This is a wine bottle I recycled and turned into a swift vase.  You have to soak the bottle for an hour or two so you can easily remove the by colleen
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colleen This is a wine bottle I recycled and turned into a swift vase. You have to soak the bottle for an hour or two so you can easily remove the
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Restoring teak furniture  What You Need:  Rubber Gloves  Two Brushes  Medium Grit Sandpaper  Soft Bristle Brush or Steel Wool  TSP (a cleaning agent) and a bucket of warm water  Teak Oil  Polyurethane    Instructions:    Clean: If you are dealing with teak turned old and grey you will be surprised at how this step alone will begin to transform your piece. Using a soft bristle brush or steel wool, thoroughly scrub the wood with warm water and a detergent like TSP. This gets rid of the oxidation and dirt that has built up and given the wood its silvery patina. Depending on the state of your teak this step can take quite a while and require some serious arm work. If you're starting out with some really weathered teak you will begin to see some serious transformation here as the wood's true color starts to make its appearance.    Sand: You'll need to get some medium grit sanding blocks and sand your teak by hand to even out the top layer of wood. Try to get the color as even as possible.    Dry Time: If you're like me this is the hardest part. I am so impatient that once I start I just want to keep going till it's finished, but I assure you this step is really important. Your newly cleaned teak needs a few days of drying time so that the oil you will put on in the next step can fully saturate deep into the wood's pores.    Oil: These next two steps are very toxic so make sure you are in a well ventilated area before you start applying these chemicals. Now that the wood is good and dry you are ready to apply the oil. Go get some good quality Teak Oil, a brush and some rubber gloves and lightly brush the oil over all surfaces three times each. You must do this a minimum of four rounds with an hour in-between allowing time for the oil to fully saturate the wood. Apply as many times as needed until you get the desired color of wood.    Seal: At this time your teak should be looking as good as new. After all the work you've put in you may be tempted to call it quits, but you still have one more step. You have only restored the teak's natural oil at this point but haven't protected it from further damage. That's where the polyurethane comes in to seal in the oil and protect the surface. Paint on a few coats and let dry for a few days, and you'll be ready to sit back, relax and enjoy your newly restored Teak furniture.    Store: Going from Los Angeles to Seattle I completely failed to do this step last winter so I thought I would throw it in. I used to live outside and never had to give a second thought to my outdoor furniture so upon moving to this new climate I was a bit stubborn and naive about the correct upkeep. So if you don't live somewhere that has year round summer then you should either cover your furniture or bring it into an unheated garage. I say unheated because temperature changes and excess heat can crack your wood.      MORE TEAK RESTORATION ON APARTMENT THERAPY:  How To Care For Teak Furniture by babyblu3
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babyblu3 Restoring teak furniture What You Need: Rubber Gloves Two Brushes Medium Grit Sandpaper Soft Bristle Brush or Steel Wool TSP (a cleaning agent) and a bucket of warm water Teak Oil Polyurethane Instructions: Clean: If you are dealing with teak turned old and grey you will be surprised at how this step alone will begin to transform your piece. Using a soft bristle brush or steel wool, thoroughly scrub the wood with warm water and a detergent like TSP. This gets rid of the oxidation and dirt that has built up and given the wood its silvery patina. Depending on the state of your teak this step can take quite a while and require some serious arm work. If you're starting out with some really weathered teak you will begin to see some serious transformation here as the wood's true color starts to make its appearance. Sand: You'll need to get some medium grit sanding blocks and sand your teak by hand to even out the top layer of wood. Try to get the color as even as possible. Dry Time: If you're like me this is the hardest part. I am so impatient that once I start I just want to keep going till it's finished, but I assure you this step is really important. Your newly cleaned teak needs a few days of drying time so that the oil you will put on in the next step can fully saturate deep into the wood's pores. Oil: These next two steps are very toxic so make sure you are in a well ventilated area before you start applying these chemicals. Now that the wood is good and dry you are ready to apply the oil. Go get some good quality Teak Oil, a brush and some rubber gloves and lightly brush the oil over all surfaces three times each. You must do this a minimum of four rounds with an hour in-between allowing time for the oil to fully saturate the wood. Apply as many times as needed