Before & after pics of the backyard that was turned from flat turf into a cozy patio with fireplace, shower, lounge area, and water garden
For the garden
Backyard Landscaping Ideas Garden Structure Garden Arbor: Nothing beats a classic white arbor as a garden focal point. This patio area
a little wooden "bridge" to go from the patio to the grass/garden area.
Contemporary and Classic A beautiful wall with Spanish arches serves as the backdrop for this gorgeous backyard lounge area designed by Jamie Durie. You Might Also Like... See more patio designs by Jamie Durie. Advertisement
A butterfly-friendly fountain. Multitiered raised beds and house walls protect this courtyard from breezes. The fountain in the center provides butterflies with a necessary supply of water. (After spilling down the column, it moistens the rocks below before disappearing underground; siphoning water from a puddle beneath wet rocks is a butterfly's preferred way to drink.) Get three great ideas from this garden
Try This 10-Minute Custom Workout From P90X's Tony Horton! Once in the morning before shower, once after work! - Will be checking this out
Cozy, fitted pajamas crafted from pure organic cotton feature a fun, festive print and flat-seam design for a chafe-free fit.Cozy, fitted pajamas crafted from pure organic cotton feature a fun, festive print and flat-seam design for a chafe-free fit. Color(s): the night before... $32.00
Many links to sites & tips: "steep hugel beds to avoid compaction from increased pressure over time. Steep beds mean more surface area in your garden for plants and the height makes easy harvesting. The greater the mass, the greater the water-retention benefits"
First get a bucket of warm water, not to hot, with a cup full of epsom salt. Allow salt to dissolve before placing your feet inside. Once the salt has dissolved, place your feet inside of the water, allow to soak for up to 30 minutes. 2 Remove feet from water after 30 minutes. Scrub gently with toothbrush to remove all loose, dry skin. This only takes a small amount of time. The skin should be very easy to remove. Rinse feet with water and pat dry with towel.
Solar-powered plastic Blossom Solar Shoji Lantern is UV- and weather-resistant Includes hand-molded plastic lantern with solar panel, stainless steel hanging handle, one AAA rechargeable battery and 2 amber LED lights Perfect for adding an elegant glow to outdoor parties, garden weddings or backyard barbecues Modern wavy style, designed for outdoor use, is pearl-white during the day but at night its subtle leaf pattern bathes your deck, patio or garden with golden light Charge time: 4 to 6 hours of sunlight needed to glow up to 6 to 8 hours On/off switch allows you to choose whether the lanterns light up each night LED lights last up to 100,000 hours No unsightly wiring, and no outlets needed Hang this Japanese-inspired solar-powered lantern from a trellis or tree and enjoy its moonlike radiance. Yellow LED lights are encased in paper-like, weatherproofed nylon and automatically switch on at night. Includes AAA rechargeable battery and metal hanger. Folds flat for storage. White. 10.5" diameter. China. Available individually or in a set of 3. $29.00
Solar-powered plastic Blossom Solar Shoji Lantern is UV- and weather-resistant Includes hand-molded plastic lantern with solar panel, stainless steel hanging handle, one AAA rechargeable battery and 2 amber LED lights Perfect for adding an elegant glow to outdoor parties, garden weddings or backyard barbecues Modern wavy style, designed for outdoor use, is pearl-white during the day but at night its subtle leaf pattern bathes your deck, patio or garden with golden light Charge time: 4 to 6 hours of sunlight needed to glow up to 6 to 8 hours On/off switch allows you to choose whether the lanterns light up each night LED lights last up to 100,000 hours No unsightly wiring, and no outlets neededHang this Japanese-inspired solar-powered lantern from a trellis or tree and enjoy its moonlike radiance. Yellow LED lights are encased in paper-like, weatherproofed nylon and automatically switch on at night. Includes AAA rechargeable battery and metal hanger. Folds flat for storage. White. 9&#189;" diameter. China. Available individually or in a set of 3. $79.00
Contrary to what you may think, dinky decks and cramped patios make tight spaces seem even smaller. Marquette crafted his arbor from cedar posts set atop concrete pads. Drawing inspiration from a lone cedar tree that grew in his backyard, the resourceful designer got posts from area tree-trimming companies to build the 12- by 12-foot structure that covers his entire patio space. Marquette (at left) mixed two sizes of Aztec gravel together so it would lock into place.
