Combating Illegal Logging with Smartphones and Smarter Shopping

Wild Crime: Illegal Logging Industry

Many of us make daily choices to try to live more environmentally conscious lifestyles. But there’s an element probably present in everyone’s home that’s contributing to the destruction of the natural world: items made from illegally sourced wood. The paper sitting in your printer, the toilet paper in your bathroom, and the coffee table in […]

Growing a CSA Membership

Community Support Agriculture - Growing Your Membership Tips

The Definitive Guide to Community Supported Agriculture Community Supported Agriculture is having its moment. Across the country, more and more people are signing up for farm shares, looking to benefit from a sense of community, healthier environments, and fresh, wholesome food. But despite its increasing popularity, community supported agriculture is still hardly a common term […]

Less Is More: The Tiny House Movement

Less is More: The Tiny House Movement

The tiny house trend is on the rise with more and more individuals, couples, and families choosing to trade in space for simplicity. And from college grads to retirees the appeal of a miniature home spans the ages. Shrinking square footage not only cuts down on chores — it’s a lifestyle change all about living […]

Build The Benefits of Raised Beds

Raised beds are the perfect way to start your own garden. Fruits, vegetables, flowers and shrubs can all thrive in the raised bed environment. The popularity of raised beds is on the rise because of their many benefits – reduce soil erosion, the ease of access to control weeds and pick vegetables, creation of a warmer soil temperature […]

Pine on the Decline: The Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemic

ine on the Decline: The Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemic

Though they are only one-eighth to one-third inch long—the length of a grain of rice—mountain pine beetles have made a devastating impact on our nation’s forests. A multiple-year outbreak of the small but mighty insects (Dendroctonus ponderosae) and other bark dwelling beetles has compromised thousands of acres of trees, and there’s no sign of them […]

How To Share The Road – The Ultimate Guide to Bike Safety

Bike use is on the rise — the number of trips made by bicycle more than doubled from 1.7 billion in 2001 to 4 billion in 2009 and many major cities are responding with bike-friendly communities. Hopping on a two-wheeler is great for you, the environment, and your wallet. But before you strap on your […]

Frank’s World Class Antique Shakespeare Fishing Tackle and Lure Collection

Over the last 20 years, Frank has quietly built the most comprehensive collection of antique fishing tackle by The Shakespeare Company ever assembled. When we set out to re-do the CustomMade blog, I really wanted to set a different tone.  We used to create posts that featured interesting things someone could get custom made (like […]

James Colgan’s Perfect Mirror

Custom Made Salon Mirror

The perfect mirror for a dream salon Here’s a story sent to us from a Buyer in San Francisco, California, who teamed up with CustomMade to solve a unique need in his salon. We’ll let James tell the rest. My name is James Colgan. I started my Hairdressing career in 1989 in Dublin, Ireland. I […]

CustomMade gift guide: Valentine’s Day gifts for him

Tired of giving him the same gift year after year? It is often said that men can be difficult to buy for on Valentine’s Day. That’s why we’ve collected these five CustomMade projects to help point you in the right direction. Meaningful money clip Maker: Britta Ambauen Give him a present that is thoughtful, and timeless, with […]

CustomMade gift guide: Unique Valentine’s Day gifts

While it is customary to give gifts such as chocolates, flowers, and jewelry on Valentine’s Day, CustomMade is giving you a fresh, new way to express your love. From home decor, to keepsakes, there’s something for everyone on this lovely list: Kirkaldy camera bag Maker: Victoria R. Is your valentine the adventurous type who loves to capture […]