29 Apr 2015
April 29, 2015

Keep Your Stove Top Sparkling Clean

0 Comment

Keep your stove sparkling clean

Here is a simple way to keep your stove sparkling clean. After washing away the stains with soap water, dry the stove and apply a layer of car wax. The stove sparkles and remains resistant to food stains.

SHARING: I do not claim all posts to be my own…I post the sites they are from if the source is known.

BEST ADVICE OF THE DAY: Remember to look both ways before crossing a woman.

HAPPY APRIL 29 BIRTHDAY TO: Carnie Wilson 47, Megan Boone 32, Jerry Seinfeld 61, Daniel Day Lewis 58, Michelle Pfeiffer 57, Uma Thurman 45, Eve Plumb 57, Kate Mulgrew 60, Tommy James 68, Richard Kline 71, Johnny Miller 68, and Dale Earnhardt (1951-2001).

The game of love is played in the head and heart. Men and women really do think differently. To be honest, girls think guys are knuckleheads sometimes. It’s only because they don’t understand how guys think any more than men understand women.

Here are a few examples.

Men can compartmentalize. Women see the whole picture. That’s why you ask yourself if the date went well at the end of the night, and she has already named your third child.

Men can focus on the task at hand. Women become distracted by the forest, making them unable to recognize the tree in front of them. That’s one reason why men can hang Christmas lights and why women can’t park their car backend first into a parking stall.

Men think rationally. Women think emotionally. That’s why you pick out the cheapest birthday card at the store in two minutes, and she spends 20 minutes analyzing every nuance of how the receiver will interpret the card’s canned message.

Men can turn off their brains. Women can’t. That’s why men can go fishing for hours and women will worry about whether or not the teal napkins at your wedding will coordinate with the salmon on the plate next to the calla lilies in the centerpiece on the table, especially if Aunt Paula is sitting next to cousin Brittany who recently returned from her trip to Japan where she…

Men enjoy the moment. Women often can’t enjoy the present because of what might happen in the future. That’s why men can take a nap on the expensive designer pillows on the couch and women can only see how much it’s going to cost to have them dry cleaned if dirt or drool get on them.

Men want to have fun. Women do too, but only after the floor has been vacuumed, the homework is finished, the next meal has been prepared, and…

Men are generally more satisfied with themselves. Women are not. That’s why a woman won’t believe you when you tell her she’s the prettiest thing you’ve ever seen.

Men don’t notice details as well as women. That’s why you can happily drive your dirty pick-up truck around town, and all she sees are the water bottles and hamburger wrappers scattered on the seats.

Men want to go from Point A to Point B. Women want to experience the journey. That is why men’s sentences are short, and women’s conversations last for hours.

Isn’t it wonderful that we’re so different? Wouldn’t life be boring if we were the same? We certainly wouldn’t be attracted to each other if we were. Together, we complete each other.

SHARING: I do not claim all posts to be my own…I post the sites they are from if the source is known.

JOKE OF THE DAY: I am very busy doing things I don’t need to do in order to avoid doing anything I’m actually supposed to be doing.

HAPPY APRIL 28 BIRTHDAY TO: Ann Margaret 74, Jay Leno 65, Jessica Alba 34, Penelope Cruz 41, Jonathan Silver Scott 37, Drew Scott 37, Jorge Garcia 42, Harry Shum 33, Jenna Ushkowitz 29, Bridget Moynahan 45, Samuel Larson 24, and Ferruccio Lamborghini (1913-1993).

 

No matter how excited you are to move into your new place, your first few weeks will probably feel foreign and, well, a little weird. Celebrating a birthday, planting a garden, or decorating for the holidays will help that “new-house feeling” fade, but waiting for a milestone requires a little too much patience. Here’s how you can feel settled and happy — even while you’re living among boxes.

Thanks to all the designers and bloggers who have contributed their favorite move-in strategies. My personal move-in trick is #10. Jennifer.

1. Start with the closet.
“I believe in living well from the moment you move in,” says interior designer Nate Berkus. “Most people start unpacking the common spaces first, but I focus my efforts on my closet because Monday’s are hard enough without having to search for your favorite sweater.”

