The Nuts and Bolts: February 13, 2014

Hometalk Announces Pinterest Parties at 100 Michaels Stores

Hometalk, the largest home and garden social network on the web, announced that members will co-host Pinterest parties in 100 Michaels arts and crafts stores nationwide on Feb. 16 from 1 - 4 p.m.

In a unique effort to expand the offline presence of an online community, these parties will provide live access to just a fraction of Hometalk’s expansive network of DIY experts. Hometalk selected 100 of its members to lead a series of DIY craft demos for customers to learn from as they shop for supplies in Michaels stores. Handpicked for their DIY expertise, each Hometalk member will put their own twist on one of five Pinterest-inspired projects, offering customers hands-on help, tutorials, ideas and advice.

The projects include:

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CITE Announces 2nd Annual CITE 2014 Awards for Innovative Products & Apps

The China Information Technology Expo, CITE 2014, the largest IT and consumer electronics show celebrating the international electronics industry in Asia, announced today the 2nd Annual CITE 2014 Awards for innovative products and applications. Presented during the show held in Shenzhen, China, April 10-12, 2014, the CITE Awards are open to all exhibitors of the CITE 2014.

Winners will be announced at the show, with the presentation of 10 Gold Awards and approximately 90 Innovative Product and Application Awards.

Sears Recognizes Staff Member as Expert

essential woodworking recognition.

Congratulations to Justin Dipego, Senior Editor at for being recognized as a woodworking expert by Recently Justin weighed in with his DIY expertise on the top 10 woodworking tools your workshop needs. Find the interactive here!

Asphalt Roofing Projects Awarded for Sustainable Use and Beautiful Design

What do one of the largest independent supermarket chains, a local government city hall and a historic mansion all have in common? An understanding and appreciation of the value provided by asphaltic roofing; from shingles to modified bitumen, these systems provided beautiful, affordable and reliable performance to the winners of the 2014 Quality Asphalt Roofing Case-Study Awards (QARC) program.

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) bestowed the Gold Award to Precision Roofing Corp. for Doral City Hall, located in a city that was incorporated just a decade ago; the Silver Award to Advanced Roofing, Inc. for a newly constructed Publix supermarket in Miami; and the Bronze Award to Certified Incorporated for the Phelps Mansion, which was built in 1888 and was home to Mayor Edward Phelps, best known for bringing electric street lights, a telephone system and a Washington, D.C. railroad connection to his hometown of Laurel, MD.

Survey from Better Homes and Gardens Reveals Millennials Are Changing Home Marketplace

Better Homes and Gardens released findings from its sixth annual survey on the attitude and spending trends of home buyers. This year’s research focused on Millennials’ preferences for their next home, and asked more than 3,200 prospective home buyers to share their thoughts on home improvement spending, the importance of personalization, and technology in home value.

According to a recent report from the Boston Consulting Group, U.S. Millennials account for an estimated $1.3 trillion in direct annual spending. In addition, the report notes that in the next fifteen years Millennials will outnumber Baby Boomers 78 million to 56 million.

In a presentation at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas, Jill Waage, Editorial Director for Home Content for Better Homes and Gardens, noted that “Millennials are swarming into the home marketplace armed with information, ideas and a passionate desire for personalization. Home builders, designers, and remodelers should know that this generation expects you to work with them as collaborators -- not just contractors.”