• Doing chores just stinks. Not many folks look forward to chores and cleaning up. Hopefully we can provide a couple quick tips to make it less dreadful.
    Dusting
    Try dusting cloth lampshades with a lint roller. It works quickly and effectively without the hassle of a vacuum.
    Slip an old unmatched sock on your hand and dust as you go.
    Make D […]

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    Looking for some fun summer projects? Why not treat your pet to some of these clever ideas and get your hands dirty.
    DIY Cat Tree

    Be part of the clawing experience with this awesome DIY cat tree. Instructions HERE!
    Pet Beds

    OMG – Look at that pupperdoodle! And look at that cute pet bed. Find out how to make your own HERE and see m […]

  • Maker Camp is a camp for kids who like to “make”. There are tons of STEM/STEAM programs out there, and we’ve mentioned a few around the Bay here. Maker Camp is a world wide camp that is free for anyone to join in.  The basis of the camp is mostly online through Google Hangouts, however, folks host local chapters where k […]

  • Here are the top 7 tools of the trade for any home cook.
    1. The flexible Cutting Board.

    Yes, yes.. I know this tip is straight out of your grandma’s kitchen and simply put… it rules.
    2. Garlic Peeler

    At first glance you may see a big empty noodle.. well fear not, that’s not a noodle. Simply stick you cloves of garlic i […]

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    You don’t have to go out to have a good time with your sweetie. Staying home has its perks and hopefully we can share some creative ideas to make it more unique and fun.
    1. Turn those lights off and have a date in the dark.

    Get your candles and flashlights and get creative in the activities you can do with the lights out (hey.. not […]

  • There are a lot of different events that happen in the Bay Area and this is one that you don’t want to miss. It’s fun for the whole family, offering up something for everyone. From cupcake cars to fire breathing monsters and drone wars. This event promises a lot of fun.. even beyond being a geek.
    Maker Faire Bay Area has been […]

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    Recently I’ve been into looking at the world of “themed rooms” in your home. I think it’s a fun and creative way to show off your interests and do something different. Please join me in looking at some fun and cool ways you can personalize your space with your interests.
    Star Wars Themed Rooms
               
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    I know, I know… vegan french toast just sounds boring. I guarantee you this recipe is far from boring. Maybe you’re out of eggs or just need a break or you’re dating someone that doesn’t eat eggs, this recipe is simple and delicious.
    What you will need:  2-3 Servings
    – Bread of your choice
    – Ci […]

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    I love when people are creative about their environment as well as their art and the planet. Just because you don’t have a full garden doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from delicious food grown on your own turf.. even if it’s up high above the city.
    Here are some great Urban Gardening ideas that run deep.
    The hanging […]

  • DIY websites are all over these days, you can easily pick one that suits your style with ease. Today I want to celebrate one of the original DIY videos series that’s been around for a long time, ThreadBanger. These folks have been making vlogs with a variety of clever and crafty projects. I was sad to see that they disappeared from […]

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    Asparagus is in season and I wait all year long for it. It’s one of my favorite veggies to eat and offers some great health benefits. Packed with antioxidants, this superfood aids in anti-aging amongst many other things. I could lecture all day about eating your greens but what I would really like to do is share some of my favorite […]

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    It’s that lovely time of year to get out there and tend to the garden. Here are some great tips for Bay Area gardening. One thing we need to keep in mind is that we are in a drought and that changes our options.
    Get rid of your grass and plant drought tolerant plants.

    Lewisia cotyledon ‘Sunset Strain’

    This bloomer, f […]

  • Don’t be stuck doing the old traditional egg dye and chocolate bunnies this Easter. Let’s get creative and come up with some new twists on the Easter tradition.
    The Egg-Bot!! Ever heard of it?? It’s a clever new way to make amazing egg designs while satisfying your love for tech.

    You may not need something this advanced […]

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    Here are some great craft ideas that you can do to celebrate the robot craze. These fun ideas are great for the family and a super duper weekend project to do after seeing Chappie or Hero 6.
    Use old soup cans or other old tin cans to repurpose into robots! Pop on some googly eyes and pipe cleaners and use that imagination.

     
    Or use […]

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    Nothing beats a deliciously cooked pork. This is the easiest recipe EVER! I’m not kidding and you will be amazed at how easy this is and how amazing it will taste. The pork literally will just fall off the bone and melt in your mouth.

     
    – 4 – 6 lbs of pork shoulder (bone in)
    – 25 garlic cloves – peeled […]

  • Need a space to work from home. Like a nice designated space that is out of the way where you can concentrate. You’re probably like most of us in an urban situation where you just simply do not have the space for a full on office. Posting the blog about little libraries has me thinking of pint size creative places, or places that yo […]

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    There are many things in this world that are great, and there are some things that are just simply amazing. There’s a local soap company that is truly making their mark in the world where the dirty are gettin’ clean.
    Outlaw Soaps makes beautiful products that will leave you in awe wanting more. The owners obviously have a sens […]

  • Who doesn’t love grabbing a book and getting cozy at home. With advanced technology, ebooks and such we are seeing such a drastic decrease in book love. There are the tried and true book lovers out there and I’m one of them. Nothing will ever replace the love I have for getting a new book, the smell of the pages and even the f […]

  • As you can tell from past posts we love Maker Faire. Coined the Greatest Show and Tell on Earth and we agree. You can find a little bit of everything there to entice the maker in you. The faire in the Bay Area isn’t until May 17th and 18th however I wanted to bring a reminder early to our followers.
    Earlybird tickets are on sale no […]