 2. Prioritize the kids’ rooms.

“My son is a collector of previously owned things and especially loves his large assortment of snow globes,” says Nicole Curtis, host of Rehab Addict on HGTV. “I always hand-carry the box of globes with us and then ask the movers to focus on his room first. He will spend the afternoon unpacking his collections and even though the rest of house is in shambles, he’ll be happy and that’s all that matters.”

3. Recreate familiar sounds and sights.
“I’ve had a cuckoo clock for years that sings every 30 minutes,” says Maxwell Ryan, founder of Apaertment Therapy. “To me the sound of the clock is home, and having it running right away always does the trick.”

4. Wait to hang art.
“I’ve spent many years gathering artwork when I travel and each piece is treasured because it reminds me of a specific place and time,” says Holly Becker, author and founder of the blog Decor8. “I unpack each piece right away and lean them against walls, sideboards, and nightstands so I can still enjoy them until I’ve decided where to install everything.”

5. Mimic your regular routine.
“My husband Bob seems to always lose his wallet and keys in the same spaces,” says designer and author Cortny Novogratz, who recently moved from New York City to Los Angeles with her husband and seven children. “As soon as we moved in, I created a space where everyone could drop their keys, bags, and coats. I even used the same hooks and bins that we used in Manhattan because they work for us. Your routine shouldn’t have to change just because your location does.”

6. Bring out all your favorites.
“For instant coziness, I light candles and play music I love,” says Becker, who always packs iPod speakers, candles, and a lighter in an easy-to-find ‘favorites’ box. “I listen to Lorde, Oh Land, John Mayer and Zaz, and some of my favorite scents are Jo Malone’s Grapefruit candle and Feu de Bois by Diptyque, which smells like a burning fire.”

7. Get comfy.
For blogger Joy Cho, everyday comforts help her feel settled: “The first thing I do when I move in is pull out all my clean bedding,” she says. “Pillows, duvets, sheets, and throws — the works. There is nothing more comforting than sleeping in your old, cozy bed.”

8. Make it smell nice.
“I need my house to have good new smells to make it feel like home,” says Ryan. “Like a cast iron pan that needs seasoning, I break in the space with an expensive steak on the stovetop and favorite bottle of wine. I love the way the heat and the smells ‘season’ my home.”

9. Don’t order pizza.
To Leah Bergman, author of the food blog Freutcake, home is a homemade meal: “I always unpack the kitchen first so I can cook a meal for my husband and I to enjoy,” she says. “Even if we’re living among boxes, eating a simple recipe on the floor; it’s worth it.”

10. Coffee.                                                                                                                                                    To me, nothing is more inviting than the smell of fresh brewed coffee especially the first chaotic morning after the move. I always pack a carry-in box with a coffee maker, filters, coffee and my favorite mugs. That says: “I’m home”.

SHARING: I do not claim all posts to be my own…I post the sites they are from if the source is known.

HAPPY APRIL 27 BIRTHDAY TO: Si Robertson 67, Judy Carne 76, Ace Frehley 64, Kevin (Joshamee Gibbs) McNally 59,  Sheena Easton 56, Samuel Morse (1791-1872)(Morse Code), Casey Kassem (1932-2014), Jack Klugman (1922-2012), and Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885).

This simple DIY project is the answer to shoe storage in small spaces at the back door. It is also the answer for larger spaces where there is no closet to hide shoes or for people who simply like order in their lives. This DIY shoe rack is made from a stained board and coat hooks. Mount the board into wall studs and hang your shoes. You can do 2 or 3 racks like this. If you require longer hooks for boots, then the rack can be made with dowels cut to a longer length and mounted into the board at a bit of an angle upwards to keep the boots from sliding off.

SHARING: I do not claim all posts to be my own…I post the sites they are from if the source is known.

JOKE OF THE DAY: I would like thank the person who saw the coffee bean and thought…”Hey, if I smash that and mix it with water, it will be awesome.”

THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 1956 – First container ship, carrying modern day intermodal shipping containers, embarks on journey from Port, New Jersey to Houston Texas.

HAPPY APRIL 26 BIRTHDAY TO: Channing Tatum 35, Jordana Brewster 35, Kevin James 50, Stana Katic 37, Bobby Rydell 73, Carol Burnett 82, and John James Audubon (1785-1851).

