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Candle Holders

Your home’s décor can be enhanced by the use of beautiful, yet functional candle holders placed around the house. Even an outside garden looks pretty with sturdy candle holders. Paired with a scented candle, candle holders make the perfect gift for the hard to buy for. Children can even make candle holders that are perfect for gift giving. In addition, candle holders come in all shapes and sizes and can fit virtually anyone’s personal taste.

There are numerous types of candle holders available to beautify your home. There are companies that cater especially for those who want to purchase candle holders. To quickly and easily decorate a blank wall, look at some of the scrolled ironwork candle holders. Handcrafted wrought iron candle holders make a stylish addition to a table or a centerpiece. These types of candle holders can be bought to hold one or several candles. Try placing long tapered candles in candle holders to decorate a mantel.

Candle holders also make great gifts. Just about anyone can appreciate a pretty candle holder with a nice scented candle. Candle holders are certainly a one size fits all gift. In addition, candle holders can be bought in a wide variety of sizes and in just about any material. Small glass candle holders are good for individual candles. Try making a gift basket filled with several small candle holders and small candles. Find a different candle scent for every month of the year.

Kids can enjoy making a variety of candle holders for gifts, too. These easy-to-make crafts make a perfect rainy day activity. Try helping your child make these candle holders one day. Give these homemade gifts to teachers or grandparents for a truly personalized gift.

Here are some easy to make candle holders that children can enjoy with a little help.

Supplies needed:

Small tea candle
Empty baby food jar
Colored tissue
Glue and paintbrush

Make a candle holder just the right size for a tea light candle out of a recycled baby food jar. Remove the label from the baby food jar and clean thoroughly. Give your child scraps of brightly colored tissue paper and glue mixed with a little water. Have your child brush the glue on the baby food jar and glue the tissue in pace. When the jar is completely covered with tissue paper, go over the jar again with another layer of glue. Add a tea light candle and you have just created a perfect candle holder gift.

Here is another idea for making a unique candle holder out of soup or vegetable cans.

Supplies needed:

Empty soup can
Hammer and nail

Remove the label off of the can and clean well. If the label on the can is difficult to remove, you can soak the can in warm soapy water and continue to remove the label. After the can is clean, fill it to the top with water and place in the freezer. When the water is frozen, use a hammer and a nail to pound holes into the can. The ice inside the can will help it hold its shape. Be creative with the design. Let the ice melt and place a small candle or tea light candle inside. These candle holders look pretty outside around the holiday season.

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Don Fenton

(AKA) Mr. Done Right

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Cabinet Refacing, A Popular Alternative To Replacing

When remodeling your kitchen, an alternative to replacing your cabinets entirely, is to reface them. With refacing cabinets, you can achieve a beautiful new kitchen while spending half the amount of money. You will literally be giving your cabinets a face-lift!

In the refacing process, existing doors, drawer fronts and hardware are removed and replaced with new ones. For cabinet doors, a wide variety of veneers and laminates are available to cover old surfaces. Other noticeable surfaces such as cabinet ends and frames are finished to match. Cabinet interiors are either refinished or repainted. Cabinet refacing is available in a variety of styles, materials and colors.

Neither the kitchen layout nor the amount of space available is affected by refaced cabinets. Doors, drawer fronts, and hardware are refaced and then put right back into their previous place, leaving your current arrangement untouched. A beautiful new look will be created, but you will still be standing in the same kitchen. If you are looking for a more drastic change, consider installing a few new cabinets to alter the look a bit more. In addition, new pull out or swivel shelves can also be installed to enhance the appearance and feel.

One of the most important factors in refacing your cabinets is that you find a licensed contractor. Getting a contractor that is licensed and bonded means that you will receive quality work without some of the hassles of hiring someone not qualified. Make sure you shop around and get multiple quotes. Contractors typically have different rates depending on the number of employees that will be working on your project. By getting multiple bids you can lower your cost and find a contractor you are comfortable

Not only does refacing cabinets improve the overall look of your kitchen, but it also greatly improves the durability of your cabinets. It helps protect and lengthen the life of your existing cabinetry, adding overall worth to your home.

Benefits Of A Heated Driveway For Residential Use

A heated driveway may seem a bit extravagant for the average homeowner. However, if you live in a climate where it snows or frequently gets icy, consider the benefits that can be had by installing one. With today’s technology, a heated driveway is not nearly as expensive as you might think and it will help save time and will be safer for your family. Think about all the time you spend shoveling walk ways and getting up early to get your car out of the driveway safely. A heated driveway will help alleviate all those issues so you have more time and save money by not having to purchase expensive snow equipment.

If you live in a cold climate that is prone to ice and snow, you are very familiar with the inconvenience of having to shovel your driveway in order to get the car out. You also need to keep it clear in order to walk down it safely without slipping and falling, risking possible injury. If you have visitors to your home, it is also important to keep the driveway clear to protect their safety. If a person slips in falls on your driveway and has a serious injury that requires medical assistance, you may be liable and need to put a claim through your homeowner’s insurance. This can possibly raise rates and make it more difficult to obtain insurance in the future. However, if your driveway is free from these hazards, you will be able to rest assured that your property and the people you care about are safe. A heated driveway will help accomplish this.

A heated driveway can be used in residential homes in order to keep the area clear. It can be installed in the areas that need to be cleared for maximum protection. A heated driveway is custom made to the specifications of your driveway so you can be sure only the parts that need to be covered are. If you spend a lot of money on shovels or snow blowers, the initial investment in a heated driveway will be well worth the expense. You will be able to save time by not having to go out and shovel or use your snow blower. You will also be a lot more comfortable. You will not have to get all bundled up in winter clothes to trudge out in the snow to clear the driveway. Instead, with a heated driveway you can ensure you are safe and comfortable in the warmth of your home and the heated driveway will do the work for you.

If you have a garage where you store your car, a heated driveway is especially convenient for being able to go to work in the morning. Many people who live in colder climates have to wake up in the morning much earlier so they can shovel the driveway and warm up the car just so they can get out to the street with their car to go to work, school or to run errands. You will no longer have to worry about this with a heated driveway. You can, instead, wake up, walk to the garage, get into the comfort of your car and back out of your driveway without worrying that you will run over snow or hit ice patches, jeopardizing your safety or your property.

The heated driveway consists of a heating element that is installed in the concrete. The automatic sensors in the element are custom designed based on the climate in which you live. It will gauge, automatically, temperature and moisture to be able to determine when it should be turned on or off. There is no manual work involved and it is very easy to use. One of the important aspects of a heated driveway is the design. You need to be sure to have a heated driveway that is designed for your area and region of the country so you attain maximum benefit. The heated driveway system can also be installed on steps and walkways. This is an ideal solution for home owners who have a walkway leading from their driveway or sidewalk to the front of their house. They can stop worrying about making a clear path since it will be done automatically.

If you already own a house and have an existing driveway, you can still have a heated driveway. A heated driveway can be retro fitted to your existing area fairly easily. The concrete is cut into and the heated driveway installed. Then, the seams are sealed so it looks as good as new.


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