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Terrariums For Beginners

I'm not good with plants, so I jumped at the thought of making a terrarium. I mean, you buy a few succulents and stick them under glass. Right?  Can you go wrong with succulents? I had heard that they were pretty resilient and hardly needed any attention. That's right up my alley since I've been known to be quite challenged in the gardening area.  My first stop was to my local Dollar Tree where I purchased three different types of stones.  My research indicated that placing stones at the bottom of the terrarium allows for proper drainage and keeps plant roots from sitting in wet soil.   My next stop was Home Depot. They have a nice selection of succulent plants--some for a little as two dollars.  I already had potting soil in my garage, so no cost there. So let's recap.  Here's what you'll need: 1)  Stones. Use a variety of stones if you want a more elaborate layering effect. I like the mixture of dark and light stones.  The contrast looks great through the gla

How to Clean Pine Cones in 3 Easy Steps

I'm going to show you how to clean, prepare and decorate pine cones in three easy steps. Lucky for me, I was able to find pine cones right in my backyard.  Actually, the pine cones came from my neighbors trees, but they fell into my yard.  I walked around the yard and collected several that were perfect specimens.  First, I had to clean them. They had a lot of grass and dirt on them, so I wet them a little bit to see if I could get rid of some of that gunk . During this rinsing process I noticed that the pine cones started to close up. This is natural. They usually open up again during the baking process.   So let's talk about the cleaning process.  One of the tutorials I researched suggested letting the pine cones soak for a couple of hours,  so I  soaked my pine cones for about 3 hours in a mixture of water and vinegar . Use 3 parts water/1 part vinegar. After about one hour of soaking, wipe as much sap and dirt off each pine cone, then let them soak a while longer. Next,  pl

"There Are No Thrift Stores Near Me" - Unpopular Opinion About Thrifting

"There are no thrift stores near me". Some of my friends have actually said this to me, but in my view, this is an u npopular opinion. Some thrift stores like to call themselves by other names, like charity shops, knick-knack stores, bazaars or boutiques. So, what I'm suggesting is that there are probably thrifting opportunities all around you . You just might have to do a little sleuthing to find them. The larger thrift stores, like Goodwill, Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity ReStore are easy to spot. But your local churches and community centers often run thrift sales and flea markets. Some churches actually have their own thrift stores. My tip: C heck your local newspaper and online sites like Craigslist for thrift sales and flea markets. The finds at these out-of-the-way places are incredibl e! Disclosure: Links may contain affiliates. When you buy through one of our links we will receive a commission. This is at no cost to you. Thank you for supporting Life o