Love those Red Lobster Biscuits and wished you had the recipe? Well it’s a secret no more. A huge thank you goes out to Todd Wilbur at www.topsecretrecipes.com for providing this fabulous recipe.

Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups Bisquick baking mix
4 tablespoons cold butter
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
3/4 cup cold whole milk
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Brush on top:
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1 pinch salt

Directions:
1 Preheat oven to 400°F
2 Combine Bisquick and cold butter. Don’t combine too thoroughly. There should be small chunks of butter about the size of peas.
3 Add cheddar, milk and 1/4 tsp garlic.
4 Mix by hand until combined, but don’t over mix.
5 Drop 9 equal portions onto greased cookie sheet.
6 Bake for 15-17 minutes or until tops are light brown.
7 Melt 2 tbsp butter in a bowl. Stir in 1/2 tsp garlic powder and parsley flakes.
8 Use a pastry brush to spread garlic butter over tops of biscuits.

SHARING: I do not claim all posts to be my own…I post the sites they are from if the source is known.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1939 – DC Comics publishes Detective Comic #29, introducing Batman, one of the company’s most successful characters.

TRUE STATEMENT OF THE DAY: Playoff Hockey. The struggle which will explode first, your heart or your bladder.

HAPPY APRIL 25 BIRTHDAY TO: Renee Zellweger 46, Al Pacino 75, Hank Azaria 51, Len Goodman 71, Talia Shire 69, Bjorn Ulvaeus 70, and Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996).

The mosquitoes are coming — and only you can stop a future of itching. For these pesky flying creatures, prevention is the best form of control, and it’s time to get working. Once temperatures hit above 50 degrees consistently in your area, any stagnant water in your yard is a ticking time bomb full of mosquito larvae waiting to buzz.

Here are eight sneaky places to clear out before problems start.

 1. Tarps: If you use tarps to protect woodpiles or to cover your pool, make sure to shake it off once a week. Rainwater that settles in the tiny nooks and crannies can easily become infested with thousands of larvae.

2. Long grass: Mosquitoes love to hide in tall grass. Unless you’re running a bug hotel in your yard, mow thoroughly and regularly — it will make your property less appealing to mosquitoes and more appealing to humans. Win-win!

3. Sandboxes: A shady, damp sandbox after April showers is prime breeding ground for a whole fleet of mosquitoes. Move it to a sunnier area and slather SPF 30 on the kids before playtime.

4. Dog bowls: Your dog needs hydration, but don’t let Fido’s water bowl turn stagnant. Provide fresh, clean water every day.

5. Gutters: Gutters are one of the most overlooked breeding sites for mosquitoes around the home. Clean them out thoroughly at the beginning of the season and check regularly to make sure they’re dry.

6. Ornamental ponds: Keep your ponds mosquito-free by adding some gambusia affinis — the mosquitofish — and throwing in a few mosquito donuts.

7. Planters: While you’re starting your seeds outside, get rid of any pooled water in your soil or stagnant water in your saucers. Or fill your planters with mosquito repelling plants such as Citronella (West Indian Lemongrass), Catnip or Cascading Geranium.

8. Tires: Whether you keep spares in a pile or built an awesome tire swing for your kids, make sure it’s thoroughly dry.

JOKE OF THE DAY: I can barely wait to not remotely to take advantage of every cultural activity our great city has to offer this weekend.

SHARING: I do not claim all posts to be my own…I post the sites they are from if the source is known.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1988 Elton John becomes Sir Elton Hercules John, after receiving a knighthood.

HAPPY APRIL 24 BIRTHDAY TO: Barbara Streisand 73, Kelly Clarkson 33, Jack Quaid 23, Cedric the Entertainer 51, Shirley MacLean 81, Lee Westwood 42, Djimon Hounsou 51, and Jean Paul Galtier 63.

To make an outdoor room out of an empty space, simply put up a freestanding canopy on a treated wood base (or on level ground). The canopy provides shade and minimal structure to maintain for an outdoor room.

