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

The Animal Rescue Site

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:






Timestamp: 2010-10-17 18:54:18 UTC

Friday, October 15, 2010

Giveaway Ends Tomorrow - Full Facial at Malama Day Spa!

Who living in the Astoria, Oregon area needs pampering? A full facial ($70 value) awaits you (or perhaps a friend or family member living in the area). Enter giveaway here. Ends Saturday night at midnight.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Eyelash Extensions

I hadn't heard about eyelash extensions until recently, but all my life I've hated applying mascara and then, of course, having to remove it every night. (It was especially frustrating because I always wore waterproof mascara which could really be a pain sometimes to remove.) Now you can choose to have eyelash extensions!!! The eyelash extensions shown below were done at Malama Day Spa in Astoria, Oregon. They are currently running a special - receive 20% off your first visit for any one treatment! Please call Malama at 503-325-8233 or visit their website if you have questions about the process. Also, note that I'm currently running a giveaway on my blog for a full facial compliments of Malama. Enter giveaway here. :)

Left side - After  Right side - Before (sans mascara!)

Relaxing while the master esthetician applies the individual lashes.

After! Beautiful, natural lashes without mascara!

Seriously, now we don't have to envy those with "naturally gorgeous lashes"; we can just go get them ourselves. Aloha! 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

What's Out There Wednesday!

What's Out There Wednesday this week......we're asking the question: "How do you house a flat screen?" And the answer has to be something besides mounting it over a fireplace. Here are three ideas I found on the net....

I love the look of retro furniture. Look what the folks at Wilkerson Furniture out of CA can custom build to house your flat screen tv?

On the other hand, this contemporary cabinet that frames the flat screen looks pretty tempting too.....it's from Must Italia.

On the website, gizmag.com, they showcased several television cabinets manufactured by Halden-Caviglia. What does this one remind you of?

I do love all the solutions above. I think any would work super to house a flat screen. However, I'd trade these all in for this little classic beauty:

Or maybe this one? Sigh. (and drooling too)... Both are made in the USA and are NEW not retro. See additional info here regarding these Predicta Retro models.

That's it for What's Out There Wednesday for this week, except to remind you to enter the Malama Day Spa giveaway for the full facial here. Aloha!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Malama Day Spa's New Blog and a Giveaway!

Aloha! I'm hosting a giveaway for a full hour facial (a $70 value) at the new Malama Day Spa in Astoria, Oregon. Ideally, this fabulous prize will go to someone who lives in or near the area (obviously, lol) OR who has friends or family living in the area. Winning certificate will be mailed directly to either the winner OR the recipient chosen by the winner. (Of course, with the winner's blessings.) 

So, to enter, here's all you need to do:
Visit Malama Day Spa's new blog and sign up to receive updates for Malama's spa specials on her blog.  To do this, enter your email address in the box on the right hand side of Malama's blog page and return to FB with a note to Malama that you're signed up. That's all you have to do! :) Good Luck!

Please keep in mind that the winner of the giveaway OR their intended recipient must redeem the certificate before the end of this year. With all the holiday events coming up, I doubt that will be a problem. :) Giveaway ends Saturday, Oct 16th at 12 midnight Pacific time.

If we get enough participants, we may just give away TWO facials. We're hoping our blogging community can assist us to get the word out, especially to you Oregon folks.  Once you've experienced Malama Day Spa, we know you'll be back! Thanks everyone! and Good Luck!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Malama Day Spa is Open!

Malama Day Spa is open on Pier 11 in Astoria, Oregon today and is offering 20% off your first treatment. This spa is the dream and vision of my daughter, Riki, and I couldn't be more proud. She and her amazingly talented staff are all about the client......so whether your desire may be a facial, massage, professional makeup, chemical peels, waxing, microdermabrasion, eyelash extensions, etc., give them a call at 1-503-325-8233. The spa overlooks the majestic Columbia River and you'll find ample free parking on the pier.

If you've never paid a visit to charming and historic Astoria, Oregon, now is your chance. On the other hand, if you live in or near Astoria, or have friends or family that do, please pass on this information. Of course, the spa does offer gift certificates too. After all, who doesn't like to be pampered? (Tell them Pam sent you when you call.) ;)  Aloha!

It's Friday and that means...

I'm joining the groups at Design It Chic for Boost My Blog Friday and Never Growing Old: Over 40 Bloggers!! I've been out of the loop for a bit, but jumping right back in. Hope everyone has a wonderful Friday!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Laminate Paper + Ti Leaf = Affordable Wall Art

I love using laminate paper around the house. It works super for protecting documents and photos, but I decided to experiment a little. This technique takes patience and a little practice to get the air bubbles to an absolute minimum, but I was really pleased with the result. (I did make sure to cut, clean and dry the ti leaves very well before I began.)

I adhered the laminate paper to a simple bamboo place mat using double-sticky tape to highlight the ti leaves and make the laminate paper less visible. I'm anxious to see how colorful the leaves remain as time goes by. What do you think? Have you used laminate paper in unusual ways?

It's actually baby blue Where the Grass Is Greener :)

Look what Renee from Where the Grass Is Greener sent me! These pair of baby blues were waiting for me when I returned home to the islands from Oregon. I have to say Renee's work is perfection. Check out her blog here and follow along. Be ready to be inspired! Thanks again, Renee!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Room Divider - DIY Tropical Style

This DIY tropical style room divider was actually one of the most fun and quick projects I've worked on in a while. Very cost effective "natural" decor and accented with air plants hot glued onto the front of the hanging divider. You can see this soon in person in the lobby of my daughter, Riki's, new day spa in Astoria, Oregon.   

To make a room divider like this...you'll need: 

Reed fencing 6' wide x 16' long
Craft scissors to cut reed
Four 1"x4" boards (8 ft lengths)
Staple gun and staples
Gorilla Glue
2 hooks for ceiling
2 Eye screws for divider
Wood screws 1 1/4" long
Drill and Phillips-head bit
Handsaw or miter saw

  1. Begin by cutting the 16' length of reed fencing in half so you have a piece that is 6' wide x 8' long. (The fencing is actually enough to make two 8' long room dividers and at $23 for the entire 16' roll from Home Depot which makes this a very inexpensive DIY project. 
  2. Trim two feet from the 8' lengths of 1"x 4" so they are 6' each.
  3. Lay one 6' length of wood on floor. Apply a thin line of Gorilla Glue down the center part of the wood. Align one end of the reed fencing on top of the wood piece and staple along the length at edge.
  4. Take second piece of wood and sandwich the reed fencing in between. Screw wood sections together.
  5. Repeat procedure for other end.

Screw an eye screw approximately 1 ft in from each end at the top. To these attach the U-links, then the chain. Hang chain from ceiling hooks and adjust lengths where needed, particularly if installing from a sloped ceiling. 

I had hoped to take more pictures of the entire process, but the room divider was done so quickly, we completely forgot. :(  Ooops! It's such a simple project though that all you'll need to do will be measure the length of the area from floor to ceiling and purchase the chain accordingly already cut in sections. Email me if you have additional questions and I'll be more than happy to help.

P.S. By the way, for any of my blogging friends who live in the Astoria, Oregon area or who may have family or friends there, I will soon be sponsoring spa treatments for several lucky readers. I can personally attest to the quality work these gals do, so please stay tuned. :) Aloha!
Linked to Kim at Today's Creative BlogWhatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts, the Under $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket Fence and entering this room divider in the DIY Club's monthly contest. Check it out here.
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