleeve

6. DIY Tweed iPad Sleeve

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7. DIY Leather Laptop Case

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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

A PC Roll-Up, Please

created at: 07/09/2010

Jeesh, I was tickled pink when my computer crazed husband decided to share some of his beloved technology with me. He pulled up a chair and showed me this futuristic roll-upable PC. Two years ago I wouldn’t have believed it. It’s a roll-up notebook that uses OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) technology. In other words, the screen can be very, very thin. Thin enough to roll up and sling over your shoulder like a little tube. Continue Reading

Turn an Old Leather Jacket into a New Laptop Sleeve

Carly’s DIY leather laptop sleeve rivals any store-bought equivalent, hands down. These are the supplies she says we’ll need to make one ourselves:   

  • leather jacket with lining OR leather and lining fabric you’re starting from scratch
  • quilt batting
  • 1 button
  • black elastic cord 
  • marking chalk
  • leather shears
  • fabric scissors
  • thread
  • sewing machine needle for leather
  • sewing machine needle for woven fabric
  • hand-sewing needle, if your button has a shank
  • leather/vinyl glue
  • tape 
  • matching upholstery thread, optional 
  • walking foot or Teflon foot for sewing machine, optional
  • clothespins or binder clips, also optional

For the rest of the deets, check out this post at Threadbanger. Continue Reading

Make a Soda Tab Chainmail Laptop Bag

She’s Particular’s Chain Mail Laptop Bag reminds me Lizzie Gardiner’s American Express Oscar dress (pictured below), only much more practical. Nobody re-wears those Oscar dresses, whereas this, hey, now we’re talkin’. Not only is the bag awesomely medieval, it provides some serious armor for your MacBook. You can check out the entire tutorial over on Instructables.

If an entire laptop bag seems too ambitious, how about a soda tab bracelet? Or make both as a matching set. Continue Reading