1) Lots of you don’t have cable. It came as a surprise that most of the commenters on the Do you have cable tv? post said no, you don’t. Erniebufflo says that, after cutting out cable: “Iâ€™m more content because I donâ€™t want as much STUFF because Iâ€™m exposed to a lot less advertising.” Several expressed an idea that we could get behind — if we could just pick and choose one or two channels to buy, instead of a huge package of channels we don’t need, we would. Are you listening, cable companies?
2) Turtle bread exists in miniature, too! Uyek mystified us with her comment on Katie’s turtle bread, saying: “My first thought was ‘Re-Ment!’” Our first thought was, “What the heck is that?” Turns out that Re-Ment is the name for collectible miniature items that doll enthusiasts (such as Blythe collectors) purchase for their tableau. One of the Re-Ment sets, “Let’s Cooking,” features a tiny turtle bread. Uyek was so kind as to link to our post and provide photos of both here!
3) If you’re keeping chickens, keep a (fenced) roof over their heads. Alison says: “I lost a hen (from my open ‘roof’ fenced chicken run) to a young teenage raccoon thug a few weeks ago, and a ‘varmint’ proof enclosure would be pretty helpful.” She suggests a large-size dog run with a chain-link top. Visit with the city chickens here.
4) There are affordable modern mailboxes if you know where to look. Jo got a simple modern mailbox from Target for just $40, while Kristyn says: “I have been wanting this one for awhile now.” It’s red, great looking, low-profile, and only $58! Thanks, Kristyn!
5) For mini plush, $5 is the price to beat. Rebecca likes the idea of the Etsy PlushTeam’s $5 Mini Plush Mondays, saying: “Cute and a great priced item for a gift!” Find out how to buy mini plush for just $5 every Monday in June right here.
Photo by Patrick Wormsley
For someone who spends 90% of her waking life online, I must have some Luddite in my background — not only do I not have a microwave, I don’t have cable TV. In fact, I’ve never had it — partially because I never felt particularly inspired to pay for it, partially because I spend so much time staring at screens already that I don’t need to add another time-suck to my day. These days, it’s so easy to get great shows through Netflix, Hulu, or individual TV channels’ own sites, I miss cable even less. NPR’s All Things Considered just ran a story on one man’s experience with cutting cable out of his life. What about you — where do you get your TV and movie fix these days, and why? –Mary T.
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1) When you’re buying a sofa bed for guests, you need to consider your comfort on it, too. Susan says: “My experience is that anything without arms is not comfortable for lounging. My chaise for the porch looked great in the store, even better on the porch, but I never stay on it for more than 5 minutes, because I have nowhere to put my arms when Iâ€™m reading a book.” Read about the click-into-place sofa bed here.
2) Jonathan Adler slipped up with the banana vase. We don’t like it, and you don’t, either. Shoppingsmycardio says: “I was thinking exactly the same thing when i saw this! I normally love anything and everything from JA, but this just isnâ€™t doing it for me. I think theyâ€™re trying to come up with cheap gifties, which is admirableâ€¦but no. we have no bananas today.”
3) Organic crib mattresses have certain drawbacks. Rebecca says: “The only thing that drives me nuts about the mattress is that it is both floppy and heavy. Changing sheets in the crib is no fun. Overall Iâ€™m happy with the mattress, but when it comes down to it, itâ€™s just a mattress. Heck, for all I know I slept on an asbestos mattress in a lead-painted crib and so far Iâ€™m doing okayâ€¦” What’s your take on organic crib mattresses?
4) Need a furniture slipcover pattern? Use the existing cover. Jen says: “Looks like most of the IKEA hacks just cut off the old cover and use it for a pattern. Seems like an easy way to me, and you know itâ€™ll fit!” See the IKEA TULLSTA slipcover dilemma here.
5) Cohousing is a great idea…for someone else. Few of you seem keen on actually trying cohousing personally. Tiffany S. says: I love the concept in theory. Unfortunately, one bad apple can make it harder for everyone. Iâ€™m happy I donâ€™t have to live with a condo board let alone someone I have to cook a meal with.” While PlantingOaks says: “It sounds a bit reminiscent of college dorms… I had some of my best memories in places like that, but Iâ€™m not sure I would want to go back on a permanent basis.” What’s your take on cohousing?
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Field your own phone calls from friends in Cameron’s house from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – it’s on the market for $2.3 million. (But as a friend asked, “Have they fixed the garage?”) See more at Casa Sugar. (Photo via Retro Thing.)
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I’ve been reading a bit about cohousing lately — there happen to be two communities within a mile of our new home. So what is it, you ask? It’s kinda cool, actually. According to cohousing.org, “Cohousing is a type of collaborative housing in which residents actively participate in the design and operation of their own neighborhoods. Cohousing residents are consciously committed to living as a community.” Each resident has responsibilities, like preparing a meal in the common house, or tending to the community garden. The cohousing communities near us are not only committed to their own residents, but to the environment as well, using green building techniques and starting neighborhood organic produce co-ops. I’d say they’re well on their way to, as they put it, “building a better society, one neighborhood at a time.” What do you think? –Megan B.