Spring brings inspiration for new beginnings, creative urges, and life just starts to feel a little easier. Spring just puts a bounce in my steps and makes working seem less of a chore.
I have been gardening for years, mainly sticking with roses, perennials,herbs and a few vegetables.
I am just the average everyday bird watcher backyard watching the common birds that everyone sees on a daily basis, although I do get excited when I see a new to me visitor.
digging in the dirt, planting a new plant, caring for a well loved plant that has been around for quite some time, or simply breathing in nature's fragrances or tasting of her sweet juicy goodness.
Easter a time of new life and new beginnings Of the greatest importance is the Celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
My imagination is taking me to places that are off the beaten path. The places of my dreams are off the beaten path, because, they are places where I have never been before. Places that I have only dreamed of.Places that are beyond my reach.
To my amazement, I see a humming bird building a nest. The humming bird was building it in a flowering bush called Yesterday, Today and tomorrow.
I don't know what it is about buttons, but I am fascinated with them. I have so many buttons that I don't know what to do with them and yet each time I have a piece of clothing that has worn out or become stained, I can't throw it out until I have removed every single button from every single item.
I tend to carry an array of items that I simply can't live without. A survival kit of sorts. When my children were very young I also carried a survival kit for them as well.
A year of crafting ideas and projects to do. Fun craft projects for you to do from January through December. All of the ideas and patterns are free. They are simple and quick projects that require very few and inexpensive materials to do the craft
It is so much fun knitting up items for a new baby..anything from adorable clothing, cozy baby blankets, cute and soft toys and warm booties .
Much Fun to be had for those who love knitting dolls and their clothes ! Enjoy
knitting a dishcloth is by far my favorite item to knit. Maybe because they are small, making them easy to carry around and because it doesn't take long to make .I can quickly see results and feel the satisfaction of a completed project.
The eighth month of the year is August. August has thirty-one days. In ancient Roman times, August was the sixth month and only had thirty days.
Valley Fever is a lung infection, that is caused by a fungus. The fungus is found in dust that has become airborne when dust from agricultural areas or construction sites and the soil has been moved around by the wind and dust storms. As spores are inhaled it can result in Valley fever.
The seventh month of the year brings us to July. The month of July has thirty one days. In ancient Roman times, the year began in March, and July was the fifth month of the year.
Who could resist, a delicious and easy to prepare fresh glazed strawberry pie, a pretty dessert that with its red transparent glaze and its fluffy white whipped cream topping and it is delicious too!
With everything that we are hearing these days about Monsanto and GMO's. If you grow your own garden then this may be the time to seriuosly consider, saving and storing your own seeds.
How fortunate we are that God has created and surrounded us with so much beauty. I like to take that beauty and make it last as long as I possibly can. One of the ways to do so, is to dry some of the flowers that grow in my garden.
Seed Bombing is a method of planting seeds into the land by dropping or tossing them into a large area of land.
You have probably heard, as we all have, about the strange sounds that are being heard around the world. It seems that, the best that anyone can figure anyway,is that they started about mid 2011 and have escalated since the beginning of 2012.
Okay..I admit it..I am gullible and fall for many of the as seen on tv ads.There are so many and they are all so inviting..you just know that the item being shown is going to change your life for better...
Have you ever walked into a yarn shop and just become overwhelmed with the choices offered? It happened to me all the time, that being the case I had to learn to be prepared.. If I have a project in mind then I need to know in advance what I need.
The sixth month of the year brings us to June. June has thirty days. In ancient Roman times the year began in March, thereby making June the fourth month of the year.
With today's technology it has become quite easy to trace ones family history with research and vital statistics. There are many resources available to research a family history. One never knows where ones search will lead...
A few design ideas for knitting and crocheting Jewelry.With just a little imagination we can combine colors, textures and sizes to design and create something exciting and up to date.
Peaches And Cream consists of sliced peaches and whipped cream. It is a simple summertime dessert, very popular in the United States and some other countries.
There are so many pretty and useful items that can be knit or crochet..I want to make them all . Now I just need more time....So many pretties and so little time.
