Tuesday, February 20, 2018

7 Spring-Cleaning Tips


Courtesy of HGTV

Hi Friends,

If spring is in the air, don't let a musty house spoil it. Here are seven tips for giving the season the welcome it deserves.
  1. The best refrigerator cleaner is a combination of salt and soda water. The bubbling action of the soda water combines with the abrasive texture of the salt to make a great cleaner.
  2. The best way to get rid of lime buildup around the faucet it is to lay paper towels over the fixture, soak it with vinegar and let it set for an hour. The deposits will soften and become easier to remove.
  3. Clean screens with a scrap of carpeting. It makes a powerful brush that removes all the dirt.
  4. Clean windows with a rag and soapy water, and then dry them with another rag. You can also go to an auto-parts store and buy a windshield squeegee, which cleans very well.
  5. If drapes are looking drab, take them out of the window, remove the hooks and run them through the air-fluff cycle in the dryer along with a wet towel (to draw off the dust) for 15 minutes. Hang them back in the windows immediately.
  6. Clean the blades of a ceiling fan by covering them with a coat of furniture polish. Wipe off the excess and lightly buff.
  7. Sometimes comforters, blankets and pillows don't need to be cleaned, but they do need to be aired out after a long winter in your closed-up home. Take them outside and hang them on a clothesline for a day.
Simple ways to make the yearly chore less of a chore...

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Happy President's Day!


Hi Friends,

We wanted to share this poem about our leaders who put pride in Red, White & Blue.

Our Presidents

by Winifred Sackville Stoner, Jr.

George Washington, Adams and Jefferson three
First rulers of Uncle Sam's land of the free:
Then Madison, Monroe and Adams again
All clever and upright and good honest men;
The Jackson, Van Buren and Harrison first,
Tyler and Polk whose terms were so curst
By war with the Mexicans who lost in the fray -
Then Taylor and Fillmore and Pierce held their sway.
Buchanan and Lincoln, Johnson and Grant,
Then Hayes, martyred Garfield, despiser of cant,
Arthur and Cleveland, Harrison (Ben)
McKinley the martyr, beloved by all men;
Then most energetic and strenuous Teddy
And plump William Taft for a second term ready
When Wilson was placed in this nation's great chair
And promised to always rule wisely and fair.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!


Hi Friends,

May you enjoy the day with the person closest to your heart...

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

5 Last-Minute Valentine's Day Decorating Ideas


Courtesy of Kim Stoegbauer

Happy Valentine's Friends,

Decorate for Valentine's Day with easy-to-create paper crafts that can be whipped up in minutes. Our featured Easy Doily Garland is one of my favorites. To create a doily garland, fold six-inch doilies in half and use double-sided table to attach a thin ribbon in the crease of each doily. Use a paper punch or hand cut small hearts; attach to the center of each doily with double-sided tape.

Sweet Cupcake Toppers


Dress up simple cupcake with easy-to-make cupcake toppers. To create cupcake flags, cut a strip of patterned scrapbook paper one inch by 5-1/2 inches, and fold in half. Place a piece of double-sided tape the entire length of the backside. Place a four-inch lollipop stick in the crease, and fold over the paper. Trim the end to form a flag shape. Use a paper punch or hand cut a small heart; attach the heart to the flag with a foam dot to add dimension.

Conversation Cupcakes


A new take on a classic. Instead of candy hearts this Valentine's Day, create your own conversation cupcakes with our adorable labels. Click here for the printables.

Pretty Paper Garland


Create garlands made from colorful scrapbook paper to decorate your home for Valentine's Day. Paper garlands are an easy-to-create and versatile decoration. Hang on the walls, down the stairway banister or across the front of a table. All you need: scrapbook paper, ribbon and double-sided tape. Get the how-to here.

Materials Needed:
  • scrapbook paper
  • thin ribbon
  • scallop circle paper punch
  • double-sided tape


Punch Out Circles
Use a 2-1/2-inch or three-inch scallop circle paper punch to create six flat circles per rosette. Fold each circle in half. Use double-sided tape to attach the backsides of two of the folded circles.



