Day: December 11, 2018

Hunting for Garden Collectibles & Antiques for Cottage Style Homes

Cottage gardens associated with the English countryside are known for their colorful, informal, relaxed landscape and surroundings.

Today many cottage style collectors are after a more folksy look and hunt for garden collectibles and accessories which are charming, practical and sometimes a bit quirky. Found objects which are rusty, flaky, cracked, worn, chipped and weathered are preferred over newer manufactured items.

Once you start playing with ideas, it is actually quite easy to find a great deal of objects which can be used as planters, flower boxes and outdoor decorative items. For example, old kettles, wood soda crates, old wash tubs, oversized ceramic bowls are all wonderful basins or containers for plants and flowers.

Because cottage style is all about re-cycling and re-purposing what you have look around your kitchen and in your storage areas for "orphaned" kitchen and house-wares which can be put to use in your sunroom, on your deck or patio. An enamelware coffee pot that has lost its top looks adorable with a hanging plant. Pyrex casseroles make sweet bases for "dish garden".

Color and pattern is a fun way to organize collections.

Reds (geraniums) go well with green, turquoise, yellow accessories etc. Roses look gorgeous in hand painted floral themed china vases or tea cups. Pastel planters spring to life with soft cottage color flowers.

During the post-war years (late 1940s-1950s) flower themed home accessories were everywhere and today many people like to use these decorative objects in their home, porch and sunroom areas. Vintage kitchen accessories, glassware, storage items, curtains, drapes, pillows, tablecloths with bold colorful flower patterns can add a whimsical funky look to today's decor.

In contrast to bold colors, many romantic cottage collectors prefer whites and pastels in and around their gardens or home interiors. Pinks, aqua's and soft greens, yellows and peach, referred to as sometimes "cottage colors" and can provide a lighter softer look. You will often see these palettes in homes inside and outside in beach communities. A cut down old picket fence (backing) and some scrap wood (seat or shelf) can be assembled and painted pink or turquoise and used as a charming bench or display for plants.

Whether your tastes are for primary colors, pastels or patriotic red, white and blue, you can have a lot of fun in and around your garden.

Other popular garden collectibles are garden tools, birdhouses, folk art, furniture, watering cans, garden signs, planters, ornaments etc. Many of these items can easily be found at tag sales, flea markets and second hand shops.

When you visit a tag sale and you do not see garden collectibles for sale, do not be afraid to inquire if the owner has some goodies hiding in their garage or tool shed that they are willing to part with. Many homeowners are not aware that there is actually interest in old rusty hand tools, older terracotta pots, vintage hand tools, flaky picket fences etc. Pick neighborhoods with very old homes when you are out and about …

Top 10 Sexiest TV Series

American TV Series are often loaded with sex scenes, and the production seems to try to squeeze in at least 5 sexual scenes in each episode. And people love it. In the following few posts, I will present to you our Top 10 of America’s sexiest TV Series.

Sex in the City

Showcased for the first time on HBO in 1998, this glamour TV show brings to us the ups and downs of 4 New York single girlfriends, Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte & Miranda. Each is either looking for sex, love or to found a family. A great series that treats sexuality with a nice touch of humor.

Sex and the City – Movie Trailer on YouTube

Californication

Californication is for men what Sex in the City is for women. In this series full of sex, drugs and alcohol, Hank Moody (David Duchovny) has sex as often as he can. Beautiful women, young girls, bottles of wine, whisky, joints… nothing is left out by this forty-some artist still broken hearted by his muse.

For a glimpse, search for Californication – Trailer on YouTube

The L World

The L World is the first series exclusively dedicated to lesbian sexuality. The explicit “women on women” sex scenes have as a goal to break taboos. Jenny, a young student in search of love moves in with her future husband, Tim, but ends up falling under Marina’s charm, a Latina sex bomb. This is the beginning of tons of questioning and loads of hot nights in L.A. where ladies have sex in public washrooms and all…

For a glimpse, search for The L Word: Season 5 Coming in 2008 on YouTube

Desperate Housewifes

What kind of life do women have in an uptown suburbia of the States? At Wisteria Lane, women face infidelity, relationship issues, seduction, crime, suspense, and more. Behind her perfect appearance, Bree hides a complex personality. Gabrielle, ex-fashion model is scared of routine and therefore alternates between expensive shopping sprees and extramarital relationships. Lynette tries to manage both her professional life and big family, while Susan always finds a way to make her chaotic love life even more complicated. And finally, Edie seems to love creating conflicts. An amusing and sexy portrait of typical house wives that was a great success.

For a glimpse, search for Everything You Need to Know About Desperate Housewives on YouTube

Tell me you love me

In Tell Me You Love Me, three couples in therapy have the most realistic sexual relationships ever seen on American TV. So realistic that everybody wonders is they really did it or not. They claim that aside from masturbation and fellatio, it was all an enactment, but the rumor keeps contributing to its success. Dr May Foster, a marriage counselor, meets the couples which she tries to assist. Dave & Katie, in their forties, no longer have sex. Carolyn & Palek, in their thirties, want a kid but the pressure is too high for Carolyn. And finally, Jamie & Hugo, engaged, …

Cleaning Your Car

If you just bought your first car, chances are that it means a great deal to you and you'll probably be obsessed (at least for the first few months or so) with keeping it clean. There's nothing wrong with this; It's perfectly normal (as the car doctor would say). However, when you go to clean your car, there are certain things you'll need to know. After all, certain vehicles require extra special attention to remain looking as nice as they do! This goes way beyond the realm of good old soap and water.

