Sunday, February 7, 2016

Remove Hard Water Buildup Naturally

We have really hard water which I previously spoke about HERE and the deposits tend to build up on the plastic parts of our kitchen faucets. 
The buildup looks really creepy and I just don't care to look at it so here is a good way to keep my faucets free of build up.  The picture above is the after of course. I could almost pass this off as brand new!  Its not though, its going on three years old now.  Read about how we installed the new sink HERE.
This is our filtered water faucet.  Now you're probably thinking, if its filtered water then why is it building up?  Our water is really hard and this normally only happens when the filters are getting close to the end of their life.
This is the removable spray nozzle from our kitchen sink faucet.  Eeeww! Yuck!  It happens though. When it gets like this it will cause the sprayer to go in all the wrong directions and makes messes I didn't intend on having to clean up!
Ok, lets get to how to clean this yuckiness up!  You will need vinegar, zip lock baggies and depending on the size of your faucets a twist tie or rubber band.
For the small faucet I just add a small amount of vinegar to the baggie, immerse the built up end into the liquid and then gather the baggie up and tie securely with a twist tie.  For the large nozzle head I use the same steps except I use a rubber band to hold it.
Depending on how bad your build up is you will want to let this set for several hours.  I normally let mine sit overnight if possible.  You could always do this before work one morning and then remove it when you get home that day.
Tah-Dah!  All clean and free of build up! So much better!
This is a much better idea of what happens after the vinegar treatment.  Yucky build up before and nice "new" nozzle head after!  The best part of this little task is there is no scrubbing or scraping involved.  The vinegar does all the work for you!

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Valentine Tic Tac Toe Chalkboard Art

This is the easiest and fastest chalkboard art I've ever done!  I'm pretty sure I created this one in less than 5 minutes.
My original thought was to fill the tic tac toe board with Xs and hearts.  I filled in the center column first and then added the X on the lower right hand corner and just when I was about to go up and add one more X to the upper left hand corner, I visualized "I heart U" in the top row, even better than Xs and hearts!
To create this design I grabbed a piece of pink chalk and broke it to the size I needed, about an inch long.  I used the side of the chalk and made my squares first and the rest I've already told you above! LOL!
See, I told you, so easy and fast!  I hope you try this chalkboard art for yourself, it really was fun and most of all EASY!
The chalkboard hangs in our kitchen and I normally keep some type of art on it that goes with whatever season or holiday we are in.  It's like therapy drawing on this chalkboard, you know,  like coloring when you were a kid?  I love to see what I can come up with.

Would you like to see more of my chalk art?  Look HERE.  You can also see a few more on my Instagram feed, please look me up, I am ddcamp170 on there.

NOTE: I'm having a really good clearance sale in my Etsy Shop right now.  Lots of Valentine's Day cards and goodies for very nice prices.  Please take a peek HERE.

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

DIY Blown-in Insulation Using GreenFiber Insulation

We had a giant hail storm back a few months ago and after that we needed some major repairs to our home.  We got a brand new metal roof and vinyl siding.  Our home looks like new now but that's a whole other post, but today I wanted to share with you how we went one more step and insulated our attic with DIY blow-in GreenFiber Insulation.
Since the house was better insulated from the outside we decided to go ahead and insulate all we could from inside too.  We've been wanting to this for a couple years now, but just never took the time.  We live in Texas so summers here are brutal.  We knew this job was for the cooler months due to it being in the attic and the new roof and siding gave us that little nudge we need to proceed.
Our home was built in 1983, so it 33 years old.  The before picture is 33 year old "pink stuff" insulation, you know, the itchy kind.  The after picture is our new insulation.  It is GreenFiber Cellulose insulation, the non-itchy kind.
Even though the new insulation is the non-itchy kind we suited up because of all the 33 year old dust that was in the attic.  For this job they recommend you wear a dust mask with a respirator button and safety glasse because this material does produce dust that you do not want to breath or get into your eyes.

First we cleaned the attic removing all un-needed material from the area to be blown and then we got to work.
You will want to calculate how much insulation you need for your home.  Go here to GreenFiber to get your calculations.  We are region 3 with existing insulation so they recommended R25 to R38 for us.  This helps you determine how many bags of insulation you need to purchase.
We purchased our insulation at our local Lowe's store. They offer you the blowing machine FREE with the purchase of 20 bags or more.  We went ahead and purchased 40 bags just in case and that ran us about $321.00.  There is also a deposit of $250.00 for the machine, but that is refundable when you return it back to the store on time.

