Thursday, July 31, 2008

Trashion Thursday- Multi Artists Feature

I got such a reaction from my thread that I decided to feature more than one artist today. These are Trashion artist who turn trash into real Treasures. These are just a few of the Recycled Treasures I have found.


Jenellsrevenge
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5294054


Jen takes old plain purses and gives them new life. With some paint she turns plain old purses into a work of art. Stop by and see these and other wonderful creations she has in her shop.

IMOTIME-This Guy knows the Time
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=90650


Nothing is safe around this shop owner, he turns almost anything into a clock. If you want a unique clock for your home or office then this is the shop for you. Eric uses discarded items and makes them useful again. Come by and buy a few clocks they make wonderful gifts and every room can use a clock.

Lostandfoundobject2
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5179039


What do bike tires, soda cans, game pieces and forks all have in common? They are all made into jewelry. This shop owner makes jewelry out of whatever she finds. It playful and a conversation starter.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

15 Reasons Mr.Rogers was the best Neighbor ever

This article was sent to me in an e-mail and I felt Like I should share it with all.
http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/wayoflife/07/28/mf.mrrogers.neighbor/index.html

Recipe: BBQ Taters- Just in time for the Trade Game tomorrow

This is for all U tradeaholics who just love the Trade game. On WEd. I look forward to playing but the first game is at 5pm the time I start Dinner, so I make sure I've got a delicious dinner going in my crockpot so when I'm done, dinner's done:)

This week it's BBQ Taters with Homemade BBQ sauce, this sauce is so easy you'll never buy bottled again. I make the sauce the day before while making dinner for that night.
What is a BBQ tater? It's a bake potato topped with great BBQ....it's so delicious! I had these at a fair last year and fell in love with them.

Homemade BBQ sauce:
2- 15oz cans tomato sauce
1 1/2 tea. Garlic Powder
1 1/2 tea. Onion Powder
2 T. Liquid Smoke
1/2 tea. salt
1/2 c Brown sugar
2 1/2 T. Vinegar(I use white)
1/2 tea. Mustard powder
1 tea. honey

Pour tomato sauce into pot. Whisk in each ingredient one at a time or you'll get lumps. Put on med.-high heat and bring to a low boil. Stir constantly. After it comes to a boil remove from heat and cool. This allow the flavors to come together. Put into a sealed container unless using right away.

Meat:
Okay differnt people love differnt meats for bbq so use what you like; chicken, pork or beef. You can cook all three in a crockpot using the same method.

Add meat to crockpot, I add a little garlic and onion to my meat, then just cover meat with water. If you are going to let this cook all day do it on low. When you get home or after meat is done, drain broth. Save broth for another use. Debone meat if you need to. Add bbq sauce and allow to cook 1 hour longer on high. If you need faster than an hour after adding BBQ sauce then cook in pot on stove top. You will need to stir this alot so it doesn't stick. You want the sauce to thicken up a little on the meat.

Potatoes:
I bake my potatoes wrapped in foil for 2 hours. If you don't have this kind of time you can microwave your potatoes for 5-10 mins. Don't forget to pierce potatoes when putting them in the microwave or they can explode and make a potato mess all over the microwave. Then you can bake the potatoes for 45 mins to give them that baked flavor. If you are in a really big hurry just microwave them til done. That takes about 10 mins for small and med potatoes and 15 for large ones. Test by pushing a fork into them. If it's really easy thier done, if not then cook longer.

When everything is ready; Place potato on plate and open up. Top with a little dab of butter, let melt. Top with BBQ and then what ever else you like; Cheese, Jalepenos, Sour Cream, More BBQ sauce, onions, or tomatoes.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Sale for the week- Seed Catchers or seed skirts

If you love sales then be sure to sign up for my new posts as I will mention all sales here first.







Seed catchers are 1/2 off this week- ends Aug. 2 Please note P27 in notes to seller.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

New things coming!





There are new things coming to my shop next week. I've been working hard on new earrings and more. Check out my store for more to come!

Who doesn't love louffa?




