“This invention relates to the construction of what are known among stationers as order-holders, the same being portfolios adapted to hold written orders for merchandise and be used by the clerk who puts up the goods for shipment or delivery while he is engaged in that duty.” This is taken from the 1890 request for a patent by John F. Brown for none other than what we now know as binder clips.
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It’s almost here! That special day is upon us, when pinching a person for not wearing green isn’t discouraged. St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and you can make this holiday fabulous with a little preparation.
When you think about St. Patrick’s Day feasts, odds are the first thing that comes to mind is corned beef and cabbage. Here’s a simple corned beef and cabbage recipe you can throw in the crock pot and forget about, freeing you up for bigger and better things. For example, why should kids have all the fun at school, when you can bring these great treats to the office and bring a smile to the faces of all your co-workers? The rainbow gelatin looks amazing, and with the corned beef and cabbage cooking, you’ll have plenty of time to put it all together (allow 15-30 minutes cooling time between colors).
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What exactly goes on in that garage of yours? Odds are that your garage is used to bring the car in out of the rain or snow, as storage for lawn implements, and maybe for the occasional oil change or other maintenance task. In garages around the world, some pretty amazing things might be happening at this very moment. After all, the garage is where it all began for a handful of major companies.
For example, did you know that HP was started in a garage? William Hewlett and David Packard became friends in 1934 during a two-week camping trip following graduation from Stanford University. They rented a garage in Palo Alto and got to work with a mere $538 and a used drill press. Their first product was an audio oscillator used to test sound equipment, with paint baked on the panels in the oven in the kitchen. The HP Model 200A put them on the map, and the rest is history.
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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.
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.
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.
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)!
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.
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?
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!
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.
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!”
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.
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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