  • Bathrooms are one of those places that we often forget about that can quickly become a hectic place where clutter goes to die. Here are some handy creative ideas that could help.
    1. Baskets!! Yes, baskets! Utilize your wall space by hanging up some baskets and storing your items in them. This will free up counter space as well as doubling […]

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    I don’t know about you but I’m really into the idea that if you have something good that works than no need in fixing it. You may be wondering what I’m talking about… Cocktails of course!
    I love a good classical cocktail of yesteryear. I like it even more that the trend has come back a lot in past years.
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    This upcoming Tuesday Make: Magazine will be hosting a “Wearable Electronics” meet up at their NEW lab in San Francisco. This event is FREE and open to the public!
     

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  • Want to try something different this Thanksgiving. Perhaps go with a different side or dare I say not have a turkey. Here are some great alternatives that you could try this Thanksgiving.
    A Turkeyless Thanksgiivng
    Be thankful on Thursday for some new serving ideas. Contemporary ingredients turn up in Greens with Roasted Corn and Pepper Sa […]

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    The Bay Area is full of great salvage yards and reuse locations for all of your art, craft, home, and crazy needs. Want to get that old rustic feeling with an antique? Or are you looking for a weekend restoration projects? I guarantee that you can find places to buy all things old and new. Here are the best of the entire Bay Area’s […]

  • I’ve been obsessed with the little things that you can do to fix up your home in a classy way on the cheap. I started digging around and found some great ideas that I hope you will enjoy as much as I do.
    This Old House website offers various lists on inexpensive ideas that are simple and eye catching. Like this idea of replacing a p […]

  • Are you ready for Halloween? Life is so busy and holidays can be expensive. We want to share some easy crafts and tricks to get you in the holiday spirit, as well as your home in a hurry.
    Luminaries from cans:

    You can create this great luminaries by taking old food cans, a hammer, a nail, and your ideas. If a hammer and nail take too lon […]

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    The web is full of information – You can literally find a ton of  interesting things on the world of the web. You can further your education and interests online for free. I want to share some of the best websites and platforms that I’ve found helpful and just plain awesome.

    DIY websites are popping up everywhere these days. […]

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    We’ve all heard of Maker Faire by now, right? Did you know that Oakland hosts a small version of one? The East Bay Mini Maker is hosted at Park Day School and is great smaller alternative to the large Maker Faire earlier in the year in San Mateo.

    This is an event you don’t want to miss, and it’s great for the whole fami […]

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    Every once in a while you come across inspiring stories of artistic people that use their talents to create something that is literally awe inspiring. That’s what maker couple Nick Olson and Lilah Horowitz have mastered to do. They had a dream to capture a moment they shared watching a sunset years ago, so they decided to build a […]

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    “Woodn’t” your home look even more wonderful with a few warm, natural wood enhancements? And, don’t you have all that spare time to work on these during your next two days of glorious weekend?!
    Here are a few ideas to get your DIY juices flowing:
    Reclaimed wood has definitely made its mark in recent years in home d […]

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    10 Easy & Stylish Flower Arranging Tips

    Buying
    1. When it comes to color stick to a consistent color palette that is in fashion. As in clothes, think what colors you would wear together.  If the colors don’t match in an outfit, they won’t in an arrangement either.  Choose 3 colors for an easy combination (think two main […]

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    With the upcoming nuptials of a client on the horizon, we started our work on the event design and to got to crafting!  Often times, we typically see flower arrangements lining the pews and down the isle of a wedding venue (be it in a church, hall or outdoor roof).  We decided to put a little twist on this decor, and created date cards […]

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    Wrap it up: Too many gifts to wrap and too much ugly cheesy wrapping paper out there to do it. Don’t fret alternate options for wrapping is all the rage this season, so take your pick! A few of my faves are fabrics and newspaper; these sustainable and often reusable wrapping alternatives are a fun way to wrap gifts. Pick a few fabric pa […]

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    Sooo, I must admit that this year I went a little decorator-crazy for Halloween.  I have historically always loved this holiday – it’s fun, silly and it’s a day out of the year when you can have any excuse in the world to behave and look the way you choose – with little-to-no judgement!  While my costume idea thi […]

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    Like many people I know I have been saving wine corks for a while now looking for that special project where I can showcase my lovely talent of consuming wine. I have toyed around with the idea of making a corkboard (original thought, I know) out of them but I have never gotten around to it for whatever reason. However, I recently came ac […]

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    Inspiration for Wall Display
    If you are need of some inspiration for those bare walls in your home check out these templates from hubpages.com. If you are like us you have seen frame galleries popping up all over; from John and Sherry’s frame gallery over at younghouselove.com; to feature photos in the pottery barn catalog, frame galle […]

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    Have you ever made a terrarium?  I’m sure you’ve seen them around…essentially a terrarium is a glass object filled with a mini landscape of soil, small plants, flowers, rocks, etc.  They are so cute, and you can get really creative with them!  To get started:
    1. Hit up a local TJ Maxx to find a pretty glass jar &#8211 […]

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    With the new year quickly approaching and so much holiday shopping to be done, I realized that we often lose sight of all the things we have to be grateful for. I decided to come with a crafty way to help the people in my family make notes of these blessings and keep track of them. Taking the suggestion from one of my favorite blogs (www. […]