Fall Home Improvement Solutions for the Yard, Garage & Indoors

Whether you spend a lot of time working on your yard or taking care of your house, you will need the right tools for the fall and winter season to keep everything in tip-top shape. Pack, cover, fix, optimize and work in a variety of different capacities with these fall home improvement solutions for your yard, garage and home.

Get Your Yard Ready for Fall
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Rolling Outdoor Cushion Storage
Store and protect your outdoor cushions with this rolling storage solution. The strong bag is made of heavy-duty polyester, has a zip closure, two rolling wheels and large handles to help you move it around easily.
Air Conditioner Covers
Air conditioners are expensive…don’t let fall and winter conditions destroy them! These covers, designed to fit most window or central air units, prevent snow, ice and dirt from causing rust. Covers have elastic edges.
No-Slip Ice Carpets
Minimize the risk of dangerous falls on icy or snowy surfaces with No-Slip Ice Carpets. Simply roll out this mat and you can walk safely on snow-laden pathways or steps, providing traction where you need it most.

Useful Gear for the Garage
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Rolling Work Seat with Built-In Toolbox
This rolling work seat has a reinforced, vinyl-padded cushion and a three-drawer toolbox with roller bearing slides. It has two folding tool trays with magnetic pads and a rear tray that supports screwdrivers and pliers.
204-Pc. Super Drill Bit Set
This drill bit set has a bit for every purpose, all packed into a convenient hard plastic storage case. The case folds out to reveal four panels full of bits and accessories, each labeled with its size for easy organization.
40″ Cool Weave Folding Car Creeper
The car creeper makes working on your vehicle easy. It’s made with heavy-duty cool weave fabric on a steel frame. The breathable nylon fabric minimizes sweat and the soft foam pillow provides even more comfort.

Tools to Touch Up Your Home
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Wireless Inspection Scope
Gain access behind walls, inside pipes and other hard-to-reach areas with this wireless scope. It features an adjustable LED light and 3′ flexible camera extender with three attachments: magnetic, hook and mirror.
Stanley Tripod Flashlight
The tripod flashlight is great for emergencies, camping and DIY projects in awkward spaces. The flashlight’s articulated head directs the light right where you need it. Has a weather-resistant anodized aluminum case.
High Pressure Drain Cleaner
Use this drain cleaner to unclog sinks, tubs or showers. It uses compressed air to unclog most drains without the use of harmful chemicals. Pump the unit to compress the air, then pull the trigger to blast away the clog.

DIY Home Refresh: Kitchen Backsplash Design Styles

Completely remodeling your kitchen is a huge task to add to your home to-do list. New countertops, cabinets and appliances can set you back quite a bit if you want to refresh your entire kitchen with a new look. But it’s not impossible to get the look you desire by changing a few key features instead of remodeling every square inch. One effective way is to install a backsplash. Get inspired with these kitchen backsplash design styles.

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Modern
The modern look is known for its clean structure and overall simplicity. Steel. Glass. Factory produced for a precise function. Preferred by minimalists and always changing slightly to accommodate the preferences of younger generations, modern isn’t just for people who “don’t really cook,” and is great for cooks who like to keep the kitchen spotless. It’s also the perfect design style for people who try hard to stay away from clutter.

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Rustic
The rustic look can please a wide variety of people, from those who easily fall in love with country elements to those who are seeking to turn their kitchen into a warm, inviting space. This comforting design style is the perfect way to transform your kitchen into a relaxing space to spend time with family or cook a holiday meal. In contrast to the simplicity of the modern style, the rustic look is simple in its roots, its materials, its history.

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Traditional
The traditional look is hard to define. Some believe it falls somewhere between modern and rustic. Others believe it has more to do with the contrast between materials. Still others use the term to describe their own style that doesn’t align with anything in particular. Contrary to its name, traditional style can be quite unique.

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Mosaic
The mosaic look can fall under the umbrella of a variety of different design styles. However, it does give off an exotic, historical or Old World impression. The mosaic is also one of the best backsplash styles to make a statement in your kitchen. If you’re unsatisfied with the rest of your kitchen but can’t justify an entire kitchen remodel, adding a mosaic backsplash will draw eyes away from trouble spots better than any other option.

Kids’ Crafts: Homemade Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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For fathers, a homemade gift from their kid can mean a lot more than any item bought from the store. And for kids, there’s nothing more exciting than seeing Dad light up when he opens a gift made just for him. Kids get a kick out of seeing Dad using the gift they worked hard to make, especially if it is weeks, months or years in the future. Help your kid make a craft Dad can use right away with these homemade Father’s Day gift ideas.

