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The right tools are essential for completing any household project. Speaking of DIY, our team has rounded up a list of items you probably have around your house that will save you a trip to Lowe’s, and assist you in getting the measurements you need to get your project started.

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Sidenote: Taking the proper measurements to complete your projects can be near impossible when you’re squinting. If you find you are straining your eyes with those fine details it is time to make reading glasses an essential part of your took kit. We’ve made it easy to find which reading glasses best fit your face with our printable mm ruler

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10 Essentials for DIY Projects //wp.readers.com/blog/10-essentials-for-diy-projects/ //wp.readers.com/blog/10-essentials-for-diy-projects/#respond Wed, 02 Aug 2017 19:38:02 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14371   Home DIY projects make for great weekend activities. While weekends tend to fill up with plans, it’s a great feeling when you find yourself with an open Saturday and time to craft. Once you finally find yourself with extra time on your hands, nothing kills the crafting buzz faster than needing to go out […]

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Home DIY projects make for great weekend activities. While weekends tend to fill up with plans, it’s a great feeling when you find yourself with an open Saturday and time to craft. Once you finally find yourself with extra time on your hands, nothing kills the crafting buzz faster than needing to go out and buy all of your materials. To make sure you have a well rounded supply kit, we’ve put together a list of craft staples you’ll most likely need to begin your DIY project.

 

1. Claw Hammer

Claw hammer


It is good to have a hammer for those projects that require a little extra handiness.

 

2. Mason Jars

Mason Jars

Mason Jars provide endless options for DIY projects. You can paint them, hang them, or use them as decor in their original form. Having Mason Jars on hand is an easy way to get your crafting fix.

 

3. Stencils

Stencil

Stencils allow you to create without dragging out all of your DIY supplies, and are an easy way to learn calligraphy or create beautiful cards.

 

4. Twine

Twine

Twine is a crafting essential that works for a variety of DIY projects.

 

5. Variety of Paint

Paint

Many DIY projects include paint. Having a variety of paints (paint pens, chalkboard paint, outdoor paint, watercolor, spray paint) will equip you for making colorful creations that you’re proud of.

 

6. Faux Flowers

Faux Flowers

Faux flowers make great accessories for pieces of decor. Whether you’re creating a vase or homemade garland, having faux flowers on hand will add the perfect finishing touch.

 

7. Scissors

Scissors

If you are setting out to do a DIY project it is inevitable that you will be needing a pair of trusty scissors.

 

8. Bifocals

bifocals

Nothing ruins an afternoon of crafting quicker than needing to constantly squint in order to see the project details. A pair of bifocals will help you see those finite details with ease. Luckily, we know where you can get your very own pair.

 

9. Card Stock

card stock

Card stock paper is perfect for any DIY paper project you have in mind. It is also good for making unique and personalized cards.

 

10. Hot glue gun

hot glue gun

No craft supply kit is complete without a hot glue gun. You may not need your hot glue gun for every project, but you will be happy to have it on hand when you dive into those more complex projects.

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How To Create The Perfect Flower Arrangement //wp.readers.com/blog/how-to-create-the-perfect-flower-arrangement/ //wp.readers.com/blog/how-to-create-the-perfect-flower-arrangement/#respond Wed, 31 May 2017 15:38:16 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14319 Remember all of those flowers you worked hard to plant this spring? It’s now time to reap the benefits from your hard work! Homemade flower arrangements are a great way to enjoy your blooms to the fullest and give your home a sweet and airy summertime feel. If you don’t have a flower garden that’s […]

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Remember all of those flowers you worked hard to plant this spring? It’s now time to reap the benefits from your hard work! Homemade flower arrangements are a great way to enjoy your blooms to the fullest and give your home a sweet and airy summertime feel. If you don’t have a flower garden that’s ok–flowers from a local grocery store or farmer’s’ market work great too!

Here are 5 steps for creating a beautiful flower arrangement:

1. Create a grid out of tape

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If you’re using florals with top heavy blooms, then creating a grid out of clear tape is a  great and effective way to support your flowers. If you’re using flowers with longer stems, you’ll want to be sure to cut the stems down before placing your flowers in the grid openings.

2. Incorporate branches


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Adding branches to your flower arrangement not only adds texture, but they also help to support more delicate stems that you might have in your arrangement. Using branches is a great way to incorporate foliage that you already have in your own backyard.

