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9 Simple Ways to Savor Summer’s Final Days
Go ahead, ignore the calendar. Stretch out that easygoing, warm-weather feeling with these ideas for indoors and out
"summer and the fresh, color-rich days of early autumn with these simple ideas.... are over and school uniforms are back in the ironing pile, it doesn’t mean the end of... business? And, you sure can. If your planter is large enough, well built and has wheels... duty and designed to be intimate within both residential and non-residential en... poems and look forward to each one. Keep it up and thanks for sharing them.. Begging..."
Simple Pleasures: Put Pen to Paper
Note writing a lost art? Not when you have a pretty selection of papers, a dedicated spot and the right frame of mind
"dedicated spot and the right frame of mind... tools and setting up a writing corner, plus writing inspiration and even details... Send), and you’ll communicate a heartfelt message in a more personal way than is possible... own and my aunt, mother's, and grandmother's, and feel...relieved. I make hand made... hurry and its attendant typos and grammatical faults (mine too!!) and it's wonderful... write and receive pen and paper notes, but now I just email and text. Your article..."
Handmade Home: Build a Simple Flower Box
"tools and a little handiwork can yield a fresh look for your windows... charm and curb appeal almost instantly. And once you've got the basic steps down... container and paint it so it doesnt look so 'plasticy' and set it on nice looking brackets... bottm and the wood. Another option is to buy a rectangle plastic planting container... cottage. And this is what they can look like next summer! I can't wait to do this! Thanks..."
Neat Little Project: Create a Simple Entry Bench
Fill small niches with your own handiwork, a useful and versatile bench you can make in an afternoon
"useful and versatile bench you can make in an afternoon... indoors and out. Keep it natural, as shown here, or add any number of finishes. It... antiqued and distressed finish would work well.... body shop and have them spray-paint it with auto paint and a high-sheen lacquer? I would... decorative, and also practical. searcymilam - do it yourself by sanding it smooth and... doubt, and of course can be said about cutting any board. Find this bench on theater..."
The Simple Secret to Gardening Success
Learn the kinds of soil and a DIY type test to make sure you’re putting the right plant in the right place
"of soil and a DIY type test to make sure you’re putting the right plant in the right... gardeners and those in the landscape industry talk about soil a lot. Clay, sand, topsoil... people rake and haul their leaves away in the fall and then apply a fresh layer of mulch... sooner and are more visually pleasing. One caveat: it is important to collect and... yard, and hasn't figured out whats wrong should read this article carefully, 90%..."
Neat Little Project: Make a Simple Garden Tote
"of wood and some common tools... simple and nice, when I start my garden I'm gonna make this Nice idea. Thanks for... herbs and a few tools all at once. As the summer months carry on and your garden... the ends and into the bottom. Create and Attach the SidesUse Figure 5 as a guide for... sides and into the bottom and ends.... handsaw and either a jigsaw or miter saw. You'll also need a drill with a 1-inch Forstner... ¼-inch bit and a ⅛-inch bit. It'll help if you've got a couple of 24-inch bar clamps as..."
The Family Home: Going Greener
Between helping with homework and trying to keep the house even minimally clean, who has time for green? You do with these simple steps
"homework and trying to keep the house even minimally clean, who has time for green?... bigger and require more fuel, and we create more waste. My children's homework folders... there are simple things we can do around our homes to make them a little more green.... bigger and better. We need to reuse and recycle and be good to this precious earth... Ocean and help those of us trying to reduce plastic usage all together; it is destroying..."
DIY Project: Slick Oilcloth Tabletop
A cinch to clean and shining with retro style, oilcloth on a tabletop is simple to apply. Here's how to do it in minutes
"cinch to clean and shining with retro style, oilcloth on a tabletop is simple to apply... in red and white or a cheery cherry print. Most of us have seen oilcloth, although... durable and perfectly cute. Could there be any better qualifications for a children's... finish and to add style with cute prints, modern designs and countless variations... paint and used for art and meals. It clearly had gotten its fair share of markers..."
How to Clean Your Cookware So It Lasts
Avoid damage during everyday cleaning and stain scrubbing, with these tips for pots and pans made of popular materials
"everyday cleaning and stain scrubbing, with these tips for pots and pans made of popular... Pots and pans sure look gleaming and gorgeous coming out of the box, but after years... grease and a couple of easy-to-find, mild cleaning products (including ketchup, of... chickens and holiday feasts, a well-used cookware arsenal is bound to show its age.... stockpots and skillets worthy of the hanging pot rack once again with a little elbow..."
7 Reasons Not to ‘Clean Up’ Your Fall Garden
"pluck and rake, consider wildlife, the health of your plants and your own right to... melting and dripping to the deck below. The robin arched its head downward and pecked... them. And I have little doubt that winter wouldn’t have meant so much, or been easier... Susan, and hoarfrost on grasses and Sedum was always beautiful. I cleaned up the beds... those), and anything else than has structure and substance for wildlife and/or interest..."
Make a Clean Break With Laundry Chaos
Bins and bags, sorters and other storage — we've got several loads' worth of ways to keep your laundry neat
"Bins and bags, sorters and other storage — we've got several loads' worth of ways... separated and the floor uncluttered but also eats storage space. And my "folding table"... washer and dryer are tucked in a corner of the garage. It's not the location that... sort and fold clothes is such a challenge. Currently I use a four-bag sorter tucked... towels and bed linens and like to iron out the wrinkles on the pillow cases and present..."
Kitchen Sinks: Easy-Clean, Surprisingly Affordable Ceramic
You get a lot for the price with ceramic sinks, and they're available everywhere. See the pros and cons here
"sinks, and they're available everywhere. See the pros and cons here... finish and easy maintenance make the price tag surprising. Plus, they're incredibly... hard to clean and it is always water stained. I garden and cook and have grandkids... backsplash and wall faucet and integral drainboard. These are easy to clean and do not... vase) and it will shatter it. We drink a lot of coffee and iced tea, and even with..."
Get It Done: Clean Out Your Bedroom Closet
You can do it. Sort, purge, clean — and luxuriate in all the extra space you’ll gain — with this motivating, practical how-to
"purge, clean — and luxuriate in all the extra space you’ll gain — with this motivating... years, and I’ve done it exactly once. And it was gross, and I wanted to quit in the... thorough cleaning and a purge. Have you ever taken every single thing out of the closet... year: clean-out-the-closet time. I’ll share some tips for curing closet envy in a... scrub-down and then put each thing back in one by one? I can tell you, I’ve lived in my..."
Old Furniture: Clean, Reupholster or Replace It?
A veteran upholstery cleaner weighs in on the options for found, inherited and thrift store furniture
"experience cleaning carpets and upholstery. There simply isn’t much out there in the... sofa, and has deposited her aging original one in your front room. Or you’ve scored... Do you clean the piece, reupholster it or replace it? I sought advice from Alec... time (and possibly money) to properly clean and breathe new life to the piece. -Amber... brush and a cleaning agent followed by a wetting and immediate vacuuming. It isn't..."
Simple Bathroom Styling Tips
"tasteful and simple ways to add some interest and elegance to your bathroom. Always... spruce up and soften bathrooms, many of them unsuccessful. Toilet cozies and around the... space (and the smallest) in the home. There are endless ways that people have tried... bottles and glass jars. Instead of just adding accessories, focus on merging function... functions and add polish to your space.... rolled and folded and the soap is in a wrapper? I want a bathroom that looks good..."