Mr. Morning
The coffee mug is an obvious classic, and for good reason. Coffee-drinking Dads can always use a nice mug to enjoy their morning wake-up medicine. They can take it to the office to show it off on their desk or keep it at home. Get inspirational coffee mugs with a message that’s perfect for Dad, a novelty mug for his sense of humor or a personalized mug that allows you to add artwork and messages to a sturdy design.

A Thousand Words
On Father’s Day you’ll definitely be making some new memories with Dad, which makes it a perfect time to give him a gift that represents a memory you cherish. Not only will your kids get to pick out a favorite picture of themselves with Dad, they can even design the frame or add personal touches to a plain frame. Dad will love featuring his new photo on his desk. You can even sneak a note behind the photo for him to find later.

Gadget Guard
Tech savvy Dads are bound to enjoy any accessory they can use with their favorite gadgets. Upgrade his laptop or tablet sleeve with a personalized creation from the kids. Get the sleeve ready and let them get creative. It will keep his important gear safe and clean, and will be put to use every day all over the house.

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Bookworms like to stay organized. Dad is no different. If he enjoys relaxing with a good book, a bookmark could be the perfect gift. Because it’s easy to make with simple supplies, it’s a great craft idea for younger kids. Knowing Dad likes books enough to need a bookmark also sends a positive message about reading.

Gear for Game Day
The game just isn’t the same without his favorite beverage. Keep it nice and cool with a custom koozie. It’s easy to add a personal touch to a plain koozie. Create a loving message using his favorite team’s colors or make an entirely original design. He’ll be able to put it to use every time he cheers on his favorite team.

Car Guy Key Chain
Make sure he can see and enjoy their heartwarming gift every single day by designing an accessory for his key chain. Weave beads onto his key ring or laminate a family photo and attach it to his key chain before he gets in the car. It’s a fun way to show a car enthusiast some love while getting into the spirit of the holiday.

Hop to It: DIY Easter decor ideas

Easter’s on its way! If you haven’t put up your decor yet, you still have a little bit of time to craft some Easter charm! We have a few ideas to get you started. Here are 5 DIY Easter decor ideas.

Bunny-BuntingBunny Bunting Clean and Scentsible has a few ideas for making bunny bunting, but this one with the pom-pom tails is our favorite! The tails are easy to make with a skein of yarn. Wrap the yarn around your fingers, tie a piece around the middle of your yarn circle to create two loops, and then cut the ends of the loops to fray and you have a bunny tail! Glue that to bunny cutouts and they’re ready to hang!

Jelly-bean-treeJelly Bean Tree This might be the most delicious looking tree your kids have ever seen! Unfortunately, this Crafty Sisters project isn’t quite edible, but it is very easy to make! Basically, collect a few nice looking twigs and branches from the back yard and prune them. Then, select your favorite jelly beans and hot glue them to the branches. When they’re all cooled and dried, it’ll look like your branches are budding with jelly beans!

Tiny-pinatasPiñata Eggs It’s not quite Cinco de Mayo, but that’s not stopping Oh Happy Day from making Easter a fiesta with these tiny piñatas! She use tiny balloons to act as her Easter eggs and applied the same method for making big piñatas to these little egg-shaped ones using papier mache and crepe paper. It’s a fun little craft to keep the kids busy on a Saturday afternoon and the house decorated for Easter Sunday dinner.


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Easter Egg Terrariums If you’ve got little ones, this may be the Easter decor idea that can distract them from their Easter candy! This one comes from The House That Lars Built — and what a fun spring project to get the kids excited about the new season. She used real dirt and real moss, but for flowers that would last, she crafted cute little paper cutouts. They’re so cute and so easy, your kids can make some for themselves and a few extras to give away as gifts for the holiday or use them as favors/place settings for your Easter dinner!

carrot-centerpiecesCarrot Centerpieces Bunnies and flowers are what spring is all about! For an Easter centerpiece, carrots mask the spring flower stems to add a little indirect Easter Bunny flair. Love Grows Wild came up with this simple idea for your holiday dinner table. All you need are flowers, carrots and a good vase. Easter decor doesn’t get much easier than that!

LTD Commodities can help you make every holiday happy! From inspiration for your DIY Easter decor to cooking gadgets for your Memorial Day cookout, look to LTD to make every day more delightful.

