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DIY: Plant Stakes

It’s no secret that the weather in Colorado can be a bit hit or miss…or a lot hit or miss. It’s not uncommon to see several seasons whip through the state in the span 24 <or fewer> hours .

Once Spring rolls around, I pay particular attention to the forecast. It’s important to be up to date on the highs and lows (for planting, of course)…and also helps to plan projects that may occupy an otherwise dull weekend when you’d hoped to be out in the sunshine, hands in the dirt, but instead are sidelined inside the house due to wet and cold weather.

A couple weekends ago were no exception, and the wet/cold blew in. Luckily, I had a fun project lined up to pass the time.

Plant Stakes!

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Always admiring the options on Etsy, and studying the tutorials on Pinterest; a weekend forecast promising time indoors seemed the perfect opportunity to exercise my crafty side!

What you will need:
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-Polymer clay (I used Sculpey – it was on sale at Hobby Lobby and I’m familiar with it as my aunt -the artist – works in this medium)
-Block of small alphabet rubber stamps
-Glass juice glass (or something to roll out the clay)
-Exact-o knife
-Stamp pad (optional)
-Oven

What you will do:
1. cut the clay apart at the grooves in each block
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2. roll clay flat (you can decide the thickness, but remember that you don’t want them too flimsy or they may easily break)
3. cut one end into a point so stake will easily push through soil.
4. stamp word with rubber stamps
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5. <optional> if you want color – add ink to the rubber stamps and go back over your original stamped word

6. bake in oven per suggested guidelines on the clay package

I made mine in a variety of shapes and sizes — and made a special ‘love u’ stake for a project I put together as a gift for my mama for Mother’s Day (which I will share with you in another post).

These are the perfect little addition to any garden – or sweet potted plant gift!


Another Work of Art

Shortly after Christmas I mentioned in a post that the homemade gifts I gave for Christmas were my favorite. I shared with you the counted cross-stitch ornaments that I worked on through the summer and had one other project I wanted to share with you. I am finally getting around to doing that today. Part of the hold-up was I wasn’t able to connect with my dear friend to give her this gift until February, the other part of the hold-up was that it slipped my mind…until late last week (I’ll tell you why it sprung back to mind late last week in tomorrow’s post).

Backing up even further, last spring I shared with you this project that I worked on while visiting my aunt:
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A girlfriend of mine raved over this piece of art, going so far as to request that if I were to die, she called dibs. She literally talks about it every time she lays eye on the thing so it only made sense that I make her one of her very own.

Knowing the time involved in rolling these coils of paper, I began the project in early summer and worked on rolling paper, a little at a time, as often as opportunity presented itself. Finally, as the holiday season drew near, I had enough and piece this together:

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She was elated when she opened the gift to reveal her very own piece of art and immediately started talking about how she would incorporate it into her décor…or maybe use it as inspiration to re-decorate a room in her home.

This is just one of the reasons that homemade gifts are often times the best – to give or receive. I know there is nothing that I could have purchased for her at a store that would have sparked this much excitement.

Plus, I might mention, that often times there’s nothing as therapeutic as an artsy project. Do you find this is true for you?


We Did It! We Did It!

I hope this Monday morning finds you all coming off a wonderful weekend.

My weekend was wonderful, for several reasons:
1) I got to hang out with one of my favorite little dudes while his mommy worked – and we were VERY busy
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2)My man and I spent a good portion of Saturday afternoon lounging around and relaxing….and napping…because I LOVE napping, always have.
3) A girlfriend and I enjoyed a very nice brunch on Sunday, followed by a refreshing hike through Red Rock Canyon
4) more napping Sunday afternoon…then I had to buck up and get my chores for the weekend done: sheets washed, bathroom cleaned, weekday breakfasts made, dinner on the table (well, couch, we don’t have a table right now because there isn’t room in the teeny tiny apartment. But, it sounds weird to say “Dinner on the couch”).

