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Display Name: ScuttledCuttle
Member Since: 9/17/12

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No way. Shoes are not that pretty (no, not even yours) and clean or not, are still things that go on your feet. Why would anyone want to see these displayed?

Shoes as Art: 10 Clever Shoe Storage Ideas for Small Spaces
7/25/14 08:20 AM

Really love that living room. What a shiny, beautiful piano!

An Empty Nester's Well-Deserved Renovation Professional Project
7/20/14 08:43 AM

Toaster ovens are awesome! And no, I don't have a toaster alongside it - my convection toaster oven can toast, bake, broil, etc. I originally bought it b/c my first apartment didn't have an oven, but I wouldn't give it up for anything. Mine heats up way, way faster than a full sized oven, so I generally use it for baking unless I'm doing something really large (turkey, multiple pans of cookies or cakes). It saves energy by heating up a smaller space.

It's also perfect for reheating things that would get soggy in a microwave. I don't have to worry about trying to shove bagel halves into a small slot and can even toast full sandwiches or buns with cheese on top, something you can't do in a traditional toaster. Yes, it's bulky, but it's probably the piece of kitchen equipment I use the most.

Don't Fall for It: 5 Things You Really DON'T Need At Home
7/13/14 12:27 AM

Beautiful! I wasn't sure anything could save that ugly before, but I'm impressed.

Before & After: A Dumpster Lamp Gets a New Life
7/11/14 10:53 PM

I think the instability of jobs and educational debt are definitely keeping many would-be homeowners from buying. Who can buy when your job is grant-funded and temporary or you can be let go at a moment's notice?

I've always rented but am itching to own. I want to be able to change things and not have to worry about putting nail holes in walls or fixing things I hate. In some ways, owning seems more stable financially, as rent can go up without much warning and often at an alarming rate. Most of my coworkers who own are paying much less for their mortgages than I am for rent, even with extra expenses included.

Also, considering there are usually penalties for breaking a lease and most places I've ever seen require 12-month leases, there really isn't as much freedom to just pick up and move as you'd think. The timing must be perfect or you'll take a financial hit (unless you have very understanding and decent landlords). My last place let me change to a month-to-month lease when I knew I was actively job hunting, but I still paid extra for the "privilege".

I'm also tired of hearing other people all the time and not having any green space beyond a balcony. Maybe I'll be just as disillusioned with owning after I try it, but right now it feels like an attractive option.

Is Home Ownership Still Part of The American Dream?
7/11/14 10:29 PM

Actually, as declawed cats are more likely to have issues with urinating outside the litter box (due to foot pain caused by the unnecessary surgery you put them through) and other unwanted behaviors, you may end up with a lot more damage in the end.

Tips For Negotiating a Lease with Exotic Pets
7/11/14 09:32 PM

I'm with kimithy. In the South it gets far too hot to have a duvet of any sort, even the lightest of "summer weight" duvets/comforters I've seen marketed. A top sheet and a light cotton blanket is all I can manage, and half the time the blanket gets kicked off even though I do run the a/c at night. I generally can't sleep without some form of cover, so a top sheet is invaluable.

Don't Fall for It: 5 Things You Really DON'T Need At Home
7/11/14 09:14 PM

Looks like ham to me.

A Guide to Get You Grilling Like a Pro
7/3/14 10:47 AM

I can't wait for the day when women living alone isn't something to be commented on as if it's still rare or surprising.

Singular Style: Inspirational House Tours from Women Living On Their Own
7/2/14 10:19 AM

For those not seeing what's wrong with the t-shirt, it's not the one she's wearing. The item for sale seems to have been deleted, so perhaps the negative reaction caused her to think twice about it.

Not feeling this place. What seating there is just looks uncomfortable.

Ashley's Soft Industrial Artist Loft House Tour
7/1/14 09:26 AM

What? Plenty of people use treadle machines. There's a charity in the UK that does donate treadle and hand crank machines to places that can use them (can't remember the name but it came up recently on the vintage machine mailing list I'm on). They can be donated not to factories, but to people who can use them to generate income by working for themselves.

Mostly I just don't see the point in using something that you have no interest in for another display purpose. Why have the "Singer" logo so prominent in some of these? And yes, some people do throw out the machines and gut the tables to do this. Such a waste. At the very least let the machine (if broken beyond reasonable repair) be used for parts. Sure, the red-eye Singers are a dime a dozen, but some machines are rare and would be appreciated by sewers who love the solid old machines.

Versatile Vintage: Sewing Machine Tables in Every Room
6/28/14 09:02 AM

I agree with HollyP - these old machines are wonderful workhorses and many of the examples above look like perfectly good tables that could still work to their original purpose. The "shabby chic" example particularly galls. I hate this trend.

Versatile Vintage: Sewing Machine Tables in Every Room
6/27/14 09:11 PM

I use them to make sticky toffee pudding. One of my very favorite desserts!

11 Ways to Stuff Your Face with Dates Recipes From The Kitchn
6/25/14 03:30 PM

Silica crystals aren't healthy for cats, from what I've read. I dunno, I don't find the cat box annoying enough to want to spend so much on any fiddly automatic thing.

The Scoop on the ScoopFree Litter Box by PetSafe Tech Test Lab Review
6/24/14 10:18 AM

Very inspired, and I personally love all the colors. I'd say I can't believe some of the comments (plain old rust and chipped paint = fine patina?), but this is AT.

Before & After: A Retro Bowling Ball Holder Gets A New Life
6/18/14 10:27 PM

Very cool! No info on where to buy them yet, though.

These Tiles Are Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles Design News
6/13/14 11:44 AM

I don't mind Greek yogurt but I hate that it's dominating the market right now. Some of my regular yogurts have been harder to find of late and when I asked the manufacturers or stores, I was told it's because they're focusing on Greek yogurt instead. GRRR.

What's The Difference Between Regular and Greek Yogurt? Ingredient Intelligence
6/9/14 02:13 PM

Gross, and a waste of perfectly good food. Art shouldn't be wasteful.

Artist Paints Walls with Chocolate Design News
6/5/14 10:59 AM

I would love this, though would definitely put down some area rugs. Of course, anything would be better than rental beige carpets.

Unexpected Flooring: Tile in the Bedroom
6/5/14 10:57 AM

Very interesting series! I like the befores better in just about every case here.

Color By Decade: The 1930s Color Therapy
6/5/14 10:55 AM