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links: the home

Housewarming Jar DIY at Oh Happy Day. Our realtor gave us a basket (actually a tool caddy) similar to this filled with tools, picture hooks, cleaning supplies and the like and we used it so much as we moved in and found all our tools packed in a mystery box.

Tips for Furnishing with Floor Models | Making it Lovely. We almost bought a floor model sofa from Crate&Barrel but I had immediate buyers remorse (they were nice enough to cancel). I might someday get up the courage to buy a floor model again.

Dia-monds at Dismount Creative. Diamond light bulbs are a real thing!

How to: Make a DIY Modern Concrete Fire Pit from Scratch | Man Made DIY.

How to Get Your Security Deposit Back: Clean Your Filthy Apartment | The Billfold. Like the person who wrote this I also have gotten every security deposit back. One landlord even said he’d never seen his place so clean. My secrets? #1: It’s much easier to clean once all of your stuff has already been taken out. #2: Wipe down the insides of the washing machine and the dryer.

Cool Tools – Little Giant MegaLite Ladder. We don’t have a ladder yet, largely because we don’t have space to store one. But this? This looks like we could keep it in our tiny shed.

Puxxle: Pixel Puzzle Decals for Your Wall | Brit + Co. You can make your own pixelated art!

DIY Ceiling Medallion, Brick House. Simple and clean.

· comments [1] · 09-26-2013 · categories:links · the home ·

links: craft

MAKE | How-To: Pretty Flower Pom-Poms.

Camp in Your Car with DIY Magnetic Window Screens, at Lifehacker. Clever!

Introducing Purl Soho Video Tutorials! – The Purl Bee. Including two solid decreases (knit 2 together and slip slip knit) that were my way out of knitting rectangles.

Weekend Project: Make a DIY Wooden Crate Magazine Rack | Man Made DIY. We have an old sheet music crate that needs this treatment.

Clay Wishbone DIY, at Oh Happy Day.

· comments [0] · 09-24-2013 · categories:craft · links ·

links: misc

Essex Eating: My guide to eating and drinking in Bristol. Link sent my way by Wai Yee Hong, in Bristol!

Write a Secret Message Outside! | Nicole Balch at Babble.

Secret Fore-Edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books at the University of Iowa | Colossal. Via The Stranger. This is amazing, hidden paintings on the edge of pages in a book that can only be seen when the pages are fanned out.

PAX Controversy | Mighty Girl. I’ve read the timeline and the piece in Wired, and this reflection by Maggie, who took the time to try to know the PAX guys better, is very well considered. See also, this long insider view from MC Frontalot.

The Books You Always Recommend Open Thread | CaptainAwkward.com. I need new books to read, this thread is perfect.

Things you might not realize about being in a coma until you’re in one., by Emily V. Gordon.

· comments [1] · 09-18-2013 · categories:links · misc ·

links: misc

D.I.-Why?: Emily Matchar on the Allure of the “New Domesticity” | The Hairpin.

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a sequel to Carl Sagan’s Cosmos. Produced by Seth MacFarlane and hosted by Neil DeGrasse Tyson! at Kottke.

Why I’ll Miss Bunheads: Because I’m a Mess, Too | The Hairpin. What she said. I’m going to miss that show a lot, maybe even more than Gilmore Girls.

Luxe by MOO | Premium Business Cards. These look really nice, and really affordable. The example cards they show off are funny!

THL Talks: Tim Gunn on Why the Future is 3D Printed AND Handmade | The High Low.

Make my own deodorant? Check. | FreeTime, Ltd. A maker approved, DIY totally irritant-free deodorant. I’ve been having strange reactions to antiperspirants and the most basic and natural of deodorants lately (lucky me) so I’m going to try this. Via Mighty Girl’s round up of You Made This on Go Mighty.

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links: food

Princess castle from frozen raspberries and yogurt – Kiddie Foodies. This is utterly charming, and made simply using an ice mold. Via Edible Crafts.

Beautiful 3D Printed Objects Made of Sugar by the Sugar Lab | Colossal.

Roasted Zucchini-Chickpea Dip with Za’atar | Serious Eats.

Cronut Recipe | The Daily Meal. You know you want to try it, you don’t have to tell anybody. I like this version that is like the Morning Bun made love to the Cronut. Like a Cronutbun.

Ultra-Creamy Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna | Serious Eats. I have a sudden urge to make lasagna, apparently.

G0ive me your recipes for hole-in-the-wall Chinese food that I can make at home. | Ask MetaFilter.