Attach Ribbon
Continue attaching the folded circles, alternating paper patterns. Before attaching the last circle, place thin ribbon through the center of the rosette and then attach the final circle. Repeat until desired length of garland is reached.



Love Letters


Spell out L-O-V-E or any word using inexpensive chipboard or wood letters covered in decorative paper. Use finished letters to create a banner or mantel display. Get the how-to here.

Materials Needed:
  • chipboard letters
  • scrapbook paper
  • nail file
  • ink stamp
  • foam brush
  • mod podge


Attach Paper to Chipboard
Trace the chipboard letter on the backside of the patterned paper, and cut out paper with scissors or craft knife. Use a foam brush to apply mod podge to the paper letter and adhere it to the chipboard letter. Allow to dry. Use emery board to smooth edges and remove any excess paper from letter.



Antique the Edges
Stamp a small ink pad around the edges to give the letters a worn look. Use ribbon to hang letters as a banner or use as a display on a mantel or table.



Perfect for our busy schedules...

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Make a Valentine's Day Bird Feeder


Courtesy of Melissa Caughey

Happy Valentine's Friends,

Use pinecones, seeds and peanut butter to make a tasty valentine for your backyard birds. Learn how to make a tasty treat to spoil your winter visitors.

Gather Your Supplies

You will need: pinecones/floral wire/wire clippers/protected surface/peanut butter or sunflower butter (for those with peanut allergies)/birdseed/raisins/plates/spoon/ribbon

Wire it Up

Cut approximately 5 feet of floral wire. Fold it in half and wire the pinecone in the middle to the center of the folded wire.

Taking Shape

Continue wiring the pinecones together into the shape of your choice. Here, a heart is forming, but a circle would be just as lovely.

Extra Support

Wire the last and the first pinecones together and trim off any excess wire. Add extra wire for extra support if necessary to maintain your shape.

Peanut Butter and Seeds

Add about a cup of peanut butter to one plate and the seeds and raisins to another. Using the back of a spoon or your fingers (like me), spread the peanut butter into the nooks and crannies of all the pinecones. Then add the seeds to the peanut butter.

Freeze It

Place the heart on a dinner plate and place it in the freezer to harden up for about 30 minutes.

Add a Ribbon

Tie a ribbon to the heart and hang it outside your window.

Feed the Birds

Enjoy your backyard visitors. Here, a black-capped chickadee is caught with a seed in mid-air.

Sideways

You can also hang the heart sideways. This Carolina wren doesn't care one bit!

Have fun making this for our little friends...

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Ice Cube Tray Peppermint Marshmallow Chocolates


Courtesy of Sam Henderson

Happy Valentine's Friends,

We always have leftover peppermints from the Holidays so why not put them to good use for Valentine's. Not to worry, unopened peppermints can last 2-3 years so a couple months shouldn't be a problem. Let's get started >>

Directions:
Fill ice cube trays with melted milk chocolate. Pour the excess back into bowl of melted chocolate. Fill the cavities 3/4 with marshmallow fluff using a piping bag. Add melted chocolate on top of the marshmallow fluff and shake the tray gently to release air bubbles. Freeze for 1 hour. Release the chocolate by tapping gently on counter after allowing to thaw at room temperature for 5-10 minutes. Dip the tops in melted semi-sweet chocolate and top with crushed peppermints.

A good way to recycle those peppermints...

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Ice Cube Tray Coconut Crispy Chocolates


Courtesy of Sam Henderson

Happy Valentine's Friends,

Coconut lovers cannot wait to get there hands on these tasty little morsels and we're going to share the simple steps to make your very own.

Directions:
Melt two cups of semi-sweet chocolate. Add 1 cup of shredded coconut, 1/2 cup of rice cereal, and 1 teaspoon coconut extract. Stir to combine and press into ice cube trays. Smooth the top and freeze or one hour.

If you are not a coconut lover, these may change your mind...

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