A couple years ago I created garden stones with pictures of my grandchildren and they got to decorate them. I soldered their pictures between glass, then mixed up quickcrete. I used those
round plastic things you put under pots to keep water from running through pots. Whatever they call them! I put the quickcrete into them, put the glass enclosed picture in the middle and then let the grandkids have fun putting stones and bobbles to decorate them how they wanted! But I learned after 2 years to keep the stones out of the sun, as the pictures started fading. :(
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I think the UV rays would still go through the polyurethane and fade the pics but thanks for
the suggestion! I do think I will use that on my mosaic table....see that post.
For more details on this process, please visit the blog post below.
Lately, I've been seeing Pinterest boards and blogs with tutorials on how to make a
vinegar weed killer. Friends, I'm here to tell you that their information is faulty and their vinegar weed killer will not work.
Most of the blogs that show vinegar weed killer recipes, show household vinegar with 5% acidity.
This.Will.NOT.Work. I repeat, This.Will.NOT.Work.
You need a vinegar that has AT LEAST 10% acidity PLUS a horticultural citrus oil. There is some controversy within the organic gardening community regarding vinegar strength. Very respected gardeners say that 10% acidity mixed with citrus oil will kill weeds.
For at least 10 years I have been using a 20% vinegar for my weed control. I have not tried 10% vinegar ~ but I trust the gardeners who say it will work. Many of them are diluting their 20% vinegar by cutting it in half and adding water. Doing this will give you two gallons of 10% vinegar.
WARNING: This 10% – 20% vinegar is potent. You need to wear goggles, rubber gloves, long sleeves, and shoes when working with 20% vinegar. It will burn your skin if any splashes. I have experienced this first hand ~ it can be very painful.
While the vinegar alone will work well at getting rid of weeds, it's the orange oil that nails the coffin shut on weeds. However, none of this will kill weeds if it isn't properly applied. That is the real secret to killing weeds and killing them for good.
If you want to kill weeds naturally, then here's what you do:The correct ratio for weed killing is: 1 gallon of 10-20% vinegar to 1 C. of orange (or citrus) oil. Mix well. (see my Warning above) Then, add to either a spray bottle like this one. I highly recommend rubber gloves when applying with this type of bottle ~ it does tend to drip.
This ONLY WORKS when applied at full strength, in sunlight, during the heat of the day.
That means, if it rained yesterday, then don't apply it. If rain is in the forecast within 24 hours, don't apply it.
Wait until the soil is dried out a bit, the sun is bright, and it's the middle of the day. It must be at least 70-degrees for maximum efficacy. The weed will think you are giving it some good food. Down the hatch, little weed.
Keep in mind that this brew does not discriminate. Be careful where you spray. It will kill your flowers and plants just as effectively. Obviously, avoid application on windy days.
Stamped silverware can be used for all sorts of things. From plant markers to wedding gifts for the bride and groom to labeling cheeses for a fancy schamcy party. And it's super easy to
You'll need the stamps, a piece of silverware, a hammer of some kind - I prefer a larger metal mallet type hammer (better to smash your fingers with), a magic marker, something to stamp onto (I used a small brass block that I found in the garage) and for safety you should wear gloves and safety glasses.
Instructions are below the photos and a much more detailed tutorial is on my blog post.
Oh, and I've had quite a few people asking on my blog about using them for weddings (stamping Mr. and Mrs. on forks or wedding dates, etc). Avery cute idea, BTW. I would say if you are expecting people to eat with them, I would skip the steps about using a magic marker, because that could be toxic. And you certainly don't want to start the marriage off on a bad note. If you still want to do the last step where you "color" them in a little, you could use liquid food coloring and wipe it into the letters a little.
Have fun stamping. Watch out for your thumbs and please wear you safety gear!
I found these two hutch pieces that were too good of a deal to really pass up! The color they are blends well with our Pub Table in the dining area of the home. However, Im now thinking I
would like to "class them up" to look a little more updated. Look at the photos and share your oppinion? I am undecided...and what color?
Commented on May 14, 2013
It looks like you might have some vintage or antique looking items displayed. If it were me I
would use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (so you do NOT have to prep the pieces...NO sanding!). and I would use Old White and seal and distress it with her wax. I am doing my kitchen cupboards that way and they look awesome. She has many other colors if you want something other than off white or cream.
With all the garden pictures I've been seeing here, I got to longing for my summer yard! Here are some pictures of my summertime. I have no room in my house for new decorating anymore, so it's the outside now!
Commented on May 11, 2013
Thank you Joani B, Elizabeth, and Bobbi for your comments! The grass here is getting green and
the snow is GONE so I think summer is here! :) I have a robin sitting on eggs already. They like to build nests in my heart shaped grapevine wreath on the side of my cottage.