The Kitchy Kitchen: Puff Pastry Donuts with Cinnamon Sugar and Maple Glaze. Inspired by the cronut, but made with readymade puff pastry. Lazy-ish baking, very smart.

swissmiss | Bnto Canning Jar. An insert for canning jars that puts a little container for salad dressing/peanut butter/yogurt at the top of the jar. Neat.

Grilling: Cremini Mushrooms Stuffed with Basil- and Parmesan-Mayo | Serious Eats.

Cocktail Science: All About Foams | Serious Eats.

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links: food

Mini Sugar Skulls That Double as Sugar Cubes, at Laughing Squid. Cute and so very creepy.

The Food Lab: 7 Old Wives’ Tales About Cooking Steak That Need To Go Away | Serious Eats. The searing tip (cook over low heat, sear last) is alone worth reading this.

Jeffrey Morgenthaler » How To Make Your Own Ginger Beer. Via @voraciousgirl.

How to: Make Your Own DIY Smoked Cocktails | Man Made DIY.

Nora Ephron’s favorite cookie comes from Seattle | Seattle Times. Recipe from Tom Douglas.

Satan’s Circus Recipe: Bon Appétit. Via Orangette.

Naan | eCurry – The Recipe Blog. See also How to sort of make naan at home at Serious Eats. I’m hoping to make naan as good as what we get at Poppy here in Seattle.

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About an hour of Christian Marclay’s The Clock at Kottke.

The Story Behind the Lacoste Crocodile Shirt | Threaded.

The Maze. A mysterious choose your own adventure puzzle thingy.

Text to Morse code convertor. You never know when you’ll need it.

Sir Realism – Soul Searchin’. An indie game I really must finish someday soon, very clever idea. From a previous year’s Ludlum Dare.

Conjuring – Futility Closet. This card trick isn’t an illusion, but it’s really neat to do over and over to prove it true.

Checklist | Get Your Shit Together. A straightforward and very helpful guide to how to prepare your shit (wills, passwords, bank accounts, life insurance) just in case.

What TV show should I watch next? | Ask MetaFilter.

The Technium: The Clock in the Mountain. All about the Long Now foundation’s clock.

Amazon.com: PocketToolX Mako Titanium Bike Tool. This looks useful, and tiny.

Robbed! by Megan Seling – The Stranger. How bands and individuals can insure their instruments, and plenty of devastating examples as to why you should do this right away.

Giant Colin Firth Terrorizes London – The Atlantic Wire. I must see this for myself.

· comments [2] · 07-17-2013 · categories:links · misc ·

links: technology

Inside Digg’s Race to Build the New Google Reader | Gadget Lab | Wired.com. Also see Feedly Cloud, with an all-web interface. Both via Waxy.

The Shapes of CSS. How to use CSS to create basic and not so basic shapes.

How To Create Vibrant Color Photographs – A Beautiful Mess.

Good resources to learn current HTML and CSS for web design? Especially looking for best practices for creating blog websites for modern browsers and devices. | Ask MetaFilter.

Ipad puzzle games | Ask MetaFilter. Great suggestions here.

The HTML Editor – Your best Web design friend | CoffeeCup Software. Anybody used this? Do you like it? I’m still looking for an HTML editor that will be as easy to use as Homesite.

· comments [3] · 07-8-2013 · categories:links · technology ·

links: craft

DIY // Waterproof paper coasters (and other paper pretties). The Dimensional Magic she uses here is a new to me product but looks handy, and easy to use.

DIY Giant Crepe Paper Roses | Studio DIY. These are supersized but don’t lose any of their sweetness.

Gold Leaf iPhone Cases DIY at Oh Happy Day. Love these.

A Round Up of Knitting Tutorials at Juniper Moon Fiber Farm. There is a flat seaming tutorial in there that I’d like to learn, my own seams in handknitting are bulky and they make me sad.

DIY // Upcycle any bag with leather straps. What a simple and impressive touch.

· comments [0] · 06-18-2013 · categories:craft · links ·

links: technology

How To Use Feedly | whoorl.

3D-printable food? NASA wants a taste | Ars Technica. When can they print sushi?

The NewsBlur Redesign – The NewsBlur Blog. This is good news, it seems like NewsBlur was everybody’s choice to replace Google Reader but nobody seemed to be pleased about the way it used to look.

Self-Hosted Alternatives to Google Reader (and how to export your RSS feeds) – DarrenWasHere. A good round up of readers by web, desktop, and even those you install of your own server if you rent hosting space. Via Scott Andrew.

· comments [1] · 06-13-2013 · categories:links · technology ·

links: food

Sparkling Ginger Margarita – Rick Bayless | Frontera. Via Serious Eats, who had him in their kitchens to give a demonstration.

