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Make Your Own Curtain Rods

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Final Result

Necessity breeds invention!

Today, I came home from work and found my curtains pulled down from the wall. Thank you dogs.  The curtain rods were twisted and the brackets that held the rods up were pulled out of the wall.  So, off to the Home Depot I went to buy new curtain rods.

What I didn’t realize was just how expensive pre-made curtain rods were going to be for my space and situation.  I would have paid well over $100, not the $35 that I did spend,  if I had not thought of a better solution.  I have included my solution here so that all my reader’s can take advantage of this brain storm, too.

My materials are for double-rod system, 120 inches long, to cover my bow window in the living room. You can adjust your materials to fit your needs by simply asking a employee from the hardware store to trim your rods to size.

 

Materials

2 packages of Martha Stewart Living 1 3/8 in wood brackets for double rod

2 PCV pipes 120″ long and 3/8″ thick

2 Rubber protectors for the bottom of chairs 1″

1 can of white spray paint

sandpaper

screwdriver

drill

drill bits and screw heads

Directions

1.  Sand the PCV pipes to remove any lettering and to prep the pipes for spray paint.  Wipe them down after sanding.  Spray paint at least two coats of white paint to hide the lettering.

2.  Once the PCV pipes are dry, hang the wood brackets at the correct height and width over your window, using the instructions on the package.

3.  Slide your curtains onto the PCV pipe and then put the chair stoppers on the ends of the pipes.  This looks decorative and no one will know that you used a pipe as a rod.

4. Hang your curtains and enjoy a sturdy, beautiful look.

Final Result

If you try this method of hanging curtain rods, please share your results with a note and some pictures.  I’d love to see what others invent. Happy Creating!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.

Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jamie Nowinski – Grandmother Wisdom/Grandmother Musings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

 

The Good Stuff Jar

good stuff jar

This is a great idea!  This was shared with me on Facebook, and I liked it so much that I made my own jar.  So often we are tempted to forget all the “good stuff” that happens to us daily and remember only the bad.  This jar will help to remind us of all those wonderful things that we experience throughout the year.  Here is how to make a jar of your own.

1.  Find a jar or can with a lid.

2. Decorate it and personalize it.

3. Keep the jar in a place where you will see it.

4. You may wish to put some small pieces of paper and a pen by the jar. (I keep a post-it pad by my jar.)

5.  Write down those “Good” moments!

6. Open the jar on New Year’s Eve 2013 and experience all those “Good Stuff” times all over again.

7. Enjoy!

 

©Grandmother Musings 2013

Don’t Throw that Broken Hose Away, Fix it!

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When you have a cracked hose, you will be wetter than the plants you trying to water.

My hose cracked as I was watering my potted plants. As a very temporary fix for the cracked hose, I applied electrical tape to the crack.  That is until I hit Menards and purchased a replacement end.  Repairing a hose is easier than you think and cheaper than buying a new one.

Materials needed to fix a hose:

Broken garden hose 5/8″
Replacement end (male in this case 5/8″)
Utility knife (or some other thing that will cut the hose)
Screwdriver  (mine is a Phillips head)

Using the utility knife on a hard surface. Cut into the hose evenly.

Once you have cut the hose, separate the replacement part from its packaging.

With your screwdriver, loosen the clamp on the replacement part to separate.

Push the nipple of the replacement part into the hose opening. It basically screws into the hose.  It does take a little bit of muscle to make a good joining.

You can use a little water-based lubricant to make the job go smoother.  Do not use petroleum-based products such as vaseline, due to their ability to break down plastic.

Once the nipple of the replacement part is attached, add the clamp with the screws.  This holds the replacement part on tightly so there are not any leaks.

Now you have a hose that works like new, and all for a couple of dollars.

Happy Watering!

 

 

 

Copyright © Jamie Nowinski and Grandmother Wisdom/ Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jamie Nowinski – Grandmother Wisdom/Grandmother Musings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
 

Bleach Pen Adventures

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Back in June, I reblogged The Renegade Seamstress’s T-Shirt Bleach Pen Design Tutorial.  I thought it was such a cool project that I had to try it myself.   Here is how I created a really cool summer shirt for less than $6.

SUPPLIES                       

1. Clorox Bleach Pen

2. Garage Sale shirt

3. Paper bag

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Insert brown paper bag into shirt so that the bleach does not leak through.  I did this project on a card table in the garage. I covered the card table with a plastic tablecloth.

