Tuesday, June 3, 2014

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Introducing Tcaldy

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 06:12 AM PDT

lensmaster tcaldy on SquidooToday we’re pleased to introduce you to tcaldy, a wife and mom who wears many other hats including that of Squidoo lensmaster and RocketSquid student. Learn more from our recent interview:

How did you find Squidoo? The first time I saw Squidoo is when my sister in law wrote something on Facebook about one of her relatives writing for Squidoo. It was TheHonestWebGuru writing about Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies. I went to the lens to see what it was all about. I’d never heard of Squidoo before. I decided to sign up and write my first lens.

Of the lenses you’ve made so far, which is your favorite and why? Of the lenses I’ve made so far, I suppose I’d have to say that Make Your Own Beautiful Basket is my favorite. Of all the lenses it still gets visits and I think it has the most comments. Basket weaving is my passion. I have a small hobby business doing weaving, but mostly I do it because I love it. Weaving for others is an outlet to share my time and talent with other people. I have a few sales, give some baskets to charities that are close to my heart, give quite a few as gifts and more recently I started to do some historical reenactments and do weaving demonstrations as well as a little bit of teaching. I think that Make Your Own Beautiful Basket showcases some of my best work, plus gives readers a free pattern for making a basket of their own. Of all the lenses it is also the one I’ve worked on and edited the most.

What one tip would you give to a new lensmaster starting out? I think it would be difficult to nail down one tip to help Squidoo lens makers, but I guess that my advice would be to inject as much of your own personality into your lens making as you possibly can. I think anyone can write something. I could be wrong, but I think we have to offer our reader something and maybe that something could be a little bit of ourselves. I can write about a topic, but why is that topic special to me, and how in this little chunk of time that I have with my reader can I pull them into my world, sit down for tea as it were and share this material with them. If I had any other advice it would be to read and reread your material (hopefully before you post) I’ve fixed more stuff after it went live than I care to admit. I’m not sure I have all the answers yet, but I’m working on it.

Be sure to take a few minutes to visit tcaldy’s profile page and check out more of her lenses. If you’d like to sign up as a RocketSquids University student, just fill out this form. We’d love to have you!

Lens of the Day: Much Ado About Summer Reading

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 05:53 AM PDT

much adoIf you’re ready to dive into some classic reading this summer, check out this wonderful book review by lensmaster FallenRobin who recommends the Folger versions of Shakespeare’s work  for those of us who don’t “do” the Old English language very well.

Much Ado About Summer Reading is just one of the many terrific reviews you’ll find in Squidoo’s Best of Books category.


Led Zeppelin: Still relevant even though “it’s been a long time, been a long time”

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 05:41 AM PDT

Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 9.59.27 PM2014 is a banner year for Led Zeppelin fans, with all of the legendary heavy metal band’s albums coming out in remastered deluxe editions. The first three albums, Led Zeppelin I, II, and III, are being released today.

The packages are filled with rare, previously unreleased material. They’re kind of like the audio equivalent of Denny Somach’s coffee-table book, Get the Led Out: How Led Zeppelin Became the Biggest Band in the World.

The book, which was recently released in paperback, features a host of rare interviews and loads of memorabilia — it’s a lush package, perfect for anyone interested in immersing themselves in Zeppelin’s extravagant, legendary rock and roll world.

Denny took some time out to talk to us about the book and sent along a great link of him addressing a recent Zeppelin controversy — you can read and see it all in our interview with him at http://music.squidoo.com/get-the-led-out-interview-with-author-denny-somach. If you’re inspired by what you read, review a Led Zep album, or buy one — you can do both here: http://www.squidoo.com/review-your-favorite-led-zeppelin-album.

Have fun and Get the Led Out!

Get Yer Red Hots, Right Here!

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 01:04 PM PDT

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It’s summer! And of course that means it’s time for hot dogs. But not just any ‘ol hot dogs, at least for cookbook author and blogger Russell van Kraayenburg. Russell, of the wonderful blog, Chasing Delicious, has penned a fabulous new book, Haute Dogs, all about hot dogs, a food he has adored since childhood. Russell was kind enough to talk about Haute Dogs in this interview with us: http://food.squidoo.com/haute-dogs-interview-with-cookbook-author-russell-van-kraayenburg, and here’s a little preview about the book, which you can guess, doesn’t focus on garden variety dogs. They feature a wealth of toppings and wonderful backstories. Hot dogs, have, in many ways, become an expression of regional identity (not sure what shrimp salad on top of your hot dog — which is a thing, REALLY! — says about your region.) Russell explores not just how to top a dog, but also offers instructions on how to make your own from the bun on through. If you love hot dogs and/or food history, you’ll love Haute Dogs.

Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the interview, too — you’ll get to see Russell in action!

25 Creative DIY Projects

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 12:12 PM PDT

Last month we asked our lensmasters to share their DIY projects and boy did they deliver. Take a look at these creative lenses and then try your own, also be sure to share with a friend. DIY us more fun when you have a friend to share it with! Really it is.

DIY Pallet Planter Platform

1. DIY Pallet Planter Platform

Here’s an easy project for balcony gardeners – or anyone who needs to be able to move larger or heavier items on a regular basis. We’ve transfered to a new unit in our co- op, which means I need to rethink my balcony garden. We have two balconies…

How To Plant Water Lilies

2. How To Plant Water Lilies

Hardy water lilies are easy to grow, and their beautiful blooms add color and texture to water gardens. Just like any other garden plant, hardy water lilies need proper care and attention to their basic requirements before they can prosper in your garden p…

DIY- Window frame tray

3. DIY- Window frame tray

Window frame tray is probably my most simplest crafting project ever. What did I do? I just went to get an old window from my dad’s garage, painted it, and placed it on the kitchen table. Ridiculously simple, isn’t it? Honestly, I had friends com…

DIY Nail Polish Rack Upcycled From An Old Spice Rack

4. DIY Nail Polish Rack Upcycled From An Old Spice Rack

My teenage daughter is a major hoarder of nail polish and we needed to come up with a better storage solution to accommodate her ever growing collection. I had an old spice rack that I no longer used that I thought would work great for upcycling into a DIY…

DIY Easy Garden Toad Stool

5. DIY Easy Garden Toad Stool

How to make a simple garden toad stool. You can use either casting plaster or casting cement. Due to mild weather where I live I don’t get hard freeze or much rain. If you live in an area that receives one of those or maybe both you should use the cas…

DIY Personalized Photo Frame

6. DIY Personalized Photo Frame

It’s the end of another school year. which means ‘end of the year’ gifts. What gifts for which event are the forefront of your thinking. Gifts for your students: completed another successful school year kindergarten graduate elementary schoo…

How I Made my Retro-Style Bulletin Board for my Craft Room

7. How I Made my Retro-Style Bulletin Board for my Craft Room

We recently moved and for the first time – ever – I have a craft room/office of my very own. Sound the horns, raise the roof and celebrate along with me! Sorry, I digress. One thing I knew I wanted was a ‘command center’, if you will. This includ…

Eco-friendly, Recycled, Wasp Traps

8. Eco-friendly, Recycled, Wasp Traps

Spring and Summer have had a really slow start here and that is alright. It does seem that spring is definitely here now and that will give way to summer (hopefully). This project is one that everyone who enjoys eating outdoors must try! It will cut down o…

How to Caulk Recaulk the Bath Tub Caulking

9. How to Caulk Recaulk the Bath Tub Caulking

It has been years since the our fiberglass bath tub was installed, and there were signs of mildew that didn’t wash clean anymore. It was time to replace the caulk. Before beginning, I scrubbed the surround and the tub to make sure everything was clean…

Top Ten Tools Every Woman Needs

10. Top Ten Tools Every Woman Needs

Every woman needs her own tools. Every woman should know how to use them. Man in the house or not, young or older, handy or otherwise, there are a few tools that are essential to make life- and do it yourself projects- easier and fun. Whether you’ve b…

How To Germinate Seeds In A Pot

11. How To Germinate Seeds In A Pot

A great to way to germinate seeds is in a big flower pot if you don’t have separate container’s to plant in. This year I thought I’d try germinating seeds in a pot of dirt. I used big plastic ones which work perfect for doing this. In just a…

My Beloved Shop Vac - The One Vacuum I Will Never be Without - Big Red Saved my Cash and my Bacon

12. My Beloved Shop Vac – The One Vacuum I Will Never be Without – Big Red Saved my Cash and my Bacon

I’ve had so many vacuum cleaners over the years. I started buying my own shortly after getting married in the 80′s. Since then, I’ve lost count of how many I have gone through. My Shop Vac is the one and only vacuum I will never be without….

