Monthly Archives: April 2014

Learn to paint like a professional


Painting your house can be messy and if you don’t know what you are doing, the results might not look that great. Here are some books and how to videos that will have you painting like a professional in no time.

Here is my powder room that I painted on the weekend.

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Here are some helpful book and DVD’s available at your GPL to help you paint like a professional
Painting rooms: how to choose and use paint like an expert by Judy Ostrow
Decorating with color: the best of Martha Stewart Living
Step-by-step interior painting by Julian Cassell
Positive home solutions: wall treatments (DVD)
Expert paint: Painting kitchens; how to choose and use the right paint for yout kitchen walls, ceilings, floors, cabinets, counter tops, and appliances by Steven Jordan
The perfectly painted house by Bonnie Rosser Krims
Paint transformations: do it now, do it fast, do it right by Roy Barnhart
Decorative painting 1-2-3
Paint style: the new approach to decorative paint finishes by Lesley Riva
The complete book of painting techniques for the home by Annie Sloan

Starting your garden from seeds

gardening with seeds

I’ve always wanted to start a garden from seedlings that I have grown myself.
seed startingToilet paper tubes make the perfect little pot for growing your seeds in. You can also put them in the ground because they will breakdown over time.  This is a great way to reuse something that you would normally throw away.



Here are some great books to help you get your garden growing.
The new seed-starters handbook by Nancy Bubel
Garden flowers from seed by Christopher Lloyd
Seeds and propagation by Susan McClure
Gardening with heirloom seeds by Lynn Coulter
Starting seeds by Barbara W. Ellis (Ebook)
The complete guide to saving seeds by Robert E. Gough
Gardening from seeds by Martha Stewart

Easter crafts

Easter Eggs

Easter is just around the corner so I thought I would post some fun Easter crafts and highlight the cool Easter activities happening at the library.
Egg carton bunnies and chicks
Egg Carton Easter CraftEgg cartons are one on my favorite things to craft with because you can turn them into anything. For this craft all you need is an egg carton, yellow and white paint, googly eyes, glue and orange and white construction paper. Click on the image for full instructions on how to make them.
Toilet paper bunnies
1-DanielleHunter GlueDots Easter Craft Toilet Paper Roll BunniesMy other favorite thing to craft with is toilet paper tubes because their potential is endless. These toilet paper tube bunnies are adorable and only really require paint, cotton balls and googly eyes. Click on the image for full instructions on how to make these cute bunnies.
Check out these cool activities going on at the library.
Spring Egg-travaganza: Watch the movie Hop, create a spring craft and then have fun hunting for eggs hidden in the Children’s Department at the Main Library. Ages 4 years & up. PG; for some mild rude humor. Come out to the Main Library on April 19th at 10:30 am for this great program.
Easter Bunny Party!: Make a craft, search for Easter eggs and take your picture with the Easter Bunny. Fun for the whole family! Come out on April 19th to our East Side branch at 10:30 am or come to Westminster at 2:30 pm.

Spring cleaning


With spring just around the corner now is a great time to get your action plan ready for spring cleaning. I find it really helpful to make a spring cleaning list and go room by room.
Here is an example of my spring cleaning to-do-list.
Spring Cleaning
What to clean
-Dust tops of cabinets
-Clean cabinet and drawer fronts
-Clean drawer knobs if needed
-Organize cupboards
-Clean the fridge inside
-Clean fridge outside
-Clean the stove top
-Clean glass in oven window
-Clean the oven
-Wash counter tops
Living room
-Change pillow covers
Here are some helpful books from the GPL
Cleaning: plain and simple by Donna Smallin
Household cleaning by Rachelle Strauss
Molly Maid cleaning handbook
Greening your cleaning by Deirdre Imus
Natural stain removal secrets by Deborah L. Martin
How the Queen cleans everything by Linda Cobb
The one-minute cleaner by Donna Smallin