December 3, 2014

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Lowe’s Headquarters

Lowe’s was brave gracious enough to invite the Lowe’s Creative Ideas crew down to NC to visit the HQ, get some sneak peeks at some of the new Spring 2015 trends, and see some top secret stuff. It was awesome. We wanted to write a recap of the trip but aren’t really at liberty to … Continue Reading

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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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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

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Photography: Lighten Dark or Uneven Exposures

Living in a town that is driven by travel and tourism, I notice two things are frequently happening around me—people taking photos, and people asking for directions to some place they will undoubtedly take more photos. We’re in the theme parks all the time and I see many photo faux pas: shooting into the sun … Continue Reading

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Painting Awkwardly-shaped Objects (Patio Chairs)

Waaay back in this post, I built a small deck on the front of my house. Concealed in a planting bed, the deck offers us a place to sit, relax and watch the kids play out front. I can’t believe it’s been two years already. Two years. Two years since I bought some Adirondack chairs … Continue Reading

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Patio Floor: From Pitiful to Porcelain

Or simply “Tiling Your Patio Floor.” Or more realistically, “One Weekend of Tiling Turns into Three Weeks on a Hot Patio.” I’m gonna fix the “hot patio” part soon, but for now let’s get to the ground. Oh hey, did we mention we’re now Handyman Bloggers for Lowes Creative Ideas? Well, we are. And in … Continue Reading

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Featuring Subjects in Busy Photographs

I wrestled with the title of this post. It could also be called… “Faking a Short Depth of Field in your photos” or “Photographing your child—making them stand out.” After you read this, you might want to call it “brilliant”, “easy” or “The Best Post You’ll Read all Summer.” Or perhaps something nsfw. Please leave … Continue Reading

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Dadand meets Photoshop Elements

We’ve been Photoshopped. Errr… Photoshop Elemented. You’ve heard the infamous software noun used as a verb lately—mostly when they refer to fashion mag covers and making some super skinny model even skinnier. Well Pete and I will be putting some nouns and verbs together, along with other parts of the English language, over the next … Continue Reading

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