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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tips around the House

From About.com Today: You don't need a massive budget or a boatload of time to refresh your home for spring! We've rounded up over 100 ways to give your home some oomph this weekend—and all you need is a little bit of creativity, some common household tools and our simple, step-by-step DIY guides. Now, grab your glue gun and get crafty! DIY Furniture Ideas Buying furniture can cost a fortune! Save some serious moolah—and show off your DIY skills—by updating the furniture you already have. From reupholstering an old armchair to giving your old IKEA furniture new life, we've got smart tips and easy-to-follow instructions that'll make your dilapidated, old furniture pop. •How to DIY a Gorgeous Live Edge Coffee Table •Brilliant Alternatives to Nightstands •5 Ways to Update a Dresser Search Related Topics: diy safety painting furniture furniture shopping DIY Home Accessories Ideas Give any room in your home a personal touch by DIY-ing a few fun home accessories. Jazz up your coffee table with glittery, glam coasters; personalize your meals with custom glassware; or give a shady spot some extra light with a super creative, stylish light fixture.•50 Easy DIY Decor Projects •Make a No-Sew Table Runner •10 Clever Wall Art DIYs Search Related Topics: glossary accessorizing housewares DIY Home Cleansers Go green this spring! Being more eco-friendly can be as easy as trading chemical-based cleansers with homemade, natural alternatives or swapping plastic shopping bags for reusable bags. And we bet you already have the ingredients for all-natural cleansers in your pantry; vinegar, lemons and baking soda can clean virtually every surface in your house! Once you're finished with the scrub down, keep your rooms fresh with a DIY scent diffuser and linen spray.•Homemade, All-Natural Cleaning Products •10 Ingredients for Homemade Cleansers •Make Your Own Laundry Detergent Pods Search Related Topics: green cleaning natural cleaning products cleaning recipes Fun DIY Ideas for You! You deserve a lil' somethin' after all that DIY-ing and cleaning! Take a relaxing bath with some homemade body scrubs and a good read, spice up an outfit with a totally customized statement necklace or hop into some (absolutely brilliant) Louboutin-inspired kicks and get your strut on.•Natural Exfoliants for DIY Soap •Make Sweet Apple Cider Soap •Pretty Ombre Soap DIY Related Searches •DIY Room Ideas •DIY Simple •DIY Easy •DIY Crafts •DIY Painting Featured Articles Follow About.com on Pinterest 8 Things That Can Totally Mess Up Your Credit Super Clever Ways to Store Winter Gear The Best Bloody Mary Recipe Ever Why Some People Will Never Use the Internet 11 Things Your Hairstylist Won't Tell You

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Memoir; Writing your Life Story: Summer Environmental Reading

Memoir; Writing your Life Story: Summer Environmental Reading: Blessed be this first day of Summer and the Solstice. We continue on as best we can. I have much to post, and will begin by introducing a ...

Friday, March 21, 2014

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Doll Collecting at About.com

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Doll Collecting at About.com: Look for me on the doll collecting site, above. There is a free newsletter you can sign up for, and my weekly blog. I also have a blog on ...

Happy Spring!

