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RE: I have had it with deck stain (Follow-Up #32)

posted by: HomeOwners' Helper (Guest) on 08.09.2008 at 03:18 pm in Porches & Decks Forum

I'm a homeowner and handyman by profession. In the summers I do allot of deck work, from staining to building and repairing. I have used nearly all the products everyone mentioned and I have not had any of the issues everyone has described. My customers have had deck companies build and then stain their decks and then re-stain later on. When they choose me, I pressure wash with 1600 psi using Olympic deck cleaner, make any repairs necessary, clean the gaps out between the boards, and apply whatever the customer wants. I only apply by hand, never spray, roller brush the product onto one board at a time and then using a deck brush on a pole, brush the entire board to smooth the coating. My customers call be back every three years to do the same thing again. I suggest to them in between times, to regularly wash off the deck (which most don't) to maintain it's appearance. My customers and I all live in Michigan so you know the weather the decks receive. I would suggest proper surface prep is most important, second would be the application of the product, and third would be the product. Any product re-applied as necessary will darken the deck, I suggest to my customers without ever staining to start with the lightest shade they like and continue using the same color and product for the life of the deck. My own deck is 23 years old, never needed a repair, gets hosed off about every other week in the summer and shoveled in the winter using the snow thrower. Every third year it gets a new coat of CWF UV Cedar after the above mentioned prep. More problems arise from poor prep and application than anything else. The quality of workmanship is key be it yourself or any contractor. I currently have over 50 customers with decks I have done without one issue. Some live in mobile homes, some have homes valued @ 3.1 million, they all get the same treatment and all have the same results, or I would not have repeat customers be it every three years. I wish you success with your deck

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RE: Best solution to fix up old deck. (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: greenearthrecovery on 05.31.2010 at 10:46 am in Porches & Decks Forum

MusicalMom,

No need for the primer. Also, never let Behr touch your deck... I fix more of these jobs avery day!

Rent a pressure washer and wash the deck down using your white tip they give you. Don't get to close to the surface because you will damage the wood. All you want to do is remove the dirt, grime and UV damaged wood. Let it dry for 48-72 hours and then go to a local Pittsburgh Paints store and ask them for a deck stain or paint that suites your fancy and then have them add 1/2 quart (per gallon) of their "bonding agent" made by "Flood" to your product. I normally tell people to stay far way from the solid stains but they have one that goes on like paint but it is actually considered a stain and with the Flood product, your deck will look great for the 4 years you want to extend it.

Do not use the Behr.. it is a water based stain that DOES NOT hold up!!!!

In general, water-based stains are no different from painting a surface. The water evaporates and the colorant sit on top of the deck material. This is one cause of peeling. Oil-based stains use just that (a penetrating oil that is drawn into the wood and it pulls the colorant in with it. They actually dye the wood grain.

The reason I suggested the water-based for you is that your are intending to tear the deck down soon anyway.

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RE: How do you decorate around a big TV on a console? (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: jjam on 12.07.2010 at 09:13 am in Home Decorating Forum

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The wall is 12 ft. long. We repurposed my mom's old henredon buffet, and it's been great. (Yikes, time for a new plant...that one is reminding me of The Little Shop of Horrors!)


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RE: Show me your TV in the corner (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: jillinnj on 02.18.2011 at 08:24 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Not sure if this is what you are looking for, but this is my family room:

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My first slipcover for an upholstered piece

posted by: bestyears on 03.24.2011 at 09:59 pm in Home Decorating Forum

....and I'm here to tell you that it is easier than you think!

The first picture is a slipcover I made from a creamy colored canvas I bought from a home dec store for $5/yard. I got inspired by a few blogs like bibbidi bobbidi, pink polka dots, and a few others. There seem to be two basic approaches, one where people just lay the fabric on the piece and pin, cut, sew, tuck, etc. I tried that way initially, but found it a bit intimidating and frustrating. The other way is to create pattern pieces for each section of the chair, and that way worked better for me. I started out using brown shipping paper for the pattern pieces, but suddenly realized bubblewrap would probably work better (and it did), so that's what I ended up doing. Much more doable than I thought it would be. The second picture is an ottoman that I just started on. Of course, that will be easier than the chair. And then I'm going to start on the sofa....which I'm feeling much more confident about now than I've done a chair!
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RE: My first slipcover for an upholstered piece (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: bestyears on 03.25.2011 at 11:40 am in Home Decorating Forum

