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Photography: Crop Your Photos Like a Pro

Cropping a photo was one of the first things I learned how to do in my layout class in college. We did it by hand, with a ruler, grease pencil and your eyes all squinty-like to get an idea of how it’s gonna look when it comes back from the service bureau or printer. That … Continue Reading

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Kitchen Paint Refresh

Not everyone can change a dryer belt, build a cat condo or assemble your kid’s bike. But everyone can pretty much paint a room. You might not be a pro, but you have no problem picking up a brush or a roller (but never one of those paint pad things), opening up a gallon of … Continue Reading

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Photography: Content Aware Awareness

When I’m taking shots of the family, I’m trying to be aware of what’s going on in the subject…are they looking at the camera, smiling, tall in back/short in front? …and then I’m all adjusting the camera settings, fiddling with a lens…blah blah blah. There’s a lot of multi-tasking going on when you’re making memories. … Continue Reading

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I Re-tiled My Kitchen

It was 1999. We were looking for a home and knew exactly what we wanted. A mid-century, concrete block, terrazzo floor-laden home. Our realtor found one. It had the flat sweeping roof line and terrazzo made of black, gray and pink stone—it was perfect. But perfectly creepy. Like someone-just-died-in-the-home-and-they’re-still-there creepy. So overwhelmingly creepy that we … Continue Reading

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Photography: Fixing Group Photos

It never fails. You take a group shot and something (someone) always ruins it. They blink. They look away. A rabbit ear here, a nose pick there. Little Billy vomits or the dog is humping Aunt Dot’s leg. Well, I got a fix for most of those. Crate the dog Tell everyone to say “cheese.” … Continue Reading

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Small Parts Organizer Organizer

This post is about organizing. From a person whose desk looks like a paper truck collided with an armored car. An armored car that only carries pennies. And both trucks were struck by a rocket-propelled grenade—a grenade filled with cat hair. Anyway…when I was a kid, my mom used the excuse “he’s creative.” So I … Continue Reading

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DIY Couch Cup Holder and Remote Caddy

Ahhh… the big game is coming soon. Who’s it gonna be? The Tigers vs. the Sabres? I don’t care. Those aren’t even football teams. I just watch the commercials. But I do like the surrounding hoopla. I grill out, drink a few beverages and wonder if the CPI for $4M 30-second spot is worth it. … Continue Reading

George Nelson Block Clock Replica

George Nelson Block Clock Replica

As Handyman Bloggers for Lowe’s Creative Ideas we were given the challenge of making a homemade woodworking gift for the holidays. Me and Marty are big fans of mid-century modern design so I decided to tackle making a George Nelson Block Clock replica. History Lesson: George Nelson rules. He’s one of the guys who founded … Continue Reading

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10+ DIY Car Maintenance Tips and Tricks

Marty and I have always both been DIY guys. One reason is because we’re cheap frugal. Another reason is that we want things done right. But mostly because we’re cheap. The fine folks at Purolator know how cheap we are so they tossed us some greenbacks and asked us to share some of our tips … Continue Reading

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Our Favorite New Features in Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 and a GIVEAWAY

Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 was released earlier this week and we got to play around with it. We did our usual button pushing and knob twisting and wanted to share a couple of our favorite new features AND give away THREE copies of Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 to our readers. Adobe scientists have spent their … Continue Reading

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