DIY Lock Picks I locked myself out of my house the other day... D'oh! It would've been easy enough to break a window, but hey it's my own home. So I decided to try and pick my way in. I used a pair of garden shears to cut up a hose clamp which I used as a pick and tension wrench. Even though it was a very crude piece of work, it did the job! So I decided to polish my impromptu lock picks into something more presentable. Hose clamp DremelSugru Pliers Vice Safety gear Don't have a Dremel? I've entered this into the Spy Contest. This is just an example of how I made some simple lock picks. How to Start Screen Printing Add a more graphic dimension to your art work with this easy-to-follow beginner's guide to screen printing. The results may look far more impressive and detailed but at its heart, screen printing is basically a stencilling process. The paint is applied directly on a silk screen stretched between a wooden frame, but it is the stencil beneath which controls where the paint mix settles. Like many printing processes, screen printing has its origins in the Far East but it only really began to gain popularity in Europe at the start of the 20th century, when fine silk meshes became more readily available. In the 1960s, the process became synonymous with Andy Warhol, whose famous Pop Art renditions of Marilyn Monroe, electric chairs and soup cans were all variations on screen printing, using photo emulsion. However, the basic medium has many advantages of its own. PreparationMix up equal amounts of acrylic paint with a clear printing medium. Artists and Illustrators
Install PowerPivot for Excel Computers used to create PowerPivot workbooks must meet the minimum hardware and software requirements for Office 2010. Hardware Requirements Software Requirements PowerPivot for Excel can be installed on a computer that has 32-bit or 64-bit Excel 2010. Recommendations SQL Server PowerPivot for Excel can be used with either the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Excel 2010. Go to the Microsoft Web site ( Start Excel. How To Mix Chalkboard Paint in Any Color We love using chalkboards as backdrops for displays and parties (like this one here!). So we were super excited to learn that you can create your own custom colors-and it's really easy! We first learned how from Martha Stewart whose tutorial you can read here. She recommends that you use latex paint, but we tried it out with acrylic paints with much success. Supplies: 1/2 cup acrylic paint (choose any color you like, or mix colors together to make the perfect shade!) 1. 2. Once your chalkboard has fully dried be sure to slate the surface before using it for the first time. Have fun creating any color combination you like!!
DIY Embroidery Pattern Transfers Most people don't own the specialized printer used to make the iron-on embroidery transfers sold at many craft stores and online embroidery pattern sites. Sometimes they still want to make an easy transfer for an embroidery pattern that can be given or sold to someone who doesn't feel like tracing or poking holes into the sheet of paper, then dusting it with chalk powder. Some people want the pattern transfer to be washable, especially if they're using a light colored embroidery thread. The iron-on patterns are not. After extensive trial and error (and I'd rather not detail all of the error here), I've come up with a simple, low cost method of making an embroidery pattern transfer. The markings can be easily and completely removed from fabric once the embroidery is finished It lasts for many more transfers, while the iron-on transfers are only good for 2-5 in ideal conditions It requires no iron to transfer, so it's safe for children to use on their own embroidery projects
10 Fantastic Flip Flop Refashions Say hello to summer with these fabulous flip flop makeovers! With a little bit of lovin’ you can transform a blah pair of flip flops into a cute summer statement maker. Check out these 10 easy ideas and start working on your new warm weather kicks! Get Creative! 11 of 11 Check out these fantastic ways to wrap your sandals! If you are looking for your own creative way to make your flip flops fun again, be inspired by these awesome ideas.Learn more at Etsy.Flip Flop Refashions 1 of 11 Do your old flip flops need some new life? Do your old flip flops need some new life? How would you refashion a pair of flip flops? Share your ideas in the comments! Tatertots & Jello
Maryland Department of the Environment - Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps As a homeowner, it is important that you know your current and future flood risk status. To help aid your research, the Maryland Department of the Environment has created the Flood Risk Application to help you make informed decisions about flood risk. This step-by-step interactive process is designed to help you understand your flood risk and what your next steps should be based on your personalized results. How Updated DFIRMs Affect You The DFIRMs are being released on a community by community basis. DFIRM Updates and Your Insurance If your building is not currently in the floodplain, but will be in the future based on the updated DFIRM, it is important to get your insurance before the updated maps become effective, as you may qualify for a plan at a reduced rate. Talking to your insurance provider is recommended if your building is in or out of the floodplain to make sure you are protected. Using Maryland's Flood Risk Resources Before You Begin Launch the Flood Risk Application
Patterns & Beaded jewelry Beaded jewelry – pin-hat made of felt August 8, 2013 at 10:59 pm (Beading, Patterns) Tags: beaded, beaded jewelry, beads, feather, felt, hat, pin, rubber felt Hi everybody! So long I haven’t written here! Sorry there was a lot of work, unfortunatelly…. But today I want to suggest to make a pin -hat made of rubber felt and decorated with feathers and some beads. The original of the tutorial is on my site: www.artbiser.com.ua I think it’s understandable without any words :) So, we need the next material: - rubber felt (or the usual felt) of desired color - a pin - feathers - beads - glue - threads, needle Cut these three details of felt. Take the biggest one and do as you see on a picture Then take another detail with hole, put them together with the help of glue. Look at the pictures: And now take the upper detail and sew all the parts together. You can take the transparent thread for this. So our hat is ready: Now decorate the hat as you like. And now put the pin and that’s all!!!! So, let’s go!
