Monday, June 21, 2010

Spa Wrap

I have a long-sleeved robe for the winter months, but wanted something a little lighter for the summer. I was inspired by Centsational Girl to make my own spa wrap. All that's required is a large bath towel, about a yard of coordinating fabric, elastic, and velcro. I purchased a towel on clearance for $2 and used a cotton damask print for the ruffle.


Friday, June 18, 2010

SKIL Tool Giveaway | Friday | Flooring Saw

Z: After winning the SKIL Router Table at the blog One Project Closer, I thought I'd try for another item they're giving away this week in celebration of Father's day. Wait, I mean uh....In my usual humble manner,  I thought I'd try to alert our readers to a chance to win their own SKIL power tool. 
Up for grabs today is a 7.0 amp SKIL flooring saw.
Go here to check out their site and make your entry today, June 17th, before 7:59 EDT. Otherwise I'll probably win it and you will be left with nothing but tears, and poorly installed flooring due to lacking this power saw.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

SKIL Tool Giveaway

Z: One source I use frequently for ideas and inspiration around the house is a blog called One Project CloserThey supply excellent home improvement information that is approachable for the weekend DIY remodeler. One Project Closer covers some house design and appearance issues, but much of the coverage deals with structural and systems projects like electrical, plumbing, and insulation. The writers delve into some heady topics that might be beyond the comfort zone of your average home owner. . However, all of their suggestions and guides are approachable for the average handyman. Anyone attempting to give their humble abode an ego boost would benefit from checking out the projects they've tackled.
Right now, in honor of Father's Day (and Fathers), they are sponsoring a SKIL Tool Giveaway!
Today's item is a SKIL Router Table. Check it out here to make your entry.


***UPDATE*** The giveaway was given away to none other than...me. More to come on what I plan to do with this top grade router table
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Monday, June 14, 2010

Rocky Road

There's a small patch of dirt between our front walkway and the side of our house. It's not really wide enough to serve as a flower bed, and since it's not connected to the rest of the lawn whatever is planted there would have to be continually watered by hand. I considered planting some succulents there but new they would eventually trail across the walkway and be crushed with all the foot traffic.


There was actually a bush planted where the green pot now sits, but we ripped that out shortly after we moved in since it stuck halfway out into the walkway and groped you with its scratchy branches every time you walked by. Ever since then the spot has been occupied by dirt and weeds.

We decided that decorative rocks were the best solution. No water required and they would keep away the weeds. We chose marble chips because they were inexpensive and the white color went well with the limestone on our house.


We dug out a couple inches of dirt then leveled the spot with sand.


30 minutes and $15 dollars later...




I can't believe we lived so long with this eyesore...I didn't realize how bad it looked until the rocks were down. Quite a contrast. I hope this inspires you to complete that little project you've been putting off for so long!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Produce Bag Tutorial

I've had a couple requests for project tutorials, including my reusable produce bags. Here's the how-to:


Materials:
Mesh fabric (Update: The light-weight mesh didn't hold up as well as I would have liked. I've since made more bags using a slightly heavier polyester mesh)
2 spools of coordinating thread
Scissors or rotary cutter

Cut out a 13" x 36" piece of mesh. (Your bag will end up being approx 12" W by 17" H)


Using a straight stitch, hem both short ends of the fabric.


Fold fabric in half, right sides touching. Sew together long edges, making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of your seam. To sew up the sides, I used a double stitch. I found that using a double needle strengthened the seam and cut down on time. However, you should experiment with your machine and find out which stitch works best. The mesh can be a little tricky to work with.




Trim any excess mesh from the edges, turn inside out, and you're done! If you'd like to make more than one size, use different colors of mesh so you can easily tell the difference.


In my next tutorial I'll share how to make nest place card holders.