Leslie Smith

6 Easy Upcycling Projects Using Kitchen Items

6 Easy Upcycling Projects Using Kitchen Items

Organization, storage and other items for the home can be expensive. Making your own can be done for next to nothing, and using things you probably already have on hand in the kitchen. An empty oatmeal box can be turned into an instant holder for items like ribbon, mailing supplies and even items in the garage. Deck it out with fabric or paper and put it to work. It can also decorated and used for kid inspired storage. Why buy a storage container for things like pencils, scissors, art supplies and tools when they can be made from empty cans…. read more

Space Saving Storage Designs

Space Saving Storage Designs

Space saving and micro living designs are helpful in areas where having enough room is a factor. The following are a few ideas that offer creative and flexible storage options. From Nook Architects, their renovation of a narrow apartment in Barcelona, Spain includes a clever floor based storage option. An inlay of traditionally placed floor tiles and gorgeous wooden flooring leads to a step up window seat that faces the terrace. The terrace is raised, and before the redesign the doorway was narrow and not an ideal entrance to the outdoor space. The design team had the idea to install the raised… read more

Feed the Birds

Making bird feeders

Studies have long shown that an early love of nature fosters ecological awareness that carries over into adulthood. One particular examination looked at 9 to 12 year old children’s involvement in outside activities for a span of six years. It was found that outside playtime had decreased by as much as 50% during this period. Getting kids to appreciate the outdoors can be as easy as providing the occasion. Birds and other outside animals offer an opportunity for inspiring projects that children will love. By constructing bird-friendly enticers, like feeders and treat holders, kids foster a connection to the inhabitants… read more

It’s A Wrap With These DIY Dresses

It’s A Wrap With These DIY Dresses

Wrap dresses and skirts are comfortable and easy to wear, but their popularity and versatility can sometimes also come with a way off the budget tag. With some extra fabric, scraps, sheets, linens or even other dresses and skirts, they can be transformed into a stylish wrap-able fashion. Famous for starting the wrap dress craze, Diane Von Furstenburg’s dresses are fabulous and sought-after, but they can also be made do it yourself style with some sewing know how. This vintage looking vogue inspired wrap dress imitates a stunning Diane Von Furstenburg style, minus the 100’s of dollars in costs. Tips are… read more

Paper Play

Paper Play

Children and scraps of paper can go hand in hand, as they love drawing, making and exploring with paper as a medium. They can also bring home a lot of extra paper from school or leftover from projects. The following are a few fun and useful ideas for putting extra paper to use around the house, and children can get in on the fun while learning about cutting down on waste and clutter. For any fashion interested youngsters in the house, check out this recycled couture series. Formed entirely from recycled paper, this collection of clothing is one imaginative series. From… read more

Designers Create New Inventions For Braille Users

Designers Create New Inventions For Braille Users

Braille is a printed communication system used by blind and visually impaired individuals. Shubham Banerjee has created a Braille printer that has gained worldwide attention for its ingenuity and real world application. Impressively, the printer is made from repurposed Lego pieces. Titled Braigo, the system is made from the Lego Mindstorms EV3 kit, which costs about $350. Banerjee stated that the retail price for a standard Braille printer can be upwards of $2,000. With such a decreased price, Banerjee’s invention could enable more Braille users to be able to print materials. What is even more impressive than his resourceful device is the fact… read more

Innovative Architecture Amidst The Trees

Innovative Architecture Amidst The Trees

Konrad Wójcik, an architecture student with WK Design, created a model of a unique home for a project. The goal was to develop a fully sustainable structure with a minimal imprint during the building process, and to maintain this after completion. Receiving the honor of a special mention, the conceptual idea for the tree line structure is a futuristic and highly interesting model. Called Primeval Symbiosis, the Single Pole House, they are built with wood and modeled after a naturally genius design – trees. The abstract development’s goal is to remain in balance with its surroundings, and floating along the… read more

Inspiring Interiors

Inspiring Interiors

People tend to gravitate to rooms that are pulled together and adorned with a little style. Even though happy with a space, having a look at other rooms can conjure up some inspiration or provide a fresh outlook. These rooms from Ganna Design aren’t afraid to use a mix match of items. Modern and repurposed pieces are both used, and the space is pulled together by color and texture. The composed rooms lend to a calm feeling that culminates in a relaxing but operative area. Intended as an office studio, there are separate creative zones but the floor plan allows… read more

Artist’s Dramatic Self-Portraits Without Photoshop

Artist’s Dramatic Self-Portraits Without Photoshop

In a world of predominantly digital art and computerized images, though impressive, it can be refreshing to see works that are handmade and painstakingly positioned, painted and perfected. Artist JeeYoung Lee has recently been showcasing an interesting collection of photographs made at her studio in Seoul, South Korea. Titled Stage of Mind, the series is completely free of the aid of Photoshop or any digital alterations. Lee hand designs all of the backdrops, and each detail is an impressive feat. The scenery is a mix of intricately placed objects, rich in color and dimension. Each setting involves endless hours that turn… read more

Maple Syrup Also A Medicine

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Sap from maple trees can enhance recipes, but the syrupy substance also has many medicinal properties. Known for centuries for its sweet flavor, it has also been turned to for natural remedies. Native North American people discovered the tree sap and its many beneficial qualities. Around the 17th century it was sold as an affordable, natural sweetener, and has been popular ever since. Maple syrup is made when the sap from maple trees is collected by drilling a hole and gathering the slow-dripping, thick liquid. It is then run through an evaporator to concentrate the syrup. After going through the evaporation… read more