Sunday, January 15, 2017

Do You Save Your Christmas Cards?


When I was little I used to help my Mom by putting the postage stamps on the envelopes of the Christmas cards. That was back when we had to lick them...yuk.  One of my favorite things, (not the licking part) next to waiting for them to come flooding in from all over the country! My Dad was in WWII so they had friends from many states and this was their once a year catch up with each other. We had a huge family and cards went out to them too. She must have sent 100's out. Christmas cards decorated the house - placed on lamp shades, hung from book shelve edges, I don't know why but it was very touching for me even at at such a young age.

We would always save our Birthday cards in scrapbooks, do you remember those big ol' hardcover ones?
Geesh, we had tons of scrapbooks.
I think I may have one left in my cedar chest but after graduating High School who needed those "baby" things anymore. Yep, I tossed them. Of course now I wish I would have kept them. I sure have gotten sentimental as I've aged.

As a young adult I sent out my fair share of Christmas cards. I would always have them ready by Thanksgiving, so I could mail them the next day. I wanted everyone to receive mine first! LOL
Then stamp prices went up, people cut back on the tradition due to the cost. It was sad.

I would find some way to recycle the beautiful cards. When my kids were little I would cut out the pictures from the front of the card, punch holes around the perimeter, give them some yarn and have them lace the cards. Made for cute little Grandparent gifts. I'd also make gift tags for the next years gifts.

This year I decided to keep my cards - the few I receive (sadly most from companies I do business with :( ) ,and make a Junk Journal or Smash Book what ever you want to call it.

 I have already started one to look through when I'm feeling down - it's an ongoing process and I add to it as I please. It's a cheer me up book.:)

So back to the Christmas cards ~
The biggest thing you must remember is there are NO RULES
you make and do to it what you like!

I picked the largest one to place on the outside,


placed the others one by one inside, this is called a signature.
I did keep some out to decorate with.


I didn't insert them according to size, I just stuck them in - 
due to the cover I made the edges won't be seen when all is done


You have some options when it comes to making the signature.
You can staple the cards in the middle (my stapler doesn't reach that far)
or
stitching

or tying with yarn and gluing.


Since I don't receive many cards I only made one signature. If you receive a lot of cards you may want to make more.

Now I wanted a sturdier cover to put these in.
Look what just happened to be laying around ~
I removed the top and bottom flaps from the cracker box.


Found the side seam and opened the box up


I cut off the extra side flap


I needed to make sure the cards would be covered by the "cover"


By leaving the one side of the box intact with so much room left, I thought I could keep adding to it each year


 Once the box was cut to the correct size I wanted to cover it.
I hadn't put Christmas wrappings away yet and found this gift bag laying on tip.
It seemed to be a good size to use.


First followed the seams and opened it up so it was flat, then  I cut the handle off


Glued to the front, 
I used a card to make sure it adhered good, work any bubbles out, and flatten seam creases


Inside front


Completed outside


The cover!


 Hey, creative minds make a mess ;)


Embellish as you please or not, it's all up to you.
Add mementos from the season ~ we purchased a Norfolk Island Pine, so I included it's tags and even used the paper it was wrapped in for some of the pages backgrounds.
I left some cards with messages as they were so I can look back on them. I only wish I had thought of this a few years sooner.

I used a gold sharpie to write 2016 on the first card







Signature tied to cover


Front embellished, bells added to ties 


Back


There's plenty of room to add more signature for years to come,
Can't wait until it's nice and fat, lol

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Fledging at the Green-and-white Hummingbird Cam at Machu Picchu Inkaterra





Tuesday, January 3, 2017

How To Keep Cozy When The Temperature Falls

Baby, It's Cold Outside!


Once December arrives, it's a no brainer the weather will get chilly  and stay that way for what will seem like forever.
It will most likely get even colder as we get into the heart of the Winter months.

It's already started here ~
having our water heater go out isn't helping, 
but that's another story for another day

Chilly weather, you know what that means - it's time to get prepared for lots of frosted windshields and icy sidewalks.

Fortunately, this also means it's the season of bundling up and staying cozy inside. I have some helpful tips and hacks for ensuring you a warm cuddly hibernation and light on battling ice, snow and those darn freezing temperatures.

On that thought, I've searched and come up with several brilliant ways to help keep the warm in and the cold out, using things you probably already have laying around your home.  I've even included a few ways to help with some issues you very well may encounter with your auto.

Were you aware:
For your home ~

Placing a couple sheets of tinfoil placed down the back of a radiator will reflect heat back into a room rather than letting it uselessly escape through the walls of a house.



