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Display Name: HandmadeKatie
Member Since: 3/18/10

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I don't think it's something I would want to become 100% reliant on, but it would be really nice for riding up the mile long hills that are just impossible to get all the way up at home.

Cycling News: New Copenhagen Wheel Makes any Bike Electric
10/30/13 10:57 AM

My mom has had white in her house for 15 years. With the right brand, it cleans easily, doesn't scratch or stain, and looks like new with minimal care. Also fridge magnets: these stick to it.

I think the chosen finish has to fit with the rest of the kitchen: I don't mind the white with wood or white on white at all: but if the kitchen is more stylistically industrial, sticking with an industrial-look stainless steel will always work.

Personally, I wouldn't mind a reinsulated/energy updated vintage avacado appliance set. With the right decor, I think it could be really fun!

White Kitchen Appliances are Trending White Hot
7/23/13 11:13 PM

Things to remember about these shows:
1) Of coarse these are scripted. HGTV is like that.
2) Contractors, designers, and architects get discounts on pretty much everything, that is how they/we make our living. It's essentially wholesale vs. retail pricing, but I'm sure the designers, contractors, etc. pass these savings on and get paid by sponsors.
3) The "Crashers" shows on DIY are unscripted. However, these aren't a "we're doing it THIS weekend," it's we're doing this the weekend after we get the permits.

Home Improvement Shows: How Real is Reality TV?
6/20/13 04:02 PM

I'm not sure that I agree with the assessment that these ever really went out of style: The implication here is that eat-in kitchens and islands are mutually exclusive, which isn't the case.

The trend that I see focuses more on mobility and multi-use space - which fits in well with the other trend of home sizes getting smaller instead of bigger.
But many islands (including the one at my mom's and the peninsula at my dad's) have a seating area included. What I've seen lately is islands which are not installed, and put on casters for mobility. Some of these can serve as additional seating or act as the table for the eat in kitchen as well.

The Hottest Old New Kitchen Design Trend Elle Decor
5/30/13 06:14 PM

I'm definitely open to getting chickens when I buy a house, as they are not legal in my current city (which is strange, since goats and sheep are legal...), but my cousins have four silkies in Mpls. Roosters aren't legal in the city, and they designed the coup around the old playhouse: it looks like a modern architecture house too. When I can get my own, I will definitely rely on them for advice.

Gertrude is my favorite of her hens: very sweet and loves to be held. I love that they have distinct personalities, and they are fed from the vegetable garden.

Pros & Cons of Raising Backyard Chickens
4/18/13 11:56 PM

The strawberry package basket and the hippo steal my heart!

Reduce, Reuce, and Recycle for... Easter?: Precious Easter Baskets from \"Trash\"
3/20/13 02:16 AM

So true, Emmi, on the cell phones! I can't for the life of me remember where I saw this statistic, but only 8% of cell phones get recycled. That article also pointed out that the average person upgrades their phone every 3-4 years...
According to NPD Group, a government sponsored market analysis company, $144 Billion each year is spent on consumer electronics in the US.
Holy cow.

Where To Dispose of One Time Use and Rechargeable Batteries
3/20/13 02:14 AM

Sounds like the concerns aren't with the idea, but the execution. A different kind of candle would solve all of the commenter concerns!

There are plenty of tea light and votive candles with metal separators, and these won't drip wax onto succulents or burn the rope.
Sheesh. One TINY change. When did everyone on this site start complaining so much?

DIY Driftwood Candelabra Green Wedding Shoes
3/20/13 02:07 AM

Getting organized can be overwhelming, but the key for me has always been working on sections and not letting anything move to another section without it remaining there.

Pro Organizer Tips: What NOT To Do When Decluttering Your Home
4/11/12 02:48 PM

My first rule of thumb is that it has to have a caption relevant to the image. Then I'll check out the full pin and open the pinned website to see the pin is from its original source.

@StationeryFiend: I've had problems pinning from certain websites too: AT, D*S, even my website. I've tried a different browser and it's normally okay.

Can Pinterest Keep Spammers and Scammers At Bay?
4/10/12 11:49 AM

This is absolutely wonderful! Definitely gives me some ideas on how to make a smaller yard work well when we buy!

Before & After: Empty to Lush Backyard Studio G
4/6/12 10:41 AM

Even if your bedroom is a multi-purpose room, there are still things that can make the sleeping space stress free, like:
1) Don't use your bed for work, internet surfing, etc. Use it for sleep only. I've struggled with insomnia for years, and when I'd use my bed as multi-purpose, it'd take 3-4 hours to fall asleep, now it probably takes me 1 or 2.
2) Hang curtains. Not just in front of windows, but if it helps, block off the work space in the room when it's time for bed.
3) Make the bed. If I'm getting things done in the bedroom when it's not made, the bed is terribly distracting. Keeping it made also helps keep me from using it for other things too.

Tips For Making Your Bedroom A Stress Free Zone
4/3/12 11:51 AM

This is so cool. There are no words.

A Skull Carved From Old Software Manuals!

3/30/12 01:30 PM

I have to say, I don't love any of these. But each bedroom reflects very well its inhabitant.
If I had to choose, I'd say somewhere between David Bowie and Neko Chase.

Sex, Sleep and Rock & Roll: 17 Musicians' Bedrooms
3/30/12 01:29 PM

Right now: we have almost nothing. Alarm clocks and cellphones. Other than that, we try to keep all the technology out so we can have a chance to unplug.

Pros & Cons: Tech In the Bedroom
3/30/12 01:24 PM

This is really cool! It's amazing what you can do with a few replacement parts. Makes me think about my current laptop a little more!

Before & After: A MacBook Remade Just For Mom
3/30/12 01:19 PM

The side tables in #6 caught my eye, but my attention was immediately stolen by the PADI flag in #4.

Hack, Build, Revamp: 10 Awesome DIY Nightstand Ideas
3/30/12 12:55 PM

I agree @Lorint! I want something to try this out on.
And the hinges in the photo are beautiful!

Chemical-Free Paint Removal in a Slow Cooker The Family Handyman
3/30/12 12:09 PM

I didn't think there really was any one thing, until you said "as long as I have a great pillow." I definitely fall into this category, and often prefer to have two great pillows, though I'll settle for the arm of a chair, the arm of a couch, my puppy, a friend...

What's Your Can't Live Without Item for a Good Night's Sleep? Reader Survey
3/30/12 12:01 PM

If I remember correctly from introducing this project, the in-laws had rented the condo out, hated pretty much everything in it, and let college kids break everything.

I'm a little excited to see what you decide for this one!

The World's Ugliest Condo: A Glimpse of What's to Come Renovation Diary
3/29/12 04:58 PM