3.  Use complimentary colors

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When it comes to creating a flower arrangement, color is the most important factor. Consider colors that complement each other, such as yellows and purples, pinks and blues. White florals and baby’s breath are great for adding a touch of softness to your arrangement.

4. Layer your flowers

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Once you are ready to place your flowers in your arrangement, you should begin by placing your larger and more dominant flowers in your vessel first. Next, you should use a second variety of flowers to create an inner circle. As you continue this process, try to create a domed effect by leaving the stems slightly longer on the inner flowers.

5. Add berries or other greenery last

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Once you have your flowers arranged to your liking, it is now time to add berries and other greenery. These elements are optional, but they help to add texture and visual interest to your arrangement. An added bonus of using these elements is that they add fullness to your arrangement, giving an extravagant look without an extravagant price.

 

 

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Top 10 Elements Of A Well Designed Flower Garden //wp.readers.com/blog/top-10-elements-of-a-well-designed-flower-garden/ //wp.readers.com/blog/top-10-elements-of-a-well-designed-flower-garden/#respond Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:24:26 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14282   With the weather warming up, it’s totally normal to start fantasizing about days spent in the garden, and the gorgeous blooms you will begin planting. Before you begin purchasing all of your new florals, here are 10 elements to help you create a well balanced flower garden that will have you recreating those magazine […]

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With the weather warming up, it’s totally normal to start fantasizing about days spent in the garden, and the gorgeous blooms you will begin planting. Before you begin purchasing all of your new florals, here are 10 elements to help you create a well balanced flower garden that will have you recreating those magazine worthy gardens you’ve always wanted.

1. Line

Consider the line being created by whatever you are planting. Whether you’re using straight, curved, horizontal, vertical, or various line combinations, the use of lines throughout your garden draws the eye to points of interest or pathways throughout the garden.

2. Texture

Using different textures throughout your garden is a great way to add visual interest. A simple grass plant against leafy green foliage adds eye-catching variety to your garden. Experimenting with different textures is a great way to  find unique combinations and spice up the look of your garden.


3. Form


Define a particular area or outline a border with plants that provide form. Shrubs, such as Boxwood, and miniature trees are a great way to add dimension and a look of completeness to your area.


4. Pattern

Using patterns is a great way to reinforce the rhythm and the look of your garden. Patterns can make it easy for you to incorporate different textures and colors into one complete look. You can also use patterns to highlight various florals, foliage, or focal points.

5. Balance

When adding to your garden you’ll want to be careful not to draw more attention to one side of the garden than you do the other side. Before you get started, decide if you want your garden to be symmetrical (equal on both sides) or asymmetrical (more emphasis on one side). This will making placement decisions much simpler and help you achieve visual balance.

6. Contrast

Adding an element of contrast provides a sense of visually pleasing tension between elements. To create contrast you can incorporate the previously mentioned elements such as form, texture, and color. Be careful not to mix too many elements, as too much can begin to look unorganized and chaotic. Contrast can be as simple as adding lava rock to your garden to provide a contrast of texture.

7. Color

Color is undeniably the most popular gardening element. Reflect various seasonal looks and show off your personality by incorporating your favorite color schemes. Whether you lean towards single color gardens, or prefer to combine several colors of flowers, color is the icing on top of a well balanced garden.

8. Proportion

It is important to take into consideration the size of the area that you are planting in. For instance if you are lining your driveway, small rows of flowers would more than likely not make sense. However, trees or shrubbery would be a more proportional option and provide visually pleasing accents for your driveway.

9. Location

Before purchasing your plants, make sure they can accommodate the amount of sun that your flower garden receives. Most plants have tags that tell you whether they should receive shade, partial sun, or full sun.

 

10. Spacing

Be sure to place plants about as far apart as each plant’s ultimate reach. When placed too close together, plants can become stunted. For example, a perennial that grows 24 inches wide should be about 20 to 24 inches from its neighbors.

 

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5 Simple Ways To Spruce Up Your Easter Get Together //wp.readers.com/blog/5-simple-ways-to-spruce-up-your-easter-get-together/ //wp.readers.com/blog/5-simple-ways-to-spruce-up-your-easter-get-together/#respond Wed, 05 Apr 2017 14:22:25 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14265 With the arrival of April, many of us are beginning to plan our Easter meals and get togethers. As we begin to plan our menus and decor, it is tempting to turn to our tried and true recipes and decorations. However, this Easter switch things up at your table with one of these simple recipes […]

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With the arrival of April, many of us are beginning to plan our Easter meals and get togethers. As we begin to plan our menus and decor, it is tempting to turn to our tried and true recipes and decorations. However, this Easter switch things up at your table with one of these simple recipes or festive DIY decorations. Your guests are sure to be impressed and, who knows, you might just end up having a new staple decoration or recipe!