megpie,
The pleated skirt is not at all difficult. Here's how you do it: Cut the piece of fabric the total length you want plus an extra 4-6 inches. Cut the width of the fabric the size of the skirt plus 1 1/2 inches. Here's one big time-saver: First thing you do is hem the piece!!! I fold up 1/2 inch, press, then fold that up 1/2 inch, press and stitch. Okay, now for the pleats. Mine are about 4 inches from the knife edge of one pleat to the knife edge of the next. Just lay your piece of fabric out on the ironing board, start a few inches in from the right edge, and fold a pleat so that it is 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch deep (the part folded under). Press. Now move down the fabric, about 4 1/2" from that pressed crease. Grab a 1/2" section, fold and press again. Repeat until you reach the end. It takes time, but it is not difficult. And voila that's it! I machine-basted through all my pleats, at about the halfway mark, the whole length, just to keep the pleats in shape while I messed with everything. I stitched the pleated skirt to the seat in a 1/2 inch seam, and zigzagged the seam edge afterwards.

If I were you, I'd start with the dining chairs. That's what I did a few months ago, and took some lessons from that to this chair. I posted about that project too, but just looked for it and couldn't find it -sorry! But email me if you want, and I'll send you pictures.


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RE: fireplace update picture story... almost done (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: wendyb on 07.07.2010 at 07:58 pm in Home Decorating Forum

thanks for the compliments. Re hearth...hmmm... 2 no's, 1 yes, 1 maybe. So far the no's have it!

Polly, it wasn't very hard. I first cleaned them up a bit...stiff brush and heavy duty lint roller (sticky tape kind). THen I primed them completely with Benjamin Moore All-Purpose primer. Then I painted with a base coat of some leftover white ceiling paint (because it is flat). I added some cream to it just to see what that looked like overall and to act as a base color for the faux. Then I painted in some grout lines. Got this:

Then I didn't like that as a base color, so I tried something more gold-ish, but it ended up too orangey:

But it didn't matter. The best thing about doing faux treatments is that there is no way to make a mistake. Because you just add layers and layers, anything goes. And for a small area, it was no biggie to keep having do-overs. The more layers, the better.

At this point I was mixing translucent glaze and ceiling paint and colored acrylic craft colors and a little water to just invent my own 5 "antique" colors based on the inspiration photo from the catalog. Brick by brick I just dabbed and re-dabbed and wiped off and wiped on over and over. I used rags and sea sponges and brushes. Doesn't matter too much. I just added lots of layers to each brick until it looked decent, trying to create a consistent randomness!

I kept trying to clean off the grout lines as I went, but they did get a bit blurred as I proceeded. I may go back and touch them up a little to define them a little more.

When I was all done, I brushed on a non-yellowing matte poly over it all, not so much for a sheen, but just to add a little more protection and allow cleaning in the future.


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RE: Sectionals. Love them? Hate them? Why? (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: colorblind1961 on 01.27.2011 at 01:12 pm in Home Decorating Forum

For me, sofas say formal...like to put in a front living room. Sectionals on the other hand say cozy, and informal...perfect for family rooms. I've always had sectionals in our FR where most of our living is done - kids, dogs, cats...etc.
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RE: Show me your tv wall. (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: srg215 on 02.14.2011 at 01:24 pm in Home Decorating Forum

i know people hate the big TV as a focal point, but we are who we are and this is the room we do everything in.

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RE: Show me your tv wall. (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: justgotabme on 02.14.2011 at 01:53 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Oh wow srg, the surround is finished. It looks gorgeous!

Our TV wall is just in the planning stages, but I do have a drawing I can share.
It will be wired so the TV can go on either side with the top inner shelf being removable.
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Begonia propagation for newbies

posted by: Mari11 on 10.31.2005 at 10:10 pm in Begonia Forum

I saw questions from newbies on how to propagate begonias by leaf cuttings. I am not very much experienced on growing begonias, but I've done leaf propagations many times and love it.
There are pictures step-by-step on propagation of rex begonia:

1)Choose a healthy mature leaf (I use sometimes young leaves also)
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2) Cut the edges

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3)Make 2-3 wedge-shaped cuttings

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4)Plant them in the mix of peat moss and perlite 1:1 in little pots, water and tent them for a few weeks

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5) There are new plants grown on leaf cuttings planted on Sept,29

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Rex begonias are very easy to propagate this way. Other rhizomatous begonias can be propagated by whole leaf, it may take up to 2 month until new plants show up.
While under cover they need very seldom watering, but check to avoid drying.
After babies are formed you can take off cover.Water sparingly.