NOTE:  We noticed that if you order your insulation online you can save quite a bit of money.  Here's the link to what we bought.  It was $7.79 online opposed to $10.41 in the store.  We received another 5% off for using our Lowe's credit card.  Woohoo!  They will email you when your order is ready for pick-up at your store.
This is the first blowing machine we had, we actually had to go back and get another one because this one went out on our sixth bag of insulation.  We had even followed other customers of Lowe's recommendations to test the machine in store before you leave with it and we still had bad luck so you never know.
The process is very simple. Keep the blowing machine outside of the house because its a messy process.  Attach the blowing hose to the machine and string the hose up into the attic.  Close off the attic with plastic to keep the dust contained up there and not in your house.
NOTE: For perfect communication, we reccomend you have the person feeding the hopper and the person directing the insulation be in contact via cellphone with earbuds so you have your hands free for work.

When everyone is in place, turn on the machine and load 1/2 of one bag, broken into small pieces into the hopper.  Continue adding a 1/2 bag at a time being careful not to overload the machine.

I was in charge of keeping the hopper fed.  My honey was the one directing the insulation where it was needed and the kiddo was holding the extra long hose behind him to keep from getting into a jumbled mess.  This helped tremendously!
Our attic is a criss-crossing maze of central air ducting that took some patience in navigating. Not for the faint of heart people!
Before the blowing of insulation started, my Honey used these rafter vent spacers to make sure he didn't fill up the air vents he'd installed for air circulation for the eves of the house.  These insure that you don't fill up your vent air space with insulation.  The house still needs to breath outside air.
Here he is locating a vent and making his way to install the vent spacer.  It was a very tight squeeze, but he got it done!  Great job honey!
This is what is looks like after you are done.  The best article I read (read here) on this GreenFiber insulation says the material will settle over time so to make sure you blow in more than you think you need while you're already up there.  Our home is 1500 square feet and we used about 35 bags in total and got a good 10 inches all over the attic.

That night we noticed that it seemed to sound different in the house and we slept a little warmer than normal too!  I can't wait to see our electric bill drop down.  The real test will be this summer when we reach temperatures of over 100 degrees.

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Valentine Wall Hanging Using a Plate Charger

I was at Michael's the other day and I saw this galvanized plate charger and inspiration struck!  I've been seeing this saying all over Pinterest and I thought it would be fitting for a Valentine's Day project.
I also found this sweet little galvanized heart at Michael's too.  I almost couldnt wait to get home and start creating! LOL!
To re-create this project, you will need the following items:

White card stock - scrap pieces are best
1 galvanized plate charger - $5.99 at Michaels
1 galvanized heart - $1.99 at Michaels
Red Vinyl - about 12" will do - I get mine at Expressions Vinyl
Vinyl transfer paper - about 6" will do - I get mine at Expressions Vinyl
Cricut machine - I used an Expressions machine, yes I'm kickin' it old school here! lol!
Wild Card Cricut cartridge - its OLD, so I don't know if you can still find it or not
Twine for hanging
When creating with my Cricut I always cut out a "test run" with a scrap piece of card stock so I can see what the final project will look like.  At that time I jot down notes on settings and sizes so I can repeat the same for the final cuts.

Using the Wild Card Cricut Cartridge

Page 55 in the manual, "F" button on the key pad, you will find the phrase I LOVE YOU, I cut it at 23".  No, that's not a typo, I really had to make it that big to fit this project and no, its not really 23" in size when you cut it out.  That's a weird quirk with this cartridge. IDK? You'll see I have to adjust sizes as I go on.  That's why I always do a "test run".

Page 67 in the manual, "N" button on the key pad, you will find the Icon for the heart cluster using the shift key.  I cut it at 5".

Page 68 in the manual, "M" button on the key pad, I cut a lower case "m" at 5".

Page 50 in the manual, "O" button on the key pad, I cut a lower case "o" at 4".
Page 45 in the manual, "R" button on the key pad, I cut a lower case "r" at 4".
Page 44 in the manual, "E" button on the key pad I cut a lower case "e" at 4".

