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Posted on | April 29, 2009 | 12 Comments I love this garden idea! Great for tip for urban living. Attach gutters to the back of a house/building or to a fence. (discovered via Make via lots of other blogs that lead to Related Post:diy: Colorful Tomato Cagesdiy: Cement Flower PlantersWood Slice WalkwayWillow Edging & LavenderMore Garden Inspiration Comments

Fairyland May 14, 2010 A happy Home Tour Friday to you! Before we begin today, I need you to SIT DOWN and take several deep breaths. Because this is incredible. Friends, Kidtropolis has done it again. Somewhere in Mississippi, there is a VERY lucky little girl who gets to sleep here every night: Shall I send the paramedics – did you just faint? Here’s another look at the gorgeousness. This room took 4 months to create and 5 14-hour-long days to install. I can see why! This tree is the perfect touch. With stones on the floor and mushrooms scattered about, this really is a fairy’s home. Can you stand it?? Parker,you lucky little adorable. These “tattered” curtains are just perfect, in my opinion. Now we’ll take a closer look at the details… Mossy flowers and grass, A pinch-me-too-cute bookcase, Petal lights (!) And this door that can be half-open. The details are just remarkable to me. The motif even continues into her bathroom… I know, I know… A merry weekend to you all! Share this post You might like...

Lemon Blueberry Bread Recipe With Picture Lemon Blueberry Bread Recipe: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and place the oven rack in the center of the oven. Butter (or spray with a non stick vegetable spray) the bottom and sides of a loaf pan (9 x 5 x 3 inch) (23 x 13 x 8 cm). In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest. Remove 1 tablespoon of the flour mixture. Place the blueberries in a separate bowl and toss the berries with the 1 tablespoon flour (this will help prevent the blueberries from sinking to the bottom of the pan during baking.) In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter until softened (about 1 minute). Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 55 to 65 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Lemon Glaze: In a small microwaveable bowl, stir the sugar with the lemon juice. When the bread is done, remove from oven and place on a wire rack. Makes 1 loaf.

Do-it-Yourself DIY String Wedding Lanterns Yarn Chandeliers Jessica of Wednesday Inc shows us how to make those gorgeous twine chandeliers from the inspiration shoot she shared with us this morning. Using balloons, glue and twine, you can also make these lanterns for your wedding – and then bring it home and use it as your very own mid century lampshade. What you will need are: balloons, glue, yarn, tray for glue, corn starch 1/2 cup of Corn starch, 1/4 cup of Warm water, clear fast drying spray paint, hanging lamp cord or fishing line (depending on your desired final product), and a lighting kit if you’re looking for a fully functional lantern. Are you getting excited to try to do this at home as much I am? Instructions: 1.

c h o o k o o l o o n k s - blog - heaven: chocolate chocolate chip cake I took a break today to have a quick slice of Marcus' birthday cake. Sweet mother of Gumby, how I love this cake. I found this recipe when I was searching for a good chocolate cake to make for Alex's first birthday, and it has now become tradition for me to make this cake for each of our birthdays. 1 18.25-oz package chocolate cake mix (I tend to find cake mixes with the words "triple" and "fudge" and "supermoist" on the box work best) 1 3.9-oz package instant chocolate pudding mix 1 cup vegetable oil 4 eggs 1/2 cup hot water 1 cup sour cream 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (I like the Ghirardelli ones) 1. 2. 3. And then, for the glaze, I do this: 4 oz semi-sweet dark chocolate (again, I like Ghirardelli's) 3 tbsp butter 1 tbsp milk 1 tbsp light corn syrup 1/4 tsp vanilla In small, heavy saucepan or microwave oven on medium, melt broken chocolate with butter. Dude, you are welcome.

DIY Decor: Removable Decorative Vinyl Wall Stickers Wall stickers are not the first thing people think of for decorating a living, dining or bedroom space. However, these are not just designed for kids these days – there are also simple, modern and minimalist wall sticker designs that work well even in elegant spaces as well as playful patterns that work for retro and vintage spaces. Artstick produces a wide range of stickers that are not only ideal for livening up spaces but also for providing simple visual interest on otherwise unadorned wall surfaces. Faux cityscapes provide a lighthearted backdrop for colorful living rooms and fake windows give a sense of extended space. At the other end of the spectrum are colorful retro designs that approximate the silhouettes of classically shaped furniture and furnishing objects, from chandeliers and grandfather clocks to candlestick holders and decorative picture frames and blues, whites, browns and golds.

bethany actually » Blog Archive » yummy (and healthy!) roasted chickpea snacks In our house we love savory snacky foods. And since I’ve given up sweets for Lent this year I have found myself eating more crackers and chips and nuts than usual. That’s why when I saw Catherine Newman‘s recipe for roasted chickpea snacks I knew right away that I had to try them. A crunchy salty snack that’s high in protein and fiber and very low in fat? Sign me up! Annalie thought they sounded good too, so we headed down to the kitchen. First we opened a can of chickpeas (I had to help with our recalcitrant can opener) and poured them into a mesh strainer over the sink. Ah, that’s better. The next step was to spread the chickpeas out to dry. Finally that was done. She couldn’t resist snitching a few to eat. We left the chickpeas to dry for a few minutes while we measured a tablespoon of olive oil into a saucepan. Annalie doesn’t much care for curry powder, which is what the recipe I was working from called for. After I turned off the heat, we added the chickpeas to the pot.

How to make gift bags from newspaper When I bought something at a store recently, the clerk handed me my purchase in a bag made from a newspaper. I liked it very much and had to make some more—thus today's DIY recycled newspaper project: gift bags made from the Wall Street Journal. You can vary the dimensions, of course, but here's what I used to create a bag that's 5" tall, 4.5" wide, and 3" deep. Stack two sheets of newspaper on top of each other. Cut out a rectangle that's 15.5" wide and 8.25" tall. Fold a flap 1.25" down from the top. Cut two pieces of cardstock or chipboard to 4.25" x 1", then glue them on the widest two panels just under the top fold. Put glue on the outside of the 0.5" tab and bring the left-most panel over to form the body of the bag, aligning the cut edge of the panel with the folded edge of the flap. Upend the bag so the 2" flap is now up. Put glue on both flaps and fold them inward to form the bottom of the bag.

Red Bull Has Competition From Anti-Energy Drink Company Slow Cow! Energy drinks might be all the rage, but not everyone wants an instant pick me up; or rather, there are just some people that shouldn't have one. With this in mind, a new company has created the anti-energy drink to help tone down the hyperactive. Slow Cow is the exact opposite of the energy drinks that cause hyperactivity, anxiety and the jitters. The anti-energy drink contains ingredients like theanine, chamomile, valerian, passiflora and other ingredients known for their calming effects. Slow Cow promises to help people destress and relax, while increasing mental awareness at the same time. And yes it's true; the Canadian company is taking a dig at their top energy drink competitor with their creative name! Update: Readers shared a few more relaxing drinks, Extreme Relaxation Drink with melatonin designed to "slow your roll" and Just Chill with Lemongrass extract, Ginseng, Ginkgo Biloba. Via: Springwise and Slow Cow

Paper Flower Key Holder / Mark Montano Difficulty Rating: Beginner Tags If you need a quick 'just because' gift for someone, this is it! It’s simple to make, couldn’t be less expensive and we can all use one. I for one am always losing my keys and this, by far, is the easiest way for me to keep track of them. Here’s how: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Supply List Wire hanger Needle nose pliers with built in wire cutter (most are made like this) Hot glue gun and glue sticks Stapler Book pages Fiskars Scissors and Pinking Shears Krylon Clear CoatSmall piece of cardboard