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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Re: Someone help me plan my front yard please!!!! on: August 14, 2006 09:24:59 AM
With the big root, you may want to tear out the bush and try and kill the root just to be safe, because it could grow enough to damage your foundations and sidewalks at some point.  You could check with a local nursery and see what they say just to be sure, but if it were me, I'd just get rid of it.

As for the tranquility pond, I'd go for it!  I think water features are just the greatest things and they add such drama to an area.

Plant wise, I'm not good at growing stuff either, but I do know some things that are easy growers.  Morning glories grow fast and easy, but I think you need to plant them in the spring.  Bulb type flowers (tulips, irises) are pretty easy, and you can plant them in the spring or fall.  A few years ago I found some unusual bulbs that I planted and then had to move before they came up, but my point with this is that there are a lot of bulb type flowers to choose from. 

Another thing is you can drive around your area and see what is growing in other peoples yards or just growing wild around your town.  If you know someone that has property that you can dig up wild plants from (or if you are very sneaky and you can dig them out of empty lots or on the side of a back road) dig up some native plants that you like and plant them in your beds.  They won't take a lot of extra care, because if they are growing wild they'll grow without much help. 

If you want some added color you can stain your sidewalk.  I don't know how much concrete stain costs or how to do it, but I've seen the end result in a few areas and it really makes a dramatic difference.

Then there are trellises if you want some height near the house.  You could paint them any color you like and plant some vine type plants or string them with Christmas lights for some instant evening drama.

These are just off the top of my head, so I'll keep thinking.
22  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Re: Someone help me plan my front yard please!!!! on: August 07, 2006 09:06:19 AM
How much sun does the space get?  Where do you live?  Do you know what zone you are in?  How much rain does your area get?

23  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: old tank on: July 27, 2006 08:00:08 AM
You could put a diarama in it.
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Curtains/Shades? on: July 27, 2006 07:32:05 AM
Can you buy white ones and paint them black?  I don't know how well paint would stick, cause I've never tried to paint shades before, but if you're going to get rid of the one you have you could test it out on those, since you will be replacing them anyway.
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Faux stained glass mirror on: July 26, 2006 08:23:56 AM
26  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Melted bead windchime/suncatcher Texas style y'all! on: July 26, 2006 08:22:11 AM
Thanks for the compliments!  I'm working on some other Texas designs and...I'm working on a big project, but shhhh! Don't tell anyone.  I'll post pics when I get it done.

omg i love that so much!!! how did you make those shapes? i love the texas one!

I used metal cookie cutters that I have collected.  Just wrap them in foil so the bead goo doesn't ooze out the bottom too much.   Wink

Really beautiful.You could even drill holes in the bottom of the shape and hang more beads to dangle and add even more interest.Cool!

What a good idea!  I hadn't even thought of attaching anything to the bottom of the pieces.  Off to do some drillin'!  Grin
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Melted bead windchime/suncatcher Texas style y'all! on: July 21, 2006 07:58:08 AM
I've been playing with the melted beads like so many others and in my experiments, I came up with this.  The windchime/suncatcher was inspired by another crafter, but the design was all mine.

To make shapes more crisp and angular (which is very hard to do with round beads I used metal cookie cutters to melt the beads in.  I just put foil across the bottom and sort of molded it to the sides so it wouldn't let any melty bead goo to ooze out.

For something different I also smashed some colored beads with a hammer to get smaller pieces that I sprinkled on the top of the beads in the cutters.

Heat 500 degrees for 20 minutes.  Let cool for about 20 minutes (or until the popping stops) then remove foil and spread gently at sides of cookie cutter to unmold finished shapes.

I sanded the edges to get them a little less sharp, with a Dremel and drilled holes in the tops of the shapes.  I had an old Christmas cookie tin lid that I painted and drilled holes in and then I strung up the shapes to form the final product.

28  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: 911- HELp How do you get glass paint off a window on: July 21, 2006 07:13:44 AM
Most of the glass paints I've seen indicate that after a certain number of days the paint is permenant, so I'm not sure there is a way to get it off.  I'd try the hot air like Bibishii said, but if that doesn't work, try scraping it off with a razor scraper. 
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Etched mirror magnets on: July 20, 2006 12:35:10 PM
is it just tape you used around the side? i was thinking to do something similar but with a clay backing and frame, that would probably explode in the oven though, heh!!

The tape I used around the side is metal tape that I found in the same section of the craft store I went to that had the stained glass paints.
30  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Melted beads everywhere, but I don't know what to make! Help on: July 20, 2006 12:21:52 PM
I will have to wait (ever so impatiently) for my opportunity!  I wish it wasn't over 100 degrees every day here, I would just open the windows and put the fans to blow it all outside!  Maybe at 3am...hmmmmm.. Tongue

I'm in West Texas and I know what you mean about the heat.  I usually do mine in the late evening after it gets dark, and I use all the fans I can, to keep the heat down.  
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