Cornelia Is a hybrid musk with large fragrant flowers all year in flat clusters. Cornelia is extremely vigorous, can grow 8 to 10 feet tall in warmer climates. In the fall Cornelia will provide a display of hips.
Did you know that mushrooms are the only vegetable which contain vitamin-D in an edible form? Mushrooms are full of calcium which is a requirement for healthy bones , skull and teeth .
The Duet Rose.... This classic Hybrid Tea Rose sends up tight clusters of blooms instead of one bloom per stem. The flowers of the Duet are large, about 4 inches across and continues to produce in vast quantities.The blooms of the Duet are light pink, with a deeper pink on the reverse. A good...
A shawl is a fashionable as well as functional article of clothing, worn loosely over the shoulders, upper body and arms, and at times over the head like a scarf . It is usually in the shape of a rectangle a square or a triangle.
This flower beautiful heavenly scented rose was the Winner of the Fragrance Award at the Rose Hills International Rose Trials in 2003.The buds of the deep burgundy red Rouge Royal open to reveal perfectly quartered bright raspberry red, old fashioned blooms.
As long as you have the basic sewing skills and can sew a straight line , than you have what it takes to make many accessories.
The fifth month of the year is May. There are thirty-one days in the month of May.In the early Roman times, the year began in March, making May the third month of the year.
English roses are great for cutting flowers . I like the cupped and quartered flower shapes. And the fragrance is wonderful. If you like a rare purplish hue then you will love Prospero as I do.
The anticipation and the arrival of a new baby is an occasion for joy and celebration.
Knitting toys is so much fun, and watching the face of the little one that receives the treasure is just priceless. There are so many free patterns available, from sweet little baby dolls to ferocious dinosaurs.
St. Patrick is a yellow hybrid tea rose, but with a hint of green tones. The green tones seem to be more evident during the hotter part of summer. It is a hardy bloomer with perfect form.
Knitting Charity for Breast Cancer Patients. If you're looking for a knitting charity that's just a little bit different, how about Knitting for Knockers!
Abraham Darby has small clusters of large cupped flowers with a apricot- yellow- pink blend. The fragrance is strong fruit fresh scent. The foliage is glossy green and healthy.
Sombreuil rose is an old, white climbing hybrid Tea rose with flowers that are quite large and beautiful to behold.It is very fragrant and produces repeatedly after the first flush. With healthy disease resistant foliage.
Knitting your own trim adds character to any item that you wish to add it to. Giving it your own personal touch. You can have fun as you knit trims to add your hand knits or your ready made items.
The Fairy is a Polyantha rose. The common name is the Sweetheart Rose. The Fairy is late flowering, but then, when she blooms, it is continuous. She is tough, reliable and healthy.
The Weeping China Doll is an all time favorite tree rose, The tree is covered with large trusses of small cupped flowers on long canes which arch gracefully downward.
The Blooms of the Paul Bocuse Rose, grows in clusters that are a rich apricot in color, rosette shaped, fully double, quartered and deeply cupped.
The fragrant flowers are strong and perfectly shaped. A pure egg yolk yellow rose with the outer edges laced in white.
APRILIS is what the Romans called the month of April. It is a Latin word that means to open.Lots of things happen in April, In the northern part of the world, April brings more changes than any other month.
The Gartendirektor is a beautiful antique rose. Its branches consist of huge clusters of small, ruffled, heavenly scented, deep pink flowers.
A lovely shrub rose with small pink and white flowers. Chock full of long blooming lightly fragrant flowers.
Hydrangeas are a very popular ornamental plant, a small shrub with huge balls or clusters of papery blossoms.The flowers are pink, blue, red, white, or greenish cream.
I have had so much fun creating this my first sock pattern..I hope you will enjoy knitting it as much as I have. I have named the sock "Bejeweled" as the colors remind me of , Emeralds, Sapphires and Topaz.
Growing garlic is easy to grow and is believed to be one of the elixirs of youth, the Pharaohs of Egypt ate garlic to prevent growing old.
A vigorous climber, practically thorn-less rambler. with its long elegant canes that will climb to the top of any nearby tree, shrub,fence or arbor.
Crochet flowers are very pretty and can be used for many things , like embellishments on a headband a hat or attached to a pin and adorn a scarf. They are quick and easy to make.