until you get the desired color of wood. Seal: At this time your teak should be looking as good as new. After all the work you've put in you may be tempted to call it quits, but you still have one more step. You have only restored the teak's natural oil at this point but haven't protected it from further damage. That's where the polyurethane comes in to seal in the oil and protect the surface. Paint on a few coats and let dry for a few days, and you'll be ready to sit back, relax and enjoy your newly restored Teak furniture. Store: Going from Los Angeles to Seattle I completely failed to do this step last winter so I thought I would throw it in. I used to live outside and never had to give a second thought to my outdoor furniture so upon moving to this new climate I was a bit stubborn and naive about the correct upkeep. So if you don't live somewhere that has year round summer then you should either cover your furniture or bring it into an unheated garage. I say unheated because temperature changes and excess heat can crack your wood. MORE TEAK RESTORATION ON APARTMENT THERAPY: How To Care For Teak Furniture
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Attmos from Instructables shared this wonderful DIY project of making self-petting station for cats. This is a fun little project that can be completed in an hour or two depending on what you have laying around the house.  It’s a self-petting station for your cats so that they can get a good … by lynda
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lynda Attmos from Instructables shared this wonderful DIY project of making self-petting station for cats. This is a fun little project that can be completed in an hour or two depending on what you have laying around the house.  It’s a self-petting station for your cats so that they can get a good …
For the tots
When I buy fruit and veggies, I always soak them in a 1:4 ratio of vinegar and water to help remove toxins and pesticides. I leave them soaking for up to an hour, longer with nonorganic apples. At the end of the bath, sometimes you can even see cloudy like stuff in the water from the skins and waxes, and dirt on the bottom. ^^i need to start doing this! by HeavenV
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HeavenV When I buy fruit and veggies, I always soak them in a 1:4 ratio of vinegar and water to help remove toxins and pesticides. I leave them soaking for up to an hour, longer with nonorganic apples. At the end of the bath, sometimes you can even see cloudy like stuff in the water from the skins and waxes, and dirt on the bottom. ^^i need to start doing this!
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The PhotoFast i-FlashDrive HD has connectors on both ends. On one end is the USB connector that connects the i-FlashDrive to a Mac or PC and on the other end is an Apple 30-pin connector. The 16 GB and bigger versions of the PhotoFast i-FlashDrive HD comes with an additional snap-on adapter for the Lightning connector. So if you have both types of devices, the i-FlashDrive can cater to both. This also means that you can easily transfer files and by betty
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betty The PhotoFast i-FlashDrive HD has connectors on both ends. On one end is the USB connector that connects the i-FlashDrive to a Mac or PC and on the other end is an Apple 30-pin connector. The 16 GB and bigger versions of the PhotoFast i-FlashDrive HD comes with an additional snap-on adapter for the Lightning connector. So if you have both types of devices, the i-FlashDrive can cater to both. This also means that you can easily transfer files and
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Hanging boot organizers! I had no idea these existed. You can either purchase them for super cheap: $11.99 via Amazon or you could easily DIY yourself up one with an upcycled comforter bag or an old sheet or some great fabric. Edit : Someone asked “These have bad reviews on amazon… Why would this be a suggestion?” My answer is simple…I find storage options and I share them. I don’t always think to read the reviews, I’m guilty of that with my own purchases. This product in particular, I didn’t think to read the reviews because I have used the shoe versions of these and they worked fine. As for the two bad reviews this one received, you could easily solve one problem with a couple clothespins to hold the sides shut. by Eva
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Eva Hanging boot organizers! I had no idea these existed. You can either purchase them for super cheap: $11.99 via Amazon or you could easily DIY yourself up one with an upcycled comforter bag or an old sheet or some great fabric. Edit : Someone asked “These have bad reviews on amazon… Why would this be a suggestion?” My answer is simple…I find storage options and I share them. I don’t always think to read the reviews, I’m guilty of that with my own purchases. This product in particular, I didn’t think to read the reviews because I have used the shoe versions of these and they worked fine. As for the two bad reviews this one received, you could easily solve one problem with a couple clothespins to hold the sides shut.
