Homemade gifts don’t just save money, they’re also more thoughtful. Our society considers homemade gifts to be from the heart. This extends to your relationship. Your significant other will swoon, just thinking about the love, time, and energy you put into their special present. Reciprocity builds social connections and this is true for your relationship. You can build upon the love you already share, by taking some time to create any one of these thoughtful homemade gifts.
Jewelry making can be as simple or as complicated as you need it to be. If you’re an expert, you can craft intricate bracelets, burn metal for earrings, and tightly braid leather necklaces. If you’re not an expert, a simple piece of cord will suffice. Your local craft store should have plenty of cords and charms just waiting for your next necklace or bracelet. Add a charm with a sweet sentiment to truly impress with this gift. Your charm should be a testament of your love or an inspirational quote.
With Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve right around the corner, the festive season is the time to stock on some essentials that you need to put your culinary skills together. Here are 7 must-haves for hosting festive dinners this season.
1. Vase Fillers
Flowers and vases are an essential part of every festive décor. When you invite people over for the special festival time dinners, it is not just your food they will savor. You need to create the right mood and setting, apt for the occasion. Vase fillers are easy ways to achieve just that. From dried flowers to faux pomegranates, one can choose a variety of fillers available to create eye-popping table tops.
2. Petit Fours
This confectionery variety is most popular during festivities. They form great dessert options and can be made in different types to provide a wide range to the guests.
3. Tiered oven racks
Oven space during large meal preparations is very much in demand. Most of the time we have two or three baked dishes in the menu. This makes oven space pricier. To help you out with this, tiered oven racks are available that will save your time and effort.
The ottoman has been used for long periods of time and then best thing about it is that it can actually be transformed into a versatile piece of furniture. For instance you can use it as an extra seating or to prop your legs. One of the most modern uses is to have an ottoman for extra storage.
Start with the case
You will need ¾ inch plywood for the base, bottom and top. Clamp and glue the four sides together. After this you will have to drill holes to secure the pieces together with the help of screws. Cut some pine cleats and install them in the base of the interior. Each corner should have reinforcing pine blocks. The bottom piece should be secured to the cleats.
Upholstering the base
Cut the upholstery and the batting for the base. Apply a layer of fast drying glue to the back of the upholstery and stick the batting to it. Then apply glue to the batting and starting at one of the corners secure it to the base of the ottoman. At the seam the fabric should overlap.
Upholstering the lid
Although the gutters aren’t the first feature that people usually notice on a home, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t important.
The truth is that while the normal gutters are pretty easy to install, the half-round gutters are more difficult to deal with but they offer protection against water damage to your home.
The first thing that you have to do when installing is repairing or replacing the fascia board.
In order to be able to install, you need the measurements of the gutter. At this stage, you have to be thinking about the extra length that you need at the ends. Also you have to take into consideration the ends that are going to be mitered. These need a 45° angle cut with the help of a hacksaw.
Cut the gutter to the right size with the help of a hacksaw. If you need a longer gutter than the standard length, you will have to connect two pieces together.
You can do this by overlapping an 8 inch piece, connecting the items with self-tapping screws or pop rivets. In order to prevent leaks you should use silicone.
A ceiling fan seems to be something simple, but on the hot summer days it might make all the difference to the climate of your home. There are some steps that you have to follow in order to install the ceiling fan on your own.
The first thing you have to do is to turn off the electricity and only then should you handle electric wires. Next you should find the right spot of the fan. If you would like it to hang from the middle of the ceiling, draw diagonal lines from the opposite corners of the room to find the center.
The first thing to install is the junction box. Make a hole big enough for the junction box to fit in and in case it is next to the joist, drill some holes on the side of it and screw it to the joist. When handling ceiling fans the only junction box that you should use is the metal one. Never use those made of plastic because they aren’t as resistant as the metal ones.
In case you have to work with beamed ceiling, you should rather use special beam mount. You will need one kind of beam mount for the horizontal beam and another kind for the pitched beam.
