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Sunday, 12 August

01:35

Permaculture Forum "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

As part of publicizing my new Essential Earthbag Construction book I spent some time answering questions about earthbag building in general at www.permies.com where they gave away several copies of the book to those who participated. As I spent more time at this site I realized that it is one of the most informative and valuable forums I have ever seen. It is enormously popular with permaculture enthusiasts from around the world. Topics covered include: gardening, farming, building, homesteading, energy, life styles, community, wilderness, resources, education, artisans and publishing. In other words, they cover a lot of the same topics that we do here at Natural Building Blog, so you might check them out. The folks who hang out on this forum are very knowledgeable and  helpful.

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Saturday, 11 August

21:43

Weekend Watch: Cheap Homesteading "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

A Canadian homesteading couple chronicles their journey in sustainable living.

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04:00

DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 438 "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Welcome to DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 438 Every Friday, 7 PM through Wednesday 11 PM Pacific Happy summer! This past week weve had quite the little heat wave in our area. As luck would have it, I have a downstairs computer which has proven to be the place to hang by day. So I put my []

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Friday, 10 August

18:00

The Intersection of Architecture & Design at The Corning Museum of Glass "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Ive always been intrigued by art and architecture, and my leanings toward those two topics have in turn influenced a deep appreciation for ancient materials and how theyve been manipulated in various ways over time. Perhaps one of the materials that dates back thousands of years, but still eludes me in terms of my grasp for its properties and how it is formed is glass. So I was fascinated to learn about an entire museum devoted to glass: The Corning Museum of Glass, nestled in the heart of Finger Lakes Wine Country in New York. Founded in 1951 by Corning Glass Works, the not-for-profit museum was established as a gift to the nation on the heels of the companys 100th anniversary. The museum cares for and displays phenomenal art and historical glass pieces the worlds largest collection while also educating visitors on the science and technology behind the construction of glass. Some of this education includes actual tactile ways to interact with glass and understand the material in new ways, like live hot glassmaking demonstrations, Make Your Own Glass experiences and hands-on glass technology exhibits. If youve ever been lucky enough to witness a glassblowing or glassmaking demonstration in person, you know how truly mesmerizing the process is.

The Corning Museum of Glass newest exhibit is something that fires on all of my creative cylinders ...

16:00

Colorful Layers and Creative Tricks in A 250-Square-Foot NYC Studio "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Colorful Layers and Creative Tricks in A 250-Square-Foot NYC Studio

Colorful Layers and Creative Tricks in A 250-Square-Foot NYC Studio
For me, changing careers from fashion to interiors was a long and winding road with unforeseeable pitstops and bumps in the road. Nevertheless, its a journey that Ive never regretted and one thats taught me that theres always time and room to change direction. Meaghan Shanley also knows a thing or two about shifting focus from fashion to interiors. She started her career working in PR for...

15:00

Edible Innovation: Re-Making the Future of Fishmeal "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

the company is focused on aquaculture and restoring our oceans, one fish-free food pellet at a time

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Thursday, 09 August

16:00

Artist Spotlight: Beadwork by Molina Parker "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Ive always been drawn to beadwork especially pieces constructed with tiny beads and remember visiting bead stores as a child and just running my hand through bowls full of colorful, shiny beads. If I was lucky, Id come home with a smal...

15:00

Sound Reactive Snare Drum Lights "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Nothing less than a sound-reactive light show will do for Less Than Jake.

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13:00

Making a Builder House Look Custom: Philip or Flop "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

When we were demo'ing our bathroom, Ben mentioned that it felt wrong to be tearing out something that functions perfectly well just because of aesthetics. I reminded him, that's exactly what we said we wanted: a house that's structurally sound, but with room for cosmetic improvement. And yet, it did feel weird! It's one thing to renovate an older house with obvious damage and wear; it's quite another to remodel a relatively new house with no underlying issues. But if I thought remodeling our (less than 20 year old) house felt a little funny, here's an account that is way more extreme! I recently found @philip_or_flop through Instagram, and I'm totally intrigued. There are plenty of people who are renovating old houses or building custom new houses. But Philip and his wife Jenni took a different approach: buying a new construction builder house and immediately changing things to make it their own. Yep, they started ripping apart their brand new spec house as soon as the builders were done! Now, that might sound totally crazy and financially unwise, but Philip explains the reasons why they're doing it this way, and I have to admit...it makes sense. Custom homes are really expensive, and by choosing a house in a preplanned neighborhood, they were able to get a brand new home without the huge expense. They're also in a location they prefer--within walking distance to their daughters' elementary school, close to a historic downtown area, and not way out in the country (so their commutes are reasonable).

How to update a new construction builder house to look more custom

So why not an old house? He doesn't say, but I will speculate based on our experience. I have always loved the look of old houses, but after house hunting ourselves, we quickly realized that most old houses just aren't the right size or layout for how families live today. Many of them have small closed off kitchens, short sloping ceilings, and tiny kids' rooms, and almost none of them have master bathrooms, A/C, or main floor laundry. Plus, unless someone else has renovated before you, they'll likely have either outdated electrical and plumbing, foundation issues, asbestos ceilings, an old roof, or some combination of those--all of which which are expensive to fix and not DIY-friendly. For those reasons and more, a lot of Americans (including us!) live in developments with builder homes. If you're in the same boat, I think Philip's account will be really inspiring. He shows how they are making a boring builder home look WAY more custom and high-end. Instead of splurging on expensive upgr...

06:30

Where I Find My Zero Waste Consumables (Personal Care and Cleaning) "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Im often asked about the various places I find different items or products without packaging or single-use plastic, and it occurred to me that Ive never sat down and written a list of ALL the places and ALL the things. It also occurred to me that creating a list like this would be rather useful. []

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Wednesday, 08 August

22:42

DIY Round Hairpin Table "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

We are back with another project in our sisters ShantyHouseCrash series! This week we are moving back into the kitchen and showing you how to build this DIY Round Hairpin Table! You only need a few tools, 5 26 boards and 4 chunky hairpin legs! So, grab a cup of coffee and lets go

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16:00

A Brooklyn Retreat Inspired by Movies of the 1990s "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

A Brooklyn Retreat Inspired by Movies of the 1990s, Design*Sponge

A Brooklyn Retreat Inspired by Movies of the 1990s, Design*Sponge

1998s Youve Got Mail isnt only my favorite romantic comedy, its mandatory viewing in my household. The picturesque street fest scene, classic soundtrack and irresistible charm of Kathleen Kelly and Joe Fox (F-O-X.) have yet to be beat, in my book. And thats saying a lot considering it was released 20 years ago and two of its main plot points dial-up internet and the reality of a struggling bookshop owner affording a classic studio in the Upper West Side are ancient history.

The aforementioned studio Meg Ryans character Kathleen Kelly lived in was a particularly cozy brownstone where English country style and the 1990s collided. Her bed was draped in a geometric quilt, there were layers of cream-colored accessories here and there, and her furniture was perfectly worn in. I could probably sketch it from memory if you asked me, and so could interior designer Justin DiPiero. He loved the feel of it so much, in fact, he looked to its unfussy style as well as that of When Harry Met Sally when redecorating his one-bedroom apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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Tuesday, 07 August

23:44

Building life beyond builder-grade beige "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Kamaole Beach 2 in Kihei, HawaiiWhen I ventured to Maui this last round, it was out of more need than desire. My goal was to recuperate from life for a spell, then to feel out whats next. The length of my stay helped to pave all the steps I knew I had to go through. Its my hope that I []

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