Thursday, April 28, 2011

Recycled Bird Feeder

I found this craft for recycled Frisbees at Thrifty Fun, thought you might like it. Can never have enough bird feeders and a good way to recycle.

You need 2 bolts,washers, and nuts
1 empty grated cheese container
2 Frisbees
Long needle nose tool
Wire and S hook

How to

Drill holes in the center of the Frisbees top and bottom,also top and bottom of the container, the same size as the bolts you will be putting through

Drill the bottom Frisbee with several holes for water drainage. Drill two small holes across from each other near the bottom of the container about 1/2 inch from the bottom. These holes should be about 1/3 inch wide.

Match up the container top to the underside of the top Frisbee and glue.

Put bolt through top and bottom set of holes, add washer and then the bolt, tighten. For top sections have a loop of wire ready to wrap around the bolt before tightening. For the bottom use the needle nose to brace the bolt from inside the container while using the screw driver on the outside of the Frisbee

Now it ready to fill,turn the top Frisbee and the container cap should screw right off with it.Add your S hook.

April 29, 2011 Arbor Day

Tomorrow is Arbor Day !!! Find out how you can receive 10 free trees just for joining .
society. Make our world a beautiful place to live. Plant a tree !!!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Style Tips for Bargain Decor

 Bits and Pieces-- If a dresser is too junky to save, use one of its drawers for a magnetic board. Remove the hardware and then paint the drawer. Cut galvanized metal with a utility knife to fit the drawer bottom . Cut pretty paper,and glue it to the metal
Color Styled-- Grocery store flowers offer cheer for mere pennies,but don't just plop them in a vase. Sorting the blooms by color and separating them into small vessels make them much more stylish

Teacup Bird Feeder with Sprouting Seeds

This would make a great Mother's Day gift.

You need

Teacup and Saucer
1/2" copper tubing (length will be the height you want the bird feeder to be plus a few inches )
Copper tubing end cap(to fit the tubing)
Epoxy glue
Copper cutters
Bird seed

How to

Turn the teacup upside down and glue the saucer to the bottom of the teacup
Glue the end cap to the bottom of the saucer
Allow to dry for 24 hours
Stick the copper tubing a few inches into the ground where you want the bird feeder placed,fir the teacup end cap onto the tubing. Make sure the copper tubing is in the ground deep enough that the feeder will stand securely
Fill the teacup with birdseed

Notebook with Envelope Pockets

Make a favorite notebook or journal an organized repository for papers, business cards,and receipts by giving it a built in pocket. Fold back the flap of a colorful envelope and moisten the glue strip . Position it on the inside of the notebook's cover, and press to attach. Secure the envelope's bottom corners with doubled sided tape. Great way to recycle greeting card envelopes.

Bacon Cheese Pull-Aparts

Every bite of this pull apart is filled with the breakfast flavors of bacon,egg, and cheddar cheese

You need

1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 can Pillsbury Grands
1 2.1 oz pkg precooked bacon cut into 1/2 inch pieces
3 oz shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup finely chopped green onions

Heat oven to 350 In a glass baking dish spray with cooking spray. In a bowl beat egg and milk with whisk until smooth

Separate dough into 8 biscuits, cut each into quarters. Gently stir biscuit pieces into egg mixture to coat evenly. Fold in bacon, cheese and onions. Spoon mixture into spray dish, arrange biscuit pieces in single layer

Bake at 350 for 23-28 minutes or until golden brown and cut into squares.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Williams Big Day !!!

 William got his first haircut, Ok it was just a trim.
He was so good, he sat still throughout the whole haircut.
 Luckily we had some treats that helped
 Here is Williams stylist. She just lovesWilliam.
 Then he came back to Grandma's and Grandpa's house and got to ride the tractor
He seemed to really like it.

That was Williams Big Day

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to all of you !!  Hope you have a great day with family and friends. This is a great time of year, hopefully your weather will enable you to get outside and enjoy.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Did you Know ?

Did you Know --- That Coca Cola is a cure for rust. Just saturate an abrasive sponge with Coca Cola and scrub the stain. The phosphoric acid in the coke is what gets the job done.

Did you Know --- Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer. This is for bees,wasps, hornets or yellow jackets that may get in your home. Try a spray of Formula 409.Insects drop to the ground instantly.

