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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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DIY Bleach Pen T Shirt Design

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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!

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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Putter…Putter…Putter…

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I am a putterer.  A putterer, according to the Merriam Webster dictionary, is a person who regularly or occasionally engages in an activity as a pastime rather than as a profession.  I have named myself this because it is impossible to keep my mind from flitting from one subject to the next.  Where some people have the ability to focus on one thing exclusively and become good at it, I on the other hand, flit about, or putter with hundreds of things.  I guess I get bored or maybe I have adult ADHD and this is what it looks like.  Who knows?  All I know is that I cannot stick with any one thing so diligently, that I actually succeed at that one thing in a big way.  I guess I am the epitome of the quote, “Jack of all Trades; master of none”.

Here are some things that I have puttered with…

Singing.  I have always wanted to be a singer.  As a little girl, I stood in the bathroom mirror and sang to Donny Osmond and Michael Jackson songs.  At 17, I joined a band for about six months and lost my voice singing “Highway to Hell” by AC-DC.  I have sung at karaoke night, been in a talent show, and even tried out for “The Voice”.

At one point in my early years, I was not happy with myself; and I hated the way I spoke.  Following this further, I went to the library, picked up some English workbooks, and taught myself proper English.  It was not that hard, I had learned English in school. I just used too much slang when I spoke.  This helped me talk better and made me feel comfortable around others.

When my children were young, my family needed another income, but I did not want to get a job outside the home and leave my kids with strangers.  So I opened up my own daycare. It was a legitimate business with a license and a food program.  I had many clients with many babies who came and went through my home while my kids were growing up.  I even claimed it on my taxes.  Nevertheless, I got bored and it was hard always having your home as a place of business. Consequently, daycare led to going back to school full-time and working part-time to become a teacher.  After all, I still enjoyed kids; I just did not want to have them in my house.  With my own children older and in school all day, I could now focus on getting a BA in Education.

However, that still was not enough for me.  I then began reading about alternative medicine. No, I didn’t become a doctor! However, I did learn some interesting things about supplements, and ailments, and different cures for everyday things.  I also learned how eating affects your health, which lead to cooking!

Trying out different and healthy recipes became a new hobby of mine.  I took old recipes and adjusted them to the new and improved recipes.  I collected recipe books from garage sales and thrift stores.  I made some delicious meals and a few duds that even the dog would not eat.

I took up hobbies like sewing, woodworking, and gardening.  I collected books on each of those subjects, too.  I have made curtains for my whole house and for a few family members’ homes. One Easter Break, I decided to make a queen-sized bed out of pine. (I still sleep on this bed.) In addition, every spring I plant my garden of tomatoes, broccoli, and cucumbers.  I still have not perfected a good gardening technique.

When my bathroom desperately needed to be gutted and redone, I convinced my husband we could DIY it.  That too began on an Easter Break and lasted a few weeks after break to my husband’s dismay.  I have since, challenged myself to redo a room for under $500, laid two laminate floors, and painted every room in my house twice.

Then there is writing….  I have always, as long as I can remember, written: Diaries, journals, stories, jokes, articles, poems, and now, blogs.  I have tried to write novels, without much luck, because, I believe, I cannot stick with anything that long.  However, short blogs, short anything, I can do.

I am not sure if I will ever find one thing, I can stick with long enough to be good at it. I guess I really like to putter.  Oh, did I mention that I have been married 31 years?  Maybe I am a star at marriage.  Who knew???

Are you a putterer or dabbler like me?  Tell us about the puttering you do in your daily life.

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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