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Thursday, 23 November


Zero Waste Pesto, Four Ways (4 Plant Based Recipes) "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Pasta and pesto is one of those go-to meals when you need to whip something up in minutes rather than hours. Before I went zero waste, Id make my own pesto sometimes, but Id also buy those convenient jars. No more! Being zero waste means I avoid buying jars of anything. Pesto is such an []


Woman Builds Unique Tiny House for Affordable City Living "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

After finishing grad school, Sam Gambling decided that a tiny house would be a perfect fit for her lifestyle. She wanted to remain in Vancouver, BC to be near work, family and friends; but the cost of living in the city was incredibly high. She also wanted to be able to work a not-for-profit job without worrying if shed have enough money for rent each month. Last but not least, tiny houses were a housing solution that fit well with her environmental sustainability values.

Tiny houses are one of the few realistic options for finding affordable housing in high rent cities such as Vancouver where bedroom apartments start at around $2,000/month. Unfortunately, this young lady is unable to live in her home yet due to housing regulations in Vancouver. She and her friend have started a BC Tiny House Collective to help legalize and legitimize tiny houses in Canada because lots of other people are facing the same challenges.

This house is simple and still unfinished, but as usual there are lots of interesting details such as the composting toilet and the recycled cork floors.


Wednesday, 22 November


2017 Home DIYer Gift Guide "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Out shopping for a special someone that loves working in the shop or on projects?  This Christmas, give them something they will love and use, on any budget, for any level of experience.  Here's my 2017 Gift Guide for the Home DIYer.


The Basics

These are the basics that every homeowner should own. It's also a good getting started list if your special someone is looking to get into building projects.

  • Drill - The drill is really the first power tool to invest in.  I recommend an 18 volt cordless, for a home DIYer you don't need anything fancy - my Ryobi Compact Drill has lasted me years.
  • 18 Gauge Brad Nailer - The Ryobi Cordless is a classic, but you can also find pneumatic versions (you'll need an air compressor too).
  • Kreg Jig 
  • Random Orbital Sander - the most versatile sander, easy to use with easy change sanding pads.  I use a cordless model from Ryobi.
  • Jigsaw - The new jigsaws are so handy, every home needs one.  I love my cordless Ryobi model.
  • Circular Saw - You can use a circular saw to make almost any straight cut.  It's an essential tool in the shop.  Cordless is handy.




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 []

The post Scrap wood buffalo check and snowflake Christmas ornaments appeared first on Funky Junk Interiors.


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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