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Saturday, 15 December


DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 456 Funky Junk Interiors

vintage-yardstick-christmas-trees_vintage-yardstick-christmas-treesWelcome to DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 456 Every Friday, 7 PM through Wednesday 11 PM Pacific Hello, Merry & Bright friends! Or you will be after this post! First off I apologize. I had double the selections chosen for todays party features, however the post got too long. Its just getting so hard to know where []

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The Perfect Pecan Pie for the Holidays + Giveaway Design*Sponge

About Michelle and Suzanne Rousseau: Sisters Michelle and Suzanne Rousseau have spent the last 20 years exploring the identity of Caribbean food from their unique vantage point as Jamaican writers, researchers, restaurateurs, and food entr...


Cool Crowdfunding: AI Infused Robot Kits, Dirt Cheap SLA 3D Printing, and Beautiful Watches Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

We receive so many pitches for crowdfunding projects. They pour into our inbox daily. Since crowdfunding is a bit of a gamble, it is always kind of hard to determine just how to write about these projects, considering that many of them may not ever deliver. Cool Crowdfunding is our []

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Friday, 14 December


Gift-Worthy Kids Books Under $20 At Home In Love

Thanks to Candlewick Press for sending us these books to review. All opinions are my own.

I've made holiday gift guides in years past, but honestly? I'm not big on the consumer aspects of Christmas, so this year I decided it would be more genuine to skip them. We aren't getting our kids (or ourselves) anything expensive, and I can't encourage you to drop hundreds of dollars on big, flashy gifts if I'm not. But one thing I can talk about in good conscience is books. I firmly believe that a love for reading is one of the best things you can give a child. For young kids, I especially love books that have a "wow" factor that captures their imagination, like an extra-large size, intricate pop-ups, or detailed illustrations. Here are four books we've picked up recently that have that special "extra something" to deem them gift-worthy. They're all somewhat travel-related, so they'll encourage a love for adventure and exploration too. And I purposely picked books that look beautiful on the shelf. I'm not saying you should judge a book by its cover, but a gorgeous design never hurts! ;) Best of all, these books are all super affordable (under $20), so you can feel good about your gift and how much you spent.

Gift-worthy kids books to inspire a love of travel

1. A World of Cities - From the lights of Paris to the cherry blossoms of Tokyo, you can travel the world through this beautifully illustrated tour of thirty dazzling cities across the globe. Printmaker James Brown has skillfully rendered each city in a stylistic nod to vintage travel posters, while incorporating historical and cultural facts for inquisitive minds to devour (travel-loving adults will love this book too). Wander the distinctive cities of the world, all from the comfort of your favorite reading nook.

Ten Horse Farm



How To Reinvent Your Career After A Baby At Home In Love

This is a collaborative post. All opinions expressed are my own.

Having a baby is a big, life-changing decision. Going back to work after youve had said baby? Also big and life-changing. Most of you know that I ended up staying home after Ian (my firstborn) arrived. After he was born early and spent his first month of life in the NICU, I just couldn't picture going back to the 40 hour, 9-5 grind (I also did not love my job, so that made it easier to quit). We made a financial plan to ensure it was possible for me to stay home, part of which involved moving to a city with a lower cost of living. For us, what we wanted became clear after Ian was born, and we did everything we could to make that happen. However, I know the internal debate over going back to work after maternity leave ends is a toughhhh one for many new mothers. Some can't afford to stop working, and others really love their careers.


Its ingrained within us to believe that we should want to be with our children every hour of the day. And we do, to an extent (have you ever set your baby down for the night fiiiinally, only to miss them and look at pictures and videos of them on your phone?). However, before we were mothers, we were women. Smart, intelligent and confident individuals with hopes and dreams and ambitions. None of that changes when you have a child; but what you want to do with your life may well do. Some mothers experience clarity with the birth of their child, and that clarity can mean a new career, or finally having the courage to reach out and ask for the promotion that theyve always been passed on. As a parent, its up to you to ensure that your children see you achieve, and in doing so you'll set an example of determination, confidence, and success. Sometimes, motherhood can be the catalyst to reinvent your career into something even better. Here are four things you might consider.

1. Flexible Work

As a parent, you need time to be with your family. Theres nothing wrong with sitting down with your boss and discussing a more flexible work schedule, with the same job but different work hours. Perhaps you can go part-time for awhile, or work from home for a time. Employers are often open to bending for the top talent, and if yours isn't, you can choose to move onto an employer that appreciates the working parent.

2. Go Back To School

Sometimes, motherhood triggers a need to know more, to learn more, so tha...


