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DIY-Patio Lights

September 23, 2011 1 comment

Decorative paint containers plus candles equal a beautifully in-can-descent effect.
INSTRUCTIONS:Step 1: For a paper pattern like the one shown, first draw a 13-1/4″x4″ rectangle on a piece of legal- or tabloid-size paper; then draw three lines to divide it into four equal sections 3-5/16″ wide. Draw an “X” between the corners of each section. Lay a ruler on both diagonals of each “X”, and mark the lines every 3/8″ from the center to the corners.

Step 2: Cut the 13-1/4″x4″ pattern to size. Using transparent tape, fasten the pattern snugly on the can. Now rest the can in a shoebox with one end removed to collect the metal fragments as you drill. This also lets you hold the lantern with one hand to steady it.

GOOD TO KNOW: If you plan to craft several lanterns, make photocopies of your finished pattern. You can even scan it to save as a computer image file and print as many patterns as you need.
Step 3: Wearing safety goggles, drill the pattern into the can using a 3/8″ drill bit. (Adjust drill bit size to suit your taste.) This can be tiring and is best done half a lantern at a time.

Step 4: To paint the lanterns, prime with the spray primer, then apply a base coat in the colors shown with a small flat 2″ paintbrush. Re-coat if necessary and allow to dry overnight or at least 4–6 hours before using.

Step 5: Place a glass votive candle or tea light inside the can — and let it shine!

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Landscaping an Mid-Century Modern Home

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The California climate provides home owners with limitless possibilities when landscaping their mid-century modern home. While unlimited possibilities exist, there are some general guidelines and tips to keep in mind when designing a landscape or garden to compliment mid-century modern homes:
» Allow the geometry of the home to guide the overall design of the landscape & garden,
» Select water-wise plants that maintain their foliage year-round,
» Allow hardscape elements to carry from the front yard to the back (including the atrium),
» Repeat the use of certain plants throughout the landscape,
» Consider a water feature,
» Mix materials to create variety with textures (rock, grass, wood, metal, crushed stone)

Modern and mid-century modern landscapes and gardens frequently share numerous design elements. The following plants, trees, shrubs, and groundcovers (which are available in many different varieties – consult your local nursery or landscape architect) are popular options for modernist gardeners and landscapers:
Accent Plants / Perennials
Horsetail Reed Cape Rush Papyrus Kangaroo Paws Feathergrass
Sedge New Zealand Flax Cordyline Fountain Grass Blue Oat Grass
Trees & Shrubs
Heavenly Bamboo Bamboos Japanese Maples
Weeping Atlas Cedar Smoke Tree Weeping Cherry Purple Hop Bush
Irish Moss Baby’s Tears Dead Nettle Black Mondo Grass
Mexican Pebbles River Rock Pea Gravel Decomposed Granite
Black Bark Mulch Cedar Mulch Cocoa Mulch Red Mulch

Are there other plants, trees, barks, mulches or groundcover you would recommend to owners mid-century modern houses? If so, please let me know by emailing your home landscaping project suggestions or modern landscaping pictures .

DIY:The sound of music- Easy summertime windchimes


1.Place the terra-cotta pots on newspaper and spray the rim with white spray paint. Let dry. Cover the rim with painter’s tape and spray the base with yellow spray paint.

2.Add some little drawings and sweet sayings using white appliance touch-up paint and a black Sharpie marker.

3.Cut clothesline to approximately 4 feet. Double the line and hang with the key in the middle (our key is hung low to show detail). Mark on the line where you want each pot to hang. Starting from the bottom, tie a triple knot on your mark, then add a pot. Repeat for each pot. Tie the ends of the line together and hang in mom’s favorite spot.

White Wedding / Dec. 2010

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Our Favorite Weddings of 2010

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PLANT PROFILE::Tabitha Garden Mums

Set your autumn garden ablaze with plants that sizzle as temperatures tumble.

Flowering plants purchased in fall are typically treated as annuals that add color to autumn landscapes. In planting beds, mums may or may not overwinter successfully. Improve their chances of survival by planting early in the season, at least four to six weeks before the average last-frost date. Keep soil consistently moist, and follow the tips in the “Special considerations” section below. When planting, be sure to cut and loosen the root system.

Mums thrive in fertile, well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter.

Garden mums require consistently moist soil. Don’t allow plants to wilt. For mums in containers, each day of wilting reduces plant life by one to four days.

Garden mums do not require additional fertilizer the fall they’re planted. In spring, scratch an all-purpose fertilizer into soil around plants when new shoots emerge. Fertilize monthly until August.

Pinch stems throughout the growing season to encourage branched, full plants. As soon as new growth is 4 to 6 inches tall in the spring, remove half of the new growth at the top of every shoot. Pinch each shoot in the same way whenever new growth is 3 to 5 inches long. You’ll typically make two additional pinches per growing season, roughly on Memorial Day and July 4. Stop pinching in mid-July.

To create large splashes of color in the garden, group mums by hue. Interplant with cool-season annuals, such as pansies or flowering kale, in complementary shades.

Special considerations
To prepare plants for winter, keep soil moist until the ground freezes. After the ground is frozen, mulch plants with shredded leaves, straw, or evergreen branches. Remove mulch and dead stems in early spring.

Chrysanthemum ‘Tabitha’

•Color:dark red petals with yellow centers
•Hardiness: zones 5-9
•Plant Type: perennial
•Size:18–24 inches high, 12–18 inches wide
•Exposure: full sun; plants tolerate light shade; protect plants from hot afternoon sun in southern regions

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