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Tuesday, 22 May


Q&A: Jen Hewetts New Book, Print, Pattern, Sew + Giveaway! "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

To many in the creative community, Jen Hewetts name is synonymous with mastery of craft: shes widely revered for her prowess in printmaking, an artist with a true grasp of her talents. A print maker, surface designer, textile artist and teacher based in San Francisco, CA, Jens style is unmistakably Jen a knowingness of self that comes from years of developing her taste, skill set and confidence. But shell be the first to tell you that it wasnt always like this.

Growing up, Jen was one of four African American children at her Catholic school, so she found comfort in a uniform that allowed her to blend in. It wasnt until Jen attended the University of California at Berkeley did she discover the freedom to dress as she pleased and find her own true sense of style. While working a corporate job, Jen took a screenprinting class for fun, igniting her passion and artistry in tactile creative works. Jen moved from printing on paper to eventually printing on fabric. In 2014 she started a project called 52 Weeks o...


Shed of the year 2018 Some of the more quirkier sheds "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Shed of the year 2018 entry closes soon (Sunday 27th May). Unfortunately the competition will not be on TV this year. Weve had some amazing entries so far and there will be great prizes from Cuprinol and of course the glory your shed being crowned. Here are some of the quirkier sheds entered this year...

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The Watchman Stove "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

The Watchman Stove rocket stove is available pre-assembled or you can buy the kit and welded it together yourself.

The Watchman Stove rocket stove is available pre-assembled or you can buy the kit and welded it together yourself.

The Watchman Stove was designed by Kirk Salmons of Front Royal, Virginia. Kirk received so much positive feedback and interest in his early prototypes that he decided to pursue higher volume production and marketing of the product to reach a larger consumer base. Kirk has partnered with Winchester Metals, Inc. to start producing and distributing the Watchman Stove throughout the United States. The partnership with Winchester Metals allows for a higher quality stove at a lower price point to the consumer.

The Watchman Stove is built to last. It is constructed of mostly 3/16 & 1/4 carbon and stainless steel. The design of the stove body, which is made of 6 x 3/16 wall steel square tube, creates maximum burning efficiency. The adjustable square tube legs allow for a level cooking surface in any terrain. Keep your food or coffee warm on the 1/4 thick potato plate or use it for baking. The 3/16 stainless cook surface also flips back to allow for top feeding of wood into the funnel to go into bonfire mode. The 1/8 ash dump plate can also be utilized as an adjustable draft control when burning a bonfire. Product weight is 75 lbs and dimensions are approximately 20 w x 30 h x 22 d.

You can buy the Watchman Stove as a pre-cut kit that is ready to be welded together. This video shows how:
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Monday, 21 May


X Leg Coffee Table w/ Shelf "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

DIY X Leg Coffee Table with Shelf Plans Dimensions

By Jamison Rantz

The folks over at IG Builder Challenge reached out and asked if I could be a guest judge and come up with a project plan for season 5 of the IG builder challenge. So here you have it, a X leg coffee table with shelf, and you can build it for about $50.

Big congrats to the winner Da Kine Designs! There so many great entires and you can check them all out here. I was absolutely blown away by the craftsmanship and creativity put into these projects. If you want the opportunity to participate in the next challenge make sure to follow IG Builder Challenge on Instagram so you wont miss out.


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Daring DIY Modernizes a Century-Old Victorian in Ireland "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Daring DIY Modernizes a Century-Old Victorian in Ireland, Design*Sponge

Daring DIY Modernizes a Century-Old Victorian in Ireland, Design*Sponge

In their dreams, visual merchandiser Katty Patterson of Hunters Bohemia and her husband Marky live in a lovingly-restored farmhouse in the south of France. Its interior is modern yet bohemian and wild country sits on either side of it, clutching the home in a tight bear hug. Even better, the house is also near the coast. (This is a dream after all.) One most days, Marky surfs and Katty works on her bestseller to the soundtrack of their two sons laughter.

The couple admits this may never become a reality, but luckily theyve found a community in Belfast, Northern Ireland that isnt that much different than the one in their French dreams. Weekends in Belfast are filled with trips to the nearby coast where paddle boarding and cycling are beloved rituals. And the 100-year-old house they live in today is a varied mix of art and accessories not unlike those in their fantasy maison.

Unfortunately, getting the older home up to snuff wasnt quite as idyllic of a process as the farmhouse renovation in their dreams. We arrived to burnt-orange velvet curtains, baby-blue walls and green carpet that stank so badly, Katty says. Since then, the couple has had to tear down walls, replace nearly every fixture, craft a new kitchen and redecorate the space beyond recognition.

During the redecorating phase specifically, Katty looked to her career as a visual merchandi...


