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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Better walls. (Photo Credits)

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.”

Take a look at the photos here.

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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”

Look at the pictures here.

Are your home walls boring?

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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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Beautiful Hungarian Home Furnaces

Oven stoves are greener, more efficient, healthier, safer and cosier than all modern heating systems. Why are they gone and how do we get them back?

An oven stove is a very efficient and robust oven that radiates heat all day. In the US it was introduced only 20 years ago, but in Europe the technology is almost one thousand years old. Especially in Russia, Scandinavia and Central Europe the oven stove has a long and rich tradition.

 

In the 18th century, several European governments financed research to improve the technology, as a way to overcome an acute shortage of firewood: ecotech before the term existed. However, its further development and distribution was thwarted by the arrival of coal, gas and oil. Oven stoves are large, heavy and slow, but they offer so many advantages that they – again – deserve to be subsidized by the government.

 

Most people think that the metal stove was the successor of the campfire and the fireplace, and if you only look at the US, that is true. In the New World, there was never a shortage of firewood and therefore no incentive to improve the inefficient fireplace. But in Europe and Northern-Asia, there was an important and succesful link between the fireplace and the metal stove.

 

 

It is known as the Russian, Austrian, Finnish, Swedish or German stove, or as “kakelugn” (in Sweden), “pechka” (in Russia), “kachelöfen” or “steinöfen” (in Germany and Austria), and as “tulikivi” (in Finland).

 

More general terms are tile oven, brick oven, ceramic stove, tiled stove, soapstone heater or masonry heater. The technology is more closely related to a traditional oven than to a metal stove – therefore the German term “kachelöfen” (oven stove) describes it best as an umbrella term.

With Just a Few Supplies, Make This DIY Doily Lantern For Your Home

You might think of doilies are old fashioned and outdated but they can be quite decorative and romantic when you use them with a modern twist- like this one. Lamps are one of my favorite home pieces and what better way to highlight those unique lace patterns in a lamp! Let’s make Doily Lanterns!

For this DIY, you will need doilies, a balloon, petroleum jelly, Elmer’s glue, water, flour, and a light kit. You will also need the following tools a mixing bowl, paint brush, mixing spoon, measuring spoon, straight pin, and scissors.

Sarah from Socraftastic starts off by blowing up the balloon and securing it. After she adds a thin layer of petroleum jelly to the balloon to ensure the doily does not stick, and sets it aside. Next in a bowl, she mixes Elmer’s glue, 1 tablespoon of flour, and two tablespoons of water.

She then places the doily on the top of the balloon centering it in the middle. She applies a layer of the glue mixture to the doily. She continues adding more doilies painting them on until the entire balloon is covered. She then allows the balloon to dry thoroughly.

Amazingly, she pops the balloon and the doilies stay in place. She inserts the light bulb and flips the switch.

I am truly amazed by this craft. Isn’t it gorgeous?

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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!”

See the photos here.

Do you have a sidewalk story?

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