Wednesday, October 21, 2015

She's a True Farm Girl

Mom!!! You've GOT to see these cows in the new issue of Grit!!!

© Misty DawnS

Caring for Century-Style Furniture

Five Useful Suggestions for Caring for Wooden Century-style Furniture at Home

Many people who purchase wooden Century furniture wonder how they can care for their purchases. This is not surprising because most Century designs use colors, design elements and hardwoods that can be difficult to maintain.

Here are five useful suggestions for caring for your Century-style furniture that can help you take the guesswork out of caring for your prized furniture items.

Use a Soft Lint Cloth While Cleaning
Using a soft lint cloth while cleaning your furniture is worthwhile because it features a soft surface that won't scratch your furniture's finish. Moreover, using a soft lint cloth to polish your furniture can be useful because it can hold enough furniture polish to safely polish your furniture without having to apply extra polish.

Keep Your Furniture Away from Heat and Sunlight
Most wooden century-style furniture is manufactured using hardwoods that are very sensitive to heat and light. As a result, it's a good idea to keep your wooden furniture away from heat and sunlight that could damage your furniture's surfaces.

Dust Your Furniture with the Grain
Dusting your furniture with the grain is recommended because you are less likely to mar your furniture's surfaces. Doing is this is easy because most wooden Century-style furniture products have grain patterns that are easy to recognize.

Avoid Using Oil-based Furniture Polishes
Using oil-based furniture polishes to polish your Century-style furniture is a bad idea because they contain oils that can clog your furniture with unwanted dust and grime. Furthermore, most oil-based furniture polishes contain chemicals and propellants that are harmful to your furniture's finish.

Clean Your Furniture Thoroughly Every Six Months
Cleaning your furniture thoroughly every six months is worthwhile because it can help you remove dirt and grime that is embedded underneath your furniture's surfaces.

An easy way to thoroughly clean your furniture is to follow this procedure:

Apply a small amount of furniture soap to the surface of a soft lint cloth.
Wipe the soap on to the furniture with the grain.
Rinse off the soap with warm water.
Repeat the previous steps as needed to deeply clean the surfaces of your furniture.

As you can see, caring for wooden Century-style furniture is easy once you understand how to care for your furniture's finishes and surfaces. Feel free to use the suggestions mentioned above to develop a customized approach to caring for wooden Century-style furniture that suits your family's needs.

Friday, October 16, 2015

DIY: Stuffing Your Own Cushions

6 Steps for Stuffing Your Own Cushions

You don't have to visit a department store or upholstery specialist every time you want a new cushion. Use these six tips to stuff your own cushions at home!

1. Ready Your Cover

If you've de-foamed or un-stuffed an existing cushion, you'll want to wash, iron and patch the cover as necessary. If you've stitched a brand new cover from scratch, make sure you double-check the seams to make sure they can withstand the pressure you're about to put on them.

2. Fold Your Cover

To insert your new cushions or foam, fold your cover lengthwise and facing up. Not only will this give you an adequate amount of room to maneuver the stuffing in, but it's also a prime position for detecting any resistance, which can be a sign that you've measured something wrong.

3. Work the Stuffing Inside

As previously mentioned, your stuffing materials shouldn't face any resistance going in. A little tightness is normal, but if you're having to wrestle it or contort your cover in strange ways to make it work, your stuffing isn't properly fitted and you'll need to start the project over.

4. Smooth the Cover

If your cushion has been properly fitted, your cover should be nice and smooth once the stuffing is entirely in place. There shouldn't be any bumps, wrinkles or rough edges. You may have to adjust it a little to make it perfect.

5. Close the Cover

Many covers come with a zipper. Others may require you to stitch the last corner by hand. The "hows" don't really matter as long as you remember to close the cover in the first place. You don't want to leave your stuffing hanging out of one side!

6. Maintain Your Cushion

Your work isn't finished just because the project itself is over. Now that you've made a cushion, it's time to maintain it. Keep it clean; keep it dry; be on the lookout for any signs of damage or deflation. If you can catch a small problem before it turns into a big one, you'll save yourself a lot of headache later.

These are just a few tips for stuffing your own cushions. For even more information, check out a site like The Foam Factory ( They have everything from product ordering to how-to guides to help you with all of your cushioning needs!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

ATSU Water Tower with Glorious Sky

© Misty DawnS

Teenager Boot Camp

Raising a teenager can sometimes be very difficult. While every parent hopes for a child that is well-behaved, gets good grades and stays out of trouble with the law, things do not always go according to plan. Some teenagers, particularly boys, have behavioral issues that are very serious. They need to be dealt with so that the child can go on to become a productive member of society. Depending on what problems the child has, some methods for dealing with these problems are better than others. Do you have a troubled teenage child? Here are some ways that you can help your child to behave better.

1. Military school

Many parents consider sending their child to military school to be a last resort. However, some children have behavioral issues that can only be handled by the stern discipline that military school can provide. There have been many trouble teenagers who have been sent to military school. After they graduate, they are completely changed people, able to assimilate effortlessly into society.

2. Boarding school

Another good option that is available to the parents of troubled teens is to send their children to a boarding school. While not as strict and severe an environment as a military school, the general idea is still the same. At a boarding school, the child will lean manners, discipline and to respect parental authority. Wood Creek Academy operates a boot camp for teenagers that has been very effective when it comes to putting troubled teens on the straight and narrow path. You can find out more about what they do and what your child will experience by visiting There is usually some sort of 12-step program that the children need to complete at boarding schools. These schools are often located in remote areas so the children are not distracted, allowing them to focus on the task at hand.

3. Therapy

Despite the problems that their child is having, some parents may be reluctant to send their child to school at a location that is far away. Therefore, they may opt for a treatment method that the child can undergo while still living at home. In many cases, this involves the child receiving therapy from a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist. For some teens, therapy has been quite useful. However, teens who have histories of acting out violently should probably be placed in a controlled environment where they can be monitored.

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