It is finally here! I was out yesterday arranging lawn ornaments and starting yard prep, baby steps, mind you. Below are some tips, and links if you go on About. Today, at About.com. This is the site I wrote for as well under Doll Collecting at About.com. Google the key words and you will find these. It's the first day of spring! And while it may not feel like spring in your area—hello, it's 30 degrees in New York—that doesn't mean you can't start to prep your outdoor spaces for warmer weather, al fresco dining and barbeque season. Read on for smart advice and helpful tips on springy, outdoor projects, keeping your yard happy and healthy and accessorizing your outdoor spaces. Spring Landscaping Like your home, yards need a little spring cleaning, too! After the snow has melted—or if you're lucky enough to live in a warm, snow-free climate—spring is the best time to clean up old, dead plants, flowers and foliage, and start preparing your yard for a great summer. You'll want to learn how to kill crabgrass before it takes over your entire yard, add a pop of color with pretty flowerbeds and plant your late-winter-to-early-spring bulbs before warm weather permanently takes over.•Spring Landscaping Maintenance Tips •The Best Flowering Bushes for Spring •Fun and Festive Outdoor Easter Decorations Search Related Topics: about spring cleaning yard maintenance tree care Spring Gardening It's time to get back into the garden! Even if you're still experiencing harsh winter weather, you can get a head start on your spring garden by starting seeds indoors. And when the weather is finally warm again, you can finally dig into the dirt: plant a healthy vegetable garden, give your garden some oomph with a whole new design and grow the perfect roses with the proper care and pruning.•The Best Blooms for Early Spring •Perennial Plants to Prune in the Spring •10 Major Vegetable Garden Mistakes Search Related Topics: spring bloomers spring gardening seasonal plants Spring Lawn Care Simple maintenance and care can keep your lawn healthy through all the seasons—and make your neighbors forever jealous. Once spring has sprung, you'll want to tackle crabgrass, apply the right fertilizer and aerate and seed the lawn. Just don't over do it—after a long winter, your lawn needs some time to emerge from dormancy and adjust to warm weather again.•10 Tasks to Tackle Before Mowing Season •The Top 5 Spring Lawn Care Tasks •When Should I Apply Crabgrass Killer? Spring-ify Your Outdoor Spaces The best part of spring and summer? Enjoying the outdoors! Whether you have a small space, like a balcony or roof deck, or a huge deck or patio, our Experts have smart ways to decorate and care for your beloved outdoor spaces. First, remove any gross mildew, algae or moss that's growing on your outdoor surfaces. Then, if you're feeling really ambitious, build a pretty garden arbor or floating deck! If you're not feeling so ambitious, grab a patio umbrella and a glass of wine, and kick back and relax on your sweet new patio furniture.•Removing Stains from Patios •How to Groom Ornamental Grasses •How to Open Your Pool Search Related Topics: patio designs patio furniture patio paving materials Related Searches •Outdoor Yard Sign •Lawn Yard Care •Yard Mowing •Yard Maintenance •Scott 'S Lawn Featured Articles Follow About.com on Pinterest How to Make Fresh Ravioli from Scratch Keep Your Flat Screen Squeaky Clean! 5 Ways You Can Go Green Right Now All-Natural Remedies for Heartburn 8 Reasons to Never Write Another Check More from About.com Run Your First 5K Even couch potatoes can be ready for a 5K with just a couple months of training. Read more...> Help! I'm Too Busy Time and stress management tips to help you feel as though you have more time. Read more...> Sign up for more free newsletters on your favorite topics

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Upcycling

From Hipcyle.com, here is a definition. "What Is Upcyling? Upcycling is the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and often beautiful. For example: --Unraveling a wire clothes hanger to break into your car to rescue your keys = not upcycling --Stretching out a wire clothes hanger then tying strips of a plastic bag around it to make a wreath = upcycling! Upcycling gives an item a better purpose. And while jimmying the lock on your car to is giving that hanger a new purpose, it’s not necessarily better or more beautiful. And the mangled hanger is likely destined for the trash, which is the opposite intent of upcycling. Recycling vs. Upcycling Recycling takes consumer materials — mostly plastic, paper, metal and glass — and breaks them down so their base materials can be remade into a new consumer product, often of lesser quality. When you upcycle an item, you aren’t breaking down the materials. You may be refashioning it — like cutting a t-shirt into strips of yarn — but it’s still made of the same materials as when you started. Also, the upcycled item is typically better or the same quality as the original. - See more at: http://hipcycle.com/what-is-upcycling#sthash.3Ve18Jlj.dpuf"

