Do Newspapers Matter? Evidence from the Closure of The Cincinnati Post (March 2009).
Authors, Sam Schulhofer-Wohl and Miguel Garrido of Princeton University, concluded that the loss of even a small paper made local elections less competitive.
The absence of the paper was associated with reductions in voter-turnout, the number of people running for office, and the likelihood of non-incumbent candidates prevailing.
The authors controlled for race, and age, and the effects of the historical presidential election on local elections in this one small geographic area. However, additional larger studies are needed to further examine this trend.
Here's a fused plastic zipper bag using plastic candy bags from an instructables contributor.
Art & Creativity Center and Storage
This Elfa Kids Workstation allows maximum flexibility for keeping puzzles, art supplies, and other inspirational objects close at hand while providing adjustable height table tops for different size kids.
These free-standing components from The Container Store starting from left to right can create an instant mudroom where none exists. Like at our house.
It was so much fun (and easy) to make. And now the kids want to make more things! So stay tuned for more...I've been dreaming of felt sushi :)
These Twinkle Cakes started it all when I first saw them a year or so ago. Aren't they just scrumptious???!!!
No worries....there are even healthy items like these Biofina toys from Haba and on sale at Kidsurplus--one of my favorite online stores for great deals on high quality toys.
- AZ sustainability guidelines via bohemian revolution for freshness
- Live green wear black suggestions for freshness
- Utah State Cooperative extension guidelines for freshness
- High-end funky storage ideas from the kithcn and Chiasso
To help find the right glass storage containers for bulk food items, these calculations might help.
8 fl ounces = 1 cup
1 pint = 2 cups
1 quart = 4 cups
1 gallon = 16 cups
2 gallons = 32 cups
2.5 gallons = 40 cups
1 lb bag = about 4 cups (32 ounces)
5 lb bag = about 20 cups (5 quarts, 1.25 gallons)
10 lb bag = about 40 cups (2.5 gallons)
1 lb bag = about 2 1/4 cups (18 ounces)
5 lb bag = about 11 1/2 cups (92 ounces, 3 quarts)
1 lb bag = about 2 cups (16 ounces)
5 lb gap = about 4 cups (1 quart)
1 lb bag = about 2 1/2 cups (20 ounces, under 1 quart)
3 lb bag = about 7 1/2 cups (60 ounces, under 2 quarts)
5 lb bag = about 12 1/2 cups (under 1 gallon)
10 lb bag = about 25 cups (1.6 gallons)
12 lb bag = about 30 cups (2 gallons)
25 lb bag = about 63 cups (4 gallons)
50 lb bag = about 126 cups (8 gallons)
132 ounce square cracker jar with lid -- $6.95 from Storables
Our Brady Bunch era ranch house has oddly wide windows. Funky proportions.
It's next to impossible to find drapery hardware that fits, especially without having to use those extendable rods (yuck! curtains get stuck on the "hump") or without spending a fortune.
So check out these easy fixes for this problem using steel conduit as a drapery rod!!!
Great instructions and photos from shelterrific.
And an interesting bracket from diggs magazine!
Check out Thrifty Fun for finial ideas and using copper pipe as well as spoons and other household items for curtain hangers.
I wonder if this kind of bracket from Lowes would be the right size for one of the steel pipes.
And while you're working with steel pipe, here's something else you can do with it, courtesy of the Friends of Burlington Gardens. Go ahead, get a jump on spring and start an indoor garden!!
Of course, I have to get organized first so that I can have the space to be creative!
Just take a look at this radical transformation from a very cool "IKEA hackers" blog. (Those DIYers do amazing things with IKEA products. I loved how one guy turned his shoe cabinet into a laundry bin.)
Some creative folks used IKEA materials like this:
To end up here with some time, decopage and paint:
But here is a beautiful one from Lehman's store for simple living in Ohio. This pitcher holds 64 ounces, has an airtight lid, and is even made in the U.S.A. It's $14.95. Check them out for all sorts of great products that don't rely on electricity!!
So I've got to deconstruct those free MSU salvage hutches and rebuild them. Of course, the outdoors is the only place large enough to work on that project.
So today's sunshine and spring-like weather is nudging me to consider this project a real possibility in the near future. Too bad it's supposed to rain all weekend :(
Here are some great tips from builder, Tim Carter, on building a cubby with pigeon holes:
Cubby hole sizes:
- 9" wide x 6" high x 11.5" deep (works for shoes, slippers, etc.)
- 10" wide x 12" high x 11.5" deep (works for work boots, roller skates, etc. though they may stick out of the front)
- 3/4" plywood
- 3/4" wide x 1/4" thick screen stop molding to hide the coarse plywood edge of each divider
DIY for everyone!
Here are more DIY ideas from Domino magazine depending on your level:
(Get it quick! March 2009 is their last issue!)