Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 10/19/2018

Watercolor Paint Tray

The narrow tray with ovals of watercolor paint is a part of growing up. Turn this classic childhood toy into a colorful costume. Top it off with a handmade French-inspired beret and a jumbo paintbrush made from a pool noodle.


Candy Rapper

Drop some sweet beats this Halloween in this punny costume.



Pink Flamingo

Turn a bunch of inexpensive feather boas into a fun flamingo costume for your little one. Pair it with a pink dress and tights, and you have a unique, handmade Halloween costume that won't break the bank.




Classic Witch

This cute little witch's dress is made from one of those ubiquitous black maxi skirts that are all the rage these days. All the materials for this dress were inexpensive and very little sewing is involved, so you will have a fabulous costume in no time and for little money.




Big Yellow School Bus

On Halloween night let your toddlers ride in style by transforming a plain wagon into a bug yellow school. It’ll save their little legs from all of that walking and keep them from wandering off.



Hot Air Balloon

With basically just a laundry basket and a balloon your child can be a balloonier. As a bonus, the tall balloon will make it easy to keep track of your child on Halloween night.







Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 10/19/2018

Step inside this custom-designed, one-owner home with a fully equipped IN-LAW APARTMENT. This home is stunning in every way! The in-law is located over the 3-car garage w/its own entrance on the first level adjoining the second level of the main home. The in-law offers a beautiful kitchen/island/stainless steel appliances, a cathedral living room, a large bedroom, a sitting room, a full bath & a laundry room. The first level of the main home offers a large mud room entrance leading to the in-law & to the main home, a gourmet kitchen w/stainless steel appliances/island/wet bar/pantry/breakfast area, a cathedral family room w/gas fireplace, a dining room w/tray ceiling, a home office, & a guest bath. The second level offers a master suite w/full bath/double vanities/custom cabinets/whirlpool tub/walk-in shower, two additional large bedrooms, & a full bath. The lower level offers a fun "game room"! This home sits on immaculate grounds w/prof. landscape/irrigation/pool/shed. A must see!

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Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 10/17/2018

 

Step 1

Spread the Fertilizer

Apply fertilizer with a spreader, available at home stores. A walk-behind or motorized spreader is more accurate than a hand-held version. As you move the machine back and forth over the grass, grip the handle like a trigger and it releases pellets when you "shoot." Follow the instructions on the fertilizer package. Apply only the recommended amount. This is not a case of "If a little is good, even more is better" — too much fertilizer can burn your grass.

Step 2


Aerate the Lawn

Provide some extra air for grass roots by aerating your lawn — taking out spikes of soil across your lawn to make holes for planting seed. Aerating is low-cost maintenance and even if it's the only thing you do for your yard, you should see improvement. There are motorized aerators for rent, manual versions that work like pogo sticks, pushing out two plugs of soil at a time, and even shoes you can use to aerate while you walk. The pogo-stick versions are good exercise, but beware: the motorized versions can require substantial upper body strength to use.

Step 3


Spread Cool-Weather Grass Seed

Purchase grass seed that says "cool season" or "cool weather" on the package. Scatter it over the lawn with the same spreader you used for the fertilizer, or use a hand-held spreader for less fuss. Try to get the seed evenly distributed so you won't have clumps of grass later.

Step 4


Rake and Water the Lawn

Drag a rake over the lawn to break up soil clumps and cover the seeds a bit.

Water the lawn with the garden hose, using a nice gentle spray like rain. After that, keep the soil moist but don't overwater it or let it dry out. You may have to mow your lawn a few more times before the cold weather sets in, and you can also fertilize another time in a few weeks to help the grass grow. During the cooler months, you should see a lot of growth as a result of your labors.





Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 10/12/2018

1. Brighten the room

Bring in as much light as possible. Light, bright rooms always feel more spacious than dark and drab ones.

  • Wall color. Paint the walls and ceiling the same light color to make the bathroom feel double its size. Multiple colors chop the room into different compartments, making it seem smaller.
    • Windows. If you have a window, use sheer window coverings to maximize the natural light.
  • Lighting. Install additional flush-mount wall or ceiling light fixtures to increase the light in the room.

2. Add mirrors

Install larger — and more — mirrors than you typically would in a bathroom. The reflected light will open your small space into one that feels more spacious.

3. Streamline storage

Keep all storage as flush with the walls as possible, because anything that sticks out will chop up the space and close it in. Install recessed shelving and medicine cabinets instead.

4. Eliminate clutter

Nothing crowds a space faster than clutter. A good rule of thumb: If you don’t need it there, store it elsewhere. Pare what you keep in the bathroom down to the bare necessities.

5. Raise the bar

Raise your shower curtain bar all the way to the ceiling — it’ll draw your eyes up and make the ceiling seem taller, creating the illusion of a larger space.

The same goes for any window treatments. Raising sheer curtain panels to the ceiling also creates the illusion of a larger window, making the small bathroom seem larger.

6. Hide the bathmat

Having a bathmat on the floor all the time can make your bathroom feel smaller. Put your bathmats away when you’re not using them to expose the flooring and make the space appear larger.

7. Install a sliding door

Swinging doors can take up almost half the room, depending on how small the space is. A sliding barn door or a pocket door won’t encroach on your bathroom’s already limited real estate.

8. Think pedestal sink

The added bulk of a full vanity takes up valuable space, so try a pedestal sink instead. You may not have a place for soaps or towels on the vanity, but there are plenty of wall-mounted solutions perfect for bathroom accessories.

9. Choose light-colored flooring

Even if your walls and ceiling are light and bright, a dark floor will negate their effect and close the space in. Keep the flooring light to create a space with a bright and open flow.

10. Go frameless, clear and cohesive in the shower

Clear glass shower doors make the room appear larger, while frosted glass breaks up the space and makes it seem smaller. The same goes for a frame around the glass. A frame can make the area seem choppy rather than smooth and open.

Additionally, install the same shower tile from floor to ceiling. The seamless look from top to bottom adds cohesion and openness.

Just a few changes to your small bathroom can make dramatic differences in how open it feels. Once you’ve tried these tips and tricks in the bathroom, apply them throughout your home! It’s all about creating the illusion of space.





Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 10/10/2018

Located at 37 Eddy Street, Norton, MA 02766

508.285.6451

 

Admission to Winslow Farm

$10.00 for adults,

$5.00 for children, under 2 are free.

Admission prices are subject to change for special events;

please contact Winslow Farm for more information.

 

Please bring cash or check, as sometimes cards are not always able to be accepted.








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