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Tuesday, 18 September

00:00

Izzy Wheels: Empowering Wheelchair Users Through Vibrant Color & Personality Design*Sponge

When Ailbhe and Izzy Keane were kids, Ailbhes heart would break when shed see her sister Izzy, who was born with spina bifida and paralyzed from the waist down, become discouraged. Growing up she found it very frustrating and upsetting that there was nothing available for her to personalize her wheelchair, Ailbhe remembers. Her chair was the first thing that people noticed about her, but it wasnt a [reflection] of her bright and bubbly personality.

The inseparable Irish sisters would team up to decorate Izzys chair for myriad special occasions, projecting onto it the colors and bits of pizzazz that so aptly encompassed Izzys personality.

So it was a natural move for the two to found Izzy Wheels in 2016, a brand of stylish wheelchair covers that initially sparked as a final-year art project for Ailbhe when she was finishing her visual commu...

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Monday, 17 September

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Sunday, 16 September

04:23

Conserve Water

Many people feel that an adequate supply of clean water will be one of the most significant issues of the future, and I have no reason to doubt that. The United States has been blessed with an abundance of good water, and we have gotten used to having it at the twist of a faucet handle. It can be a shock when water supplies diminish and water has to be rationed, or if the supply gets contaminated and is no longer available for potable use.

Water agencies always advise conservation; they know how precious and limited the supply is. In fact, many plumbing codes now require that new installations of toilets be low consumption models and that showers be fitted with restriction diaphragms to limit the flow of water.

Other strategies for conserving domestic water tend to be rather controversial. The reuse of gray water, using rain water catchment systems and composting toilets all conserve water but may be frowned upon for various reasons, mostly to do with health concerns. In many places these practices are flat out illegal, even though they have been shown to be safe and effective when utilized carefully.

Recycling gray water (from the drains of baths, showers, washing machines and bathroom sinks) is very tempting because it seems so benign and obviously of value. Black water waste (from toilets, kitchen sinks, garbage disposals and dishwashers) is more clearly of dubious value because of all the organic material it contains and the potential for bacterial contamination. About 2/3 of all the water used inside a typical house could be diverted for the use of watering plants, flushing the toilet or washing clothes.

Here are some guidelines for gray water use: never use for direct consumption; dont use directly on anything that might be eaten; dont spray it; never reuse water from washing diapers or cleaning meat or poultry; occasionally water plants with fresh water as well to leach away any buildup of toxins, and use biodegradable soap.

Because of continuing drought, California legalized the use of gray water in 1992. However, it was only legalized for subsurface use, either with drip systems or mini-leach systems. Drip systems require the use of a surge tank to clarify the water, where leach systems may use the gray water directly. In either case the water must be introduced at least eight inches below the surface.

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Saturday, 15 September

12:00

DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 443 Funky Junk Interiors

Pine-cone-mason-jar-flowers-wm-650x498Welcome to DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 443 Every Friday, 7 PM through Wednesday 11 PM Pacific Happy weekend to ya! Sorry for the slightly late post. It was scheduled but it didnt post. NO idea why. Isnt that comforting for next time?! Anyway, while I didnt pull off a traditional DIY on the blog this []

The post DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 443 appeared first on Funky Junk Interiors.

00:00

Before & After: A Bold Kitchen to Match an Artists Blooming Home Design*Sponge

Before and After: A Bold Kitchen to Match a Artists Blooming Home | Design*Sponge

Before and After: A Bold Kitchen to Match a Artists Blooming Home | Design*Sponge

Back when we first toured artist Bari Ackermans home in Scottsdale, AZ last year, she shared with us a dream about eventually updating her familys kitchen. There wasnt anything disastrously wrong with it, but it was 22 years old and not exactly Bari  if youve seen the rest of her house youll get the gist. The space simply longed for a few practical updates and needed to represent its f...

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Friday, 14 September

12:37

Building Amazing Homes & Mobile Spaces Using Shipping Containers!

