Shine Bright with DIY Gold Projects

Posted Thursday, February 26th, 2015 by .

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. Hopefully, you’re not expecting to find a pot of gold at the end of any rainbows, but you can still appreciate the beauty of one of our most precious metals. This blog post is all about DIY projects you can do with gold in some of its many forms.

Jewelry

Gold leaf may seem like an intimidating medium to work with, but the end results can be amazing. Make your own gold leaf pendent with instructions provided by Sophie Monet. If you’re short on cash, but still appreciate a little bling, here are instructions on how to make a gold cuff bracelet with lace. Don’t forget earrings! Here are DIY gold earrings that look both graceful and unique.

Interior Decorating

You can brighten up any interior with a bit of gold shine. Here are instructions on making a gold-dipped mirror which can be done in as little as $15. When the flowers start to bloom, you’ll need somewhere pretty to display them. Why not make your own vases with glass milk bottles and gold liquid leaf? Don’t stop there! You can even DIY gold furniture, such as this side table, perfect for setting your new vases on.

Clothing

You can make a statement with DIY gold you can wear. Start with your feet, with easy to make gold-tipped tennis shoes. Next, add a pair of jeans you decorated with doilies and gold fabric paint. Add a personalized T-shirt with these simple instructions, then top it off with a gold feather headband, and you’re ready to show the world how much you can shine.

With all this gold, you’re sure to shine bright (and maybe even melt the last of that snow)!

Break Room Musts for the Office

Posted Thursday, February 19th, 2015 by .

If you have an office, you might have spent hours picking out paint for the walls, thumbed through countless magazines in search of the perfect chair, and then devoted even more time to picking out the finest accessories that would help make the best statement about you. All this is certainly important, but how much effort went into the break room?

Perhaps the most underrated and neglected part of any office is the employee break room. If you think of this area as just a place to top off a cup of coffee and grab a doughnut, you and your co-workers are really missing out. Break rooms can be a mecca for creativity, chivalry, and even productivity if you set them up right.

Consider Color

Given that colors can impact mood in big ways, the color of the break room is majorly important. For example, red can increase your heart rate and breathing, and is typically used as an accent color. Green is a good way to bring in the outdoors and induce relaxation. Blue symbolizes loyalty, so it is no surprise people tend to be more productive in blue rooms. This site has more information on different colors and how they may impact your break room.

Supply Brain Food

A snack is not just a snack. A snack can actually help keep your brain healthy, and a healthy brain might mean a better employee in the long run.  There’s a lot of research out there on the best foods for smart thinking, and this article includes good options for office snacks. For example, avocados can lower blood pressure, which may mean calmer co-workers and less drama for you!

Don’t Neglect Rules

Office etiquette is not always as obvious as it seems. You can post signs, discuss rules at meetings, send out memos, and make open conversations an on-going part of the office culture to help keep people happy. Here are some easy rules to get things started.

These are some suggestions on creating a space where employees will actually want to take a break. What are some things you’ve done to make your own break room better?

Do-It-Yourself Valentine’s Day Gifts

Posted Thursday, February 12th, 2015 by .

When you hear the words “Valentine’s Day,” does your heart sink? It might just be because over the years, you’ve had your fill of balloons, chocolate, cards, and flowers. This Valentine’s Day, it might be fun to try something different! We’ve compiled a selection of DIY ideas that are sure to make someone’s heart go pitter patter!

Write a Love Letter

Compose a personal message for that special someone, or at least put together some of the necessary implements. Here are instructions for making paper from home. If this seems too complicated, you can always buy some nice stationary and make this unique pencil holder! All you need are a handful of coasters, glue, and a drill.

Say It with Flowers

You can actually skip the flowers altogether and just present the vase with these creative ideas. Here are instructions on making a vase with a plastic bottle. Short on time? Here’s a mini vase you can create in under 30 seconds that uses a balloon. If these ideas seem too minimalistic, here’s a nice one that will take a little more effort, but is worth it in the end.