FREE SHIPPING at shopbop.com. From HATCH, an effortless and versatile maternity collection that begs to be worn before, during, and after pregnancy. This cozy dress is cut from soft French terry, putting a luxe touch on a casual silhouette. Ribbed edges trim the crew neckline and hem, and the long sleeves end in snug, ribbed cuffs. Unlined. Fabric: French terry. 65% cotton/35% rayon. Hand wash or dry clean. Made in NYC. MEASUREMENTS Length: 35in / 89cm, from shoulder - Charcoal Heather $238.00
FREE SHIPPING at shopbop.com. From HATCH, an effortless and versatile maternity collection that begs to be worn before, during, and after pregnancy. This cozy dress is cut from soft French terry, putting a luxe touch on a casual silhouette. Ribbed edges trim the crew neckline and hem, and the long sleeves end in snug, ribbed cuffs. Unlined. Fabric: French terry. 65% cotton/35% rayon. Hand wash or dry clean. Made in NYC. MEASUREMENTS Length: 35in / 89cm, from shoulder - Light Grey $238.00
FREE SHIPPING at shopbop.com. From HATCH, an effortless and versatile maternity collection that begs to be worn before, during, and after pregnancy. With a deep V neck and sexy draping, this soft jersey dress puts a cozy twist on an elegant silhouette. A keyhole slit affords a subtle peek of skin behind the neck, and the relaxed sides float easily to the uneven hem. Unlined. Fabric: Soft jersey. 92% rayon/8% spandex. Hand wash or dry clean. Made in NYC. MEASUREMENTS Length: 52in / 132cm, from shoulder - Black $248.00
FREE SHIPPING at shopbop.com. From HATCH, an effortless and versatile maternity collection that begs to be worn before, during, and after pregnancy. Creamy french terry constructs this cozy HATCH hoodie, which zips up the front and maintains a classic profile with a slouchy hood. Wide ribbed bands trim the hem and cuffs, and on-seam pockets hide at the sides. Unlined. Fabric: French terry. 55% cotton/43% rayon/2% polyurethane. Wash cold. Made in NYC. MEASUREMENTS Length: 28in / 71cm, from shoulder - Oatmeal $206.40
The picture was taken in the early 1930s by the sender's grandfather, who lived in Alaska. The entitiy was first seen when the grandfather was on his way to a lake. He chased the entity until he got close enough to take this one picture. It was some four months before the photograph was developed, being in in a remote, sparsely populated area. The sender received the picture from his grandfather only last week. His grandfather died the day after giving him the photo, and relating his story.
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Attractive and functional kneeler, featuring wipe-clean exterior with padding inside to protect knees from hard, damp or unpleasant ground surfaces. Perfect for use around the garden. Dimensions: H40 X W54 X D25 cm To maintain the life of this product always wipe clean after use and dry throughly before storing Store in a dry place when not in use Do not exceed the maximum recommended load 150kg Made from metal and plastic Special Size Type: One size £25.00
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Horseshoe Butterfly~I want this for my garden!! Use four old horseshoes for the wings, half inch re-bar for the body, cut nails for the antennae (with two small ball bearings welded on) and tail. The post is made from three eighths re-bar. Use a wire wheel to clean the rust before MIG welding it together. After it cools spray with some clear paint.
Made from FSC-certified high-density eucalyptus Kiln-dried and extremely durable Mold-, mildew-, fungi-, termite-, rot- and decay-resistant Environmentally friendly and responsibly harvested Treated and sealed with a water-base stain and laboratory tested to ensure that it gives off no toxins Our Atlantic Garden Bench is built for years of enjoyment on your patio or deck. This premium-grade, kiln-dried wood bench stands up to whatever nature brings â€” like moisture, sun, insects and decay. Sustainably harvested, FSC-certified eucalyptus from managed forests looks as elegant as teak but is even sturdier and more eco-friendly. The expertly contoured slats of the backrest and the curved lines of the armrests keep you comfortable as you relax and enjoy your outdoor retreat. Treated and sealed with a water-base stain and laboratory tested to ensure that it gives off no toxins. 65"L x 24"W x 34"H; 35 lb. Vietnam. This item ships directly from the manufacturer. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. $289.00
Massages your soles' reflex zones for enhanced wellness Stimulates your nervous and circulatory systems Reduces swelling, improves mood and nerve function Lessens foot, leg and back pain and more Massaging "fingers" contoured to fit your arches Provides an invigorating massage Breaks up the accumulated tension in your feet Made from long-lasting durable natural latex rubber Elastomer mid sole and natural latex rubber insole Water resistant Perfect for the shower or at the beach Easy-to-wear Velcro fastener Great around the house, at work or after a workout, these unique foot-massaging Reflexology Wellness Slide sandals make you feel good from your feet up through your entire body. Designed to massage your soles' reflex zones, sending stimulation to your nervous and circulatory systems. Reduces swelling, improves mood and nerve function and reduces lower body pain. Hundreds of massaging "fingers" are contoured to fit your arches, giving you a stimulating massage while breaking up the accumulated tension in your feet. Made from long-lasting durable natural latex rubber. Elastomer mid sole and natural latex rubber insole. Water resistant. Make a great shower or beach shoe. Velcro fastener. Gradually increase wear time as your feet become accustomed to this invigorating massage. Gently wash in water with mild soap. Slides run large; if between sizes, order size down. China. $99.00