Another reason my weekend was wonderful is WE DID IT!!! Over the weekend my followers count hit 76!!!

As promised, a random drawing has occurred and we have a winner for the Santa ornament!

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Moon Santa

Here’s how it happened: I logged on first thing this morning to Random.Org and asked it to draw me a number between 1 and 76. The resulting number: 3. Then, I went back through my followers, based on date they signed up to follow. And the winner is……APieceOfLisa!!

A special thank you to each and every one of you who follow the blog, and give me a ‘like’ or a comment when you come across something that tickles your fancy. I love knowing you are out there. I love your feedback. I love your support. You are all the greatest!!

There are many more adventures coming soon – we are closing on a house in just under 2 short weeks and there will be projects (I got butterflies in my stomach just typing that!). Stay tuned…more adventures and more giveaways in the future!!

-H

PS: if you wondered what’s on the menu for this week, here it is:
Pork Chops, Rice, Veggies
Lasagna Soup, Garlic Bread
Stuffed Chicken Breast, Pasta, Veggie
Spaghetti, Garlic Bread, Salad
Smoked Sausage & Cheesy Potato Casserole
AND – I have a recipe or two coming your way this week – depending on how many recipes I remembered to snap pictures of before we gobbled them down!!


Getting SOOOO Close!

Over the summer months I announced a giveaway on my blog, as soon as I had 75 followers.

I just checked and am at 72!! We are getting SOOOO close!!

So, here is the deal: those of you who read the blog on a regular basis, but haven’t signed up to ‘follow’, how about you do the group a solid and sign up? It’s really not a big deal, and definitely not a hassle…it takes a matter of seconds, and you will always be informed of new posts (and nothing more as it relates to my blog or wordpress) via email. What if I stopped linking my blog posts to my FB page? Would you fall completely out of the loop?? We wouldn’t want that to happen!

I’ve mentioned how easy it is to sign up to follow, several times, but in case you need a refresher here it is: once you are on my blog there is a box where you enter your email address (toward the top, on the right). Enter your address, and click the button, and that’s it!!

I’m really counting on rounding up 3 more followers so that I can get this guy on his way:

Moon Santa

Moon Santa

This is a handmade (by ME!) Christmas ornament. Yes, it’s January so Christmas is LONG gone but you can add it to your collection and enjoy it at the end of this year – or reserve it as a gift for someone and say that you’ve started your ‘Holiday Shopping’.

As soon as I hit the 75 mark I will draw a name at random and that’s the winner! I’ll have the winner email me their address and drop this dude in the mail.

AND – just in case you needed further incentive to join the following, winning means getting something in the mail other than bills or junk AND it costs you nothing!!

Happy Thursday!
H


Santa & His Gifts

You have read, in past posts, about the Santa ornament cross-stitch collection I am working on. Well, today I am proud to share with you the most recent Santa in the collection:

This one took a LOT of time. Lots of color changes. Lots of back-stitching detail. I think he turned out so awesome though!

You can check out the other designs that I have finished by clicking here. Going back, and taking into consideration this new one, do you have a new favorite? Or, does your favorite remain with one you picked previously? Post a comment with your vote, I’d love to know which one you love the most (so far).

Also, did you remember that I’m hosting a giveaway? Just a reminder that when I reach 75 followers I will draw a name at random and the winner will get the first finished ornament in the collection, Moon Santa:

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Registering to win is easy, just sign up to follow my blog (either by email or wordpress reader, if you have a wordpress account). Share the news – with any luck we will have 75 followers by December and the winner will get this little guy just in time for the holidays!

Speaking of holidays, I’ve recently become aware of how fast this time of year is closing in on us. I keep thinking I am going to get organized and knock out the tasks of the holiday early this year. I’ve got one gift purchased and am thinking, almost daily, about gift ideas for others.

Have you begun any holiday prep yet? If so, what? How do you like to tackle the busiest time of year?

