OK so one of the funnest things I have ever done with my sons has been to build a Go-Kart. This one is one of our all time favorites and it was my sons idea to raffle it off. We built this car from the ground up and have decided on our next one that we will be giving a full tutorial on how to do this. This one I built with my 16 year old son. The next one will be built with my 10 year old. This combines all of the important things (at least in my opinion) that do it yourself projects with the family should have, learning something, bonding time, and a sense of accomplishment and pride. We are raffling this car off and hope to do so by the 15th of December. You can find all the official rules and get a ticket here:
My youngest has such an amazing heart and suggested that for every 10 tickets sold that we donate one ticket to a child that might not otherwise have a Christmas so that is exactly what we are doing. I love do it yourself projects like this because of the time it allows you to spend with your children. They never cease to amaze me and give my heart a joy I never imagined possible. Spend time with your kids and really listen to them, it may just amaze you to find out how they think and see the world, I know mine have. We don’t always think they listen to us but they really do, mine have, and I am so proud to call myself their dad. Keep creating and having fun!
Alright so every once in a while I like to do a review on something that is just FUN! I have always loved scavenger/treasure hunts and the like but I SUCK at creating them. I have had 2 giant FAILS in the past and swore I would never do it again. However my 13 year old daughter wanted to have a birthday with a treasure hunt type theme. After the initial haunting memories subsided I did what any good dad would do and Googled treasure hunt. I came across this site called the Treasure Hunt Book. I read through the testimonials and did a bit more research and it all looked great. Now the $39.90 Price tag seemed a little steep at first, but considering how much money I blew at the other 2 failed parties I figured why not give it a shot. Besides it came with a money back guarantee so nothing to lose right? Right. So I have to say it was the best money I ever spent! My daughter and her teenage friends LOVED it. Score one for Dad. That’s right DAD! The girls said they wanted to have me help plan their next birthday parties and my daughter insists that I plan her next party. Imagine that….my 13 year old WANTING me to be involved in her party. You can’t buy that feeling! This book is great it walks you step by step how to create the perfect scavenger hunt, complete with games and more. You can print out the game plans and instructions and for the do it yourselfer designing the challenges and puzzles is sooooo much fun! The Treasure Hunt Party Game comes with tons of great ideas to get those creative do it yourself juices flowing. Stick with what is in the book or do as I did and put your own unique creative twist on them. Even better it is flexible so you can create a fun game for small indoor spaces or huge outdoor spaces. Either way you are going to have fun with this one! The best part is that it is great for all ages and can be tailor suited for specific age groups if you want. I will for sure be planning another one of these thanks to the Treasure Hunt Party Game book. Thinking about an all adult party next time…..this could be interesting! Click Here! and get your copy now. You will not regret it!
Why Not Do It Yourself Review of My Shed Plans
My Shed Plans is a complete guide that explains how you can build a beautiful shed like this one from scratch. Ryan Henderson the writer of the book has given detailed blueprints and step by step instructions that even a beginner can follow. Shed builders can choose from 12,000 shed plans and woodworking patterns.
Once you sign up you will receive the entire package instantly in the Members’ Area via downloads. There are easy to follow instructions provided in the members’ area just in case you have never downloaded anything from the internet before. After making the purchase you will get all the shed plans and woodworking blueprints within 5 minutes. This means that you get the product for a lower price as there are no shipping costs. However, if you prefer buying the CD then you can buy that and it will be sent to you via mail.
Woodworking can be time consuming but making the right plans takes even longer. My Shed Plans Elite provide you a wide range of design to choose from and once you have the design you will be able to construct your shed nicely and it will take less amount of time to build it. It keeps all things simple. The aim of My Shed Plans is to make woodworking a fun activity for you. Once you follow Ryan Henderson’s instructions making shed will be a less time consuming and more fun thing to do.
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The book also teaches you how you can build shed that costs less. You will be able to build a good shed much cheaper than the overpriced ready-made sheds that you see. If you have the resources you can build a decent shed for nothing at all.
My Shed Plans Elite will explain everything in detail and you don’t have to worry about running out of ideas anymore. My Shed Plans Elite package comes with 2 bonuses. The first one is about foundation, roofing and the second one is about woodworking secrets and contains tips and tricks that may prove very useful. The Total price of My Shed Plans Elite is $37 and there is a money back guarantee in case you feel like returning the book. What’s more, you keep the bonus books that you get with it.
Want to get a sample simply visit Do It Yourself Gift Ideas and fill out the form there and I will send you one of the plans you will get with My Shed Plans. I am sure that once you see just how easy to follow these plans are you will be as hooked as I was. Plans come with a complete parts list as well (although I always suggest to get more than called for) to limit those trips back to the hardware store.
