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Windowsill Sprouting my way through the Winter.

Windowsill Sprouting my way through the Winter.
My orchids are dark speckled and bruised from the cold. The flowery Lantana shrubs are like coarse twine unraveled in a pile on the ground. The tall ornamental grasses, which I love for their swaying grace, stand in stiff bunches like little scarecrows scattered across the lawn. My windowsill, on the other hand, is more alive than ever- with lentil sprouts galore! Tricking yourself into thinking its springtime is one way of looking at it, but sprouting lentils is also a great way to add a super fresh, nutrient packed component to a meal or salad. Lentils help cleanse and stimulate the kidneys and adrenal system, strengthen the heart and circulation and increase energy and vitality. The sprouting process is super easy, and though today we’re talking about lentil sprouts, you can use this process to sprout many other seeds and beans (alfalfa, clover, mung, garbanzo, lentil, sunflower). The next morning your beans will be nice and plump. There are a million ways to eat them.

50 Smoothies : Recipes and Cooking 1. Banana Blend 2 bananas, 1/2 cup each vanilla yogurt and milk, 2 teaspoons honey, a pinch of cinnamon and 1 cup ice. 2. Strawberry-Banana Blend 1 banana, 1 cup strawberries, 1/2 cup each vanilla yogurt and milk, 2 teaspoons honey, a pinch of cinnamon and 1 cup ice. 3. Strawberry Shortcake Blend 2 cups strawberries, 1 cup crumbled pound cake, 1 1/2 cups each milk and ice, and sugar to taste. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Chain-Chomp This is Chain-Chomp from the Mario Brothers games. I made this because my middle daughter begged me to. LOL. When writing out the pattern for it, I tried to make it as plain as possible, but I'm still learning how to write out patterns for someone other than myself to read, so bear with me. If the cube portion of the pattern just isn't working for you, you can always make a cube by crocheting 6 squares that are 3 to 4 inches in size and sew them together to form a cube. Materials: WW black, grey, white and red yarnsG HookSmall amount of white feltThread to match the feltYarn NeedleFiberfil This pattern requires a little more advanced work than most of the patterns I have to date. Gauge isn't really important, but your hook, yarn and natural tension should combine to create a moderately tight stitch. I tried using continuous rounds on this pattern, but it just doesn't work out as well due to it's nature. Using black yarn, make two half domes as follows: Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring. (6) Ch 16.

Large 30 Drawer Apothecary Chest by stanpike you knew i was going to make one. they are all over pinterest....(i still am not signed up for pinterest because i don't have time for one more thing but browsing is fun!) so we made one. i took a box of 64 crayons and took out the blacks and browns.i used another small box and doubled up on the good colors i liked and hot glued them to the top of our canvas. then we turned our blow dryer to hot on high. not long after you set the hair dryer by the crayons they get shiny and then the wax starts to melt! and it dries really quickly too. seriously. what could be happier than this?? GREAT project. loved it today is the first FULL day with ALL my kids in ALL day school.yeah...i am smiling as i type that. it's good. it's quiet. i am rockin' it. removing wallpaper.....making code for craft weekend stuff.....doing my hair....going to lunch..... it's all good. hooray for school!

Choose the Best Spot for Your Garden Curbly-Original When I was a kid my grandpa was the gardener, and I would toddle around with him looking at the plants, smelling the plants, and picking the plants...even when I wasn't supposed to. I never knew how much he taught me until I started my own garden. So, here are a few tips from grandpa through me. For a garden, the two most important elements are soil and location. First - Sun exposure. the best sun is morning sun, it's that perfect cool morning light that wakes the plants up and gets them growing everyday. The best way to deal with sun exposure is a nice easterly facing garden plot, with a good shade element on the west side. Second - Space. Third - Drainage. Finally, if you've got these three major points covered, then stay tuned for our "good soil vs bad soil" post coming up tomorrow and you'll have all the tools for a healthy and rewarding garden. From the Farm, Tagged : design, garden, Green Couch Design, How-To, lawn, Curbly-Original Techniques : gardening Room : outdoor

Molecular Cocktails Starter Kit Mary Jane Slippers « ohmygoodknits! By Lisa Gutierrez on 04/01/2008 **I thought this was obvious, but apparently not: PLEASE OH PLEEASE do not use any of my photos without my permission! I’m a nice person, so if YOU ask nicely, I’d make a consideration. Also, don’t post this pattern anywhere else. A simple link to this page would be a great way to share it. You CAN sell slippers you make, of course, but for pete’s sake, take photos of what you made to show your customer/s! PRINTER-FRIENDLY version link at bottom! I’ve received many messages via Ravelry about these slippers. Crocheted Mary Jane Slippers (women’s large–9.5-10) Materials: worsted weight yarnH-hook2 buttonstapestry needleyou’ll also need some yarn in a contrasting color. First, start with 8 DC into a circle. see the little tail on bottom? after cinching, slst into the top of the first DC, ch 2. [See THIS POST, if you need more information about the beginning round.] This is what my piece looked like after round 4: Work 2 rounds even (NO INCREASING). Here goes!

Wall Decals and Wall Stickers | Dezign With a Z : vinyl wall decals how to transfer a photo to fabric Did you know you can transfer photos to fabric without using iron-on sheets? I love this technique. It's simple to execute and the end results are really pretty. It's another method for hand printing! I made some fabrics the other day and used them to add pockets to one of my wool skirts. Supplies Needed: Fabric (I used white quilting cotton), Gel Medium (I used this kind from Liquidex), Paint Brush and the image you want to transfer. How to transfer a photo to fabric: 1. Note: Don't be alarmed if your transfer isn't completely perfect. Well there you go!

Mother’s Day Terrarium by Nicole Balch of Making It Lovely by Guest A terrarium that you’ve assembled would make a great Mother’s Day gift, but if the lucky recipient enjoys gardening or crafting, you could also consider giving her all of the components to make her own. I’ll show you how I put mine together below. I have two young kids, so I wanted to add some color and sparkle to my terrarium. Materials The project can be completed from start to finish (including clean up) in less than an hour. • Glass Terrarium • rocks and stones as filler • rocks and stones as decoration • activated charcoal • potting soil • plants (ferns and mosses) • preserved moss • billy buttons (Craspedia) How to Make a Terrarium Start with a clean and dry glass vessel. Next add a thin layer of charcoal to keep your terrarium’s environment healthy and mold-free. Be sure to leave enough room for plants when adding the soil, and keep the leaves away from the glass. Add a little more dirt around the plants to create an even, level surface. Tips - Nicole

Recipes, Cooking Tips, Food Advice and Menus - KitchenDaily Mini Mario Mushroom Amigurumi « Amy's Odyssey The mini mushrooms in the world of Mario are tasked with many things. The little red ones have the special job of helping Mario and his friends grow bigger and stronger to assist them on their adventures. However, not all the mushrooms are sure of their fate. He is very grateful for my hospitality and has shared with me the secret of how the mini mushrooms are created. My patterns are written down as I create my amigurumi, but let me know if there is anything missing. Techniques You will use the basic amigurumi crochet techniques: magic circle, slip stitch, single crochet (sc), increase, and invisible decrease.Note: US crochet stitch terminology is used. ch=chain, sc=single crochet, 2sc in next sc=increase, sc2tog=decrease (crochet two sc together to make one sc). Materials * Yarn: Red, White, and Scrap length of Black for the eyes (but try all different colours for your mushrooms!) Pattern Mushroom Start with Red Yarn RND1: 6sc magic circle [6] RND2: 2sc in next sc.