Fall Lawn Care Tips

by Badbadivy

It's about that time to start getting your lawn ready for winter, depending on where you live. What should you be doing at this time of year to get your lawn ready for winter? Here are a few tips:

  • Use a quick-release fertilizer. It's important to give your lawn the feeding it needs before winter sets in. Fall is actually the most important time of year to fertilize, but it is often forgotten. Instead of using a slow-release  fertilizer like you...

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Make A Quarter Ring!

by Badbadivy

When my grandfather was in the Aleutian Islands during World War II, he got to missing my grandma, who he had left back in Pasadena, California. He was a Navy Seabee, and he was building...I don't know, something. There are precious few family stories about his time in the Islands during WWII- one of them was when he offered to drive a tanker truck because he was bored and wanted to get off base. The only problem was, he had never driven a tanker...

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Gardening is best done with native plants

by Badbadivy

To be honest, my garden sucks right now because of the drought here in Tennessee. I've written a couple of posts about it on my gardening blog here and here. While doing some research for the drought posts, I got some interesting info about gardening with native plants.

Native plants are easier to keep alive, simply because they are adapted to the environment you already live in. Native Tennessee grasses are faring better in the drought than...

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Ant Killa!

by Badbadivy

Y'all, I have a major ant problem. The hot and dry conditions in Tennessee have been hell on my plants, but good for ants, apparently. I put Amdro down to kill the fire ants, and I don't have a fire ant problem anymore, but I sure do have a regular ant problem.

The ants have taken over my entire property. I have ants in my car, ants in my house, there are even ants in my mailbox. I've tried all the natural ant-killing methods I know of, like Borax...

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Forget Business Cards, Make Your Own Stickers!

by Badbadivy

I love stickers, it runs in my family. I have an aunt that you don't even have to look at the return addy to know it's her when you get a letter from her. She puts tons of stickers on the envelope. My granny thinks it's annoying, but I think it's cute. 

So when I saw that you can make your very OWN stickers today, I was all over that. Etsy Labs has the 411. Their idea #3 is the most awesome:

 

3. Do like graffiti artists do and lift a stack of
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What to craft, what to craft?

by Badbadivy

Sometimes I just feel like crafting but don't know what to do. That's when I turn to etsy's pattern section. There are all kinds of patterns there from sewing to knitting to amigurumi crochet patterns- which is an addiction of mine, when I have time, anyway.

My particular favorite patternmaker is anapaulaoli. She has the cutest patterns and they are easy to follow, which is really important to me- I'm the very picture of adult ADHD.  Check out...

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Yet more hanging bed inspiration

by Badbadivy

Seriously, I don't know what it is with me and hanging beds, but I want one in the worst way. Well, clearly not bad enough to actually go out and buy one, but you know how it is.  This one looks very DIYable, however, and DIYable inexpensively. It's Le Beanock by Tracie Herrtage, a former model-turned-sailmaker-turned-welder-turned extremely awesome furniture designer.

This is more couch than bed, but I think it could just as easily be made into...

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Beat the heat: how to survive without air conditioning

by Badbadivy

Tennessee and many other areas are going through a massive heat wave right now. Some people have to deal with this heat without air conditioning. Here's a guide to getting through the heat wave without air conditioning.

  • Make a swamp cooler.  Blow a fan over a pan of ice. Seriously, it's just that easy, and it makes a major difference in the temp. Change the ice out when it melts.
  • Fans, fans everywhere. When my air conditioning decided to break...

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