18 Green DIY Lamps You Can Build Before Dark! A while back we featured a very cool driftwood lamp built by our own Mike Demma here at Greenopolis. It was so popular we decided to surf the web and pick out examples of lamps you can build yourself from scratch - or at least from stuff that would otherwise be tossed out, like the iMac G4 lamp pictured below . It makes sense - almost anything can be turned into a lamp base or lamp shade, and every hardware or building supply store carries lamp wiring kits. Photo: Randall 180 Lamp from Wine Bottles Drain the bottle, wire it up, and build a lamp. The website Remodelista has a DIY wine bottle lamp project inspired by Maison Martin Margiela's home line. Bottle of Pixies Lamp Is that a genie in your bottle or are you just glad to see me? DIY Upcycled Wine Bottle Gas Lamp And Green Upgrader has a very cool wall mounted gas lamp you can make from a wine bottle - a beer bottle or whisky, cider, brandy… you get the picture. Fill this with citronella oil and fend off mosquitoes this summer. Vespa Lamp
80+ Cool Pipe Cleaner Crafts Looking for creative ways to use pipe cleaners? This list of pipe cleaner crafts is sure to inspire your kids’ imagination and keep your kids busy for hours. 50+ Pipe Cleaner Animals for Kids Personalized Star Ornament for Christmas Pipe Cleaner Vase with Button Flowers Styrofoam Cup Mini Spring Flower Pots Spider Mask Skull Pipe Cleaner Flowers DIY Pipe Cleaner Rose Hair Ties Snowflakes Snowflakes with Pipe Cleaners & Crystal Plastic Beads Christmas Tree Christmas Tree Decoration Furniture Pipe Cleaner People Glasses Bouquet Fairy Wreath Monsters INC Pipe Cleaner Girl Craft for Mother’s Day DIY Star Crown Simple Crown for Kids Crown for Princess Friendship Ring DIY Skiers Rainbow Pumpkins Pipe Cleaner Tree Easter Eggs Angel Fall Crafts: Scarecrow, Squirrel, Snowy Owl, Rocky Raccoon and Autumn Tree Halloween Crafts: Vampire Bat, Jack O Lantern, Spider and Black Cat Christmas Crafts: Cardinal, Snowman, Christmas Elf, Reindeer, Penguin and Santa 4th of July Crafts: Statue of Liberty, American Eagle and Uncle Sam
Bringing Spouses to Live in the United States as Permanent Residents In order to bring your spouse (husband or wife) to live in the United States as a green card holder (permanent resident), you must be either a U.S. citizen or green card holder. If you or a member of your family is in the U.S. military special conditions may apply to your situation. For information and additional resources, see the “Military” section of our website. To complete the process, the petitioner must submit: Form I-130 (signed with proper fee), with all required documentation, including: A copy of your civil marriage certificate A copy of all divorce decrees, death certificates, or annulment decrees that demonstrate that all previous marriages entered into by you and/or your spouse were terminated Passport style photos of you and your spouse (see Form I-130 instructions for photo requirements) Evidence of all legal name changes for you and/or your spouse (may include marriage certificates, divorce decrees, court judgment of name change, adoption decrees, etc.)
Top 40 Useful Sites To Learn New Skills The web is a powerful resource that can easily help you learn new skills. You just have to know where to look. Sure, you can use Google, Yahoo, or Bing to search for sites where you can learn new skills , but I figured I’d save you some time. Here are the top 40 sites I have personally used over the last few years when I want to learn something new. Hack a Day - Hack a Day serves up fresh hacks (short tutorials) every day from around the web and one in-depth ‘How-To hack’ guide each week.eHow - eHow is an online community dedicated to providing visitors the ability to research, share, and discuss solutions and tips for completing day-to-day tasks and projects.Wired How-To Wiki - Collaborate with Wired editors and help them build their extensive library of projects, hacks, tricks and tips.
20 Unusual Uses for Coffee - Live Green These tips will give you surprising and unusual uses for fresh coffee beans or grounds that have gone stale, the pounds of used grounds you toss out every week and the dregs at the bottom of your cup. This story is from our partner EcoSalon and was originally published on 11/23/11. Can you imagine life without coffee? We’d all stumble around like drones for hours every morning, lost without our precious fix. Kill fridge odor Wouldn’t you rather smell coffee than two-week-old leftovers, half-rotten produce and spoiled milk? Reduce cellulite Pricey cellulite creams almost always have one major ingredient in common: caffeine, which supposedly enhances fat metabolism, reducing the appearance of these fatty pockets under the skin. Erase smells on your hands Garlic, salmon, cilantro – there are some things that smell delicious when cooking, but aren’t so pleasant hours later when they linger on your hands. Make rich compost Get shiny hair Who doesn’t want shiny, healthy-looking hair? Natural dye