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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Sewing, Crafting, Painting and Quilting: Turning Your Backyard Shed Into a Creative Cottage

Some hobbies take up a lot of space, like sewing, painting, and quilting. If you live in a small space, finding room to practice your favorite craft can be tricky. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a craft space of your own? Imagine having a whole room dedicated to crafting. How about converting your backyard shed into a creative space? Here are some ideas to help you.


Backyard Shed Into a Creative Cottage

Fix Up The Outside

Give your backyard shed a new lease of life with a coat of weather-proof paint. Since it’s going to be a space that inspires creative endeavors, why not paint it a bright, eye-catching color, like teal or lime green. Paint the door and trim in a brightly contrasting color. Put up a few window boxes and plant trailing flowers like nasturtiums and intermingle with sweet smelling herbs like mint, rosemary, and lavender.

Paint The Inside

If the interior walls of your shed are made from particle board there’s no need to drywall, you can simply paint them. The important thing to know is that particle board will suck up gallons of paint. To prevent this from happening, the best thing to do is add a coat with a particle board primer.
Backyard Shed Into a Creative Cottage

Cover The Floor

One of the easiest and most cost effective floor coverings for your craft cottage is stick-on vinyl floor tiles. They come in a great range of colors, they are easy to cut to fit your space and they are easy to keep clean. Adding a floor rug will help keep the place warm and will add a touch of comfort.

Light It Up

You’re definitely going to need good lighting, especially if you’re doing fine needlework. Your shed may not offer a great deal of natural light. If this is the case, you could consider replacing the windows for bigger ones, to let in more light. This may not be feasible and you will still need artificial light anyway for those times when you’re crafting late into the evening. Consider lighting the space with daylight bulbs. Heated lights are also good for the chilly months. Look at this website for some ideas about lighting.

Backyard Shed Into a Creative Cottage

Create your Crafty Environment

Now it’s time for the fun part. First, think crafting tables. You need a large surface to craft on and you will need to position it in the best lit area of the shed. Next, think storage, you’re going to need plenty of shelving for all your craft supplies and equipment. Use baskets and colored boxes to keep all your things in order. A great space-saving storage idea is pegboard. This will allow you to hang tools, scissors, and brushes as well as spools of ribbon and craft tape.

And there you have it. You have your own craft space, now you’re ready to begin creating wonderful works of art. Your new creative cottage is bound to inspire many creative adventures for years to come.

About the Author: Ethan Cameron has always been supportive of his wife, but her crafting business being run from the kitchen table was becoming a bit too much to handle - So he built her a dedicated craft studio in their back garden!

Image Credit: 1. Pixabay 2. Wyndham Design 3. Sarah Greenman

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Why Hire A Pest Control Specialist Vs DIY

These days, more and more people are getting into household do-it-yourself tasks, and that even extends to pest control and extermination. When you have a bug problem, do you really need to shell out money to hire someone to take care of it? There are so many retail pesticides on the market that you should be able to do your own spraying. But is it really as simple as that?

When you hire professionals like Broward exterminator, Excel, you get some things that a DIY approach can't bring you.

Why Hire A Pest Control Specialistg

Convenience

One of the simplest benefits of hiring a professional exterminator is just that it's the easier option for you. Let them crawl around in the basement or poke around behind all your furniture, and save yourself the effort. It can also be more efficient in terms of time, which is a helpful point if your busy schedule doesn't allow you to properly do the job yourself.

Expertise

A big part of what you're getting with a professional is experience and know-how. Understanding insects and knowing the best ways to approach a problem due to years of experience is something you can't buy at the store.

Proper insect control is more than just spraying a handy product when you see a bug. Your professionals can accurately identify your problem (can you tell the difference between a termite and an ant?), know which products are the most effective and which locations should be targeted for treatment.

Pest Control Specialist

Products

Though it might seem like you can buy all kids of good pesticides at the hardware store, you really do have a limited supply to choose from. And because these chemicals are available to anyone, they are significantly weaker than the industrial-grade compounds that professionals are trained to deal with.

That can mean the difference between you having to spray for cockroaches 7 times rather than the exterminator doing it just once. When you think about it this way, you'll probably start to see your cost savings disappear.

Though you should consider all these points, that doesn't mean you can't handle some small problems on your own with success. A few ants or a bunch of spiders can be taken care of with store-bought problems to save you the expense of a pro. You just need to know that there are limits to what an amateur can take care of on their own.

Giving it a shot on your own is perfectly fine, providing you be honest with yourself if your attempts are not successful. Leaving an insect pest problem unresolved for too long will just let the populations grow, creating a much bigger problem when the exterminator finally is called in.

One more thing to consider is that most professional pest control services will provide a no-cost estimate when you first call them in. That way you can get a little insight into what your treatment is going to entail before committing to any services. If you're worried about the cost, this is the way to go.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

DIY Hammock Toy Storage

A quick DIY solution to your kid's scattered toys!

Every mom faces the battle of keeping our kid's mess everyday. Toys and books are scattered everywhere and we don't have a choice because these are kids and they need to play to develop themselves. That is why, we endure that every day struggle of keeping the toys scattered on the floors, bed, sofa and just anywhere!

toy storage

But I discovered a simple solution for you. If you do not have cardboard boxes for toy storage, then grab tulle, an old tshirt, an old blanket and just whatever fabric, even a big towel or a curtain will work well for this hack.

You can make a Hammock toy storage which will only take a few minutes to finish. Well, if you choose the simpler way of making it, you will be able to finish it in less than 15 minutes. But in my DIY Hammock Toy Storage, I add some girly features on it so it can double as a wall decor.

DIY Hammock Toy Storage


DIY Toy Storage

See? It looks nice on the wall. So, if you have a blank wall, you can use up that space with a wall storage like this. Like what I said, it is very easy to make.

What You Need:

Tulle or any type of cloth/fabric
Ribbon or string
Wall hooks (to skip the nailing or screwing part, buy those with double adhesive at the back)

How to Make:

1. Simple. Get the tulle or fabric and fold it into two. Tie both ends with a ribbon or string.

How to make toy storage

2. Get your wall hooks. You can skip this step if you want to. I added faux flowers on my wall hooks to add beauty to it. Use hot glue to attach the flowers. After doing that, attach the hook on the wall. See to it that your spacing is right and both are leveled because you will hang your hammock here.

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3. Install on the wall. In the image below, you can see how everything was put together. Hang the tulle on the ribbon part. You can also tie it on the hook to make sure it will not fall.

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4. Put the toys on your hammock and you are all done!

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I told you this is going to be very easy! I made this like 6 months ago and I still have this on my wall. Works really well. And my daughter learned how to keep her own toys too on this hammock.

You can make one for your child and once you did, I'd love to see how you made yours! If you don't want this kind of toy storage, you can make the Cardboard Toy Box using unused cardboard boxes in the house.