Building a house, one log at a time

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Brigitte Ruthman has always wanted to live in a log home. "It's like living in artwork," she said.
Brigitte Ruthman's cabin she built near Sandisfield, Massachusetts.
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Sewing made easy: A fashion startup wants to simplify DIY

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No sewing machine? No problem, says Zoey Washington of SewSquad.
Sewing supplies next to a garment made with a SewSquad kit.
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Dollar signs on the doilies

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Have you cut out the middle man?

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When have you skipped the middle man, and just done it yourself?

My money story: Synthpop band Future Islands

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Future Islands and the art of letting go.

Opportunity cost and the home

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Opportunity cost isn't just for economists; it's for real people, too!
Is fixing this myself worth the opportunity cost?
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DIY planes in Kenya

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