Upcycled Garden: Ideas to Get You Excited to Dig

container-gardenSpring is almost here and that means it’s almost time to start digging in your garden! Gardening is an uber-hobby. That means it can combine elements of other hobbies: art, DIY, decor, cooking, and upcycling. While we know lots of ways to make our lives easier and less expensive by upcycling and repurposing unwanted items, upcycling in the garden makes your yard one-of-a-kind. Here are 5 garden upcycling ideas to get you excited to dig.

Dangling Delight Bring your garden up to eye-level with hanging container gardens! An old birdcage or a hat that’s too pretty to pitch in the garbage can be hung with a simple hook to suspend draping flowers like geraniums or fuchsia. On your porch or deck it gives your outdoor decor a little color and a lot of character. While hanging plants look great, you may want to keep your watering can at the ready — they tend to dry out a bit quicker than plants in regular containers because they’re more exposed to air.

terrariumTerrarium Training Curating a terrarium is a good starter container garden. Glass containers are easy to come by to create cute terrariums if you’re not quite ready to build a full container garden. Indoors or outdoors, old vases, pickle jars or pitchers can hold the layers of charcoal, sand and soil as a base for tiny trees, ferns and grass. Terrariums require minimal maintenance, it’s just a matter or trimming and watering to keep them green.

Tried & True Tomatoes The container garden-friendly tomato makes a practical plant for the decorative garden. They work best in larger containers — hanging from an old bucket or watering can, they can draw eyes up rather than to the ground to keep your outdoor decor lively and interesting. Just remember tomato plants require soil with a lot of nutrients to make your tomatoes flavorful and juicy. They also need full sun for a majority of the day, so a hanging container that you can move with the sun is an excellent way to add fresh ingredients to your summer salads.

Flower Flow Flowers can dress up just about any kind of container — even an ugly old shoe! Take inventory of the containers that are still useful but might be too worn to be used for their aesthetic value. An old suitcase that might be too heavy to travel with, an old desk drawer (or an old desk!), or a child’s wagon can be quite beautiful with the right flowers flowing from their openings. Look for colorful flowers that tend to sprawl like calibrachoa to bring your old but cherished items back to life with elegant overgrowth.

herb-gardenSimple Seasonings Herb gardens are probably the easiest gardens to build using repurposed items around the house. They can be big displays using wooden pallets or they can be small enough to fit inside your kitchen. They’re good for small containers because their roots don’t spread the way the roots for tomato plants or carrots do. Use mason jars, tea tins, mismatched coffee cups, or coffee cans. With a good combination of potting soil, compost, and sand (or perlite) and your herbs should thrive indoors. For an outdoor herb garden, think a little bigger. You can use wooden wine boxes carefully stacked at different angles to create a small vertical herb garden or you can use an over-the-door organizers to cover a blank wall and give it a little color and a lot of life!

LTD Commodities has hundreds of items to get your home ready for spring — indoors and outdoors! Whether you’re curating and indoor container garden for your kitchen window or you’re dressing up your walkway, look to LTD for a happy garden!

Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week for Thanksgiving Dinner

covered-casserole-dishesYou have just over a month before your family digs into a plateful of turkey, stuffing and pie! Right now you have plenty of time to plan your Thanksgiving dinner — but don’t let that time get away from you! Thanksgiving requires a lot of work and a lot of tools to make the meal perfect. To make it easy for you, we put together a list of items you might need. Here are this week’s Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week for Thanksgiving Dinner.

Keep It Covered Make a meal for a party, a few friends or just the two of you with this Set of 3 Covered Casseroles. The set comes in graduated sizes to fit the number of portions you wish to cook. Each stoneware piece has handles for easy carrying and comes with a matching lid. Stoneware. Dishwasher, microwave, oven and freezer safe.

non-stick-linerKeep It Clean Eliminate hours of scrubbing when you position a reusable , nonstick liner inside your oven. It catches all those messy drips, and because it’s made of specially coated nonstick fiberglass, it easily wipes clean with a cloth or non-abrasive sponge. Unlike aluminum foil, it won’t affect cooking time or browning. Works on gas, electric and toaster ovens and can be cut to size if needed. Lasts for years. 23″ x 16-1/4″.monogram-food-carrier

 