Spritz your home's windows with a little water and line them with bubble wrap, bubbles facing the glass. The water makes them adhere and they will act as insulation help keeping the warmth in and cold out.

If you use an electric blanket, you most likely still have it on as you get up. Before you turn it off, you can use it to warm up the clothes you are changing into. 

You can make a door draft blocker with a pair of old tights or nylons, 2 cardboard gift wrap tubes and a pair of scissors. 1. Cut one leg off the tights/nylons  2. Cover both wrapping paper tubes with the legging  3. Cut excess off of the wrapping paper tubes  4. Tuck the ends of the legging into the tubes  5. Slide under the door so there is a tube on each side



Your outlets can actually leak heat from your home.  Outlet Plate insulation are so inexpensive and really easy to install. Just unscrew the plate, put the piece of insulation over the outlets, and then screw the plate back on. 


Be sure to reverse your ceiling fan to have it run on low clockwise. By doing this once in a while, it will push the warm air that rises back down to you.

When you're done cooking/baking with the oven, leave the door ajar while it cools to take advantage of the heat left inside.






For your car~
To de-ice a frozen car door lock, place a few drops of hand sanitizer on the key and insert it.  I have to laugh, years ago, before there was hand sanitizer, we used to carry the car key in our mouths on the way to the car to warm it up so the key would be warm when inserted! LOL Now this was in Kodiak Alaska, mind you! LOL


Old knee socks make great overnight cozies for your windshield wipers.

If your cars headlight covers are dingy, clean them with toothpaste. It will remove the oxidation so they will be nice and bright when on so you'll be able to see well.

Cover your cars side mirrors with zip lock bags and close them as much as possible to keep ice and frost at bay.



If possible, park facing east so the sun can melt the frost or ice off your car for you.   

Well, I hope some of these are new to you and help out this season.
By all means, stay safe and healthy

Friday, December 30, 2016

Happy Birthday TY!!!


My December baby is a baby no more!



The years are flying by,
we've made it through another one,
even with more medical diagnosis.
You are a trooper.


You became an uncle again!
The highlight of the year!



LB is so lucky to have you as an uncle


and so is Izzy.
You're a fantastic Uncle Bear
I am proud to call you my son
and
only wish you all the very best in life.

I love you with all my heart
♥♥♥♥

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Omega-3 Chewable Treats for Dogs by Zesty Paws - Review



I was anxious to try Omega-3 Bites by Zesty Paws.
With 3 dogs, a 10 year old Chihuahua, 4 year old Corgi/Dobie mix and an American Staffordshire Terrier, they each have their own skin/health issues and was hoping these supplements would help out with some.


 My Chi has seasonal allergies which leave her skin dry and itchy, not to mention leaving her coat lackluster even in the off season. She has the onset of Cushings and is on a low protein diet, so I was glad to see that protein was low on the list. She will eat just about anything, but with a few missing teeth from age sometimes it's little difficult. But she  
loved these soft, chewable "treats".


The Corgi/Dobie mix is picky with a capital P.
We are all about keeping our pets as healthy as possible.
When trying supplements with her in the past they have to practically be wrapped in a pound of cheese and 
then she will still find them and spit them out!

They always act excited for a treat.....even if they don't know what it is. 
Noses have been turned up before :/

In the winter the Amstaff gets dry skin (don't we all).
Being our larger dog I'm always concerned with heart issues. She isn't a large breed by any means, it's just in my past experiences, as the larger dog ages it seems the heart is the first to cause health issues.

 These nourishing all natural supplements which not only contain healthy Omega-3's, but also include Vitamin E, Flaxseed Oil, and other essential oils that provide not only skin and coat improvement but aids in digestion and cardiovascular health seemed the perfect all around supplement for all 3 of my dogs.
    
The taste test



Yep, Kate never met a food she didn't like! LOL


Even miss Picky liked them!


Last but not least, 
the Amstaff wasn't going to be the odd girl out ;)


Oh boy did they want more! 
Look at Bella, she's licking her chops!!



A bit of live action :)

 

So as you can see, these are an easy way of getting healthy omegas and others into your pets.
Another aspect I really love is that they are made in the U.S.A., that really means a lot in this day and age.
They DO NOT contain any corn, soy or wheat - allergy triggers in some dogs.

I've already noticed a subtle skin and change for the better in their skin and coats. Anxious to keep using these to see the full benefits.

I believe Omega Bites by Zesty Paws are tail waggin' delish as proved by my best friends! 
You can find them here 


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