DIY: Pots for Your Plants

It’s been quite some time since I have posted some of my and my husband’s do-it-yourself projects at home. I thought I should share one project that is really simple and doable plus it makes use of something you might just throw away. Recycling, after all, is something we can easily do with some of the items we have at home.

Materials for this project:
used plastic jugs
knife or cutting tool
nails

Steps:

  1. Get a used plastic jug. You may have plastic jugs at home which used to be containers of juice drinks, cooking oil or even car oil. You can alternatively use your empty water or soda bottles as well. Wash the jug first to clean out any remnant from its previous content.  
  2. Cut upper portion of the jug or container. You can adjust where to make the cut depending on the shape of the jug. We cut our jugs close to its middle part.

3. To create the draining holes in your jugs, you can use nails to bore a hole through. You can also use a knife or the sharp end of a scissor.

4. Now you are ready to fill in your “new” pot with soil and settle a plant into it. Easy does it!

Happy planting, gardening 🙂

7 Interesting Family Quotes

Family, it’s what all of us have in common.

While some may have grown up in ideal and close to perfect families, some also grew up in rather difficult or even dysfunctional ones. Yet, over all, it is undeniable that so much of who we are today has been shaped by our families.

Now, I recently came across some family quotes that were inspiring, check them out below. The last three made me smile 🙂 Read on:

You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them. – Desmond Tutu

I believe that that greatest gift you can give your family and the world  is a healthy you. – Joyce Meyer

“Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.”  – Napoléon Bonaparte

Family always gonna be there. The material things, they come and go. – Romeo Miller

 

“My dear young cousin, if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the eons, it’s that you can’t give up on your family, no matter how tempting they make it.” – Rick Riordan

“When your mother asks, “Do you want a piece of advice?” it’s a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.”  – Erma Bombeck

“If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.”  – George Bernard Shaw

You can find more quotes about family and many other topics from goodreads.com and brainyquote.com.

Making My “To-Buy” List

Well, another way to call it would be a shopping list. But we often associate a shopping list with a grocery list so I thought a “To-Buy” list would be a better name for the list of things we need (and perhaps want!) to buy.

Below are some of the things I would like to buy this year as our budget permits or as surprise provisions or blessings come in:

  1. living room sofa – We currently use a slightly pre-loved sofa which we got about 3 years ago. It still is in good condition but has been a bit discolored by now. So I thought it would be nice to get a new one some time this year.
  2. washing machine – It would be great to finally get a new, fully-automatic one 🙂
  3. work table – I have a small office/work table at home. I thought it would be great to have a bigger one so it can accommodate our printer as well as some of my files at home.
  4. bed and pillows – Our bed has been with us for 8 years. We lack a good bed frame to support our bed so getting a new one would be nice. Wait! Perhaps this should be first on the list! 🙂 I think we also need new pillows, too.
  5. guitar – I missed having a guitar at home. My husband and I play the guitar a bit. I think it’s a relaxing hobby plus we both love singing as well so a guitar is really handy at home. It’s good news then that quality guitars with great prices can also be bought online such as ibanez rg available at Musicians Friend. It saves you time and money (!) from going into stores. Plus such cool deals can be found online.
  6. stove and electric kettle  – Our stove is still functioning but I think wear and tear is at work with it 🙂  So we might need to get a new one eventually. Our electric kettle is also starting to have problems so yes, we might need a replacement for it some time soon.

Other things that need to be improved at home: water connection/sink, kitchen set-up.

I think making a “To-Buy” list for things is great. Just like our grocery list, it helps us see what needs to be bought. In the end, it helps us to better manage our finances.

Quick and Simple Ideas for Making Over Your Home’s Exterior

If you’re bored with your home, but can’t afford extensive renovations at the moment, then why not give the outside of your house a quick makeover.  You can achieve striking results on even the tightest of budgets, as long as you’re willing to do a lot of the work yourself.  Check out these easy and inexpensive ways to increase your home’s curb appeal.

1. Repaint Your Front Door:

Add a little pizzazz to your home with a bold, brightly coloured front door.  Red and blue are both eye-catching but inoffensive colours, and if you’re feeling brave you could always try something a little more off-the-wall such as yellow.  Consider matching the door to your roller blinds for extra style points. If you have a period home, don’t ruin the look by using bright colours.  Just clean and re-varnish your original doors to brighten things up without tainting the period look.

2. Re-pave your garden:

Replace those boring concrete paving slabs with natural stone, slate, or brick.  If your budget can stretch to it, build a small patio for you and your family to enjoy this summer.

3. Accentuate the Details:

Even the smallest of modern homes can be made to look amazing with a good paint job.  Use bold, contrasting colours to draw the eye to the window sashes, eaves, moldings, trim and other structural details.

4. Take Care of Your Windows:

What can people see when they walk past your home?  If it’s dusty nets or boring old curtains, consider replacing them with brightly coloured, pleasing roller blinds.  It’s a small touch, but it will make your home look well cared for, and increase the curb appeal.

5. Brighten Things Up With Flowers:

Even if you live in a big city and don’t have a proper garden, you can use hanging pots and window boxes to brighten things up.  If you don’t have green fingers, choose easy-to-care-for annuals for your first attempt at maintaining your city garden.

6. Plant Some Vines:

Planting vines is a good way to cover up unsightly parts of your home.  Invest in a trellis so that the vines don’t damage the wall while they’re growing.

7. Tidy Your Garden:

If you do have a garden, mow the lawn, tidy up the borders, and trim any trees or bushes that are getting out of control.  Many homeowners find that investing a weekend into making their garden look gorgeous can completely change the way the house looks from the outside.

If you have a bigger budget, other ways to brighten up your home include investing in a new front porch or conservatory, or getting an extension built.  These options are far more expensive than just replacing your roller blinds or painting your front door, but they’re still cheaper than moving house, and will likely increase the value of your home too.

If you are planning on making changes to your house for a quick sale with a view to increasing its value, then you should always consult with an estate agent first.