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DIY Decorating Ideas for Each Season

DIY Decorating Ideas for Each Season

As the seasons come and go, so do our decorating needs. If you have a revolving door of seasonal decorations that you’re just sick of, and want to change things up, why not try a little DIY therapy? Here are some great ideas that you can make yourself to spice up your home for each season. You might just have some fun while you’re at it.

Winter

Wintertime is a nice time to decorate, because it brings back memories of your childhood and incorporates familiar, cozy aromas that amp up the cozy factor of any home, no matter the temperature outside.

Cinnamon Candle Pillars

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    All you’ll need is some hot glue, some cinnamon sticks of varying sizes, some candle pillars, and some twine, and you’re good to go. A white candle creates a neutral color palette, but choose any color you’d like. Simply glue the cinnamon sticks around the edge of the candles and wrap the twine around the center several times. Tie it with a bow, and voilà! You have a handsome, festively-scented candle modification that’s perfect for the winter holidays. These candles make awesome gifts for the hosts of all the holiday parties you have to go to.

    Starry Branches

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      Image via Flickr by mattwalker69

      Starry lights in every tree embody the spirit of the winter season. Bring that mystical feeling into your home with some copper wire LED lights. You can pick them up at most hardware stores. Wrap them around branches you find around your yard and put them in a tall vase. They make great accent pieces to flank fireplaces or entryways.

      Alternate tip: if you can’t find any copper wire lights, spray the branches with gold sparkly paint.

      Spring

      Springtime is a magical time of year when the world renews itself. Bright, pastel flowers and new green buds pop up everywhere. Go ahead, bring that springtime optimism inside.

      Twine Vases

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        Set aside any glass jars you go through in the kitchen, along with wine and liquor bottles, because they make great vases. Just wrap twine around the outside, making sure to glue as you go. You can even wrap a faux-springtime flower bloom into the twine here and there to add a pop of color. Now you’ll have a unique way to store your flowers as they begin to bloom. These vases would look perfect on the mantle of your and your friends new homes in Houston, TX.  Little things like this can really make any new home feel bright and cheery.

        Make Your Own Wreath

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          Wreaths aren’t just for the holidays anymore. Create your own customized wreath with craft store finds. Either choose a pre-shaped one, or choose various sticks from your yard or the local park to create the circular shape yourself. Work in any accent pieces that represent the season, and display it on your front stoop for all to see how wonderfully crafty you are.

          Summer

          Summertime is a great time for DIY crafts. From beautifully blooming flowers to shadow boxing your family vacation, the possibilities are endless in the summertime.

          Scrabble Coasters

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            Image via Flickr by Aric McKeown

            Make your own coasters using scrabble letters. Just choose a thin but sturdy backing, and glue scrabble pieces together in 4×4 squares. You can spell out words that are relevant to you in the pieces, such as “café,” “tea,” “mugs,” and “java.” You’ll have a wonderfully customized coaster set, and everyone will wonder where you bough it.

            Beach-side Terrarium

              Image via Wikemedia by christopher

              Bring the beach to your abode with a beach-themed terrarium. Just scoop up some sand the next time you’re at the beach, and collect some of the most unusual shells you can find. They make a great terrarium once you get home. If you’re not near a beach and won’t be going on vacation this summer, you can pick up shells at your local craft source.

              Autumn

              Autumn is one of the easiest times to decorate. With all the beautiful turning leaves falling to the ground, all it takes is a little imagination to bring the brilliance of autumn to your home next year.

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              Fall-Themed Candle Holders

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                Partially fill a glass canister with dried corn or corn seeds and place a candle around them. Once it’s lit, it makes a great homage to autumn. You could do the same with candy corn. Another option is to use twine to tie dried maple leaves to the outside of the canister. Just make sure to keep it away from the flame to prevent fire.

                Gourds, Gourds Everywhere

                  Image via Flickr by Martin Cathrae

                  Gourds make great decoration accents all over the house. Throw several smaller ones in a large vase to create a centerpiece for the table, line them haphazardly along the fireplace mantle, and place larger ones around pumpkins along the main entrance to the home.

                  There you have it: DIY decorating tips for each season. What are your favorite decorating tips for the seasons? Please share any tips and tricks in the comments below.

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                  Science Says Screaming Is Good For You

                  Science Says Screaming Is Good For You

                  There are many reasons why people might scream – they’re angry, scared, or in pain (or maybe they’re in a metal band!). Some might say that screaming is bad, but here’s why science says it’s good for you.

                  “For the first time in the history of psychology there is a way to access feelings, hidden away, in a safe way and thus to reduce human suffering. It is, in essence, the first science of psychotherapy.” — Dr. Arthur Janov

                  Primal Therapy

                  Dr. Arthur Janov invented Primal Therapy in the late 1960’s. It is a practice that allows the patient to face their repressed emotions from past trauma head on and let those emotions go. This treatment is intended to cure any mental illness the patient may have that surfaced from this past trauma. In most cases, Primal Therapy has lead Dr. Janov’s patients to scream towards the end of their session, though it was not part of the original procedure. During a group therapy session that was at a standstill, Dr. Janov says that one of his patients, a student he called Danny, told a story that inspired him to implement a technique that he never would have thought of on his own.