Recipe Quest: Shear-Thickening Starch Noodles. Wow, how to make your own noodles by dripping sweet potato starch into boiling water.

The Ultimate Cold Cure: Remodelista. Via 101 Cookbooks. I’ve been sick too many times this year, should it strike again I’m going to have a giant pot of this going.

Kalyn’s Kitchen: Cafe Rio Style Creamy Tomatillo Salad Dressing. Via Whoorl.

The Best Budget Rosé Wines at Trader Joe’s | Serious Eats: Drinks.

Recipes for Three-Ingredient Summer Cocktails – NYTimes.com.

Use A French Press to Add Flavor to Your Beer | Serious Eats: Drinks. With a primer on the Randall, what it is and where it came from.

My Take on Cronuts | Edd Kimber | The Boy Who Bakes. A recipe to create your own cronuts, via Kottke.

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Cool Tools – New Complete Guide to Sewing. Cool Tools mentions that this is the book Tim Gunn recommends, and I’ll add that when I entered college to study costume design this was the book I was required to bring with me. I have the version with the 1970s patterns in the back though!

I’m trying to come up with some quirky actions that a survivalist or adventurer might do in the wilderness, actions which might seem odd or random to the uninformed but are actually useful, clever or at least have a specific function which is not immediately obvious. Once you know WHY someone is doing it, you realize it isn’t nutty at all. What are some other examples? | Ask MetaFilter. I feel like I need to read some of these recommendations.

The Fake Townhouses hiding Mystery Underground Portals | Messy Nessy Chic. Fascinating! Via Making It Lovely.

Your Favorite Interview-Format Podcasts? | Ask MetaFilter.

Legends Never Die by Caroline Rothstein. “Two decades after a low-budget film turned Washington Square skaters into international celebrities, the kids from “Kids” struggle with lost lives, distant friendships, and the fine art of growing up.”

GeoGuessr, at Kottke. You’re given five random locations from Google Street View and you have two guess. My best score so far is 10K. Really fun.

Peter Murphy at Webster Hall + concert-going tips. | Door Sixteen. Anna knows how to prepare and engage with the artist at a concert, take note.

Hit me with some joyful, hopey songs that are less “everything is going to be all right” than “the bad shit is over — everything is all right!” | Ask MetaFilter.

· comments [1] · 05-28-2013 · categories:links · misc ·

links: travel

Disney World for foodies: 11 must-try dishes | Mamifesto. Sushi while bowling!

Where to Take a Date for Cocktails in Portland, OR | Serious Eats: Drinks.

San Francisco Treats « bakerella.com. A great tour of where to go and what to eat in SF. Once again, I’m heartbroken that the Ferry Building was under renovation when I was working only a few blocks away.

The Lost Valley of London | London as You’ve Never Seen Before… A site dedicated to finding the delightful and lesser known things in London. Via The Everywhereist.

· comments [2] · 05-21-2013 · categories:links · travel ·

links: food

I Fell for a Shameless Hussy | Serious Eats: Drinks. I normally stay away from wines with labels that shout like this, but these tasting notes will make me seek this one out.

Bake the Book: Raspberry Doughnuts with Vanilla Dipping Sauce | Serious Eats: Sweets. “It took her dozens of attempts to develop a method that, according to her, works every time.” This is something I’ll be learning very soon.

Lately I crave very tasty vegetable and grain salads from very pricey cafes. Can any cookbooks or blogs teach me to cook something similar? | Ask MetaFilter. I love the number of times 101 Cookbooks and Orangette are recommended here.

Spicy Black Bean Dip Recipe | Savory Sweet Life – Easy Recipes from an Everyday Home Cook.

How to Decipher the Beer List at Your Local Craft Beer Bar | Serious Eats: Drinks.

App Release: Unique Eats of the Northwest | The GastroGnome. The person who created this app just happens to be a friends of mine so I can say that this lady knows her restaurants. It covers Oregon, Washington and British Columbia and is perfect for food loving road trippers.

· comments [2] · 05-15-2013 · categories:food · links ·

links: technology

100 Websites You Should Know and Use | TED Blog. Via The Morning News.

TIGSource » Preview: Hiversaires. A very pretty looking game that I’m looking forward to, for iOS.

What I’m Using Instead of Google Reader | Slog. He lands on a paid option called NewsBlur, I’ll have to check this out.

Podcast recommendations | Ask MetaFilter. Lots of great long, conversational podcast recommendations here.

swissmiss | iFontMaker. “iFontMaker is an iPad font editor allowing you to create typefaces with the iPad touch interface in a matter of minutes.” Neato.

15 DIY Gadgets You Can Make with Raspberry Pi | Brit + Co..

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