An area rug helps to further outline the space and a matching loveseat and chair set leave the room feeling cohesive. Attach curtains to the canopy for additional shade and privacy. Using a loveseat leaves room for small side tables.

Purchase inexpensive curtains every couple of seasons at discount stores or splurge on fabric made for the outdoors that is UV protected and water resistant.

If you like the sound of water, pick up a small fountain at any garden store.

Lighting is no longer a problem with the Smartlite LED light bulb from Abbott. It is powered by batteries, waterproof, operated by remote control and can be hung anywhere on the convenient attached clip. Go to www.charterhouseinteriors.com for details. Click on OUR PRODUCTS and go to OUTDOOR ACCESSORIES. If you do not live in the Saskatoon area try www.abbottcollection.com and click on A DEALER NEAR YOU to find where you can purchase these. They are amazing…hang one or several, they operate off the same remote control.

Planters on either side of the canopy’s entrance and stepping-stones leading to the structure help the space feel a bit more grand and permanent.

Almost any yard can be transformed into your own little getaway.

SHARING: I do not claim all posts to be my own…I post the sites they are from if the source is known.

TIP OF THE DAY: Never use food as a drug. But feel free to use exercise as an anti-depressant.

HAPPY APRIL 23 BIRTHDAY TO: George Lopez 54, Valerie Bertinelli 55, Lee Majors 76, Dev Patel 25, Kal Penn 38, Michael Moore 61, Joyce Dewitt 66, Marina Kanakaredes 48, William Shakespeare (1564-1616), Roy Orbison (1936-1988), Herve Villechaize (1943-1993), Shirley Temple (1928-2014), and Sandra Dee (1942-2005).

22 Apr 2015
April 22, 2015

Hand Painted Mini Cactus

0 Comment

This craft is not only inexpensive but pretty dang cute! No need to water, just set in a window seal or on a desk and they will bring lots of attention!

  • hand painted mini cactus, crafts, how to, repurposing upcycling
First head to your nearest river bottom and pick up some small, flat river rocks. Choose 3 per pot. Purchase small terra cotta pots from any garden store.
  • hand painted mini cactus, crafts, how to, repurposing upcycling
Pick out some green paint. 3 different colors add some dimension to the cacti. Fill the bottom of the pots with moss.
  • hand painted mini cactus, crafts, how to, repurposing upcycling
No need to paint the entire rocks. You will only see the top portion. Get your white paint and add detail to make them look like cactus. Once everything is dry fill pot with tiny rocks to keep the cactus in place.
  • hand painted mini cactus, crafts, how to, repurposing upcycling
Super easy and incredibly cute!! This will make a great Teacher Appreciation or Mother’s Day gift this season!
SHARING: I do not claim all posts to be my own…I post the sites they are from if the source is known.
EARTH DAY APRIL 22:  is an annual event created to celebrate the planet’s environment and raise public awareness about pollution. The day, marked on April 22, is observed worldwide with rallies, conferences, outdoor activities and service projects.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1978 John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd performed as The Blues Brothers on SNL.

HAPPY APRIL 22 BIRTHDAY TO: Willie Robertson 43, Amanda Heard 29, Peter Frampton 65, Ingo Rademacher 44, Ryan Stiles 56, Jack Nicholson 78, Glen Campbell 79, Charlotte Rae 89, Aaron Spelling (1922-2006), and Eddie Albert (1906-2005).

21 Apr 2015
April 21, 2015

Thrift Store Rattan Sofa Makeover

0 Comment
For us, being in the business of selling rattan and resin wicker furniture, I have a few helpful tips to add. Rattan is a wood product just like your dining or living room set and will not stand years of harshness from sun, rain and other weather unless you take a few precautions. It would be a shame to go all this work without it. I applaud the work this lady and her husband have done, her sofa looks fabulous.
  1. Lightly sand the frame and stain or paint it with an exterior finish and give it 2 coats of exterior clear coat. Rattan is not a wood that takes stain easily so prepare it right or it may peel.
  2. Choose outdoor fabric which is water resistant and UV protected (Sunbrella is the best). Even if the sofa is going under a covered deck, put outdoor fabric on it where possible.
  3. This is most important: Purchase foam which is specially engineered for outdoors, it is available at most fabric or upholstery stores. It is more expensive but it is quick dry and mold and mildew protected. Otherwise indoor foam gets wet, stays wet, and soon it will have a distinctive sour smell. There will be little black specks appear on the fabric and that is mold.

