How Does Your Home Smell?

Children love to not only receive gifts, but they enjoy making and giving them. Here are some great gift ideas for them. Not only will they enjoy making them. They can always write a poem or make a home-made card. But what ever you give Mom will be cherished forever! Here are some other ideas to make her day a little more special.

Years ago, while running my own pre-school, one of my parents would give me quite “the gift” at the end of each year. Her son was mildly autistic and developmentally delayed, so he was quite the handful. She always dropped him off early and was always 10 minutes late. I never charged her a late fee. Come holiday time she would proudly had me her gift. One year she gave me an obvious recycled box of very dusty Liquid Incense. Another year I received catsup/mustard/mayo packets with a package of cocktail napkins. The third year I received two single packets of hot chocolate and a pack of microwave popcorn.

Slipcovers can do for your furniture what paint does for the walls. Buy a set of white or off-white cotton canvas slipcovers for a really quick way to refresh your living room decor for the new season. This can become your new tradition to bid winter farewell each year. It’s a classic way to refresh the living room and it only takes a few minutes. Now that’s what I call a quick change!

WIND CHIME: Mom will remember you every time she hears the soothing sounds of the wind chime. You will need six little jingle bells. You can get these from the craft store. You will also need a stick, string and six plastic lids. Cut the plastic lids into shapes. You can cut rectangles or circles or whatever you want as long as it’s wide enough to catch some wind. Make six shapes and punch a hole at the top and bottom of each. Cut six ten-inch long pieces of string. Tie one end of each string to the stick at one-inch intervals and tie a plastic shape to the other end of the string. Using shorter pieces of string, tie a bell to the bottom of each shape. to hang up your wind chime, hold the stick horizontally and fasten a long piece or string to either end.

Minor home improvement work can be handled by the homeowner without the need to involve a contractor. By making minor repairs and improvements a homeowner can improve the Herbal Potpourri value of his or her home by a surprising amount. Relying on the homeowners own skills will make home improvements cheaper, because there is no profit cut out for extraneous contractors and experts.

FLOWER JEWELRY: Get some string and cut it to make a necklace and bracelet. Go out and pick some flowers as well as a bunch of leaves on soft, long stems. First wrap the long stems of the leaves around the string, then weave the flower stems in with the leaf stems. To preserve the flowers, dry the flowers first. Hang the flowers upside down in a cool, dark place. You will have to do this about a week in advance so they can dry out properly. Spray them with hair-spray then create the jewelry.

OPotpourri – These are also made up of seasonal plants and flowers. Rose pedals, cedar wood, pine needles, rosemary, lemon and lavender all make excellent scents. You can experiment with different combinations of your favorite scents.

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