Dec 27, 2010

A Tree Gazebo

It’s already Monday night here. I’m late to post this meme since I’ve got very bad connection here!

This tree gazebo is located in Collection Park (the front yard of my college); it’s near the new café. you can see a tree gazebo. During my several visits to the café, I’ve never seen someone climb up the stairs. There’s no sign that forbids either. Perhaps I’ll ask someone there later.

Dec 25, 2010

Green Tea and Coffee

Every time we hang out, I often order green tea and my husband's choice is coffee. If you are in your favorite cafe, what do you prefer to drink?

Dec 22, 2010

Installing French Doors

Do you wish sometimes that you were able to create the illusion of bringing the outdoors indoors? If you were to break through an eternal wall and put in a pair of French doors, the effect would be just that. If there’s a patio or deck outside, so much the better.

Check with your local council to see if you need plans and approvals. This is, after all, a structural alteration. However, the council inspector may feel these are not warranted for such a minor job, particularly if a window already exists, which means that the wall, ceiling and roof above are, in fact, properly supported.

Establishing the height
Check that the height from the floor to the top of window will accommodate standard doors. You need 10mm clearance at the bottom for vinyl or cork and 20mm for carpet.

Allow for the thickness of the jamb rebate at the top plus a 10mm clearance to make sure that there’s no weight on the jamb which might cause it to deflect. If the height is insufficient, you may have to have the French doors made especially for you. If it’s too high, you can always fill in the gap.

If the door has no roofed area outside it, as shown in our example, you’ll need to construct a sill across the bottom of the opening to keep the elements at bay.

Establishing the width
The opening width, if wider than the twin doors, is not so important as you can always put in a few extra studs. But if it is too narrow, the doors will have to be made to suit.

Allow for the two jambs rebates plus 10mm clearance on both sides. Lay out the height and width of the opening full size on a piece of timber 100x50 mm. Draw in the members and measure the sizes. That done, you can obtain a price from a joinery shop. Keep the piece of timber to help you to get the framing the correct size.

If you intend making your opening wider than a window, or to increase the height of the opening, you must seek the advice or assistance of a qualified builder in case you bring the roof and ceiling around your ears.

Dec 20, 2010

Moving Displayed Stuffs

It’s very common here. Many sellers use the similar vehicle to bring and also display their stuffs. Is it also a common thing in your place? I’ve ever seen some sellers with their vehicles are wandering around my neighborhood.

To attract attention, sometimes they are playing loud music and also promoting their stuffs through microphone,“ Plaastic…plastic….plastic stuffs for your home….all in very cheap prices….plastic….plactic…..”


Dec 18, 2010

We’re Flying!

If you catch a flying dandelion seed, you can make a wish~ Anita Sanchez.

Dandelion seeds on puffy white seed head wait for the wind that will blow them away to continue their life as 200 or more new plants at different places.

Dec 15, 2010

Mobile Storage

Another way of expanding your do-it-yourself horizons is to try to consider storage as a movable concept. An itinerant kitchen and sewing trolley that can be moved to where you want, when you want, is just such an example.

With the simple addition of peg-board, it could easily be converted into a workshop accessory. Use your imagination to adapt it for the laundry or study. The beauty of these units is that they can be hidden away in or under a cupboard when not being used.

Each trolley consists of a base with four castors. The unit comprises two 99 mm deep shelved boxes with ply backs which are mounted on this base in one corner. This forms a right angle which gives rigidity to the trolley.

The shelf arrangement can be as intricate or as simple as the items to be stored dictate. The best material to use for this unit is 12mm custom wood or ply (particle board is a possibility, too, but it requires edging).
Source: easy home projects

Dec 13, 2010

Teach Your Child to Save Earlier!

It’s time to Mellow Yellow. Look at these cute and colorful piggy banks / money boxes! When I captured it, I thought that they are just toys. I realized it later, after I saw the coin holes. It’s a pity that I still have no chance to visit again the temporary open market in Sempur field. I really want to buy some of them for my nephews.

Learn to save money is important, right? And I think it’s wiser and better to teach children saving money since their young age. Cute piggy banks will make your child more interested. Have you done it?


Dec 11, 2010

Sempur Bridge

One spot around the old Sempur Bridge (Bogor, Indonesia). I always love the sound of flowing water. It’s so relaxing me. How about you?

The Weekend in Black and White

Dec 10, 2010

A Bathroom Shelf Unit

In a bathroom, the available space in this typically small area is often irregular. This calls for a bit of creative thinking.