Keep It Warm Always be ready to share your favorite dishes with the Monogram Food Carrier and the Extra-Large Gel Pack. The Monogram Food Carrier (18-1/2″ x 11″ x 8″, fully expanded) has two insulated, expandable sections that let you pack a hot dish on the mylar-lined bottom (18-1/4″ x 10-3/4″ x 3-1/2″) and a cold dish on top. The wipe-clean polyester exterior sports a stylish monogram that identifies you as the chef responsible for the tasty treats. The 6-1/2″ double handles make it easy to carry, while the double-zipper closure makes it simple to take the food in and out. The dual-use Extra-Large Gel Pack can be used to keep food at the proper serving temperature. Put it in the food carrier to keep dishes hot or cold when you travel. Large, slim design doesn’t take up too much space. Easy-to-follow instructions are printed on the vinyl cover. Microwave and freezer safe. 10-1/2″ x 7-1/2″.

gourmet-kitchen-setKeep It Tasty Unleash your inner chef with the Gourmet Kitchen Gift Sets. The 5-Pc. Bread Dipping Set includes 4 decorated saucers and a 4-compartment plastic jar packed with seasonings. All you add is a loaf of crusty bread and a bottle of olive oil for a delicious treat everyone will love. Each saucer (4″ dia.) features an olive branch design and raised edges to keep your oil from spilling. The seasoning jar includes Sicilian, Parmesan, Tuscany and Rosa Maria blends (0.6 oz., each). Plates, melamine. Dishwasher safe. Use a 4-Pc. Gourmet Set to spice up your favorite meal, as a marinade, or to add a creative twist to your cooking. Just mix the flavors in! Sea Salts, approx. 1.8 oz, each. Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oils, approx. 1.7 oz., each.

1-second-slicerKeep It Easy The 1 Second Slicer(TM) is an all-in-one food prep station. From fruits and vegetables to meats and fish, now you can cut everything with one handy gadget. Get professional results in a flash and then serve, seal, stack and store all in one compact container. The chop function even features 1-button cleaning. Plastic and stainless steel. Dishwasher safe.

 

Autumn Elegance: Crafts to Do with Leaves

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It took a while, but it looks like the leaves are starting to fall! It is one of the most beautiful times of the year, but it never sticks around long enough. The most enjoyable way to preserve its elegance … Continue reading

5 DIY Teacher Gift Ideas

teacher-giftsIt’s time to go back to school and while you’re busy trying to make it as easy as possible for your kids, so are their teachers! But those teachers need a little boost before the year gets rolling — why not give them a little gift of encouragement? Have your kids help out to make something special and keep them busy on these last few days of summer. Here are 5 DIY teacher gift ideas to get the year started right.

Daily Durability The school year survival kit is a super-easy idea to put together as well as inexpensive. Have your kids think about what their teachers need every day to get through classes — coffee to give them a morning boost, candy to treat themselves after lunch, school supplies to present lessons — anything your kids think their teachers might need or want to make the school day a little brighter.  

fairy-garden-kitNew Life Your kids’ teachers help them learn and grow — take that idea and turn it into the shape of a plant. To make it personal, have your kids paint a terra cotta planter with a cute back-to-school quote and tie a ribbon around it. For the plant, choose something easy to care for like a succulent or an air plant — with a low-maintenance plant, your teacher can focus on making your kids sharp while having a little extra life in the room.

Treasure Over Trash If you want to get crafty with a few things you already have but need to get rid of, turn them into something decorative for your kids’ teachers. Use the nubs of colored pencils to create beads for a necklace or use old crayons to create paperweights with rocks from the garden. For that one, you’ll have to heat them in your oven (be careful!) until they’re too hot to touch with your bare hands. Take the crayon crumbs and set them on top of the hot rocks and let them melt away to make a colorful gift for teacher.

lunch-totePractical Packing If you and your kids are super crafty, try something a little more elaborate like a DIY reusable lunch tote. It doesn’t require a lot of materials or time, just a bit of patience. Check out the tutorial on Camille Styles. If you want to simplify the idea, you can always make a no-sew tote from a t-shirt or pillowcase your child’s teacher can use to carry her belongings to and from school or even just to the grocery store. Or, if you don’t have the time to craft, you can always buy a lunch tote

Whatever you need to make your child’s teacher daily duties a little bit easier, LTD Commodities has a solution! Whether it’s an idea for classroom-friendly snacks or a gift for the first day of school, look to LTD for practical products and inspiring ideas.

