Spring Planter Arrangement

Spring Planter Arrangements aren’t hard to make with some purchased spring bulbs. Here’s how to make a stunning display for your tabletop.

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Spring Planter

Spring bulbs are here! They have finally arrived in the garden centers and it won’t be long before things are blooming outside! This pretty planter was put together with some purchase bulbs (in ugly pots) and a few items from the craft store.

Be sure to buy bulbs that are already growing and almost blooming rather than bulbs that have never been planted. Most spring bulbs require a period of cold weather in order to get them to bloom. Sometimes you can purchase pre-chilled, unplanted bulbs in your local garden center that are ready to plant and bloom.

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Supplies Needed:

•Metal urn or other waterproof container with a wide top (mine came from the thrift store)

•aquarium gravel or small stones for drainage

•Miracle Grow Potting Soil with slow release fertilizer

•Purchased spring bulbs that are close to blooming such as crocus, daffodils, tulips or paper whites

•Reindeer moss (from the craft store or garden center)

•Faux butterfly (craft store or dollar store)

•Fairy garden sized rabbits or other seasonal ornaments

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Directions:

1.  Place a layer of gravel in the bottom of the container, about 1″ thick for drainage.

2. Add a layer of soil to cover the gravel.

3. Remove the bulbs from their original pots being careful not to break the roots. You can separate the bulbs if they are clumped together. The roots will regrow and stabilize after replanting. Place the bulbs in the container, with the tallest plants in the center or towards the back of the container.

4. Cover the bulbs with more soil being careful to leave any growth uncovered.

5. Add reindeer moss on top of the soil to retain moisture and give the bulbs more protection.

6. Place decorative butterfly in the moss, as well as a fairy garden rabbit or other animal statue.

7. Water about once per week. Keep your planter near a sunny window. After the bulbs have bloomed they may be pulled out and planted outside. You can then plant other plants in the planter such as succulents or houseplants.

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Here are some more fun spring projects:

Butterfly Cloche with forced flowering branches.|Designers sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Butterfly ClocheSpring Porch decor with chickenwire sign and banner.|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Spring Porch Decor

Succulent Cross is an easy garden project.|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Succulent Cross

DIY Foot Stool, Fast and Easy Upholstery Project Tutorial

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Easy Footstool

I am finally done with this project! It has taken me days to complete. I had a few little distractions.

Like taking a nap.

And taking another nap.

And rowing across the lake because it was such a perfect night for a row.

And unpacking a few more boxes, because I still can’t find a thing.

I did find enough supplies to get this project done though.

It only took a couple of hours once I sat down to work on it.

It was the planning that was hard for me.

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The new house came with quite a bit of junk.

I love junk you know.

I just couldn’t wait to make this cool wooden box into a foot stool.

I have no idea why the owners left it behind.

I think it’s beautiful. I love the diagonal slant of the wood, very chic.

Problem was, it was to low to use for much of anything. It is perfect for a foot stool however.

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While I was unpacking from our recent move, I came across these old pillows. They are stained and pretty much past their prime.

I put one on top of the wooden box, and presto! The stool idea came to life.

I love repurposed items!

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Supplies Needed:

•wooden box or crate

•old square pillow

•black and white fabric

•green braided trim and some bling nail heads.

•wood glue

•4 castors, 50 lb. load

•hammer

•phillips screws

•Frog Tape

•staple gun

The wooden box had a few loose boards which I glued in place with a bit of wood glue before I started.

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Directions:

 •install castors on the bottom of the box using the Phillips screws.

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 •mark off the box where the trim will be. I used Frog Tape for this.

 •cut the fabric to size (my box happened to be 18″ square and the pillow fit perfectly on top), adding 3″ to each edge for a 24″ square.

•using a staple gun, secure the fabric just above the marked line of the Frog tape.

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 •cut the trim to size and hot glue it over the edge of the fabric, cover the staples

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•I used a pencil and ruler to mark 1″ sections on the Frog Tape for the placement of the bling nail heads.

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•Nailing the bling into place was the fun part.

I love to nail things.

