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Repurposed Objects Can Become Unique Flower Pots And Planter Boxes

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Repurposed Objects Can Become Unique Flower Pots And Planter Boxes

Terra cotta pots, glazed and unglazed flower pots, and wooden flower boxes are tradtionally used in a garden to grow flowers and plants. However, unique and creative flower pots can be created from many other objects as long as they can hold soil and mulch for the roots of your plants and have plenty of drainage. Many recycled household and automotive objects can be repurposed to use as unique flower pots. Here are some other flower pot ideas that you can use in your garden: Fallen Tree – A large tree that has fallen or was cut down can be a very attractive natural container for growing flowers, especially if it has a thick woody bark layer. Place the tree trunk in your yard and secure it at the base with a some large and small rocks so that it does not roll on the ground. With a power handsaw, cut a long slot out of the tree trunk equal to one-quarter of the circumference of the tree trunk and extending the full length of the tree. Saw and chisel out the interior wood from the tree trunk to create a deep container. Drill drainage holes into the tree trunk along the bottom of the slot. Place a layer of rocks in the slot for drainage. Fill the slot with potting soil and plant with herbs and flowers. Plumbing Fixtures – Household plumbing fixtures such as bathtubs, sinks, and toilets can be repurposed as conversation piece flower pots. Use a tile or masonry bit in your electric hand drill to create drainage holes in the bottom of shallow fixtures. Place a layer of rocks in the bottom and fill with potting soil and plants.   Truck and Car Tires – Hang used tires on a fence or outdoor structure with shelf brackets. Drill drainage holes in the side wall of the tire closest to the ground. Line the tire with a layer of small rocks and potting soil. Plant your flower seeds or seedlings in the tires. This is particularly attractive with hanging flowers and vines.   Barbcue Grill – A barbcue grill that is no longer being used can be repurposed as an interesting flower pot. Use a titanium and/or cobalt drill bit to create drainage holes in the bottom of the grill. Place a layer of rocks inside the grill and fill with potting soil and plants. One of the advantages of using a barbcue grill as a flower pot is that is it on wheels and can be moved around as desired.  Bookshelf – A free-standing bookshelf can be used as a flower box with its back on the ground. Drill holes in the back of the bookshelf every 6 to 8 inches for drainage. Line the bookshelf flower box with small and large rocks to facilitate drainage. Fill the bookshelf with potting soil and flowering plants.  Cattle Water Trough – A cattle water trough can be repurposed as an unusual flower box. If desired, you can paint the metal water trough with an oil-based primer and then gloss or semi-gloss acrylic paint for a finished look. Place a layer of rocks on the bottom and fill with potting soil. Plant flower seedlings in the trough flower planter.   There are myriads of objects that can be...

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3 Beautiful Ways To Honor A Deceased Dog

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Beautiful Ways To Honor A Deceased Dog

Your dog is more than just an animal; he is a four-legged, furry member of your family, and a very important member of your family, at that. Sadly, however, as all things do, dogs do pass away. The passing of your dog is certainly a tragic event for your family, but just because he is gone, it doesn’t mean he needs to be forgotten. There are plenty of ways that you can keep your dog’s memory alive. Here’s a look at some wonderfully unique ways to commemorate his life, memory and the huge impact that he had on you and your family. A Beautiful Headstone Mark your dog’s final resting place with a beautiful headstone. Whether you lay your dog to rest in your backyard, under his favorite tree or in a pet cemetery, a headstone is a wonderful way to honor his memory. You can have an elaborate grave marker professionally made from materials like granite or marble and have it engraved with your dog’s name, dates of birth and death and even include graphic symbols of items that highlight his personality. You could also include a sweet epitaph to pay tribute to your dog. Talk to a company like Palmer Bros Granite Co for more help with this. Alternatively, you can create your own grave marker. Using cement and colorful stones, you can craft a beautiful headstone yourself for your pet. You could also inscribe the grave marker by imprinting wording in the cement prior to it drying. A Bronzed Belonging Did your dog have a chew toy or a ball that he loved to play with? Were walks his favorite thing ever? Did he eat his meals with gusto? Consider having whatever material item reminds you the most of your dog bronzed. Once bronzed, the item will remain as-is for a lifetime. You could even have the bronzed item inscribed with his name or a sweet saying, or have it affixed to a plaque. Set the bronzed item out where you can admire it and celebrate beautiful memories of your dog. A Tattoo You will be able to carry your dog’s memory with you forever with a memorial tattoo. There are so many options to choose from for a memorial tattoo for your dog. For example, you could have a photo of your dog tattooed on your leg, an image of his paw print with his name tattooed under it or a tattoo of a paw print with a halo and angel wings. Your dog is an amazingly important part of your life. Any of these suggestions would be a wonderfully beautiful and sweet way to celebrate him upon his...

