Thursday, April 30, 2009

Recycled Jewelry by Liz

Liz has taken recycling to a whole new level. She has taken old computer parts that would eventually have ended up in a land fill and turned them into Fabulous pieces of jewelry. Way to go Liz!

This piece is wire wrapped with 1 carved wooden bead that looks like a skull with a black crocheted chain. Fabulous! Only $9.99

This necklace is a striking metallic orange and has " Elite Group" written across it in blue. Wire wrapped so it can hang from a chain. The crocheted chain comes in a glittery blue. Only $12.99

You may buy her one of a kind designs go to:

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Summer Pictures

This is my LuLu..Her nick name is Fruity pie..Shes a Shepard Mix. She always looks out the window whenever I leave the house. Shes so sweet! I just love her!

The Hostas are really filling out now

I believe this is a Primrose- Thanks for letting me know!

View from my back deck. My garden is going right next to my Arborvitas. As you can see some of the shrubs did not make it through winter. We had more but we removed them cause they died. I will gradually add more shrubs. I need alot to border my back yard from the field.

This is my HUGE Rhododendron in my front flower bed. Wait till you see it bloom! The front will be loaded with flowers

Yellow Primrose?

My flower garden. Time to plant more flowers. Some are just now coming up. I have tons of iris's in this one. A few summers ago I found a concrete slab on our property and had my husband put 3 wood logs under it for legs..its still standing. Right now I placed my pots of garden seeds on it to get more sun. I am going to plant more flowers around it and put the watering can & old gas can in another spot. At the end I have an old bucket that I put a water feeder for the birds in, it is rusty so I put an old enamel bowl on top so the birds can have clean water, I also put some of my gourds in the bucket. i am going to make birdhouses out of some of them, now that they are completely dry.

This is a lantern I have had hanging from this pole for awhile. I would like to remove the inside so I can put a candle in it.

This is an old wicker chair I bought years ago at the fire stations yearly garage sale. I only paid like $3 or $4 for it. I put a pot of flowers on it in the summer. Along with the other rocker in the photo...Time to also start mulching again too.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Freezer Jam Recipe

Prep: 30 mins. Stand: 10 mins + 24 hrs

4- Cups fresh strawberries, hulled
4- Cups sugar
1- 1 3/4 - oz pkg, unflavored powdered fruit pectin
2/4 - Cup water
1 - TBLS, fresh lemon juice
1 - Small lemon, thinly sliced

1. In large bowl crush berries with masher. Stir in sugar and let stand 10 mins: stirring occasionaly.
2. In small sauce pan combine pectin and water. Bring to boiling: boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. POur into berry mixture. Add lemon juice and stir 3 minutes or until sugar is dissolved and mixture is smooth. Stir in lemon slices.
3. Ladle jam into clean half- pint jars or freezer containers, leaving 1/2 inch head space. Seal and lebel. Let stand at room temperature 24 hrs or until set.

Refrigerate up to 3 weeks or freeze up to 1 year.
Makes about 5 half pints
* note: freezer jam does not set as firmly as cooked jam
* Each 2- TBLS.serving 87 calories, og fat, omg chol, 3mg sodium, 23g carbs, og fiber, og pro. Daily values: 17% vit. C, 1% iron

Sparkling jam: Prepare as above except omit lemon juice and slices. Stir 1/4 Cup champagne or white wine and 1 to 2 TBLS raspberry liqueur into berry mixture with pectin mixture.

Banana-Berry: Prepare as above except use 3 Cups strawberries, 1 Cup chopped banana ( about 2), and omit lemon juice and slices. Stir 2 TBLS creme de banana ( or lemon juice) into berry mixture with pectin. Stir 5 minutes until sugar is dossolved ( will set soft)

( Found in Better Homes & Gardens May , 2009 Issue)

Honey Bath Recipe

I found this Honey bath recipe in May's Better Homes & Gardens issue, BHG received this information from the National Honey Board. Heres the scoop on it:

Honey naturally attracts and retains moisture yet is gentle, which makes it the ideal ingredient for all, including those with sensitive skin.

1- Cup Sweet almond, olive or sesame oil
1/2 Cup honey
1/2 cup liquid soap
1 TBLS vanilla extract

Place oil into a bowl, then carefully stir in remaining ingredients until fully blended. Store in a clean plastic bottle and shake before using. Add to running bath water.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Flowers are Blooming!!

Spring is finally here and the flowers are in bloom. I just love spring!

My mom gave me this old water pump so I put it in one of my flower gardens..I have chives in the old tub next to it, boy do they smell great when they come up.

My beautiful Magnolia tree - I really like this picture I took, I think I may enlarge it and frame it. The flowers didnt last long, they are all gone now. :(

My Tulips & Magnolia tree!! Isnt it pretty?! The bees love the magnolia tree!

I have never tried this but I figured I would give this a try: I put some pepper seeds in a few pots and put some glass over the top so it would create a greenhouse effect. Something is starting to grow in it, its so tiny you cant see it.. then will transplant the peppers to my garden next month after my father in law tills my garden up for me with the tractor.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Cute Vintage Clothespin Bags

I found these cute vintage clothespin bags online, I just love vintage! Who would have thought of turning a childs vintage dress into a clothespin bag? The prices for these were over $40..OUCH!!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Egg Shell Plant Starter

An enviornmentally friendly way to start your plants. After eating an egg wash it out and then put some potting soil in it, then your seeds, place in container and put in sun..When ready to plant, just plant egg shell and all. Perfect!!!!!!