Archive | March, 2008

Keep Squirrels away from your bulbs

28 Mar

They are cute, but can destroy your bulb garden in one day, to keep squirrels away from eating your plants sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn’t hurt the plant and the squirrels won’t come near it

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Mitigate mildew from flowers & vegetable plants

28 Mar

To eliminate mildew from flowers and vegetable plants create a mixture of:

1 tablespoon baking soda

1 tablespoon liquid soap (adds insecticidal qualities)

1 gallon of water

Find a gallon jug fill with water, and add baking soda and soap. Screw on the top and shake vigorously to blend.  Pour into a spray bottle and spray on mildew

Remove mold from terra cotta pots

28 Mar

Spring is here and planting season is about to start to start,  it is time to pull out the terra cotta pots and get them ready for planting, terra cotta sometimes gets mold from previous season so the easiest way to clean them up is by soaking them in in a solution of 1 cup white distilled vinegar, 1 cup chlorine bleach, and 1 gallon of warm water before scrubbing with a steel wool pad.

Happy planting

hair comb

22 Mar

For most special occasions we might want to add an extra touch to our hair, it takes 5 minutes to create an extra special flower comb

  1. flower and combI found a corsage and a comb and figured an easy way to put it together without glue, it can be made anytime,
  2. ribbontake off the ribbon and bend the stem back tightly, do not cut off, you still can use it as a corsage after the event
  3. rearange petalsre-arranged the flower petals and pearls to show the flower on the inside, then used the ribbon to tie the flower arrangement to the comb by inserting the ribbon in between the comb teeth from one end to the other and then breenging the ribbon to the center of the comb and securely tying it, then cut off the excess ribbon
  4. finishedfinished hair ornament

martini candle

5 Mar

Candlelight can transform any room into a cozy space and as a centerpiece make the table more festive and inviting, for my last cocktail party I wanted my candle centerpieces to represent the festivity, I took the extra martini glasses and made them into small centerpieces and placed them all over the room

  1. martinifor every martini glass I needed 2 small 4 inch doilies,
  2. martini-glass-003.jpg I sprayed them with spray mount (you can also use hot glue gun and put a small amount of glue on the edge of the doily) and adhere to the glass one on each side of the glass (the out side)
  3. martini-glass-009.jpg tie 4 strands 12 inches long of curling ribbon around the stem of the glass and with a knife curl the ribbon and let hang loosely around the stem
  4. martini-glass-013.jpg put a tealight candle (for safety the one with a little metal container) inside and light it, the glow of the candle comes thru the doily with a gentle glow. Reusable as martini glass for next event

using old containers for candle making

5 Mar

While sitting in a waiting room I came across a Country Living Magazine, the article showed how to use your old small containers for making candles.

(photography by Lucas Allen. Produced by Sarah Newell & Kirsten Fields. Written by Susanne Ruppert)

  1. items To make candles, you’ll need wax, wicks, putty, a pencil or a wooden stick, and a melting pot – all of these items you can find at a craft store, wax is sold in blocks or sheets
  2. makingWrap one end of the wick around the pencil or a stick and suspen it over the container. With putty secure the metal clip of the wick to the bottom, melt wax according to package directions and pour into the desired container, trim off the wick
  3. egg containers Most waxes adhere well to porcelain, ceramic and glass containers, so have fun and scour your house, flea markets and antique shops for items you would like to use
  4. tea cup tea and coffee cups make beautiful gifts, Happy hunting for treasures

simple 1 pc tulle puff

5 Mar

Here is an example of a 1 pc simple tulle or organza puff

  1. tulle place candy (mints, Jordan almonds or potpourri) in the center of organza or tulle
  2. gather gather with ribbon (curling ribbon is great because you can add extra curls as decoration) and tie, but not too tight we will be adding flowers to the center, so leave just a little space in the middle to slip a lower decoration
  3. open pull the tulle apart gently to open the puff and expose a small entry to insert flowers
  4. insert insert a flower or a small bunch to the middle, (stemmed flowers are preffered)
  5. finish tie the puff with the ribbon to your favor and curl the rest of the ribbon for added decoration