Home Improvement Tips That Can Assist You For A Better Life

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In-ground basketball hoops or a residence health club could enhance the worth of your residence significantly, yet they are extremely budget friendly.

A bulk of your life will likely be lived in your residence as well as your office. Various other methods to boost the look, performance as well as ambience of your residence consist of getting brand-new furnishings that is both trendy and also comfy, raising storage area by mounting shelving, and also finishing the layout styles of areas.

Do not neglect to consider the outdoors locations of your residence. Create the trim, deal with the roof covering, or change aged home windows to boost the worth of your residence and also significantly boost the visual allure. Plus, your revitalized house will certainly be a a lot more welcoming encounter for your visitors!

If you really want to be satisfied at residence, plant a lovely yard in your lawn. You could expand your very own fresh meals, blossoms and also natural herbs and also enhance the air high quality around your residence as well.

You might intend to think about devoting a room especially for leisure. One of the most often-picked options are swimming medical spas as well as swimming pools. In-ground basketball hoops or a residence fitness center could raise the worth of your residence significantly, yet they are really inexpensive.

It would certainly be tough to challenge the truth that the convenience of your house could impact your state of mind and also state of mind on a routine basis. A bulk of your life will likely be lived in your house as well as your office.

For some individuals, no quantity of rearranging could aid with the reality that there simply isn’t really adequate space in their house. In such instances, you must take into consideration including into the house.

You could expand your very own fresh meals, blossoms as well as natural herbs as well as boost the air top quality around your residence also.

You invest a great little time in your residence. Anything you could do to make your house a much more satisfying location to invest your time is a wonderful method to invest your cash. If you really want to relocate, it will certainly likewise include worth to your home.

Repaint the trim, deal with the roofing, or change aged home windows to enhance the worth of your residence and also significantly enhance the visual charm.

Deal with any type of little infirmities in your house, such as a split home window or tarnished wall surfaces as well as ceilings– you would certainly marvel just how the tiniest point could end up being a big inconvenience gradually! Taking care of basic problems will certainly make your house cozier and also offer you a canvas where to reveal your uniqueness. Various other methods to boost the look, performance as well as ambience of your house consist of getting brand-new furnishings that is both trendy as well as comfy, boosting storage room by setting up shelving, and also finishing the style styles of spaces.

New light components are not as well tough to set up, also if you typically aren’t a knowledgeable electrical expert. It is a simple method to enhance the look of any sort of area.


Work In Progress Sashiko Sampler with 3 traditional designs

thriving for perfection.  It’s a blessing some times.  Working through beautiful crafts and knowing your hands did the work for the final product is so rewarding.  Sashiko is a pretty simple craft, but perfecting it takes time and practice.  I’m putting in my dues so I can feel more confident teaching, so I’ll be ready for the next course when it’s available, and so I can help keep this craft alive.

Currently I’m working through a new sampler that I finished designing this week.  Started it Saturday and I’m one third of the way though.  Considering the lack of time I’ve had to work on crafts – it’s good progress.  (Archery, science fairs, game days, etc – can’t escape them and that time with family and friends is why I’m a stay at home mom. ;)

I’m working through quite a few samplers of late and wondering what should be the final project to use them and combine them.  Currently I’m thinking a lap blanket.  (I have WAY too many bags – so those are out!)  Adding them into an apron design could be fun too.  Any other ideas?

The PDF version of this Sashiko Sampler with 3 Traditional Designs is available in my shop.  Stitching order instructions are included.

What projects are you working on lately?

Quilts For Japan

Quilts. Such amazing examples of delicately pieced works of art.  (I never imagined myself making a quilt.  Far too precise for me.)

I’d been scouring the internet for something tangible I could do to help the people in the devastated areas of Japan.  When I came across the Call for Quilts for Japan from Quilters Newsletter – it was then I knew I’d be diving into this new craft.  My local fabric store was awesome and so helpful!  I wasn’t sure where to begin or even what pattern might be a good first project, but they helped me find a simple pattern, the batting and backing, and the nifty even feed foot that helped sew through the many layers.  There wasn’t time to have a long arm quilter quilt it.  So I ventured out and tried that too.  (Two days of wrangling the many layers to quilt it!)

The process really gave me respect for those who choose this art form as their expression.  Wow, it’s a lot of work!

Today the little quilt will be shipped out with a note to it’s recipient.  I’m so excited to have it done and ready to start the first part of it’s journey.

Maki, bless her heart, helped me translate the note into Japanese.  Here’s the message in English.

Even though we’ve never met and we’re half a world apart, with every stitch of this quilt you’ve been thought of and prayed for.  It’s my first quilt.  I chose the 8 pointed star for luck and red as the background color for happiness.  My hope is that this quilt will bring you comfort and warmth.

My Heart Goes Out To Japan

In the wake of the March 11th devastating 9.0 earthquake, resulting monstrous tsunami, continual after shocks, nuclear plant troubles, power blackouts and tremendous difficulties getting supplies to areas that need them most – my heart is absolutely broken for Japan.

I know Japan will come out of this stronger than before.  The Japanese people are amazing in their strength and resilience.

In the mean time, I want to do all I can to help – even though I’m thousands of miles away.

If you haven’t donated to help our neighbors in Japan, please consider doing so.  Here are a few links for you – to make it nice and easy.

Maki (author of Just Bento and Just Hungry blogs) has put together a terrific list of legitimate agencies and groups that are providing help.

Google created an information page with donation info, missing person info, transportation and power updates, etc.

I know the big fund raiser is usually the Red Cross. But one of my favorites, the Salvation Army is also working in Japan.  Japan is used to being on the giving end and not the receiving end of work from the Salvation Army.  But now the Salvation Army has disaster teams active in Japan and easy ways to donate to the help efforts.

The Girl Scouts (and I am a brand new Daisy Troop leader) is also doing what they can.  Donations can be made to help out and paper cranes as an expression of support and friendship can be made and sent – here’s the news clip.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected in Japan.  Japan – know that you are thought of with love every single day.  I wish I could do more for you.

Just For Fun Sale

Every once in a while at completely random times I like to have a sale as a little party for my customers.  Today starts the “Just for Fun Sale” at Ojamiya.  10% off with the coupon code OJAMIYA10PERCENT.  Enjoy!

On the personal front, I finished stitching the traditional design sashiko sampler I designed while listening to Owner’s Share by Nathan Lowell.  The story, as with all by Mr. Lowell, was enjoyable.  Though I was left with a sadness that I’d not felt from any other book.  So go enjoy the story – but grab your kleenex box!  If you haven’t read or listened to his other books – the first is Quarter Share and by far my favorite.

Another note on the personal front, I’m looking into trying my hand at substituting in the school district here.  (Teaching and clerical work.)  As much as I like being a stay at home mom and running my little shop, I think I need to get out more!!!  Cross your fingers for me that I don’t get scared off the first day!