-Hilary


Disappointing Garden Update

As many of you are aware, I have been extremely excited about my garden this summer and have been sharing this journey with you.

I have sad news to report. Last weekend when I was out of town, there was an invasion of sorts (bugs) and I came home to a sad sight. The green bean and cucumber plants are done.

They looked like they had dried out. I knew this couldn’t be true because arrangements were made for watering to occur in my absence, and it rained while I was gone. Upon further inspection I found bugs. I believe they are the reason for this disaster.

So, with a heavy heart, I pulled up the beans and cucumber, and bug dusted the tomato and pepper plants so as to prevent spreading of this ‘issue’.

Then I came inside and turned these:

into this:

and it made me feel a little better.

I’ll probably feel even better when this homemade juice makes its way into a frosty mug with a bud light…and I can toast to the good that came from the garden before the bugs spoiled it all.

Happy Weekend, All-
Hilary


Santa Project

I’ve been away from my blog for several days. Sorry, friends. I’ve been preoccupied with other ‘life’ things…but am back now and hope to finish out this blogging week strong.

This morning I wanted to share with you the Santa Project I’ve been working on. I am working to cross-stitch a collection of adorable Santa ornaments. I’ve got 4 stitched at this time, here they are:

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I’ve got several more before this collection is complete, but I think it’s coming along nicely AND will make wonderful Christmas gifts.

Remember that #4 is up for grabs as part of a giveaway that I mentioned some time ago. As soon as I have 75 followers I will draw a name at random and that will be our winner! It’s as easy as signing up to follow my blog via email (insert your email address in the box at the top right of the screen and click the button) or signing up to follow on your wordpress reader.
If you read my blog often but haven’t yet signed up to follow, please support the blog by signing up…you know I’ll love ya for it! Share the news with your friends & family. Get them to follow to, and we can get this giveaway show on the road!!

Which of one is your favorite so far?

-Hilary
 

 

 


Game Winner Announced!

Thanks to everyone who gave the game, posted here, a shot. You all noticed so many changes between the two photos.

Indeed, the house has been through many changes. You hit on them all, here’s a re-cap of what you pointed out:

-Change of season (one photo was taken just before spring, the other mid-summer) so the trees have leaves, there flowers are growing and the grass is green!
-Color of house. When I moved in the house was a tan’ish color with brown trim. It is now Slate Green with white trim (and the finishing touches will happen soon).
-Front deck re-finished. The front deck was refinished last summer. I also added a flower garden in front and hanging basket of flowers off to the side. The bush to the right also got a trim.
-Color of roof. After a terrible hail storm 2 summers ago the place got a new roof.  And, an addition of a satellite dish that the previous owners didn’t have.
-Lack of gutter down spout. These haven’t been re-hung since we painted because they need sprayed white before going back on the house.
-Fewer bushes/trees. When I moved in there were bushes and trees planted everywhere. Most have been taken out.
-No more birdbath. There was a birdbath in a random spot of the yard, that the previous owners took with them (the first photo was taken before they moved out and I moved in).
-No more trailer, addition of Greenhouse. Toward the back of the house they had a large trailer that overhung the driveway into the yard. This is the spot where my garden is currently planted, and protected by my awesome greenhouse. Also gone with the trailer is the truck you can see poking out from the side of the trailer.
-One participant also pointed out the trash can sitting in front of the greenhouse. Great find! It’s actually the can my grass clippings go in to so they can be hauled to the city compost area.

So…for the winner!

There were 6 people who posted their finds in the comments section. I found a random number generator online and asked it to give me a random number between 1 and 6. It told me the number was 2. The second person to post was Amy.

Yay Amy! You are the winner!!

Send me your mailing address to osbornhj@yahoo.com & I’ll get a fun little prize sent your direction.

Thanks to everyone who participated. This was fun!

-Hilary


Homemade Wasp Traps

I am allergic to wasps.