DIY: Build Your Own Sandbox With Benches For Your Kids

13. DIY: Build Your Own Sandbox With Benches For Your Kids

Tired of your kids playing in the dirt? Or maybe your kids love the beach. Bring it home with this easy solution. Hours of fun right in the backyard. You’ll never have to worry about the neighborhood cats thinking this is their own personal litter box…

Can faded plastic pots be saved?

14. Can faded plastic pots be saved?

If your plastic outdoor pots are as faded as mine, then you might like to know how I made mine look like new again. HINT: Buy a can of Rust- oleum spray paint! I am cheap! I hate to throw away perfectly good pots just because they are a bit faded by years…

Easiest way to dig up grass

15. Easiest way to dig up grass

Digging out your lawn is a tough job, but I’ve discovered there are ways to make it somewhat easier. Right now I’m nearly finished removing all the grass in the backyard, almost 2,000 square feet, to make way for new landscaping. And I’m doi…

DIY: How to Paint an Old Wrought Iron Chair

16. DIY: How to Paint an Old Wrought Iron Chair

My favorite deck chairs needed new paint: My four wrought iron chairs used to be an ivory white when I got them for Mother’s Day sometime in the last century. I wish I could put a date on them, but I cannot- it was that long ago. All I can remember is…

My Wonder Bar for DIY

17. My Wonder Bar for DIY

The Wonder bar, the name says it all. No there are no buttons for low or high speed, you can’t even plug this in, it’s just a bar. Here I’m going to tell you how I used my wonder bar over the years for various DIY projects. If you’re a…

Do the Dishes Yourself & Dump the Dishwasher

18. Do the Dishes Yourself & Dump the Dishwasher

Which is better – the dishwasher or hand washing? I’ve read lots of debates online about this. Most people, it seems, want to justify the dishwasher. Mostly, people hate doing the dishes. Save power, water and time I just don’t get it. I’ve…

How To Remove Bathtub Caulking

19. How To Remove Bathtub Caulking

What is bathtub caulking? And why do I need it? Bathtub caulking is the seal between the wall and the bathtub, and you need it so water doesn’t get behind the tub wall or leak into the walls causing damage. Our bathtub caulking began to show signs of…

DIY or Not - Do it Yourself or Not?

20. DIY or Not – Do it Yourself or Not?

Whether to take on a DIY home improvement project or not is a big decision for many people. How to decide whether you should do it yourself depends on several factors. 1. type of diy project 2. size of diy project 3. budget 4. skill level 5. time factor DI…

Wood Burned Caddy for Oil and Vinegar

21. Wood Burned Caddy for Oil and Vinegar

A while ago, my husband and I were visiting Rockland, Maine and wandered into an artisan oil and vinegar shop. We fell in love with the products and took several bottles home with us. Well, seven bottles became a dozen (plus) bottles and suddenly we were r…

The Best Sawhorse for Female DIY Enthusiasts

22. The Best Sawhorse for Female DIY Enthusiasts

Typically, I’m a bit too girly to be thinking about saw horses. However, since I’m currently helping Mr. Vix build a new front deck, I’ve had occasion to give thought to some more male oriented items. It’s not the first time. The last t…

Make An Alice In Wonderland Flower Stepping Stone

23. Make An Alice In Wonderland Flower Stepping Stone

One of the most unforgettable group of characters from the ‘Alice In Wonderland’ movies was the the garden flowers. Each one had it’s own face and personality. I wanted to bring this to my yard and that was when I decided to create flower st…

How to Install Roll Out Under Sink Organizer

24. How to Install Roll Out Under Sink Organizer

The first thing I had to do was to measure the opening and the depth of the cavity where I was going to place it. Organizers do come in different sizes, so you want to make sure that you buy one that fits your space. The second thing I had to do is to chec…

Preparing your lawn tractor for the season

25. Preparing your lawn tractor for the season

My old LT2000 Lawn Tractor has been in the family for 11 years. It has had a rough life of cutting the lawn in the August Summer heat and while gathering leaves in the below freezing temperatures of late November. It gets ridden hard and put away wet in No…

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