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DIY Stump Removal

In the new house my husband and I are moving into next Friday we have at least 1 tree growing too close to the house that we will unfortunately need to cut down. I was searching for a way to remove the stump without using harsh chemicals, and I feel I found a way that will work well for us! With the use of a simple power drill and Epsom salt we can get rid of the stump with very little physical labor at all.

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DIY Herb Garden Decor

Wouldn’t it be great if you had your herb garden right in your kitchen with out it looking messy? Here is a great idea on some easy DIY small herb garden ideas to fit right inside your kitchen. Some herbs will over take a garden (like basil) and so having your herbs in a container can not only make it easy access but it makes sure you garden herbs stay where they are supposed to. Make sure you make room for this project in spot that gets the appropriate amount of sunlight to keep you plants alive.

fd750707bc1ddf88e971f2656e75eb03First you will want to measure out on your board the spacing on where you want your jars.(I used an old piece of barn wood) In this picture mason jars are used, I used the regular mason jars but you could use the wide mouth as well. You can use scotch tape to out line where your jars will sit. This is so that when you nail in the pipe clamp you can make sure your jar will be where you were expecting it. You will also want to make sure you have attached a way to hang your master piece on the back of the board as well and that it can handle the weight of the whole project, I think it can range in between 4-10 lbs depending on your supplies.

Next you will want to nail your pipe clamp to the board. (These were painted copper) You will want to make sure that you have a durable paint that will stick to metal. RuralKing has a great selection of different colors and sizes of pipe clamps that you will want to make sure fit around your jar or container you are using.

For mine I also painted a line of chalkboard paint where I wanted to label the herbs. (below I have copied a link where I got this project from and then i just made my own person alterations) Using chalkboard paint allows you to change your order of your plants or change out what plants you have.

Next you will want to prepare your jars and plants. RuralKing has some great herb starters or your can use your own seeds. I chose Cilantro since we cook a lot of fish dishes, Basil (who doesn’t love fresh basil), Rosemary for when we make Marsala, Dill and Oregano. Now to prepare your jars you will want to put rock or stones in the bottom of the jar to allow for drainage from the roots. This picture does not show it but from trial and error most potted plants need some drainage. You can use any kind of stone, decorative glass, or rock and fill it about 1 inch from the bottom. Then you will want to put in your potters mix dirt and plant your seeds. If you are using starter plants like I did, once your put in your stones you will then add your plant and dirt. You do this before you attaching your  container to the clamp. Make sure to give your plants some water. Then place the container in the clamp and tighten it down. You will want to have your board leaning against the wall so that the containers are not laying on their side.

Once you are all finished clean up an excess dirt and hang your new project. I have added the links for this project just below. There is also a second link to other indoor herb garden project ideas! ENJOY!

 

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Indoor Herb Garden Ideas

Country Wedding?

Warm weather is just around the corner!

Are you looking for wedding decorations for your country wedding?

 

Here is a cute horseshoe aisle decoration:

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You will need a full horse shoe and a half horse shoe.  You will need to weld the half horseshoe to the full horseshoe.  You will then need to weld the horse shoes to a post.  What I have used is Electric Fence Post- Steel Round 5/16″ which is sold at Rural King.  You can then paint it whatever color you would like.

You can use this for you aisle decoration.  You can put bow’s, flowers, or just run any colored material like shown below only along your horseshoes.

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Just leave space in between the seating and your decoration for your guests to walk.

This decoration is also useful after the wedding.

The pictures above are along a driveway and they have placed lights on them.  You can also cut the post off of the horseshoes and use them in the house for hooks or wall decorations.

Hope you enjoy your horseshoe decorations!

Congratulations on your special day!

 

 

Time to change Those Wiper Blades!

If your windshield wiper blades are skipping, streaking, splitting, or squeaking, it might be time for a replacement. But before installing new blades, you have to choose which ones to get.

1. Understand why you need to change your wiper blades. The blade of a wiper is made of rubber, it would naturally wear out after several months of wiping, snow, rain, and dust, for your windshield.

2. Consider your options for changing the blades. Some consumer will take the car to an auto maintenance garage and ask the mechanic to have them changing the pair of the rubber blade, or the whole wiper blade. The new blade will likely cost from fifteen to twenty dollars, plus a fair labor cost of ten or twenty dollars. The alternative is to buy the wiper blades from chain store, or from internet and install them yourself (an easy process).

3. Know what part of the wiper blade to change. In general, windshield wiper blades are made with three basic parts:

  • The lower metal arm is that extends from the base of the windshield,
  • The wiper blade attached to the metal arm, and
  • The rubber blade that actually, evenly and effectively wipes snow, rain or dust on the windshield glass for you.

4. Look at the shape of the blade. Many modern cars have curved windshields, so the blade needs to curve too, to make good contact as it wipes. There are many brands of wiper blades with various kinds of packaging, some of which you can see through and some of which you can’t. Straight wiper blades are suitable for car with a flat windshield, while slightly curved wiper blades may be more suitable for car with streamline windshield.

5. Measure or look up the length of the blades that are used on your car’s driver seat and passenger seat. You can measure the length of each blade yourself, but in general, most places that sell wiper blades provide a manual where you can look up the lengths for your car make and model. .

6. Check for adapter options. Many wiper blade brands include more than one adapter type in their packaging. These are designed to make the blades compatible with various types of metal arm.

7. Purchase and install new blades. When you’re ready with your new blades, you can install them yourself to save labor costs of a mechanic. The process is simple.

  • Raise the metal arm up and away from the windshield, until it holds steady in a position perpendicular to the windshield glass. Be careful, since the metal arm is spring loaded and could snap back and crack the glass.
  • Gently rest the bare hook against a cloth on the windshield. The cloth also protects the glass from being scratched, if for some reason the wipers unexpectedly swipe.
  • Clean windshield and blade with mild soapy water and clean dry with clean towel or cloth.
  • Install wiper blades on the vehicle and remove the protective squeegee cover. See insert in package for detailed installation instructions.
  • Place the wiper blades back onto the windshield glass lightly.

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