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4 Great DIY Home Decor and Design Projects for the Summer

4 Great DIY Home Decor and Design Projects for the Summer

In about three months, summer will kick off, which means more free time to do something meaningful and fulfilling. One thing I am really enthusiastic about is DIY projects, or more precisely, DIY decorations. Of course, there’s never enough time to craft everything you set your mind to, but making a few stylish decorations can fill you with a tremendous sense of achievement. Below, I will give instructions for some projects I plan on tackling this year, but I’ll also leave certain links to the pages I draw my inspiration from.

Hopefully, you’ll be able to find something you like and embark on a crafting adventure of your own. If you have never tried DIY decorations, I strongly recommend you give these ideas a shot. They are relatively easy to pull off. If you’re looking for more daunting and complex tasks, there’ll be a plethora of them in the links provided.

1. Paintings and framed decorations

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    If you’ve no idea where to start with DIY, you can try a project called “Quotes on Canvas.” These pieces are easy to make, you don’t have to know how to paint, and the name is more or less self-explanatory. The only thing you’ll have to decide on is which quote you’re going to use.

    You’ll need a can of white paint, painters tape, a bunch of old newspapers and magazines, spray adhesive, vinyl letters, and either canvas or an old painting you no longer need.

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    Step 1: Cut the newspaper pages or rip them apart. It doesn’t matter, since the pieces do not need to be small. All you need to do is glue random pages and pictures to the canvas.

    Step 2:  When the canvas is completely covered in newspaper or magazines, place your letters so that they spell out the quote you want (make sure the spelling is right, because there’s no going back!).

    Step 3: Use the sponge brush to apply the white paint all over the canvas and letters. Let it dry.

    Step 4: Remove the letters and you’ll have your quote-on-canvas masterpiece.

    Here’s the link to the entire project, just in case you want to follow along with the pictures.

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    2. Glassware projects

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      I recently found a very creative and useful way to cut glass bottles using a string, acetone, and fire. Basically, you submerge a thread of string in acetone, tie it around the part of bottle you want to cut, set the sting on fire, and start spinning the bottle. Once the string has burned out, dip the bottle in some cold water and the piece will fall off. This method opens up a world of possibilities for wine bottle crafts, so even though I can’t decide on what specific decorations I’m going to make, rest assured that a lot of bottles will be cut this summer.

      You can cut out miniature holes in the middle of the bottle, put a candle in it, and make a lantern-like decoration. You can use the bottles to create miniature gardens, or even vessels for serving food. Honestly, there are so many possibilities. Here’s a link that explains how to cut glass in more detail.

      3. Clothes and pillow crafts

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        These kinds of decorations are not really my cup of tea. However, I managed to find something useful and easy to make — Award Ribbons. These are great if you have kids, since they can be used as positive reinforcement for successfully accomplished tasks.

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        You will need some light cardboard, some fabric you are no longer using, glue, and some ribbons. Cut the cardboard into either a square or rectangle frame, and then cut an additional piece in the same shape, only a bit smaller. The next thing you should do is apply glue to the frame and wrap the fabric around it. Cut a piece of paper so that it can fit onto a smaller piece of cardboard and write the name of the achievement on it (Chess Champion, for example). Glue the paper on the smaller piece and then glue that piece to the frame. Finally, glue the ribbons on the back of the cardboard. That’s it!

        You can find more fabric crafts here, and if you want to see the project I described, follow this link.

        4. Furniture projects

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          Here’s something a bit more challenging, yet still pretty simple to build. It’s called a suitcase side table. You’ll need a suitcase you no longer plan on using — but don’t use one that is all torn up! This is a table we’re talking about here and it needs to look nice. You’ll also need four wooden table legs, four wooden square blocks, a drill, some nails, and 16 post screws.

          First, get your four table legs from the same table. If you have a table you are no longer using, just unscrew the legs and reuse them. In order to create good balance, cut 4 blocks of wood (square-shaped and as identical as possible). Glue the wooden legs onto the blocks and use nails to reinforce the bond.

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          You will then need to place your new wooden legs at the back of the suitcase, so make sure you measure the distance between them correctly. Drill four holes through the wooden leg base and through the suitcase at the same time. This way, the holes will align perfectly. Next, use screws from the inside of the suitcase so they go through the holes drilled on the wooden base. Finally, use your post screws to seal everything and you’ll have your suitcase table.

          Here’s a link for the suitcase table, so that you can see how it should look as you go. And as promised, here’s a link to some other DIY summer decorations that you can use for inspiration.

          These projects are quite easy to tackle and shouldn’t be too time-consuming. There is enough room for the whole trial and error process if you are a novice craftsman. Have an interesting summer this year, and I hope you’ll be pleased with your finished decorations!

          Featured photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/birminghamcityuniversity/ via flickr.com

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          12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

          12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

          Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

          But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

          I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

          Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

          1. Nuts

          The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

          Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

          Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

          Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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          2. Blueberries

          Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

          When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

          3. Tomatoes

          Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

          4. Broccoli

          While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

          Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

          Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

          5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

          Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

          The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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          Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

          6. Soy

          Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

          Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

          Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

          7. Dark Chocolate

          When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

          Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

          8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

          Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

          B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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          Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

          Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

          To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

          9. Foods Rich in Zinc

          Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

          Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

          Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

          10. Gingko Biloba

          This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

          It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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          However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

          11. Green and Black Tea

          Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

          Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

          Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

          12. Sage and Rosemary

          Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

          Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

          When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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