Cleaning house while dreaming about cleaning up the garden beds. Looking back, it's likely that I could have done a better job at both last year. To get myself pumped up for a Spring clean and purge, both inside and out, I just ordered 1001 Old-time Household Hints: Timeless Bits of Household Wisdom for Today's Home and Garden.
At about 35 cents each, what other natural non-toxic product can remove warts, bleach out pit stains, polish metal, kill germs, sanitize surfaces, lighten freckles, give your hair sun-kissed highlights and much more?
Once Spring hits, I'm not only ready to throw open the windows, I'm ready to make new pillows, paint walls, change artwork around, reupholster, you name it. The visual change can really uplift the mood. Find out what the pros know about those extra little design tweaks that take your home design to the next level.
Plant doctors David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth have shared with us 10 things we should consider BEFORE we nestle one seed or seedling into our gardens. Following their suggestions can help prevent pests and diseases. Use all ten, and we'll be harvesting heavy come fall!
Spring is almost here, and to celebrate, I thought I'd whip up a little Girard-esque sun using one of our old standbys: Mod Podge. Here's what you'll need to make one too.
I don't know if this chicken family finally solves the 'what came first, the chicken or the egg' conundrum or if it makes if more tricky. What I do know is they're darling! Made of hard boiled eggs, Mrs. Hen and her chicks would be popular guests at your springtime get-togethers. If you'd like to make a flock
From About.com Chemistry: "Add the sodium hydroxide and indicator to the bubble solution. You want enough indicator so that the bubbles will be deeply colored. For each liter of bubble...
I enjoy dying easter eggs (really, I do...), but I don't have a use for ALL those hard boiled eggs that come out of the project. I do, however, have plenty of use for breaking things over my friends' heads and making big confetti messes, so this year, I'm making cascarones- a Mexican tradition of decorative eggs that are hollowed (blown) and filled with confetti, which are subsequently broken over others' heads. Sound awesome? You're right.
Tulips announce spring and there's no better way to celebrate the season than by making a basket of origami tulips. Joost Langeveld is our instructor for this easy fold as demonstrated in the video below. If you're an origami fan--or even if you're not--I'd encourage you to check out all of Joost's flower videos. With them you'll learn how to fold amaryllis, tiger lilies, petunias, sunflowers, snowdrops, hyacinths, foxglove, daffodils and...
According to Puxatony Phil, and that other one, we still have quite a few weeks until everyone's favorite and tastiest weed pops up in parks and front yards. So, until then, you can make a way more adorable, but less edible, version with this fine tutorial from Echoes of A Dream.
Capture a breath of spring with these gorgeous origami cherry blossoms. Although the blossoms themselves are folded paper, the stems on which they are attached are curly willow.
"Though the number of flowers you’ll need depends on how long you want your garlands to be, gather up at least a couple dozen blooms, as well as a needle and thread. Carnations are a good choice because they’re sturdy (and affordable!), but any locally available, not-too-delicate flowers...
Paper egg cups make the perfect container for starting seeds and growing transplants.
Simply cut off the top half/the lid of the cartons, and fill each cup with potting soil. Place them on a sheet pan filled with water, and the set the pan in the sunshine or under grow lights. When the seedlings are ready for the garden, just cut the cartons into indiividual cups, and place the whole things in the soil. The cartons will dissolve, just like...
Jen at IndieFixx has assembled a collection of the most bouncy and bubbly table linens that just scream "it's spring!"
Give your seeds a little head start with this easy greenhouse on the fly.
- Wooden spoon
- Electric Drlll and 1/4" bit
- Seed-starting pots
- Loose soil
- Clear plastic container
1.) Drill holes into your plastic container for ventilation.
2.) Fill your pots with seed starting mix, and poke divets with the chopstick. Then, add your seeds.
Read the full how-to from Modish.
So, there still may be snow on the ground, but soon enough, your plants will be going into the ground. Here's nine cool products that may come in handy for you this season.
1. Garden Cart/Lawn Buddy
2. Coil Hose
3. Hose Connectors
4. Watering Wand
5. Multipurpose Electronic Soil Tester
6. Garden Staples
7. CobraHead Weeder
8. Quick-Ties Velcro Tape
9. Compound Action Tree Pruner
The first installment is from Andrian Van Allen, whom writes the excellently informative (but questionably named) "Martha Lives" column towards the end of the magazine. She details creating a raised garden bed from readily availiable dimensional lumber, and with a few easy cuts, spring will come to your home in no time. (Well, as soon as the weather cooperates.)
Tomorrow is Easter Sunday, or it’s just another Sunday in spring, depending on your point of view. Either way, how about celebrating the day with a few rabbits? They make cute decorations and great place cards. On the origami folding scale, this is an easy one.
One square sheet of paper. A piece of copy paper cut down to 8.5" by 8.5" works perfectly. They also look great done in tye dyed paper too!
Fold and unfold as shown...
Curbly's all about democracy, so here's your chance to participate (and be a good citizen). Below are the entrants for our Think Spring giveaway. Leave a comment on this post saying which one you think most deserves to win a $100 gift certificate from Amazon.com.
As we here in the Upper Midwest brace ourselves for a predicted record snowfall (24 inches in 24 hours), I can’t help but think of spring. The "Flowerhead" bud vase sums up my mood perfectly.
The blooming brain, appropriate in any season, is available through Modern Artisans for $39.99.