Modern Wooden House Shelf

This modern wooden house shelf is beautiful and functional!  You'll just need two 1x8 boards and some screws to build yourself and save.  The free plans are shared below.

Featuring two large rooms, two small rooms, and a side porch perfect for books, this modern wooden house shelf is stores it all in the most charming way.  It's inspired by Crate and Kid's Shelf - but you can build it for way less!

As part of the annual series that Jaime Costilgio and I put on each year - Handbuilt Holiday

We are giving you this new gift plan today!

Need a different gift idea?  Jaime Costiglio and I have been doing the Handbuilt Holiday series and have shared dozens of gift plans here. 

Are you ready to build this shelf?  The free plans are below.

But first, head on over to Jaime for lots more photos and build details.  


Happy Holidays!







Holiday 3D-Printables on Thingiverse Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

3D Print these and many other Christmas ornaments and other decorations from Thingiverse.

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Essay: Kwanzaa Traditions & Reflections Design*Sponge

Today were thrilled to welcome Pamela Hilliard Owens to share her Kwanzaa traditions and also shed light on the seven-day holiday for those who are less familiar. Pam is the founder and CEO of Your Business Your Brand Creatively (YB2C), a branding and marketing system for creative professionals, and Detroit Ink Publishing, an independent publishing company. She is also the host of the weekly YB2C Live! Podcast for Entrepreneurs. Take it away, Pam!

Kwanzaa is a Pan-African holiday created in 1966 and is a community- and family-based cultural holiday celebrated annually over seven days from December 26 through January 1. Kwanzaa merges African-American and African cultural practices and is now celebrated all over the world. Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday, nor should it be considered a Black Christmas. The name Kwanzaa is derived from the Kiswahili phrase, matunda ya kwanza, which means first fruits. All in the community are invited to celebrate Kwanzaa and reflect on its values.

The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa

The celebration is centered around the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa, known as the Nguzo Saba or Seven Principles in Kiswahili. One principle is highlighted on each of the seven days of Kwanzaa.

Umoja Unity: To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.



Earthbag Canteen for Students in Nepal

In partnership with the Open Institute of Social Science, a research and teaching cooperative devoted to a fairer and more just society, Good Earth Global has built an earthquake-resistant, eco-friendly kitchen and dining hall for their vacation retreat. This project has a unique heart shape that combines 2 semi-circles. The canteen also has 3 attached toilets/showers. This project serves as a model of sustainable building.

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Bathroom Design Ideas For A Spa-Like Bathroom At Home In Love

This is a collaborative post. All opinions expressed are my own.

Are you sitting at home, wishing that you were somewhere else--perhaps a spa? Then why not bring the spa to you? The good news is that there are a number of things you can do to create that relaxation at home in your bathroom, and none of these require an expensive remodel. To replicate the ambiance and total relaxation you would get at a spa, you just need to make some simple updates to the bathroom you already have. And the good news is, all of these ideas can be implemented in a few hours, leaving you the rest of the day to enjoy your at home spa(aahhh). Heres how I would go about creating a spa-like bathroom at home.

Creating a Spa-Like Bathroom

Enhance your shower and bath

The first thing to focus on is your shower and bath and how to make them more relaxing. Did you know that different shower heads give you different experiences? Rainfall and waterfall showers offer a relaxing experience, larger shower heads give you a greater flow of water, and if its power that youre after, you should opt for a smaller head (if you get the power just right, it can almost feel like a massage--how's that for a relaxing way to start your morning?). We have a combo with both a rain shower head and a smaller hand shower. If you want help looking into the types of showers heads there are and what would be best for you, there are lots of websites that offer top shower head reviews to help with those decisions.

How to create a spa-like experience in your bathroom

Make minimalism a priority

If you want to create a space that you will feel totally relaxed and comfortable in, make minimalism a priority. Think about when you've been a spa. There was probably never any mess or clutter around, right? Lots of stuff isn't relaxing. So pare down the bottles of shampoo and tubes of lotion to the ones you actually use daily, put away the extra decor tchotchkes, and keep it minimalist: just a stylish and modern bathroom designed to create the ideal space for relaxation.



Christmas Decorating at Our House Design*Sponge

Christmas is my favorite time of year to decorate. It usually involves tons of fresh greenery and cutting down a tree from our local Christmas tree farm and breaking out all the old family ornaments from over the years. I dont care much about Christmas gifts, because for me it has always been about the tree and ornaments.

I will never forget Julias first Christmas and seeing her genuine confusion about why anyone would want to bring a live tree into their home. Julia is Jewish and didnt grow up celebrating Christmas, but shes kindly learned to accept my intense love of all things Christmas tree-related. After four years of buying fresh trees and always (always!) forgetting to drag them out...

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