Make your own Concrete Planter

Homemade Concrete Planters

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It is not too hard to make a concrete planter. (Photo Credits)

 Concrete planters are both functional and decorative gardening pieces. The great thing about it is, it is not too hard to make one.        National Ready Mix Concrete Association

Garden Therapy for instance shared a tutorial on how to make concrete planters. “These DIY concrete garden planters are simple to make in just a weekend and with materials you may already have around the house. They look modern with unique shapes that come straight from the recycling bin!”

Check out the step-by-step tutorial here.

Not complicated at all

Concrete So Creative Things meantime shared two ways on how to make concrete planters. “If you are loooking for a Creative DIY Project for planters you are in the exactly right place.After this project you will be able to make your own concrete planters in a different and easy way. There are many ways to make this but today we are going to show you the best ones. The first one is making concrete planters with plastic pots and the other one is using wooden casts.”

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Plantcare Today also shared an instructional video on making DIY Concrete Planters, specifically for succulents. “Plants in the home add a special look and welcoming feel to the indoors. There are many plants which can be used to dress up an indoor space. One type of plants are succulents. However, besides plants the container and planter can play an important role in the overall look. But, decorative planters can break a budget!”

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Add life to your concrete walls

Liven up those boring walls

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Empty walls are well, empty and boring. A homeowner can definitely do something about his or her home’s concrete to at least add life to it.

Lushome.com for instance shared ways on how to splash photographs on a home wall like a pro.

“Well designed layouts complement your home interiors, making room look interesting, but light and spacious. Beautiful collections of photographs are excellent wall decorating ideas that help declutter homes and design beautiful and cozy, personal and modern interiors. Large empty walls can handle big collections of photographs or large photos. A single small photograph on an empty wall looks lost and unappealing. If you have lots of small photographs, it is better to design a composition and arrange them on empty walls in accordance with one of layouts that demonstrate how to hang photographs and decorate empty walls like a professional decorator.”

Check out the many ways here.

Creative and Functional

Kitchen walls can also hold both décor and functional space as shared in Better Homes and Gardens. “Amplify your home’s storage capacity by optimizing wall space. Check out these storage solutions — from capacious cabinets to inventive constructions — that stow copious amounts of all kinds of stuff.”

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This employee featured over at SunnySkyz.com found their concrete office wall too boring hence he made DIY decorations that came out really amazing.

“He Was Tired Of Looking At Boring Office Walls, So He Bought 9,000 Post-It Notes. The Result Is Amazing”

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Shoveling snowy concrete driveways

Random Act of Kindness

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Snowy driveway. (Photo Credits) 

There is nothing like waking up in the winter, getting ready for work, and seeing your driveway overed in snow.

But when you have a kind-hearted neighbor who does the shoveling for you, without anything in return, then that is just something to be really thankful for.

USA Today shared this story. “More than 50 homes in the area had definitely been served by six teenagers who chose to wake up early — around 6:30 a.m. — and shovel away. The high schoolers said they just wanted to pay it forward.”

Watch the report here.

You have been Served

American News also featured the same Random Act of Kindness. “Parents in the neighborhood were so grateful they offered the teens a cash reward, but the teenagers refused. That’s when the parents gave them an offer they couldn’t refuse: hot chocolate. After the teens finished their good deed, they enjoyed an afternoon filled with multiple rounds of hot chocolate and sledding down a nearby hill.”

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Opposing Views also picked up on the surprise snow shoveling in the Colorado neighborhood.

“The teens posted fliers on the front doors of more than 50 homes that read: ‘You’ve been served.’ ‘You just don’t see that in this day and age,’ said Jeff Mostellar, another local resident. ‘They did everything. The whole driveway, the stoop, the whole sidewalk up to the fence.’”

Take a look at the photos here.

When was the last time you did a random act of kindness?

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8 Great Dusting Tips for a Cleaner Home

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Dusting isn’t likely anyone’s favorite activity, but there are some great tricks that work a lot better than using a typical feather duster on the whole house. Check out these Reader’s Digest tips to more quickly and easily dust your home clean:

  1. Baby Wipes: after you’ve shaken out your laptop to get rid of any debris caught between the keys, use a baby wipe ot remove dirt, dried spills and gunk from the keys themselves. Just make sure you turn off the computer before you do this.
  2. Fabric Softener: repel dust with a mixture of 1 part fabric softener and 4 parts water. Put this solution in a squirt bottle and apply some to a clean cloth. Use this cloth to wipe glass tables, shower doors and other hard surfaces to repel dust. Finish by polishing surfaces with a dry cloth.
  3. Fabric Softener Sheets: use these to wipe down your electronics screens. They’ll remove dust from your TV and computer screens and prevent dust from resettling for a few days.
  4. Gloves: use fabric gloves to dust delicate things, like chandeliers, light fixtures and glass items. Just soak the gloves in a window cleaner, then slip them on and clean up.
  5. Paintbrushes: the soft bristles of paintbrushes are great for cleaning dust out of tiny cracks and crevices in knickknacks.
  6. Pantyhose: ball up a pair of old pantyhose and use a rubber band to attach it to a coat hanger or yardstick. Use this to grab dust bunnies from underneath and alongside your fridge.
  7. Old Socks: slip a socks over your hand and gently rub dust off from in between your blinds.
  8. Pillowcases: place an old pillowcase over ceiling fan blades, one at a time, to pull dust off the blades without scattering it all over the room and floor.

