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June 26, 2009

Relief for Would-Be Decorators and Designers!

I got some feedback from a member of ToolGirl.com: 

"I'm clueless when it comes to decorating. I find the seemingly infinite choices, even in something as fundamental as color scheme, let alone all the other options, overwhelming to the point of paralysis. I want some decorating advice."

I can relate.  I once painted a floor 7 times before I got the colour right.  If I have to pick out tiles or flooring or fabrics I just want to go to sleep until it's over.  As men abhor chick movies, I loathe making decor decisions.

Fortunately, there's now a new, fresh, free online resource to help those of us who are decor-challenged. RONA (Canada's largest hardware and home improvement dealer) offers a way to make choosing your decorating style really simple and maybe even fun.  They even provide free plans for DIY projects like canopy beds and storage - complete with materials lists and cut lists.  

Watch this ToolGirl video report for a tour of the resources available to you online at rona.ca.

How to replace the screen on a sliding screen door


011 - Adjusting the screws - wide To Screen the Impossible Screen

Summer entertaining outdoors is great because the spills don’t have to be cleaned up.  But there are risks.  For example, having people over for drinks is a leading cause of extroversion.   And feeling jovial makes you a target for summer perils, like forgetting that the screen door is closed when you’re carrying a tray full of refreshments. 

Charging into a closed screen door is perfectly normal.  If you don’t believe me, then next time you’re at a friend’s place, notice all the little rips and dents in THEIR screen door and say “How did this happen?”  They'll either avert their eyes (if they're the culprit who ran into the screen) or do a snot laugh (if it was a relative).

No matter how your screen got holey, replacing it is easy.  But there is towering potential for irritation. For one thing, screen doors are flimsy once you’ve taken them off their rigid tracks, so they twist, rack and skitter around.  If you’re feeling short-tempered or hormonal, it’s probably less stressful to just sell your house and start over in a home with intact screens.  OR, you can try my screen defeating tactics.

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June 24, 2009

Wet/Dry Stream Bed

My friend Sue got free tickets to go on a garden tour and took some great photos. I kinda suck at gardening so I found this stream bed thing fascinating. It took somebody days of work to lay out all of these blue stones. That's just an insane amount of work but what a cool way to avoid gardening.

This is a dry stream created out of blue pebbles. They have been all carefully laid down to mimic the look of flowing water. AMAZING!  (See the effect of the whole stream bed at Sue's Musings.)

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June 21, 2009

Cool garden bench for beginners

I really like some of the plans these people (PlansNow) come up with.  They're also the editors of Workbench Magazine.  I haven't tried this bench but the plans are only $5.95 and it's a pretty imaginative design.  Also, they seem to carry a wild array of plans for different projects, with lots of different styles to suit your whims.  So if you're not the kind of person who likes to eyeball things and guess at dimensions, working from plans might be your thing. 













Garden Bench Woodworking Plan
Garden Bench Woodworking Plan
Joinery Used
Suggested Power Tools
Full lap joints, threaded rods and glue
Table saw or circular saw, hand drill & drill guide

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June 09, 2009

Built a House Yet?

Meet some of the fantastic women who worked on the Toronto Habitat for Humanity building blitz in May.  If you're inspired, join us!

June 04, 2009

Great Father's Day Gift

Just in time for Father's Day, we've got a second printing of We're All In This Together ready to go and Canadian Tire has picked up the book. 
I'm on the road for the next couple of weeks signing books at Canadian Tire stores, so drop in if you're close by.  Check here for a detailed list of appearances.  Hope to see you there! 
In the meantime, here's a 2-minute clip from a recent book reading event where Steve and I tried to explain our decision to sell the book only in Canadian hardware stores.

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Mag's Books

  • : We're All In This Together

    We're All In This Together
    Based on four years of interviews with Steve Smith, Mag's unconventional biography reveals the personal stories, sorrows and joys that continue to inspire the man behind the Red Green legacy.

  • : How Hard Can It Be?

    How Hard Can It Be?
    Mag's quirky and entertaining book of home improvement projects for beginners.

Nota Bene

  • It’s never too late to be who you might have been. - George Eliot (1819-1880)
  • Simplicity of character is the natural result of profound thought. - My fortune cookie