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I was in an Amish store over the summer and saw a beautiful sewn garland made out of cloth yo-yos. It really wasn’t long enough to use in my decorating, so I took a picture in case I changed my mind and then continued shopping. After I got home, I just couldn’t get that garland out of my mind and for some reason I remembered an article I had ripped out of a magazine years ago about making cloth yo-yos. … continued…

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Decorating Tips DIY Holidays Pam Freeman

Ok, as I say every year, Yuck! I love spending summer with my kids. And, I’m always sad to see them go back to school. With that said, preparing for back to school always centers around buying uniforms, school supplies and preparing for packed lunches. Last year I showed lots of cool lunch storage containers that can make packing what goes inside the lunchbox a breeze. This year, I want to focus on the lunchbox itself. Between my two kids, … continued…

Contests & Giveaways DIY Foodie Gift Ideas Pam Freeman Tips, Tools & Techniques

There is an ongoing series of tips and tricks I always want to tell people about–things that make cooking, cutting, cleaning, etc. easier in the kitchen. Here are a few of the things I’ve been meaning to mention recently.   1. Slice the avocado IN the skin. No need for an avocado cutter. No need to even dirty up a cutting board. Halve the avocado. Remove the seed. Hold one half, cut side up, in the palm of your hand. … continued…

Barb Freda Contests & Giveaways DIY Tips, Tools & Techniques

I love the end of summer when there are almost too many tomatoes in the market and in my garden or my friends’ gardens. Too much basil to use. Too many squashes to make into zucchini bread. It’s great to enjoy it immediately, of course, but I like to put a little bit of effort into prepping some of these foods for use later in the year. Here are 5 great money-saving things to do with fresh vegetables and herbs … continued…

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Barb Freda Contests & Giveaways DIY Gardening Tips, Tools & Techniques

In my “Water Please!” post, I talked about how easy it is to find a bird bath at your local garden store. And, that’s true. I probably saw 20 varieties on a trip to the store last weekend. But for a truly custom look. It’s fun to make your own bird bath. Oh, and did I mention, it’s easy, relatively inexpensive and allows for lots of creativity. Just like buying a bird bath, starting this project requires a trip to … continued…

Contests & Giveaways Decorating Tips DIY Pam Freeman

It’s mid-June, my lavender is blooming. The butterflies love it, the bees love it and I love it! I like to leave lots of flowering stems on my plants for the wildlife and harvest the rest. There are tons of crafts to make with lavender, it’s extremely versatile. So, it’s good to decide what you want to do with your harvested lavender before you pick it, since some crafts require fresh lavender while others do not. Lavender bags or sachets … continued…

Contests & Giveaways Decorating Tips DIY Gardening Pam Freeman

I was recently shopping in a store with lots of antiques and homemade pieces and came across a beautiful bulletin board that I just had to replicate and share. The piece I originally saw used an antique picture frame, minus the picture, and was hugely expensive. But what was so cool about the whole piece is that where the picture and glass once were, there was chicken wire with small clips holding memorabilia. I immediately thought of my kids and … continued…

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Decorating Tips DIY Pam Freeman

Last Spring we talked about the importance of good exercise shoes in the post “Exercise Shoes: More than an Accessory.” In that post we learned that shoes should be replaced every 350-500 miles (depending on what you are doing and how much you weigh). If you primarily exercise outside, you know that your shoes can get dirty well before it is time to replace them, so here is a great way to clean them so they look like you just … continued…

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DIY Fitness Judy Eggebeen Tips, Tools & Techniques

Let me just say, I love Easter. I have since I was a kid. There’s just something about finding a basket full of goodies and running around hunting for eggs. Speaking of eggs, I stepped up my game and have been trying new dyeing and decorating techniques; and I’d like to share a few. Let me preface this by saying I hard boil all my eggs first. You can use whatever method you prefer. I do it the way my … continued…

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DIY Foodie Crafts Holidays Pam Freeman Tips, Tools & Techniques

On a recent trip through IKEA, my husband and I came up with a great solution for our kids to put together and display their Lego projects. On background, I should explain that my girls love the Lego Friends series. I think it’s great too! My kids are occupied for hours enjoying and playing while also learning. But, once they’re done, there’s usually an issue about what to do with what they’ve built. The premise behind the Lego Friends is … continued…

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DIY Pam Freeman