Recycle - or rather, upcycle! - your old t-shirts into handmade fabric bracelets. Follow along with Missy, regular blogger with Pink Pistachio, as she teaches you how to finger-knit your favorite fabric to create these fun and fashionable bracelets. A perfect craft for both kids and adults, this project is fast, easy, and can be done using materials found around the house!
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Bring your piano playing to the next level by adding bass notes to create a rich, full sound! The fourth in a series of seven, this lesson will teaches how to add bass notes with your left hand while playing a melody chord with your right. Mark will also teach you a chord progression to help hone this new skill. As you practice, improve your overall technique by learning to surge while playing - a skill that will allow you to create a variety of musical effects.
Getting started with Native Instruments Maschine 2.0? Learn how to program a basic drum beat with hi-hats, snares, and kicks. This DJ lesson from Maschine Masters teaches you how to build everything from scratch in step mode. Program your effects to play at the perfect moment, play around with your beat while it loops, and add more percussion and samples to your step sequence. Freedom is the beauty of making beats.
As a camera, your smartphone should only be used as a last resort. Nonetheless, it’s the device that you’re most likely to have on hand with you at any given time, so it’s worthwhile to learn how to get the best photo results out of it. This lesson by Neil Creek explores the common pitfalls of smartphone photography and offers a few valuable tips for creating higher-quality photos with your iPhone, Android, or other device.
Now that you have registered a domain and created a WordPress website, it is time to learn about plugins (or extensions) that can boost your site’s visibility. These additions to your site can affect everything from analytics capabilities to social media interactions. In this tutorial by Websites Made Easy, learn how to install a number of useful plugins, such as: Google Analytics, Google XML Sitemaps, WordPress Super Cache, and SEO Friendly Images.
Get more out of your data in Microsoft Excel 2003! Once you have a spreadsheet, use Excel functions like sum, average, max, min, and count to get a better understanding of your numbers. Whether you have never used Excel or your skills are lodged in the deep recesses of your memory, this tutorial by Motion Training makes using five of Excel’s basic functions easy. Work with your own file or follow along with an attached spreadsheet.
Learning Spanish is easy and fun with this lesson! The Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids series uses videos, graphics, and quizzes to teach you new words and phrases in a way that’s easy and fun. This third of six Spanish 101 lessons reviews “gracias”, “de nada”, and “naranja” from previous lessons, and teaches “ahí está” (there it is), “libros” (books), “pan” (bread), “huevos” (eggs), “desayuno” (breakfast), “me gusta” (I like it), and shows how to count to five in Spanish.
Get ready for the rainy season by installing new gutters. In this DIY home improvement lesson, Ron will teach you how to install gutters to promote proper drainage around your property. Learn how to find the slope of the eaves, how to cut and and hang your gutters and downspout, and how to ensure that your new gutter system doesn’t leak.
Carving a turkey has never been so easy! Learn how to cut roast chicken, duck, or turkey for any formal occasion, including Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. This online tutorial from Rouxbe Cooking School will teach you how to carve your poultry, whether you’re carving at the table or in the kitchen. Use these tips and you’ll be able to offer guests a clean thigh, drumstick, wing, or breast at your next holiday dinner.
How can you win when playing Rock, Paper, Scissors? Not with a pure strategy, that’s for sure! This lesson from William Spaniel's Game Theory 101 series teaches you the theory behind this classic game. Do the math and check the payoffs to discover why you just can't beat randomness. Bummer, right? Learn about cycling arguments and why equal payoffs mean you can't easily pin down even a mixed strategy Nash equilibrium.
Why wile away your days when you can tile them away? Part 1 of 3, this lesson from Tommy's Trade Secrets teaches you how to tile a bathroom or kitchen floor. Learn how to plan your tile arrangement and mark your room accordingly - and the best practices for sealing your floor with PVA glue, spacing your tiles, and laying tile on an uneven surface. Continue with the series to learn how to cut tile for corners, edges, and doorways - and how to grout and finish your tiling project.
Knowing your way around a sewing machine opens up a whole new world of creativity! From clothing to home décor to customized gifts, sewing provides you with a range of opportunities to use your skills, save money, and bring your artistic designs to life. In this sewing lesson, Mimi G shows you around a sewing machine, explaining the most basic functions that most machines are equipped to do, describes the most necessary tools you’ll need to begin, and teaches you how to read a pattern.