In this video we explore and learn how to use shipping containers as strong, durable and mobile building blocks to create amazing structures of all kinds, like a house, addition, office space, or cabin; and we feature a few stunning projects to get you inspired! Anthony Ruggiero from Storstac Inc. (http://www.storstac.com/) showed us around their yard in Toronto, Ontario and took the time to teach us about the ins and outs of building with shipping containers.

The post Building Amazing Homes & Mobile Spaces Using Shipping Containers! appeared first on Natural Building Blog.

05:00

Make Your Own High-Quality Video Studio Lights Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

Save some money and make some high-quality, color-controllable LED lights for your video recording studio.

Read more on MAKE

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03:06

Giant Wooden Peg Board DIY! Vintage Revivals

This peg board wall treatment is perfect for any house! Because the wooden pegs are interchangeable you can mix, match, and customize to your hearts content, its the decor equivalent of the 80s staple Units! This oversized pegboard can be used as shelves, to hang art, and as a place to store you backpack and purses. This pegboard is one of the projects I created in Aspyn Ovards house, you can see the entire makeover here!

DIY Giant Peg Board

The entryway wall in Apsyns was HUGE. Its tall and wide and dwarfed anything she tried to put there.  Do you ever feel like that in your house? Nothing like a 44 piece of art looking like a postage stamp to deflate your decor dreams. If youve got a huge space to fill but are wondering exactly how to pull it off, this pegboard project is for you!

Giant Wooden Pegboard DIY

How To Build A Wooden Peg Board Wall

 

To build this project youll need:

(1) 4x8x1/2 sheet of plywood per panel
(1) 4x8 sheet of normal peg board (total)
(4) 1x2x3.5 per panel
1 wooden dowels

Tools Youll Need:

1 Forstner Drill Bit
Drill
Nail Gun
Level
Philips Head Screwdriver
You can see all of my tool recommendations here!

Step 1: Deciding On Spacing

Start by figuring out the spacing of your holes, you can do them as close together, or as far apart as you want! I figured that my holes needed to be 6 apart to get the look I wanted.

Step 2: Centering Your H...

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A Couple Returns to Their Hometown to Put Down Roots Design*Sponge

Ellen Godfrey on Design*Sponge

Ellen Godfrey on Design*Sponge

For Ellen and Matt Godfrey, nothing compares to getting back to your roots the place where you grew up. Dating since Ellen was in high school and Matt in college, the couple both grew up in Birmingham, AL. After college, they moved to Los Angeles, where they lived for eight years. While there, Ellen worked for Sugar Paper, a stationery line, before starting her interior design business and Matt was a working actor, recording audiobooks on the side. The couple became certified foster parents while in Los Angles, taking in twin boys first. The boys were reunited with their biological family, but then Irene came into their lives. After the adoption of Irene was final, the couple felt the pull to get back to Alabama, and back to raising their daughter around family and the hometown that they missed.

Now Matt and Ellen both work from home in the 1928 bungalow they found during a whirlwind trip to Birmingham to look for houses. They made an offer the same day they saw it and the next day, it was theirs. After a three-month renovation, which involved redoing the kitchen and bathrooms and adding millwork that kept with the style and time period of the home,...

Thursday, 13 September

15:26

How I built some junk-styled labels Funky Junk Interiors

Once upon a time, waaay back in 2013, you may remember when my blog underwent a revamp. The blog design you see today was made up from elements I took pictures of. One thing at a time.  The little tag tied with twine and the clipboard were from two of my photos. Then they were []

The post How I built some junk-styled labels appeared first on Funky Junk Interiors.

14:50

Recipe: How To Make (Plastic Free + Zero Waste) Seed Crackers Treading My Own Path | Zero Waste + Plastic-Free Living

If theres one thing that is next to impossible to find without plastic, its crackers. Before I went plastic-free, Id buy packet upon packet of crackers usually with the plastic tray, then wrapped in plastic and with a final plastic or cardboard outer. Packaging overload! These days I do things very differently. I either []

06:12

DIY Modern Rustic End Table Shanty 2 Chic

We built the cutest end table for around $80 including the legs!  Check out the video! How cute is this table guys??  Before we get started, you need some legs!  Here is the link to the legs we purchased for our table.  We used 24 height and 12 length! You can also download and print

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