Crafts to Ease Summer Fatigue

With just a few weeks left of summer, the kids are showing signs of summer fatigue — and you feel it every time they utter the words “I’m bored.” They’re out of ideas on how to take advantage of these last days of summer and that means you probably are, too. But don’t get too stressed out — you need to save your energy for back to school shopping. Here are a few ideas to keep the kids busy until school starts.bead-suncatchers

Naptime Crafts The Artful Parent uses her little one’s naptime as an opportunity to do simple crafts with her older child. During one such naptime, she created suncatchers out of melted craft beads. It’s a very easy project to do with the kids, but it does require using a hot oven so they need supervision. All you need are colorful craft beads and a muffin tin and you have mock-stained glass ornaments. They’ll catch the summer sun now and bring a little sparkle to your home during the darkest days of winter (but we’re trying not to think about that quite yet).freezer-banana-pops

Mini-Treats What kid doesn’t want to make her own chocolate covered treat? These freezer banana pops from Kids Activities Blog is a scaled-down version of chocolate covered bananas you get at the county fair. The idea is so simple — cut a banana into bite-sized pieces, dip them in chocolate and sprinkles, let them chill and you have a grand, kid-sized sweet treat that isn’t so bad for the little ones.bird-feeder

Bird Treats Another simple treat keeps the kids busy for hours and keeps the neighborhood birds fed comes from Growing a Jeweled Rose. It’s a DIY bird feeder that requires next to no planning, very few supplies and minimal supervision. All it is is a toilet paper tube, smeared with peanut butter and rolled in bird seed. It takes just a few minutes to put together, but watching the birds flock to their creation, it holds kids’ attention until it’s time to go to the pool.gumdrop-bridges

Double-Duty Craft Test your kids’ engineering energy by putting them to work on a gumdrop bridge. Galileo Camps offers this idea to set your kids loose with a box of gumdrops and toothpicks and see if they can come up with a structure before they eat all the gumdrops. It tests their critical thinking skills and the gumdrops are their incentive to come up with something awesome. As a bonus, it gets their brains working again to warm up for the first day of school.bubble-paint

Bubbling with Talent If your kids have a long day of doing nothing ahead of them, perhaps some bubbles are in order. Meet the Dubiens put together a tutorial on bubble painting. Mix a little paint with dish soap, use straws to blow out a few bubbles onto paper and you have art! It’s pretty hard to mess up and the results are almost always gallery-quality art.

LTD Commodities has ideas and products to keep every member of the family busy any day of the year. From summertime crafts for the kids to Christmas gifts for your parents, shop LTD for great products and practical prices.

 

Items We Adore: Product Picks for Father’s Day

We’re heating up the grill for Memorial Day — that means summer is on its way with all of its holidays to keep us celebrating right through Labor Day. Next up is Father’s Day and we want you to be ready to honor dad with the right gifts. Here are Items We Adore: Product Picks for Father’s Day.fork-thermometer

Barbecue Aid Great for barbecuing and oven broiling! This Fork Thermometer makes it fast and easy to read the temperature of your food. Indicator lights let you know if the meat is rare, medium or well done. It takes the guesswork out of oven roasting a turkey or grilling steaks and burgers. Stainless steel tips provide accurate results. drill-lighter

Novelty Flares Fire up your grill safely with a Fun Refillable Lighter. Featuring impressive miniature details, it’s a fully functional lighter with a control wheel to adjust the flame. Use it to light a gas or charcoal grill, candles or the fireplace. The Camo Gun has a flame that ignites from the tip of the gun. The Dog lighter has a tip that extends 3-3/8″ from the front collar. The Drill ignites a flame from its 2-1/2″ tip when it’s extended. As a safety feature, these lighters will not ignite until their tips are fully extended. lounge-pants

Laugh & Lounge Relax and laugh in a pair of Men’s Novelty Lounge Pants. These pants are a comfortable choice for a lazy day or an instant hit as a gift. They have 2 pockets and an elastic and drawstring waistband for an easy fit. The fly has a button closure. DIY-book

DIY Guidance Keep your household in working order both inside and out with the handy hints and savvy shortcuts in this 1001 DIY Home Improvement Ideas Book. With 800 full-color photos and hundreds of clear, instructional illustrations, this must-have guide will get you through everything from little projects like cleaning dried spatters in your microwave to the big projects like resurfacing your concrete patio. Includes a recycling directory and index. Car-Phone-Holder

The Right Direction Keep your phone or GPS in sight with this clever visor clip. The device holder has soft gripper arms that expand with a push of a button to secure most devices from 2″ to 4″ wide. You can rotate it 360° to suit your desired viewing angle. Installs in seconds by simply clipping it to most standard visors.

LTD Commodities has gifts and ideas for every holiday and every season. Keep checking back for unique products priced for fun!