After you get everything the way you want it, use your vinyl to cut the final pieces.  Remove all excess "trash" that you don't want to transfer.  While your cut piece is still on the cutting mat, cut a piece of transfer paper to fit the piece you're working with.  Place the transfer paper over the piece and rub with your thumb to make sure you get a good transfer.
Place your piece on the charger where you want it and then start slowly pulling the transfer paper back holding it close to the charger, remove the paper completely.  I don't move my "test run" pieces until I'm ready to replace it with the final vinyl piece.
Continue this process until you have all the card stock pieces replaced with vinyl.
For hanging the heart off the bottom of the charger I used the twine that came on the heart.  I just untied the knots, strung the twine through the holes I wanted to use and then reattached with a finer piece of twine so that it would be more smooth  You could simply retie the knots if you wanted to though.

NOTE:  While I was getting my placement for hanging, I used a piece of packing tape over the twine to hold the heart to the charger on back.
Lastly I used a piece of twine about 12" long for hanging.
I think this turned out so cute!  It was really simple to do after I got all the sizes of my wording figured out.  Best of all, it was an inexpensive craft to do AND none of this is permanent so you could change it up for your next holiday if you wanted to.

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Light Creamy Broccoli Salad

We love a good salad and this one is really good! I found the recipe on Pinterest and then tweaked it a bit to fit our family. You can see the original recipe here.
Doesn't this look scrumptious?  That's because it is!  This salad goes perfect with just about everything and you can also eat it alone for a quick lunch too.
I used turkey bacon bits because my tummy doesnt tolerate pork very well, but use what you like best.
Just a tip:  You will want to chop your red onion really small and make sure you get very fresh and nice looking broccoli for your salad.
This is the creamy dressing.  It is good just alone by itself, but when you add it to the rest of the ingredients, you've got yourself some a really yummy salad.
This is all the dry ingredients tossed together before I added the dressing.  Such lovely colors already, don't you think?

Light Creamy Broccoli Salad

  • 1 lb fresh broccoli, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup turkey bacon bits
  • 1 small red onion, chopped really small
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¾ cup sunflower seed kernels
  • 1 cup light mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. white vinegar 
Toss broccoli with bacon, onion, cranberries and sunflower kernels.  In a separate bowl, stir together light mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar.  Add dressing in with broccoli mixture if you are serving in an hour or two, but if not leave separate until about an hour before you are ready to serve.  Refrigerate.   Toss one more time before serving and enjoy!
NOTE: The vinegar will cause the broccoli to wilt after sitting longer than a couple of hours.
I hope you try this and enjoy it as much as we do!  I have more great salads on the blog, just click HERE to find them.

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Clover House's Top 10 Posts of 2015 - A Year in Review

Happy New Year!
Once again our readers have helped compile this list of our top ten post of 2015. Thank you all so much for visiting us throughout the year! Below each picture you will find a link to the original post so you can read all about it.  ENJOY!
#1 MOST VIEWED - Fence Picket Wall

I hope that you got some good ideas and pinned them for future tries of your own!  It's always fun to see what people enjoy so much each year.  These were a variety of topics, that's for sure!

Thank you again for visiting and especially for taking the time to comment if you do.  We really appreciate and enjoy your feedback!

Want to see the last few years in review too?
2012 in review, go HERE.
2013 in review, go HERE.
2014 in review, go HERE

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

How to Make Stove Top Potpourri

My sister in law gave us this little bag of potpourri makings and the recipe for a family Christmas gift this year.  This could be used anytime in the winter when you have the heat on and want to keep your home smelling lovely and keep the air moist at the same time.
See that sweet little Christmas print up there?  That's a freebie that I got from Finding Home Farms, click HERE for your freebie too!  Look HERE for my very own countdown to Christmas project.
Stove Top Potpourri

1 orange, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
1/2 cup dried cranberries
4 cinnamon sticks
2 tablespoons whole cloves
4 bay leaves
3 cups water

Combine ingredients in a small pot and simmer over low heat for as long as desired.  Add more water if it gets low.

To give as a gift, add all ingredients (except the water) in a ziplock bag leaving the orange and lemon whole of course.  Place your ziplock in a brown bag and tie with a ribbon that has the recipe hanging from it.
I simmered this on Christmas morning and it was a delightful scent floating through the house as we opened our gifts.

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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