One solution is a unit made from a sheet of 12 mm thick plywood (solid timber could be used as an alternative). Use a three ply or tempered hardboard backing. The unit is faced on the top with 50x25 mm batten (finished size 37x19 mm) and with 25x25 mm batten (19x19 mm finished size) elsewhere. Plywood should be of a moisture-resistant type or it could delaminate in the steamy environment. The vertical on the right-hand side could be deleted if preferred.

The unit incorporates a magazine rack and a toilet-roll holder but, if the toilet is not the place where you indulge your literary interests, this could be modified to provide more towel and toiletry storage.

The unit is nailed and glued together and fixed to the wall by screws and plugs. The unit shown is finished in clear polyurethane and its edging is of Tasmanian oak. It could also look most attractive if made with different materials such as melamine-covered, moisture-resistant particle boards with stained or painted timber edging.

Dec 6, 2010

A Moving Male Replica

Mellow Yellow post is coming again. I prefer to call it a replica than a doll. I saw this ‘male replica’ at the center of a park in my father’s hometown, during last Eid ul-Fitr holiday. It really attracted my attention, as he was hitting the traditional large drum while shaking his hip- left and right. The playing music was very loud, too!


Dec 4, 2010

Our Terrace

I capture it in one afternoon, when the sun still shone on the terrace.

The Weekend in Black and White

Dec 2, 2010


For an attractive, durable, maintenance-free surface, pavers have much to recommend them. They can be used for pathways, entertaining areas and pool surrounds.

There are many different colors, shapes, textures and materials from which to choose. The clay ones are more hard wearing and will keep their color longer than cement. The darker colors in clay pavers are usually the hardest and strongest.

Special salt and chemical-resistant varieties, some with rounded edges, make a suitable surround to swimming pools. Many patterns (also known as bonds) are available.

The common sizes for pavers are 230x115 mm and 220x110mm. A minimum thickness of 40mm is required for paths and patios. For driveways, use pavers 50-65mm thick. Ordinary house bricks can also be used as pavers.

By varying the color and pattern, and perhaps introducing some curves, the results with pavers can be spectacular. Do try to avoid having to cut too many bricks. A brick that is cut by a carborundum wheel in a circular saw is suitable for most pavers.

Source:Easy Home Projects

Nov 30, 2010

Thanks to You (2)

It’s my late Mellow Yellow post. This time I will convey again my thankfulness to all men that have to deal with trash every day. Lots of us avoid this kind of job; but without them, can you imagine how dirty and smelly your house and neighborhood will be?

Nov 27, 2010

Little Dam

Ready to Jump!

I took this little dam at Katulampa, Bogor (West Java, Indonesia). The dam is functioned to flow the water from Ciliwung Little River to the irrigation channel. Several boys nearby use the irrigation channel as their playing ground.

My share for
The Weekend in Black and White

Nov 26, 2010

Natural Cleaners for Your Home (2)

Baking Soda: Clean Children’s Toys Safely
Combine four tablespoons baking soda with one quart of water. Use the solution to wipe off toys.

Baking Soda: Clean Bathroom Grout
Make a paste of water and baking soda. Using a small brush or toothbrush, rub the paste onto stained or dirty grout. Let sit for three minutes and rinse.
Baking Soda: Clean the Dishwasher
If your dishwasher has a funky scent, try this: Empty all dishes. Clean out the food filter. Next, fill the detergent well with baking soda and run on empty.

Salt: Drip-Proof Your Candles
Everyone loves the soft glow of candlelight—but not the icky stains they can leave behind when they drip on your favorite tablecloth. To prevent this, soak candles in a saltwater solution for several hours and dry thoroughly before lighting.
Baking Soda: Clean and Deodorize the Refrigerator
Sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and scrub down the inside of your refrigerator. Rinse the sponge and wipe down with fresh water.
Mayonnaise: Clean Yellowed, Dull Piano Keys
Apply a small amount of mayonnaise to the keys. Wait two to three minutes. Wipe off and buff with a soft, clean cloth.

Vegetable Oil: Prevent Rattan and Wicker Furniture from Cracking
Use a soft, clean cloth to apply a coating of vegetable oil to furniture. Wipe off any excess for shiny, beautiful furniture.


Nov 22, 2010

Yellow Coconut Leaf Decoration

This decoration has become a popular tradition in a wedding event here. You can read the names of bride and groom on the hung paper. Usually people place this decoration as a direction tool to the house of a family holding a wedding ceremony.


