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August 10, 2010

I Leg to Differ


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This creation is just my kind of weird. It reminds me of the Christmas I knitted 18 sweaters; sometimes libido arrives unbidden and it's good to find a wholesome outlet for it.

And this leggy darling has poignant levels of repression.  You can gaze admiringly at it, but never get under it. This table is the furniture-fication of unrequited love.

Inky Dinky Slider - How to Move Heavy Stuff Singlehandedly with No Screaming

Ditch the hernia and move heavy stuff smartly

One of the great opportunities of a family reunion (besides the name-calling and the short-sheeting) is getting help with moving heavy stuff that’s been sitting in the garage for two years, like that 400-pound treadmill I bought on eBay.  

Ruffman family members enjoyed a valuable team-building exercise as we horsed that giant unit into the basement.  The project comprised four essential team-building principles:  sweat, swearing, strain and liniment.  

But why wait for the help of relatives who eat seven times a day, max out the wireless Internet and correct your grammar?

You can move stuff alone for an investment of as little as $25 using a new wonder-tool invented by a savvy woman with a penchant for hauling.

Sliding Into Home
When the editor of a respected periodical like Popular Mechanics says something nice about a new tool, you have to perk up:

"If the BigSlider had been around 5,000 years ago, the wheel might have never been invented."
-- Jim Meigs, Editor-in-Chief,  Popular Mechanics

That’s a pretty dramatic statement.  Not as dramatic as “Your cat just fell behind the dresser and I don’t think it can get out”, but still pretty arresting.  

So what is the BigSlider? It’s a rectangle of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic that reduces friction to such a huge degree that you can drag a 300-pound load and it feels like it’s a quarter of that weight.  

Inventor Jeri Masterson created BigSlider  because she needed to move things around her home and garden while her husband was at work.  The BigSlider replaces wheelbarrows, handcarts, relatives and sheer brawn.  It comes in several sizes ($25-$155 at www.bigslider.com) so you can choose the model that suits your purposes. 

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August 08, 2010

Dapper Wooden Necktie from the Brilliant Minds at Instructables.com

via www.instructables.com

Instructables.com is one of my favourite sites to browse through and shop for ideas. If you haven't checked it out lately, they are adding more and more stuff every minute. Each 'Instructable' teaches you something you probably didn't know before, and it's all free. That said, I did pay a small fee for a 'Pro' membership so that I could get instructions in PDF format and store them in my burgeoning Project File.

August 03, 2010

New ToolGirl Music Video Showcases Adequate Hammer Collection

I have 44 hammers (so far) so we created this soaring music video to display some of the best ones.  Stiletto, Vaughan, Stanley, Hart...they're all here. Feel free to suggest a hammer I haven't met yet. 

How To Build A Sandbox | Charles & Hudson

via www.charlesandhudson.com

Fabulous design, simple techniques and great tips. The Charles & Hudson site has great advice and projects for beginners.  And what parent of a toddler isn't craving a sandbox just looking at that photo?  Personally, I'm craving the dog. 


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