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DIY Witch’s Apothecary Bottles

These little spooky apothecary bottles are such a clever use of materials! Collect up your old spice tins and empty pill bottles to make these totally rad Halloween props. Just add some hot glue details, paint, cork, moss and bark– and you’ve got instant antique containers. This is definitely a …

Buyer's Guide: Deals on the iPad Air, MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More

There are several deals on various Apple products this week, including the iPad Air and several MacBooks. Target, for example, is offering a <b>$100 gift card</b> with the purchase of any iPad Air model, which is perfect for users who are looking for a good deal on an iPad Air and don't need to wait for an …

How-To: Paper House Luminary

When I spotted this DIY paper luminary project by Cathe Holden at Just Something I Made, it really lit up my day! Cathe provides a template that you can print onto paper and cut out by hand. I am thinking of converting this into a pattern my Silhouette machine can cut for me. I would love to make a …

Homemade Crocheted Vintage Caravan and Mini Caravan Pattern

Kate of Greedy For Colour wanted a little caravan of her own, so she went ahead and crocheted herself a vintage caravan, which opens out to reveal an incredibly detailed interior.<p>So, this is what you do when you would love to have a caravan, but just can’t quite justify it – crochet hooks come out …

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How-To: Paper Monster Silhouettes

This little gang of silhouette monsters are a great craft for both kids and adults! Jen van Overbeeke of In Paper Dreams recently ran a free workshop over at the local library here in Kitchener, ON. The workshop was a part of the <i>It’s On!</i> programming series, for (but not limited to) the 20s/30s …

How to Convince Your Kids to Eat 'Scary' Foods

Chefs and parents share their experiences and know-how on getting kids to eat scary, intimidating foods<p>Some foods we adults love are completely intimidating to the younger set. <b>Kids, picky or not, are the ultimate food snobs.</b> Dishes that look weird, smell odd, or require special tools or preparation …

Electronic Demon Costume Tutorial

Halloween is right around the corner, and this awesome electronic demon costume is sure to cause a ruckus on your trick-or-treating adventures. The costume features glowing EL wire wings and horns, an animated LED matrix face, and an Arduino-based voice changer, and Adafruit gives you the tutorials …

You’re Not Supposed To Be Happy All The Time: 10 Things We Misunderstand About Emotion

1. The long-term effects of emotional abuse can be as bad, if not worse, than physical abuse.<p>Emotional abuse is often not taken as seriously because …

DIY “Poison” Toffee Apples

Nothing beats a homemade caramel apple, but if you’re looking for something a little more ominous this Halloween, then you might try whipping up a batch of these “poison” toffee apples from Simply Delicious. By simply adding a few drops of black gel food coloring to your homemade toffee, this …

DIY Bracelet from Old Belt

The photo’s don’t do this piece any justice but it is a very clever up cycling idea. I am sure if you have stepped foot into a second hand clothing …

How-To: Spooky Crystal Ball Candlesticks

Create a fun and spooky crystal ball decor effect that’ll make your friends and trick-or-treaters look twice with this cool spooky crystal ball candlesticks tutorial from Bev at Flamingo Toes!<p>For this project, Bev teamed up with Karen from The Graphics Fairy to create a ready-to-use printable for …

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How To Draw Dancing Mushrooms With An Oscilloscope

Immediately after Ryan Slaugh’s Sound Card Oscilloscope went live last week, I serendipitously began stumbling upon more oscilloscope projects and videos. One is this gem of a video by Austria-based musician Jerobeam Fenderson, who makes “oscilloscope music,” performing live gigs using the o’scope …

How to Set Up Apple Pay and Add Credit Cards

Now that iOS 8.1 has been released to the public, we're getting our first look at what Apple Pay looks like on the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. Apple Pay isn't immediately obvious when iOS 8.1 is installed -- users will need to open up Settings or Passbook to see various Apple Pay features.<p>The …

Recipe: Green Chocolate Monster Bowls

Having a Halloween party? Scare up some fun with this creepy delicious recipe and tutorial for making your own green chocolate monster bowls from Emma on A Beautiful Mess!<p>Tasty and adorable!<p>Ready to give it a try? Click here to see the full how-to.