You've set up Twitter, Facebook, blog, and Pinterest accounts for your business... so why is nothing happening? In this lesson from Lyra Communications, learn how long social media marketing takes to kick in, and why. While advertising results in a sudden spike then fall in interest, social media builds interest gradually over time, particularly for start-ups. Get estimates on how long it will take to see an impact, and find out why social media is worth the investment despite the wait.
Interested in making over your old furniture? Give your chairs new life by reupholstering them with the O'Neil Sisters! Jennifer and Kitty will teach you how to refinish your chair, how to choose the right upholstery fabric, and how to recover the cushion to give your outdated or vintage chair an updated look.
Make your own stamped greeting card for any special occasion! This lesson from Catherine Pooler of Life Scraps shows you how to transform cardstock into 3D cards, perfect for birthdays and holidays. Learn to make a basic background for your card, and then see different ways to embellish your card with buttons, ribbons, embossing paper, stamps, or brads. It is easy to create many of these cards at once so that you can have them on hand whenever you need them.
Think that all you need is a good camera and a good bit of know-how in order to take great pictures? While that might be true, a tripod is a tool that can help improve your photography skills—and not just for portraits. In this photography lesson, Julie Waterhouse offers two reasons why you should use a tripod the next time you are out shooting.
Did you know how important the pole plant is to great skiing technique? Many people make the mistake of planting poles too late and become unbalanced as a result—don’t become one of them! Instead, learn the optimum time to add support from your poles from this pole plant ski drill. Proper pole technique not only stabilizes your body through a turn, but also ensures that you don’t turn up the hill you just came down.
The game of chess has persisted in relevance for centuries because it forces players to use the fundamental elements of time, space, and force. In this lesson, William Karneges discusses different strategies: leveraging these elements, checking your opponent’s king (using not only common means like back rank weakness, but by making supporting pieces like your rook and knight work together), and avoid unsatisfying stalemate.
Cycling is an environmentally friendly way to get exercise, enjoy the outdoors, and even save on gas money. The first step to getting started cycling is getting the right bike; the second step is getting the right fit. In this lesson from Art’s Cyclery, Luke demonstrates how to get the correct saddle height, and the right saddle fore and aft positions. Finally, to take pressure off of your back and wrists, learn how to flip the stem for a more comfortable angle on your handlebars.
Frog in your throat but a song in your heart? In this lesson from Vocal Edge, learn some emergency quick tips to soothe your throat and rescue your voice when you're sick before singing. Find out what's happening to your body when you have a cold and how it affects your larynx and vocal cords. Take an expectorant and anti-inflammatory, and drink a gallon of water each day. Try a sinus rinse, humidifier, or menthol-free cough drops. Should you be drinking black tea or herbal? Watch to find out!
Well aware of your cinematic genius, your talented musician friends have asked you to create an artistic and thought provoking visual counterpart to one of their songs. Naturally, you want this music video to demonstrate your unparalleled creativity and skill—so you decide to shoot their music video in one take! This type of production requires plenty of planning and practice, but learn how to do it, and the end result will have everyone marveling at your abilities and wondering how you did it.
Want to avoid (or recover from) a cold, but tired of synthetic solutions? In this lesson, eco-conscious vegan Whitney Lauritsen teaches you how a natural diet and lifestyle can help keep you healthy. Learn what foods to eat and which to avoid in order to strengthen your immune system. Discover why locally grown food has more nutrients, and why you should incorporate raw food into every meal. Hear some greener alternatives to chemical sanitizers and drugs and learn about natural cold remedies.
A unique take on a holiday classic, this 1966 recipe for Italian chard stuffing remains the most popular ever published by Sunset Magazine. Mix sweet crumbles of Italian sausage with wilted Swiss chard and milky bread to form the perfect texture for stuffing. Learn how to make this perennial favorite just in time for your Thanksgiving feast.
Missing your play dough days? Try the grown-up version: clay sculpting! The third in a series of four, this lesson teaches you to condition your clay using a roller and your hands so that it won't dry out or crack. Once it’s ready, learn to cut your clay safely with a blade, and then blend different clays and inclusions (such as glitter) to create the perfect shade for your art project.
Though the creation of art is not formulaic, it does require more than luck and raw talent. In this photography tutorial, Ted Forbes discusses the elements required to create art, focusing on composition and the guideline known as the Rule of Thirds. Forbes illustrates the “golden mean” with examples by famous photographer Arnold Newman.
If your creativity can't be constrained to a single ink color, try sponge daubing on stamps - where sponges are used to blend many colors directly onto the stamp. This lesson from Fabulously Artsy Studio reviews the different types of sponges and offers tips on how to sponge daub. Be sure to apply the lighter color first, followed by the darker colors!