Leslie Smith

Make Kids Clothes Last Longer

Make Kids Clothes Last Longer

Children are notorious for growing out of their clothes in record speed. And their clothing is notorious for being fairly pricey for items that will not be worn very long. Still quality hand-me-downs are always great to receive, but upcycling other items into new digs is another way to make clothes last longer. Adults or older siblings who have outgrown their clothes are the perfect go-to for fabric. Check out this DIY idea to turn old shirts or other clothes into a dress. The tutorial has great pictures and patterns, and any larger sized shirt could work. This pattern turns and… read more

The Zeb House In Norway Produces Its Own Energy

The Zeb House In Norway Produces Its Own Energy

A construction in Larvik, Norway can actually generate 2 times the energy that it uses. Named the ZEB Multi-Comfort House, the home was designed by Snøhetta. It is an experimental housing project that was created for the Research Center on Zero Emission Buildings. Going beyond responsible, this home is not only off the grid but can also contribute energy back to it. This design goes further than delegating smart power, but takes the excess energy generated from the house and actually puts it to work. The roof is slanted and positioned at an angle in order to collect the most sunlight, as… read more

Why Do We Learn What We Learn?

Why Do We Learn What We Learn?

Learning about activity and responses in the brain can allow insight into human behaviors, and why we act the way we do. One study has provided an interesting glimpse into what helps us to learn. Recently published in Neuron, the findings from this research on how curiosity charges the brain to enhance learning gives an in depth look at our internal reactions to learning behaviors and memory retention. It may be no surprise that the more intrigued we are about something, the more we want to know about it. However, what is it that actually sparks learning? Those who participated in the study rated… read more

Budget Built Blackpool House Towers Amid The Trees

Budget Built Blackpool House Towers Amid The Trees

Houses that are connected to nature can often blend in with the surroundings. However, this one from Glamuzina Paterson Architects Ltd. isn’t afraid to stand out and be itself while still being responsive to its topographical space. Called the Blackpool House, it is located in Blackpool, Waiheke. The clients wanted a house that could collaborate with the sprawling canopy of trees surrounding the property, without breaking the bank. Instead of building expansively outward, the architects designed a vertical construction. Resembling a fort that climbs up into the tree line, the structure’s height offers gorgeous views throughout. The home was economically built, but there… read more

Juice Box Wants Energy For All

Juice Box Wants Energy For All

Juice Box is a concept design that was created last year by Artefact. This year the design has achieved an award winning status, and has gained some impressively popular sponsors. Juice Box operates as an open energy system. Energy can be collected from various sources, then stored and routed to where it can be used. This allows people to charge and power up devices, as well as lighting and electrical necessities, even in distant and isolated areas. The system offers a sustainable way for off the map locations to receive electrical power. Developed for a project that concentrated on parts of… read more

World Food Day Salutes The Family Farm

World Food Day Salutes The Family Farm

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) assesses that 842 million people across the globe suffer from hunger, which is 12% of the world’s population. More than 70% of those who do not have regular access to healthy foods reside in rural parts of the world, including Africa, Asia and Latin America. In the U.S. alone, 1 out of 6 people does not have enough food to eat. 2 billion people are deficient in vital micronutrients. Women account for 60% of those who suffer from devastating hunger. It is estimated that worldwide 26% of children do not develop… read more

Tech Travels Back To The Fashionable Future

Tech Travels Back To The Fashionable Future

Ever evolving technology is hard to keep up with, and many say gadgets have lost some of the appeal and character of finely crafted devices. The following are 2 designs that bring back some oldschool charm to updated devices. From Instagram, the Projecteo is a kickback to the days of the oldschool projector. The micro-projector uses actual wheels of 35mm film and each Instagram slide can hold 9 photographs. Users can create their own film slides online and once placed in the Projecteo the images can be projected onto a surface for a personalized slideshow. Successfully funded on Kickstarter, the… read more

Solar Umbrella Home Is A Smart And Sunny Build

Solar Umbrella Home Is A Smart And Sunny Build

1953 saw the premier of the Umbrella House. Designed by Paul Rudolph, the mid-century style home was made to utilize the shade and winds by using a trellis construction, creating a thermal shield from intense climates. A modern update that pays homage to this significant architectural project is called the Solar Umbrella home. Located in Venice, California, the space was designed by Lawrence Scarpa and Angela Brooks of Brooks + Scarpa Architects. Applying the knowledge from their shared field, the architects were able to create a super-efficient, intelligently designed home with a sunny side. Both passive and active solar designs are fully… read more

DIY Makes Spray Bottles Better

DIY Makes Spray Bottles Better

Spray bottle products are convenient, perfectly sized and their contents are what many deem as daily necessities. However, they can also often include questionable components and high price tags, all contained in plastic. Why buy when you can DIY better than the original? The following bottle mist recipes are all natural and inexpensive. Plus, bottles you already have on hand can be reused to try them out, or you can make your own with a glass container. For a skin safe fragrance, body spray can be made with only 3 ingredients: filtered water, vegetable glycerin and essential oils. Adding vegetable glycerin… read more

The Culinary Lavender

The Culinary Lavender

A fragrant shrub, lavender has tons of uses from medicinal to its effectiveness in aromatherapy. Lavender contains phytonutrients and has benefits when applied topically, inhaled or ingested. Lavender also has many culinary applications. The tops of the flowers can be sprinkled on foods, added in batters and desserts or infused in beverages. Ingesting consumable lavender can ease an upset stomach and aid other digestive problems. It may also benefit the skin’s complexion. Taken orally it can relieve anxiety, calm the mind and help induce sleep. The following recipes provide some ideas on how to add lavender to beverages and food to enhance… read more