Roundup: 5 DIY Backyard Composting Solutions

by Craftmel

Roundup: 5 DIY Backyard Composting Solutions

During my growing-up years, my parents had a small garden in our backyard.  As a result, we were all in the habit of tossing our fruit and veggie scraps into an empty milk jug, and then taking that jug outside to dump the day's collection into our compost bin.  A routine spreading of the compost on our garden had terrific results!  Even in the blazing Arizona heat, we had giant tomatoes, beets, carrots, and other deliciousness gracing our garden. 

 

My parents have since moved, and we are planning on putting in a nice garden for my mom for mothers' day in their new backyard.  A compost bin is a necessary companion to her new garden.  A "beehive" container like the one above, (via Tilly's Nest), would be a beautiful way to disguise it!  

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5 Inspiring Trash-to-Treasure Rooms

by Craftmel

5 Inspiring Trash-to-Treasure Rooms

We're all busy cleaning and sprucing and organizing this month, and one of the side effects from the Spring-Cleaning bug is we tend to notice that things need a little... updating.  Well, these rooms needed a little more than updating... they needed a complete overhaul and some much needed decorative ingenuity.  Want to take a peek?  

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Spring Cleaning: Eco-Chic Ideas For Your Home

by Capree K

Spring Cleaning: Eco-Chic Ideas For Your Home

We've covered our bases with green cleaning products, ideas for re-using old towels (shaggy-cool bath mats!), and tips for cleaning out and organizing those pesky junk drawers.  But what do you do with all those random items you've cleared out?  Sure, you could throw them away, but we have a better idea.  Put on your creative caps and turn them into one-of-a-kind, eco-chic items for your home!  

created at: 03/31/2011

From wine cork trivets to recycled paper...

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How To: Make a Jewelry Organizer from a Secondhand Table

by Chris Gardner

How To: Make a Jewelry Organizer from a Secondhand Table

Anyone who lives near a university or remembers their own college days can attest to the massive amounts of furniture that sit curbside during early summer. I happen to live near one of the country's biggest, which possesses a huge post-graduate population, and thus lots of transitions year round. On any given week, you can expect to find an entire room's worth of furnishing within a few blocks.

Of course, most of it is trashed and cheap laminate covered particleboard, but every once in a while, there are the gems. I found this foldable outdoor table (and the mirror in the photo next to it!) atop a pile of trashbags...with the price tag still on. It was a tiny bit bent, but no worries...I had other plans.

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How to: Repurpose a Ketchup Bottle for Perfect Pancakes

by Chris Gardner

Ketchup bottle as batter dispenser
You've seen the technique at your local diner: a handheld dispenser full of batter is floated over a nice cripsy griddle, creating perfectly round and drip-free flapjacks. And you can buy things for home use...

But why would you, with this tip from Real Simple. Just throughly wash a large, squeezable condiment bottle, and fill it with your batter of choice. "Portioning pancake batter with precision and without the usual mess of transferring...

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