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

The Animal Rescue Site

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Habitat for Humanity ReStore - Heaven for DIYers!

If you haven't checked out a Habitat for Humanity ReStore yet, you are surely missing some awesome bargains. Even the folks at Better Homes and Gardens know what treasures can be found at a Habitat for Humanity ReStore. The kitchen pictured above was put together using discount building materials purchased at their local ReStore.

Our local ReStore on Oahu is only open Thursday, Friday and Saturday and you'll find that each ReStore's hours will vary by location. Speaking of location and ReStores.......find out all about Habitat for Humanity's ReStores and where they're located, plus samples of merchandise here.
Let us know what you find at your ReStore and remember to pass the word along. These stores are a win-win for both the consumer and, of course, the worthy cause they support.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Frightened Fruits and Veggies - and some Scary Dairy too!

The title is not a typo. These fruits and veggies absolutely talk. Some are endearing and adorable and there is one really annoying orange, but you should probably see for yourself.
They are showcased on my Squidoo lens which serves as a sort of shout out to the genius, Daneboe, who actually created these characters. I'm just helping to bring these to your attention, so if you like what you see, please pass it along. Have a safe weekend and eat healthy! ;)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

uShip - Affordable Movers - Shaking Up the Competition

uShip is unique for the savvy consumer who appreciates saving money and great personal service. This is the experience I've had with the website, uShip, while searching for someone to haul a few pieces of furniture from one state to another.

My cargo didn't contain priceless antiques as you can see, but priceless to my daughter in sentiment. And price was very much a factor. I don't know anyone "made of money" and we are no exception. lol

Talk about customer service! The driver blanket wrapped and saran wrapped the pieces and then sent me a picture of them before they even left the pickup location. In fact, I got his email before my son (who had been storing these pieces for his sister) had even thought to call me to let me know the shipper had come and gone.

Everything completed timely, very affordably (and via PayPal). Our thanks to Frank and Lois of seattledriver who carried the furniture to its destination safely and quickly. If you've been looking for a similar service and want to learn the savings of LCL (less than container load shipping), read more about uShip here.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Felt Flowers

Felt flowers are everywhere! I had to try my hand at making some because I really enjoy working with felt. Plus, these felt flowers are simple, inexpensive and fast to complete. For similar felt flowers, you'll need: felt, scissors, sticks from the ground (FREE), hot glue gun, green florist tape and a few old buttons.

I trimmed and sprayed the sticks with a satin finish coating of polycrylic to make them a little more durable before beginning the assembly process.

I just winged it when it came time to decide what type of felt flowers I wanted to make. Truthfully, this project is hard to mess up because, of course, felt flowers aren't real anyway, right? I've seen some felt floral bouquets on the Internet that were created by some incredibly talented artisans, but I prefer this more cartoonish look. ooops (yeah right!)

Secure the stick to the felt with a dab of hot glue. Then run a thin line of glue along the edge of the felt. Wait a few seconds before beginning to roll the felt around the stick. After that's cooled, use some of the green florist tape to wind around the bottom. It conceals any glue residue and makes the felt flowers appear more lifelike.  (Well as lifelike as felt flowers can be.)  :)

If you find the stick is visible in the center of the flower, you can either trim the flower shaggier by cutting the straight petals down the middle and fluffing them to cover the stick, OR you can hot glue an old button to the center as shown in the bottom pic.

Of course, nothing beats the real thing, but felt flowers might just do in a pinch. Have fun!
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