Wear your Heart on your Sleeve

Actually, skip the sleeves and put up some decorations to express your true feelings! Here are inexpensive ideas that involve items you probably already have at home. These decorations might take more time, but it’s worth it! Really, all you need is your imagination and brown paper bags to make a truly sweet expression of love!

If none of these suggestions seem appealing, it’s not too late to order something ready-made. This site suggests top places to buy gifts online, including everything from jewelry to chocolate. Pick something for your special someone and then rent one of these fifty romance films. If they love you, they’ll love whatever you have to offer!

3D Printing Hobbies

Posted Thursday, February 5th, 2015 by .

In addition to a variety of other bizarre and unique holidays, did you know that January is also National Hobby Month? There’s no better excuse for you and your loved ones to explore new and exciting activities. Luckily, there’s a world of options right at your fingertips. Welcome to the wonderful and innovative world of 3D printing.

If You’re Lego or Collectible Crazy

If you have a Lego lover at home, the mini milling machine is perfect for creating all those coveted mini figures. Likewise, this little printer can make a variety of smaller objects such as beads, party favors, and the like. Check out a video of a milling machine in action here. The sky is the limit with what you can create!

Robots Are The Future

If you’ve been toying with electronics, or robotics competitions really get your blood flowing, try making your own prototype right from home. InMoov is an open-source tool where you supply the electronic components and then print all of the body parts. Make sure to check out the video on the site as well!

Small-Scale Model Fun

Maybe you really want to fly! Printing a workable spinner for an aircraft has already been done, so making a full blown airplane is just around the corner. In the meantime, you can get plenty of practice making models of cars, tanks, and even helicopters, right from home.

21st Century Musical Shredding

Despite what people say, you can teach old dogs new tricks, and music is no exception! It’s time to take up an instrument. You can rent or buy one, of course, but wouldn’t it be even more fun to make your own? 3D printers are making instruments, too. You’re on your own in terms of learning to actually play. It might be time to book those guitar lessons!

Now you have some great ideas to get you started with your new hobby. Next January, you’ll be ready to celebrate! In the meantime, feel free to share other ideas tech-focused hobbies you’re into.

Amazingly Easy Steps to Taking Better Pictures

Posted Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 by .

You might not be the next Ansel Adams or Annie Liebovitz, but you have every right to be able to use that new camera you got for Christmas. It’s hard to keep up with all of the improved functions that seem to change daily, but there are certainly many tips and tricks you can use to help make your shots picture perfect. Here are surefire ways to improve your photography skills right away.

Photographer, know thy camera.

It can pay off big if you take the time to read through the manual that came with your camera. There are bound to be many particulars unique to the brand and model in your possession, and spending time getting to know them can make a big difference in your shots. Likewise, it can help you avoid future malfunction frustrations!

If you don’t already own a camera, here are the top 10 digital cameras, according to Consumer Review.

Set the mood.

Taking great pictures is not always as easy as shouting, “Smile!” It can make all the difference in the world if you take the time to consider things like background, foreground, and lighting. This site has advice for a variety of different shots, and if the subject is you, here are eight steps to help you take perfect selfies.

Consider the Principle of Parsimony.

KISS, better known as “keep it simple stupid,” can help make photography easy. Complicated devices are not necessarily the best. Similarly, trying to memorize many special functions can become tedious. It’s also likely to make you devote more time to figuring out your camera, and less time actually using it.

If you want to save time and energy, and simplify the entire process, here are 15 cheat sheets designed to make your life capturing memories much less complicated.

Now, all you need is someone who’s ready and willing to say, “Cheese!”

DIY Projects for New Year’s Resolutions

Posted Thursday, January 15th, 2015 by .

Did you make a New Year’s resolution for 2015? If you are like many people, you probably vowed to improve your life or the lives of others. Top resolutions include things like losing weight or quitting smoking, of course, but many also revolve around saving money.