DIY Automatic Fish Feeder Using Arduino Nano

There are all kinds of automatic fish feeders on the market, however most just dump the allotted food in one lump and typically can’t be programmed for an entire week of use. While this may not be a problem for some aquarium enthusiasts, it was for Brian (from Belgium). The fish enthusiast has a …

DIY Faux Wax Drip Candle Tins

I shared the tutorial for these Faux Wax Drip Candles made out of empty Pirouline Tins on my own blog, Punk Projects.<p>I recycled 3 skinny Pirouline …

How to Use 'Instant Hotspot' On a Mac with OS X Yosemite

With OS X Yosemite, Apple has included a number of Continuity features that improve the integration between iOS and Mac devices. OS X Yosemite includes a feature called Instant Hotspot which allows users to more easily use their iPhone's wireless cellular data connection from their Mac or iPad.<p>With …

51 Ways to Cook Root Veggies

Make a Glowing Jack-EL-Lantern

Tired of the same humdrum pumpkin carving routine year after year? Growing weary of identical jack-o-lanterns up and down your street? Here’s a techy, glowy fix that won’t catch fire, unless you consider the droves of fans at your doorstep too hot to handle.<p>Today we’re making an electroluminescent …

How-To: Basic Crocheted Square Blanket

If you’re planning to combat the winter chill with a crocheted blanket or two but are feeling a little overwhelmed by all the available patterns, you’ll definitely want to check out this delightfully simple basic crocheted square blanket tutorial from Dottie Angel. The fun colors and join-as-you-go …

How to Kick Off a Dinner Party Right: Cheese Balls, Spiced Nuts, and More

Yes, dinner is important. But it's how you coat your cheese balls and ice your drinks that really sets the tone. Here, 15 ideas for kicking the night off right<p><i>Yes, dinner is important. But it’s how you coat your cheese balls and ice your drinks that really sets the tone. Here, 15 ideas for kicking</i> …

How to Photograph Lightning - the Ultimate Guide

If someone told me I could only take pictures of one thing for the rest of my life – I’d think about it for awhile, and then choose lightning. …

20 DIY Projects to Revamp Your Old Sweaters

Those bulky, old sweaters are starting to look a little run down.<p>However, just because you're clearing out your closet doesn't mean you need to let …

Tutorial: 6 seam finishes that don’t require a serger

Tutorial: 6 seam finishes that don’t require a serger<p>Beth from The Renegade Seamstress shares a tutorial at eHow showing six kinds of seam finishes …

Free Pattern

Vintage crochet patterns can sometimes be hard to follow but getting back in touch with the “old style” of crochet is a learning curve that just one …

DIY Faux Bear Skin Rug

Show off the spoils of your faux hunting trip with this unbearably clever DIY bear rug tutorial by We Lived Happily Ever After!<p>It turns out that a little faux fur, an old sweater, some felt, and a couple of buttons make very charming rug.<p>[via Scissors and Thread]

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How to fix connection issues with Instant Hotspot in iOS 8.1 and OS X Yosemite

Before beginning, remember that you must be running OS X Yosemite on your Mac and iOS 8.1 or newer on your iOS devices in order for Instant Hotspot …

How-To: DIY Paper Doll Costume

In need of a last-minute Halloween costume idea? This DIY paper doll costume tutorial from Caitlin on The Merrythought is pretty darn fantastic.<p>There are endless options for customizing this costume with different colors, outfits, and accessories to fit your own personal style!<p>Ready to get dressed …

DIY Washi Tape Halloween Tic Tac Toe

Having a play date or looking for something fun to do with your kids? Create a super easy Halloween inspired Tic Tac Toe board using washi tape. You …