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Alright since I have put up the Hanging Gardens post a number of people have messaged me asking what types of plants to put into the gardens. Here are a few of the plants that do the best in shallow gardens like that:
• red radishes
Now lettuce might be a stretch as obviously there isn’t much room in the gutter gardens for that. What I have found works amazingly are herbs. In addition I love the taste of fresh herbs in cooking! I am also including here a guide called : How to Grow Herbs and Veggies in Small Spaces. I have used this guide personally and I love it. You get all kinds of bonuses with it but the reallity is that the guide is worth the price all by itself. Plus you don’t have to run out to the store to get it! Just Click Here!
Alright so some of you are aksing yourself….”Really a chicken coop?” Well here is why. We just recently moved out to the country into a huge house with 2 1/2 acres of land. Since I was a kid I wanted to raise chickens like my great grandfather had and now I have the land to do it. The problem is that I had no idea how. At first I tried to make the makeshift coops that you can find for free all over the web and none of them worked very well at all. I was getting tired of it so I decided to buy one instead. While looking for a place to get one though I came across this site that had a guide and video tutorials on how to build a REAL chicken coop. The cost was only $26.99 and it was worth every penny! Especially considering I was looking at $300+ for anything any good out there. Anyway you get the full blueprints and step by step video tutorials on how to build your own chicken coop. The plans are easy to modify and easily adjust for larger chicken coops. What sealed the deal for me was the fact that you get a Chickens 101 guide as a free bonus. This guide is great for the beginner just learning how to get into this. It not only teaches you how to care for your chickens but where to get them in the first place! It really is, in my oppinion, a must have for anyone wanting to get into raising chickens. Anyway to get your video tutorials on how to build your own chicken coop and the free guide simply Click Here!
Alright these are so much easier than you may think to make. I am going to tell you several ways to do these as I think they are great. So lets get started. The first thing we need to do is to make a straight line on all three of the lengths of gutter down the center. Now measure every 2 - 4 inches and make a mark. This is where you will drill holes for drainage. Most plants will simply die if the roots are left sitting in water, so this is very important. Now that the holes are drilled put in place and glue the end caps on each of the lengths of guttering. Now I have found that the best place to hang these if you have a back or front porch is on the outside edges. One really neat idea is to make several of these and sort of enclose the porch if it is open. Makes almost a “wall” of gorgeous flowers or herbs if that is what you choose to plant. Regardless you need to find a place to hang your garden where it will get plenty of sunlight. Once a spot is chosen simply screw in the hooks the appropriate length apart. IE if your gutter is 32 inches you will want to place the hooks about 28 inches apart. Now take the lengths of chain that you have and place 2 on each eye hook. Now for me it is easiest to start from the bottom and count the links from there. Take 1 bolt and nut and put it through both lengths of chain on one side and then the other. Now place your gutter in between the lengths of chain sitting on the bolts on both sides. tighten the nut until the gutter is sitting flat and being held by the chain. Now simply count the links again on both sides to make sure that you are placing the bolts evenly and repeat the process until you have all 3 lengths of gutter in place. Now simply add soil and your plants and you are ready to go!
Another idea if you do not have any space to “hang” anything is to take a pallet and remove all but the top and bottom cross beams. Yes this includes removing the center beam as well. What you will be doing is again spacing the gutters and putting them in between the two outside pieces of the pallet. You will need to measure the pallet to find out what length your gutter should be cut to. Remember to leave space for your end caps as you will still need them.
Yet another way to do this is to simply place the guttering on a wall. The exact type and method of attachment will depend on the material you are attaching to. It is best to get advice from the hardware store as to what will work best. (IE - if you are attaching to siding, brick, veneer, etc.)
No more excuses as to why you can not grow a garden. These take up little space and look great along fences or walls. Also as you are keeping the plants up from the cold ground and you can take advantage of the warmer sunnier parts of your house you can start some of your vegetables earlier!
Here is my “Why didn’t I think of that!” idea of the day.
Simply draw your favorite design on the contact paper in whatever method you choose, freehand, tracing, or stencils. Then use an x-acto knife to cut out the design. Cut in a square around the design, this way you get the most out of the contact paper.
Now remove the backing of the contact paper with the design and place it on the t-shirt and press down.
Now for the bleach pen shake before use. Unscrew cap on chosen tip. Do not have both caps off at the same time. Squeeze and apply liberally. Replace cap after use. (Note: Using large quantities increases the chance of affecting adjacent colors.)Rub design area. Leave for one minute and dab off Bleach Pen® Gel with a paper towel. Then wash t-shirt. Voila….instant design!
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