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Wednesday, 22 November


Understanding How a Watch Works "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

A mid-20th century industrial film explains how a watch works.

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Happy Thanksgiving + Karin Pfeiff Boschek "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

As friends and family travel and gather together for Thanksgiving this week, we wanted to pause and wish everyone a safe and happy holiday. This year we have everyone at our house, and watching all of the food come together has been a powerful reminder of just how much we have to be thankful for. While we come together to enjoy food and family, I also want to remember that not everyone in our community is able to celebrate with loved ones, food, or a safe space. In the spirit of the holiday, here are some quick ways to give back, last-minute, if you want to add a new tradition to your holiday activities. And until Monday when were back and posting, heres wishing everyone a warm and happy holiday. xo, Grace

Photo above by Karin Pfeiff Boschek of Our Delicious Food. Her pies are beyond stunning. Her cut-outs are a design fans dream. 

Some ideas for adding new traditions of giving back to the holiday:


DIY 8 Board Farmhouse Coffee Table "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Hey guys!  Happy Wednesday!  Happy day before Thanksgiving day!  I cant wait for #allthefood!  Today we are sharing a super cute table you can make for under $40 in lumber and only 8 boards Heck yes.  Sign me up!  Before we get started, be sure to check out the YouTube video tutorial HERE or in {...Read More...}

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Pillowy Soft Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls + Giveaway "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

I have a little tagging contest with a friend on Instagram to see who can tag chocolate chip cookies first. Over time, I felt like the competition was extremely one-sided because chocolate chip cookies are my friends obsession, not mine. I am obsessed with cinnamon rolls of all types, so now we race to tag cookies and cinnamon rolls. These Ultimate Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls made with sweet potato dough from freelance food editor and chef Mary-Frances Hecks new book Sweet Potatoes: Roasted, Loaded, Fried, and Made into Pie caught my eye, and I couldnt pass up sharing the recipe with you. I like to post longer recipes right before the holidays because thats when I spend more time in the kitchen working on special recipes. As long as youre patient and methodical, youll be handsomely rewarded! Just be sure to read the recipe carefully through to the end before starting. (And why not try sweet potato cinnamon rolls for Thanksgiving instead of pie?!) Kristina

To win a copy of Sweet Potatoes: Roasted, Loaded, Fried, and Made into Pie, leave an answer in the comments section below: Whats your favorite way to eat sweet potatoes? (or the most memorable sweet potato dish youve eaten).

About Mary-Frances: Mary-Frances Heck is a food writer, recipe developer, and chef. She was the former test kitchen director at Bon Apptit, and her editorial work has appeared in numerous magazines, including Lucky Peach, Saveur, Cooking Light, Rachael Ray Every Day, Redbook, Rodales Organic Life, Fitness, Self, and Shape. Her recipes and writing have appeared in many cookbooks, including Lucky Peach Presents 101 Easy Asian Recipes, The Wurst of Lucky Peach, Lucky Peach Presents Power Vegetables!, All About Eggs, and Justin Smillies Slow Fires. Find Mary-F...


Shop Tour: Portlands Tender Loving Empire "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

If Tender Loving Empire were in my neck of the woods, Id be a regular. Brianne and Jared Mees, Tender Loving Empire co-founders of the Portland hybrid handmade retail marketplace and record label, were in the middle of what they called a do-or-die moment. They had launched the brand in a 700-square-foot space at ActivSpace in NW Portland, and despite early successes at the record label and retail store, and great community support, the recession and high expenses were getting the better of the business.

While taking a stroll in the West End neighborhood of downtown Portland, they happened upon an empty storefront next to the local boutique Radish Underground. Their friends at Radish Underground helped secure the new space for them and the (now) prime downtown retail location led to a renaissance for their business. Brianne and Jareds joint passion and determination to build a financially thriving artist & craft community network in a town that could actually support one has grown to a fantastic online store and multiple brick-and-mortar locations. They also just wrapped a five-day music and handmade goods festival called the All Together Festival as part of their 10-year anniversary.

For the interior of their shops, they enlisted Fieldwork Design, who created the plywood fixtures in the shop using sanded, whitewashed and lacquered plywood. The design direction from the crew at Tender Loving Empire was simple: 1) approachable, 2) affordable (plywood!) and 3) beautiful. The end result is a comfortable, clever and truly unique atmosphere for visitors to enjoy while shopping the eclectic assortment of handmade and local goods.

Youll notice many distinct angles in each fixture. These geometric features were informed directly by Tender Loving Empires logo, which evokes the open heart and the two sides of their business: handmade goods and music.

Take a tour of their Hawthorne shop below and enjoy the ride! Visit their online store here and see their new Oregon-inspired Get Cozy collection right here. ...


Death Star Dad Returns With A Massive Millennium Falcon On His House "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Behold this 28-foot Millennium Falcon that hovers over the roof of a neighborhood home. It's impressive...most impressive.

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Detect Lightning with a Simple Circuit "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Lightning throws off all kinds of interference, and some of them are actually very easy to detect with just a circuit.