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50 Decorative Rustic Storage Projects For a Beautifully Organized Home

50 Decorative Rustic Storage Projects For a Beautifully Organized Home - Brilliant projects!!

These days, the rustic look is all the rage, and for good reason! While there is much to love about the hustle and bustle of modern life and the excitement of the city, sometimes it gets to be a bit much. Rustic décor transports us back in time and brings a breath of fresh country air to your residence, wherever you dwell. It reminds us of a slower pace of life, and helps us to relax and feel at home. On top of that, it is often an affordable choice for decorating, and a great way to reclaim old wood, crates, and other supplies which might otherwise go to waste. These rustic DIY storage ideas are easy and fun, and will lend your home a touch of nostalgia and whimsy.

1. Modular shoe storage cubbies

Modular shoe storage cubbies - 50 Decorative Rustic Storage Projects For a Beautifully Organized HomeThese cubbies look amazing! Just look how organized those shoes and boots are, and how there is a space for everything and everything in its space. The baskets add a great rustic touch as well. These free printable plans from Shanty 2 Chic will walk you through it step-by-step. What’s great about these cubbies is not only do they look amazing, but this is an easily customizable project. You can make cubbies to the dimensions that you need, and stack them up in any fashion you choose. You can paint the wood any color you want, or even leave the grain unpainted for an extra-rustic look.

2. Crate wall storage

Crate wall storage - 50 Decorative Rustic Storage Projects For a Beautifully Organized HomeThis is a really stunning project which allows you to convert some old crates (the same type that you get produce in, or can purchase for around $8 at Home Depot) into beautiful shelves! It’s a simple matter of painting and staining as you choose and adding some brackets. Screw them into your wall, and you’re all set! Even though these are quite obviously old crates, somehow it is hard to believe they started their lives so humbly!

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Walking on Hot Concrete Pavement

All about Concrete Pavements

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What can happen along concrete pavements. (Photo Credits) 

Concrete can be really hot in the summer, hence stepping barefoot, or even sitting on it can be very uncomfortable, even unthinkable to some.

Pet owners should also be extra mindful about this situation. The organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals reminded pet owners to be conscious about the temperature of concrete pavements when walking their dogs in the summer.

“On an 87-degree day, asphalt temperatures can reach 140 degrees, hot enough to cause burns, permanent damage and scarring after just one minute of contact. Rapid burns and blistering can occur at 150 degrees. Hot sidewalks, pavement and parking lots can not only burn paws, they also reflect heat onto dogs’ bodies , increasing their risk of deadly heatstroke. If you wouldn’t put your dog in a frying pan, please don’t make him or her walk on hot pavement. Always test the pavement with your hand before setting out (too hot to touch is too hot for Spot), walk early in the morning or late at night when it’s cooler, carry water and take frequent breaks in shady spots and never make dogs wear muzzles that restrict their breathing.”

Read the rest of PETA’s reminders here.

A Good Example

This pet owner featured over at Examiner.com has been sensitive enough to protect his dog from the dangers of walking on really hot concrete pavement.

“A homeless man in Glendale, Arizona, was recently on the receiving end of help after a good Samaritan noticed him struggling to care for his dog. Lisa Peterson spoke to the man and learned that the pavement is so hot that he was carrying his dog, “Roger,” around-the-clock, in order to spare him from burning his feet.”

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LittleThings meantime featured an inspiring story about a teenager who hit her head in the pavement, was pronounced brain dead, and suddenly became conscious following a pray over session. “That’s when Jeff Stickel entered her life and changed everything. A chiropractor and devout Christian, Jeff heard Taylor’s story and had wanted to visit her. But when he walked into her hospital room and saw her condition, he decided against working on her. But before leaving, he asked the Hales if they would join him in a prayer. Jeff placed his hand on the unconscious teen’s neck, and the family bowed their heads. That afternoon, Taylor’s life support was going to be turned off.”

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Sidewalk Stories

Random Stories from the Sidewalk

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Tales sidewalks tell. (Photo Credits)

Sidewalks have stories to tell. There are a lot of daily occurrences that happen by these concretized pathwalk that some may be amusing, some may be sad, some even weird or at times tragic. American Society of Concrete Contractors

Just like the story of this dog featured over at Pet Plus. “In what can only be described as a miracle, earlier this week a Portland resident, Ted Nelson, managed to save a 5-year-old Bichon Frise named Mordy from plummeting to his death off a 14-story balcony – by catching him! The whole thing started when Ted, looking out his window, noticed that there was a small dog out on the balcony in the apartment building across the street. It appeared that the dog had slipped through the railing and was trapped on the outside ledge, with nothing between him and the sky.”

Read the rest of the story here.

Sidewalk Advocacy

Video Sharing site Vimeo.com meantime featured a story about finding love, peace and prayer in the sidewalk. Cemented A mother, Lizanne, shares her story of choosing life, and encountering love, peace, and prayer on the sidewalk. For more inspiring stories of life, and to learn more about Sidewalk Advocacy, go to SidewalkAdvocates.org.”

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A photographer meantime shot photos of sidewalk skateboarders, the photos of which have been featured over at sidewalkmag.com.

Ever since I’ve met Mike he’s always been smashing it but this year he has fully caught people’s eyes and he is blowing up. This photo was definitely a favourite of mine from the past year as we’d always shoot photos in the past and joke about it being a cover…we’d say ‘Could be covers’ but this time it actually happened!”

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