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Original Tips 12 and 13

12. Turn the lights out; invest in energy efficient bulbs where possible, look for products that do not harm animals, do not contain unwarranted pesticides and chemicals. 13. Look for recipes on DIY sites and in books for cleaning materials and soaps that are natural, like vinegar. Do not use flammable materials, however. Greetings everyone, especially to my new follower. Here are two more of hte original tips. Forgive me if I am not my peppy self today. I have been dealt a rather sneaky blow of disappointment. At least today the sun is out; the river has melted and their are flocks of pelicans sleeping in groups along the banks of islands dotting the river. It will be warm and windy today, typical March, but then it may snow by Friday! My black and white cat, Tuxedo, is half on my keyboard, and half in my lap. He is the most loving kitty, and with his sister Miss Bangles, both ten months, they add happiness to every day, even the bad ones. They are two little souls who need love, and who want to play. They still need me to feed them, and to take care of them, no matter what. It does help to ne needed. As far as Tip #12, I noticed that the dollar stores now have energy efficient bulbs. As always, look for the labels. The wide variety of save, led candles and battery operated lamps make it easy to be more energy conscious, but also safe. I love the smell of candles, and I love collecting figural candles, but I don't light them. Bad episode of having my hair set on fire on Good Friday when I was 13. Also, the smell of the candles burning tends to trigger my asthma. #13. I'm always looking for recipes; lots of antique cookbooks always have household hints, and Hints from Heloise has always been one of my favorite sources. There are many book s you can Google or find in libraries that have similar tips. There are good recipes all over the web, and plenty of cookbooks at used book sales and yard sales. I love old recipe boxes; they have a personal touch and are someone's unique collection of cut outs. No two will be alike. We will continue posting through the list of original tips; hope everyone enjoys reading them. Happy Spring! Friday is Day 1!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Welcome

We welcome our new Follower! Please comment and let us know what you would like to see here!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

400 Posts and Counting, and a Prayer

This is our 400th Post on this Blog. Besides Blogger, I have a Blog for About.com Doll Collecting, and a brand new one on Good Reads. ON a serious note, we pray for the people aboard Flight MH 370. May there be some type of closure or peace for them and for their families. Our Eagles and wild life do not seem to like the warmer weather, but there are a few fishing near our lockes and dams. My office plants are growing slowly, but I'm eager fo some color. I do have some Daffodils, a charity item on behalf of The American Cancer Society. I find myself drawn to Green, and I capitalize it on purpose. Enough of winter, which has made us all discontent. A few hyacinths are in order at this point. Kudos to my friend Teri Long of Long Gone Dolls, Etsy, and to Abernathy's, our local upcycle/vintage boutique, and to my friend Debbie Ritter of Uneek Doll Designs. They have literally brought upcycling and recycling to an art with lovely things, original dolls and tiny protraits made from vintage, recycled, and otherwise throw away materials. Hre are some photos to enjoy.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Center for the Future of Museums: Towards a Green Future: Environment and Resource S...

Center for the Future of Museums: Towards a Green Future: Environment and Resource S...: One of my stretch goals at CFM is helping to foster “a futurist in every museum.” To that end, I have been pleased to serve as an advisor to...

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: About.com Doll Collecting and Long Gone Dolls by T...

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: About.com Doll Collecting and Long Gone Dolls by T...: A brief post to remind all my followers and readers that I love you and welcome comments. You can also read me on About.com Doll Collecting...

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: About.com Doll Collecting and Long Gone Dolls by T...

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: About.com Doll Collecting and Long Gone Dolls by T...: A brief post to remind all my followers and readers that I love you and welcome comments. You can also read me on About.com Doll Collecting...

Robins!

Along with them majestic eagles I see each day, I was treated to a flock of robins roosting at our local Starbucks. I don't know if they were having Lattes or dark roast. They were plump, and so brightly red-breasted, and very friendly. What a welcome sight they were, even at 12 degrees! Like the robin in A Secret Garden, are they harbingers that will nay say that blasted rodent's predictions! There is hope; time to work on those flower paper dolls!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

The Cat Barked "Woof!"

It's official, my huge tom kitten with the build of a Labrador barked his first bark at 8 months. Did I mention he is a cat? And, I saw the usual eagles and hawks flying over the river this week, but on Thursday, as I was driving and gazing, I nearly hit another resident of our river bank--brother coyote. He was little, scruffy, and emitted pity. He crossed the bridge and went down to the frozen river, trotting on the ice with two others of his kind. I have seen a big coyote next door to us about ten years ago It looked emaciated and desperate. His eyes were not wild, but malicious. These small ones I saw last week were different, but the eco system around here is changing. I see more and more unusual wildlife than ever, things I don't remember when I was little, like the gulls, cranes, pelicans, fox, groundhog, pheasant, wild turkey, bald eagles, and now the coyote. I wouldn't at all be surprised to see a shark fin circling the water taxi.