I've made this.., it turned out pretty good although I like my wine sweet, great conversation starter when you have guests over, Let them try a glass and see what they think. ~ Making homemade wine from grape juice is quite simple, and requires very inexpensive supplies. The following is a step-by-step on making homemade wine from frozen non-citrus juice concentrates. The neat thing about making wine from concentrates is the consistency of the flavor, and the variety of tasty wines you can produce. Local markets stock a great variety of frozen juice concentrates these days that can make a delicious inexpensive wine. For a red wine choose purple grape, pomegranate, cherry or strawberry juice, and for a white wine choose a white grape, pineapple, mango or apple juice. Frozen juice wines taste very good and mature with pretty high alcohol content for just a few dollars a bottle. With the many new flavors on the shelves, you could try several blends for a wonderful and tasty wine- yum… Gather all these ingredients: 3 cups white granulated sugar 1 packet bread-making yeast 1 can frozen juice concentrate (non-citrus) Water Clean gallon jug Balloon Rubber band Small funnel Follow these simple steps: Defrost the frozen juice by letting the container sit in a bowl of warm water for an hour. Purify a gallon milk jug with bleach and rinse very well. Pour the yeast, sugar and concentrated juice into the milk jug with the funnel. Shake the ingredients together. Fill the rest of the milk jug with warm (not hot!) water. This will activate the yeast. Put the lid on the jug and shake the ingredients together. Then take off the lid. Slide the balloon over the top of the milk jug and wrap the rubber band around the neck of the milk jug and the balloon to secure the balloon through the fermentation and wine-making process. Set the wine in a dark, warm place, at around 70 degrees. The balloon will fill with gases as the juice ferments. This is how you know the process is working. After three to 6 weeks the balloon will deflate and the process is complete. If you see sediment that you would rather not keep, pour your homemade wine into a bottle using a small funnel and a coffee filter to clarify- enjoy
Based on the " Lay of Lúthien " By JRR Tolkien Lúthien is a Telerin (Sindarin) princess, the only child of Elu Thingol, king of Doriath, and his queen, Melian the Maia. Lúthien's romance with the mortal man Beren is one of the greatest stories of the Elder Days and was considered the "chief" of the Silmarillion tales by Tolkien himself. Her character is revered even at the end of the Third Age and honoured still by the likes of Aragorn and various other peoples of Middle-earth. The legacy that Lúthien left behind can be most clearly seen throughout the later ages in those who stem from her ancestry, including the Royal Family of Númenor, being the line of Elros of which Arathorn and his son Aragorn were descended, and Elrond Half-elven who was Lúthien's great-grandson. Luthien was known as the Morning Star, and like her decendant Arwen (Evening Star) fell in love with a mortal man. But her father, Thingol, was determined not to let Beren marry his daughter, and set a seemingly impossible task as the bride price: Beren had to bring him one of the Silmarils from Morgoth's iron crown, which, after many perils he did, and they were married. But at this time Carcharoth the greatest werewolf of all, was ravaging all living beings on the borders of Doriath. And so Beren, Thingol, Huan the Hound of Valinor, Mablung of the Heavyhand and Beleg Strongbow went out with other Elves to defeat the beast. In this Beren was assaulted by the wolf. Huan then leaped to his aid and killed the beast, but died soon after from mortal wounds, by his friend Beren's side. Then Beren was carried to Doriath where he died in Lúthien's arms, after she bade him to await her by the great sea in the afterlife. In grief, Lúthien lay down and died as well, going to the Halls of Mandos, where the spirits of the dead await re-embodiment in Valinor (for Elves) and departure from the circles of the world entirely (for Men). There she sang a song of woe before the throne of Mandos Lord of the Dead, of the tribulations and suffering of both Elves and Men, the greatest ever sung, so touching that Mandos was moved to pity for the only time. As a result he summoned Beren from the houses of the dead and Lúthien's spirit met his once again by the shores of the sea. Lúthien knew that this would be their final meeting, since Beren could not remain on the earth beyond his time and she was thus faced with the prospect of eternal widowhood. Mandos consulted with Manwë, King of Arda. Even Manwë could not change the fate of Men, and so he presented Lúthien with the only choice possible: to live in the immortal land of Valinor, where she could forget all her grief and enjoy eternal happiness along with her people and the Gods (Valar) but without Beren, or to return to the land of Middle-earth together with Beren as a mortal herself, accepting the Doom of Men and sharing in whatever unknown fate awaits them outside the Circles of the World. She chose this latter option. With this she accepted death, and although it was not the fate of her race, she turned creation upside down for her love of Beren and relinquished everything for him and became a mortal woman. Tinuviel by Aseamlessbonds.deviantart.com on @deviantART
