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Make Quick, Easy Embroidered Wall Art With This Secret Weapon!

by M.E. Russell

How to embroidery easy wall art using our new favorite tool!

I've been crafting for a fairly long time (I won't say how long because I don't want to date myself). In all my years of making stuff I can't believe it took me this long to discover the embroidery tool I'm using to create this easy wall art. I first stumbled across this technique on social media. Someone had posted a "Work in Progress" video, and they were causally punching away at some fabric, creating embroidered lines at breakneck speed. After some internet searching, I was able to locate what is currently my favorite tool: Everyone, meet the punch needle.

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We Guarantee You Won't Kill These 10 Houseplants

by Lidy Dipert

We Guarantee You Won't Kill These 10 Houseplants

Believe it or not, I use to be a professional plant killer. Turns out, with a little love and care, keeping plants alive is really not that hard! You just need to know a few key tips. So today I'm sharing 10 house plants (I actually own all of these) that are tough to kill (because I haven't killed them yet!). So, if you want to introduce a few plants into your home, but you're not sure you can keep them green, here are some you might want to look into! 

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The Best Houseplants for You and Your Pets

by M.E. Russell

The Best Houseplants for You and Your Pets

I've seen this phrase tumbling around on the internet for a while now: "Plant Lady is the New Cat Lady." To that I say, why not both? I only say that because I am a die-hard cat lover who has recently discovered her love of indoor jungles. The good news is you can totally go crazy in both cat and plant departments - you just have to be smart about it. There are plenty of easily-accessible houseplants out there that are non-toxic to both cats...

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Seriously Effective DIY Apartment Upgrades That Won't Tick Off Your Landlord

by M.E. Russell

Upgrade your rental apartment without ticking off your landlord!

Apartment-living, like anything in life, comes with its own set of pros and cons. Con: the walls are so thin you can hear your next door neighbors breathing. Pro: when the 20-year-old fridge in your kitchen inevitably breaks, you're not the one who has to replace it! I've been living in rentals for about eight years now, and while one day I'd like to buy a little fixer-upper of my own, for now I'm figuring out how to enjoy the temporary spaces I inhabit. Here are a few tricks I've learned that can help you put your own mark on your apartment. Bonus - everything is reversible, so you don't have to worry about a disgruntled landlord!     

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You Should Really Buy Some Houseplants (and a House, Too)

by Bruno Bornsztein
The Curbly House (2012)

If you currently don't have houseplants, then maybe you should think about buying a house (remember, last week I talked about why you shouldn't). Then you'll be able to buy some plants for it! But let me back up and explain what I'm getting at:

A houseplant is a pain in the ass. It's something that requires near-constant attention, and rewards that attention with nothing more than the simple act of not dying...

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How to: Choose the Cleanest Houseplants

by Matt Allison

created at: 10/30/2012

While I'm blessed to have an occupation that sees me spending a fair bit of time outdoors, most of us spend as much as 90% of our lives indoors. In fact the EPA currently ranks indoor air pollution as the number one threat to public health, but did you know that humble houseplants can reduce the levels of several of these airborne pollutants?

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How To: 15, Easy Low-Maintenance Plant Projects.

by Chris Gardner

It's pretty incredible, really: plants that have developed in low-light conditions in the jungles of South American and Asia, with remarkably clean lines and tight textures that work amazingly in inside conditions in homes around the globe.

Low amounts of work, and quite the domestic payoff. Apartment Therapy has assembled fifteen of their favorite easy houseplant projects from 2009, which add a fun, intentional element with no fears of black thumbin' it.

A succulent is a beautiful thing. "Many of the following projects involve these easy-care beauties, while others are just simple but inspiring gardens and planters, some of them for small spaces, some for low-water situations, and so on. Enjoy!"

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The Unkillables... House Plants For The Black Thumbed

by Lilybee

House plants are not safe around me. I've managed to kill yet another one outright and my Peace Lily is looking like it might buy it any minute. I don't know how it happens, since the houseplant apocalypse of aught seven I've been much more careful with the watering and the feeding and the light requirements and not saying mean things to them... but still they die.

With that in mind I've compiled a list of plants that have a reputation of...

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The Top Ten Winter Houseplants.

by Chris Gardner

Just because it's all frozen outside doesn't mean your green thumb gets to lie dormant all season. Instead, move your green friends inside. Here's ten hearty varieties to get you started.

  • Aloe (Aloe spp.).

  • Amaryllis (Hippeastrum spp.).

  • Calla Lily (Zantedeschia spp.)

  • Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera spp.).

  • Clivia (Clivia spp.).

  • Corn Plant (Dracaena spp.).

  • Jewel Orchid (Ludisia spp.).

  • Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe spp.).

  • Moth Orchid (Phalaenop...

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The Top Ten Air-Cleaning Plants.

by Chris Gardner

"Next time you go shopping for home cleaning supplies, consider adding large-leaved plants for every room in the house. They reduce unhealthy pollutants as well as airborne bacteria and fungi while adding the humidity needed to combat respiratory and allergic conditions."

Top 10 Air Cleaning Plants
1. Areca palm
2. Reed palm
3. Dwarf date palm
4. Boston fern
5. Pothos
6. English ivy
7. Australian sword fern
8. Peace lily
9. Rubber plant
10.
...

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Houseplant Make-Over Tips

by DIY Maven

My Snake Plant (aka Mother-in-Law’s Tongue) started looking a little sad. After some consideration, I decided to give it a make-over rather than replace it. MILT’s have shallow roots, which is why mine was falling over. To make the plant look a bit more interesting, I decided to add a friend to the pot. Of course it had to be a plant that would tolerate the same living conditions as the notoriously hardy MILT. A Philodendron–that I happened to...

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Intro to Hipster Houseplants.

by Chris Gardner

I'd be cool if I never saw another African violet in my life, but that certain doesn't mean I don't love a little in-home foliage. None of the species below cost much, and all can be grow large enough to fill the grandest of empty space


Dracaena Marginata. “Dracaena.” It’s leaves explode like fireworks, and are a must have in your tiki-themed patio.  Keep in bright, but not direct, sunlight; mist leaves regularly, and keep soil moist. (Photo...

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Considering Ivies

by DIY Maven

Ivies are some of my favorite plants. Most will grow under a lightbulb, if necessary, but generally they prefer filtered light or bright, indirect natural light. The ivies listed here prefer even moisture but don’t like a soggy pot, which means their pots should have a drainage hole. For soil, a good potting variety with equal parts loam, sand and peat moss will help them thrive. They like to be pinched back so they don’t become ‘leggy’. The...

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Philodendron Alternatives

by DIY Maven

Thanks to hybridization of the philodendron, we have some easy-to-care-for houseplant alternatives to the prosaic pothos. So, if you’re hankering for a bit of green but have medium to low light conditions and a less-than-green thumb, you might want to keep these options in mind the next time you visit your favorite florist shop.

Xanadu Philodendron

 

Prince of Orange Philodendron

Moonlight Philodendron (This one requires a bit more light than...

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