Recapture the kid in you -- the one who lived on two wheels -- with brand-new bicycles (and baskets and bells ) that have old-school style. Get back on the bike with these cycles that revive classic designs -- and our passion for pedaling.
Losing a set of keys in the jumble of a beach bag -- or worse, in the sand -- can put a damper on your day. But it is easy to keep them close at hand with a steel shower-curtain ring. Simply clip the ring onto the handle of your bag and slip on your key ring; you'll always have your keys in sight.
Making a handmade kite may seem daunting; the materials sound unfamiliar. But constructing this particular kite is not very different from creating an applique, or designing a quilt block. If either of these crafts sound familiar to you, this task will be an easy addition to your creative repertoire. And even if you haven't appliqued before, our method is as simple to learn as it is intriguing.
Turn away picnic-table pests with inexpensive sewing supplies: embroidery hoops and muslin. Buy hoops that are slightly larger than the rims of your pitchers and serving bowls. With pinking shears, cut cloth squares two to three inches wider than each hoop. Position a piece of fabric in each hoop to create handy covers.
To complement your backyard with the most appropriate furnishings, you might forgo a trip to the garden center and head to the lumberyard instead. Encircling a majestic black locust tree, this bench delivers 360-degree views. Plus, it always has a shady (and a sunny) side. We used poplar, but any durable lumber coated with weatherproof exterior paint will do. While you can mimic the design of this hexagonal structure, alterations will have to be made to suit your tree and terrain.
To explore a place on foot is to know it -- really know it -- in a way that visitors confined to rental cars and tour buses miss entirely. By slowing down, walkers experience beautiful nuances of the landscape and culture in between all the typical tourist spots.
To avoid tracking in sand or soil after a day at the beach or working in the garden, set up a rinsing station just outside your door or at another convenient location. A teak bath mat provides slip-free footing and good drainage. The steady stream from an ordinary watering can cleans every unwanted speck from your feet and flip-flops or waterproof garden shoes.
The skin in the eye area is especially thin and sensitive, so it flares up fast when you're stressed, fatigued, or surviving on a less-than-perfect diet. Natural remedies, though, can lessen redness or puffiness almost as quickly as it appears.
A relaxing picnic outdoors is hard to resist once the weather turns warm. Whether your destination is a park, a beach, or your own backyard, this make-ahead, grab-and-go strategy offers the complete makings for an easy ritual that you'll want to repeat throughout summer.
A relaxing outdoor event isn't complete without proper lighting. Bars and buffet tables, especially, must be adequately lighted, but are often located far from electrical outlets. An easy, inexpensive solution is to gather clear apothecary bottles and fill them with lamp oil and wicks. Arrange the bottles under a large hurricane for protection; we set these on a sturdy glass cake stand (make sure the bottles are evenly balanced on the stand).
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