Next vacation…

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Hawaiian LeiHawaiian LeiI know we just returned from vacation (and had an absolutely fabulous time!), but this weekend, we were talking with friends when we went camping and they showed us their pictures from their honeymoon in Hawaii. Wow! Am I jealous!!!

I would LOVE to go to Hawaii! Of course, you need a lei if you’re going to Hawaii and I found a quick easy way to make one before you go with flowers you’ll find at your local store. . . Carnations! You simply string each flower through the center on a fairly thick thread. String them loose enough so that they green bases can be seen and you’ll use about 30 flowers in a 40″ lei. If you string them tight enough that the green bases are hidden by the next flower, you’ll need about 50 flowers for a 40″ lei.

I did some searching and actually found some very, very reasonable vacation home rentals in Maui that are gorgeous! Since we swam with dolphins while we were in Florida, the Ocean Front Dolphin Bay Home really caught my eye! The description says it’s a spectacular oceanfront home where you can experience breathtaking sunrises, cascading rainbows, and most importantly for us… dolphin and whale watching from the comfort of the Alohahouse!

*sigh* A girl can dream, can’t she???

Flowerpot Pencils

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This desktop arrangement brightens a child’s homework nook and keeps all her pencils ready for the picking..

MATERIALS:Flowerpot Pencils
Hair scrunchies
Craft foam leaves
Craft scissors
Hole punch
Clay pot

Black beans

Time needed: Under 1 Hour

1. For each blossom, wrap 1 or 2 colorful hair scrunchies around the top of a pencil. Next, cut out a pair of green craft foam leaves, using craft scissors to create a scalloped edge. Lightly etch leaf vein lines in the foam with the tip of a toothpick. Using a hole punch, make a hole in the base of each leaf.

2. Then slide the leaves onto the pencil so they rest right beneath the flower. You can even attach a “silk” butterfly (sold at craft stores) to the blossom.

3. Finally, plant the finished flowers in a clay pot filled with dried black beans (if beans fall through the hole in the bottom of the pot, just tape over it).

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Hobby Greenhouses Will Get You Growing!

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All this warm weather we’ve had this week makes me anxious to start planting!

For people who would like to do more gardening but live in a short growing season area, a hobby greenhouse is the answer. A hobby greenhouse is not large enough to produce vegetables or flowers on a commercial basis. It will, however, give you a place for a tomato plant or two and some fresh greens even if you live in the northern regions. Greenhouse enthusiasts even have their own association, called the Hobby Greenhouse Association, which publishes a quarterly magazine. The organization also sponsors events and helps individuals connect to get help with the aspect of gardening that they are interested in, whether it’s growing cacti or saving seeds.

Small greenhouseIf you are in the market for a hobby greenhouse, there are several types on the market. The smallest type is not large enough to walk into and must be accessed from the outside. It resembles an old-fashioned phone booth made all of glass and outfitted with shelves. This type is designed to fit as many plants as possible in as small a place as possible. The shelves are made of glass to allow as much light as possible to reach plants on the lower shelves. Another inexpensive version of this sort of hobby greenhouse is shelving covered with a zippered tent of clear plastic. This sort of arrangement is great for the small-scale hobby gardener wanting a place to keep her flowers or houseplant starts.

There are a variety of designs of hobby greenhouse that are large enough to walk into but made entirely of clear glass or plastic. They are often about the same size as a small storage building. Some independent builders have started making these to sell locally. Among national brands, one of the nicest is called the “Solar Prism.” It is called this because of its unique construction. This hobby greenhouse is made of a single piece of durable clear plastic which is designed to work like tiny prisms side by side. They trap the rays of the sun and shoot them back into the greenhouse at all angles. For this reason, these little greenhouses are said to glow when the weather is cloudy.

Large GreenhouseBetter hobby greenhouses are equipped with automatic sensors that open vents which allow ventilation and keep the interior temperatures from getting too high. These are a great labor saver, but can get expensive. Another benefit sometimes found in nicer greenhouses is a built in irrigation or misting system. Members of the Hobby Greenhouse Association, or HGA, have invented many interesting designs of greenhouses.

If gardening is your hobby, greenhouse growing will interest you. With a greenhouse, you can have the earliest tomatoes and salad greens all year. You can also start seedlings for the main garden early in the spring when outdoor temperatures would kill them. A hobby greenhouse can be a good investment.

Flowers for Mom…

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We always get my mother and mother in law flowers for Mother’s Day. It’s just one of those traditions that goes on and on… This year will be no different.

Hugs and Kisses BouquetI wanted something unique this year that would say We Love You in a special way, and I’ve found it! I went to the ProFlowers website and was amazed at all the many choices! I can never remember what meanings there are behind all the different flower choices, so I used their Florapedia guide and went to the Flower Meanings link to learn which flowers are appropriate for Moms. I’ve always loved the Iris and found out they represent faith, hope, and wisdom. And of course, I want a flower that expresses our love and appreciation as well, which is the rose, so I’m planning to give both mothers the Hugs and Kisses bouquet.

We’ll still give both Moms a handmade card, and each of the girls always end up making both Grandma’s something, but I just know they will love their flowers!

I got a pond and waterfall!

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I am so excited! Next Saturday is my birthday and today after church, hubby took me to Lowe’s to purchase my gift…. a garden pond!!! I was so excited!

Here is what the kit looks like….

It has a waterfall and a fountain. It’s not very big, only a 90 gallon pond, but it will fit perfectly under my big picture window in the front of my house.

So, when we got home, hubby cleaned out the flower garden that was under the window already and started digging the hole for the pond. He got the hole dug, but still has more work to do. He plans to work on it this week after work, then finish it next weekend.

I can’t wait to pick out rocks to go around it and then purchase new flowers for all around the pond! We’re still trying to decide if we’ll get fish for it or not, because it’s not deep enough to stay unfrozen all winter… what would we do with the fish over the winter?

I’m thinking that as long as we keep the motor running on the fountain, we shouldn’t have too many problems with mosquitoes or other insects that like water!

I love being a home owner! There are just so many possibilities with this house!

I’ll take some pictures this week as he works on it and post a final picture when it’s done! What a wonderful Birthday present to me!!!

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