Monday, August 27, 2012

Free Head Bands

So now that I am maturing a bit (getting old) and starting a new chapter of my life (gosh I'm almost 50!); I find that I perspire a bit more (sweat like a horse) as I work around the house. The dripping perspiration is an annoyance and can sting as it get in my eyes. Well, this morning I figured out a way to combat this without buying a bandana.

Last week, I recycled some of Tom's t-shirts into reusable tote bags. This required me to cut the necks and sleeves off the shirts. I couldn't just throw them away, now could I? The sleeves will be used as cleaning cloths, but the neck pieces did seem to be the right shape and size for that. There are nice flaps of fabric on each side of the crew neck area. I found that rolling those flaps around the neck part makes a nice, soft and most importantly, absorbent head band. It is also loose enough, that the headband does not squeeze too tightly and give me a headache.

Ahh, such a domestic goddess, I am. *lol* -
* I did add small hems around the openings.

I am off to work on the guest room some more. Take care all.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Nikki's Note #3

Hi all at Life with Lissy,!

Do you enjoy flavored or sweetened iced teas? I myself am a plain black tea drinker but I have really been enjoying some refreshing flavored teas this summer. I make them myself and they have no sugar or artificial sweeteners. For a half gallon of tea, I use 3 decaffeinated, black tea bags and one herbal tea bag. It makes the tea more summery and refreshing without adding any calories. The fact that it is decaf makes it even more guilt free. I can enjoy it and not feel bad in any way. I even used a decaf Earl Grey in a couple batches and it was delicious as well. I hope you enjoy this.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Faux Stained Glass

Nikki's Note #2

Ok everyone at Life with Lissy, here is my second post for you.

If bet most of you would be surprised to know that you already have the materials needed to make a faux stained glass window like this one. I used acrylic craft paint and traced a pattern I printed from the internet to do this rose window. The "canvas" is an old window that they were going to throw out during some repairs at our church. Here are the steps I took:
  • Carefully clean the window.
  • Figure out where you want your outlines to go and carefully paint them onto the window. You should apply quite a bit amount of paint, but not so much that it runs.
  • Let the outline dry.
  • Dab on the colored acrylic paint. 
  • Let dry again.
  • Attack wire so you can hang the window.
  • INDOOR use only. They look great in a window with light passing through them.
I hope you enjoy this. If you can't make your own, you can always order or purchase one from The Recycled Diva.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Pillowcase Dress

Miss Mia is staying over with us tonight. Her mommy had not planned on that. Since Grandma (me) let her play in the dishwater for an hour, she got very wet. I took an old pillowcase and made her a little dress. Can I call her Dobbie now?

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Happier Picnicking

Here's a little Nikki Note for my friends over at Life with Lissy, 

I can't believe I didn't think of these hints before. When you are having an extended picnic, with people arriving to eat at different times, make a quick and easy ice table. Put a small kiddie pool, a large water proof bag - like an Ikea bag, a small sled, or a heavy garbage bag on the top of a table. Put a 2 to 4 inch layer of ice in the bag. Set dishes that need to remain cold into the ice. Now you don't have to worry about mayonnaise based dishes getting too warm.

My second picnic tip is REALLY simple and easy. To keep flies and other insects off your wonderful picnic fare, lightly lay a sheer curtain over the food after the main crew has gone through the line. The curtain won't hurt the food as it lays on top of it, latecomers can easily lift it to get to the food they want and you can keep an eye on Grandma's famous potato salad to make sure you get another helping before it is gone. Once the picnic is over you can just toss the curtain into the wash with your next load of towels and poof! It will be all clean and ready for your next picnic!

Enjoy the rest of your summer picnics and save a deviled egg for me,

Sunday, July 29, 2012

If at first you don't fricasse; fry, fry a hen.

My 5th grade teacher taught us that little phrase. I have always remembered it. That is why I am going to try to start posting here again. Look for more folks, and maybe place bets on how many posts I will make in August.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Shower fun

I didn't want to post these pictures before her shower, because I wanted Adrianne to be surprised. I made her a motorcycle diaper cake. I think it came out very cute. I found the step-by-step instructions here at Sweetaprils blog. I think the bibs we found have the perfect messages for this cake.

Monday, March 19, 2012

5K Obstacle Course Zombie Race

Now I have gone and done it! I told my friend Amy that I will sign up to do this with her in September. Who would like to join us? I have started training already by walking 2 miles today. My plan is to walk/run/bicycle on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, then do strength/agility training on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Sundays will be for rest, relaxation and remodeling.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Nikki's New Nails

I tried to give myself one of those fancy manicures that I keep seeing online. I don't think it came out too badly for my first try.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Bag Lettuce $$$aving idea

I love the convenience of pre-cut lettuce and the fun of buying different varieties of fresh greens. However, I really HATE to throw out greens that have gotten soggy and soft.

If you want to eat more of the greens that you bring home, try this easy trick. Put two or three paper towels in the bag with them. For even better results, put the greens in a fresh ziplock bag with your paper towels.

The towels absorb the moisture, keeping it off the leaves, but since they are both in the bag, the greens get to enjoy the humidity they prefer. Ta-da. ,more yummy goodness for you.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Same ol', same ol' no more.

Today is time for a new start. I have fallen into a rut. It is time to change that. It is time to do things for me. I am going to focus on goals that will lead toward a good retirement for Tom and I. Not only do I want to be physically healthy, I want to be healthier mentally and spiritually. Just taking time to stop and look at where we are going and how I can help us get there.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

2 years gone


Two years since I last posted here. That is too, long. I hope to start showing you more pictures of what is going on around here.

In honor of my friends who are on a trip right now,