The Passover is a Jewish festival. It is the story of Exodus, in which , the Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. The Passover begins on the 14th day of the month of Nisan in the Jewish calender. It is in spring in the Northern Hemisphere.
There is nothing quite like waking up to a fresh pot of brewed coffee. I am definitely a coffee lover ..However there are times during the day when I just start dragging, and I want something different..I want a real tasty , pick me up.
Crochet toys ... So much fun to make as well as give..
No one knows for sure where the coloring of Easter eggs comes from. We do know that the ancient Egyptians dyed colored eggs for their friends. As did the ancient Chinese, Greeks and Persians.
At one time March, was the first month of the Roman calendar. It was the beginning of spring, and the Romans were ready to go off to war. Thus, it was in honor of Martius, their god of war, that this month was named. It wasn't so long ago, (a little over 200 years) that March 25th, was New...
You have put a lot of work into knitting your mittens. Taking the time to block them is well worth the effort. Having spent the time blocking your mittens you will be rewarded with a better looking pair of mittens....Time Well Spent. And really, the initial steps to blocking your mittens takes...
A celebration of Jewish deliverance as told in the Book of Esther. Purim falls on the fourteenth day of the Hebrew month of Adar. It comes in February or March.
If you enjoy knitting as much as I do and especially knitting dishcloths. Then you are probably always on the look out for a new fun pattern to knit.
In Japan a favorite festival for girls is Hina Matsuri. Hina Matsuri Is held each year on March 3rd. It is also called Momo No Sekku (Peach Festival). This is because of the peach blossom season according to the old lunar calender.
St. Patrick's Day is a cultural as well as a religious day celebrated on the day of his death March 17th. Most commonly known as the patron saints of Ireland.
Easter is such a fun time to knit. As I create little bunnies, chicks and eggs it gives me a feeling of new life, spring is in the air and warmer days are heading our way. I Love working with the lighter weight soft feeling yarn, and the pretty pastels that get put aside during the colder season...
Store bought potholders were just not working for me. They were either to thin giving me reason to believe that would not keep me safe from a burn or they were so bulky, that I could hardly bend them, again causing me to worry about getting burned.
There are so many cute and practical items that can be created for the kitchen. Crochet a fancy kitchen set. You can make an apron, a towel and a dishcloth all to match your kitchen decor. Finding the inspiration to kick-start your spring cleaning can be a challenge, so here are you will find...
There are so many styles to choose from. Some are cute ,some are pretty some are big some are little some are bizarre and some are just strange..But all are fun to make. Knitting hats make for great fashion statements..and even better when you can say "I made that ". Knitting hats are for warmth...
Knitters in cold climates as well as those in just slightly chilly areas, will put their knitting needles to good use, when they take advantage of this free basic mitten pattern. Depending on the area you live, mittens can be a basic necessity for kids. Keep your kids cozy in the cold days...
Add unique and personal touches to your home. Using these free crochet patterns, you can add creativity and beauty to your space. Crochet something sweet , or something cozy and comfortable.
Cotton is a natural fiber, the yarn tends to be less elastic, retains less warmth, and yet can be stronger than woolen type fibers. In my honest opinion it is the best type of yarn to use in the bath area. It is soft, absorbent, washable and durable as well as kid friendly.
LOVE IS IN THE AIR. Looking for fun crafty ways to say? "I Heart You or I Love You" There are so many cute ideas.... What better way to say it than to craft something sweet.
The Orange - Nut Muffins served in the tearooms of the Buffum's Department Store chain in the Los Angeles area are a delicious treat...
This is a really good project to make for the men in your life, but the women will love it too. Its easy to knit, thick and warm, although it looks small it stretches nicely, have found it to fit even the biggest head.
Applique is beautiful to be sure. Consisting of a background fabric of which shapes are placed upon and stitched down.Sun Bonnet Sue was a really fun project to applique. I made this as A block of the month.
In New Orleans it is a Monday luncheon favorite. Not only is it easy to prepare it is also delicious. It is a staple throughout the south. Louisiana Red Beans And Rice can be served as a side dish or as a main dish.
