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A patio floor does double duty as a Scrabble board. E. Spencer Toy Click to Enlarge "I like areas of double use," says Sacramento architect Kristy McAuliffe, and her 5-foot square Scrabble board rates at least a double-word score on the scale of inventive garden games. With the help of friend Keith Rogers, McAuliffe made a wood frame, then poured concrete and scored it into 3¾-inch squares separated by ¼-inch joints. After the concrete had cured for one month, she colored the squares using water-base concrete stains. McAuliffe then made 100 3¼-inch square letter tiles from baseboard trim. She found precut, adhesive-backed vinyl letters and numbers at a sign shop, stuck them on the tiles, and sealed each one with spray lacquer. The lightweight letters, which are stored in a canvas bag, fit on metal trays made by McAuliffe's friend, metal artist Crystal Weber. Games go late on summer evenings. More: Our favorite backyard projects

Backyard bocce What game is as ancient as Rome and still fun to play today? It's bocce, an Italian ball game that involves rolling resin bocce balls down a long rectangular court at a small target ball, called a pallino. A familiar activity in places like the Napa Valley, bocce is becoming more popular in backyards across the West. Sandy Brewer and her husband, David, a landscape contractor, design bocce courts like this one at Landmark Vineyards in Kenwood, California. DESIGN: Boccebrew, San Rafael, CA (415/453-8842) Build your own bocce court Standard courts for amateur players are 60 by 12 feet. Dig and level the playing area. Build the box to contain the playing surface. Install a French drain (an area in which water collects and runs through a perforated pipe) with 3/4-inch crushed rock. Cover the surface with 1/2-inch hardware cloth. Fill with class II base rock (used under asphalt roadways). Cover with a 3-inch layer of decomposed granite or a mixture of clay and crushed oyster shells.

DIY Pallet Wall {Part 2} | Just a Girl Blog Okey Dokey. So we left off with a pile of wood. So now what? Paint the wall. I knew there would be a lot of imperfections in the wood, and there might be some gaps here and there. Alrighty! I hope I can explain this part right. Oddly enough, we used a level for the first few layers, but we didn’t use it for the rest of the wall. The only obstacle really? But…it’s in my son’s room, upstairs, on the opposite side of his bed. I took a couple of close-ups so you could see the imperfections in it. And a couple of final thoughts… I’ve had some questions about precautions I took with this wood. Basically, I’m not a pallet expert, and I can’t tell you what to do.

9 Cool Things to Do With Old Books & Written Word - StumbleUpon Bibliophiles and bookworms, English majors and lovers of literature: is it possible to have too many books? They accumulate so quickly! Every member of your family getting you the same three books you requested for Christmas. We are up to our waists in books, some of which we hate (really Master Burns? Update: Do to the overwhelming support (HA!) 1. It brings a whole new meaning to “audio book.” Use your old books to showcase your artistic side. Good for hiding passwords and codes, the key to your safe, and family jewels. 2. Your choice of ribbon can transform this wreath so it is suitable for every holiday – or every day! 3. If you think floating books are mesmerizing, check out some other wacky bookshelves that will make your head spin (and your walls upgrade to awesome). 4. Book clocks are for everyone, young and old. 5. We recommend using a low-watt bulb, like 10 or 15 maximum. 6. For the fashionable bookworm in all of us. 7. You could also use the pages to make paper beads. 8. 9.

Make a moss terrarium in a wine bottle: moss-age in a bottle It’s been a long, cold 2009 here in the northeast. All the more reason to have a little winter garden. In a wine bottle. Last fall, I discovered and was immediately inspired by the work of Paula Hayes, an artist in the East Village. So I did my best to replicate her art using my own medium: wine. I first added dirt to the bottle. Wow of a Home | The Good Stuff Guide December 6, 2013 Home Tour Friday is upon us. And today’s home is stunning. And it has several unique features that will wow you. I’m happy to report we’re traveling to my home state of Michigan. **Oops! I actually wasn’t sure where to start today. Paneling. I know I say this every time, but I would have loved to be there on move-in day. The granite is exquisite and reminds me of Petoskey stones. I love that the windows come almost to the floor to drink in all that sunshine and the tremendous view of the lake. Hello 30-foot ceiling! What a view! I love the openness of this home. Okay, this is a brilliant idea. Here’s where you need to prepare yourself: A second kitchen! Located directly off the kitchen/eating area, this is the four-season room featuring a built-in grill and fireplace. In the summer, the space converts into a screened-in porch. Heading upstairs… Love this workspace/sitting area at the top of the stairs… which looks down onto this… This is sweet Sophie’s darling room. Rock on!

