How To Unload and Clean Up ($$$) at Your Garage Sale

created at: 2009-05-26

Image: NY Times

Hasn’t everyone hosted a garage sale that netted only about $200 at the end of the day? You spend endless hours preparing to clear out, clean up (monetarily) and end up drained and disappointed.  There’s a new way to move your old junk once you open your garage door for business and Tipnut sets up a surefire strategy to

created at: 2009-05-26

Image: TipNut


ensure your success this garage sale season. Here’s a little taste of some tips that will help get your junk moving:

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Five Easy Ways To Update Your Sofa

created at: 2009-03-06

The itch to switch things up is beginning to overwhelm me. The urge hits with the first fresh smell of Spring, the first crisp Fall day and the day after New Year’s Day. With the back door open and a warm breeze blowing this morning,  I simply have to change the visual landscape of my living room. Today I’m looking at my trusty gray sofa. The fabric has worn like iron, I’ve never tired of it and any number of accent colors work with it. Continue Reading

Sayonara Domino Magazine

Domino Magazine is the latest casualty of the crazy economy (and
arguably the rise of Internet journalism). March’s issue will be the
last on newsstands and WORSE they’ll be
turning the lights out on their awesome and always inspiring website. I’ll be heading over to the ‘site to peruse and grab inspiration
before it’s gone. If you need a quick reminder of what was so awesome about Domino how ’bout:

$1 design finds

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Before and After living rooms

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Outdoor rooms

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Here’s what they have to say about the closure:

It is with very heavy hearts that we say farewell. Continue Reading

Recycled Bike Tire Wreath: Mock Tutorial

created on: 12/09/08

This recycled wreath project (super easy and cheap) is only a reenactment of one of the very first DIY homeowner projects I pulled off successfully.

I think fondly of my bicycle tire wreath and the many Christmas seasons it hung brightly on the front of our house, high above the front door.  In this time of resourcefulness, a LARGE wreath can be constructed from any number of round forms.  Here’s a mock tutorial of how I made mine. Continue Reading

How To: Get Intimate With Your Kitchen

created on: 11/23/08

One way to experience intimacy with your kitchen is to patch holes, prime and paint.  It’s the only time your head is literally up in the corner of the walls and ceiling and skimming the floor while you do the painting cut-in work down at the baseboards.  There’s no getting around the familiarity after discovering the waves and warps of drywall, hairline cracks at the ceiling line and a little too much gap between the baseboard and wallboard. Continue Reading

Homemade Household Recipes to Keep Money in Your Pocket During a Recession.

Clamping down on spending during tough economic times often means letting go of some extras, particularly some pleasant, but technically unnecessary, personal care products. So Gomestic offers this solution: don’t buy them at all. Make ’em.

With recipes from DIY facial astringent to playdough and houseplant fertilizer, you can continue to have the things that make your life a little more beautiful.

  • Facial Astringent
  • Facial Scrub
  • Laundry Stain Pre-soak
  • Insecticide
  • Liquid Hand Soap
  • Bubbles
  • Playdough
  • Houseplant Fertilizer
  • Brass and Copper Polish


How To: Make Recycled Inside Out Pillows

created on: 11/06/08 

My Recycled Inside Out Throw Pillow ensemble are handily made out of shirts, jackets or skirts that either button up the front or have a long zipper closure.  The beauty of this is that there’s no need to handstitch a pillow closed or insert a zipper or add buttons or buttonholes.  Look for modern patterns and stylish color combinations while shopping for “vintage” and I mean CHEAP used apparel that you can easily transform.  

The only requirement is that you can sew relatively straight lines and that you have some flair for choosing patterns and colors. Continue Reading

How To: Make Perfect Cardboard Pillow Patterns

created on: 11/06/08

If you’re planning on whipping up some custom throw pillows it can be such a time saver to make cardboard pillow forms in varying shapes and sizes. I have an entire set of these under my work table so I don’t have to re-measure each time. For the sake of the reader’s eyes, I covered a large piece of cardboard with green paper so you don’t have to look at brown cardboard.

In order to make the perfect knife edge pillow, there are a few tips.  Continue Reading

Curbly Recession Busters: How To Spruce Up Your Own Digs For The Holidays

 created on: 10/29/08

created on: 10/29/08

  It’s the time of year you turn a critical eye to the interior to see what needs to be spruced up.  Preparing for a packed house on Thanksgiving is a sure fire motivator to plow through a To Do list in record time.

This year you may want to rethink the outlay of money to get the house looking top notch.  You can save loads of dough by doing most  jobs yourself.  If, for some unknown reason, you don’t really know how to do some of these basic things, here’s a compilation of tutorials for everything.  Continue Reading