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The HTTPS in your browser's address bar is important for staying safe on the web

Google Chrome will soon clearly indicate that sites without encryption are "not secure."<p>It has probably been a while since you typed "http" in front of a URL to cruise around the web, but those simple letters are still crucial to your experience on the internet.<p>That familiar abbreviation stands for …

IT security

Best Paints For Plastic Furniture

There are quite a few different kinds of plastic paints on the market. They vary in quality. Here are some of the best plastic paints I’ve found:<p>If …

Bat Houses

<i>Please Note: The bat house shown in this video is a display model; a real bat house should never be this small! Please see our Certification Program</i> …

Feline

Chair Graveyard Rescue {DIY Bench Project}

<i>Caution: Wood is naturally splintery and power tools can be dangerous. Please use caution when working with wood and power tools and use in</i> …

How to Make Mosaic Garden Projects

Plain concrete stepping-stones or terra-cotta pots make solid bases for mosaics. Broken china, bits of glass, stones, crystals, marbles ... let your …

Home Improvement

The Five–Minute Rock

My garden is edged in stones, but not all of them are real. After dropping a few bucks on real rocks and scrounging reject rocks from friends, I …

There are two types of fat cells. Here’s how to get more of the good stuff.

Not all fat is created equal.<p><i>Every January, fat's in the crosshairs of health columnists, fitness magazines, and desperate Americans. This year, PopSci looks at the macronutrient beyond its most negative associations. What’s fat good for? How do we get it to go where we want it to? Where does it</i> …

24 hidden settings to maximize your Mac

We mean Mac-simize.<p>Apple prides itself on the polish and slickness of its software, and on the surface, macOS proves itself an intuitive and easy-to-navigate operating system. Dig deeper, however, and you'll find a heap of useful settings and options that let you customize your computing …

Apps

Why Brainstorming Groups Kill Breakthrough Ideas (and What To Do Instead)

In a nutshell, they simply don't work.<p>Over a half a century ago, Alex Osborne wrote an influential book called <i>Applied Imagination</i> that opined that "the average person can think up twice as many ideas when working with a group than when working alone." Managers must have been convinced because …

Creativity

Tech tricks to help you organize your digital photo library

Get more out of Google Photos and Apple Photos.<p>Smartphones' ever-improving cameras encourage us to snap an ever-increasing pile of digital photos. And as these images build up in your phone's storage, they become harder and harder to organize. That's where apps come in.<p>Both Google Photos (for …

How to feed your gut

Want a healthy gut? Reach for the kimchi, sauerkraut, artichokes, coffee and chocolate. But watch out – one category of food will make your microbes wither<p>Kimchi, kombucha, sauerkraut, miso and kefir – all fermented foods and drinks – have been around for centuries, but suddenly they are all the …

Microbiology

Upcycling Leftover Quilt Backing Into Crochet Rugs!

One of the byproducts of quilting is leftover backing pieces, which on bed size quilts can be quite large. I've been collecting mine and have quite a …

How To Machine Bind A Quilt

Binding. The finishing touch on a quilt, not only in the literal sense of being the final step to finishing our quilts by encasing all the raw edges …

Stay cosy this winter with issue 55 - Love Patchwork & Quilting

The temperature has dropped and we’re all trying to keep our toes toasty… enter issue 55 of <i>Love Patchwork & Quilting</i>. The jam-packed issue hits the …

Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century

I’m so excited about this new book, <i>Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century</i> by Riane Menardi, Alissa Haight Carlton and Heather Grant. I can’t wait …

Quilting

Create Your Own One-Block Wonder

<i>One-Block Wonders of the World</i> is Maxine Rosenthal’s fourth book showcasing her terrific single-fabric designs using 60° triangles. Her coauthor, …

Find Vampires Graves and Magical Creatures in This Country

From legendary dragons to castle-dwelling ghosts, discover Poland's rich folklore tradition.<p>Any visitor to Poland will be struck by the country’s vibrant and sometimes bloody history of royal dynasties, wars, and occupations. But equally rich is its folklore tradition of witchcraft, hauntings, …

European Travel

These 12 Bookstores Are Worth Traveling for

As long as books have existed, so too has the concept that reading one is like traveling without leaving your seat. Let us make the argument, though, for being transported both mentally and physically. In the age of Amazon, it’s nothing short of inspiring to see some of the most distinctively …

20 IKEA Hacks You’ll See Everywhere in 2018

Furniture

Here's what an effective LinkedIn profile looks like in 2018

Hate to break it to you, but if you're treating LinkedIn like an old-fashioned Rolodex, you're doing it wrong.<p>Nearly every industry uses LinkedIn to find and vet job candidates, and over 90% of recruiters rely on the site, according to data from the Society of Human Resource Management. So your …

Employment

13 places to eat in the PATH and what to order at each one

Toronto is home to the largest underground pedestrian network in North America. More than 200,000 people use the PATH every day and there are over …

How to Clean Your Mattress

Mattresses are on the receiving end of dead skin cells, sweat, stains, dust mites, and all manner of lovely things. Despite linens and mattress pads, …

A strange diet is designed to slow aging by mimicking fasting — but you can eat normally most of the time

Most of us don't just want to live longer. We want stay healthier at the same time — an extra 20-30 years lying in a sickbed sounds terrible.<p>Valter Longo, the director of the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California, believes that by eating in a specific way, people might be …

Holistic Medicine

A six pack won’t make you a better runner, but these deep core exercises might

Your deep core muscles aren't visible, but they could prevent chronic back pain.<p>Most new runners assume that the best way to improve is simply to run greater and greater distances. While it’s true that going farther and faster will improve your running skills, most coaches and trainers will advise …

Got COLOR?

As much as we love our designer collections, we love mixing them all up to make combinations for scrap quilts. Because you know we love scrap …

10 Removable Adhesive Products All Renters Should Know About

Renters like nice things too! And, thankfully, each year more and more products emerge that are removable and won't jeopardize your security deposit …

Home Depot

The 10 Natural Cleaning Recipes Everyone Should Have Memorized

Is your cleaning mantra "When in doubt, douse it in bleach"? While you might feel confident your house is sanitary and squeaky clean, you can't …

12 Lovely & Low-Maintenance Lawn Replacements

A lush lawn is the dream for most homeowners, a uniform emerald carpet that covers up unsightly dirt and provides a soft space to walk and play. But …

Emotional Vampires Want to Drain Your Energy. Here's How to Stop Them

Slow, rational thought is the key to protecting yourself.<p>Some people consistently make you want to crawl under a rock and hibernate. These people, as psychologist Albert J. Bernstein outlines in <i>Emotional Vampires at Work: Dealing With Bosses and Coworkers Who Drain You Dry</i>, come in five major …

Want a Fulfilling Relationship? Science Says the Happiest Couples Have These 13 Characteristics

The last one is particularly endearing.<p>Romantic relationships are challenging, rewarding, confusing, and exhilarating--sometimes all at the same time.<p>Should you take things slowly at the beginning or dive right in? Can things stay hot in the bedroom even after years of being together? What happens …