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Finally love my diningroom! Thanks for advice -before/after PICS!

posted by: haley_comet on 03.18.2010 at 12:28 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Been in my home 2.75 years and have painted my diningroom 4 times!

Finally love the color. Thanks everyone for the advice and Lukkiirish for your photoshopping.

I went with a color that I had read alot about online called CARAWAY from Behr and I absolutely love it. It is the greatest green and this color is a real keeper.

I also painted a section of my tray ceiling a light cream to add some contrast and highlight the ceilings. New curtains, moved some stuff around and fixed my family wall layout.

Please ignore the burnt out light bulb...totally missed that!

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I PROMISE - no more "what color should I paint my diningroom?" posts for a very long time... heheh

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RE: Favorite bedroom colors (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: msrose on 01.16.2010 at 10:30 am in Home Decorating Forum

lukkiirish - Do you have a picture of your room? That sounds like a beautiful color.

My room isn't painted yet, but I'm planning to paint it BM Sandy Hook gray like in this picture.

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RE: Help me sprucen up my screened-in porch (cheaply) (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: oceanna on 07.22.2009 at 08:52 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I think a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are some lovely summer pictures to inspire you, and hopefully give you some good ideas of what you might do with things you already have, or CL finds and a little elbow grease...

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Here's what you can do with your floor right now...
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See anything there that makes your heart go pitty-pat?

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Christmas Wine Tasting

posted by: dining_delight on 12.02.2008 at 12:30 am in Holiday Forum

I have missed being on this forum so much these past few weeks while getting ready for our wine tasting last weekend. It was a big job because I had decided to have the house totally decorated for Christmas for it. Unfortunately, I was in such a last minute rush when taking the pics before the guests arrived, most of them are not too good but thought I'd share anyway. Pour yourself a glass of wine and pretend you are here visiting with me while I walk you through it!

The first wine tasting station was near the front door. Here, we greeted guests giving them a wine glass with an individual charm on it and a note card to record which wines they liked or disliked. Although not well seen, the first wine was set here as well, it was called "Dirty Laundry", a white wine produced in Summerland, B.C.

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I made wine tasting note cards for guests to record whether they liked or disliked the wine. We had chosen wines with unusual names as the ones we started with. Guests brought a bottle of wine that they wanted to try as well and lines were left blank for those ones to be added.

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In lieu of host/hostess gifts for our wine tasting, we asked that guests bring a donation towards Operation Christmas Child/Samaritan's Purse, a charity we support.

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At this station, we had a blush wine called "Red Guitar" (Spain) and a white wine called "Goats Do Roam" (California). An assortment of different cheeses and crackers were served at this station with more snacks and hot appies put out later. I happened upon the sign at a local store one day after setting up for our wine tasting event, and just HAD to get it!

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I typed up cards displaying what was written on the back of each wine bottle as quite a few of them were humourous and if the guests didn't bring their eyeglasses, they wouldn't have been able to read them! (blurry pic unfortunately!)

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This Truck Stop wine station was set up on the kitchen island and was so named as we had a red wine called "Red Truck" and a white wine called "White Truck", both from California, ready for tasting. Off to the side of the island, you see a wooden logging truck my Dad made for our son when he was little, it fit our theme for this station very well.

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This wine tasting station was given a "frosty" look as it displayed the dessert wines and ice wine which went well with the many dessert squares my Mom generously made for our party.

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This station was set up near the front windows of our house. The red wine we placed here was called "Gnarly Head" a product of California. Once the wine tasting party was underway, hot appetizers were passed around and then left at each of the different stations (not shown in picture).

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We had 20 guests and had such a fun time! It was certainly not any "official" wine tasting but rather just a relaxed evening with friends. The note cards I made up ended up being hilarious as everyone was saying they had to "get their homework done" and "there's going to be a test" as well, some people wrote some very witty remarks that matched the names of the wine. Wonder if this will become an annual event at our house now....?

Now, I'm off to catch up on all your great posts/pics - so many at this time of year! I hope to post some pics of my Christmas decor later too. (one good thing, I'm ALL decorated now!)

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RE: New Member - Where do I start? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: pvick on 06.25.2007 at 11:37 pm in Balcony Gardening Forum

Hi Nancy, and welcome!

