Fall garden

Below find some truly beautiful bushes and plants to spice up your fall garden. Enjoy.

 

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Physalis alkelengi – Chinese Lantern – a favorite fall “flower”. Visit www.sarahaven.com

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One of my favorites, peonies in the fall. Visit www.ehow.com.

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Beautiful combination. Visit www.ericsander.com.

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Tutorial: magnet board

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Supplies needed for magnet board. Foam core, fabric, picture frame, sheet of metal.

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First lay out your supplies. Be sure to iron fabric, so finished board will not have wrinkles.

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Cut metal with tin snips to fit frame. Place cut metal sheet on fabric. Cut fabric leaving 3 inches around edges of metal.

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Cut foam core slightly smaller than the piece of metal that you cut to fit the frame. Place fabric, followed by metal sheet into frame. Fold fabric over the piece of metal. Secure magnet board by adding the foam core on top of the fabric and metal. You want it to be a tight fit.

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Completed magnet board! I just love the colors and pattern of this fabric.

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Another completed magnet board. I did not keep either of the magnetic boards for myself, but sent them off to college for my daughter and her roommate. These are so easy to make that I know I will be making one for myself and several as gifts this holiday season.

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Tutorial: record bowl & letter holder

This is one of my favorite Do-it Yourself projects. Makes a unique and creative gift. Below are the directions how to make a “record bowl” from an old record. This cute and nostalgic bowl is great for just tossing in your keys, wallet, and phone as you walk in the door. A few years ago as a part of Teacher Appreciate Week, I made all of the teachers at my Son’s middle school a record bowl. The teachers just loved them, using them to store miscellaneous desk items such as scissors, glue, markers, thumb tacks, etc. This year I made a record bowl as well as a wall mounted record mail holder for both my daughter and her college roommate.See instructions below.

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This project starts with gathering up some old records. I purchased records at Half-Priced Books. You can purchase records starting at one dollar and up two five or six dollars. I used records with a center color that I liked or one produced by a favorite artist.

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Remove the records albums from the cardboard folder. You can through out record album cover, unless you have another great project in mind.

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Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Next find an appropriately sized kitchen bowl. I used the largest bowl from my set of three kitchen-aide bowls. (Circumference of about ).

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Place record in 200 degree oven. It will take about a minute to heat up enough to be pliable and form into a bowl. See the slight ripple effect on this record? The record is not rippled enough to remove from the oven. Keep eye on record and remove from oven when it has started to melt.

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Using a soft, damp cloth, such as a cloth baby diaper, carefully dust both sides of the record. Make sure the cloth fabric is only a little damp and dust the paper circle in the center of the record very lightly. You do not want to tear the label.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Next remove rippled record form the oven and quickly form your record bowl by creating pleats or ruffles in the record. Allow record bowl to cool. It is not complete. No two record bowls will be alike!

 

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Place another record in the 200 degree oven and allow it to get warm.

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Simply use a rolled up kitchen towel to form the record into a mail holder.

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Hang formed record on the wall with a nail placed in the center of the record. I hung one record above the other for great mail storage.

 

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Candleholders

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Below are a variety of different candleholders.This post is full of great ideas to use in your home. Painted, metal, glass, and decorated candles in holders are on display. There are some great ideas to use in your home. Enjoy.

 

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white wave candles

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candlesticks distressed with blue paint

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pink and white rose candles

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bathtub with candles

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birdcages with candles

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glass candles holders

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red candles

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glass etched candle holder

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