Solutions
Did you know it was this easy to make a fish net for a vase or bottle? Well turns out it is, so I made a bit of nautical fish net decor by taking an old vase to the beach. www.songbirdblog.com by marcy
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marcy Did you know it was this easy to make a fish net for a vase or bottle? Well turns out it is, so I made a bit of nautical fish net decor by taking an old vase to the beach. www.songbirdblog.com
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Traditional Irish Soda Bread - It's so easy and the best part is you don't have to wait for it to rise! I've tried several recipes for Irish Soda Bread, and this is by far my favorite. It bakes up into such a beautiful loaf that its hard to believe it isn't a yeast bread - you can have a gorgeous loaf of homemade bread on the table in about an hour, from start to finish. By Let's Dish Recipes. by KaleighS
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KaleighS Traditional Irish Soda Bread - It's so easy and the best part is you don't have to wait for it to rise! I've tried several recipes for Irish Soda Bread, and this is by far my favorite. It bakes up into such a beautiful loaf that its hard to believe it isn't a yeast bread - you can have a gorgeous loaf of homemade bread on the table in about an hour, from start to finish. By Let's Dish Recipes.
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When buying fruit and veggies, always soak them in a 1:4 ratio of vinegar and water to help remove toxins and pesticides. Leave them soaking for up to an hour, longer with nonorganic apples. At the end of the bath, sometimes you can even see cloudy like stuff in the water from the skins and waxes, and dirt on the bottom.  Works awesome! Once I did this to blackberries and they were good for 3 WEEKS!  That’s unheard of with berries & water.  The vinegar is KEY :) by virginia
virginia
virginia When buying fruit and veggies, always soak them in a 1:4 ratio of vinegar and water to help remove toxins and pesticides. Leave them soaking for up to an hour, longer with nonorganic apples. At the end of the bath, sometimes you can even see cloudy like stuff in the water from the skins and waxes, and dirt on the bottom. Works awesome! Once I did this to blackberries and they were good for 3 WEEKS! That’s unheard of with berries & water. The vinegar is KEY :)
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To have a sacred place is an absolute necessity... You must have a room or a certain hour of the day or so, where you do not know who your friends are, you don't know what you owe anybody or what they owe you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. ~Joseph Campbell by linda
linda
linda To have a sacred place is an absolute necessity... You must have a room or a certain hour of the day or so, where you do not know who your friends are, you don't know what you owe anybody or what they owe you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. ~Joseph Campbell
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Teaching Immigration? This is a fun way to have the students be involved in their learning in two different ways. You can have them make an Immigration Suitcase or Coming To America Lapbook. The choice is yours. by lisa.w
lisa.w
lisa.w Teaching Immigration? This is a fun way to have the students be involved in their learning in two different ways. You can have them make an Immigration Suitcase or Coming To America Lapbook. The choice is yours.
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Best advice someone gave me that helped a ton, NUMBER your rsvp cards because some people write a no where they should put their name and you have no idea who it is! Once you get them back in the mail, go into your excel spreadsheet and mark them coming or not coming. Then you also dont have to worry about losing the cards and you can easily tell who still owes you one! thank goodness i saw this. by angelia
angelia
angelia Best advice someone gave me that helped a ton, NUMBER your rsvp cards because some people write a no where they should put their name and you have no idea who it is! Once you get them back in the mail, go into your excel spreadsheet and mark them coming or not coming. Then you also dont have to worry about losing the cards and you can easily tell who still owes you one! thank goodness i saw this.
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Teaching Immigration? This is a fun way to have the students be involved in their learning in two different ways. You can have them make an Immigration Suitcase or Coming To America Lapbook. The choice is yours. by lisa.w
lisa.w
lisa.w Teaching Immigration? This is a fun way to have the students be involved in their learning in two different ways. You can have them make an Immigration Suitcase or Coming To America Lapbook. The choice is yours.
