Monthly Archives: July 2013

Renovations : Flooring

flooring

There are so many do-it-yourself flooring options out there that changing the floor in a room is easy, you could even re-do your floor in a weekend if the room isn’t too big. Flooring covers a large area of your home try to narrow down your choices based on room and location. For example, hardwood is not recommended in damp areas such as bathrooms, and vinyl would not be ideal in bedrooms. Below is a list of what flooring type is suited for what room
tileTile
  • Bathroom
  • Kitchen
  • Basements (below grade)
carpetCarpet
  • Bedrooms
  • Living room
  • Dining room
  • Family room
  • Basements (below grade)
laminateLaminate
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Living room
  • Family room
  • Bathrooms
  • Bedrooms
  • Basement (below grade)
hardwood flooringHardwood
  • Bedrooms
  • Living room
  • Dining room
  • Kitchen
  • Family room
engineered hardwoodEngineered Hardwood
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Living room
  • Family room
  • Bathroom
  • Bedrooms
  • Basement  (below grade)
Vinyl-flooring-Add-glamorous-looks-to-your-homeVinyl
  • Bathroom
  • Kitchen
  • Basement (below grade)
Here are some books that will help you with your flooring project.
So you’re renovating! 9, flooring hardwood, parquet, laminated flooring, ceramic   (DVD)
The complete guide to flooring 
Wood flooring  (DVD)
Creating beautiful floors
Practical guide to laying floors by Dennis Jeffries
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Library Links GPL Golf Classic

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We are gearing up for our second annual Library Links GPL Golf Classic at Victoria Park East Golf Club  located at 1096 Victoria Road S. Guelph ON N1L 1C6. Click here to view the fabulous dinner menu. Please contact Kirsten at 519-824-6220 extension 302 or kbester@library.guelph.on.ca for more information or if you have any questions. Get your tickets before September 5th, click on the poster at the top for more details.
To get you in the mood to golf I’ve come up with a list of books that will help you get your game ready for September 13th 2013.
Golf: the art of the mental game by Joseph Parent
Golf: the inner game (DVD)
The golf guru by John Barten
Golf for fun by Sandra Will (children)
Golf: from the tee to the green by Clive Gifford

DIY fashion

comfy dress

I love fashion but I also love saving money. One of my favorite places to pick up some high fashion at an affordable price is at one of the many great consignment shops in Guelph. I’ve found some amazing pieces there like a great Michael Kors dress, Ann Taylor skirts, and my best purchase to date …. a fantastic pair of never worn Manolo Blahnik heels. I get a lot of my work clothing there and pair it with pieces I’ve gone out and bought at stores in the mall, this way I can have an amazing outfit but not spend a fortune on it.
bffI’ve been wanting to try my hand at repurposed clothing for a while. There are so many interesting things you can make by combining two articles of clothing. Like the tank top and a mens dress shirt combined to make a really fun comfy looking dress for the summer shown above. Or turning an old frumpy dress into something new and fashionable.
Here are some books you might find helpful.
Make your own patterns by Rene Bergh
New dress a day by Marisa Lynch
Little green dresses by Tina Sparkles
Born-again vintage by Bridgett Artise
And for a good read check out The gospel according to Coco Chanel by Karen Karbo

Lawn care

summer lawn

Summer is here and the heat paired with the lack of water can do a number on your lawn. We’ve been lucky so far this year to have had so much rain and not a lot of scorcher days but the summer just started.
Here are some tips on keeping your lawn green this summer without wasting water.
  •  Adding compost to your soil will increase the soil’s capacity to absorb and hold moisture.
  • Leave your grass about 2 inches long when mowing. Shorter grass needs more water to stay green during a hot summer.
  •  Eliminate weeds. They compete with grass and other plants for water, plus who want’s a yard full of weeds? 
  •  Mulching around trees and gardens will help hold the water in so you can use less.
  •  Water your lawn in the early morning or late evening.
  •  Water only as needed. Most people over water, healthy lawns need 1 to 2 inches per week.
Here are some books that can help you create a healthy lawn that will make it through the summer looking great.
The organic lawn care manual by Paul Turkey
The Everything lawn care book by Douglas Green
Smart yard by Jeff Ball
Ultimate guide to outdoor projects
Lawn care for dummies by Lance Walheim

Household budgeting

I’ve been going over my household budget with my boyfriend a lot over the past few days as we prepare to buy our first home. We want to make sure we will be comfortably able to have the house and still be able to put money into savings while still having fun.  I’ve posted a good video on how to create your monthly budget and listed some helpful books that you can find at the library.
CliffsNotes creating a budget by Ro Sila
Save big by Elisabeth Leamy
Smart is the new rich by Christine Romans
It’s your money by Gail Vaz-Oxlade (Host of Princess and Til Debt Do Us Part)
Personal budgeting kit by Sylvia Lim