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A Casual Life Update "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

I figured it might be time for a more casual life update post--it's been awhile since I did one of those. How are you all?? I'm not gonna lie, I'm exhausted from growing a new baby while chasing around an energetic toddler all day. I've been resisting naps because Ian's nap time is the ONLY time I get to myself all day...which means I'm so tired at night that I've been going to bed embarrassingly early, like 8:00. But I can't complain, overall life is really good. I've been having fun furnishing and decorating our house (we're making progress--more updates to come!), and dreaming of future renovations (bathrooms and kitchen, I've got my eyes on you). I've been squeezing in play dates with friends, reading, and watching shows when I have time, and I'm still trying to blog as much as possible too. But there's always about a million and twelve things on my plate, so I have to admit I haven't had as much time for blogging as I would like. For example, I suddenly realized yesterday afternoon that I should take some photos for this it was getting dark, and I was also trying to get laundry done, pack, and make pecan pies to bring for Thanksgiving. So yeah, I apologize in advance for the blurry pics. Hey, I already said this would be a casual post, right?

Ian walking

One big update (as you can see above)...Ian is FINALLY walking! He's been standing up and taking tentative steps for quite a long time, but only like three or four steps before he would get scared and sit down. Then all of a sudden it "clicked" and he started walking everywhere (hooray!). He's still pretty wobbly, but he's getting more steady and confident every day. It's so cute to see how proud he is, and it makes me super proud too. It's perfect timing with winter on the way...crawling in the snow is no fun!


I also got him a baby doll to teach him about being gentle with babies...he looooves to hug and hold it. It's super cute, but now I'm worried about him smothering his brother with love! :)

Baby love

Overall, we are settling into our new life in Spokane. We're heading to Seattle today to spend Thanksgiving with Ben's family, and I'm definitely looking forward to being back there...but I feel confident that we...


Scrap wood buffalo check and snowflake Christmas ornaments "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Over the years, Ive managed to diminish my Christmas box stash down to two boxes. One with lights and a few ornaments, and the other with a few faux wreaths. Thats it. In some ways, I need a major kudos for letting go of so. much. stuff! And in other ways, well, lets just say, I scold []

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E-Paper Hacking with Ben Krasnow "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Exploring the latest generation of e-paper, how it works, and how you can program and hack the display.

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Sustaining the Life of the Organic Farm "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Caoba Farms uses sustainable natural processes and methods on their small local eco-friendly farms in Antigua, Guatemala. Caoba Farms on-site store sells their own farm grown fruits, herbs, vegetables, eggs, poultry and lamb. The community is important and Caoba also carries a wide variety of other local producers healthy food products such as yogurt, butter, nuts and nut butters, jellies, coconut water, coconut oils, coffee, moringa, fermented Kambucha teas and other superfoods.



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Tuesday, 21 November


Stucco Round 1!! "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

RIP to the most offensive paint job to have EVER EVER existed. The stucco is finally on the Merc!  Well, sort of. The brown coat is on at the Merc!

I cant even begin to tell you how dang exciting it is to not have to drive up to cracks, and holes, and weird cutouts. We all know that the Merc has its quirks, but some of them are just a little too much for my heart to handle.

If you remember this is what we started with. One word.


Over the years doors were covered up, windows were downsized, new doors were added, and the paint job.I just cant.

This is the mock up that we came up with when we were in the planning phase.

Over the last few months you guys have followed along as we uncovered and restored the original brick.

Reopened doorways and geared up for the stucco event of the century.

FINALLY after a month of waiting we got our brown coat on. For those that are unfamiliar like I was, a brown coat is the first layer of stucco. They let it cure for a few weeks and then cov...


An Old New Jersey Home Styled for Living and Laughter "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

For Tanya Meda, living in New York City played such an integral part in shaping who she became. Living there meant taking some of her first leaps of faith, forging her own path in the big city, working in fashion and immersing herself in all New York had to offer. Living in New York meant learning to believe in herself. It meant finding the love of her life, Carlos, and knowing immediately he was the man for her. The couple married, and after years of living in the city, the idea of a family home began to take root.

Tanya recalls their early thought process for house hunting, We were both still working in NYC, so we knew we wanted to be in commuting distance. Ill be honest, when Carlos suggested New Jersey, I was wary as is most everyone when they hear New Jersey. But all of that changed the moment we got off the train in Maplewood. It was a cold day in February, and it had just snowed. All of the dads and their children were sledding down the hill behind the train station. It was like a scene from a Norman Rockwell painting. In that moment, we both looked at each other and knew this was the place we wanted to be.

A similar feeling of certainty struck Tanya when she walked into their future home. Coming from the city, their main goal was more space and room to start a family. They thought they were investing in a starter home, but the minute she walked through the front door of the largest home on their list, a 1906 Craftsman, she felt an overwhelming warmth and coziness that merited a longterm commitment. Looking back, we are so happy we did not go with a starter home. We filled the rooms quickly and happily. It was certainly the home that was meant for us.