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Creeping Jenny - This plant is easily propagated by division (removing rooted chunks near the edge of a patch) or cuttings. It will readily root at nodes, so it may require persistent weeding to remove all of it from an area. by rosanna
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rosanna Creeping Jenny - This plant is easily propagated by division (removing rooted chunks near the edge of a patch) or cuttings. It will readily root at nodes, so it may require persistent weeding to remove all of it from an area.
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OK - I have now found my favorite "modern" car. This thing rocks.... I want one of these sooooooooo bad.... But I don't even want to guess how much it costs. I do have to say the best thing about the new camaro's is that you can have them turned into Trans AMs that are to die for........ by aileen
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aileen OK - I have now found my favorite "modern" car. This thing rocks.... I want one of these sooooooooo bad.... But I don't even want to guess how much it costs. I do have to say the best thing about the new camaro's is that you can have them turned into Trans AMs that are to die for........
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It turns out you don’t have to buy a dozen Scrabble games to do this project; You can buy a pack of 100 tiles for less than $5 on Amazon. This opens up so many possibilities! I love the way these Scrabble Tile coasters turned out, and you can customize them with different words. Maybe even use blank tiles (or the back) to make spaces in between words to write a message. by janet
janet
janet It turns out you don’t have to buy a dozen Scrabble games to do this project; You can buy a pack of 100 tiles for less than $5 on Amazon. This opens up so many possibilities! I love the way these Scrabble Tile coasters turned out, and you can customize them with different words. Maybe even use blank tiles (or the back) to make spaces in between words to write a message.
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I have a master list, organized by bin, that I keep a sheet protector, so I can easily refer to it when packing or at the camp site.  Each bin is also labeled with a two-sided label that has the name of the bin on the front and the contents of the bin on the back. by alyssa
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alyssa I have a master list, organized by bin, that I keep a sheet protector, so I can easily refer to it when packing or at the camp site. Each bin is also labeled with a two-sided label that has the name of the bin on the front and the contents of the bin on the back.
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crochet headband -This crochet pattern is very easy to complete - a great pattern for beginners! An average crocheter can easily complete it in under half an hour. by melody.neal2
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melody.neal2 crochet headband -This crochet pattern is very easy to complete - a great pattern for beginners! An average crocheter can easily complete it in under half an hour.
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This is a really neat idea. Each table has a number so have everyone from that table leave you a note for your anniversary that year.  Maybe not whole books though, as it says on the thing. Perhaps a small notepad that can be easily stored, along with the others, in an old purse, and quickly decorated with stuff to make them identifiable. by Josefina Ricardo
Josefina Ricardo
Josefina Ricardo This is a really neat idea. Each table has a number so have everyone from that table leave you a note for your anniversary that year. Maybe not whole books though, as it says on the thing. Perhaps a small notepad that can be easily stored, along with the others, in an old purse, and quickly decorated with stuff to make them identifiable.
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This is a really neat idea. Each table has a number so have everyone from that table leave you a note for your anniversary that year.  Maybe not whole books though, as it says on the thing. Perhaps a small notepad that can be easily stored, along with the others, in an old purse, and quickly decorated with stuff to make them identifiable. by matilda
matilda
matilda This is a really neat idea. Each table has a number so have everyone from that table leave you a note for your anniversary that year. Maybe not whole books though, as it says on the thing. Perhaps a small notepad that can be easily stored, along with the others, in an old purse, and quickly decorated with stuff to make them identifiable.
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Tint glass jars any color!  Here's the tutorial for tinting jars blue. So easy! This project paints the outside, so you can use them as a vase and does not require baking in an oven- I want to try it with a small frapoccino bottle!! by willie
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willie Tint glass jars any color! Here's the tutorial for tinting jars blue. So easy! This project paints the outside, so you can use them as a vase and does not require baking in an oven- I want to try it with a small frapoccino bottle!!
Paintings
Soak orange peels in vinegar for two weeks in a sealed mason jar then pour the vinegar into a spray bottle. Use as a non-toxic and yummy smelling "green" cleaner. I love using vinegar to clean with but have always wondered how to make it smell better - can't wait to do this! by aftr
aftr
aftr Soak orange peels in vinegar for two weeks in a sealed mason jar then pour the vinegar into a spray bottle. Use as a non-toxic and yummy smelling "green" cleaner. I love using vinegar to clean with but have always wondered how to make it smell better - can't wait to do this!