Where to begin? Get a few pots and fill 'em up with plants that you like! LOL!

OK, seriously - a lot depends on whether you want perennials or annuals (or both). There are sooo many choices!

Personally, when I first started, petunias and marigolds were my flowers of choice. After hanging around here for a while, my world opened up tremendously and now I try to grow everything I see.

For starters, before everyone else starts checking in (we are great enablers here), take a look at the link below - you're certain to get some ideas.

Rather large terrace, huh? Oh boy! We'll help you fill in up in no time!

PV

Here is a link that might be useful: Container pics

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As Promised ~Directions to Make a Bolster Pillow

posted by: cliff_and_joann on 10.22.2007 at 12:43 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Ok Kids, as promised I made a bolster pillow this morning
and took photos along the way..

One: I cut the fabric about 18" x18" and folded it in half
(inside out)and pinned it.

Two: Sew down both sides and along back, leaving an opening for stuffing in the middle of the back.

Three: stuff pillow a lot and pin opening shut. Do not sew opening yet, that is the last thing you do.

Four: take back pins out and pull stuffing back from the four corners, so that they can be folded over flat.

Note: See the left side, I pulled out a little stuffing out,
to show you where the back seam is.

I'll be back with the final photos.

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frenchkitty's finished kitchen

posted by: frenchkitty on 11.29.2006 at 06:09 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi All! I have had a busy couple of years trying to build a house and live through hurricane Katrina at the same time. I have been a lurker for a long time but life has finally calmed down enough, and I became a member recently. I have had several people asking to see my whole kitchen, so here it goes....there was a LOT of blood sweat and tears from DH and myself and our 2 kids. I know you all can relate to that! We did almost everything ourselves that we could do including paint, flooring, trim, etc. Still need to finish that darned curtain for that big expanse of windows to match the other one! Hope you like it!
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RE: Arranging Family Photos on Wall (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: lindybarts on 06.22.2007 at 12:01 pm in Home Decorating Forum

This isn't mine but we saw it at our Annual Street of Dreams last year and plan to copy it when our house is finished. I love all black and whites.

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RE: What colors for the exterior of my house? (pic) (Follow-Up #23)

posted by: lindybarts on 03.21.2007 at 06:09 pm in Home Decorating Forum

emb7, I'm using Benjamin Moore's Color Viewer. You can download it for $9.99 or sometimes you find it free inside decorating magazines. You can color in your own digital photos with any BM paint color. The only problem I found is that it's not completely true to color. So, you could fall in love with a color on the monitor and then when you go pick out the paint, it looks different. It does give you a good idea what color range looks nice. ie; something in the beige family etc.

Here's another color that looked nice with the black accents. I also added a few shutters. I think it looks okay with just two windows with shutters. What do you think Margaritalady?

Valley Forge Tan:

With Black Shutters (this is my favorite combo so far)

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Some kitchen shots from my new kitchen

posted by: hddana on 11.24.2006 at 01:42 pm in Kitchens Forum

Use the link below to get an idea of our new kitchen. Great attention to budget (as usual for us) so I would guess we came in under 15K inlcuding the new dining furniture.

I forgot to shoot the pantry wall; we have an eight-foot section of framed doors like the cabinets fronting a built-in closet of shelving. We still have a couple pieces of trim to install.

Still thinking about window treatments and need some art. Hope to get the Amish hutch next Christmas and one or two nice cherry stools for the island overhang.

Cabinets: Qualitycabinets.com from Parrish in Austin, our design and self-installed
Counters: Zodiaq Cygnus Pearl (used our 10% moving coupon)
Island: Tropical Green granite from remnant yard
Appliances, sink, faucet, nothing special
Flooring: Kahrs Amber Ash, ordered online, self-installed
Backsplash: Interceramic Hearthstone Ash with Traditions borders (sorry Bill V, couldn't get DH to diagonal those tiles)

Noteables: DH built the hood since we don't like Quality's hood; low microwave cabinet for short cook; bookcases on island we're enjoying having cookbooks at hand.

Wish we had....the room to add another section by the microwave shelf, it's a little tight prepping there.

Here is a link that might be useful: New kitchen almost done

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RE: accessorizing (Follow-Up #22)

posted by: judithva on 12.13.2006 at 10:56 am in Home Decorating Forum

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Tablesettings

posted by: judithva on 12.13.2006 at 11:22 am in Holiday Forum

It was suggested to start a new post for tablesettings, so here goes.