Spicy Fried Chicken with a bite. Some do like it hot, if that is you, and you love fried chicken , then this Louisiana Spiced Fried Chicken is right up your alley...
Green Chile Stew is a traditional dish from New Mexico and can be made with just chiles and meat, or with a variety of other ingredients and seasonings.
The magic to making one of these beautiful scarves is in the yarn. Its a ruffle yarn. The ball of yarn looks like a ball or ribbon, However, when it is spread out it looks like mesh or fish net with a ribbon edge.
Oh honey...... Bees aren't the only ones to consume honey: Humans have a long history of consuming honey, it is used in many foods and beverages as a sweetener and flavoring. This Honey Fruit Dressing will be the perfect addition to any fruit salad.
Charms can be created out of scraps of fabric, swaps with friends or you can purchase packs of charms. A charm quilt can be made as a memory quilt using pieces of fabric that are dear to your heart..say pieces of your baby's clothing or from your wedding. etc.
A fat quarter is not what it sounds like. A fat quarter is not a quarter yard of fabric. A fat quarter is a pre cut piece of fabric that has been cut to measure 18" x 22".
Basically they keep your hands warm but your fingers are free to type or text..Have you ever tried to text or type with gloves on? I am not really sure if that is the purpose, but it makes sense to me. It is a quick and fun knitting project. They are very stylish..So they are sure to make a great...
When your cholesterol levels are high, you have to much fat related substance in your blood stream. If the excess fat is allowed to build up on your artery walls, it can clog and restrict blood flow, this could lead to a heart attack or stroke. Lower blood cholesterol with this diet.
With Mushrooms and Bacon ,it is a flavorful savory muffin. An alternative to the traditional sweet muffin and is hardy and satisfying. When made ahead it is a great bring along breakfast when you are on the run.
Cupid has always played a role in the celebration of love. He is known as the god of love a symbol of Valentine's Day.
I wish I did then he could provide me daily with fresh muffins.. But since I don't , and since I do like them fresh I make my own, using simple but delicious recipes, that are easy to make and fast.
Its very pretty with its tiny white blossoms and bright yellow fruit. The lemon flower is so sweet. It never fails me..Each year it provides me with a huge amount of fruit.When nature gives me lemons I make lemonade and many other things.
By just using two simple ingredients you can; Save dollars by making your own household cleaner. It is inexpensive and effective Simple to make Environmentally Safe , because it is all natural with no chemicals added It Smells great.
Knitting socks have become a popular trend. There are several ways to knit socks. All equally as effective. After trying some of the following methods you will settle into the one that fits your needs and is most comfortable for you. But don't be afraid to try each method..I am so glad that I did.
Knitting hats is a rewarding and fun experience.. One of the best parts of knitting is that once you master the fundamentals, it's easy to make any pattern all your own. Knitted hats are very popular right now and they keep your head and ears warm. Knitting A hat is an easy project for...
Its amazing what can be created with an aluminum hook and a ball of string...But one of my favorite things to make with it is dishcloths. Not only are they useful and practical, you can whip them up fairly quick and they are inexpensive. The tedious job of washing dishes may seem even less so, when...
I have the worse time getting a fire started. But with these fun little cupcakes, fire making is a breeze. Before learning to make these fireplace starters, I just could not for the life of me to get the fire going, and if and when I did get it going it would soon die out, But now I can get a fire...
Seems I am always waiting for strawberry season...So I can make this bread..It is so delicious. Of course living in southern California, I can pretty much get strawberries year round..However they just aren't as tasty as fresh picked grown in the sun, juicy , ripe and red strawberries of...
Knitted dishcloths in my opinion are much nicer than any I have ever bought. If you already have the basic knitting skills then you will find that knitting a dishcloth is really easy. Learn Basic Knitting If you are interested in learning how to knit, you will find it is not as hard as you...
The parties over and now your sick . Too much food and way too much drink. Head hurts , stomach upset and feeling blah.. Wishing this day would go away.he most commonly reported characteristics of a hangover include, headache, nausea, sensitivity to light and noise, lethargy, diarrhea and thirst,...