Did you Know ---Smart Splinter remover. Just pour a drop of Elmer's Glue all over the splinter,let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.

Did you Know --- Kills fleas instantly. Dawn dish washing liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations.

Did you Know --- Quaker Oats for fast pain relief. It's not just for breakfast anymore. Mix 2 cups of oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool sightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.

I didn't know !!!

Bug Free Pantry Tip

Keep grain moths at bay. To keep tiny bugs out of your pantry, try taping whole dried bay leaves to the sides and bottoms of your shelves

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wood Lattice Tool Rack

For storing everyday tools,wood lattice is even handier than a basic trellis. Choose a heavy duty variety, sold in sheets, and screw it onto a door using spacers. Then hang implements from S hooks, which fit snugly in the diamond framework .

Cute Button Projects

 Album with Buttons - Splash a rainbow of multicolor buttons on a plain Jane black album cover. Attach bright strips of patterned paper to give each color block a clean edge.
 Flowers and Ribbons- To give these sweet cards a homespun feel,top the flowers on the card with buttons. Layer cream flowers and buttons pver pink ribbons ro emphasize the message of the card.
Button Bouquet- Pluck pretty pink buttons from your stash and wire them together to make a pretty bouquet.Look for round flat buttons in varying sizes that you can easily stack. Wrap the wire ends together with florist's tape,and plant them in a decorated jar for the final touch

Monday, April 18, 2011

Children are like Kites

You spend years trying to get them off the ground. You run with them until you are both breathless. They crash,they hit the roof,you patch,comfort,and assure them that someday they will fly.

Finally,they are airborne. They need more string and you keep letting it out. They tug,and with each twist of the twine, there is sadness that goes with joy. The kite becomes more distant,andyou know it won't be long before that beautiful creature will snap the lifeline that binds you together and will soar as meant to soar--free and alone.

Only then do you know that you have done your job.      By Erma Bombeck

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Pretty Ways to Decorate with Easter Eggs

A different and unique way of decorating with an egg- Place a decorative mug upside down on the table and thread a napkin through the handle. Next,set a napkin ring on the mug. Place a hollowed and dried out egg shell on top, adding a floral stem inside to complete the look
 All you need for this one is a large raised dish and several of your favorite decorated eggs to complete this festive Easter egg centerpiece. By using plain white dishes alongside clear glass drink ware, the varied selection of eggs stands out on the table
Eggs and Roses- Start with a clear large mouth cookie jar or canister and place a clear drinking glass in the center. Gently stack dyed hard boiled eggs between the glass and the jar, alternating egg colors. Fill the glass with water, fill glass with flowers

Saturday, April 16, 2011

William in shorts

 Might not seem like a big deal to us, but Williams first time in shorts and no socks. The floor feels a little strange to him but he will get use to it.

Old enough to feed myself !! He takes the job very seriously.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Spring Ideas at Two Creative Chicks

Spring is in the air !!

Our weather is going to be beautiful this weekend. If this weather puts you in the mood for decorating for Spring, check out Two Creative Chicks in the side bar and click on blog.

Jennifer is in the mood !! She is done some adorable decorating at her home. While you are there check out her new and original necklaces. Remember you receive a 10% discount when you mention Helens Corner !!

Happy Spring !!!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Pretty Ways to Dye Easter Eggs

These eggs were decorated using Pysanky,the ancient Ukrainian folk art of wax and dye egg decorating. To create these designs,stick metal pins in pencil erasers,dip the pinhead in melted wax,and draw a wax patterns on hard boiled eggs before dyeing them
Scrapbook Notions- Impress your kids with gorgeous eggs decorated from your scrap booking stash. Trims,stickers,rub ons and gems can give an ordinary dyed egg extraordinary flair. You can even use stickers as masks before you dip the eggs in dye.
Easter Egg Flower Pots- Dye eggshells to be pretty pastels using an egg dyeing kit. Carefully cut an opening in the top of the eggshell and fill with soil and a flower in a complementing color
To create these fun and funky designs,firmly adhere stickers around an undyed egg,pressing out air bubbles.Dye the egg using an egg dye kit. Allow to dry before removing stickers

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Overnight Tex Mex Egg Bake

Spice up your breakfast menus by serving an egg casserole featuring spicy sausage, green chiles and salsa.

