DIY ring display box

Projects, Stuff and Things


We needed a ring display box and couldn’t find any locally, we didn’t plan ahead and buy one online. Which is pretty much how every DIY story starts, right?

So here is the plan we came up with.
Pool noodle
Black fabric
Picture frame
Hot glue gun

1. Cut a section of the pool noodle the width of the frame.
2. Cut the section in half lengthwise, then halfs again, then halfs again. This will leave you with 1/8ths.
3. Lay these out on the backing of the frame. Until you have enough.
4. Hot glue them down to the backing.
5. Cut the fabric into a strip the width of the frame and about 3 times the length.
6. Glue the top edge of the fabric to the top of the noodles, where you glued it down.
7. While keeping the fabric taught, use a piece of cardboard/posterboard to push the fabric between the noodles.
8. Try not to get frustrated.
9. Do this for the remaining noodle sections.
10. String! Spiral string through the cracks in the noodles, this will help keep the fabric in when they pull the rings out. (This isn’t tested!)
11. Insert the backing back into the frame.
12. Done!

more pictures after the break.

Plug job


Finally got around to changing out the spark plugs on the forester. I’m hoping that this will solve the rough idle and gas mileage. They are pretty corroded and you can see some black soot on the two rear (top) ones. This is probably because I couldn’t move the wrench very well on those two because there isn’t much space between the engine and the frame. I have a good feeling about this! Of course it still could be that I set the timing wrong when I changed the belt. There is some oil leaking from the cam seals, so I’m probably going to have to get back in there anyway. But I hope it can wait till summer.

Changing the spark plugs is just like any other job on the car, it looks tough at first, but you get the hang of it once you do it once.

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Draw your Party Wedding Invitations

Art, Projects

One of the things that made our wedding special was the creativity of all of our friends and their willingness to go along with our crazy schemes. The RSVP card that was included with the invitation had a blank section with instructions to “Draw your Party”. It was actually kind of useful because when I was designing the card I had forgotten to put a space to say how many people you were bringing with you. Some people were very quick and some people stressed about it. But everyone did a great job at giving us just what we wanted; a little memory of all of you.

See the rest after the break

DIY Wedding registry is not quite ready for prime time.

Projects, Stuff and Things
This pot is $49.99

This pot is $49.99

But it is ALMOST there. I’ve been using the Amazon wish list for a long time now and I really like it. The addition of the Universal wish list was a great addition, I just have the universal wish list bookmark on the firefox toolbar to add things from other sites. So when it came time to register for the wedding I thought… hmm… I wonder if Amazon has a wedding registry. It does!

We started using it a couple weeks ago and we’ve found some shortcomings with it. First off, While I do like shopping online, there are somethings that I want to see in person. When it comes to choosing a good set of pots and pans I want to hold the handle in my hand and see the finish for myself. I had heard about the iphone app Redlaser which scans bar codes and looks up the prices online on Amazon and Google. So I went ahead and bought it. The first time I tried it out it was amazing… it just worked. I scanned in a set of pans, it looked them up on Amazon and found that they were $30 cheaper online. Great! Then I noticed that you

Laurel as Vanna

Laurel as Vanna

can add to the wish list directly from the iphone! Could life get any better? I submit that it could not! But then I noticed something, you can’t add something to the Wedding registry from the Mobile version of (glaring omission #1). So I thought I would just add them to my wish list then move them over later, until I found out later that you CANT DO THAT. (glaring omission #2) So you have to… find the item on the wish list, click on it, re-add it to the wedding registry, then remove it from your wish list.

So what could have been “historically awesome” was rendered “just pretty cool” by Amazon.

In Summary the good things about Redlaser and Amazon are…

  • The Redlaser app is historically awesome.
  • Amazon Registry works with the universal wish list button.
  • The Registry separates the items into categories.
  • unique URL for sending out to people.

Bad things…

  • Universal wish list items are relegated the universal wish ghetto at the bottom of the page.
  • You can’t move items from your regular wish lists to the registry.
  • Cant put things on the wedding registry from Amazon mobile.