Thursday, May 10, 2012

Old Magazines?

I love paper crafts that are useful. While surfing, I found this great craft idea made out of old magazines. I can't wait to try it!

You can find the full directions HERE. 

Enjoy :) 

Sunday, April 1, 2012


I have the bug to create and that is just what I have been doing. Being its spring time, I searched for my new garden ideas and found oodles.

First, how about a small greenhouse.

Found on Disney Family Fun

Next, are you small on space but still want a herb garden?

Found at the Vintage Wren

And how about newspaper pots for seedlings?

Found at Cottage Hill


Late, but a new year!

I am the worst blogger ever, I know. But Im hoping to bring you back with at least one new post a month (Im promising small). I PLAN on posting more than that, but at least one.
So here goes :)

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Valentines Day Fun

This year lets do something different! Here are some fun ideas for Valentine's Day.

Create a custom design candy bar at Chocomize

Don't know how to bake but want to give cookies? Then you need The Cravory! The Cravory is home to over 950 customized cookie creations from sweet to savory. If you can imagine it, they created it - whether it's Savory Rosemary Balsamic, Pancakes and Bacon, Red Velvet, or Chocolate Chip.

One of my all time favorites is Maple Sugar Candy. Check out Pieces of Vermont for the best new candy ideas for this Valentines day.

Homemade Valentines Gift Idea- make a Candy Bouquet !

And of course we have all your soap needs dressed up for valentines day. See our Holiday Specials page and don't forget to see The Soap Florist for beautiful soap flowers.


Friday, December 23, 2011

Homemade Dog and Cat Treat Recipes

Our pets are like family, so make them some heathy treats for the holidays!

Soft Doggie Cookies

3 (2 1/2 oz. each) jars of baby food; either beef or chicken
1/4 cup Dry milk powder
1/4 cup Wheat germ or cream of wheat

Combine all ingredients in bowl and mix well. Roll into small balls and place on well-greased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with a fork. Bake in preheated 350F oven for 15 minutes until brown. Cool on wire rack. Refrigerate to keep fresh or freeze. Great for older dogs with teeth problems.

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

½ cups water(add more water later if required)
½ cup oil
2 eggs
3 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
½ cup cornmeal
½ cup oats

Blend wet ingredients together. Whisk dry ingredients together and mix into wet mixture to form a ball of dough. Roll out and shape. Put onto a non-stick cookie tray or lightly greased one. Cook 20 minutes at 400 F. Turn off oven and allow the biscuits to cool in oven until crisp and hard. Store in airtight container

Minty Dog Bones

1 tablespoon Veg. Oil
1 Cup Water
2 ½ Cup Whole Wheat Flour
½ Cup Oatmeal
2 tablespoons Fresh or dried Mint leaves
1/3 Cup chpped Parsley
1/4 Tsp. Minced Garlic (flea prevention)

Directions: Mix Oil and Water, slowly add flour and other ingredients, roll dough out on a flat surface. Cut with bone-shaped cookie cutters. Bake 35 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Makes about 2 dozen herbal dog treats (depending on the size of your cutter). HintThey freeze well! But they'll last for approximately 1 month unfrozen.

Tuna Treats for Cats

1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup nonfat, dry, powdered milk
1/2 can tuna, in oil
OR 1/2 cup cooked chicken, chopped into small pieces
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil OR cod liver oil
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup water
Catnip (Optional, but my cats LOVE IT!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease cookie sheets with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, mash the tuna(or chicken)into smaller pieces. Then add flour and milk. Mix well.
After all is mixed pour in water and oil. Mix well again. Now, beat egg in a separate dish until the egg gets a foamy texture. Add to mix. Mix well. The dough mix will be sticky.Using your fingers shape dough into small bite size balls, about the size of a marble. Put balls on greased cookie sheets. Flatten. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove treats from oven; wait five minutes and turn treats over so other side will cook. Bake 10 more minutes or until golden brown in color. Place treats on cookie rack to cool. Cool for 15 minutes.

Ham Treats for Cats

1 jar (2-1/2ounces) strained ham baby food
5/8 cup. wheat germ
5/8 cup non-fat milk powder
1 egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with vegetable oil spray. Mix baby food, wheat germ, milk powder, and egg in medium bowl. Drop by 1/2 teaspoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet. Bake 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack. Store baked treats in airtight container or plastic bag and place in refrigerator or freezer. MAKES 2-1/2 to 3 dozen
NOTE: Beef or chicken baby food may be substituted for ham baby food

Enjoy the Holidays!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Pumpkin Bling!

Looking to bring a little bling into your Halloween this year? Vicki O'Dell, the Creative Goddess, adds some serious sparkle to a once-plain pumpkin in her rhinestone pumpkin tutorial. Head over to her site for complete instructions.

I just love this idea.


Monday, August 1, 2011

Hair Rinses

Most of us are on a try these inexpensive hair rinses today!

Calendula petals: To brighten blonde hair, pour 1 cup boiling water over 1⁄4 cup of calendula petals; let cool. Use as a final rinse post-shampoo.

Catnip: For a quick dandruff cure, brew a strong tea of dried catnip leaves and boiling water and massage into your scalp after shampooing. Rinse well with cool water.

Lemon juice: The juice of 1 lemon and 1 cup water mixed together brings back life and shine to dull hair. Use as a final rinse after shampooing, following with a cold-water rinse to remove all of the lemon water.

Baking soda: 1 tablespoon baking soda and 1 cup water mixed together gets your hair really clean and removes all traces of styling gels and hair spray. Massage well into hair and scalp and rinse with warm followed by cool water.

Apple cider vinegar: 2 tablespoons of vinegar to 1 cup of water gives your hair shine and bounce. Use as a final rinse after shampooing and then rinse well with cool water.

Flat beer: 1 cup of flat beet will give your hair body. The beer scent will not remain once your hair is dry. For extra body, use beer as your final rinse (do not rinse out).

Tomato juice: 1 cup of tomato juice will remove any odor, such as smoke, from your hair. Massage into hair and rinse with warm, then cool water.

Taken From Body & Soul