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Hey there! I’m not sure if any of you also suffer with terribly sensitive skin, but this is one of the cleaning product hacks I have found that tremendously help my sensitive skin! Home made laundry detergent, and a fairly natural one at that! I love this detergent! I’ve been using it for almost a year! I work out daily, my husband works on Diesel engines, and we have a six year old, and dogs... stains, smells, and grime run deep in our laundry, and this detergent tackles it all! 3 simple, easy to find ingredients and some optional essential oils, and you have a powerful, natural, cleaner that can tackle the biggest messes and smells! I’ll also throw in a few other natural cleaning extras along the way!
This little side table was listed in the local Craigslist ads and I liked its bones. For people who care about knowing the name of the particular style of their furniture, this would be considered "Chinese Chippendale" style. The fretwork, corner pieces and rope embellishments along the front legs are taken from Chinese influence during the industrial revolution period.I wanted to give it a new look, since the finish was in pretty bad shape. I could have gone with traditional Black and gold or Red and Gold, but went with layered teal, blue and purple instead. An experiment, if you will :)
Plant identification has become a regular part of Hometalking. I myself don't have a garden, and plead ignorance when it comes to anything that grows. I must admit though, that I am envious of the knowledge that others have and will be quite overjoyed if I am ever able to do a little 'plant ID-ing' myself!Here are five plants that people have posted on Hometalk, asking for identification. Let's see if you recognize any.I posted this picture on facebook this morning. Here's what I said: Plant riddle: My leaves are shaped like an oak leaf, but I am a vine. What am I?Most people guessed poison oak, but they were wrong!This in fact is a honeysuckle! Don't feel bad if youdidn'tknow that, though. This had a professional landscape designer stumped!I certainly didn't feel bad at all for not knowing the name of this one. It was posted by Erica Glasener,horticulturist, writer, lecturer and gardener. Can you blame me for not knowing if she didn't?! The plant was sent to her by some relatives in Pensacola, so naturally, The Garden Rebel and Douglas Hunt, both Florida gardening experts, were able to identify it.
When I was putting together my family's command center, I asked my 11-year-old daughter what we should call it. She simply said, "The Motherboard." My husband and I couldn't stop laughing - all the while applauding her for coming up with such a spot-on name (knowing she had no clue what a motherboard actually was). So here's my take on our family's command center:
Who doesn't like decorating for the holidays? I love decorating for all holidays and I've made an early start on Americana decor. This cute DIY can be used for Independence Day, Memorial Day or Labor Day.I love that this type of decor can be used more than once unlike most of our other holiday decorations.As always, this is a cute, simple Dollar Tree DIY and is so fast and easy to make. Most of the materials I used were from around my house too which made this even better!Take a look at what I came up with.
I’ve spotted a few articles on the internet about how to make your own reusable sponges, so I thought I’d whip up a few for myself and try them out. I’m always looking for clever eco-friendly alternatives to household cleaners and supplies. Regular kitchen sponges are made from polyurethane foam, which is harmful to the environment, and they also harbor bacteria. These reusable sponges are a healthier choice and can be tossed in the wash when dirty. I also discovered they are easy to make and work like a charm! (Affiliate links included for your convenience. As an Amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases. See disclosure here.) supplies needed: cotton fabric remnantterry cloth remnant quilt battingupcycled vegetable mesh bag rotary cutter & mat step 1 – cut the fabric With a rotary cutter and mat, cut one piece of terry cloth, one piece of cotton fabric, and two pieces of cotton quilt batting, each measuring 5″ x 7.5″.
For me, summer is all about sitting on the floor. I basically exist within 3 feet off the ground for a few months. It's so much more natural and comfortable when it’s hot than sitting in chairs and outdoor sofas! You can sit up, you can recline, you can lounge, you’re FREE! With this DIY floor pillow idea, you will get your entire party something to sit on in no time (and barely any money!).Find the detailed step-by-step here!
If you like organic fertilizers to make your plants even happier, check out this easy fertilizer based on yeast. Yeasts are single-celled fungi, they are everywhere in nature and can perform many ecological functions, like breaking down dead plant tissue and encouraging root growth.Yeast fertilizer can be used for indoor plants, outdoor plants and can be your best friend to grow your tomatoes this summer.Today, I will talk about how to use the yeast fertilizer for indoor plants and I will also leave some links for how to fertilize your outdoor plants and how to grow tomatoes using this technique.Bonus: Yeast is also good for compost. Especially if that bin is mostly filled with shredded leaves; yeast is alive with the kinds of organisms that naturally move the composting process along. Mix the yeast into all parts of the pile and make sure that the 'dry browns' in the pile are good and moist.
I love a good refresh and I love it even more when I can pull off a quick inexpensive project. I gave my front porch a whole new look using paint! Paint is one of the cheapest, easiest, most impactful ways to change your home.
