Make Your Own Ship in a Bottle With This LEGO Set

This particular design was based off an idea from a long-time LEGO fan.
This particular design was based off an idea from a long-time LEGO fan.
LEGO/Amazon

Building a ship in a bottle doesn’t need to be a stodgy affair—especially when you’re doing it with LEGO bricks.

The 962-piece set ($70 on Amazon) is based on a design from Jake Sadovich, a longtime LEGO fan from Idaho. Sadovich spent three weeks designing his own version of a ship in a bottle using 1400 LEGO bricks before uploading images of the finished result to the LEGO Ideas site in November 2016. His project received the 10,000 supporters it needed to garner a review from the LEGO team in less than two months, and in August 2017, the company green-lit plans to build and sell an official set based on his design.

Despite the ship's small size it has a lot of features. LEGO/Amazon

Placed inside a bottle made of transparent bricks, the miniature ship boasts plenty of detailed features for its 5-inch-long size, including sails, six cannons, a crow’s nest, a compass (sorry, it isn’t a working one), and a flag. There's even a wax-sealed cork built out of LEGO bricks, too, as well as small LEGO pieces designed to serve as the water beneath the ship.

Some of the other fan-submitted LEGO Ideas projects the company has brought to life include the NASA Apollo Saturn V ($200) and a replica of the Central Perk set from Friends ($60).

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Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
Allwood/Amazon

If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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Le Creuset’s Factory-to-Table Sale Takes Up to 70 Percent Off Cast-Iron Cookware and Kitchen Essentials

Le Creuset
Le Creuset

Known for their sturdy and dependable Dutch ovens, skillets, and other cast-iron essentials, Le Creuset has been one of the most respected names in cookware since the company was established in 1925. Beyond the multicolored enameled pans that made them famous, Le Creuset’s offerings have expanded over the years to include woks, cutting boards, and even a line of Star Wars-themed products.

From now until August 23, you can save anywhere from 40 to 70 percent on their most popular items during Le Creuset’s Factory-to-Table sale. Usually confined only to the storefront, the company is bringing the sale to its website this year, too. Check out some of the best deals below.

Dutch Ovens

Le Creuset

- 3.5-Quart Signature Round Dutch Oven $183 (Save $122)
- Wide Dutch Oven $177 (Save $118)

Skillets

- Deep-Covered Skillet $180 (Save $120)
- Oblong Skillet Grill $90 (Save $90)
- Skinny Griddle $78 (Save $52)
- Classic Skillet $108 (Save $72)

Pots and Pans

- Saucepan $105 (Save $70)
- 6-Quart Stockpot $40 (Save $40)
- 7-Piece Stainless Steel and Cast Iron Set $425 (Save $425)
- 10-Piece Stainless Steel Set $547.50 (Save $547.50)

Casseroles

- Deep Casserole $90 (Save $90)
- Round Casserole $54 (Save $36)
- Heritage Oval Casserole $54 (Save $36)

Misc.

Le Creuset

- Heritage Loaf Pan $30 (Save $20)
- 2-Quart Heritage Square Dish $25 (Save $17)
- Wok $165 (Save $110)
- Petite Heart Cocotte $18 (Save $12)

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