By Gene And Katie Hamilton
Is your Mom a do-it-yourselfer? Here are some gift ideas for gardenin decorating and cleaning that she'll probably enjoy. They're clever and useful products that make a special gift for any handy mom. The best part is she'll smile and think of you every time she uses them.
The new Dustbuster® Advanced Clean+™ Hand Vacuum: The iconic hand vac is 40 years old and redesigned with 4X the suction power of any other BLACK+DECKER model and holds charge for up to 6 months when not in use. It features an extra-long, extendable crevice tool for hard-to-reach areas and an extra-large dustbin to suck up more mess per cleaning session. A pet versions is also available. Prices range from $29-$129 at home centers.
She Sheds: A Room of Your Own is a book of ideas found in 23 small spaces designed for a busy woman to read, snooze, be creative, or whatever she wants to do in a place of her own. Think of it as a man cave and you'll get the idea. Find countless ways illustrated in sheds from around the world that create a well planned escape to pursue your passion. It's sold online and at bookstores for $25.
Two new books about sewing just came out. Easy Home Sewing Projects 101 Projects to Transform Every Room of Your Home
has inspiring ideas, colorful photos and detailed instructions for $20.
Sew-It-Yourself Home Accessories 21 Practical Projects to Make in a Weekend for $15 with full color illustrations and instructions to personalize your home with custom accessories. Both sold online and at bookstores.
The solar-powered Edyn Garden Sensor detects soil moisture, humidity and sunlight exposure when used with its companion app on a cell phone. No matter where she is, she has access to a real time snapshot so she knows the condition of the soil. You'll find it for about $100 at Home Depot.
She can take on any tough yard cleanup work with a Compact Billhook - a what? It's a specialty tool used for trimming shoots and stems, dividing plants and any strong-arm pruning jobs in the garden. You can buy Fiskar's compact clearing billhook for about $30 where garden tools are sold.
Here are two nifty gifts for container plants. Drain-Smart at www.drain-smart.com makes container drainer discs that fits into a container and encourages faster drainage and prevents root-rot. (3 pk of 3x12-inch discs $20).
Pot Risers are invisible pot feet that support containers and statuary. They elevate a pot to prevent staining and rotting of decks and patios and promote better drainage. Learn more at www.potrisers.com. A 6-pack of risers for 4-5 pots is $14. Both products are made of recyled material and are available at www.amazon.com.
If Mom likes painting projects consider any of these Handy Paint Products. Choose from a variety of painting aids $3-$15 www.handypaintproducts.com
Another painting aid that Mom will appreciate is an easy way to cover up a wet brush or roller in an airtight container until it's time to paint again. The handy Paint Brush Cover ($5) and Roller Cover ($7) are available at www.thepaintbrushcover.com.
The Black +Decker Garden Cultivator efficiently breaks up soil to allow water and nutrients to reach plant roots while counter oscillating tines prevent weeds from tangling. The soft grip, adjustable handle and upright design provide comfort and limit fatigue when cultivating. Works to easily prepare bare patches in your lawn before seeding, too. ($90) True Value, Ace and others.
A new book from Fox Chapel Publishing DIY Projects for Cats and Dogs features 20 easy-to-build Creations for your Best Friend. The book is well illustrated with colorful instructions and photos of cats and dogs enjoying their playful and practical projects. It sells for $19 online and at bookstores.
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