Bonnie @ Our Secondhand House

Bonnie @ Our Secondhand H…Blogger Warrington, PA
We bought this rattan sofa at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore about 6 months ago. It’s been sitting up on one end taking up valuable space in the garage for the past 6 months. The weather has finally warmed up enough that painting is possible and my husband jumped at the chance to get this project started.
  • thrift store rattan sofa makeover, outdoor furniture, painted furniture, reupholster
We knew from the moment we bought this sofa that it was going to be used outside on our deck. So my husband primed and painted it black. We decided to use black paint to kind of pull the sofa together with the table and chairs we already have on the deck. I also wanted the fabric to be the main attraction and not the rattan portion of the sofa.
  • thrift store rattan sofa makeover, outdoor furniture, painted furniture, reupholster
Being as frugal as I am, I wanted to try to reuse the foam from the cushions. Let’s face it, foam is expensive. Even if you can get it during a 50% off sale it’s still $25 per yard for the thickness we would need for these cushions. But my hopes were dashed as soon as I unzipped the first cushion cover. YUCK! These bad boys were trash.
I took apart one seat bottom cushion and one seat back cushion at the seams so I could use it as a pattern for my new cushions. These are so old that the stitches all but fell apart when I pulled at the fabric so it was really quick and easy to pull them apart.
  • thrift store rattan sofa makeover, outdoor furniture, painted furniture, reupholster
It took me 4 days to finish the sewing portion of this project. I modified the closure from zippers to velcro. It actually would have been easier to just put in the zipper because in order to use the velcro instead, I had to rework the pattern pieces to overlap instead of meet up.
Isn’t she a beauty?! The leaf print is outdoor fabric from Better Homes and Gardens.
I made and sewed over 100 ft of bias tape to make the piping. It took what seems like forever but it was so worth it.
  • thrift store rattan sofa makeover, outdoor furniture, painted furniture, reupholster
We decided to make the cushions reversible. I don’t know the maker of the striped fabric but it was on the clearance rack and was a better match to the leaf fabric than the first striped fabric we pulled off the shelf.
  • thrift store rattan sofa makeover, outdoor furniture, painted furniture, reupholster
I prefer the leaf side but I do love the contrast of the striped fabric on the piping. Clyde seems to approve of the new sofa on his deck.
  • thrift store rattan sofa makeover, outdoor furniture, painted furniture, reupholster
Did you already forget what it looked like before? Here’s a comparison photo.
  • thrift store rattan sofa makeover, outdoor furniture, painted furniture, reupholster
SHARING: I do not claim all posts to be my own…I post the sites, who and where, they are from if the source is known.
JOKE OF THE DAY: Thank God this horrible winter weather has officially become horrible spring weather.
HAPPY APRIL 21 BIRTHDAY TO: Iggy Pop 68, Tony Romo 35, Tony Danza 64, Andie McDowell 57, Jamie Sale 38, James Morrison 61, Eric Mabius 44, Charles Grodin 80, Queen Elizabeth II 89, and Anthony Quinn (1913-2001).

To celebrate spring, we asked a florist, to share the most-requested and most-adored flowers for each month of the season. The results?

MARCH: Poppies, Daffodils, Ranunculus, Sweet Peas

APRIL: Lilac, Viburnum, Tulips, Jasmine

MAY: Peony, Lilac, Garden Roses

JUNE: Dahlias, Peony

SHARING: I do not claim all posts to be my own…I post the sites they are from if the source is known.
JOKE OF THE DAY: If you love someone, you should set them free. If they come back, it means nobody else liked them. Set them free again.
HAPPY APRIL 20 BIRTHDAY TO: (one of my personal favorites) Shemar Moore 45, Miranda Kerr 32, George Takei 78, Carmen Electra 43, Andy Serkis 51, Jessica Lange 66, Veronica Cartwright 66, Clint Howard 56, Ryan O’Neil 74, and Luther Vandross (1951-2005).