A different version of my stacking cake plates, I scored these at Marshalls a few months ago.

This is from last night puttering around, it is NOT (LOL) finished, you all get a preview. LOL

I tend to post alot of close-ups, do you all like that or does it annoy you? I like close-ups because I am a detail person, I like seeing people's arrangements up close so I can "see" what they have used, so that is why I do it here, but I won't do it if you all don't like so many pics.

With that said here are some:

Remember this is not finished you can see some of the "other settings" in the photo. I was starting to get tired, I will finish tonight.

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RE: sweet potato vine (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: W Rowland - 5/6 NY (Guest) on 01.21.2001 at 08:51 am in Companion Plants Forum

I saw a tub planting at a local nursery this fall that really got me interested in these. It was a combo of marguerite (lime green sweet potato) with a very hot pink dianthus (probably Ideal Violet) and purple angelonia. The angelonia is a tender perennial from Mexico with tall spikes of small orchid like flowers. It was still blooming into November in New York. It was stunning and beats all hell out of those nauseating crysanthemums everywhere.

I'd add some strong colored gomphrena like strawberry fields if I couldn't find a really hot pink dianthus.

I have a feeling that I'm going to be fascinated by this combo for some time.

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RE: Crop vs. decorative container? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: Robin Clarke - 6 Boston (Guest) on 07.29.2000 at 01:04 pm in Companion Plants Forum

I thought your post was intended for suggestions on what looks good with a decorative planting of sweet potato vine, but since you didnt say what color this one was, I guess you are growing them for food. The whole point of my post is: I am growing a chartreuse colored sw. pot. vine with a blue Scaevola, and it is magnificent! It is vivid and colorful, and can really take the heat, sun and drought of living in a window box. Try it, you'll like it.

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RE: directions (Follow-Up #22)

posted by: judithva on 10.31.2006 at 08:51 am in Holiday Forum

OK, here are the pictures I took last night. Please excuse the poor quality of the pictures, I wish I had taken these in natural daylight, the colors would be more "correct".

To put the cake plates together it only took me 5 minutes, taking the pictures took me 4 hours LOL, I MUST FIND MY GOOD TRIPOD!

These look so much prettier in "real-life", the flash just washes out the colors, and taking pic at night with availiable light throws off the colors too, it is best to take pictures in "natural day light"

This is where I tell my dog Toby, he has to go "nite, nite" (he was not happy) so I can put the cake plates together because.......
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when I put the sheet down on the floor to be able to display the items he would have thought it was "playtime" !!!

Here some of the items I used step one:
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Step one: stack the cake plates
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add the "sundae cup"/ice cream cup
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Picture of some items added to plates, excuse the blurrieness, I was trying to use available light, and was not using a tripod
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Items on plates
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Closeup of fairy (got at Tjmax, Marshalls (christmas ornament)but because of the colors I can use for Fall look
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Close up of christmas ornament bird, got these at Walmart, I have seen them at Kmart too, and other stores.
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Used my halogen spot-light for more lighting.
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As you can see, it is super easy to do this, just pick a "theme" and color choice, your imagination and you're ready to go.

Hope this helps.

Judy

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RE: Red and gold (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: judithva on 10.25.2006 at 02:28 pm in Holiday Forum

Here is another look with the cake plates as a centerpiece on my dining table a few years ago.

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RE: Clorox bleach pen; Mr. Clean eraser-revisited (Follow-Up #27)

posted by: Wild_Chicken on 02.17.2004 at 01:09 pm in Cleaning Tips Forum

I just used the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser on my glass shower walls this morning. I poured 1 cup of white vinegar in a glass measuring cup and heated it for about 1-1/2 minutes. Then I dipped the magic eraser in it and went to work on my soap-acummed glass walls.

BEAUTIFUL RESULTS!!!!!!!! Theglasss is shiny, gorgeous, and looks like new!

PS: The magic erasers are available on DrugStore.com if you can't find them locally.

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RE: shower doors nightmare (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: kelra59 on 09.18.2006 at 12:15 pm in Cleaning Tips Forum

vacuumfreak -- you'll love how easy this solution is! Sounds like the shower door is clean since you seem to have used everything under the sun to scrub it. Now, just use a papertowel, or soft cloth, and wipe on a thin coat of lemon oil. Same bottle of stuff you would use on wood furniture. It's magic -- the shower door will sparkle.