Guest Bathroom Remodel: Plans & Before Pictures "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

It's been 2 weeks since my last blog post (oops!) but I've actually been quite busy behind the scenes. Besides taking care of our sweet new baby and our busy almost-two-year-old, I've also been working on the itinerary for our upcoming trip to Kauai and making plans for our first real remodel project--our guest bathroom! I never realized how indecisive I was til I started trying to plan out this bathroom. I feel like there are sooo many decisions, and it's just one little room! Decorating is so fluid, and can be quite inexpensive to change. But a remodel is much more permanent AND so much more expensive. Plus, most of it we can't take with us when we move, so there's the added complication of considering resale value. My design-loving side and my money-saving side are at war! Please, if you've done a bathroom remodel before, I would LOVE your advice. We are total newbies, and we're feeling intimidated by all the decisions! Let me talk through everything we've decided so far (mixed in with some lovely before photos) and you tell me if you think we're making a mistake anywhere, k???


We have three bathrooms in our house, and all three look very similar: beige walls, builder-basic tiles, 90s oak vanities, and tub/shower combos with plastic surrounds. The light fixtures are dated, and the bath accessories (towel bar, etc.) are the same honey oak as the vanity. The rooms are in decent shape, but they could certainly use some cosmetic improvement! We hope to update all of the bathrooms eventually, but with a limited budget we can only do one right now. We went back and forth on which bathroom to start with, and finally decided on the guest bath since it's on the main level and everyone uses it when they come over. Selfishly, I would also like to make the master bathroom feel more luxurious, but for now we can live with it since we're the only ones that use it. I do think an updated master bathroom might be better for resale, but since we plan to do them both eventually that doesn't really matter.

Next, we debated over doing another tub/shower combo or a walk-in shower. We went back and forth on this sooo much. At first, I thought it would be nice to get a deeper, soaking tub for Ben since he's fairly tall. But then he pointed out that it's a guest bathroom, and guests will rarely (if ever) need to take a bath at our house. Plus, an extra-deep tub means extra-tall walls for guests to step over (not ideal for older people including our parents). So we decided to save that idea for the master bath. But it felt like a waste to rip out a perfectly decent, workable tub just to put in another standard tub...


DIY Pixel Art for our School's Maker Faire "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

The sixth annual Maker Faire was held at my school last week, and I was urged to have a display.

For me, "making" is personal, and intentional, and inspired. I won't equate it to the work of an artist by any means, but I find it hard to create something for the sake of creating something. I mentally went down the list of anything I may be able to bring in to display at our Maker Faire, but I could only come up with stuff that's currently being used and not very interesting (furniture, planters, etc.) or Halloween props.

I nearly went with Halloween props...

And then I ran across a piece on display at our local Woodcraft. It was a pixel Mario, made like an end-grain cutting board where all of the wooden pieces were glued together, and different types of wood were used to create the different colors. The artist also used a router to round over the edges of the pieces, making them dimensional and amazing.

I was inspired.

This discovery occurred with five days left before Maker Faire, so I had to find a quicker route to create a similar effect.

I had the idea to route a grid onto some plywood I had on-hand, but I didn't have a router bit that was appropriate for this project. The next best thing was to use my Dremel to route the grid.

This wasn't my proudest Dremel moment...

See how the lines are wonky and how I completely went off track on the hat? Even with an edge-guide, I was unable to get the clean lines that I wanted.



Earthbag/ Rice Hull Tiny Boulder House/Survival Shelter "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Hidden in plain sight: tiny boulder house/ survival shelter looks like a natural boulder that can be concealed by vines and fast growing plants such as bananas

Hidden in plain sight: tiny boulder house/ survival shelter looks like a natural boulder that can be concealed by vines and fast growing plants such as bananas

This boulder house combines numerous really good ideas earthbags, lower cost lightweight insulating material such as rice hulls, option of mixing the hulls with a stabilizer such as lime or cement for greater moisture protection, a bamboo or sapling frame to support the bags, and durable plaster to give the structure long lasting protection.

There are so many great advantages to this boulder house that it is rather difficult to convey everything in one blog post. Of all the excellent natural building methods, this is certainly one of the top choices. In fact, the next opportunity to build another prototype building (no more land currently) this is how I would build, because its perfect dirt cheap housing for do-it-yourselfers.

The boulder house, which I now refer to jokingly as the Checkout Ranch, is a tiny house/survival shelter/bugout shelter. The main goal is to create a safe, durable shelter as quickly, easily and cheaply as possible. Think dirt cheap. A small shelter the size shown in the photo above could be built for under $1,000.

This is possible because most all of the materials are very low cost. It uses small diameter bamboo or saplings that grow free in nature to create an organic shaped framework that is covered with rice hull concrete earthbags and plaster. The final product would be something comparable to rice krispie concrete (insulating air spaces held together with a binder). See previous story on rice hull concrete.

The size and layout has many options. It could mimic the size and shape of an efficiency apartment, a typical tiny house, cabin, simple shelter or other design. Choose a practical, efficient layout and enclose the space with the frame, bags of rice hulls and cement plaster to create a natural boulder appearance.

Bags of rice hulls mixed with cement and plastered in cem...

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