A bottle of Champagne on ice, ready and waiting. The cork removed with anticipation of the loud pop Champagne glasses filled as we all join in the count down watching the television and waiting for the ball to drop., and with that a quick smooch with the honey...Wishing each and everyone a Happy...
Save your hard earned dollars this winter by making your own instant hot cocoa. Easy to make...Also great for gift giving...
I always like to give a little something to people who provide a very much appreciated service for me or my family. Even though I really appreciate them year round, it seems that Christmas time is the time to show it.
Here are two free patterns for lacy crochet snowflakes that can be used to decorate a Christmas tree or gift.
Traditional caroling mainly focuses on the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Christmas caroling is going from house to house. Singing in a loud joyful voice, songs of praises to our Lord and King.
Over time toys have changed immensly. Not only from the materials that they are made of, wood, plastic, rubber, tin and other metals, but also with the mechanics that are used to make them work, keys, gears, batteries, electric and now the internet.
Working together to put our greatest effort forward to get the American people back to work. By doing so, we can help to bring the prosperity back to our once prosperous country,that we love.
Not only can Cookie Cutters be used for cutting out shapes from cookie dough. They also can be useful in decorating...
This cookie is so delicious. When I set out a plate of cookies these are the ones that are devoured first
Little coconut snowballs.We don't have snowball fights and then come in and sit around the fire to warm up. But we do sit around the fire ,sipping hot chocolate and eating our BITE~SIZE SNOWBALL MACAROONS.
A tropical paradise in every bite. Loaded with sun-ripened pineapple,crunchy macadamia nuts and flaked coconut.
This Chocolate Cherry Texas Sheet Cake is Big in taste and Big in size. If you like the taste of mocha and cheeries, then you will love this easy to make cake...not only is it easy and fast to make . It is moist and delicious.
Growing your own Rosemary Topiary is a rewarding experience, watching it grow into the desired shape and then clipping and trimming to keep it as such. Rosemary branches can be shaped into wreaths by tying them onto a wire circle. Hang the wreath in a kitchen and pinch off bits as needed for...
The Christmas tree is one of the most loved holiday decoration. It holds a special place in our hearts and homes .German immigrants brought it to our country in the 1700's, although, most Americans did not adopt the custom until it became popular in Victorian England.
It's a wonderful time of the year for a holiday coffee kissed with cinnamon, cloves, and vanilla.
With the aroma of ginger, cinnamon, and molasses the one cookie that says it’s the holiday season is the Gingerbread Man cookie. A Gingerbread Man is a rolled cookie (or rolled biscuit) that is usually in the shape of a human but can be cut in other shapes.
There will always be things to do. To help keep your mind clear and not spinning write a list of tasks you need to do. To get things done, to not forget things, and when shopping to not over spend make lists. It is best to make lists and then even more lists. You will find that when you cross...
Soon after Thanksgiving, when time allows. I start making up batches of dough, wrapping the dough well, I pop it in the freezer. As it gets closer to Christmas I can pull out a batch of dough, allow it to thaw. It is then ready to roll, slice, bake and or decorate
In my family, The Christmas Cake is made during the Christmas season , to have on hand when a visitor stops by. It is unheard of not to have some sweet treat to have on hand to offer the visitor , to enjoy along with a steaming cup of coffee or tea.
The elf on a shelf is so much fun for little girls or boys.The idea is to read the story to your child. The child then puts the Elf on a shelf or other some other place before he goes to bed. In the morning when the child wakes up he will find the Elf in another location some where throughout the...
Warning: Reading Glasses REMEMBER: when trying on non-prescription glasses, be it reading or sunglasses , examine the glasses carefully to make sure all is safe before trying them on.
Grow Paper White Narcissus indoors: no experience required. The popular and fun way to grow paper whites is to force them to bloom indoors in the winter. This is a great way to have indoor plants indoors in the winter and during the holidays.
Recycling crayons is a fun project to do with with the grand kids. And a learning experience as well.
I have a love for scrappy quilts. I use left over scraps from planned quilts, fabric exchanges with friends and even pieces from used clothing. Which means great savings.
An old-fashioned gingerbread recipe that is good to make in the winter season. When you bake this gingerbread your house will smell like ginger and cinnamon.