1. An eye catching place setting

Place Setting

Supplies: Colored napkin, coordinating ribbon, tulip

Directions: To create this warm and welcoming place setting, simply fold the napkin and place the tulip in the center. Finish by loosely tying the ribbon around the tulip and napkin. Not only will guests love being greeted by this piece, but they will also enjoy having a sweet flower to take home.

 

2. Easter bunny bread bowl

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Your lunch guests will love this cute easter bunny bread bowl. It’s a creative and easy way to serve up soup or a veggie dish.

Supplies: One regular sized roll (can be store bought or homemade), one bread bowl (can be store bought or homemade), five toothpicks, two regular chocolate chips, pink candy for the nose, knife and kitchen scissors, and fresh parsley (optional)

Directions:

  • Cut 1/4 of the bottom off of the smaller roll, leaving a small back section of the bread on the roll — so it can hang off the back of the bread bowl. This will give it some stability. Set aside.
  • Cut the bread bowl so that you remove a small top section of the roll in a U-shape, leaving a ledge for the smaller roll to sit on.
  • Dig out the insides of the bread in a large piece if possible so you can use some of that insides of the bread bowl for the bunny’s tail.
  • Take the top of the bread bowl you removed and cut out 2 ears. You can trim the inside of the bunny ears so they are flatter.
  • Take the knife and slice a small hole where you want the nose. Push the candy nose in the bread. Poke a tiny hole for the eyes and then gently place the chocolate chip eyes in place.
  • Take the bunny head and place it on top of the bread bowl ledge and secure it in place with three toothpicks.
  • Slide the other two toothpicks into the bottom of the ears and then place them in the top of the roll for the bunny’s ears.
  • Take a small piece of the bread you removed from inside the bowl and roll it into a ball and use it as the bunny’s tail.
  • Use the fresh parsley and laid it down on the plate to serve as grass to add to the fun and festive look!
  • Store in an airtight bag until you are ready to serve. These can be made in advance as long as they are stored properly.


3. Festive centerpiece

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This layered candy centerpiece is super easy to make. The best part is that it’s great for decoration and dessert!

Supplies: Clear glass vase, artificial flowers, Easter colored M&M’s (yellows, purples, and pinks), Peep Easter Bunnies, and skewers or cake pop sticks

Directions:

  • Fill the bottom of your vase with M&M’s. Then add a row of white Peep Bunnies.
  • Continue to layer your M&M’s on top of each other in your designated color scheme until you have filled the vase.
  • Once you have arranged the candy the way you want it, add your artificial flowers.
  • Stick a couple of Peep Bunnies on your skewers or cake pop sticks and place them in the arrangement so that they are sticking up out of the flowers.

 

4. Strawberry cream mimosa

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This sparkly pink treat is perfect for an Easter brunch and is sure to match all of your Spring decor.

Ingredients: Fresh strawberries or raspberries, Sweet N’ Low, honey, half and half cream, and your favorite type of champagne

Directions:

  • Heat up your strawberries or raspberries on the stovetop until they come to a soupy consistency. Add Sweet N’ Low and a little honey to your fruit mixture.
  • Blend your mixture in a blender. Then pour your blended mixture into a fine mesh strainer to separate the juice from the seeds and the skin.  
  • Pour in half and half cream, stir, and pour your mixture into ice cube trays, and freeze until frozen.
  • Once cubes are frozen set out for about 5-10 minutes to let them soften.
  • Pour champagne halfway up the glass and add strawberry cream cubes. Enjoy!

 

5. Slow cooker pineapple glazed carrots

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For the perfect Easter side dish that adds a punch of flavor, try these pineapple glazed carrots.  

Ingredients: 2 lbs carrots peeled and sliced, 1 (540ml) can pineapple tidbits with juice (or about 2 cups), ½ cups brown sugar, 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, ¾ tsp. salt, 2 tbsp. cornstarch

Directions:

  • In a medium bowl, combine pineapple with juice, sugar, vinegar, salt, and cornstarch until combined.
  • Add carrots to slow cooker. Pour pineapple over top and stir well.
  • Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3-4 hours until tender. Serve.

 

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