Jamie Van

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Solar shelter shines a light on refugee integration

One of the problems that can arise when providing housing for asylum seekers is that communities can see a burden involved, but not necessarily a …

Prototypes

Here's how to make a signal-blocking cell phone pouch, like the ones protesters are using at the RNC

For some at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, the chosen accessory for protection is an AR-15-style rifle, casually slung over the shoulder. For the Los Angeles-based artist and activist Tim Schwartz, it’s a discreet pouch made of matte silver ripstop fabric that houses his cell …

Protest

10 favorite online shops for vintage finds

Happy Friday loves! Today, I'm sharing another Friday <i>Where to Shop</i>. This week, I am featuring my <b>10 Favorite Online Shops for Vintage Finds</b>.<p>The thrill of the hunt! Don't you love it?! You enter the jungle of dust and the discarded and come out on the other side hauling out the treasure. Pretty darn …

AOL

Make This Portable LED Light Panel and Take Better Pictures

Lighting is everything, so build this DIY light panel to give your photos a boost.<p>Don't let poor lighting ruin an otherwise great photo. A portable LED fill light can add the extra dash of illumination you need, and if you don't want to pony up for a new one, you can make your own. Check out the …

23 Affordable Vacations That Are Perfect For Budget Travelers

Where to go to stretch your dollar as far as possible.<p>Yes, you will probably have to pay more for your plane ticket than you would for a domestic flight. But if you choose your destination wisely, you could end up spending much less while you're there. (And you should always follow these tips for …

49 Underrated Books You Really Need To Read

Under-read, overlooked, and forgotten books that everyone will love.<p>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.<p>Also: Just because you've read one of these doesn't mean everyone has. Stay classy. Yay books!

Books

DIY Floors that Look Like a Million Bucks

Flooring is one of the things that has the biggest impact on the look of a room — but beautiful floors can also be really expensive. But the good …

Flooring

12 Creative Ways to Declutter Your Home

A simplified, uncluttered life comes with its fair share of benefits: less to clean and organize, less stress, more money, and more energy for things …

DIY - Garden Love Seat - Quiet Corner

This slatted garden bench makes the perfect garden love seat.<p>You will need:<p>1 of 900 x 900mm 16mm marine plywood*<br>• 7 of 20 x 94mm PAR pine – cut to …

DIY Safe & Effective Bug Repellent

So, it’s spring and here in the Midwest mosquitoes have been out at all times during the day. I have heard how some people are more prone to being …

Essential Oils

Make Over Your Home With These 23 DIY Rugs

When making over a room in your home, all it takes is the right accessory to pull everything together. If you are looking to switch things up this spring, you’ll need a statement rug to highlight your new and improved (and clean!) space. This rug will be like art you can walk on, dig your toes in …

Visualizing A Hurricane’s Wrath With Wild, Kinetic Data Sculptures

Nathalie Miebach uses weather data from the superstorm to create chaotic sculptures evocative of the amusement park rides it destroyed.<p>Nathalie Miebach was born to do what she does. Her mom was a basket weaver. Her dad was an engineer who worked on the cameras of the Hubble Space Telescope. When …

Inspirational writing advice from Louisa May Alcott and 26 other great women authors

How Two People Can Build A Fully Functional Bug Out Cabin For About $10,000 In Just Two Days, by S.T.

There are many builders of sheds that are available all over the U.S. I picked this builder as an example because their products are available in my …

Custom 3D Printer Turns Songs into Ceramics

Studio van Broekhoven’s ceramics look like woven baskets, but really they’re 3D printed, sound-altered clay.<p>Ever wondered what your favorite album would look like as a clay pot? Thanks to two Dutch artists, you might be able to find out. Spatial sound designer Ricky van Broekhoven and designer …

Articles about 6 unique artists studios we love on Dwell.com - Dwell

Rugs don't just belong in cozy mountain lodges—as proven by a new summer collection from Brooklyn dealer Aelfie.<p>Somewhere between the fanciful beasts of Where the Wild Things Are and the hand-drawn charm of Marimekko, the characters in the...<p>The product and furniture maker maintains a dynamic …

San Francisco

The Ultimate DIY Beauty Gift Guide for 2015

DIY Beauty has taken on a world of its own, and there seems to be a recipe for everything these days. It’s easier than ever to source and fulfill your very own customizable beauty needs no matter how far-fetched or specific they may be. ‘Tis the season for gift giving, so what better way to …

19 Fun, Cheap Projects to Try This Weekend

By Wednesday, we're grateful to be over the weekday hump. On Thursday, we can sense the impending joy of Casual Friday. And then, it finally arrives: …

Stephen King Creates a List of 82 Books for Aspiring Writers (to Supplement an Earlier List of 96 Recommend Books)

Stephen King has given writers a lot to think about these past few years in his numerous interviews and in his statement of craft, <i>On Writing</i>. He …

The Ultimate Early Bird Holiday Gift Ideas

Christmas is less than three months away, and Hanukkah is even closer! We know some of you may be thinking we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves talking about the holidays , but honestly you DO NOT want to leave all that important shopping to the last minute (like you might have last year). As …

Add luxury to your tiny apartment with a DIY loft for 'only' $19/sq ft

If you’ve been in NYC for more than a minute, you know that apartment sizes can be a little, well, strange. The city is notorious for small …

60 Budget-Friendly DIY Large Wall Decor Ideas

Extra large wood letters definitely help your wall “speak” for itself! (Pike’s Place Blog)<p>Paper is simple and cheap, and looks great in this …

Wall Art

10 Things I Learned Starting My First Side Business As a Work at Home Mom

Before my son was born I was in awe of the idea of work at home moms (WAHMS). They had the best of both worlds, being with their families and still having a career. It sounded really simple to me. Then I tried it for myself and soon discovered that the dream lifestyle could easily become a …

Learn How to Screen Print and Make Custom ANYTHING for Under $20

We don’t just write about creativity here at Brit + Co — we <i>pass</i> creativity around. We have a whole slew of online classes and DIY kits that enable you to be creative by teaching you a variety of DIY techniques and skills — like this new class all on screen printing!<p>Plus, we’ve got the best of the …

Screen Printing

The Universal Remedy For Mind And Body That Is All Around Us - PsyBlog

It reduces depression, ADHD and fights cancer, obesity and more…<p>Being in nature relaxes the mind, which in turn enhances the immune system, new …

Immune System

Make Your Own Rope Rug

Soooo, remember when I shared this woven rag rug tutorial with you and I gave my solemn vow to hunt down other good rug projects? Well, I can hold my …

16 of America's Most Beautiful Swimming Holes

How To Build A 400sqft Solar Powered Off Grid Cabin For $2k

Basic information on solar energy<p>Solar energy is one of the world’s best and largest natural resources. Solar power is said to be green since, in …

Make This and You’ll Never Lose Your Keys or ID Again

If I had a dollar for every time I forgot my ID, keys or bus pass, I would probably have enough to money to go on a fancy tropical vacation. Eh, maybe just enough for a couple rounds of fancy tropical drinks. Real talk — keeping track of your keys and ID is pretty hard. They are so small and thin …