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THE LAST WORD Aspire to inspire before you expire. ************************ What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you. Ralph Waldo Emerson *************************** Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls. ~ David Thomas *************************** “Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine.” ~ Buddha ~ *************************** When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure. ~ Peter Marshall ~ Hmmm...what to of 3 married 13 years in April! WOW...been with my soulmate for 15 years...wouldn't trade him! :) Have 2 grown children and one at home...learning to love life as much as I LOVE my family and friends xo

How To: Turn a Bookcase Into a Bar. Time: 3 days including drying time approx. 12 hoursCost: $60Not all of us can afford a standalone bar in regards to space or cost, but most of us can afford to take a thrift store or flea market bookshelf and turn it into your very own Bookcase Bar, like Theresa did for last year's January Jumpstart project (Thanks, Theresa!)...

How To: Turn a Bookcase Into a Bar

Before After Tools and Materials Used Tell us the tools and resources you used for the project: : solid wood bookcase with adjustable shelves, sand paper (med and fine) face mask acrylic primer semi gloss paint paint brush, 2 sheets of gift wrap (24"X 36") spray adhesive scissors mini drill, small drill bit 19 all purpose screws 2 wine glass racks 2 wine bottle holders 2 pieces of 3/4" thick plywood 1 piece of 3/4" thick plywood (6"X 2") Share step by step instructions for how you completed the project:1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. How To Grow An Endless Supply Of Ginger At Home. It’s Easy! Ginger is a delightful spice that comes with a pretty hefty pricetag at the store, but did you know that you can grow endless amounts of it at home for free?

How To Grow An Endless Supply Of Ginger At Home. It’s Easy!

Or practically free at least. There are many foods you can regrow from scraps, and ginger is one of them. If you’re planting ginger though, bear in mind that you’re in it for the long haul. Hot Chocolate Spoons for your dipping pleasure. By Marie LeBaron As January is here and the cold wintry season is in full effect, we’re warming up with some hot cocoa.

Hot Chocolate Spoons for your dipping pleasure

But the best part is, dipping our Hot Chocolate Spoons into it! These spoons are easy to make and fun to eat, helping beat those winter blues! Supplies for Hot Chocolate Spoons: – spoons, plastic work best – chocolate chips, regular and mini chips – marshmallows – coconut, shredded and sweetened – peanut butter chips – butterscotch chips – crushed candy canes – wax paper – plate Have your supplies out ready to go.

Heat up your chocolate chips for spoon dipping first. Once your chocolate is melted, dip your spoon into the bowl. When you’ve got your spoons dipped, it’s time to decorate them. We made a few different kinds of dipped spoons. Once you’ve got all your spoons dipped and decorated, let the chocolate harden again. How to Make Homemade Tortilla Chips. Fried Tortilla Chips 1 The tortilla chips will fry better if they are a bit dried out first.

How to Make Homemade Tortilla Chips

Either leave the whole tortillas out overnight, exposed to air so they are stale the next day, or dry them out a bit in the oven or microwave. DIY Lamp Bird Bath. Dude!

DIY Lamp Bird Bath

You totally need a lamp bird bath. By the time I am through with y’all, there’s going to be lamp bird baths lighting up your hood! Bahahaha! Lighting. DIY Teacup Bird Feeder. This little teacup bird feeder has made my garden so much cheerier!

DIY Teacup Bird Feeder

My friend, Annie, put together this DIY for a mother & daughter tea party at our church. (I have more pictures since she threw a darling party and asked me to take some pics…! But they are on the hubs computer, sooooo, this will have to do.) She purchased a set of the teacups and saucers, spoons at thrift stores, and the dowel at Home Depot. FIRST: she painted the dowels so they were ready for the party. DIY Teacup Bird Feeder. Glass Magnet Tutorial. The most common question I get asked at a craft fair is how to make my adorable Glass Pebble Magnets.

Glass Magnet Tutorial

It’s the most searched post on my blog over at and I understand why. It is especially relevant for those of you vending craft fairs. These magnets sell great and are quick and easy to make in large quantities. Again, they sell GREAT! Priced at a dollar a piece, you are bound to sell out at each event! The cost of producing them is relatively inexpensive and the time required to make them is nominal. Let’s get started. Playing With Rocks. I've received a lot of interest in the romantic rock paperweight from my "Busy" post.

Playing With Rocks

It's been pinned, and I've received emails about it. Funny how something so simple speaks to us. I used the Splendid Transfer method (found on my sidebar) after rubbing the surface with a little gesso. You can read about gesso on my sidebar as well. That's it. The garden-roof coop: DIY Wine Bottle Bird-Feeders. I'm preparing a class for the Master Gardener chapter that I'm a member of on making bird-feeders utilizing natural sources, recycled materials and re-purposed items.

the garden-roof coop: DIY Wine Bottle Bird-Feeders

Of course the best bird-feeder is what nature provides: nuts, seeds and fruit from native trees, shrubs and wildflowers (and native insects)... Here's my hand-out for my "bird" talk I give: Creating a Bird GardenBut - this class is all about creating bird-feeders and I've been trying a few DIY feeders I've found on the Internet. Sabby In Suburbia: Homemade Christmas: Pendant Necklaces & Glass Magnets. (Updated 11/8/2012) Welcome new visitors from Pinterest!

Sabby In Suburbia: Homemade Christmas: Pendant Necklaces & Glass Magnets

I am so happy to have you here and love all the great feedback! If you have any questions about this project, please see the updates at the end of this post or read through the comments section. If you still have any unanswered questions, please feel free to email me and I will get back to you as soon as possible! Thanks again! Sabby This post may seem a little tardy in its timing, however many of the recipients of these homemade gifts are also readers of my lil’ ol’ blog. Neither of the projects were novel techniques. First up… Glass Marble Magnet Sets These little beauties can be made a variety of ways and the variations are endless.

How to Grow a Lemon Tree For An Endless Supply of Lemons.


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