Halloween/Party Tree Hangables

734932_10151505939215266_483299862_nYou first need white stockings with each leg cut. Here we used white glow sticks added to a water balloon before filling. You could use multiple colors or you can buy all green for a different effect. Tie the top of the nylon and hang from a tree. I would think this makes a great decoration for a night time party as well. Around the Fourth Of July you can find red, white and blue. Green would work for St. Patricks Day and multi-colored would work for a birthday. Sometimes you can find all of one color and these can be used for specific color themes.

Halloween Decorative Jar

11042654_864656033594085_5823515127922453849_nGot to be one of the simplest ways to create a really cool Halloween decoration. Add water to a jar half way. Submerge an old Halloween mask and arrange to make it look as real as possible. Here we used an old lady mask but don’t be afraid to use those demon and monster faces as well. Then fill with water carefully all the way to the ridge. Let sit undisturbed for about an hour to release and air. You can add a tea bag to get a dirty water effect – just don’t make it too dark. Several of these placed on a shelf or table with candles would be really neat.

Inspiration: Decorating with Air Plants By Jane Blanchard

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Bring a little of the outdoors inside your home with air plants. Air plants, also known as tillandsias, absorb nutrients through their leaves, so there is no soil involved. Their striking sculptural forms and easy care make these plants a great addition to any home.plants3 plants2

In nature, the majority of air plants survive by using their roots to attach to other objects (mostly plants, rocks, or buildings). This means they can be put in a variety of containers, making them ideal for any style of decor. They can be grown both indoors or out and do an excellent job cleaning the air. Air plants need bright, but indirect light and good air circulation to thrive. Mist these plants with water every few days or soak every 7-10 days.plants6plants4

With over 500 species to choose from, and shapes ranging from the organic to the geometric, choosing your favorites is bound to be hard. Here are some ideas for incorporating air plants into your home.plants7plants5

Create a living wall. Hang air plants directly on the wall or get creative with a hanging structure to create a fantastic and gorgeous focal point in any room.

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Home Improvement – Managing The Water Pressure In Your Home

It may seem strange to think that there is a reason to avoid high water pressure in the home, but whilst low pressure can be a massive issue in terms of running your water based appliances, you will find that high pressure is actually really dangerous. Continual checks need to be made to ensure that the pressure in your home is at a safe level, or you stand to risk spending hundreds of pounds on repairs, as well as risking larger issues, like exploding boilers! The water pressure in your home will usually be dictated by the water supplier.

You will no doubt find that water suppliers need to regulate the pressure of their water supply in order to maintain their own needs. For instance, a pressure of around 100 psi may be needed to get the water from the pipes under the ground, up to the top of a tall block of flats, but the regular household only needs a water pressure of 80 psi. Some water supply lines will have pressure as high as 150 psi, which can be pretty dangerous. It is worth getting a gauge that can be fitted to a hose stop to test the pressure that you are receiving form your water supplier.
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If you think it worth having a better understanding of it, and want to get to the bottom of any pressure related problems that you are having, then it may be worth getting a resettable tracking gauge, that records the range of pressure variations that you receive. This is incredibly useful if your leaks or ghostly flushes come at night, as the pressure that is delivered to your water supply can vary overnight, and a tracked gauge will show you when such things happen.

It is essential that you monitor and fix a pressure overload should you find one, as pressure building up in the plumbing can lead to serious damage to your whole plumbing system. If you think about the plumbing as a closed system, then you will no doubt understand that the weaker spots will be affected by too high an increase in pressure. This is obviously going to result in leaks throughout the house, which will seem unconnected, though they are all due to pressure issues. You may also find that the toilet flushes of it’s own accord, and that taps leak suddenly.
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You can fix the pressure coming in to your home to a manageable psi by fitting a simple water pressure regulator. These mechanisms will ensure that the water coming in to your house is at a safe pressure, and will save you a lot of hassle in terms of damages and call outs to the plumber in mystery repairs! You should fit your pressure regulator at the meter, as then you will also be protecting the irrigation systems in use throughout the house.

Hot water systems are another cause of high pressure, as when water is heated, it expands, which leads to increased pressure in what we know is a mainly closed system. You will find that this pressure causes strange leaks in the same way that supplier pressure can. A thermal expansion tank is the answer to these issues, as it can accommodate the extra load of pressure applied by the heated water for when the hot water is running. Ensure that your home has these pressure prevention devices if you are concerned that your leaks may be down to such issues, and you should be well set to get fixed up and leak free!

Should you have a dry or slow blockage, where the basin is draining slowly, then there are other methods that you can apply. If you can’t be bothered to go out and get proper sink unblocked, you can make up a cocktail for unblocking the sink. Try pouring a table spoon of baking soda, a cup or so or boiling water and a decent few glugs of vinegar down there. You will see that the reaction is a fizzy, frothy one, that should bubble away at the blockage with a combination of carbonated action, acid and heat, which will speed up the reactions that the other two are using against the blockage. The hope is that the fizzing of the baking soda will whirl the acid in the vinegar around, as it breaks down the blockage. The pressure of the water sitting on top of it will push the blockage down, and you should find that the sink is cleared fairly easily. If not then it may be time to get the pipe cleaners out to see if there is something hard stuck in there.

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Colored Lemon Slices

lemon party color food dyeWhat an interesting idea for your tea, your child’s sweet drink or party. Fill a small bowl with water enough to cover the number of slices of lemon to be colored and add liquid food coloring drop until it is slightly darker than desired color. Remember the color will be mixed with the natural color of the lemon so it ill not be perfect. Place lemon slices in the bowl of colored water and make sure each slice goes in individually to ensure proper coloring. Do this for each color you water lemons to be dyed to.

You can also use Kool-Aid unsweetened packages to add color in the same way above except to make sure the Kool-Aid is completely diluted first.

Use this in punch bowls, tea, Kool-Aid, lemonade etc.