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RE: Christmas! Please post your pictures (Follow-Up #72)

posted by: angelcub on 10.20.2006 at 02:16 pm in Home Decorating Forum

All your decorations are lovely. They are putting me in the spirit even though I still have a few fall decorations to set out. I actually like decorating for fall more than xmas so I'm going to do a garden theme that will go through all the holidays. I'd rather decorate early and add to things as the season goes on, than decorate a few weeks before just to take it all down not long after.

Here are some of mine - just a simple cottage with a variety of old and new decorations. The quilts were made in America, by me. : )

Here is a link that might be useful: hoilday decorations

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RE: Christmas! Please post your pictures (Follow-Up #21)

posted by: judithva on 10.19.2006 at 07:50 am in Home Decorating Forum

kat,

I like looking for inspiration ahead of time for Christmas decorating too, I need extra time to be able to prepare for the decorating that I do, plus with things being out early I can afford to spend some money on decorations each month rather than having to lay it all out in Dec. Plus, as the saying goes "the early shopper/bird gets the worm", often by the time Dec comes around alot of the really nice ornaments are already gone! At least in the area I live, if you want to avoid looking at the early Xmas stuff you can just avoid the section it is in (which is usually in an out of the way spot any way)
With that said here are a few shots of last years stuff.

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Cattknapp, as usual your home and decorations are beautiful.
Mitchdesj, that is a pretty topairy tree, I love the figurines surrounding it.
Natesgramma, the moose theme is very cute and I love the art above it!
Lots of good ideas.

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RE: Christmas! Please post your pictures (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: cattknap on 10.18.2006 at 11:22 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Here you go - these are pictures from the last couple of Christmases

Here is a link that might be useful: Christmas 2004 & 5

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RE: Overwintering Caladiums (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: EGO45 on 10.01.2005 at 12:23 pm in Bulbs Forum

If you pot them up now, bring indoor, water once and withold the water after that, they'll go into dormancy within a month or so. Start watering them with 1/2 strenghts Miracle-gro around Christmas and within 50-60 days you'll have this:

Alternatively, you may continue to water them (sparingly) and they will grow for you indoor whole winter, but in February-March you have to stop watering completely, let them go dormant for a month and start watering again. In this case by May they'll be ready for outdoor living.
Keep in mind that once soil temperature drop below 48-50F tubers will be killed instantly, so if yours growing in ground, it's about time to do something with them.

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RE: Overwintering caladiums? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: kdjoergensen on 11.20.2002 at 09:27 pm in Foliage Plants Forum

Keep them in the basement. Especially caladium do not like it too cold. The optimum storage temperatures are about 60 deg F, but slightly warmer is ok, too. Just keep them dry.

Many other tubers (begonias, dahlias, etc) prefer cooler temperatures, but no so with caladiums.

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RE: Storing Dahlia Tubers the Old Fashion Way (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: jroot on 10.01.2006 at 09:31 pm in Dahlia Forum

An 8 foot dahlia? Now that I would like to see.

I can't help you with the "old fashioned" way. I have lost too many dahlias doing that in the past. I don't use the saran wrap method either. Rather, I clean the tubers up, wash them well, let them dry a little, dust with bulb dust, wrap in recycled plastic grocery bags ( with labels of the dahlias), put the bags of tubers into a cardboard box, and store that in my "rooting cellar". It works for me, with minimal work, recycle the plastic bags that gather in my home from all the grocery shopping, and I have great success keeping them.

I have found that storing the tubers in earth, the earth dries out the tubers too much, and I have less success than the way I have developed. I have also found that storing them in saw dust starts mold. Storing them in peat moss, I find dries them out too much.

Good luck with what ever method you choose. Dahlias are too pretty to lose.

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RE: Help! Do I have to wait for a frost to dig up tubers? (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: poochella on 10.08.2006 at 04:53 pm in Dahlia Forum

6 days is a tad long to let them dry I think. Or are you storing them with dirt on- the old fashioned way? I cut the stalks down, wait a day or two, then dig, wash, label, divide, and let dry overnight, (2 days maxium) before wrapping or storing.

If you had trouble seeing eyes, cut them down and leave them in the ground longer, just protect the open hollow stalk from rain/snow. That won't hurt anything and might help you out spotting likely eyes. I had one clump sadly broken off by a toppling neighbor dahlia. There wasn't even any stalk visible. I left it a couple weeks and dug up the little clump- there were already several 1" shoots formed, ready to go to town.
here's the photo of it:
The skinny tuber to the right has a light eye ringed in blue ink. But I cut it off: too skinny to hope for survival. The blue line behind the shoots is where I trimmed off the good main tuber with shoots. All shoots were broken off in this process but they'll be back.