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Soak orange peels in vinegar for two weeks in a sealed mason jar then pour the vinegar into a spray bottle. Use as a non-toxic and yummy smelling "green" cleaner. I love using vinegar to clean with but have always wondered how to make it smell better - can't wait to do this! by Kim Paige
Kim Paige
Kim Paige Soak orange peels in vinegar for two weeks in a sealed mason jar then pour the vinegar into a spray bottle. Use as a non-toxic and yummy smelling "green" cleaner. I love using vinegar to clean with but have always wondered how to make it smell better - can't wait to do this!
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Soak orange peels in vinegar for two weeks in a sealed mason jar then pour the vinegar into a spray bottle. Use as a non-toxic and yummy smelling green cleaner. I love using vinegar to clean with but have always wondered how to make it smell better - cant wait to do this! by Seriously?
Seriously?
Seriously? Soak orange peels in vinegar for two weeks in a sealed mason jar then pour the vinegar into a spray bottle. Use as a non-toxic and yummy smelling green cleaner. I love using vinegar to clean with but have always wondered how to make it smell better - cant wait to do this!
DIY CRAFTS
How to Easily Remove Nail Polish--This is a good idea for the gel polish removal. by marcy
marcy
marcy How to Easily Remove Nail Polish--This is a good idea for the gel polish removal.
Daily Design
Pancit w/ Chicken. This is delicious, inexpensive and easy to make! It can also be made with leftover pork or chicken. The only thing I did different was soak the rice sticks in chicken bouillon instead of water. I think I will add peapods next time. I made this two nights in a row everyone liked it so much! by elnora
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elnora Pancit w/ Chicken. This is delicious, inexpensive and easy to make! It can also be made with leftover pork or chicken. The only thing I did different was soak the rice sticks in chicken bouillon instead of water. I think I will add peapods next time. I made this two nights in a row everyone liked it so much!
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Simple 2-day cleanse - I've done this cleanse, and I find it really gets me to feeling better after a period of bad eating, like when you get home from a vacation. It is simple, and you get your nutrients. Not to mention, it is only for two days, so you can easily do it on a weekend while you can rest. by malinda
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malinda Simple 2-day cleanse - I've done this cleanse, and I find it really gets me to feeling better after a period of bad eating, like when you get home from a vacation. It is simple, and you get your nutrients. Not to mention, it is only for two days, so you can easily do it on a weekend while you can rest.
work it out
This is such a great idea!  If you have an old dresser or drawers you can easily used them from storage under your bed. Or dog beds that can be easily put away when not being used. by regina
regina
regina This is such a great idea! If you have an old dresser or drawers you can easily used them from storage under your bed. Or dog beds that can be easily put away when not being used.
Getting Crafty
An outdoor side table made from an antique milk can!  Includes directions for adding an umbrella.  I would add a PVC tube to can so you could remove the umbrella without worrying about the sand by khushii
khushii
khushii An outdoor side table made from an antique milk can! Includes directions for adding an umbrella. I would add a PVC tube to can so you could remove the umbrella without worrying about the sand
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You can actually make your own wine rack for under $15. This is a great idea for those who just need to store a few bottles and wine bottles are so decorative that you can hang them in the kitchen or dining room and give the room décor a little lift. If you want, you can label the shelves or just leave them blank so you can add whatever wine you want. by ajct
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ajct You can actually make your own wine rack for under $15. This is a great idea for those who just need to store a few bottles and wine bottles are so decorative that you can hang them in the kitchen or dining room and give the room décor a little lift. If you want, you can label the shelves or just leave them blank so you can add whatever wine you want.
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Soak a paper towel in vinegar and wrap around sink fixtures for about an hour to remove hard water stains by toni
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toni Soak a paper towel in vinegar and wrap around sink fixtures for about an hour to remove hard water stains
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