•The Frog Tape was easy to remove when I was finished.

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I like how it turned out.

I pleated the corners of the stool to take up the extra fabric and I like how clean the edges look.

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The wheels give it a nice height, great for resting your feet or sitting at the coffee table to play games with the family.

This is the first of many projects I hope to finish in this room.

I look forward to taking many more naps on this porch in the process.

DIY Cleaning Products: Drain Cleaner

Drain Cleaner is easy to make, without using chemicals.   I was going to blog about cleaning today, but there is too much to put in one post so I am doing a small series on DIY Cleaning Products. Hope you enjoy!

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Drain Cleaner Friend or Foe?

Thursday is cleaning day at our house. I must admit that I am not very good at cleaning. It’s probably because I dislike it so much. I would rather be doing just about anything else around the house except cleaning. Perhaps it also has to do with my severe allergies to most cleaning products. Anything with perfume or chemicals in it gives me a nasty reaction.

Ironically enough, I was employed as a janitor for a number of years. I was amazed at how much better commercial cleaning products are compared to the over the counter variety available in the grocery store. One drizzle of the blue or pink commercial liquid and a swoosh of a brush would instantly produce sparkling sinks and toilets. So, how come cleaning at home was so much work?

Cleaning your home used to be more efficient. Remember the days when you could take the rust off of nails with Pine-sol, Mr. Clean or Top Job? My mother used to use Top Job when stripping furniture. It would eat through anything. Not so any more. Environmental concerns have ruined any decent cleaning products on the market, and the amount of perfumes and deodorizers in them is staggering, not to mention the hefty price tag. Do you notice how bad the soap isle smells at the grocery store? Yuck!

I first began to realize how much we were affected by chemicals after we moved into a house that had been a rental. It was completely filthy inside, and I went out and bought tons of cleaning products to cut through the crud and sterilize the germs. We were sick for weeks on end with runny noses, sore throats, watering eyes, coughs, headaches and asthma. I finally came to the realization that it was the cleaning products that were making us sick, not the germs. I began to box up all the items we had accumulated in a few short months. In a small home of 1200 square feet with only 1 1/2 bathrooms, we had been using 5 large boxes of chemicals. I was shocked! Here I thought we were only using a few things! I put the boxes out on the front porch and posted an ad on Craigslist for FREE cleaning supplies. They were gone in less than hour. I actually felt bad for whoever picked them up, they had no idea what they were in for! I am sure they thought they had hit the jackpot!

Finding Alternatives

I began to research organic alternatives. Buying organic cleaning supplies was even more expensive than the regular ones, so that wasn’t an option. I was pleasantly surprised to find that all I really needed was a few simple ingredients, and some old fashioned recipes. I will share more of them the next few days, but today let’s focus on drain cleaner.

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This drain cleaning recipe came from a late night TV show that I saw years ago, don’t ask me which one because I have no idea. You can purchase the products needed by clicking on my affiliate links below:

Drain Cleaner Ingredients:

•1 cup baking soda

•1 cup salt

•1/4 cup cream of tartar

• 2 cups boiling water

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Combine the salt and baking soda in a medium bowl. Mix.

Add the 1/4 cup cream of tartar. I find these little containers in the spice isle at the grocery store. They are rather like single serving containers, almost a quarter cup. Close enough in my book.

Combine all the ingredients.

Put 1/4 cup of the dry mixture down the drain.

Drain Cleaner Directions:

•Place 1/4 cup of the mix down the drain.

•Follow with about 2 cups of boiling water. See how it foams and steams? Hard to get a good picture through a cloud, but I think you get the idea. It works great!

I use this treatment about once a month for all our drains, and I use a double treatment for the bathtub since that seems to be where we get the occasional clog.

So simple that even your kids can do it. You’ll never need Drano again, not that it ever worked that well anyway. Several plumbers have told me that Drano is the worst thing you could possibly do to your pipes, not to mention the environment, so why use it? I think the last time I priced it in the grocery store it was in the neighborhood of $6.00 a bottle. This little DIY drain cleaner recipe costs you pennies by comparison.

 

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