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!

Even Smart Design Can Be Printed

Are you shopping for someone who is into making their personal environment beautiful? You might be surprised at what’s out there to please everyone on your home décor list. Things like lamps, artwork, and chairs are waiting to make a house a home.

3D Printing’s Playful Side

Don’t even think about forgetting the kids! 3D printing is creating items that will please the pickiest of all children, no matter their age. There are action figures, musical instruments, and even a bicycle out there, just waiting to bring smiles to the face of kiddos everywhere.

It seems you can find just about anything made with 3D printers. They work by building up an object one layer at a time following a computer’s digital instructions. Typically, materials such as plastic, ceramics, and metals are used. And lest you think this is new technology, you might be interested in knowing that manufacturers have been at it for over 20 years! The first 3D printer went up for sale in 1986.

Interested in owning your own 3D printer? Here’s a site with suggestions on what you need to know. Unfortunately, it will probably be cheaper to buy items on your shopping list outright. Maybe you can add a 3D printer to your own personal wish list!

The Unfashionably Late Dell Venue 8 7000

Posted Thursday, December 11th, 2014 by .

The world’s thinnest tablet might be taking many folks back to their childhood, though not necessarily in such a good way. Remember when you were a kid and you wanted something so badly you could almost taste it? Maybe you counted down the days to a holiday or your birthday, thinking the big day might never come? Grownups told you to stop asking, already, it’ll be here before you know it.

The new Dell Venue 8 7000 Series is having a similar effect. Introduced on September 9th by none other than Michael Dell himself at IDF 2014, it seems it might never make it to anybody’s hot little hands. Originally set to ship in November, the month has come and gone and it seems this little tablet might also remain a mere wish through the rest of the winter holidays.

According to the website, this tables promises to “bring your memories to life.” It’s 6mm thin, featuring a “gorgeous” 8.4 inch touch screen, depth photography, and smart albums ready to enhance and organize all your “amazing” images. The three cameras on the back of the device leverage Intel’s new RealSense Snapshot Depth Camera, which allows for the ability to create 3D effects. It’s perfect for selfies! Packing a 2K resolution OLED display that runs essentially edge to edge, the tablet is built on a metal chassis, giving it a very clean industrial look.

Evidently, the Dell Venue 8 7000 Series has at long last arrived at the FCC, the last regulatory hurdle before being made available to consumers in the market. For some people, it’s been a long time coming.

That little device, promising to ensure “every memory is arranged beautifully,” has left many wondering which is more likely to show up on their doorstep this winter: the Dell Venue 8 7000 Series Android, or Santa Claus?

DIY Holiday Countdown Crafts

Posted Thursday, December 4th, 2014 by .

The countdown to our favorite December holidays is about to begin. Depending on your beliefs, there are many ways to celebrate the most festive time of the year. Instead of spending a lot on store-bought items, here are some DIY ways to mark the days until your special celebration begins.

The Festival of Lights

To count down this eight-day festival, you can use items you probably already have at home. This project calls for a yardstick, eight envelopes, and a little bit of imagination to create the numbers for the countdown. Using a variety of envelopes, including paper bags or coin pouches, adds to the appeal. Office clips or clothespins are used to affix the envelopes to the yardstick, and all that’s left to add are small gifts for the envelopes.

Here are several other great ideas for a DIY Hanukkah menorah, including this simple, elegant design that involves painting bottles white. No matter which guests you have over, they’ll all appreciate the extra effort you’ve made.

Advent Calendar

Continuing with the DIY spirit of using things around the house, this countdown to Christmas uses magazines, a couple of brown paper bags, glue and scissors. Simply fold paper and add decorations and numbers, so that you’re ready to piece together holiday magic. When you’re finished assembling everything, fill the envelopes with small gifts or candy. Full step-by-step directions are here.

Here are more ideas for festive DIY Christmas advent calendars, including one that uses items from the dollar store. This idea is perfect if you have larger gifts or if you just have a lot of space at home to get in the Christmas spirit.

However you choose to celebrate the holidays, you can save money and create memories by making your own decorations right at home. Feel free to share other ideas you have in the comments section below.

Office Decorations To Spice Up Your Cube

Posted Thursday, November 27th, 2014 by .

When Monday rolls around and it’s time to head for work, do you find yourself fighting the urge to call in sick? Are you working in a “cookie cutter” office space that leaves you uninspired? Try personalizing your space to make work life less ho-hum and more exciting! We have some suggestions for you.

