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By: Admin    May 22 2018 , 09:38 am
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Category: Nature , DIY
Saving for a rainy day? Try building a rain barrel! Collecting rainwater is a fantastic way to save money and use naturals resources. Rain barrels collect the water runoff from a roof and store it for later use, typically to water gardens and lawns. During the wet summer months, you might conserve around 1,300 gallons of water. Using a rain barrel can save you an average of $35 a month on your water bill in the summer! Before building a rain barrel check your state regulations to see if there are any laws against it, as it is not legal in certain parts of North America. Selecting Your Barrel  All rain barrels are basically made the same way, but depending on the materials, it can cost anywhere from $15 to $150 and up. The primary tool you will need is, of course, a barrel. You can also recycle an outdoor trash can if you have one lying around -- this is one of the cheaper barre...
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By: Admin    May 08 2018 , 08:00 am
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Category: Gardening , DIY
Gardening season is here! The sun is shining and it is time to break out your gardening gloves. Potting soil is the first essential item you will need to get started. Did you know you can make it right from home? Making your own potting soil is fun and cost-effective. Not only is it cheaper than buying pre-made, but you can customize your potting soil to make sure your plants have the specific nutrients they need to grow. Potting Soil Ingredients With just a few ingredients found at many home improvement or gardening stores, you can make customized potting soil for your garden. You can use ground soil as a base for your homemade potting soil, but horticulturists found in the mid-1990s that peat moss was a much more ideal soil base for encouraging plant growth. Peat moss is excellent at water retention and aeration. You can replace peat moss or add multiple base ingredients such...
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By: Admin    April 18 2018 , 08:00 am
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Category: Nature , DIY
Writing used to be a complicated task.If you wanted to write a letter to a friend a couple hundred years ago, it was not as easy as buying mass-produced pens and paper. Writing utensils were handcrafted. Pens were simple tools, made of carefully carved sturdy feathers, or quills. Getting ink was a more complicated process. People produced their own ink from ingredients found in nature. Using creativity and a little bit of science they created a vast variety of colored inks, and improved them through time. Famed Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci used ink made from black walnuts during the Renaissance Era, and people continued to make this type of ink for centuries. Iron gall ink was used in the creation and signing of the Declaration of Independence, which lasted longer than black walnut ink, but demanded more chemistry. With the right materials and know-how, you too can make your own quill and ink ...
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By: Admin    February 28 2018 , 02:51 pm
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Category: DIY , Art
On February 28th, we honor the art of floral design! Floral Design Day is dedicated to celebrating a tradition that stems back thousands of years to ancient Egyptian times.The Egyptians used flowers for all religious temple ceremonies and funerals. You can find papyrus and lotus flowers depicted in the ancient wall art of the Egyptians. It was not just the Egyptians who used floral design, but the ancient Greeks and Romans as well! Floral Design Day was established in 1995 in admiration of Carl Rittner who founded The Rittners School of Floral Design.Floral arrangements are used to observe numerous occasions such as weddings, baby showers, Christmas, funerals, birthdays, and anniversaries. Although you do not need a special date on a calendar to order flowers, “just because” flowers are usually the most exciting! There are many floral design competitions, but the Sylvia Cup Design Co...
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By: Admin    December 22 2017 , 04:09 pm
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Category: Seasons , DIY
“Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays!” Here are some creative ways to spruce up your home for a festive feel.Use Leftover Greenery from Your Christmas TreeWhether you are buying a pre-cut tree or cutting your own, try to salvage some excess branches for household décor. Here are some ideas for how to use them!Make your own live wreath using Christmas tree clippings. Using a glue gun, attach greenery to an old artificial wreath frame. Decorate the wreath with ornaments, pinecones, ribbons – whatever suits your fancy.Use leftover greens for table settings. This table setting is a perfect example of a rustic yet classy Christmas style.Make iced branches to decorate around the house. Using leftover branches, glue, and a diamond vase filler, you can accomplish a beautiful frozen forest look.Use boughs - rather than a full tree - to hang ornaments from for a festive and non-tra...
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