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Ideas For What You Can Do With Your Tax Return This Year

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Now that you have filed your taxes and are waiting for your tax return to arrive, you feel a combination of relief and excitement. And you begin imagining all of the things that you can do with your tax return money. However, at the same time that you are thinking about putting a down payment on a brand new car, or remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, you wonder in the back of your mind if there is something better or more altruistic that you can do with the money. After all, you consider yourself to be an unselfish and caring person who cares about the well-being of the world and others. So, before you make your final decision on how to spend your tax return, consider some of these alternative altruistic options.  Non-Profit Organizations for Children Around the world and in the United States, there are millions of children who live in undesirable, impoverished conditions. Schoolchildren in The Midwestern United States go to school in subzero temperatures and snow without proper shoes or boots and without winter coats. In this country as well as in others, children go hungry and without necessary medical care and treatment because their parents simply cannot provide for them, no matter how hard they try.  These are harsh realities about the world that many people choose to overlook or ignore. However, there are also many non-profit organizations for children that are attempting to right these injustices in the world. These organizations send aid workers, food, clothing, and assistance out to other countries and to children in this country to give these children a helping hand. You can select the type of non-profit organizations for children that you would like, whether your prefer your money to help local children in your town or neighborhood, children in the United States in general, or children around the world. However, by donating some or all of your tax return to such agencies, you can be sure that your money will be making a major difference in the lives of many children.  Non-Profit No-Kill Shelters Every day millions of animals (mainly dogs and cats) sit in animal shelters scared and alone, in cages waiting to be adopted. And many of these animals were previously abandoned, abused, feral, or in puppy mills or other dangerous breeding environments.  Unfortunately, in standard animal shelters, the animals who are not adopted after a set amount of time (a few months or more) are put down (euthanized). This means that animals who have suffered for most of their lives are then punished further by being put to death.  No-kill shelters on the other hand, will never put animals down no matter if they get adopted or not. They take in animals that were so badly abused in the past that they have permanent injuries, missing limbs, and inabilities to bond with or trust people. These shelters give such animals a safe place to live out their days in comfort and free of the abuse they endured previously. Donating your tax return to such facilities will help to ensure that these humane actions are possible.  Now that you know just a few of the many ways that your tax return can be used to benefit others rather than just yourself, you can better decide what...

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Three Tips To Extend The Life Of Your Books

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Most people have favorite books that they want to keep for years, but books are delicate items. As a result, it is possible for them to sustain damage if they are improperly stored. Sadly, some people may not realize that they are making storage mistakes, but there are three tips that can help you avoid some of the most common causes of book damage.  Invest In A Dehumidifier Humidity is the mortal enemy of paper. In addition to causing ink to run, high moisture levels can cause the paper to start to degrade. Sadly, this is a threat that many book owners overlook, and this can cause these prized possessions to deteriorate after only a couple of years. Fortunately, a dehumidifier can be a great way of protecting your books from this common cause of damage.  Use Book Jackets The covers of your books are the part that are most likely to suffer substantial damage due to wear and tear. Yet, you can mitigate this damage by placing book jackets over the original covers. These jackets are usually made of a thin plastic, and you can opt for either clear or patterned covers for your books.  However, it should be noted that these jackets will offer little protection to the interior of the book, and you will need to take special care when reading the book to prevent damage. For example, a book jacket will not protect your book from damaged binding due to being held incorrectly.  Store The Book Horizontally On A Flat Surface Some people may be under the impression that it is best to store books vertically, but this is not correct. When a book is vertical, it can put a lot of pressure on the adhesive that holds the paper to the binding. As a result, this pressure will gradually pull the pages away, and this will cause them to fall out of the book.  To avoid this type of damage, you should always store your books horizontally. This will prevent the pressure from damaging the binding, and you may find this will extend the life of your books.  Your books contain some of your favorite stories and necessary information. Yet, they are also relatively expensive items, and it is important to follow good storage guidelines to keep them from suffering needless wear and tear. By following these three tips, you may find that your books are kept in great condition for years to come. The same rules can apply to books that are bought in a used...

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Two Ways To Leave A Worthy Legacy In Your Golden Years

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Many Christians have heard of the infamous words of the warrior Joshua in Joshua 24:15: “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve… but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” While some individuals believe that this God honoring advice is best implemented in young couples starting to raise a family, it can actually be contemplated throughout even your golden years as you consider what kind of legacy you will leave for your children, grandchildren, and even generations to come. If you’ve recently begun to wonder about about the legacy you’ll leave behind, continue reading to learn about two ways to live out your faith in a powerful way that will leave a worthy legacy: Be Open About Your Faith In Deuteronomy 6:6-7, God explains that His followers should put His commandments on their hearts. Additionally, talking about your faith and what it means to you “when you sit at home and when you walk along the road” is encouraged in Deuteronomy as a way to leave a legacy for your children. Being open about your faith and not afraid to share what God has done in your life will help your family members to know exactly what you believe and where you stand. As you spend time with family, be sure to tell them about why faith is important to you. By hearing your story firsthand and seeing the love of God shining in your life, other family members can be impacted to follow in your footsteps of faith. In other words, if your faith is an an important part of your life, make sure that you communicate that to your loved ones– your example will not be quickly forgotten. Respond to Needs with Compassionate Prayer (or Service) There are billions of needs needing to be met in the world today– homes for the homeless, food for the starving, and even joy to an old friend who has been traveling through a dark time in their life (to name a few). With so many problems in the world, it has become easy for many individuals to simply give up on looking for any hope, to concede that the world is a dark place and there’s not really anything they can do about that fact. In actuality, however, there are many things that you can do about the problems of the world. In Matthew 9:36, we learn that Jesus saw the crowds with all of their problems and he “had compassion on them.” When considering all of the darkness, evil, and pain in the world, which issues do you find most disconcerting? Once you’ve answered that question, ask yourself another: What can you personally do about that issue? If tangible action (such as sponsoring a child to fight child hunger) is impossible for any reason, consider the simple power of prayer. Praying for those involved in difficult circumstances not only is the act of interceding for them before God, but providing a legacy example for family members by communicating a clear message: when problems arise, turn to God. As you continue to live out your golden years, set an example “in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity.” If you’re looking for a community where you can live out your golden years in peace, contact United...

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