A couple of years ago at C2E2, during the second edition of the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, I bought a small terra cotta pot from an older man seated at a table. He never looked at me; he worked for the duration of our transaction, sculpting felted wool into small "Star Wars" figurines. His wife took the money and he nodded and continued churning and churning his wool into miniature cylindrical Chewbaccas and R2-D2s that he then placed into seedling pots, as though planting pop culture cactuses.
Grandmother planted marigolds in her vegetable garden because that's what her mother did. Maybe she heard they were good for pest control, but we know they have no effect on the majority of garden bugs. Maybe they were planted just because marigolds brightened the hard-working space with aromatic fragrance and bright orange or yellow annual flowers.
Q: Dear Ed: In past columns you have addressed new features with one-handle kitchen faucets, but I like the basic two-handle faucets. Since I'm about to replace my present kitchen sink and faucet, can you please address any new design features with two-handle kitchen faucets?
I cannot put a flower bouquet together to save my life. I've tried. Over and over again. Every time, the vase full of blooms looks like a Pinterest fail. But I love to use fresh flowers in my decorating. So through the years, I've learned a few tricks for pulling together pretty floral arrangements that are so foolproof, even I can't mess them up. Here are a few tips and tricks for creating pretty floral arrangements.
When it comes to creating the perfect decor for setting the mood in your bedroom, it doesn't have to be about spending lots of money, but creating a soothing and calming atmosphere that reflects your personality and creates the ideal oasis with some sensual pizzazz.
I've recently rediscovered floorcloths, a refreshing alternative for dressing up your flooring. Let's face it, there are just some places that aren't suitable for standard fiber-based rugs. Floorcloths are about as vintage as you can get for a good reason: They are durable, lie flat on the floor and can be used indoors as well as outdoors.
Dear Angie: How often do I need to replace my hard-wired smoke detectors? And who should I hire to do this? Our 15-year-old system has five detectors. A few are chirping, and it doesn't stop even when we replace the batteries.
Trends come and go in gardening. Remember when you couldn't run through a neighbor's flower bed without tripping over a gazing ball? But for decades now, container gardens have been a mainstay in the landscape. And with advances in technology, it's getting easier to keep your containers looking spiffy from spring through fall.
Q: I recently had my house that I rent tested for mold. My two boys, ages 10 and 2, have been showing symptoms of mold since we moved in back in October 2014. What can I do to help this situation? How do I know how much is too much mold? I don't want my kids to keep being sick, they're getting worse from what I am noticing. They have a severe cough, runny nose, tummy aches, rashes, eye irrigation and the list goes on. How do I know if they are being exposed too much? Hopefully you can please help.
When bats took up residence in her attic, Kathy Martin of Cary found a humane way to relocate them: She erected a bat house. Now, she and neighbors enjoy watching dozens of them setting out on their nightly quest for food.
WAUKEGAN, Ill. - Drew Davis walked up the steps of his Waukegan home with his 9-year-old twins, Hope and Finn, to discover a new door, fresh blue paint on the siding and yellow daffodils and forsythia blooming where old, unkempt bushes once grew. Inside, he found a remodeled interior with an art studio and living room designed to give him the space he needs to paint while his children do their homework.
I remember it like yesterday. I returned from a Rotary Club meeting in Mission, Tex., to see a good sized group with cameras gathered around a patch of flowers at the National Butterfly Center there. I quickly went in and asked what were they seeing? The answer was a Great Purple Hairstreak butterfly. Today when I give a presentation on butterflies I typically call that one a $5 butterfly, in other words it is so showy it's worth the price of admission.
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