I LOVE Awards, but this means MORE to me. Thanks for thinking of them!

The Animal Rescue Site

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Cat House Quilts for the Cat Lady!

I recently finished seven more cat house quilts and dropped them off to the Cat Lady at our local animal shelter, the Hawaiian Humane Society. Yes, it's a fact that wintertime can get a bit chilly in certain parts of the Hawaiian islands, so these cat house quilts do help to keep the kitties warm.
On Oahu, the Humane Society is located in the Manoa area. The cats are housed outdoors in the large cat house which provides protection from the winter rain. Each of the cat house quilts measure 24" x 24" and cover the bare metal bottom of the individual cat cages. To keep the quilts "cushy", I use older quilted mattress pads that I purchase inexpensively at the thrift shop as the batting. Here's my tutorial to make a pet comforter for any pet, cat or dog.
These cat house quilts are super simple to make and easy too. Why not check with your local Humane Society or Animal Shelter to see what they might be able to use. :) Even if it's just a donation of old clean towels, it all helps!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Candy Cane - Take it to Heart!

This candy cane - you can take it to heart! Grab a glue gun, felt, needle and thread and perhaps a sequin or two. Glue the candy cane first, then decorate as desired. Hang candy cane on the Christmas tree or tie onto a package. Another easy peasy project! You truly can take it to heart!
P.S. I first saw this idea on Better Budgeting.....check out their website for lots of tips.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Maui Poinsettia

Working on Maui this past Wednesday, I couldn't resist taking a few poinsettia pics. Maui or poinsettia? I don't know which is more beautiful this time of year....... 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Felt Christmas Ornaments to Make

These are some of the easiest Christmas ornaments to make! Found this idea for felt ornaments via Katie of Punk Projects and she was kind enough to share her tutorial. If you're looking for Christmas ornaments to make that are quick, inexpensive and FUN, check out her blog.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Malama Day Spa - Astoria, Oregon's Gem!

Yes, my daughter, Riki, owns Malama Day Spa on Pier 11 in charming Astoria, and YES, this spa is awesome AND very affordable! Facials, waxing, eyelash extensions, massage, makeup application, etc. But, don't take my word for it......see what others are saying. Oregon ladies and guys......treat yourself or a friend. Check current offers and don't forget the 20% off any service for first time customers. :)   
Mele Kalikimaka!  

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Coat of Many Colors Upcycled!

Found this coat of many colors for the bargain price of $2.50 (1/2 off day). It's now been upcycled to cover a well worn footstool. Scissors, a staple gun and 15 minutes of time produced this coat of many colors footstool. I do love my colors! :)

I'm currently using wool scraps from the coat of many colors to make a few bright Christmas ornaments and perhaps fashion a garland of some sort. Still in the prototype stages. :) Will post project pictures later. 

Wasabi Turkey Sandwich!

Wasabi makes an ordinary turkey sandwich obsolete! Add a thin layer of wasabi mayonaise to a toasted onion bun. Top with a mixture of shredded turkey meat with a dash of salt, pepper and celery seed. Once you've added wasabi to a turkey sandwich, I promise you'll never go back! YUM!!!!


Monday, November 29, 2010

Embroidery Hoop and Barkcloth Ornaments - Easy DIY

Embroidery hoop and barkcloth ornaments!
All you need is a mini embroidery hoop and vintage barkcloth fabric to make these one of a kind Christmas ornaments. The embroidery hoop is approximately 4" across and the barkcloth is leftover cutter pieces from several other projects. It can't get any easier!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Roasted Turkey - Split Turkey

Split turkey hot out of the oven!
Looking for a roasted turkey recipe for split turkey? From the Today Show on Wednesday morning, they featured this roasted turkey. Talk about easy, and honestly, it's the best darn turkey I've EVER eaten! Make this split turkey and ALL the meat will be juicy and moist and oh-so scrumptious!

I used fresh rosemary from my herb garden, thyme, salt, pepper and I threw the garlic cloves (a whole bunch) in without peeling. The chef on the show did it and why not? After all, the drippings are strained before you make the gravy, right?  

14 1/2 lb turkey, 425 degrees and I cooked it for 1 hr 45 minutes! No foil, no cover, just the herbs on top of the turkey. Use your meat thermometer (great kitchen tool!); I made sure the turkey was heated to 175 degrees thru the thickest part of the breast and thigh before removing from the oven. Just use your thermometer guide and you're set! :)

Be sure to wear an apron when you prepare this roasted turkey because slathering the butter all over can be messy. I promise you it will be worth the few minutes it takes to prepare this split turkey.

P.S. One warning though......the only "drawback" I have with this roasted turkey recipe is you end up without a turkey wishbone because it's cut during the prep. Oh well.......  :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Wine Cork Garland - DIY

Learn how to make this wine cork garland.....

by following these easy instructions from my article on Squidoo. You will need an awl, some hemp twine, needle with a large eye, wine corks and some beads. Have fun with this project! :)

Linking to Motivate Me Monday at Keeping It Simple.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Crochet Bag - Colorful, Compact and Quick to Make

The last time I visited my daughter in Oregon, she used old shopping bags purchased several years ago from the commissary here in Hawaii. The bags are looking pretty beat up by now, so when I found this great FREE crochet grocery bag pattern by Haley Waxberg (on the website Ravelry) recently, I decided to make Riki a few new crocheted shopping bags.

