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Corked Garden Sphere

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Corkball 2

I love how this looks in my garden, but the making of the corked garden sphere was a pain in the neck!  I harvested from my cork collection (how did it get so large?!) and glued the corks on to a cheap, round light fixture.

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I used a tube of clear silicone to do the attaching.

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The gluing wasn’t difficult, but it was frustrating and time consuming. Each cork threw the sphere off balance, so I had to adjust the sphere routinely in order to keep the topmost area free for a new cork or two.

Then I had to let the silicone set before I could readjust and add more. Patience is not my strong suit, but I found I could add a few corks, read a little, add a few more corks, clean a little, add a few more corks, cook a little, …. You get the idea! I’m very please with the final outcome.

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Easy and Cheap Table Decor

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Table 4Dan the Man and I were having a couple of great friends over for dinner, and because the weather was so nice, I decided we should eat outside.  We weren’t planning to have a fancy formal table on the patio, but I wanted to dress it up a little.

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First, a trip to Hobby Lobby.  I bought blue patterned scrapbook paper and bandanas.  The paper served as placemats, and the bandanas were our napkins.

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For just about $5, I had an easy table setting perfect for the patio.

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Cheap and easy!

Cleaning Hack: Silk Flowers

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Dan the Man and I have been in the midst of having our leaky master bathroom shower replaced.  If we ever survive all the construction dust, I know we’ll enjoy the new spot.  The end is in sight, so I’m beginning to work on the layers of brown gunk over every surface.  First stop, silk plants.  Today I used a cleaning hack I learned from an interior designer — Lysol disinfecting spray. Read the rest of this entry