The weather is starting to get so pretty here in Alabama & that means I do absolutely everything possible outside.Last year I transformed our patio into an oasis, perfect for dinning & entertaining.The only thing missing was the soft glow of candlelight.And outdoor candles look extra glamorous in lanterns.
As I recently discovered, making a simple lamp is easy. There’s no wiring involved and the lamp is ready to use in about ten minutes.The whole idea for this project began with an item I found in Dollar Tree’s party supply section. In fact, everything I used here is from Dollar Tree, with the exception of the remote control puck light that I found at Dollarama.Here’s how to make a simple lamp using Dollar Tree items. I think you’ll agree that it’s easy-to-do and useful, as well as pretty.Supplies Used:Two 4-inch glass candlesticks1 small round glass bowl (approx. 4″ tall)1 round, fluted plastic bowl1 remote-control puck light (Dollarama)Gorilla Glue or E6000craft paint (optional)
Do you have a few pieces of old wood laying around? Are you looking for something to do with them? Come see how to build a birdhouse with scrap wood! With a little bit of imagination, you can turn that old pile of wood into something that your bird friends will love!
After painting the interior of my She Shed/Craft Shack it was time for me to work on the outside. When the shed initially was delivered, I had it placed at the very back of the property. Every project I would have to trudge all the way back there at least 10 times to get tools and supplies. Needless to say, that got old... QUICK. Major changes were in order for this little shed’s location and exterior! Here is how I did it for less than $200!
(This post was written in collaboration with Gardener’s Supply but all thoughts and opinions are my own.)Does the idea of digging out turf and dirt keep you from starting a garden? Me too! But I’ve got a method that will save time and your back. Learn how to start a garden the easy way with these tips.I’ve never mentioned this before, but several of our garden beds were started with the no-dig method to starting a garden.Have you ever heard of it before?It makes starting a new garden so much easier and you can do it for little to no cost, depending on the materials used.
This wall hanging is a fun project that can to add color and cheer around your home. The basic form is created with sticks or dowels and can be enhanced with wrapped yarn or twine. As long as you have access to sticks, this mandala can be a great addition to your house for little to no cost!
I didn’t intend to start this project. I am in the middle of so many others, but I am afflicted or gifted, depending on how you look at it, with trasho-distracto-imagination-disorder.
We recently gave our 70s kitchen a complete makeover. It needed work on everything: cabinets, floors, walls, molding. I also built an island and made a passthrough/breakfast bar. It was a lot of work, but definitely worth it! We are very happy with the outcome.Today I'm showing step-by-step how I painted the kitchen cabinets. (I'll also be posting on the DIY island and breakfast bar that we added.)I am including the video if you'd rather watch that.
I threw an Authentic Victorian Tea Party baby shower for my awesome sister-in-law.I love the Victorian Era and watching TV shows and movies during this time period. So when planning the baby shower, I knew I wanted to make the afternoon tea as authentic to this era as I could.
Have you struggled to find the best method to clean your glass mirrors and windows without streaking?I have a simple solution for you.IT IS TRULY THE BEST SOLUTION!Our patios get filthy from the construction constantly happening on the property.In order to keep the patios clean, I often need to hose the dirt off the flagstone.This leaves me with water droplets and dirt covered doors and glass.The cleaning solution I use quickly brings all the glass and mirrors back to perfection.Supplies2 cups water1/4 cup white vinegar1/4 cup rubbing alcohol1 T corn starchSpray bottleSeveral lint free microfiber clothsDirectionsPlace all of the ingredients in a spray bottle.Shake well.Remove any heavy dirt or grime off the windows using water (especially if outside) so that you don’t have to change out your dirty cloths as much.Next, spray the windows liberally with the mixture in the spray bottle.Using a lint free cloth, wipe the windows down.If the cloth becomes dirty, switch to a clean cloth.Allow your glass surfaces/windows/doors to dry.Your glass and windows will be the cleanest they have ever been.You probably have all of these supplies already on hand. After you use my method to clean your mirrors and windows one time, I highly doubt you will ever buy another bottle of Windex again.
Hanging a rug as wall art is an excellent way to cover a large area of wall in your home with a new texture, I love that instead of another hard surface on the wall like framed art it can add some softness to the walls & sometimes in a less expensive way if you aren’t hanging anything precious. I recently found this rug for $5 (at 5 below) & knew I had the perfect place for it…and you can probably already tell it wasn’t going on the ground! I put a plan together to hang this rug as wall art & it worked out so perfectly that I had to share it with y’all because I just love sharing a good DIY ( you can see them all here).
Are You Looking for More Outdoor Entertaining Space? Oh Good! Me Too!Maybe You have a Small Section of Dirt Just Sitting Doing Nothing.Our Eyesore Dirt Patch is Just Off the Patio.This is Prime Real Estate that Needs Some Major Oomph.It Needs BRICKS!