You need:

12 oz bulk spicy pork sausage

5 cups southern style hash browns

1 can green chiles undrained

3 cups shredded Colby Monterey Jack cheese

6 eggs

1 1/2 cup milk

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup thick salsa

How to Prepare:

In a skillet , cook sausage over medium heat and drain. Spray frozen potatoes in 13x9 baking dish. Sprinkle sausage,green chiles and 1 1/2 cups of the cheese. In bowl beat eggs,milk,salt with fork. Pour over potato mixture. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours but no longer than 12 Heat oven to 350. Bake uncovered 50-60 minutes until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes

Last Minute Easter Ideas

Easter Egg Balloons- Dot balloons with office supply stickers and tie them to a string to brighten up your outdoor Easter
Homemade Easter Grass- Don't fill Easter baskets with store bought plastic. Make your own recycled "green" grass in just a couple of minutes. Run leftover wrapping paper or colored paper scraps through a paper shredder and crinkle with your hands to make a basketful of grass

Decorated Egg Weights- Don't let your tablecloth blow away. Anchor your party table covering with plastic eggs filled with jelly beans. Secure a gingham ribbon around the eggs with hot glue, and thread through openings you've hole lunched into the corners of the cloth

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Bathroom Displays

Think of an unused sugar bowl as a decorative container,perfect for cotton balls and Q tips
A calming color on the walls like this rich blue-green gives the room a sense of tranquillity
A shelf rack with hooks is an ingenious answer to the storage problem posed by small spaces
A woven basket holds an ample supply of toilet paper;eliminating the need to hunt when you're down to the end of a roll and your guests will thank you

Greek Salad

Try this Greek salad for a Spring time dinner, light , easy and satisfying.

You need:

6 cups torn mixed salad greens

2 medium tomatoes

1 small cucumber

1 small red onion

1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives(Greek)

1/2 cup feta cheese

Greek Vinaigrette

2 small pita bread rounds

Note -- Cut vegetables any shape, size your family likes.

How to -- In a salad bowl combine greens,tomatoes,cucumber,onion,olives, and cheese.

Add Greek Vinaigrette toss to coat.

Serve with pita bread

Greek Vinaigrette-- 2 ,tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 teaspoons snipped fresh oregano, 1/8 teaspoon slat,1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Combine in a jar with screw lid and shake well.

Container Magnets

Give pretty spice or candy containers a new life in seconds by turning them into refrigerator magnets. Place a small, powerful magnet inside the back of an empty tin,which makes the tin itself magnetic.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Last Minute Easter Ideas

Daffodil Candy Cups - For a simple but beautiful table setting,make daffodils from scrapbook paper, baking cups and any extra candy. To use these as place cards,write names on the petals.

Sticker Easter Eggs- Give plastic Easter eggs a bright makeover by embellishing them with stickers made from adhesive sheets and craft punches

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

New Blog Design

Do you like my new look? You too could have this look. Contact Two Creative Chicks Blog Design located in the sidebar. Just looking to get started or a redesign Jennifer can do it all.

April's Thought of the Month

The best way to get something done is to begin

Williams Life

William is feeding himself, he's such a big boy !!!

Can't quite figure out what's on his thumb. His first "ouchy"

Roasted Garlic Twice Baked Potatoes

What you need

1 head garlic

1 tsp oil

4 large baking potatoes

1 cup Sour cream

1/2 pound prepared cheese cut into 1/2 inch cubes

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

4 slices bacon cooked and crumbled

How to

Heat oven to 400

Cut thin slice off top of garlic,place garlic on sheet of foil and drizzle with oil. Wrap loosely with foil. Prick potatoes in several place with fork and bake with garlic 1 hour

Reduce temp to 350. Cut small slice off both ends of each potato. Cut potatoes crosswise in half. Scoop out centers, leaving 1/8 inch thick shells. Place potato flesh in bowl,mash and squeeze garlic out of papery shell into bowl with potatoes. Add sour cream 3/4 of cheese and Parmesan;beat until fluffy. Spoon into shells,mounding filling as necessary place in shallow baking dish.

Bake 30 minutes;top with remaining cheese and bake 5 minutes more or until melted. Top with bacon


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