June 2020

It can be frustrating to know that your favorite screenprint is finally aging and showing signs of wear.    While there is no one way to fix this issue, I have found great success in the following process. If you do try this out, perhaps try it first on something that isn’t as dear to you just so that you get any errors out of the way...

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Visible Mending is a process of repairing fabrics that doesn’t attempt to hide the repairs made. Instead, the repair itself brings character and identity to what is being brought back to life. If you wish to recreate any of the repairs shown below, first read our blog post on basic clothing repair! This will give you a good overview of basic repairs. Once finished, return to this post.

This is a tutorial on how to build a power rack. All project materials will be available in stores that are open during the stay-at-home order, such as Lowes or Home Depot. With so many facilities being closed and closures of campuses, students are more likely now than ever before to become sedentary. As a result, remaining physically active should be a priority because it not...

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This cute phenomenon may be familiar to some of you, but for those who don’t know what they are, they are models that are made out of books and resemble a commonplace book on the outside. They create a small world within a book shelf.  My book nook journey started with my professor assigning us to make one from any inspiration we chose. I decided...

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Reducing your energy and water usage at home is good for the environment, and it can also save you some money on your utility bill each month! Here are just a few quick tips for an energy-efficient lifestyle.     Unplug electronics when not in use. Even if you aren’t charging your phone, a phone charger that is left plugged into the wall will continue to use...

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Over the past few weeks, we've been hard at work trying to make an Electronics workshop that is educational and hands-on while still remaining remote. We are happy to announce that we have multiple Electronics workshops for y'all that you can follow along with completely online!  Enter TinkerCAD Circuits.   Many patrons of the IRL may know of TinkerCAD for its simple browser-based 3D modeling software, but did...

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How to Save Money on Entertainment Buy rush tickets or tickets on discount sites-  Many places offer tickets an hour or two before the show starts at a discounted price. These can be found at the theater sometimes, but also at discount ticket booths. In Chicago, there is one of these booths down the street from the row of theaters (in Block 37).  There are...

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Have a remote summer job?   As we adjust to working from home during this time of uncertainty, here are a couple tips to keep you on track:       Wake up at the same time everyday: While it is nice to sleep in, this can really impact your energy levels and sleep cycle as the week processes.      Get dressed: While you are at home and can dress...

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In this tutorial, you will learn how to turn an old t-shirt into a stylish, comfortable facemask you can wear outdoors. It’s quick, easy and does not require any sewing skills or a sewing machine! Here’s what you will need:   1 cotton t-shirt (at least 16” wide when you lay it flat) Scissors Ruler/measuring tape   The first step is cutting off the seam at the...

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