Country: China City: Shanghai Project name: Sinopec Gas Station Date: 2011-10-12 Model: ENEP-100W-01 Quantity: 12 pcs This is project happened on 12th October, 2011. In this project, we made a design for Sinopec Gas Station, a gas station located in Shanghai by using 12 pieces LED Explosion Proof Lights (LEDEP). This is our first project for gas station. LEDEP can be used in places where may probably have explosions, like gas stations, undermines, underground constructions, etc. LEDEP has not only higher dust and water proof index, but also explosion proof index, which cannot be realized by other LED lighting products. Before the design, we sent our design group and other two engineers to examine the site. Since this station is located in a remote region and surrounded by three building sites and one stone factory, dust content in the air is much higher than other places. In consideration of such low visibility, our design group decided to use a high power LEDEP: ENEP-100W-01 (with a power consumption of 100W). Originally, we intended to distribute the light evenly to cover the entire region of this gas station (three rows, four lamps for each row). But soon we changed our mind. This gas station has four oil tanks. All of them are sattled in the middle area. In order to realize the concentrated lighting effect, we rearranged lamps in the middle area. From the feedback photo sent by this client we can see that the luminous flux is sufficient and the lighting effect also meet our requirements. We will continuously record the working conditions of these lamps. More information, please click LED Explosion Proof Lights.
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Invest in some pure essential oils from the health food store – Next, disinfect and deodorize your washing machine so that your clothes will not absorb a lingering musty smell. You can do this pretty easily by pouring two cups of vinegar into your machine, and run a full cycle — without any clothes or detergent. If your water is very dirty, let the agitator run for 8-10 minutes, open the lid and let the vinegar sit overnight. In the morning, empty the basin and run the washer through a complete cycle with two cups of vinegar. Do this every six months to eliminate soap scum, and musty smells. Basic soaps: Stock your laundry room with Borax, Epsom Salts, distilled white vinegar (not apple cider vinegar), and for tough stains, plain, unscented Tide Detergent and Oxy Clean. If you have a high efficiency washer, skip the Borax and buy only the unscented HE deterge rent powder. Borax creates too much “suds,” the major failure of HE washers. Scent your laundry: Open your jug of distilled white vinegar, and drop in 30-40 drops of your favorite essential oil. French laundry mistresses have used lavender for centuries. Let the oils permeate the vinegar for about a week before using. Open your box of Borax, (or HE detergent if you have an HE washer) and pour the powder into a clean empty container with a lid. (An empty oxy-clean bucket will work.) Drop 20-30- drops of essential oils into the Borax, and stir thoroughly to mix the scents. Cover and let the scents mix for about a week before using. Basic laundry soap: If you have a regular top loading washer (one that doesn’t require HE soap), for each load, add ½ of the amount of detergent you usually use, combined with the other half of Borax. If I’m washing whites, I’ll also add a ½ cup of oxy clean. (Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and deodorizer.) Add 1/2 cup of scented vinegar to each load along with the detergent. It fights germs, keeps your colors from bleeding, and deodorizers your laundry. Use your scented vinegar in place of your fabric softener in the Rinse Cycle to eliminate static cling, remove pet hair and complete dissolve and rinse away soap. To get REALLY white whites – -try this. Fill your washing machine with hot water and one or two cups of oxy clean. Add your laundry and let the machine agitate. Then, lift the lid and let the laundry soak in the oxy clean water overnight. In the morning, let the wash run itself through. Buy some doggie toys at the grocery store — the kind with balls and pokey things, for about $1.00. Use those as dryer balls (that sell for about $20). They do help lift the laundry and help things dry faster — I also throw one in the washer. Ring around the color: Make a paste with 2 parts white vinegar to 3 parts baking soda, and let set for 20-30 minutes. Picked up a plastic-coated wire and made a new clothesline. Sleeping on a pillow line-dried in fresh air is as warm and cozy as a chocolate chip cookie. If you haven’t indulged in this little luxury lately, I think it’s time you tried it again – if your local authorities will allow it.
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