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Wednesday
Apr132011

spring chores and a spring bouquet

Hope you are having a great week! Does the nice weather make the whole world a better place for you? It sure does for me. With the great weather comes a little work, and I couldn't find a "simple list of house upkeep tips" on the www, so now I'm making my own.

A little spring cleaning is GREAT therapy. Because we've only owned a home for 1.5 years—I wasn't privy the annual chores required to keep a house in working order. I wanted to throw together a quick list of some research I found. Some obvious, but others may be surprisingly helpful. 

annual house upkeep tips

1 } REPLACE FILTERS
We purchased this reusable filter (located where air enters furnace). It was easy to disassemble and run through the dishwasher. Another really great idea is to clean vents and make sure that no furniture or other debris are blocking vents. Our vents are exposed in our dungeon basement, but many houses will be more difficult. *This is recommended every 3 months.

2 } CLEAN GUTTERS AND DOWNSPOUTS

Clear out all gutters of debris and check for any broken or loose pieces. Also, make sure all downspouts direct water away from the house. This spring we installed a rain barrel on a downspout that had inconvenient drainage onto our patio.

3 } ROOT KILL
Purchase some root killer and use on the main house drain (ours is next to our washing machine in the basement). This cleans out all the drain pipes going away from the home, killing all the root blockage.

4 } KEEP THE BUGS OUT
This is my favorite spring cleaning tip. I hate creepy crawlies. Home Defense is your best friend when it comes to unwanted house guests. It takes a little time to spray all along inside and out of every window, door, and floorboard but so worth the time and $$$.

5 } OTHER GOOD IDEAS
Change batteries on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Have fireplace/chimney cleaned
Clean vent behind dryer
Drain off sediment from base of hot water tank
Grind ice cubes to clean garbage disposal and flush with hot water/baking soda
Clean Ceiling Fans

And most important, add a pretty spring bouquet! My amazingly sweet grandmother-in-law made this PERFECT quilted table center as an Easter gift. I couldn't resist making a complimentary bouquet to show it off. Ranunculus (one of my favorite flowers) are in season and lemons make a good team.

I hope this list can be helpful to some. For more nifty cleaning lists, visit here, courtesy of Miss Martha Stewart. And please do share if you have some chores that you love (or hate).

Thursday
Apr072011

lovely bundle {vegetation}

Great finds for this April Thursday. I so wish I could keep plants alive, but I'll just have to settle seeing all the lovely plant photos instead. Have a fantastic weekend friends!

Image Sources: 1 Angela Hardison (DIY here, via Pinterest) // 2 Sarah Illenberger (via Pinterest) // 3 Photo by Serena Grace, Styled by Kristine Shin (via Pinterest) // 4 Urban Garden Casual // 5 Sasha Hearts // 6 Abbey Hendrickson (via Pinterest) // 7 Jeremy Egry and Aurelien Arbet (gallery here, via Today and Tomorrow) //

Thursday
Mar242011

lovely bundle {magnolias}

Introducing my second column, lovely bundle—which is obviously a collection of whatever is striking my fancy each week. Magnolias are a perfect introduction to spring and I love when all the trees start blooming. SO PRETTY. I think this weekend I'll steal a few to photograph myself.

Have a beautiful weekend and I hope the weather treats you well!

Image Sources: 1 Songs of Light // 2 Shaded Memories // 3 Lavender and Magenta // 4 Judy Stalus // 5 Poetry and Light // 6 Kelly D Brown // 7 Irene Suchocki (via Pinterest) //

Monday
Jan312011

flower hair pins

Hello! Check out these lovely flowers that I turned into hair ornaments.

I found the paper flower embellishments at the craft store (from this collection), and used hot glue to attach them to bobby pins. Even added a little lace for extra fun.

They are so pretty! I still have four left that still need a job, any suggestions?

Monday
Aug302010

aqua fabric flower

Just a pretty flower that I made from this tutorial by A Field Journal. Now to find a place for this lovely thing...

I hope you have a lovely Monday!

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