Being stung = trip to emergency room.

As I mentioned before, there’s an overabundance of bugs right now, wasps included.

I have a store bought wasp trap. It isn’t accomplishing much. In fact, it’s been hanging up for a couple weeks and there’s not one wasp in there, yet there are LOTS buzzing around my property (and giving me multiple anxiety attacks daily).

So…what to do?

I remembered quite some time ago reading about how to make your own wasp traps, but couldn’t find the article for all the specifics so I winged it this morning and this is how:

Cut off about 1/4 to 1/3 of the top of a bottle, and round up some vinegar, salt & sugar:

Then, add 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon sugar, and 1/2 to 3/4 cup of vinegar to the bottom of the bottle.

Shake it around to help the sugar & salt dissolve.

Flip the top (that you cut off previously) over and inset into the bottle, like so:

This makes it easy for the wasp to get in, but not out.

Cruel? Maybe. But as I said, I’m allergic and I value my life more than the lives of wasps so…this is just how it goes.

I’ve also heard they are attracted to beer so I made a couple smaller traps as well:

All three found homes outdoors.

I’ll keep you posted on how they work.

Pest control continues….

-H


30 Day Challenge = Success & A Giveaway

Today marks my 30th post, or 30th day blogging. If you’ve been with me from the beginning, or gone back in time to get caught up, you remember my very first post that talked about the 30 day challenge (read it here).

This has been an awesome journey, and I’m excited to announce that I plan to continue with blogging…both this blog AND starting a professional blog related to my field, mental health (this one isn’t up and running yet, but it will be, hopefully soon, and I’ll have a ribbon cutting ceremony of sorts here when it’s time).

I’ve met some amazing blog world friends while on this journey, and reconnected with some old friends who stumbled upon my blog, read, enjoyed, and let me know how much they loved the experience. What an honor!

Thanks to all of you for supporting my efforts. I am truly bless and LOVE you all!

Completely switching gears here.

A lil somethin’ about me.

I’ve been told I have ‘grandma hobbies’. I’m told that most people my age don’t enjoy cooking, cleaning, gardening, canning, golfing, etc. Maybe they don’t. Many of my friends (my age) do, so when I hear this I have trouble believing it.

Anyway, I’ve recently stumbled upon a hobby I really enjoy. Counted cross-stitch. My mother has made some of the most beautiful pieces over the years and she taught me how to do it, and how to do it right.
Here is my latest creation:

He turned out awesome – minus the terrible photography and all the hoop marks that I’ve yet to iron out, of course!

Pictures don’t do it justice, obviously. This is such a tedious, time consuming craft, but a finished project is breath taking. And something I’m always so proud of.

Okay, okay, so you’re probably thinking “Giveaway? Did you mention something about a giveaway? What about this giveaway?”.

In celebration of my 30th post, and finishing the 30 Day Challenge strong I am hosting a giveaway!!

Here’s the scoop: While I’m not giving away the larger Santa pictured above I am giving away a smaller scale Christmas ornament that I just finished stitching.

Isn’t he awesome too?

So, here’s how the giveaway will work. Once I reach 75 Followers, I will draw a name at random and that person will be the winner.

Easy Pesy Cheddar Cheesey!

I don’t know why I said that. It’s like my fingers have a mind of their own. Strange. Back to the issue at hand…

A “Follower” is someone who has signed up to follow my blog either on the reader of their WordPress Blog or via email.

Signing up to follow via email is simple. See the box at the top, right of my blog page? Enter your email address & click the button!

Sign up to follow (if you haven’t already), spread the word, share my blog with your friends and ask them to sign up.

Everyone likes a giveaway, right? And even if you’re not “in” to this particular giveaway item, it would make a wonderful gift for someone. I think handmade, one of a kind items make the best gifts.

Looking forward to another 30 Days of blogging.

Wishing you all a fabulous & safe weekend!
Hilary