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                  How it Started

                  “During a lull in our group therapy session, he told us a story about a man named Ortiz who was currently doing an act on the London stage in which he paraded around in diapers drinking bottles of milk. Throughout his number, Ortiz is shouting, ‘Mommy! Daddy! Mommy! Daddy!’ at the top of his lungs. At the end of his act he vomits. Plastic bags are passed out, and the audience is requested to follow suit.”

                  It doesn’t end there, though. Dr. Janov said that his patient was quite fascinated with that story, and that alone moved him to suggest something even he believed to be a little elementary.

                  “I asked him to call out, ‘Mommy! Daddy!’ Danny refused, saying that he couldn’t see the sense in such a childish act, and frankly, neither could I. But I persisted, and finally, he gave in. As he began, he became noticeably upset. Suddenly he was writhing on the floor in agony. His breathing was rapid, spasmodic. ‘Mommy! Daddy!’ came out of his mouth almost involuntarily in loud screeches. He appeared to be in a coma or hypnotic state. The writhing gave way to small convulsions, and finally, he released a piercing, deathlike scream that rattled the walls of my office. The entire episode lasted only a few minutes, and neither Danny nor I had any idea what had happened. All he could say afterward was: ‘I made it! I don’t know what, but I can feel.’”

                  Delving deeper

                  Dr. Janov says he was baffled for months, but then he decided to experiment with another patient with the same method, which lead to a similar result as before. The patient started out calling “Mommy! Daddy!” then experienced convulsions, heavy breathing, and then eventually screamed. After the session, Dr. Janov says his patient was transformed and became “virtually another human being. He became alert… he seemed to understand himself.”

                  Although the initial intention of this particular practice wasn’t to get the patient to scream, more than once did his Primal Therapy sessions end with the patient screaming and feeling lighter, revived, and relieved of stresses that were holding them down in life.

                  Some Methods To Practice Screaming

                  If you want to try it out for yourself, keep reading!

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                  • Step 1: Be Alone — Be alone. If you live in a place that you can’t be alone, it might be a good idea to talk to your family or roommates and explain to them what you’re about to do and make sure they’re okay with it. If you’re good to go, move on to step 2.
                  • Step 2: Lie Down — Lie down on a yoga mat on your back and place a pillow underneath your head. If you don’t own a yoga mat, you can use a rug or even a soft blanket.
                  • Step 3: Think — Think of things that have hurt you or made you angry. It can be anything from your childhood or even something that happened recently to make yourself cry, if you’re not already crying or upset. You could even scream “Mommy! Daddy!” just like Dr. Janov’s patients did to get yourself started.
                  • Step 4: Scream — Don’t hold anything back; cry and scream as loud as you can. You can also pound your fists on the ground, or just lie there and scream at the top of your lungs.

                  After this, you should return your breathing to a normal and steady pace. You should feel lighter, like a weight has been lifted off of you. If not, you can also try these other methods.

                  Scream Sing

                  Scream singing” is referring to what a lot of lead singers in metal or screamo bands will do. I’ve tried it and although I wasn’t very good at it, it was fun and definitely relieved me of any stress I was feeling from before. It usually ends up sounding like a really loud grunt, but nonetheless, it’s considered screaming.

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                  • Step 1 — Bear down and make a grunting sound.
                  • Step 2 — Hiss like a snake and make sure to do this from your diaphragm (your stomach) for as long as you can.
                  • Step 3 — Breathe and push your stomach out for more air when you are belting notes, kind of like you would if you were singing.
                  • Step 4 — Try different ways to let out air to control how long the note will last, just make sure not to let out too much air.
                  • Step 5 — Distort your voice by pushing air out from your throat, just be careful not to strain yourself.
                  • Step 6 — Play around with the pitch of your screams and how wide your mouth is open – the wider your mouth is open, the higher the screams will sound. The narrower or rounder your mouth is (and most likely shaped like an “o”), the lower the screams will sound.
                  • Step 7 — Start screaming to metal music. If you’re not a huge metal fan, it’s okay. You don’t have to use this method if you don’t want to.

                  If you want a more thorough walkthrough of how to scream sing, here’s a good video tutorial. If this method is too strenuous on your vocal chords, stop. Also, make sure to stay hydrated when scream singing and drink lots of water.

                  Scream into a pillow

                  Grab a pillow and scream into it. This method is probably the fastest and easiest way to practice screaming. Just make sure to come up for air.

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                  Always remember to make sure that you’re not going to disturb anyone while practicing any of these methods of screaming. And with that, happy screaming!

                  Featured photo credit: Sharon Mollerus via flickr.com

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