DIY Party Animal Candles | The Sweetest Occasion Hi there, it’s Jenny from Hank + Hunt with a fun and super easy diy today! As soon as I thought of making these I got a huge kick out of naming them Party Animals. Hilarious, but if you hear groaning…it’s coming from my house. Supplies - plastic animalsplastic candle holdersdrill with 1/8″ drill bitpliersgold spray paint For the plastic animals, you can use any kind you can find. Hold the animal with the pliers and drill a hole straight down, being careful not to pop out the other side. Spray paint the animals in a few light coats, rotating them to cover all sides. I also painted the candle holders to match. That’s it. {Photos by Hank + Hunt for The Sweetest Occasion.}

Egg cup from a bent fork 1) An old bent fork, throw it away… 2) …but wait, it’s an egg cup holder. 3) It makes your eggs even sunnier! So here’s my latest upcycling craft project, a simple, yet attractive DIY upcycled fork egg cup made from a repurposed fork. In many regards it’s a very simple thing to make, however, I really struggled with the fork I had chosen – it was like trying to bend an iron bar! How to make your own DIY upcycled fork egg cup I have provided hand drawn instructions below, use it as a guide, if you have a well stocked workshop you may well find a better way to bend the fork. Please note: The ideal fork will have long tines (able to cradle an egg) and a handle long enough to form a stable base. Download instructions› Includes: 1) Collectable instructions – they are useful and they look good475 downloads so far, thanks everyone! [display_adsense ad_type="300x250"] This toast rack, made from a paper coffee cup, will go perfectly with the egg cup (and it’s a lots less strenuous to make)!

Invisible 'Covert' Drawer Lock Uses Magnets | Gadget Lab | - StumbleUpon What’s the most secure place to hide something? A place that’s not there, of course. Or the next best thing, a place that appears not to be there. And this is just what Quirky’s invisible Covert drawer lock aspires to be. As with any magic not involving mirrors, the Covert uses magnets. Think about those sliding security chains for doors and you pretty much have the idea. Now, this is more maskirovka than real security, as anyone with a magnet and knowledge of your lock can open it. The Covert is currently in the “upcoming” section of Quirky, which means that it has to be honed and improved before it goes on pre-sale, and then you’ll have to wait for months to actually get one. Covert, Defend Your Drawers [Quirky via the Giz]

The Worlds Best Photos of grannysquares Flickr Hive Mind is a search engine as well as an experiment in the power of Folksonomies. All thumbnail images come directly from Flickr, none are stored on Flickr Hive Mind. These photos are bound by the copyright and license of their owners, the thumbnail links take to you to the photos (as well as their copyright and license details) within Flickr. Because some other search engines (Google, etc.) index parts of Flickr Hive Mind, you may have been led here from one of them. Flickr Hive Mind is a data mining tool for the Flickr photography database, allowing search by: tags(keywords); Flickr photography groups; Flickr users, their contacts, and favorites; free text; the Flickr Explore algorithm for interestingness.

kitchen utensil key rack we received a beautiful new set of silverware for our wedding and lately i’ve been sitting around trying to figure out what to do with our older, not so nice, silverware. i couldn’t bring myself to throw it out, so this project from d*s reader liz bloeser is just the ticket. liz decided to use up some leftover, thin silverware to create hooks for her home. these would be especially fun in the kitchen, but would work anywhere you need some extra hanging-room. it’s the perfect simple project to take care of that leftover silverware from college. thanks to liz for sharing this project with us! CLICK HERE for the full project after the jump! What you’ll need: * 3 pieces of silverware (thin spoons and forks work best) * Acrylic paint * 3 pieces of square, unfinished wood (I got mine at Hobby Lobby for 99 cents each) * Clear Gorilla Glue * 3 brass triangular hangers (you will glue these to the back of the wood) Steps: 1. 2. 4. 5.

Domestic for Dummies: Fall Pinterest Project: DIY Coasters - StumbleUpon Is everyone ready for today's Pinterest challenge? I know I'm excited to share my project and can't wait to see what everybody else came up with. Pinterest in general just makes me tinkle in my pants with joy! Lately I have been obssessed with games like Words With Friends, Wordosaur, Scrabble and any other word games that make me use my noggin. Online these babies go for $26, but with a little crafting and an old scrabble game, these can be yours for practically free! Here are the materials you need: 64 scrabble letters (check yard sales, thrift stores, or order some on Ebay or Amazon if you don't have any on hand)1 thin cork board (buy at any craft store)1 x-acto knifesuper gluehot glue gunmodpodge/sealer Step 1. Arrange 16 letters to make 4 words that you are happy with on your coasters (Ex. Step 2. Glue letters together using a thin layer of super glue leaving about 15 seconds to dry between each letter. Step 3. Step 4. Step 5. Pour yourself a nice cold beverage and enjoy your work!

How To Make a Secret Hollow Book: The first step into making the hollow book is to select a book. Make sure this is a book your own, and not one belonging to the library, or your family. I suggest rummaging through books at yard/garage sales. Make sure it is a hardback; otherwise you will cut all the way through the other side when you are cutting out the insides.You'll also need: Elmer's white gluea container to hold glue solution (I've chosen a film canister)X-acto knife, and/or box cutter. Mix a solution of white glue and water. Holding the remaining pages together, brush the edges with the glue solution - enough to soak in pretty well, but not too drippy. Allow this to dry, but use a spacer so the first couple pages, and the front cover don't get stuck. When dry, open the book to the first glued page. Draw out a half-inch boarder around the edge on all four sides. Using a strait edge and knife, cut out along the inside of the line. Continue cutting down through the layers. Remember that first page we saved?