June 25, 2017

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DIY sewing machine table for quilting

DIY Sewing Machine Table

Somewhere around the seventh- or eighth-grade I learned to sew. It was part of art class. There were these pillow kits that came with fabric, a pattern and few tools. I’m gonna call them tools, okay? We did get to choose from a few kits, and luckily there was a skateboard. If I had to … Continue Reading

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Broken Rock Band Guitar Whammy Bar Fix

The Rock Band Guitar Whammy Bar Fix. I broke down and bought Rock Band 2 and the instruments off of Craigslist for my 10-year-old. The ad warned of “Broken Whammy Bars”. To me, “Broken Whammy Bars” is an opportunity. I can crack open an adult beverage, sit at my workbench, tinker, and come up with my whammy bar fix. I … Continue Reading

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Stihl Factory Tour and Lightning Battery Outdoor Power Equipment

Many of you know that Pete and I have been friends for a long time. Since second grade, in fact. While we met in Florida, we’ve lived at opposite ends of the country for the past 30 years or so. I guess that’s good in some ways. Trouble. As in, that’s what happens when we’re … Continue Reading

Monroe Safety Triangle™: What my worn shocks did to my car.

I’m writing this as I prepare for another weekend of camping with my family—this time we’ll be tent camping at the Boy Scout camp, so no popup camper. As my kids would say: “Awww frowny face emoji.” But, we’ll still be loading up the van with enough stuff to eat, sleep and entertain the six … Continue Reading

Painting an Accent Wall with Zero VOC Paint

I like the smell of gasoline. And bondo. And fiberglass resin. Also oil. There’s probably more toxic substances that I enjoy smelling, but I can’t recall right now. Maybe my short-term memory has been affected. My better half doesn’t like any of those smells. It’s probably because she knows about VOCs. That’s “volatile organic compounds” … Continue Reading

Painting an Accent Planter – Ace 31 Days of Color

Open the door. Keys. Phone. Sunglasses. Coffee mug. Mail. Dog leashes. That’s all the stuff you drop on that one table, shelf or in our case…the planter. More on that in a moment. Everyone has this place, right? Where you come inside and drop everything. Like I said. Ours is the planter. Now our planter … Continue Reading

Guiding principles for restoring a popup camper—or any project.

In 2011, I bought a popup camper that needed some work. Well, let me start over. More than a few years ago, I thought it would be a good idea to make some memories for my kids by taking them camping. We did the tent camping thing. It was fun for them. They loved it. … Continue Reading

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Painting Furniture: Makeover a Child’s Chair with A Dr. Who Theme

“EXTERMINATE…EXTERMINATE!” Ugh. I shudder. The shrill, modulated cheap voice effect screams from my television. “EXTERMINATE.” For those of you who don’t know Who, then the Who I refer to, is the Doctor. Dr. Who. I don’t mind it, but there are these robot things that yell “exterminate” all the time—those I can’t take. My kids … Continue Reading

American Girl Dollhouse Accessories 3D Printed

3D Printed Dollhouse Accessories

My daughter and I share the love of creating. While my version of creation might have me covered in woodchips or grease, my daughter is keen to painting, coloring and modeling clay. I guess, in a way, one could call us “Makers.” But I’ve always envisioned a “maker” as someone who is building circuits, programming … Continue Reading

Install a 3-Way Lamp Switch

Click…click…click. Click. Click-click. That’s the sound of a lamp with a three-way bulb. It was my grandfather trying to find the right level of light to read by. I think one almost never gets it right the first time. So you turn it on…up…up. Off. Then you realize two clicks will get you there. I … Continue Reading

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