Driver Beware

We've all heard rumors about car washes. If you're thinking of taking your vehicle to one of those automatic car washes, you should exercise caution. While they may seem harmless, machines are not perfect and can sometimes damage your vehicle. Do not get me wrong, cars are meant to be driven and therefore, they'll probably be on the receiving end of a nick or two from road debris flying up at high speeds and hitting your car. Unfortunately, there's nothing you can do about that type of damage. However, there are things you can do to prevent other types of unnecessary damage from occurring.

When you bring your car to an automatic car wash, which is usually located at a gas station, you can always feel free to go inside the station and ask the attendant how recently they had the automatic car wash inspected. There's a good chance that they will not have a clue; But hey, it's worth a shot. Sometimes the brushes and other machinery in these types of car washes can be a little rough on your vehicle, leaving unnecessary scratches. After all, there's a reason they only charge you like five bucks!

You've probably heard the saying, "If you want something done right, do it yourself." Well, it's true. The best way to most effectively get the results you want for your vehicle is to do it yourself. Now, if you're willing to spend a ton of money, your next best option would be to pay a dealership or other professional company to have your vehicle detailed. When your car is detailed, it is returned to you as if you had just bought it yesterday. It's typically that good. But if you're going to do it yourself, you should make sure that you're informed of the right way to clean your car. Some things that you'll need to get started include:

– Auto cleaning wipes (ex: Armor All wipes are great)

– Vacuum cleaner or portable vacuum

– Glass cleaner

– Auto microfiber cloths

– Garbage bag

– Stain remover

– Interior spray or wipes

– Bucket

– Soft sponge (specifically for cars)

– Car cleaning solution

Cleaning your car should be something you enjoy doing. It's also something that's great for your car to help maintain the exterior life of the vehicle. Depending on where you live, cleaning your vehicle might be an essential part of your life. For …

Use Your Garden Harvest to Help the Hungry

Are you like many families and now grow your own vegetables? Have you planted a fruit tree? If so, you probably know that it is pretty easy to end up with more tomatoes, squash, apples and plums than you, your family and neighbors can eat.

If you have got more to harvest than you know what to do with, Ample Harvest, a national nonprofit, suggests you donate your extra fresh produce to local food pantries.

Hunger is greater than it has been in nearly 15 years, says the U.S. Department of Agriculture, with 49 million people skipping meals, cutting portions or otherwise eating less than they need. That amounts to a 16 percent increase from 2007.

Food pantries particularly treasure fresh fruit and vegetables, since it is donated far less often than canned, packaged and boxed foods. Plus, giving to your local food pantry is also a great way to teach your kids about helping the needy, in addition to helping them learn where fruit and veggies really come from (dirt?!).

Here are a few suggestions for donating your garden bounty to a local food pantry:

1. Find a local pantry and call first to make sure they accept fresh produce. Some may not have the space or refrigeration necessary to keep fruit and veggies fresh.

2. Only donate produce that is fresh – as fresh as you would serve your own family.

3. Deliver your produce the same day you pick it.

Learn more about ways to give your garden harvest to food pantries and to locate a food pantry near you at http://www.ampleharvest.org or http://www.feedingamerica.org.

If you cannot find a pantry near you, call a local house of worship. Many religious organizations host food pantries but do not have a website or telephone.…

How To Repot the Phalaenopsis Orchid – Step By Step

Popular is the Phalaenopsis orchid. It comes in eye-appealing colors of pink, yellow, white and lavender. Some of the varieties even have a nice, delicious scent. These orchids are easy to care for indoors because they can thrive happily in the same temperatures that us humans do. Phalaenopsis, on average, will bloom for up to three months each season given the right care. Flowering orchids are healthy orchids. If you desire to continue excellent long term health for your orchids, refreshing the potting medium is a necessity for every 18 to 24 months.

Repotting is making sure that the pot size matches the orchid plant. You do not want too big a pot; nor do you want too small a pot. Too big and the plant will be exposed to excess moisture content and possible root rot. Too small and the roots will be not be able to aerate properly. You want to have a pot that is just the right size for the size of your plant plus a little room to grow. Next, the potting medium is of the kind especially made for orchids. They are usually made of tree bark, either fir or pine. You can also use a peat moss to contain more moisture. Sometimes the medium will also include coconut husks in the mix. Phalaenopsis is an epiphytic plant which means it lives on another object such as a tree. It is not unusual to have its roots exposed.

Before you repot your orchid, make sure you have everything you need. Here is a list
of items that will help:

1) clean clay pot
2) orchid potting medium consistent of a tree bark blend (from your garden center)
3) sanitized clay shards or lava rock to place at bottom of the pot
4) styrofoam packing peanuts (the non-biodegradeable kind)
5) pruning shears
6) c cup bleach and 1 gallon of water
7) bamboo stick
8) wire plant ties
9) pruning sealer or anti-fungal powder

The night before you repot your orchids, give them a good watering. This will allow the roots to absorb moisture and soften the existing potting medium and facilitate removing it from the pot.

Having a clean work environment and sterilized tools is a must when working with your orchids. If you have multiple plants, you do not want to accidently spread any possible infections from one plant to the next. You may even want to wear sterilized gloves while you repot. Here are eight steps to changing your orchid's potting medium.

Step 1) Mix one gallon of water and c cup of bleach. Choose a flat surface to work on. Wipe the workspace with the cloth dipped in the bleach solution.

Step 2) In a pie pan or similar dish, pour in some bleach solution and soak your pruning shears for about 15 minutes. Then let them air dry.

Step 3) Next carefully extract your orchid plant from the old pot trying not to damage any of the roots.

Step 4) …