Curbly Video Podcast: How To Print Custom, One-of-a-Kind Apparel with Skreened.com.

created on: 07/22/08

Skreened.com fulfills not only the American, but the ultimate, international dream of all humankind: to have anything you could ever desire printed on a t-shirt.

created on: 07/22/08Skreened’s technique is efficient and durable full-color process that lays soft, water-based prints right onto the garment. So you can get just one, just for you, with no setup fees, or minimal orders. Plus, Skreened’s approach uses sweatshop-free apparel, prints without harmful chemicals, and avoids corporate retailers, allowing independent artists to distribute their work in ways everyone can feel good about. Continue Reading

Curbly Video Podcast: How to Make a Handbag out of a Recycled Book

created at: 03/29/2013

I have a penchant for purchasing stuff that’s cool, but for which I don’t have specific plans or use. Case in point: I have piles of pulp and sci-fi novels from the 40s-60s. The art and colors are amazing, and the language provides for ridiculous quotes for ages. But after I slice out the illustrations, and force my way through the first and last chapters so I can say I ‘read’ them, these dime store masterpieces don’t escape from their cardboard homes often.    Continue Reading

Curbly Video Podcast: Give Old, Shabby Furniture a Fresh, Modern Facelift.

My three-year-old niece just moved from the nursery to her first “big girl room,” and the only thing holding back her new space’s style is this worn dresser from the 1960’s. It’s in good shape, but the finish is tired, and there are several broken pieces that are simply unacceptable for a toddler’s room. So, as a birthday gift, I wanted to turn this tattered piece into a sparkling pop bureau that suits her personality perfectly. Continue Reading

Curbly Video Podcast: The Cuttlebug Paper Shaper

created on: 03/18/08

I love my Cuttlebug so much, I’d sleep with it under my pillow if I knew I wouldn’t wake up with a neck ache in the morning. How could a thing so simple as a paper shaper called a Cuttlebug cause such amorous feelings? Because it unleashes untold amounts of creativity, that’s why! Oh sure, it’s marketed to people who make scrapbooks and greeting cards and such, but the ‘bug can help you make some awesome home decor items as well. Continue Reading

Curbly Video: How to Make Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

How to Naturally Dye Easter Eggs Using Fruits and Vegetables

This Easter season, head to the produce aisle and dye your eggs with nature.

 






Materials

 

 

  • Free-range eggs
  • Alum powder (available at the supermarket in the spice aisle)
  • White Vinegar
  • Vegetables and spices, see step one
  • Cooktop
  • Saucepan
  • Measuring spoons
  • Wooden spoon and slotted spoon
  • Vegetable oil, wax, electrical tape, leaves, stickers, etc (optional)
     

Step

Choose which colors you’d like to dye your eggs.

  • For blue, use red cabbage
  • For red, try whole beets (not canned), cherries, or cranberries
  • For light green, use spinach or fresh green herbs
  • For tan, brew some strong coffee, tea, or a handful of cumin seeds
  • For yellow, try turmeric (a spice) and yellow onion skins
  • For olive green, use red onion skins (the color is produced by a reaction with the vinegar)
  • For purple, grape juice or frozen blueberries

Step

For each color, fill a saucepan with at least three inches of water. Continue Reading

Finished with finishing!

Ever wonder what happened to those Fix-It videos? I do. It has been ages since we got up the energy to put one together! But that doesn't mean we haven't been fixing things.

For the last two weeks we've been refinishing our woodwork, and let me tell you, it would've made a great Fix-Its video. Alas, the work was gruelling and left little energy for videography. I'll try to post some before/after and process pics laster on. Continue Reading

The Fix Its: Get Literary With an Easy Book Art Project

The Fix Its get literary with an easy book art projectWinter finally came to Minnesota this weekend, so we chilled out indoors and created some art for our walls. In this project, we take old, overlooked books and do some paper-folding kung-fu to turn them into works of art.

This cheap, easy, and fun project is a great way to add some artwork to a room without breaking open your wallet. Check it out!

 

 

 

 

 Here’s the finshed product:

 

The finished book art product (The Fix Its). Literary Twist in on the bottom, Diamonds are Forever on top.

 

“Diamonds are forever” is on top, “Literary Twist” is on the bottom. Continue Reading

The Fix Its: Shrink Wrap Your Windows For Winter

The Fix Its: Shrink Wrap Your Windows for WinterDon’t let the unseasonably warm weather fool you; it will get cold this year. And when it does, our 94-year-old house will get cold too. So I spent a few hours this weekend putting up insulating plastic film over our living room windows. 

Is this the most exciting two minutes and thirty-six seconds of video you’ll ever watch? No.

But it’s better than a sharp stick in the eye. And it’ll keep your house warmer, too.   Continue Reading

The Fix Its: On The Road at No Coast Craft-O-Rama

Still shot from Fix Its video tour of No Coast Craft-O-Rama.Well, it was a busy weekend for Alicia and me with a disappointing trip to the Target Center and a not-disappointing trip to the No Coast Craft-O-Rama, the Midwest's premier independent craft extravaganza!

Ben joined us as we browsed the amazing assortment of local crafty vendors and got the low-down on this grassroots gathering (see Ben's write-up here).

Check the video, yo:

Special thanks to www.nocoastcraft.com, www.craftyplanet.com, www.withremote.com, and www.kristenmary.com for helping us out.  Continue Reading

The Fix Its: DIY Magnetic Flower Vases

Our DIY magnetic flower vasesAlicia found these great magnetic flower vases that amaze your dinner guests by balancing implausibly on the table-top. Unfortunately, the price tag was also implausible ($42 dollars!).

 
So, in true Curbly fashion, we decided to do it ourselves. Here’s the video, details and links are below.

 
Like this video?

 

For those of you who want to try this at home, here’s what we ended up buying, and some tips to get you started:

Ingredients:

3 – 3/8″x12″ Sink water line extenders ($1.70 each)

1 – Kwik-Fix Super Glue (3 pack for $0.99)

1 – All purpose silicone rubber kitchen and bath caulk ($2.59)

3 – 5 lb Neodymium magnets (super-strong!) ($2.95 at Ax-man Surplus)

Sheet metal for base plates (cheap) 

 

Steps:

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