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September 28, 2011

15 Unusual Uses for Cheap Vodka

via www.instructables.com

'Scooch' is a revered contributor to the Instructables.com community of makers, hackers and builders, and this article is a classic. 

I've already covered the dry-cleaning talents of vodka, but Scooch offers 14 other great uses, from mouthwash to floral enhancer.

Picture frames on the cheap

via ohhappyday.com

Great tips from Oh Happy Day for making cheap, lightweight picture frames using plexiglass and paper tape. Or you can use glass and solder if you want a slightly higher-end version.

September 26, 2011

How To Remove an Ink Stain with Milk and Vinegar

via www.re-nest.com

I've soiled myself with ink more often than any known human, so this little experiment is going down tonight. Will post results.

September 22, 2011

Top 26 home energy hogs using gobs of 'phantom' power

via www.forbes.com

Wow, look what's sucking electrons even when the power is turned 'off'. As with 'HAL' in 2001 A Space Odyssey, it's time to unplug these babies.

Shark Attack Porcelain Mug

via www.mcphee.com

If I were getting married, this would be at the top of my Gift Registry list.

September 21, 2011

Choosing a furnace filter that doesn't suck

Just say 'no' to furnace filter bafflement:



7 projects to build with your kids

via www.canadianhomeworkshop.com

From cool fridge magnets to boomerangs and birdhouses, this is a great post from Canadian Home Workshop Magazine on stuff to build with your kids.  Or try the wacky project I did with my 6-year-old friend Zander. 

How to repair damaged computer cables in 3 easy steps

via sugru.com

This really works. I've repaired two cables so far.  And I admire the woman who invented the plasticky repair-all compound you see in the photos (comes in orange, white, black, blue and green) because she says things like this:


The bedding that stops snoring and hot flashes

via www.costco.ca

This is the greatest bedding and I just happened to notice that Costco is carrying it. Eliminates dust mites and all of the allergies that go with it. Ended my husband's snoring and my hot flashes.  Here's the poop on allergies from a bit I did on CTV...


September 15, 2011

Free up your schedule with a torso pillow

via gizmodo.com

Slightly morbid lower-torso-and-legs pillow is a happy hangout for any lap-loving cat. And you can still get stuff done while the surrogate lap does its fine work. Isn't your time worth 175 bucks? Thanks to my nephew Chas for the link.


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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