Monday, August 19, 2013

Pallet wood chalkboard


my name is AIex and this is my first instructable. English is not my native language so please forgive if i made some mistakes ;)

I found an old pallet at home and i didn´t want to throw it away so I thought: Hey I could turn it into a nice looking frame for a chalkboard to manage things!
The idea of recycling some stuff (literally trash) which doesn´t look perfect anymore because it´s broken and make something great out of it is what I just love and you don´t need many materials for it.

This is also my entry for the Green Design Contest so if you like my instructable please vote for it :)

In the end my chalkboard looked like in the picture above!

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Know What Drowning Really Looks Like to Help Save Lives This Summer

Know What Drowning Really Looks Like to Help Save Lives This Summer

If movies are any indication, a drowning person will thrash around wildly in the water, possibly scream out for help, or wave someone over. However, as Slate points out, that's completely wrong, and drowning doesn't look anything like people expect.

Drowning victims can't call out for help, they can't wave because drowning victims can't control arm movement, and their body remains upright. So, what does a drowning victim look like? Slate suggests looking for these signs:

Head low in the water, mouth at water levelHead tilted back with mouth openEyes glassy and empty, unable to focusEyes closedHair over forehead or eyesNot using legs—verticalHyperventilating or gaspingTrying to swim in a particular direction but not making headwayTrying to roll over on the backAppear to be climbing an invisible ladder

Of course, if someone is yelling for help, they still need it, but it doesn't mean they're drowning. With pool season in full swing, it's good to have a grasp on what drowning looks like so you can seek our assistance when you need it. Brushing up on your CPR skills is a good idea as well. Head over to Slate for a bunch more information.

Drowning Doesn't Look Like Drowning | Slate

Photo by Tony Bernard.

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embroidered chain bracelet

embroideredbracelettext.jpgThis is a really simple way to spruce up a basic chain bracelet. I'm not a big fan of chunky jewelry, so this is a nice way to add some color without adding bulk. :D

All you need is some embroidery floss or thin yarn and you're ready to make a whole new bracelet!

IMG_1100.JPGembroidery flossthick chain (1/8-1/4 inch wide)embroidery needlejump ringsclosuresglue (optional, but helpful!)measuring tape or rulerI got both silver tone and gold tone chain and chose embroidery floss that complemented them. :)

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Craisin-Chocolate Chip Muffins

The following yields about 24 muffins:

- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (one stick) butter (room temperature)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup milk (2%)
- 1 1/2 cup Craisins (dried cranberries)*
- 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips*

*These measurements can vary, depending on your preference.

Also, you could use:

- a whisk/beater
- two large bowls
- measuring cups/spoons
- a fork/spoon/spatula (optional)
- muffin cups
- a muffin pan

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beaded chain bracelet

beadedchainbracelettext.jpgI really like this bracelet! The thick chains against the teeny little beads gives a really nice contrast.

I originally set out to find a way to braid the beads in the middle, but I didn't have the right tools! I think I'm going to need to get some thin wire to make that happen. :D

IMG_1139.JPGupholstery thread OR two strands of embroidery flossseed beads (I used sizes 10/0 and 11/0)a needle small enough to pass through the beadschainjump ringsclosurespliersmeasuring tape or a rulerThis is the first time i have ever worked with beads. I had no idea what I was doing. I originally tried to use nylon quilting thread, and that turned into a big mess. Thread by itself did not produce a big enough knot to keep the beads in place. 

And this is why I am using two strands of embroidery floss. Gotta work with what you have :D

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Gizmodo Prankster Photoshops People Into Ads While They Wait for the Bus | Kotaku Investigation: A V

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How to make a Bottle Building

Materials needed:

Bottles, lots of bottles, in assorted shapes and colors if you would like.

Optional: Heavy weight glass candy dishes and ashtrays, glass block, Japanese floats and other interesting found glass objects.

Type S mortar mix.

Ivory dish detergent

Wood posts, sizes vary depending on your project I used 6X 8 treated posts.

Roofing felt.

Bolts to connect the treated post size depends on the size of your posts.


Rubber gloves

Lots of sponges

Tools needed:

A mixing bucket or wheelbarrow to mix mortar.

A hoe or shovel for mixing mortar

Medium sized trowels (one for each person laying bottles)

Staple gun.

A level (standard or a string level)


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