Even the ants and bees love louffa
There are more little louffas appearing and the others are getting even bigger. I honestly expected it to have more by this time but I'm hopeful that more will appear.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Supanerdstef- Feature Friday

Supanerdstef



Wanted to share with you Supa Designs a great little shop that sells bows. This stay at home mom makes really great bows on alligator clips. I got some really cute clips from this shop for a gift for my nieces. They came nicely packaged and shipped fast.

She has so many wonderful ones to choose from it’s hard to make up your mind. She has crafted Lions, Elephants, Zebras, Butterflies, apples, flowers, ladybugs and caterpillars all out of ribbon and made into bows.

Visit her shop and find something for the princess in your life!






http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=82598

Thursday, July 24, 2008

What can you do with a bunch of old magazines?-Trashion Thursday



What can you do with a bunch of old National Geographic magazines?
Celtic Knot turns them into lucky stars!


These cute lucky stars are origami stars made from old National Geographic magazines. Some are made from pictures of water, skies, and lady bugs. You can use these as decorations or use them to make fun jewelry. You get a lot of little stars so you have plenty to do several projects.



Celtic Knot is attending college to become an English teacher. Besides having great grammar she also makes jewelry, wine charms, bookmarks and recycled lucky stars.
Check out her shop on Etsy!

Monday, July 21, 2008

What a Find! Now comes the Hard part!


Today while Checking my booth at the Antique Mall I ran across 3 large boxes of Christmas ornaments. I decided to buy them. Well I already found several ornaments that after selling them makes it well worth it. I found these guys in those boxes, I took pictures and was preparing them for sell, now I'm having second thoughts:D
I think these guys are so cute! What do you think?

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Time off and announcement!

I'm taking a week off, no blogging, no dealing with the store, just relaxing and enjoying time with Family.

Be sure to Check back Saturday July 19th for a preview of my Christmas in July Sale. Be sure to sign up to recieve my posts so you can be the first to see my sale!!


Friday, July 11, 2008

Feature Fridays- jlocke38

jlocke38
Sweet InnoSCENTS...homemade "dessert" candles & more!

Etsy
Buy Handmade
jlocke38


I recently received a candle from jlocke38’s store and I love it. I got a cinnamon bun candle, when it arrived the box even smelled so good you could eat it. The candle came wrapped with a little tie and a matching gift tag perfect for gift giving. The candle is very fragrant and looks like the real thing.

Check out her profile for a complete list of scents:
http://www.etsy.com/profile.php?user_id=5215130

Choose a creation in her shop or request a custom made candle. All of her candles are made with Soy Wax or a Soy Wax blend. This allows for longer burn times and a cleaner burn on all of your candles. Do you like Cupcakes, Cannoli, pie or ice cream?? These are just a few of the dessert candles she makes.

Just in the mood for a drink? She has Beer, Margarita, Pina Coladas, Cappuchino, Cosmo or Coffee complete with a doughnut. No matter what you are in the mood for she’s got it! Even breakfast!

Check out her shop and Happy Etsy Anniversary jlocke38

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Trashion Thursday - MoJo Trashion

Trashion Thursdays
I want to feature other artists like myself who use what many would call trash to create cute and useful items. Every little bit helps keep more trash from getting into our landfills.




MoJo Trashion
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5542111


This weeks feature shop for Trashion Thursday is Etsy seller MoJo Trashion. She creates trashion from food wrappers. Wrappers include Cheetos bags, noodle wrappers, candy wrappers, and Poptarts packages. With wrappers and some extra materials she creates booties, change purses, purses, pouches, and card holders. I love the creativity and uniqueness of her items. She has been a very popular seller in just 7 months and has excellent feedback. Check out her shop, purchase something cute and save even more trash from our landfills.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Website Wednesday- Hillbilly Housewife

I am a SAHM who is always looking for ways to save money and good recipes. The website has convenience food recipes, Menu some based on costs, and other useful info for anyone.

