Friday, May 31, 2013


PINHEADS- Those "Pininterest" great ideas that only need a photograph... here are some a friend sent to me in an Email!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Watermelon Pops!

Looking for a refreshing cool treat this summer? With out all the processed sugar and corn syrup? Well then, Watermelon Pops are for you!!!
1 watermelon
Craft sticks(or popcicle sticks)
Parchment paper
Cookie Sheet
Cut your watermelon in half. Reserve one side for the “pop holder”
Cut thick ring slices (about 1/2 inch thick) of watermelon
Use your cookie cutter and cut out your shape, if desired. Personally I cut them into rectangles
Insert your craft stick into your watermelon shape, taking care not to poke it through.
Place on your parchment paper lined cookie sheet and freeze for a few hours.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

D.I.Y. Garden Hod

Garden Hod- A basket designed as a harvest basket but can be used for everything from a picnic basket to a knitting basket to a place to store kindling at the fireplace. We love the fact that we can rinse our veggies, including carrots, beets, potatoes, turnips etc., right in the hod.

I always wanted a garden hod… But the price kept me away (They range anywhere from $35 to $75!). So one day I decided to make my own. I made mine from a 

pine Plaque from Michaels, some 1” X 2” ‘s cut into 16” pieces, some Hardware cloth (Fencing) and reused 2 of the pickets I had on hand from remaking my POANG chair into a patio chair. And 1 piece of doweling I had on hand.
 The end result: A nice wooden garden hod. I am going to be so ready for harvesting this year!

Monday, May 27, 2013

New life for an Old POANG Chair

Poang... That iconic chair from IKEA, what do I do when I see one on the side of the road that obviously has seen better days?

The POANG frame... getting a new life as Patio Furniture!
I throw it in the truck!!! I was looking at the frame and thought... I bet that could make a cool piece of patio furniture. So some light sanding, and cutting, and some cedar fence boards, and voila a Poang Patio chair!!! Now to decide if I paint it or stain it...

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


I love the greeting cards from Trader Joe's. 99 cents (cheap!) and so expressive. I thought they would make great art if they were framed. So I did.

I took some TJ's greeting cards that I have had in the drawer for awhile and framed them with frames from the Dollar Tree. I like the end result! Makes me wish I had done this for greeting cards I have received in the past, some cards are so good you remember them always!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Easy Cell Phone Art

Making an art project using your cell phone is pretty easy. I took this picture:

The original shows a bent leaf. Then some editing through snapfish, a free online photo service. I turned it into  a black and white. Then some crafty cropping using paint, and made a black border.
Now ready for framing!

Monday, May 13, 2013


What to get Mom for Mother's Day? Well Mom mentioned she saw a tipsy planter on the news from the Northwest Flower and Garden Show... I went to the show but could not find the vendor so I made one myself...

1 piece of rebar
1 10" clay pot
4 8" clay pots
potting soil

Take 10" clay planter, set in desired place, take a piece of rebar (I used 4' but think 8' would be better, provide more stability) pound the rebar into the ground through the drain hole
Fill the bottom planter with dirt:
then start stacking 8" planters through thr drain holes of each, filling each with dirt as you climb up the rebar:
The end result is a tipsy looking conversation piece in the garden.
Just fill with plants and enjoy!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

What to do with old hateful tree stumps...

Some times, in container gardening, You have to let Nature guide you. This tree stump in my front yard, finally hollowed out enough to become a planter for this Artichoke and some petunias!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Four Great "Pinhead Ideas"

Pin Head Ideas... what I like to call those pics with a simple statement that would go great on Pininterest. You know those so simple ideas that make life easier. I find these all over the internet.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Better looking Planter

You know I love to use 5 gallon buckets as planters, but they can look a bit white trashy (Even too White trashy for moi), So, never hoping to not use 100% of something up-cycled for another project, this case my "squash planter", I used the remaining boards from the Gorm Shelving I took apart and set them around this bucket to give it a "Wood" look. Turned out well, I think.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Lost in Burien? Join the Student Art Walk!

All are invited to the 2nd annual Highline School District
Student Art Walk
Thursday, May 9th, 5:00-8:00PM

Celebrate Art Education Month and wander Downtown Burien from 4th to 10th on SW 152nd to find art from talented middle and high school students! Participating businesses include: Burien Library, The Mark Restaurant, Phoenix Tea, Elliott Bay Brewery, Bumbershoot Books, Keller Williams, Burien Books, Cross Fit, Osteria da Primo, Home Tasks, Collins Chiropractic, and Burien Press.

Sponsored by Highline Public Schools, Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services & Burien Merchants.

Maps will be available May 7th at the participating venues and on the web at

For more information 206-988-3700.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013


Posted as a public service on where to go to get your ride on from Red Tricycle
Bicycling Events
The Cascade Bicycle Club along with Bike WorksSeattle Children’s HospitalTotcycle, and other Seattle-area organizations have put together a variety of family cycling events to celebrate Bike Month as well as events to keep you and your family ridin’ throughout the spring and summer months. Events include:
Bike to School Month
May 1 – 31, 2013
Both you and your child (and your child’s school!) can join the Cascade Bicycle Club for a month or day challenge! Students sign up at their participating school for Bike to School Month and earn prizes by completing as many bike trips as they can during the month. Since every child cannot cycle safely to school, trips for Bike to School Month can include any trip made by bicycle including sports, music lessons, trips to the library, and play dates. Bonus: The elementary school that makes the most total round-trips will be featured in the Cascade Courier.
Bike to School Day
May 8, 2013
Rain or shine, strap on your bike helmet, dust off your wheels, and participate in Bike to School Day! This event, sponsored by the Cascade Bicycle Club, encourages students to ride to school and help reduce car traffic and air pollution! By participating with your kids, you can make a difference for the environment and for your health!

Kids Bike Rodeo
May 11, 2013 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Join CleanScapes, Bike Works, and Compass Outdoor Adventures at the CleanScapes store in Gillman Village for a free helmet fitting, bike safety and handling demos, a fix-a-flat workshop, and a super-fun geo-cache ride! Plus, donate your old bikes and earn a chance to win a variety of prizes!
Ballard Street Party
May 31, 2013 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
At this annual block party, celebrate National Bike to Month with thousands of other cyclists from around the city! In partnership with Seattle Summer Streets, the folks at Cascade Bicycle Club will transform the heart of Ballard into a huge bike block party! Activities will include bike art stations for kids, free food and beverage samples, free bike tune-ups and vendor displays, plus a bike fashion show, games, giveaways, music and drawings for cool swag.
Kidical Mass
May date TBD
This super-fun, safe, and easy-going family bike ride is designed for kiddos of all ages and abilities! Kidical Mass is organized by a biking-fool-father with too many bikes who writes a collection of posts, along with photos and links (about biking with kids) on his blog Totcycle. The goal of these rides is to educate bike-curious parents about ways to bicycle with kids, help kids learn to ride safely in the city, and increase the visibility of family biking on Seattle streets. The rides usually involve a mix of calm streets and bike trails, and often finish with a park adventure. All manner of bikes and high-occupancy velos are welcome to participate!
Kohl’s Helmet Safety Program at Seattle’s Children’s
Ongoing April through September
Does your kiddo need a new bike helmet or multi-sport helmet? Make sure to check out the upcoming helmet fittings and giveaways courtesy of Seattle Children’s Hospital and Kohl’s Cares for Kids. Wearers must be present and be fitted to receive a helmet; quantities are limited.