2. Using the thin tip of the bleach pen, draw the design you wish to have on the shirt.  I chose simple circles.

3.  Let shirt dry.  The longer it dries the whiter the design will be.  I left my shirt to dry for about three hours.

4. Carefully rinse off bleach with cold water.  Wash separately to avoid bleaching other items.

5. Wear with pride.

 

 

Other ways to use the bleach pen could be to make personalized pillow cases, bags, and towels.  I also thought it might be interesting to bleach a pair of dark gym shoes with a design.  There are so many applications for this art.

Please share your ideas or projects with me when you try the Bleach Pen Technique.

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Copyright © Jamie Nowinski and Grandmother Wisdom/ Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jamie Nowinski – Grandmother Wisdom/Grandmother Musings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

The Ideal Homemade Weed Killer

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Using store bought weed killer is not only bad for you and the environment, but it is expensive.  I have tried many homemade versions of weed killer; however, this one works the best.

Ingredients:

Vinegar

½ cup Kosher Salt

1 teaspoon Dawn Dish Detergent

Directions:

Dedicate a spray bottle just for the Weed Killer. You can find pint spray bottles at the Dollar Store.  Be sure to label the bottle!  

1.   Pour vinegar into bottle leave about 2 inches at the top. 

2.  Add the ½ cup of Kosher Salt. 

3.  Squirt 1 teaspoon of Dawn Dish Detergent into the bottle. 

4.  Screw sprayer on to bottle tightly.

5.  Shake to mix.

6.  Spray those weeds!

Hint: If the sprayer on your bottle has a stream adjustment, use it to keep the Weed Killer just where you want it to go.

WARNING:  This is strong stuff! Do not spray on vegetation you want to keep. Do not spray on a windy day. Keep out of reach from children and pets.

 

After using Homemade Weed Killer

I would love to know how it works for you.  Let me know your results.

 

Copyright © Jamie Nowinski and Grandmother Wisdom/ Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jamie Nowinski – Grandmother Wisdom/Grandmother Musings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
 

DIY Bleach Pen T Shirt Design

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bigsmileu1:

What a great idea! Chic Envelopement’s bleach pen idea had me sitting here thinking of all the items I could use this on. Here are a few…personalized pillow cases, towels, place mats, Jeans, tote bags, beach towels (each child can have their own personalized towel), napkins, etc.. I could just go on an on. Thank you Chic Envelopements for making my imagination fly!

Originally posted on The Renegade Seamstress:

I seem to have an endless supply of thrift store t shirts hanging around just begging for a refashion.

So today I tried a new technique.

Bleach pen drawing.

And it worked!!!

If your t shirt is too large, first take it in like this:

 

 

Now you’re ready for the fun part:

Let the bleach sit on the shirt until it has bleached as much as you’d like then rinse it with cold water.

Wash and dry as usual in the washing machine.

For less than fifty cents, I’ve got a new summer shirt!

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Grandmother’s Black Drawing Salve

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Drawing salve is an ointment that is used to treat a variety of minor skin inflammations. The ointment “draws out” problems such as pimples, boils, wood splinters, glass shards, and insect poison. For generations, this home remedy has been used to heal pimples, remove toxins from boils, bee stings and many other surface abrasions.

To make your own drawing salve, follow the recipe below.  This salve can be kept in a clean container with a lid for several days.

RECIPE:   

1 Tablespoon Triple Antibiotic Ointment (any brand)

1 Capsule of Activated Charcoal (any brand)

1 small plastic container with a lid

 

DIRECTIONS:

1.  Wash plastic container and lid with soapy water and rinse.  Dry completely with a paper towel.

2.  Measure out 1 Tablespoon of Triple Antibiotic Ointment and place in plastic container.

3.  Open Charcoal capsule carefully and add the charcoal into the plastic container.

4.  With a cotton swab or a clean toothpick, mix the Triple Antibiotic Ointment and the Charcoal together until the charcoal is completely incorporated into the Triple Antibiotic Ointment.

5.  To apply, use a clean cotton swab and dab on affected area.  Allow the salve to work on the area for a few hours.  A covering such as a Bandage can be placed over the area.

6.  Repeat as needed being sure to wash the area before reapplying the salve.

7.  If the affected area becomes worse or infected, please consult your doctor.

8.  This is homemade recipe. Use at your own discretion.

Copyright © Jamie Nowinski and Grandmother Wisdom/ Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jamie Nowinski – Grandmother Wisdom/Grandmother Musings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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