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It’s easy to get a little frazzled in December — for many of us, it’s the perfect storm of holidays, family, travel, and work. Luckily, following the sage advice of some insightful WordPress.com bloggers can pave the way for a fun, relaxing Christmas.
Here, their top five tips:
Keep the magic alive
DorkDaddy’s beautiful essay pinpoints the tension — for both parent and child — of a child teetering on the edge of belief in Santa.
So she looked to me, asking for permission… permission to let either her heart or her mind win out over the other. In so doing she was asking me to choose between encouraging her intellectual integrity and selling her snake oil.... read more at Edmund Barry House in Heritage Hill
Posted 28 min 41 sec ago on Edmund Barry House in Heritage Hill
Big news, guys! We finished our makeover at the Children’s Hospital, and we can’t wait to share all the photos – hopefully on Monday! So today we thought we’d Friday things up with one giant gift guide for everyone who has been asking for it (hope it’s not too late – and so sorry for the delay!). Last year we shared our picks for guys, gals, and kiddos across three different posts, but this time we thought we’d just smash them all into one big gifty rundown. And in the interest of thriftiness, there are lots of under-$15 things along with a ton of $30-or-less finds. Note: none of these are affiliate links, we just think this stuff is a good time.
Here are a bunch of things that we’re digging for Clara or other kiddos – along with a few baby items now that the bun is on the way.
1.... read more at This Young House
Posted 2 hours 29 min ago on This Young House
You've already seen our stoop all decked out for Christmas but we had more to do...To finish off the look, we hung an oversized wreath and some lush fresh frasier fir garlands down the steps and across the fence before we called it complete. As if I didn't love it enough already, the smell of these garlands as I walk up the steps put me right in the holiday mood.Just as we were finishing tying the last bit of garland up on the fence, Mother Nature decided to grace us with some beautiful falling snow to complete the scene... read more at Brooklyn Limestone
Posted 2 hours 56 min ago on Brooklyn Limestone
This week marks the one year anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut. (December 14, 2012) One of the stories of hope that came out of that terrible day was the story of the little yellow house down the street from the school. This is where a group of first grade children […]... read more at housecrazy
Posted 1 day 7 hours ago on housecrazy
If there's a group of people we understand and identify with the most, it's easily the relatively small community of old home owners who are undertaking renovations either partially or fully on their own. It's one thing to own an old house, another to renovate it, but it's a whole other world to take on part or all of the work on your own. Any time we get together, either in person or virtually, I swear it's half party and half support group meeting.
Last week we were contacted by the fellow old house renovators and bloggers of Yellow Brick Home. Kim and Scott had a staircase dilemma. Their 120 year old Chicago home's stairs had seen better days.... read more at Old Town Home
Posted 1 day 21 hours ago on Old Town Home
Holiday Tool Gift Buying Guide Every year at A Concord Carpenter we try to put together a list of tools we think most guys would appreciate. We call it out 2013 Holiday Tool Gift Guide. Check it...
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Posted 3 days 3 hours ago on A Concord Carpenter Comments
In the never ending pursuit of increasing energy efficiency, we decided to insulate all the copper piping coming off of our boiler. I also had an ulterior motive of keeping my shop from overheating this winter.
The pex piping is not too bad in terms of its heat transmittance but all the iron and copper piping just radiates the heat from the hot water. (Of course you can build a simple radiator of iron or copper pipe so that makes sense…)
We insulated with 1.5″ fiberglass pipe insulation which will help keep a lot of that heat in the pipes. It’s approximately an R11 and is wrapped in foil paper with a white exterior.
It is easy to cut, and fast to install.... read more at Madison Square
Posted 5 days 15 hours ago on Madison Square
My family makes Christmas gifts for one another. We still buy the latest toys for the kids, but the adults simply don’t need or want a lot of stuff. These are some of the gifts that the wife and I have made.
Most of these projects require some basic tools (the most specialized being a table saw), but all of them are cheap and easy to make. If you’re thinking about making your gifts this holiday season, you’re welcome to copy any of these ideas.
DIY Wood Block Tea Candle Votives
DIY Teacup Candles
DIY Wine Bottle Holders
DIY Book Safe
DIY Hanging Chalkboards
DIY Barbecue Spice Rub Jars
DIY NC-Style Barbecue Sauce
DIY Stuffed Animals
... read more at Chad Chandler's Blog
Posted 1 week 2 days ago on Chad Chandler's Blog
This is a comprehensive guide for how to install a tile floor (ceramic or porcelain). Below you’ll find tutorials for every step of the process, with expert knowledge and tips from professional tile contractors. Read on for links to the individual articles and recommended tools for laying tile. We hope you enjoy the series!
This series covers everything for installing a ceramic or porcelain tile floor, including leveling the floor, installing underlayment, marking guides, laying tile and grouting joints. Just follow the steps below, and you’ll have the know-how to install tile in almost any situation. Keep in mind that the content is provided without warranty.... read more at One Project Closer
Posted 2 weeks 2 days ago on One Project Closer