The first crochet bags I like to refer to as my practice ones. I made the turquoise duo out of synthetic yarn. It's REALLY stretchy as shown below, but when it came to making the crochet bags I wanted to gift, I used 100% cotton yarn (as did the designer of the crochet bag pattern). These also stretch wonderfully and can each hold the weight of 4 or 5 cans of food.

The designer suggested stretching the crochet bag before using initially. Just hanging them up with a few cans inside does do the trick. :) Wash the crochet bags in cool water when needed and dry flat, reshaping as desired. I think I may whip up a few more of these for stocking stuffers.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Thanks to Jan at Bobbypin's Boardwalk!

Bobbypin's Boardwalk always posts some really cool and doable projects. This week she's featuring a frosted glass tutorial from my blog. Thanks again Jan!


Friday, October 29, 2010

How to Make a Scarecrow for Halloween.....

"Not Responsible for Axe-idents" 
The picture of this charming scarecrow was taken nearly 40 years ago. Though today it may be difficult to find an old abandoned country house like this in which to host a party, a scarecrow like this one will serve as a great Halloween party sentinel.........regardless of the location.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Crocheted Rugs - What's Out There Wednesday!

Crocheted rugs in a home help keep it warm, comfortable, colorful and welcoming. If you haven't learned to crochet or if it's been a while since you did, here's what's out there waiting for you.....

Crocheted rugs today aren't quite like the ones Grandma used to make. You can purchase this phenomenal crochet rug from Paola Lenti here.

Find free directions to make this colorful crocheted rug here at LionBrand.com just by registering at their site.

Order the pattern for this giant doily-inspired crocheted rug here.

Make simple crocheted rugs with strips of recycled fabric instead of yarn. You'll need a giant crochet hook (size Q) to make fast work of this crocheted rug. Free How-to here.
P.S. Brush up on basic crochet techniques via free videos here at NexStitch.com.

Monday, October 25, 2010

GROUPON - What a Deal!!!!!!!!!!!

My son and daughter in law told me about GROUPON. They are always featuring fantastic deals for local goods and services near you, the majority at least 50% off. Restaurants, retail stores, salon services, etc. Today they are featuring $40 worth of merchandise from The Body Shop for only $20 - that's 50% off! This groupon is good thru Feb 25, 2011. (What a great Christmas gift or stocking stuffer!)  Check out GROUPON and choose your city. Do your shopping early! Truly, there is tremendous buying power in numbersCheck them out at a city near you!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Frosted Glass Look - DIY

If you like the look of frosted glass for your window, but your tight budget has no wiggle room for several rolls of store bought decorative window film, see the DIY method of frosted glass windows used by my daughter, Riki, to cover one rooftop window. Now the natural light filters through, but the "frosted glass" covering obscures an unwanted view.  

To achieve the look of frosted glass, you'll need:
  • tissue paper in white or cream
  • water base polycrylic (satin finish)
  • scissors
  • foam paint brush
Clean inside window very well. (Clean both sides of the window if you have access to the outside.) Cut the tissue paper into squares. Brush a small section of the inside window with polycrylic. Apply tissue squares, overlapping slightly. Brush again over the adhered squares. Continue this process until window is covered. Apply one final coat of the polycrylic and let dry well. Your frosted glass window is done in about 30 minutes!
P.S. Window can be cleaned when needed with a lightly dampened cloth. To remove covering (if you're renting for instance), use a metal scraper held at an angle AFTER dousing window with warm, soapy water.
Linking to: Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

What's Out There Wednesday! Old Drawers - New Uses

Hmmmm...Old drawers, basic carpentry, super creativity by real craftsmen. Featured at Dornob.com. This unit is a custom order (of course) from Entwurf-Direkt. Inspiring!

Addicted 2 Decorating brilliantly revamped a small chest of drawers into this clever computer tower storage. (Look closely at the right bottom side and you'll see the tower peeking out.) Read the how to, find out more organizing tricks and get additional info here.

Salvaged drawers + paint + decorative paper and a few other bits = modular bookcase. See the full tutorial from Crafty nest here.

Love the colorful wall bookshelf drawers above from Greenstripes Journal. I'm very eager to start collecting some drawers and start on a project of my own. How about you?

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Treasure Hunt for Found Money

Who could use a little found money and who doesn't love a treasure hunt? The National Association of Unclaimed Properties Administrators (NAUPA) has a website that's like a virtual treasure hunt for found money. It's free, it's fun and I've actually found money for several relatives using this site. It's broken down by state (includes Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Canada). When you search for found money, don't forget to use any maiden names, formerly married names perhaps, etc. Also be sure to search in any state you've ever lived.
According to the website..."•Total of at least $32.877 billion is currently being safeguarded by state treasurers and other agencies for 117 million accounts." Who couldn't use a little found money? Let us know if you come up a winner! Good Luck!

The Winner is.......!

I used the List Randomizer at Random.Org to pick a winner from the ladies who signed up to receive notices/posts/special sales from Malama Day Spa thru their email inbox. The computer selected Elaine! (Riki will be contacting Elaine to schedule her free one-hour facial treatment.) Congratulations Elaine; enjoy your facial!

List Randomizer

Here they are in random order:






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