Friday, April 17, 2015

PICKING UP STICKS, MAKING TWIG PENCILS...AHHH, RECYCLING AT ITS BEST!

I'm not normally a recycling sort of person. Well, I shouldn't really say that. I do recycle, just not in the normal ways of separating the cans from the plastics and so on. My recycling is a little different than sorting things into bins to send to the recycling plant in order to save the environment. I recycle by turning junk into useful stuff. Trash into treasure!  Yeah, that's what I do...or at least that's what I tell myself anyway...hehehe.

In an effort to clean up the yard lately I have been picking up a ton of sticks.  The trees in our yard shed horribly over the winter. Yours too? Now normally we rake all that sort of rubbish into piles and burn it but this year I decided to recycle a little of it. You ask, how in the world do you recycle sticks?

The answer...you make TWIG PENCILS out of them!

Why?, because they are just so darn cute and rustic and cool...and...Why not?...It's a super easy, free project that even the kids will enjoy doing. You might even get them out in the yard to help you pick up all those sticks...just sayin'!










Cute right?

Here's what you will need if you want to try making some for yourself...


























If you are even somewhat of a DIYer you most likely already have all of this around the house.












Here's what to do:


  • Cut your twigs into 6" long pieces. The straighter your twigs, the better.
  • Drill a hole into one end of  each twig using your 3/32 inch drill bit
  • Extract lead from old spent pencils you have lying around the house (this may take a little bit of effort). You will need a 1-2 inch piece of lead for each twig pencil you make.
  • Dip one end of the lead in wood glue and insert it into the end of your twig. Break off excess lead and wipe off excess glue. Let dry.




Oh, and don't forget to sharpen your new pencil with a whittling knife so you can get to writin' with it.


THAT'S IT! Easy peasy!

Now that's recycling at its best!!!

Perhaps if you are going to be doing any yard work over the weekend you can incorporate this fun little project into your plans.

No matter what you do, have a fantastic weekend.  Ciao,



Friday, April 10, 2015

INDUSTRIAL STYLE WINDOWSILL HERB GARDEN...

Happy Friday Y'all!  So glad it's the weekend.  How about you?

Have you heard about the Lowes "SPRING BLACK FRIDAY SALE" going on April 9 - April 20?  Yes? no? maybe?  Well in case you haven't heard, Lowes is having a BIG sale in the garden and landscaping area for the next couple of weeks.  It's HUGE!  I went last night to pick up a couple of things I had been wanting for a while and got them all on sale.

I discovered a while back that I love cooking with fresh herbs (mainly I love eating them, hehehe); however, they can be quite expensive to buy in those little packages in the produce section at the grocery store.  Needless to say I would usually end up using powdered herbs and spices in my food, a less tasty option for sure.

I decided the best way to have fresh herbs at my disposal was to have a small windowsill herb garden in the kitchen. Fresh herbs all the time right at my fingertips!  It would have fresh Basil...












Rosemary...




& Cilantro...









And they would all be contained in a super cute, really cool windowsill sized tray like this old electrical box I found at a local antique store a while back.





















With it's cute little name plate








and adorable little handle...It's PERFECT!!!

I bought peat pots and soil and tried to start my herbs from seed more than a few months back.  While the seeds did germinate and start to grow, they never got very big and just didn't pan out. See, I told you I have a black thumb. Ugh.

I knew my only other option, if I was going to get my cute little herb garden, was to buy live, already grown (by someone else) plants BUT...that is not possible in the dead of winter around here.

So I had to wait and wait and wait and then finally a week or so ago the stores FINALLY started stocking their shelves with garden goodies. Yay, I could finally fulfill my dream of having a small indoor herb garden at my cooking fingertips.

When I saw Lowes "Spring Black Friday Sale" add yesterday I couldn't get there fast enough because Y'all...they had my herb plants on sale for just $2.00 each.  THAT'S CHEAP!!!  Regular price is $3.68 each so I got mine for nearly half price.  YAHOO!!

I loaded up my cart with a pot of fresh Basil...check....Rosemary....check.....and Cilantro...check








and for just a little more than the cost of a few snippets of fresh herbs at the grocery store, I will have fresh herbs in abundance right in my kitchen year around!!

That's why today I am totally excited to FINALLY be able to share with you my super cute, yummy smelling, very tasty INDUSTRIAL STYLE WINDOWSILL HERB GARDEN.




 Isn't it cute?







I wish y'all could smell them through the screen. Oh my goodness, it's heavenly!

Now I can't wait to get cooking!

I may just have to go back to Lowes and get a few more varieties of herbs this weekend...maybe some Mint, Thyme and possibly some Lavender...BEFORE THEY'RE GONE!

Maybe I'll see you there. Ciao!



Friday, April 3, 2015

A WORD ABOUT EASTER...
















Need I say more?...

Just wanted to pop in on this GOOD FRIDAY and wish you a fabulous Easter weekend and in a word (or three) remind you of the reason we celebrate!






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