Sunday, August 24, 2014

How To Drill A Hole Into A Ceramic Pot




























I love collecting these old Bauer garden pots.
Most of them I stumble across do not have a
drainage hole in the bottom. Sorta makes them
a bit unpractical for a garden pot!

























This guy I got for a steal. It's prevues owner
was under the impression it was unable to be
cleaned and useless because of lacking a
drainage hole. Oh, not so!

























It was pretty grimy!!! Sap, Bird poop, you name
it...............

























It was on this thing!!! With a little elbow grease
and a Mr. Clean Magic Erasure.

* ZAM*BOOM*BING*POOF*

























Clean and looking new again.


















Now for the drilling of the drainage hole.
Determine if your pot has a crack in it. Tap the pot, if it has a bell
like sound you are in good shape. If the pot makes a thud sound
it is cracked. A cracked pot can be drilled. However, there is a
chance the pot will crack further with the pressure of being drilled.


















Using a glass and tile drill bit drill a hole from the bottom side
of the pot.


















Keep a little bit of water on the pot to help keep things cool.
Push the drill down with even firm pressure.


















And just like that, you will have a nice drainage hole in your
once "useless" garden pot.

The hole above was made by a 3/8" drill bit. If you desire a
larger hole drill a small size hole first. Then go back with a
larger bit to open up the hole a bit more. I don't bother to make
the hole bigger. My pots seem to drain fine with the hole that
the 3/8" drill bit makes.

























These beauties took off.

















































Soooo, happy in their clean and properly
draining home.

























Zinnias from Annie's Annuals..... nothing
more summery than that.


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Strawberry Rosemary Sauce or Strawberry Catsup

Strawberry, rosemary and lemon come together
to delight the taste buds in this delicious sauce.

























Packaged up with Whisker Graphics products
this sauce would make an awesome food gift.










































In a large heavy bottom pot add two pounds of strawberries.
That have been washed and trimmed and cut into quarters or
in half depending on their size. To the berries add the juice of
half a lemon and a few peals, two 5" sprigs of rosemary and
a little less than a 1/4 cup of sugar. The amount of sugar depends
on personal taste and how sweet your berries are. Turn the pot
on medium high and stir until the juice of the berries start to run.
Then reduce the heat to low and cook for about an hour.


















Occasionally sir the mixture and mash the berries with the back
of a wooden spoon.


















The strawberry sauce will thicken nicely once reduced.


















Let cool and package into mason jars. This recipe makes about
three cups. Keep tightly covered in the fridge for up to a week.

















































Although, this stuff probably won't be around
a week. This stuff is equally good on a turkey
burger as it is on vanilla ice cream!!!
It's strawberry sauce meets strawberry catsup.

























For gift giving, place in a pretty mason jar and label.

























Cute as is but, why not go a little further??


















Place the jar in a Bigger Bitt Bag fold over edges.....


















embellish with a paper lace doily, tag, antique spoon and a
little bit of Divine Twine. Perfectly delicious and pretty too.

Love the detail on this little spoon. Vintage silverware is the best!



















Thanks to Whisker Graphics for having me back as a guest designer
and for all these sweet packaging supplies to play with.



















Tuesday, June 24, 2014

DIY Table Cloth Weights

Don't ya just hate it when you are trying to enjoy yourself at a
picnic and the wind comes by and whips up your table cloth?!
Drives me nuts! So, I try to have some festive table cloth
weights stashed away for windy out door eating occasions.   ;)


















With this awesome collection of patriotic Divine Twine and
some drapery rings and festive 4th of July doodads I made a
set of table cloth weights.



















I started by painting the drapery rings. When they were dry
I embellished the rings with some bakers twine, securing
the twine with glue.

























Once the twine was set I added a few little
flags and glittered stars to the rings with hot glue.

This was a fun and quick craft. There is still plenty
of time to make a set of your own.

























The drapery rings have just enough weight
to keep the edges of the table cloth down and
the clips hold well too.


















Happy summer!



















Supplies:

Drapery rings
Paint and paint brush
Whisker Graphics Divine Twine
Hot glue and glue gun
Scissors
Flags and glitter stars

Come check out all the fun at..........
Be Different Act Normal








Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Popcorn Ball Treats

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

























I wanted to share my recipe for these quick
and easy Lucky Charms popcorn balls.
They make a festive treat for St. Patrick's Day.


















Start off by popping some popcorn. You will need 6 cups of
popped corn. I do this on the stove top. In a large pot place about
1/8" of vegetable oil in a pot. Then add a single layer of kernels.
Turn heat on medium hight and cover the pot with a lid. Once the
corn begins to pop shake the pot a bit. This helps to prevent the corn
from burning. When the popping slows down and you can count
to 2 between pops, remove from heat and remove lid.


















Ohhhh the fluffy goodness.
It gets better!


















See, told ya!

In a separate pot melt 1/4 cups unsalted butter on low heat.
Once the butter is melted add 4 cups of mini marshmallows
or 40 regular size marshmallows. When the marshmallows are
almost completely melted add 1/4 teaspoon of slat and
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Keep stirring until
everything is smooth.


















Add the 6 cups of popcorn and 6 cups of Lucky Charms cereal.
Stir until every piece is covered in the marshmallowy goodness.

Cool mixture slightly and then roll mixture into 3" balls.


















This process goes smoothly with lightly buttered hands and a
scoop lightly sprayed with cooking oil.


















Aren't these cute!? This recipe makes about 20, 3" balls.


















Serve them on popsicle sticks. This will help keep little hands
less sticky.

For passing out, package them up in plastic treat bags.


















Decorate and label with a rainbow of baker's twine
found at Whisker Graphics.

























Hope your little Leprechauns like them as much
as mine did.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Valentine's Day Treat Bag

The "Ball" has barely dropped and the Christmas decorations
aren't entirely put away yet, but............


















how's about a Valentine's craft. After all it's never too late to
start on the "next" thing!

I just love the Whisker Graphics product line!
The stickers the tags the bitty bags.


















All of which I used to make up this cute little Valentine's Day
treat bag. From the first time I saw these Shield Craft Middy Bitty Bags
I've wanted to place a deer silhouette on them! Sooo so cute!
These would make a perfect little Valentine for the men in your life.


















I drew the silhouette with a pencil then colored it in with a pen.
Stickers or a rubber stamped silhouette would work great too.


















I think this is by far my favorite bitty bag craft I've made.
Then again I say that every time!

























Supplies:

Shield Middy Bitty Bags
Red Chevron Petite Stickys
Small Colored Tags in Red
Doily
Pen and Pencil
Rubber Stamps and Ink


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Holiday Peace Wreath

























Happy Holidays to everyone. Have you seen the new super
luxurious metallic baker's twine offer by Whisker Graphics??
It comes in gold and silver!!

























My night time photography does not do it justice.
It's so elegant and refreshing. Really nice color quality!
The gold and silver match up to Martha Stewart's glitter
really well.

















































For my monthly Whisker Graphics project,
I decided to make a wreath that can carry threw
to the New Year. With style and sentiment.

The wreath form is 10" across and about 1-1/2"
wide and thick. I used half a roll of twine to
cover the wreath.

























The chipboard letters and stars are pre-made
and can easily be found at Michaels. I just used
a little glitter to add some silver to them.


















This little vintage angle has lived in my stash for some time now.
With a bit of glitter she was perfect to hang in the center of my wreath.



























May your Holiday Season and New Year be filled with PEACE.

Supplies:

Metallic Divine Twine in silver
Wreath form
Chipboard letters and stars
Vintage ornament
Glitter
Glue gun and glue sticks
Craft glue
Scissors