Since that initial walkthrough, Tanya and Carlos have filled their home with a family and a mix of Bohemian and Scandinavian styles that still feels livable. Tanya says, We are a laid-back family. Life can be serious, and at times, it should be, but boy, life is also FUN! And we try to celebrate that fun, not just outside the home, but inside as well. We have three indoor swings, and a few chalkboard walls for the kids to get creative whenever they want. There is...


A Chat With Adrianna Fie of Flotsam + Fork "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Indie shop owner Adrianna Fie has turned a passion for travel and a love for the style and functionality of French cutlery into a specialty online business  Flotsam + Fork.  The shop features European basics for the home, sourced directly from family-owned businesses and legacy manufacturers where their products are created in factories or workshops. Adrianna took her time traveling to seek out quality, well-designed and sturdy products that complement all homes and make each job they do just a little bit easier. At the end of the day, its really Adriannas passion and form-and-function curiosity that make Flotsam + Fork a mom-and-pop shop in a sea of unlimited online resources. Today Adrianna shares some personal history and how her beloved Flotsam + Fork came to be.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Early on, I had a strong affinity for the science and the natural world. I was sure Id grow up to be an archaeologist or an astronomer. Maybe a veterinarian. Over time, though, I realized I liked making things and set my sights on becoming a jewelry maker. Along the way, I developed a very strong desire to run my own business.

 What was your career path like?

Well, it started in California (where Im from) and has taken me across the country (to New York) and halfway back (I live in Minneapolis now). Along the way I pursued a variety of interests jewelry making, food, retail and continually sought out opportunities to work with people I admired.

 How did you create Flotsam+Fork?

Naturally, it all started with a trip to France in 2011. The kitchen supply stores in Paris absolutely mesmerized me. Later, when I returned to America, I realized many of the products that caught my eye were not easily or readily available here. Basically, I figured I wasnt the only person who adored French cutlery, so I looked into the specifics of importing from Europe and starting an online retail site. It took a few years to get everything into place, but by 2013, Flotsam+Fork was up and running.



Capture Moving Timelapse Video with this Motion Control Camera Slider "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

The best way to take your timelapse videos to the next level is to have the camera move while it's capturing the video. It's tricky but can be done.

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Fat Brain Toys Announces Kidventor Winner "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Check out Alexander, the winner of Fat Brain Toys's KidVentor contest. He created Aeropong, a ping-pong and tetherball hybrid.

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Edible Innovations: Transforming Food Waste into Fashion "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

These two entrepreneurs designed Orange Fiber, a textile that is made from orange peels that would otherwise be thrown into the trash.

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10th Year Anniversary of Natural Building Blog "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Were happy to announce our tenth anniversary this month. Very exciting. Time really flies. A lot has changed over the years, but Kelly and I continue promoting simple, affordable housing solutions using readily available local and natural building materials such as earth, stone, recycled wood, straw and rice hulls.

On the right hand side of the page you can find links to our other websites. Altogether, we have thousands of pages of free content on natural building, sustainable building and sustainable living (gardening, homesteading, off grid, etc.). Below Ive listed the top 10 most popular stories of the year.

1. Counties with Few or No Building Codes
2. FAQs
3. Earth-Sheltered / Underground House Plans
4. Top 10 Cottage Industry Products
5. Free Plans
6. 25 Small, Sustainable House Plans, by Owen Geiger
7. Free Heat for Your Home: Homemade Briquettes and Logs
8, A Sad Story of What Can Happen Without a Permit
9. Pallet Wood Kitchen Cabinets (We have lots of stories on how to use pallet wood for furniture, paneling, flooring, trim, etc. Speaking from many years of experience, trying to make cabinets with pallets would be very time consuming and challenging. Id suggest using recycled wood or locally/sustainably harvested standing dead timber.)
10. Green/Eco Friendly Brick Options

11. Log End Flooring
12. Do-it-yourself Pole-barn Building

Search our blog for keyword Anniversary to see the most popular stories in previous years.


Monday, 20 November


Finding and Processing Fatwood "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Get your campfires started quicker and more easily using fatwood.

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Courts Fatal Flaw & the Destruction of Our Irreplaceable Windows "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

We all know that Courtney Gubler is near perfect. Hes a supportive husband, hes a fun dad, hes handy and is definitely the better half of this marriage. But Court Gubler has a flaw. One weve known about for a while, but has presented itself in all its quirky fullness during the Merc renovation.

Sometimes he gets obsessed and has to over-do things. For example, hes not allowed to put outlet covers on because he almost always tightens the screw too tight and cracks the cover. Hes also been known to drive a screw too deep and break off the head, and ruin paint jobs because there was a drip that he just couldnt leave alone. The weird thing is that hes not always like this, in fact its pretty rare, but when you see it coming you know something is going to go wrong. We even have a name for it. Its an inherited trait from his dad whose name is Clare, so its very lovingly called Clare-ing it.

Clare-ing verb
Definition: To obsessively over-do something to the point of damage
Youre Clare-ing the light switch plates. If you tighten the screw again youll crack them.

Why are there 15 nail holes in this 2 foot piece of baseboard?
I Clared it.

The project of the day was the windows. They are original and Ill be the first to admit, in pretty rough shape.


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