If you have gone with spending less and saving more, there are a variety of ways you can save a penny here or there. One particularly great solution is to take advantage of all the DIY projects available right at your fingertips. No worries if you aren’t crafty, as many projects are perfect for novices. And if you haven’t made a resolution, here is a list of 50 suggestions to inspire you toward self-improvement.

If you want to spruce up your house

Think designer light switch plates! These simple creations are easy to make, cost next to nothing, and add flair to any room. All you need is paper or duct tape, mod podge, and a paint brush. Here are directions.

If you vowed to reduce, reuse, and recycle more

Get started with a market tote! You’ll never have to answer the “paper or plastic” question again with this easy DIY bag. If you don’t know how to sew, don’t worry because there are no needles required. All you need are scissors and an old T-shirt. See how here.

If you’re planning to spend more time outdoors

Make a new lounge chair! Admittedly, this DIY project is a bit more complicated, but the end result is simply amazing. And if you vowed to read more, you’ll need a comfy place to sit. Directions for this project can be found here.

If you want to be good to your 4-legged friend

Bake homemade dog treats! Stop buying expensive store-bought bags, and make them from home. Here are 10 recipes to choose from, with a variety of ingredients to please even the most finicky pooch.

These are suggestion to get you started. Check out these other great DIY projects we’ve found on Pinterest.

Improve Your Office Feng Shui With These Amazing Tips

Posted Thursday, January 8th, 2015 by .

If you follow the philosophy of feng shui, everything is alive, connected, and changing. We create balance in our environment, which impacts our lives and our energy levels. You can bring this balance into your office, forming a space that enhances your productivity and creativity and, perhaps most importantly, simply feels good to be in.

When designing individual work spaces, consider the best layout for efficiency. You will want all the important things to be within easy reach and within eyesight. Likewise, it’s important to have a desk and chair that are comfortable and supportive.


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Creative Crafts for Bored Kids

Posted Thursday, January 1st, 2015 by .

The kids are out of school on winter break, and by now you’re likely tired of hearing their cries of “I’m bored” ringing throughout the house. It’s time to liven things up a bit with printable crafts you can do in the comfort of your own home! Give the kids a whole new reason to regret the day they must return to school.

Turn on some music, set out a tray of finger foods, and get ready to make memories as a family.

For the family heavy on hot wheels

We’ve got printable roads!  You can set up highways, cityscapes, even neighborhoods with these free roads from picklebums.  Your kids are sure to have hours of fun, and the cleanup is a cinch.


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Eliminate Time Zappers at Work

Posted Thursday, December 25th, 2014 by .

The average American spends about 8.7 hours per day tending to work-related activities. Just what is going on in the office certainly varies, but some studies indicate that we actually spend a lot of time, well, wasting time. By all accounts, it adds up to almost 2 hours each day!

Here are tips to help increase your office productivity.

Learn to manage email.

Many people have email systems within their workplace to help increase communication. In reality, reading and responding to emails can be a real time zapper.  It takes valuable time to open them, read them, and then to decide on when and if you need to respond. The good news is that people do not always expect an immediate reply, and some are even willing to wait up to a week for you to get back to them. 

To save time, skim through emails right away in the morning, and respond immediately to the ones that take less than a minute. Next, you can file all the remaining emails in your inbox into categories such as “Respond Today,” “Needs More Info,” and the like. This can help you to move on with your day without ruminating on messages you still need to get back to. At the end of the day, set aside time to follow up on the remaining emails. This also works for phone messages.


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3D Printing Your Holiday Presents

Posted Thursday, December 18th, 2014 by .

Does shopping over the winter holidays leave you feeling cold? Are you the type of person that would rather have your teeth pulled than stand in line at the mall for another present your child simply has to have? Do you wait until the last minute to shop every year, then wonder why all the good stuff is gone?

This holiday, maybe it’s time to think about 3D printing! You might be surprised at what other people can make with just a few clicks.

Satisfy the Fashionista

Maybe your partner prefers sensible gifts over knickknacks. Or perhaps others are asking for specific types of clothing. For your favorite fashion lover, designers are dreaming up hats, dresses and even bikinis to wear!


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