Do-It-Yourself Nesting Box

Summer is near, time to enjoy and embrace the natural world! Having a bird house or nesting box is a significant way to create a mutual relationship with nature. bird houseAs we are aware, humans have been increasingly building concrete jungle environments which in turn, is pushing out other species habitats.  By building an alternative and (nearly) natural environment for birds to nest, we are at least making an attempt to co-habitat.

pallet

pallet & pieces

Construction

Construction

Using an old pallet, a little man power, and a few power tools we built this amazing bird house! Once again, pallets are a booger to work with. We were able to get this one apart with a pry-bar and hammer, always use gloves when working with pallets! There is generally an excess of nails, most of which are rusty. After pulling off the best pieces, they were sanded (80 grit) to make the wood slightly safer to work with.

The pieces were cut according to the bird house plan used then glued and nailed appropriately.

I chose not to paint the roof, allowing Scott’s Liquid Gold Cleaner & Preservative to work its magic.

Before & After

Before & After

Nesting boxes have many positive purposes:

1. Attract natural pollinators to your garden.

2. Think wake up call – sweet chirping or obnoxious alarm clock?

3. Create a mutual relationship & co-habitat with the birds of your community. 

4. And well, birds are just fun to watch! Why do you want a bird house in your yard?

bird house

Nesting boxes generally attract birds like wrens, blue birds, chickadees, titmice, wood ducks and wood peckers. Check out choosing the right bird house for your backyard! Thanks Anthony for great instructions!

This post and project were created by our Intern, Amber Lesser. Amber is an Environmental Studies student at the University of Colorado. Thanks Amber!

Do-it-Yourself this Weekend!

book5With Spring creeping upon us, it is time to begin our annual organizing fiasco! I challenge you all not to throw away but reuse, re-purpose and recycle while you organize!earth heart

I stumbled upon this amazing idea, but realized I was lacking in old, antique looking literature. I had heard of this awesome antique store, Tables to Teacups, decided this was the perfect time to investigate. It was a great success! Grandma’s house is always a good place to begin these projects as well.

The How To: You’ll need a drill, L-brackets, ruler, and screws. booksYou will use 3 L-brackets per ‘book shelf.’ One bracket will need to be slightly smaller than the other two brackets. One set of brackets will be placed below the books, and the other (smaller) bracket will go on top of the book(s). Measure your books and start drilling (two sets of hands makes this much more manageable)! I also used a level at this point for my perfectionist side. Lastly, the smaller bracket is placed on the inside, bottom of the second (top) book – this pressed the books together enough so they didn’t move around.

Shelving

This makes a pretty solid shelf but ultimately, you won’t want to place anything heavy on these. I must say it felt wonderful when my friends made notice of the new addition to my house and they loved it.

I did this differently than the folks from which I found the idea: Thanks Kristin for a fun and easy project!

This post and project were created by our Intern, Amber Lesser. Amber is an Environmental Studies student at the University of Colorado. Thanks Amber!

Savor the Slopes This Spring With Clean Screen

Are you still enjoying winter sports now that spring has arrived? Nothing can beat a day of spring skiing with fresh powder thanks to Colorado’s ever changing weather and bright sunshine. Protecting your eyes on ski days like those can be a top priority, whether you’re wearing sunglasses or goggles, spots on your lenses are inevitable. If you’re carving down the slopes, you want to be able to see right? Here is where we can help!

Ever heard of Scott’s Liquid Gold? How about Clean Screen? As a younger consumer, the chances are, these words are not part of your everyday vocabulary. I’m here to tell you they should be.

Clean Screen works wonders on all of your electronic devices. No one likes fingerprints on their iPads, or laptop screens, and if any of you have children or younger siblings, you know just how it seems to be physically impossible for children to keep their fingers off your precious flat screen when they see Nemo or some other cute cuddly character. Clean Screen is here to help. Formulated with Reverse Osmosis Solution, this bottle will give you that crystal clear picture you’ve always wanted.

What happens when you’re out on the slopes and you’d rather not carry a spray bottle of Clean Screen? Enter Little Clean Screen. Small enough to fit in your pocket or wallet, and perfect for on-the-go use, Little Clean Screen does wonders for glasses, sunglasses, and goggles. Don’t spend your day on the slopes staring through dirty lenses. Look for us in the household-cleaning isle in many grocery stores and Wal-Marts across the country. For easy shopping, find us online at www.scottsliquidgold.com.

Fresh and Clean are Signs of Spring

blog_cabinetSpring officially started on Saturday! Some places are still sealed shut to keep out the winter winds while others are beginning to open the windows and doors to let the fresh air in. Ahhhhh, the joy of spring; the fresh clean smell in the air.  That’s why we begin to clean our homes at the first sign of warm weather. We want our homes to smell as fresh, crisp and clean as the air. Many household cleaning products, however, smell like chemicals; not fresh and clean.  They leave harsh, unpleasant odors in your home.

Not Scott’s Liquid Gold Wood Wash. Wood Wash is formulated with a mild, gently effective citrus based detergent. It easily cuts through the dirt and grime that’s been accumulating all winter and leaves a fresh clean citrus scent.  Originally formulated to clean hardwood floors, trim, woodwork, doors and furniture, happy Wood Wash users have also found it works on a wide variety of other surfaces. They have used it on all kinds of materials including tile, linoleum, laminates, plastics – even leather furniture.

Try convenient Wood Wash Ready-to-Use spray for small areas or mix a big bucket of  Wood Wash Concentrate to use throughout your home. Wash just about everything with one eco-friendly, biodegradable product. It’s quick, easy-to-use and leaves your home smelling clean and fresh. Now, it’s that why you started spring cleaning in the first place?

For more information or to buy online visit www.scottsliquidgold.com