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RE: Best way to root sweet potato vine? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: josh on 09.30.2006 at 05:16 pm in Annuals Forum

I've rooted 'Blackie' and 'Marguerite' (the chartreuse one) in water and in soil, and carried over winter in whichever medium I started with. Just place near window or actually on windowsill here is fine...doesn't get too cold here even if leaves touch window. They occasionally get a yellow leaf or two...I just remove.

Crocosmia, thank you for that info re not using tip cuttings...interesting as the tip cuttings work so well on all types of vines plus other plants. In fact I have Manettia inflata and Dolichos lablab tip-cuttings in water in kitchen window, continuing to produce blooms and in the case of the lablab, tiny purple pods. I've still got lots of Marguerite outside so I'm going to try a few experiments...lol...will report back...stay tuned.

I might mention too that I prefer 8 to 12-inch cuttings in water. In fact I usually just make a nice arrangement of some of my larger Coleus and add the sweet potato vines. All usually root with no problem. I'm wondering now if the longer cutting with sturdier stem helps in rooting..those tips are so wimpy sometimes.

Eldo, actually I find the advantage of rooting in water is that I can save far more tender plants over winter...Coleus and Alternanthea and Cordyline or Ti (the so-called 'spike plant' in red or green)...plus Croton and the tender Hibiscus 'Jungle Red', etc. So-o-o much easier to keep bottle/jar topped with water than carrying over in pots. BUT ...and here's the key: in spring I just take cuttings of the tops of the water-rooted plants, and start those cuttings in soil. I throw away the mass of "water-roots". To be honest, I started this when I found it impossible to get the water-roots out of tall thin bottles so now I just cut off the plant top and throw bottles away...LOL


The variegated type was glacially slow-growing for me and also the leaves curled in a strange way...maybe some sort of disease? I tossed it. Anyway, I've noticed the few I've since seen for sale don't look too healthy. Maybe there are several variegated selections and I've just had bad luck. I've seen another black one, with heart or spade shaped leaves, and one with bronze leaves somewhere on line.

Didn't mean to run on so...just feeling good because I finally got all my tropical houseplants in for the winter and found space for them again...of course now we can't see out of windows...LOL josh

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Homemaker's Landscaping Virtuals (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: squirrelheaven on 10.10.2006 at 07:08 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Homemaker's profile says what software she uses, etc.

Custom LandDesigner by Sierra $9.99 !

Here is a link that might be useful: Homemaker's Profile

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RE: Fall and/or Halloween decor (Follow-Up #35)

posted by: keriwest on 10.04.2006 at 07:50 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Thanks so much everyone! I have been reading this forum for a few months now and am just inspired by you all. With all of the beautiful pictures you post here and a little validation from my decorator friend, I am getting a little more confident in my taste! heehee I just appreciate all of your kind words when I put myself out there with a picture.

I looked at the link that Lauren posted and it's pretty close to what I did. I didn't mess with the concrete though....I'm not quite that industrious!

Here's a quick rundown on the topiaries I made.

Get three hollow, carvable pumpkins in different sizes....small, medium and large. Use a pot that is bigger than the largest pumpkin.

I filled the pot about halfway with rocks to weight it down and then put a wooden dowel rod (about 3/4") down into the rocks. Add lots of hot glue to secure the rod. Fill the rest of the pot with floral foam--make it pretty tight.....add more hot glue!

Cut the stems off of the large and medium pumpkins. Shove the large pumpkin down to the floral foam. Then you need some sort of spacer so your pumpkins won't get lost in the decorations. I used small (5") twig wreaths that I found in the floral dept. Set one down onto the first pumpkin.....secure with lots of hot glue! Then set the medium pumpkin onto the wreath....more hot glue. Add another wreath thingie and then the small pumpkin should fit right onto the top--don't cut that stem! Once you've hot glued everything, it should feel pretty secure.

Then just decorate as you wish. I used Fall leaf garlands and berry garlands and then added some Fall piks.

I've seen them done several different ways and they all look beautiful. Several people have used real pumpkins, but I like the fact that I'll be able to use these for many years to come.

Thanks again ladies!

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