Gluing rope around glass cylinders is calming and therapeutic, especially when you're not being beckoned outside. Simple and fun, all you need are some leftover glass vases, a heap of 1/4" or 1/2" jute rope, a hot glue gun or other good, clear, heavy glue. Think of all the rope accents you could do. You could even paint them. See more...
Nothing says summer like a road trip. Some of the best trips are short and sweet and no matter what happens, memories are made on the road. Here are 10 simple tips that will make it easier to jump in the car and get-a-goin'. Here are a few things to get you started:
Lollipops: A word that brings smiles to the faces of young and old everywhere. Which is why these patriotic paper lollies are the perfect centerpiece for a 4th of July table...and they're super simple to make too.
A dog's skin is a sensitive subject, so to speak. We have a terrier mix mutt who has a multitude of skin issues. His mantra is Scratch, Lick, and Repeat. It drive me nuts! Granted, he's a bit neurotic, but the dry skin must make him very cranky this time of year. Once a month, Mr. Mod fills a tub and gives him a good going over, but sometimes, before I catch him, he's washing Chip with plain old generic dish washing soap or his harsh generic shampoo that could strip paint. According to K911, different breeds of dogs have different skin pH balances.
This hot weather is reminding me of the days of yore when my high school boyfriend's parents decided they were going to brew their own root beer. Like most of their half-baked DIY schemes, it was a huge flop. Shell shocked after that fiasco, as well as a subsequent bad break-up, I never thought I'd consider trying my own home brew. Times have changed. I'm ready to DIY this one from Epicurious.com.
People in certain climates could easily delineate their homeownership BAC or AAC. Before Air Conditioning and After Air Conditioning. Our first house didn't have it when we bought the place. We eventually installed a central AC unit, but until that day
So, on Saturday, I went to pick up my weekly CSA harvest, and the wonderful young lady pointed to an enormous box of bing cherries, and said, "Also, you're welcome to take as many of those as you want, but they're super ripe, so they gotta be used today."
"Really?" I said, as I grabbed a produce bag.
"Yeah. Take the whole box if you want..."
Well, I DID want, so I took the box, and realized, as I popped my third into my mouth on the walk...
Some old candles or block wax + citronella oil + recycled food containers + a few tools = homemade citronella candles. Keep them buggies away with your own DIY citronellas, which, apparently, are only basic wax candles scented with citronella oil, a plant-based insect repellant, from a species in the lemongrass family.
1. old wax candles, or wax from a craft store
3. container for melting wax
These watermelon creations from watermelon.org take the concept of the watermelon basket to a whole new level! With forty designs to choose from (plus detailed instructions) there's something for every occasion!
What the Craft shows us how to make a quick no-sew halter top from a 'large-ish' t-shirt. All you need to make one--besides said tee--is a scissors! For the entire tutorial, follow this jump.
This charming one-stall garage was transformed into an outdoor getaway from spring to fall. What was done with all the tools and what-not usually found in such places, My Home Ideas doesn’t say, and I really don’t care.
You know what sucks about treehouses? That's right, absolutely NOTHING! From tacked on shacks made of old pallets to grandiose castles made of... money, and every Ewok-inspired leafy perch in between, treehouses are brilliant. They are very essence of summer and childhood distilled, with winter on the way and a milestone birthday just passed I could use some of both. So, here are a few particularly inspiring examples of what happens when trees and architecture get together and party... some of them considerably nicer than my apartment.
Summer water needs lead to shortages in some places, and increased water bills everywhere. Beyond bigger investments like rain barrels (which really aren't that expensive or inconvenient) and gray water systems, here's few tips from CasaSugar to better use water in your lawn and garden.
- Raise your mower's blade. Apparently, longer grass needs less water.
- Don't water unless the soil is dry 1 1/2 inches down
- Water your garden early
Although this PVC Sprinkler Water Toy has been dubbed ‘Kidwash 2', it’s totally awesome for adult-types too! Inspired by Kidwash, this version uses mister jets. For supplies, you’ll need to head to your hardware store for 3/4" pipe and the following fittings:
2 ten foot lengths of PVC
3 end caps
1 threaded female chose connector (slip fit)
2 elbow joints (90 degree)
2 T connections
1 pack quarter mister jets (12 count)
For assembly instructions, head...
I can't (or shouldn't) even wear skirts, and this has even got me excited. Create a custom and perfectly summery skirt with just a bit of clever measuring and an elastic waistband. These can seemingly be made in under a half an hour with no wasted fabric.
Step 1: Measure yourself.
Step 2: Calculate the fabric.
Step 3: Cut!
Step 4: Side seam.
Step 5: Finish your edges.
Step 6: Press!
Step 7: Elastic waist time!
- Two dowel rods
- Spool of non-absorbent string
Click here for full instructions, including a recipe for bubble solution.
Just in time for summertime fun is Pottery Barn’s new Portable BBQ Grill. Perfect for the beach, the lightweight, stainless steel grill has a convenient carrying handle that hides away when it’s weenie time. Available through their catalog or website, the grill will set you back $39.
Summer feels like a long way off, which makes this watermelon tap even more appealing! You probably have most of the supplies you’ll need to make one on hand, with the exception of a few things more familiar to plumbers rather than Martha-wanna-be’s. But I digress.
What you need:
- 10-pound seedless watermelon
- Sharp knife
- Big spoon
- Big bowl
- Drill with a 1/2-inch drill bit
- 3/4-inch ball-valve faucet with a handle that's easy to turn with one hand
My favorite foodie blog Chow provides a how-to to the mysterious, meticulous, and precarious process of canning produce. The article outlines the two safe, USDA-approved approaches, and even includes a video by canning authority June Taylor.