The flea market is filled with numerous items that some consider as garbage, but which in the same time represent true treasures for others. You don’t have to think big but rather keep an eye out for the smaller objects that you could use around the house as decorative elements.
These elements can look ordinary but with a drop of creativity they can become the key notes of vintage décor style.
For example you can look for some little birds that you could use as recurring decorative items. You could paint them in different colors and a good idea is to glue them to the wall, or put them on tables as simple decorative elements. Also you might find some letters to add to the walls spelling a word dear to your heart.
If you find some small items that you would like to have, a great place to display them is the bookcase, along with the items that you have already in there. For this special purpose you can consider bowls, vintage book ends and other smaller items to help the books keep in place and add some vintage air to a boring bookcase.
If you aren’t moving very often, you might have to face some emergencies around your home from time to time.
This is why you should get prepared for them, so you won’t have to go running around your neighbors to borrow something from them.
One of the most important things that you need around the house is a repair kit. At some point you will be faced with a leaky sink, a faucet that will be impossible to turn off or a toilet that just won’t flush. To get a kit like this, think about some toilet repair kits.
The majority of the hardware stores have them and they have the most important elements to be able to handle the emergencies at home. Sink repair kits also have the needed items, but they also come with nuts and bolts and some of them include the stem for the handle as well.
A plumber’s putty could also be an item of major interest if you are frequently using hoses. It will act as a temporary seal to cover the leak. Besides hoses you can also use it if you see that the connector at the sink is leaking. You could apply this until a plumber comes to permanently fix your problem.
In case you are wondering what gift can you get for a new home, don’t hesitate to choose the right accessories.
Of course, they should go with the interiors of the home, but if you choose something different, then go for a contrast. The home decorating experts advise to choose accessories that create contrast, which is the first step to a beautiful interior.
Don’t choose accessories from the same color palette; add some contrast by choosing small, but effective accessories. Check out the latest designer collection and choose the modern accessories, if the home is entirely in the contemporary style.
Start with accessory for the bathroom. You can add some fresh nuances in the bathroom by presenting just a cream hand soap, of course not an ordinary one. Get Fruits & Passion cream hand soap that comes in orange bottles and it is an ideal gift, especially if you are going to visit your neighbors’ new home.
Beautiful bookends are perfect gift for any host, in case you don’t know the interior style of the home. The bookends just match any style and they are universal. Check out Indigo’s latest collection for metallic bookends, which are the latest trend in home decorating.
Have you ever seen the television shows where the dad goes in the backyard and lays out in the hammock? Has that ever made you wish that you could have one? If so, then wish no more because you are about to find out how to make one of your very own.
You can buy one at the store if you like and hang it between two trees or posts in your yard or you can weave your own by taking 2 welded brass or steel rings measuring 2-3 inches, 2 pounds of a type of twine called seine with a thickness between 40 and 46, a ¾ to 1 ½ inch by 12 inch gauge stick, 2 1 ½ inch by 1 ½ inch by 33 inch hardwood bars as well as a netting shuttle. You will be able to use lark’s head, plain overhand, weaver’s and half hitch knots in the making of your hammock.
Once you are done you will have the opportunity to not only lounge in the comfort of your own back yard but will also have the ability to take pride in the fact that you made your hammock by yourself.
If the June air gets you inspired and allows you to have fun without losing for a second the opportunity to stay in touch with an amazing home decoration, then you might be tempted to choose amazing key elements that will compliment your style.
If the blue ocean in the hot summer days is the thing that fascinates you the most, then you can replicate the amazing sea air by enjoying every second of its amazing blue color.
Invite your guests to sip their coffee and taste delicious snacks from the beautiful blue ceramics by Jonathan Adler and let them admire the amazing detail these items have.
Ask you guests to relax on the Dransfield & Ross Outdoor pillows and feel the sea spirit wrapped in their fine fabric and detail.
If you are a sun creature and the June sun is what drives and seduces you then keep in mind than a couple of sun kissed bowls to compliment your day of serving June strawberries are just what you need on your table. Add a few Gardenia linen pillows by Pierre Deux so your garden couch will smile at the sun too and you will feel like June yourself.