Old cedar chest, Rain Lilies, garlic chives & dogwood blooms

We recycled a cedar chest this past weekend. It made a nice planter addition to our flower bed.One of my all time favorite flowers are rain lilies. When we moved here in 2001, I had oodles of rain lily bulbs and miniature grape hyacinth bulbs that I’d raised for many years. I planted them in the back part of the property to give them room to grow and reproduce. I had delusions of looking out and seeing an acre of them blooming in years to come. Well, it didn’t work out that way. The moles and other critters have eaten and moved/scattered the bulbs over a few acres. There’s very few of them that bloom each year now and I never know where they’ll show up. The critters keep moving them.To my delight, I discovered a few rain lilies growing where our garden usually is. I had my husband help me dig them up. I planted them in the corner of my flower bed. They look rough now, but I have hopes they’ll come back strong next year. The bulbs had oodles of tiny bulbs, so hopefully there’ll be a thick patch of them. I may move them somewhere else. I haven’t decided. I just know if we have a garden these would be tilled up and lost until next year or forever.My garlic chives are blooming. They’re quite pretty blooms.I’m happy to tell you that the dogwoods are finally blooming. There’s only wild ones growing in the woodlands around here. For some reason, it seems to take them longer to bloom than the ones used in landscaping. But none-the-less, the dogwoods are finally blooming.

I hope you all have a terrific Tuesday!

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Bottle Cap Containers


One of the first uses I was aware of for ‘Bottle Cap Containers’ was for hides for geo-caching,  but they’re handy for other little things like jewelry findings or beads or buttons or little stuff.

My Grandson tested these in water and
discovered they are ‘NOT WATERPROOF ‘

They’re fairly easy to make.
Here’s a photo of the way I make them

 

Happy crafting!

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Hanging Around Watching Movies

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One of the things I enjoy most about the Kindlefires and tablets is being able to watch movies pretty much anywhere. However, in the kitchen, watching the movie gets a little tough trying to cook or clean with it sitting on the counter or table.
I’ve been thinking about how to make my recipe holder hanger be able to hold a tablet too, but all my thoughts were too complicated and involved sewing and stuff. Then the other day, I came across a pant suit hanger in my closet. You know those cartoons where a lightbulb comes on over a person’s head when they have an epiphany… well, that was me.
joyideaBy hanging the tablet up with a hanger, it frees up counter space.
I can cook, clean or prepare food while enjoying a movie without having a tablet sitting in my way.

I made this post about the hanger-idea in case some other folks might like to use it.
If you use this idea or have thoughts on how to improve it or know of another way to hang a tablet, let me know I enjoy learning helpful things.
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You can use a regular wire hanger for this, but I decided to use a pant suit hanger.
If the hooked part of the hanger is metal, you may want to wrap it in tape so it won’t scuff your door handles. Or you could make a pretty cover for it.
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If your case for your tablet is made to fold over, open it and fold it through the hanger.
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Since my hanger has clips on it, I decided to show it being double helpful by holding a recipe and my tablet both at the same time.
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My Nextbook Ares 7 works great with this too.
I took my Kindlefire 8.9 in my utility room and hung it up and watched part of a movie while I did some laundry, then I carried it back into the kitchen to watch the rest of the movie while I cooked supper and washed dishes.

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Recycle a plastic cola bottle – scouring pad bowl & bell jar

IMG_5517-1bottlebottomsI originally was going to make a post about using the scalloped shaped bottoms of plastic bottles as a holder for a scouring pad. I discovered that the scalloped design helped the scouring pad dry better.
It’s not 100% fool proof, occasionally I’ll find a bit of rust in the bowl from steel wool scouring pads.
It’s only a temporary holder for the yarn scrubbies because they’re so thick they won’t dry out before souring.
None-the-less this is something I wanted to share on my blog.
The other day when I was washing out a plastic bottle, it occurred to me that I should also post something to recycle the upper portion of the cut off bottle.
A bell-jar was my first choice because it’s simple and useful,but I needed to think of something handy to use as a base. After thinking on it awhile I decided to use a bowl lid, cardboard and contact paper to make a base.
So, now, this post is about more than a scouring pad bowl, it’s also about recycling a bottle and a couple other things as well.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.spring-017

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November Wreath

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The wreath base is made from old papers and covered in raffia.
The decorations on the wreath are stuff from around the yard: acorns, pine needles, straw, pine-cones and leaves

The leaves are real too, but they feel like a plastic or a light-weight vinyl. They look better in real life.
I wish they hadn’t reflected the flash so much.

I picked the leaves, laid them out on a piece of cardboard and covered them with paper towels and a heavy book. I left them for a day or two.
I painted each leaf with 3 coats of outdoor mod-podge, Allowing the leaves to dry thoroughly between coats.
After a few weeks and the glue totally cures out, the leaves don’t feel real anymore. It’s pretty neat when that happens.
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Sending you all positive thoughts and warm wishes.t120002

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Here’s why I’m postinging a ‘Wreath of the Month’ for every month of 2014.
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October Wreath

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Just popping in to post a Halloween wreath for my October Wreath of the month.

The wreath base is homemade from old papers and covered in fans made from Mary Jane’s Peanut Butter Kisses wrappers.
I sculpted little figures and added them to the wreath.
I made this wreath last year. It’s fun and brightens up a room.

We’re healthy and doing okay, however Life is still a roller coaster right now. This month has been filled with changes: some good, some bad, some sad and some annoying ones. I need to continue to be on break from my blog. I hope that life will calm down soon and I can comfortably come back to blogging.

I wish you all a very Safe
and Happy Halloween.jacolb
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Here’s why I’m making a ‘Wreath of the Month’ for every month of 2014.
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September Wreath (2)

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I didn’t make a second wreath for September,  instead I decied to use one I made back in 2013 (some of my blogging buddies may remember it.)
In honor of this first day of Autumn here’s a wreath that I made using broken pecan shells.
It’s little, about 6 inch in diameter. I used low temp hot glue and glued the broken shells on a wreath base that I made out of old paper. The ribbon is made with paper raffia.
I think the finished wreath turned out quite charming considering it was made with broken pecan shells. 😉

Life has been a way-off-track again. I need to take another break from blogging for awhile.  I’ll be back when I can.

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September is a 2 wreath month. 1st post is; September Wreath (1). 🙂

Here’s why I’m making a ‘Wreath of the Month’ for every month of 2014.
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