Nov 20, 2010

Kencana Park

Kencana Park is one of open and public space in my city (Bogor, West Java, Indonesia). Every week end, this place will full of playing children and food sellers.

Nov 19, 2010

Partitions and Screens (2)

In the previous post, we have talked about partitions. This time, I’ll share a little bit about various screens. Screens as dividers have been used effectively for centuries. They have been hidden behind, dressed behind, used as a decorative element or for disguising eyesores and deflecting winter draughts- all manner of tasks where non-permanent screening is appropriate. The screens discussed here will provide you with the basics for screen manufacture.

Slatted screen
This snaky little contraption can go anywhere. Timber strips are nailed back-to-back over a canvas sheet. The strips are standard 30x9 mm cover battens 1.8 meters in length and spaced 9 mm apart. To make the one shown (1.8 meters long) you need 92 of them.

Beaded screen
This beautiful screen comprises three stepped panels which are hinged together. The frame joints should be dowelled and glued. The calico fabric is adorned with bows (you could use a different fabric) and the timber is stained brown.

Solid panel screen
A variation on the beaded screen uses solid panels. The screens shown here are made from ply or edged particle board hinged together. The hinges can be placed on the edge or on the face of the panels.

Any number of panels could be linked in this way. Another variation could use louvred doors, while a framed and paneled screen is yet another option.

The joints for the 42 x 19 mm framing can be butted and dowelled. Or they could be mitred with a half-tounged mortice as shown. The panels can be of three ply 0r 6 mm particle board which sits in a groove in the frame.

Nov 14, 2010

Thanks to You!

I’d like to say ‘thank you’ to all women who work hard every day to keep clean the street in my city (Bogor, West Java, Indonesia). Perhaps the woman thinks that this job is only to get earnings for her family; but for me, she has done a noble job. We should help her with not littering the street. But unfortunately, I still see many people are doing the opposite.

Nov 13, 2010

Partitions and Screens

Homes that are short on space are sometimes difficult to live in. Different activities demand different living areas and the company need to be accommodated so that they can live alongside one another with as little friction as possible.

There are various ways in which limited space can be apportioned. Furniture such as a lounge, dresser or screen can be used effectively to divide up the given space. Another solution is to construct a partition.
A partition is defined as an interior wall or barrier that creates an enclosure. The photos below show how effective such a simple structure can be. The construction procedure given can be adapted to suit your requirements. Change the size and lining (plasterboard, ply, and shingles, for example) and the effect that you create will be entirely different. As a general rule, it’s best to choose those materials which match the existing linings.

Source: Easy home projects

Nov 8, 2010

When the Electricity is Off

About a week ago, the electricity was off for several hours. Feeling bored, I tried to capture the light of the lamp and candle. I think I depend too much on electricity. Sigh.

Nov 6, 2010

Natural Cleaners for Your Home

Apple Peels: Clean Discolored Aluminum Saucepans
First, you can begin by peeling two apples. Put the peels in the saucepan and add sufficient water to cover the peels. Bring the water and peels to boil for quite a few minutes until the stain starts to lift. Turn off the pot and let the water cool. Remove the water and peels, dry the pan and look at the result!

Mayonnaise: Remove Crayon from Wood Furniture
Did your kid get a little carried away while coloring? Get rid of crayon spots from wood furniture by rubbing a dab of mayo on the mark. Let it sit for five minutes and wipe it away with a damp cloth.

Oil and Lemon Juice: Shine Your Wood Furniture
It’s very easy! Combine oil and lemon juice two parts to one and use the solution to give furniture an extra polish.

Vinegar: Clean the Microwave
Baked stains in your microwave can be hard to clean. Mix 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup distilled vinegar in a microwave-safe mug or bowl. Microwave for two minutes and wipe clean. The vinegar assists to lift baked-on food and stains.
Salt: Clean a Glass Coffeepot
Do you have a trouble to clean your coffeepot? Here’s the easy way. Fill the coffeepot with 1/4 cup table salt and a dozen ice cubes. Swoosh the mixture around, let it aside for half an hour, fil it with cold water and rinse.

Salt and Vinegar: Clean Tarnished Copper
Fill a 16-ounce spray bottle with hot white vinegar and three tablespoons of salt. Spray it onto the copper, let it sit briefly, and then rub clean. (But don’t do this to lacquered copper).

Salt: Pick Up a Dropped Egg
A ‘little accident’ can happen in your kitchen. If an egg breaks on your kitchen floor, spray salt on the litter and leave it there for 20 minutes. You’ll be able to wipe it right up. It very helps your job.


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