Monday, November 24, 2008

Apt528 Reads: ReadyMade Magazine

ReadyMade Magazine
Apt528 Rating: 9 out of 10


I subscribe to several shelter magazines but out of them all, this one is the best. ReadyMade is for 20 and 30-something DIY-ers looking for a creative jumping point.
As you flip through the pages, you'll find useful reviews, neat products, and a whole section devoted to projects and how-to's. In this issue, they show you the proper way to hang a pendant light, rate the best paper trimmers, suggest three new uses for old cookie tins (the multi-tiered serving tray is ingenious!), and even have a holiday gift guide with great gifts you can make yourself.

Perhaps my favorite part of the magazine was what I DIDN'T find - overpriced items I could never afford. Most every piece in the magazine was either something affordable or something worth spending a few extra pennies on.

But the greatness doesn't stop at the magazine. The ReadyMade website has a full archive of all their projects. There are also step-by-step project videos and an online store featuring everything from plans for a DIY modular dwelling to customizable library plaques for your house. Now you can make your movies posters look like museum-quality artwork! If you're looking for ways to simplify your life, check out the Resource tab which has helpful hints. My favorite:

TRUE BOUNCE - Avoid the nasty toxins in fabric softeners (and save a few bucks) by throwing three tennis balls into the dryer with a load of wash. The balls create air pockets that help clothes dry faster and feel fluffier.

You can find the Holiday issue on newsstands now.

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