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Tuesday, 18 December

21:56

Building with Earth "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

This article by Kyle Chandler-Isacksen can be found in its entirety at www.motherearthnews.com It is about building with earth and is his Top Tip for regenerative living.

By earth I mean clay-rich soils and sand. Building with earth falls under the broader umbrella of natural building and the even bigger one of green building. For this article, Im sticking with just building with earth: cob and adobe, natural plasters and clay-paints.

The boys and I putting the final touches on the Tadelakt finish of our cob oven.

Why earth? People have been living with earth for millennia and maybe a third of all people today still are. I suggest its a part of us and the human experience as much as music and storytelling. Theres a deep affinity within us that feels primal, natural, right when we enter an earthen home or run our hands along a sexy, slightly undulating earthen-plastered wall. Earthen construction has curves, like nature. It has personality and character and flaws that make it lovable. Earth ages well and looks timeless, like it belongs to a place or helps a place to belong.

Clay-rich soils and sand are abundant and can often be sourced locally, not requiring big companies and damaging extractions.  Earth is non-toxic: theres no off-gassing and ill-begotten wars needed to secure it. Clay soils come in a variety of colors: the clays on our land are dull-red and brown but we also bring clays from afar when we travel including a vibrant red-orange clay from over the hill in Auburn, California.  We also scavenge leftover pottery clay from art studios and classes which isnt local but is salvaged and provides other colors. Earth is fun to work with and building with it is democratic anyone can do it.

Heres a short rant: Have you seen the Sherwin-Williams logo Cover the Earth with the earth getting drenched in blood-red paint?  Dear god, is there a more awful logo out there?

We purchased our broken down house in 2011 and have fixed it up since then with a lot of earth inside and out. Building with earth is not just for new houses and cabins but also for remodeling conventional homes, like ours. Heres what weve done (consider this my list of...

16:00

Best-Kept Secrets: Emphasizing Period Charm "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Best-Kept Secrets: Emphasizing Period Charm | Design*Sponge

Best-Kept Secrets: Emphasizing Period Charm | Design*Sponge

Every time we get the opportunity to share a tour of a historic home here on Design*Sponge, my heart skips a beat. It has been a dream of mine for years to one day have the opportunity to bring an old, neglected property back to life, restoring and highlighting every little detail of craftsmanship that we really donR...

15:18

Free Holiday Printable with Air Wick "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Hey friends! Its our favorite time of year! We LOVE the holidays, and we are so excited to share some of our favorite products with you. We recently learned about the Air Wick holiday scents and couldnt wait to try them out! Nothing is better during this time of year than your house smelling like

The post Free Holiday Printable with Air Wick appeared first on Shanty 2 Chic.

09:10

Buffalo Checked sleigh and star with tree sign using a messy technique "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

  A few years back, I worked for a themed environment artist. The job description that day was to paint various boxes that were set on a parade float platform, to resemble a lit up village. The technique we were to use was super loose and dare I say messy. While my partner in crime []

The post Buffalo Checked sleigh and star with tree sign using a messy technique appeared first on Funky Junk Interiors.

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Monday, 17 December

23:47

My Favorite Diaper Bag + What I Keep Inside "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Some of the items mentioned were gifted to me. All opinions are my own.

I've been getting questions about my diaper backpack lately. It's my fourth diaper bag and my all-time favorite, so I'm happy to share the details! The brand is Azaria, and it's made with slightly textured, scratch-resistant, vegan leather. I've been carrying it every single day for months, in all kinds of weather, and it still looks brand-new. There's plenty of room inside for all the baby essentials plus my own stuff, yet it never looks too bulky. Best of all, the backpack carry lets me keep both hands free for wrangling my kids!

My favorite diaper bag + what I keep inside

I have Le Mre bag in Black with a contrasting gold zipper, but it also comes in other great colors like Chestnut, Camel, and Dusty Rose. Besides being perfect as a diaper bag, it could also work well for school or work as a chic alternative to a basic backpack!

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Whenever I head out of the house, I make sure to have diapers, wipes, my wallet, my phone, a waterbottle for Ian, and chapstick in my bag. In addition, here are the extra things I always try to keep inside:

1. Nursing cover - I totally love these stretchy multi-use nursing covers from Covered Goods. They are the best for nursing in public with no awkwardness, and can double as a baby blanket, car seat cover, or shopping cart cover. Super comfy and breathable, and they come in lots of cute patterns and colors!

2. Teething toys - Emmett is currently teething, so I make sure to have a few teethers handy to keep him happy. This frog is one of his favorites, and it's so cute! It's 100% natural rubber so I can feel good about him chewing on it...

23:40

Fighting Package Theft With Glitter and Fart Spray "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Watch and laugh as multiple thieves nab this glitter-spraying package, take it to hidden locales, and open it up to unwittingly unleash a serious mess all while surreptitiously being recorded by multiple phone cameras hidden inside.

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The post Fighting Package Theft With Glitter and Fart Spray appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

21:22

Can You 3D Print a DC Motor? "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

The answer to this question? Kinda. It definitely shows real promise, even for the home 3D printer.

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The post Can You 3D Print a DC Motor? appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

16:00

Celebrating Global Design: Germany "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Celebrating Global Design: Germany, Design*Sponge

Celebrating Global Design: Germany, Design*SpongeToday our tour of global design brings us to Germany. For some Germans youll hear from below, the practical side of decorating reigns supreme, meaning function comes before form. Instead of being carefree with design choices, these creative individuals tediously think through how a space should be used and what will work best within it. Furthermore, every piece they pick must reliably fulfill its purpose and then some. All in all, homes in this style are very considered.

This laser focus on functionality doesnt mean all the spaces in Germany are rigid or lifeless. In a way, this attention to detail actually makes homes there even more interesting and humanistic. With every corner thoughtfully planned and each detail given much attention, even the most streamlined houses become extensions of those who live inside. They showcase their owners way of thinking, and thats the most personal accessory of all. Scroll...

15:00

Cool Crowdfunding: lidar, Spinning on the Go, Big SLA Printing "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

We receive so many pitches for crowdfunding projects. They pour into our inbox daily. Since crowdfunding is a bit of a gamble, it is always kind of hard to determine just how to write about these projects, considering that many of them may not ever deliver. Cool Crowdfunding is our []

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The post Cool Crowdfunding: lidar, Spinning on the Go, Big SLA Printing appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

Sunday, 16 December

21:51

A Nice Small Earthship in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

This small home was built by Martin and Zoe, as a challenge to create Australias first council approved Earthship. Together (and with a lot of volunteer labor) they have worked within the system to create a truly impressive small home. This Earthship is filled with off-the-grid technology, including solar power, rain-water collection, grey water filtration and much more. The home uses a passive solar design and even a natural cooling system using underground tubes. Beyond all that though, its beautiful. The design and finish of this home are sure to leave you impressed!

As Owen has often written, Earthships like this could be made much more easily replacing the rammed tires with simple earthbags.

The post A Nice Small Earthship in Australia appeared first on Natural Building Blog.

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