Entries Tagged as 'DIY'

How To: Care For Indoor Plants

Jun 9, 2015

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Indoor plants can purify the air, improve our mood, and enhance our spaces, but these benefits are only achievable when the plants are alive and healthy. That’s why we’ve put together the top ten tips for houseplant care. This should help those of us without green thumbs to have green homes.

 

1. Know Your Plant. Each plant is different, so before purchasing you should do a little research to find out whether it thrives in direct light, indirect light or shade and how often they need watering. If the plant doesn’t come with one already, make a cheat sheet with this information and stick it in the soil so you don’t forget.

 

2. Fertilize. Many of us don’t think to fertilize our houseplants, but it is very important. Follow the directions on the fertilizer you purchase.

 

3. Water Consistently. Over and under watering can stress a plant’s root system. Most plants like having their roots consistently moist – others prefer to be on the drier side. If that seems like a big hassle – at least water your plants once a week.

 

4. Quarantine. New plants can have disease or insects that can quickly spread to your healthy plants. Keep them away from other plants for two weeks and keep an eye out for any problems.

 

5. Bath Time. Dust makes it difficult for our houseplants to breathe. Take them into the shower and give them a good bath with warm water a few times a year.

 

6. Avoid Problem Areas. Don’t place plants near spaces that change dramatically in temperature. For example, avoid placing a plant near an air duct or a frosty window.

 

7. Drainage Is Key. Make sure the pot your plant is in has proper drainage. This will allow excess water to flow out freely. Otherwise, the roots can rot and the plant can die.

 

8. Buy Potting Soil. Don’t try to save money by using soil from outside – this can contain insects, weed seeds and disease.

 

9. Observe. Brown patches on leaves, wilting midday, and faded leaves could mean your plant is getting too much light. Whereas, yellow leaves, small leaves and slow growth could mean your plant isn’t getting enough light.

 

10. Repot. If you can see roots on the surface or growth has stopped completely – it may be time to repot your houseplant. If a plant is thriving – do not repot. The new pot should not be more than 2 inches deeper or wider than the old pot; otherwise, the plant will have too much space and this will stunt its growth.

 

http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/how-to-care-for-potted-plants

http://www.gardeners.com/how-to/houseplant-pests/5168.html

http://www.hgtvgardens.com/houseplants/

http://www.bhg.com/gardening/houseplants/care/

http://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/house-plant-care-tips.html

Free Printable Valentine’s Day Cards

Feb 6, 2015

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Your sweetie deserves a little recognition this Valentine’s Day. Show them how much you care with one of our free printable Valentine’s day cards. All are available for download below.

 

Instructions:

1. Chose your favourite card(s)

2. Load 8.5″ x 11″ card stock into your printer and print based on the instructions and specifications of your printer

3. Cut on the solid line

4. Fold on the dashed line

5. Mail or pass along to your friends or that special someone!

 

Fits envelope size: 5 1/2 Bar (4 3/8″ x 5 3/4″)

 

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Winter Craft: Gold Stippled Acre Napkin

Dec 20, 2014

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Want to get crafty this winter? Take our simple cotton Acre napkin and jazz it up for your next holiday family gathering or New Year’s Eve dinner party. With only a few supplies and some free time, you can fancy up your dinner setting without having to spend the big bucks.

 

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What you need:

White Acre napkins

-Gold fabric paint (can be purchased at any craft store)

-Paintbrush(es)

 

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Use the end of a paintbrush to dip into fabric paint. Transfer onto your napkin multiple times to create a festive stippled pattern.

 

Tip: You can use different paintbrushes to create dots varying in size.

 

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You’re all done and ready to host the holiday party of the year!

 

Products featured: Acre Napkin, Ames Flatware, Jebel White Wine Glass, Wila Dinner Set

 

Free Printable Holiday Cards

Dec 4, 2014

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Why brave the cold and the crowds to find the perfect holiday card when you can print one in the comfort of your own home?

 

Our team of EQ3 Graphic Designers came up with two cards each, all available for download below.

 

Instructions:

1. Chose your favourite card(s)

2. Load 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock into your printer and print based on the instructions and specifications of your printer

3. Cut on the solid line

4. Fold on the dashed line

5. Mail or pass along to your friends and family at your next gathering

 

Fit’s envelope size: 5 1/2 Bar (4 3/8″ x 5 3/4″)

 

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Knit Mug Cozy Tutorial

Oct 30, 2014

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Winter is fast approaching! While the temperature continues to drop, keep your beverage warm with this simple seed stitch mug cozy.

 

What you need to get started:

Yarn

Knitting needles

Mug

Button

Scissors

Needle

Thread

Tapestry Needle

 

The cozy above features Sagaform’s POP mug (available in-store and online), Martha Stewart Crafts tm/mc Extra Soft Wool Blend in Bakery Box White, and size 7 (4.5mm) needles.

 

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Step 1: Create a slipknot, put one of your needles through and tighten. Cast on your desired number of stitches. Have a mug on hand for a rough estimate. (POP mug: 18 stitches did the trick.)

 

Step 2: Start knitting!

 

How to create a seed stitch:

Always use an even number of stitches, alternating between knitting and purling. When starting a new row, use the opposite stitch from what you used in the row before.

 

ex:

K P K P K P K P K P

P K P K P K P K P K

K P K P K P K P K P

 

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Step 3: As you go, wrap the cozy around your mug until you’ve reached your desired width (POP Mug: 68 rows). Once you’ve completed the main body of the cozy, cast off and use your tapestry needle to weave the tails into cozy.

 

Step 4: To easily taper the ends of the cozy in, fold the two corners down. Use a needle and thread that matches your yarn to stitch the corners together. Do this on both ends.

 

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Step 5: Use the needle and thread to attach a button to your cozy.

 

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Step 6: Use your tapestry needle to knit a button loop. Cut a sizable length of matching yarn, thread the yarn through the needle, fold the yarn in half and tie the ends together with a square knot. Use the button loop stitch until your loop is completed. After you’re done, cut the yarn, knot the ends, pull tightly, and cut the tails close to the knot.

 

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Step 7: Wrap the cozy around your mug and attach. You’re all done! Now all that’s left to do is to make some hot chocolate and enjoy the changing season in the comfort of your (heated) home.

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