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Vintage Liquor Bottle Lights

Tasting some good liquor is one way to unwind on the couch after a long, tiresome day. But what to do with the empty bottles lying on the counter?

Don’t throw them! Instead, “wine-not” turn them into a versatile homey lantern that’ll brighten up anyone’s boring living room? Suits every season and almost every decor style, so let’s learn how to create these amazing bottles of light.



• Empty glass bottles
• Thick twine
• Glue gun and glue sticks (or any adhesive except gum)
• Fairy Lights
• Decorative items


  1. Take off by making sure that your bottle has been well washed and is completely dry before you begin. Remove every sticky label using hot water and dish soap. Check for any metal or plastic shards and remove these too.
  2. Apply glue on the bottle rim and when the glue starts to hold but isn’t yet dry, start wrapping. Add a dot of glue for every few wraps. Remember to keep it tight, and push it up as you go down.


  1. Continue wrapping and wrapping! When you reach the other end of your bottle’s neck, apply a thin line of glue all the way around, as this will ensure that the string doesn’t slide.

Now, to decorate the rest of its body:

  1. You can do several permutations and combinations. We have made little roses by coiling the rope which will be stuck on the bottle. Decorate with random embellishments, if available.
  2. Once the bottle is dry and the rope is completely attached to it, add the lights in.


  1. Find the perfect place for your little bottle and let it glow.

These little things are easy both on the hands and your pockets. They also make for great little housewarming gifts, especially for upcycle enthusiasts. Give them a try!

Farmhouse Vegetarian Pizza Recipe

Farmhouse Pizza

 Yields 2 to 4 servings


Pizza Dough:

• 1 envelope (.25 ounces) of active dry yeast
• 1 cup of lukewarm water
• 3 cups of all-purpose flour
• 1/4 teaspoon of salt
• 2 tablespoons of sodium bicarbonate


• Pizza sauce
• Processed cheese and mozzarella cheese
• Bell pepper
• Onion
• Mushrooms
• Sweet Corn
• Tomato
• Oregano
• Olive Oil


To make the pizza dough:

  1. In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water. Let stand for about 10 minutes, until it gets creamy.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, salt and sodium bicarbonate. Stir in the yeast mixture. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic.
  3. Lightly oil another large bowl, place the dough inside it and turn to coat with oil all around. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until it doubles in volume.

Wait for about 45 minutes while the dough levitates. Then you can start creating your pizza, as described below.

To make the topping and bake:

  1. Take a rolled base and spread pizza sauce all over it.
  2. Add the desired veggies. Try to put the veggies before anything else, otherwise they’ll crowd the pizza top and defy the heat inside the oven.
  3. Add a layer of processed cheese.
  4. Follow up by adding mozzarella.
  5. Top with a few slices of veggies for a fresher look.
  6. Drizzle a few drops of olive oil, as adding it helps to brown of cheese.
  7. Put the pizza in the oven at 250 C or 480 F for about 12 minutes (or till the cheese is cooked).
  8. Garnish with herbs.

Serve immediately! It’s too tasty to wait any longer.

7 Houseplants Built to Thrive in Near Darkness

Ricardo ElisiárioAt times we are reluctant to bring home new plants because the ones we already have seem to be doing just fine and we’re afraid that the only free spots there are indoors aren’t bright enough to foster the healthy growth of most species.

However, there are some exceptions that show how not all plants are needy of shiny locations. Here’s a list of the seven best indoor plants you could find if your need is to fill in the darkest corners of your room.

Silver Vine (Scindapsus pictus)

The first thing you need to know about silver vines in regard to full shade is that they’ll mostly lose their variegation, being left with leaves that look a bit less peculiar. Just be sure to keep this plant moist during summertime by regularly spraying its creeping body that can grow as tall as you allow it, may there only be a moss pole for it to grip the roots on.

People will be right in saying this one is a little harder to tend to than the next plants on this list, but still, its place here is rightly earned because the beauty and vigor of this vine are notorious. Choose to put it on a well-illuminated area, free from direct sun, but again, even if you have to leave it to itself on the shadiest of corners, that will make the spotting fade away but its gracious looks are granted to still prevail.

Nerve Plant (Fittonia spp.)

The leaves of this plant are quite exquisite too, mostly because of their color, texture and also shape, with unusual bends and rounded out aspect. It demands to be placed in half-shade, remembering that you must always avoid exposing it to direct sunlight or its foliage will not wait to droop.

Other than that, it’s one of the easiest good-looking plants you can grow in any room. Give it the usual warmth that most indoor plants require and be positive that the pot is sitting somewhere humid enough, although the soil needs not to be soggy at all between waterings.

Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema spp.)

The speary foliage of these specimens tends to be dark-green as if they’re telling us that their hunger for light is also quite shallow. Shade feeds them perfectly and to grow these evergreens can be challenging but nothing that isn’t manageable so long as you follow the rules. Almost like the tropical plants, it requires warmth and moisture that has to be inputted by us because homes usually lack on either one or the two factors.

There are many species of this kind and their differences come down to the size of the plant and its leaves, with the variegation also being of many different sorts and hues of green, glaucous and silver.

Mind-Your-Own-Business (Soleirolia soleirolii)

Being this one a groundcover sort of species, growing it should be equally non-demanding. It’s an ornamental often seen coming in tiny vases with a very turfy soil also filled with vermiculite, exactly because it cannot stand lack of water around its webby root system.

Being low maintenance, the only other aspect you need to keep in check is the temperature, never allowing it to rise much above 77 degrees F/25 C, or there will be some slowing to the growth and urgency of its minuscule leaves.

In terms of light requirements, this plant is rather flexible though it prefers a lot of indirect sunlight and shuns the direct exposure to any rays.

Heartleaf Philodendron (Philodendron scandens)

This plant is not only famous for its heart-shaped leaves but also the roots that like to fly off and feel around as if they’re looking forward to rooting on the walls of your dwelling. What the plants of this family ask for is a regular dose of heat and moisture accompanied by full shade — an environment similar to that of the tropical forest, from where they’re native.

Overall, it’s a tough breed that bears some negligence without showing major signs of illness, but try to at least maintain the minimum temperatures above 50 F/10 C for better luck. Regarding the lighting, always remember to shelter them from direct sun, for it will embrace the inkier spots and thrive there.

Snake Plant (Sansevieria spp.)

Sansevierias are the strongest plants you’ll come across, literally and metaphorically. With such thick blades, it endures drought and dampness during the warmest periods, as well as sunbaths or full shade. Because it resists so well to the latter, that’s why this list counts it in, meaning that yes, you can afford to put this little friend in places where you probably wouldn’t dare lay most species.

This houseplant was simply born to live on. If it doesn’t, then it’s because you really suck at gardening and should read a few more books on the subject.

Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra spp.)

Belonging to the elite panel that includes some of those plants widely appreciated by the royalty during Victorian times, it’s very innocent looking with long and elegant, rich green leaves.

Since it’s slow-growing in nature, it’ll accept its age without a problem and the foliage will maintain a good appearance throughout the seasons. However, there should be some care about the chance of waterlogging and hard exposition to direct sunlight which can ruin the plant’s waxy glow, turning it yellowish.

Also, when transplanting is done too often without allowing the plant to rest, root, feed and grow strong as it should (a tip that applies to pretty much every plant there is, indoors or out), there might be trouble. So, keep these clues in mind and your eyes wide open, because if once there were but monsters hiding in the dingiest rooms of your house, now who knows what you’ll find out has sunk its roots in there...


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