Here is a menu complete with shopping list to feed a family of 4-6 on just $45 for a week
http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/40dollarmenu.htm

Do you love flavored coffee but hate the price? Try some of here recipes for flavored coffee that you can make yourself and save money.
http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/beveragerecipes.htm

My favorite Recipes are for:

Family Bread http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/familybread.htm I love making homemade bread and this low cost recipe make allot of bread. Best of all if you use the low yest method you let it rise overnight.

Plain muffins http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/muffins.htm This recipe is so versatile, you can add any extras you like or have on hand.

Oatmeal muffins http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/oatmealmuffins.htm I double this recipe every time and I like to add chopped apple pie filling and cinnamon.

Check out more of her recipes here http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/recipeindex.htm

Enjoy other articles about menu planning, frugal grocery shopping, lunch box food, and how to turn left overs into dinner.

I hope you find this website as useful as I have.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Fast and inexpensive meal- Meatball subs and fries

This is one of the favorites at my house. The meatballs are so versitile and you can transform the leftovers into something else easily.

Ingredients:
1/2 large bag(2 lbs 6oz) frozen meatballs
1 jar veggie packed spaghetti sauce
1/2 bag frozen peppers and onions
Cheese
buns, hamburger or hogie
Fries

Put a small amount of oil in the pan and sautee peppers and onions. If your meatballa are thawed cut them in half, this makes them stay on the buns better. Add meatballs to the pan and put a lid on and cook for about 5 mins. Then add spaghitti sauce. Stir and continue to cook til meatballs are done. Take the top part of the bun and scoop out some of the bread to create a bowl. Spoon meatball mixture into the "bowl" and top with cheese. Toast in oven if preferred. While the meatballs are cooking fry or bake your fries. Enjoy!

This normally takes me 30-45 mins from freezer to plate and the cost is under $10 for four people. I normally have left overs. I then make pasta and serve the meatball mixture over pasta and serve with a salad and garlic bread.
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Monday, July 7, 2008

How to make an eye patch for a child


This comes out of my own frustrations and I wanted to help others in my position. My son was told he had to wear an eye patch for a few months. I was not able to purchase one from them but was told to check any pharmacy or medical supply store to buy one. Well after making several stops and phone calls still No Child size patch. SO I looked on the internet and no pattern or even how to's just buy them here sites. I needed it yesterday so I decided to make one. This is the second one I made pictured as you can imagine the first one didn't look so good. So here is my materials list and instructions on how to make one. You could also use this as a costume patch if wanted and use much thinner elastic and leave the bias tape casing off
Materials:
*Fabric
*Buckram
*elastic- ¼” wide
*bias tape- double folded
*thread
*paper for making pattern

Start by making a circle that will be 3” across or an oval that measures 3” across. The patch will fit better is it is made a little oblong. My patch measures 2 ¾” across and 2 ¼” tall. Draw the circle on the paper, cut out and hold up to your child’s eye. Make sure that it will cover the entire eye with extra all the way around.
Next you need to use the paper pattern you made to cut out 2 layers of fabric and two layers of buckram. Buckram is a very stiff interfacing, if you can’t find it use a few layers of stiff interfacing. Pin all four layer together and hold up to your eye. Is it dark? If yes then you are ready to sew if not then you need to add another layer or two of fabric. After you have all the layers cut out make a sandwich that has the buckram in the middle and the fabric on the outside and pin. Stitch around the outside edge as close to the edge as possible. Then satin stitch around the outside edges. You can enclose the edges in bias tape but I found that to be much harder since it is so small.
The next thing to do is make a casing for the elastic out of double fold bias tape. Measure the elastic around the child’s head, remember to hold the patch up so that you can measure from the outside edges so you don’t get it too long. Measure how long the elastic is and add 10” to it for the length of bias tape you need. Then just sew the open edges of the bias tape together down the length. Insert elastic and baste on each end. Then sew to the sides at the top on the patch. Covering the elastic makes it a bit more comfortable.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Small louffa

This is the only growing louffa right now but it is sure on it's way. Yes louffa is grown on a vine not in the ocean.
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Louffa's blooming

The louffa is going strong, it was covered with blooms and bees this morning. Hopefully soon there will be more fruit set.
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