Start with the walls

If you can’t the paint them, you can at least personalize the walls with pops of color that reflect your unique personality. With this home office, wall art is used creatively to offset boring white walls. Blue and orange are contrasting colors, so they play well together. You can also pair yellow and purple, or red and green, to add instant interest.

Play with accessories

There are many accessories that can help liven up your workspace and make things more interesting. You can pick a color theme like this:

Or perhaps you’d rather have a lot of color, like this example:

Go green

Not only are indoor plants calming, they are also great for the quality of the air you breathe 40 hours a week. Here is a link to help you care for indoor plants, if you were not blessed with a green thumb.

Bring in a pet

Maybe you need a friend to bounce ideas off of during the day. A fish will always be there to listen. Hopefully they will also pass whatever pet policies you have at your office.

Get fun

Lastly, don’t be afraid to use humor to make your office more inviting. Here are quotes and sayings that are workplace-inspired. They might just start up some intriguing conversations!


Time Saving Decorating and Activities for Thanksgiving Day

Posted Thursday, November 20th, 2014 by .

Decorating for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and then Christmas can be time-consuming and expensive. Save both with some great tips that we’ve put together for you. With a little prep work, you can make your Thanksgiving décor something the guests will be talking about long after the feast’s over.

First of all, there’s no need for expensive holiday decorations when Mother Nature has provided them for you free of charge. This elegant piece can be set on the table, or anywhere you want to bring the outdoors inside. You can even scatter leaves across the dinner table. Here are the simple steps.

Thankful Turkey

Image via FamilyHoliday

While waiting for the main course, have guests write down what they’re thankful for on “feathers” attached to craft sticks. They can insert them into this non-edible turkey, for a reminder on why you’re all gathered around the table together. Get directions on this cool craft.

You can let your guests sit through awkward silences during the meal, or you can increase the likelihood of conversation with strategic planning. Make these beautiful place cards ahead of time, allowing you to arrange people so the conversation will flow. Find out how here.

Turkey Cookies

Image via Tyler Hill

When dinner is through and you’re waiting for the coffee to finish brewing, pull out some pre-made cookies to decorate with frosting and candy. It will keep the kids busy (and some of the adults, too).

Who says that the fun has to end once the meal’s over? Kids of all ages will enjoy making these glitter pumpkins. Martha Stewart shows you how here.

Now that we’ve shown you how to decorate with some simple tips and shared some of our favorite activities to keep your guests entertained, what tips do you have to share with us? Let us know in the comments!

How to Make Office Friends and Influence People

Posted Thursday, November 13th, 2014 by .

New job, new department, new location. All of these scenarios entail making new friends at the office, a task that can often seem daunting at best while you navigate through your new environment. It’s hard to make connections while you’re busy learning all those policies and procedures. Here are tips and tricks that are sure to impress your new co-workers and have them begging to share a cubicle or a cup of coffee with you in no time at all.

Binder Clip Keyboard Leg Replacement Lifehack

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Make Your Next Trip Wonderful with These Life-changing Travel Tips

Posted Thursday, November 6th, 2014 by .

Lifehacks. Those simple tricks geared toward making life easier. Some are probably so ingrained into your daily life that you do not even think about them anymore. Some are still out there, waiting to be discovered. With the holiday season right around the corner, here are ten simple solutions to make your travels less stressful.

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Halloween Costumes Made Out of Paper

Posted Monday, October 27th, 2014 by .

It’s 8pm on Halloween night and you didn’t buy a costume. You look around the house and all you have is paper. Perfect! Here are our favorite Halloween costumes that incorporate paper. Hopefully they inspire you (and save you from being a hobo again).

Paper Masks

Lightweight and less confining than traditional masks, these paper masks are really impressive and relatively easy to make. Download a template as a PDF, print it out on card paper, fold, and glue. Paint them for added wow factor. Check out all designs.

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5 Easy Steps to a Spooky DIY Halloween Party

Posted Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by .

It’s less than two weeks until Halloween. Here are five easy steps to get ready for that party:

1. Pick a Theme

Nothing is more magical than All Hallows Eve, the night when kids and adults alike transform themselves into magical creatures. Of course, magic reminds us of wizard school, which means we love this idea of a Harry Potter Halloween party. Here are 100 Harry Potter Halloween party ideas from House of Paint.

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Fight Cancer – Light the Night Celebration 2014

Posted Friday, October 17th, 2014 by .

LLS Light the Night Lanterns

LLS Light the Night Lanterns

Ink Technologies and team “Remember the Fallen, Fight the War(ner)” are celebrating another successful year of fundraising for the LLS Light the Night walk, raising over $17,000 in 2014 for the fight against blood cancer!  A cure is in sight!
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