Category: DIY

Weekend DIY: Installing a New Stair Rail

When we have winter weekends with no plans, we tend to look to get some home projects done we’ve been talking about for awhile.

Our house is our “maker space”, where we love to experiment and continually remake it as we enjoy living there. Renting sounds sometimes appealing when I read others who reach financial freedom that way, but I could not imagine what we’d do with our time if we didn’t have space literally to “play” in and renovate! Plus, I know in the next few years it’ll be mostly complete and look amazing, just like the old house we enjoyed renewing over eight years. Continue reading…

OMG! I Splurged for a Melting #NerdyNummies Chocolate Machine

Over the weekend, I found Rosanna Pansino’s baking items at Target! The nearest store to carry her items when they first came out was about 20 minutes away, so Monkey and I went once and bought a gummy kit but we don’t shop at that store often. To my surprise, in Target’s Valentine’s Day section I stumbled upon some of her fun baking line items and finally decided to splurge on the $30 Wilton Nerdy Nummies Chocolate Melting Pot. Continue reading…

AeroGarden Hydroponics: One Year Later

I purchased my AeroGardens almost a full year ago, and now it’s time to reflect on that purchase and what I’ve learned through hydroponics and the seasons. Plus, I have some tips for making your herbs last longer than their 6-month expected lifespan.

When I purchased these Harvest models, I had no idea what was involved in hydroponics, nor what that even meant. My hope was to grow herbs and some vegetables indoors so I could enjoy them throughout the year, outside of the standard growing season in NJ. What I got was a good lesson on growing, lighting, temperatures, water conditions, and nutrients. Overall, it was a relatively easy process and one I highly suggest if you have a brown thumb (as I used to have).

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Maplewoodshop: Learning to Use Hand Tools in Woodworking

On Friday, I was fortunate to have been given the opportunity to learn how to use hand tools in woodworking through my school district as we look to integrate innovation labs and maker areas across disciplines. When woodworking came up as an option, I jumped at the chance knowing that these skills would be great to learn in my pursuit of lifelong learning and great to share with students in my library.

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