Saturday, March 29, 2008

IT training

I have a friend who went to technical school who is now pursuing another degree. He has a former employer that seems to think he is afraid of working in the real world and therefore is trying to stay in school to avoid getting a real job. Even though he could very easily get a nice office job he stay and works in fast food restaurants instead. I always kind of figured after attending tech schools a person would be able to get a nice paying job anywhere they wanted so maybe he's right about that. It would be nice to have IT training. It would certainly make working online a lot easier.

The Salesman and the Quiet One

I went garage saling today. Thats a hobby. I consider it a hobby anyway just as buying at garage sales and resaling is a hobby as well. I often wish that my husband could go with me though. I miss having him there with me checking the prices and picking things out, although I do tend to spend more when he is with me. I'm a bit more of a penny pincher than he is. I have no problem haggling with people. Its odd that me, the quiet one, would be the haggler and the salesman wouldn't be.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Recycling Plastic

Polyethylene is probably the most popular widely used plastic in the entire world. It can also be recycled. HDPE Film is used for snack food packaging, cereal box liners, non carbonated drink bottles, margarine tubs, deli food and whipped toppings, detergent bottles, milk jugs, garbage containers, water pipes (plumbing) as well as packaging material (bubblewrap). I've actually featured crafts on this blog made from Recycled plastic material similar to this. HDPE as well as all other plastic material should always be recycled. After all we have enough crap in our landfills thats going to take hundreds of years to break down, we certainly don't need to ad to that. So make sure that you recycle.
Its a little bit early in the year to be talking about crafts like this that require large leaves but there so cool i couldn't help revisiting the idea again. There are actually some wild vines that grow around here that produce leave large enough for this. Hostas also work well for this. I've wondered about hibiscus flowers. I don't know if there firm enough to pull this off. Click here for the instructions

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Saving Money when Shopping Online

Everyone loves to save money. Some people like to shop online and save money. I have to admit that with gas prices being so high just shopping online without using any kind of coupon codes or anything will save you money simply because your not driving into town to go shopping. I guess that doesn't really count for everyone though. Obviously not everyone lives 2o miles from town like I do.

WebbyPlanet.com is one of those places that gives you online coupons and coupon codes and such for discounts when shopping online. They give there customers thousands of useful discounts of products they really love.

Terrariums


Its spring time, at least here in Arkansas. The daffodil's are blooming and I'm thinking of the seeds I'm going to be starting. If you have a room that gets enough sunlight you may want to consider a terrarium to help brighten up a room. My mother used to have one on our old coffee table.

Terrariums are wonderful, magical environments. Decorative, attractive, and easy to care for, just plant and forget. Because terrariums recycle their moisture, they need very little attention. A closed terrarium can often go a month or more between watering. They actually thrive on neglect! Now even people who tend to neglect plants can develop a "Green Thumb".

Any clear container can be made into a terrarium. The main requirement is that it be watertight. Choose something that is large enough to accommodate the plants, and has a cover, lid, or door to keep the moisture from escaping. Jars, bottles, and aquariums are some of the more common containers used. More elaborate designs made from Acrylic Plastic, Leaded and Stained Glass, and Glass Block, can add an elegant touch to your home decor. Whatever the container, a humble pickle jar, or a Contemporary Glass Sculpture, you can bring an easy to care for touch of nature into you home.

Many plants do well in terrariums, and it is best to choose the ones that will fit the size of the container. Slower growing plants require less trimming, and are less likely to take over. If you are willing to pay more attention to them, you can experiment with more aggressive plants. They require more frequent trimming, but will allow you to have more variety in your terrarium. I've even seem some people putting tiny tree frogs in there terrariums and feeding them insects like wingless fruit flies and such.

Really cool T Shirts

My husband loves t shirtsT-shirt. I once went through his closet to get rid of all of the awful stained ones that he really didn't need or didn't wear anymore and found 30 of them. I also found 15 of them that I don't think he had ever worn. Its kind of sad really. VJUCool.com has some really cool T shirts with some awesome graphic art on them. I like the inspiration short the best and I'm not even catholic.



Tin Can Herb Pots


You know gardening is a craft. You can also make crafts with things that you grow in your garden. Like herbs. Her gardens are wonderful and can be grown in pots of patio's or decks and in window boxes. You can buy them already grown from a greenhouse or start your own from seed. Below you will find instructions for making tin can herb pots.


  • Empty aluminum can
  • Screwdriver and hammer
  • Liquitex Basics Gesso
  • Acrylic craft paints in colors of your choice
  • Flower stickers (optional)
  • Acrylic sealer spray, matte finish
  • Craft or popsicle stick
  • Thin cardboard
  • Pinking shears
  • Black Sharpie marker
  • 5-10 small rocks, stones or pebbles
  • 1.5 cups Potting soil
  • 4-inch potted herb plant
  • White craft glue
  • Water
Instructions
  1. Completely wash and dry aluminum can. If necessary, sand off any rough edges from opening of can.
  2. Turn can upside down. Parent should use screwdriver or other pointed object to poke holes in the bottom of the can. Use a hammer to tap the end of the screwdriver to make the holes.
  3. Paint outside of can with one coat of Gesso. Let dry completely.
  4. Paint can desired color, repeat coats if needed.
  5. Decorate however you like. Use a thin paint brush for long lines, dip the end of the paint brush into paint for polka dots.
  6. Decorate with stickers if desired.
  7. Spray the outside of the completed can with acrylic sealer spray. Let dry.
  8. Place enough rocks or pebbles in the bottom of the can to form a single layer.
  9. Add enough potting soil to fill the can two-thirds full.
  10. Remove potted herb from its container and transplant into the can.
  11. Fill edges with remaining potting soil, gently pat down so that plant is firmly in the can but not compacted so much that it’s too tight.
  12. Place can on a plate (to catch any water drainage) and add some water to the newly planted herbs.
  13. Paint craft stick whatever color you like. Allow to dry.
  14. Cut a piece of thin cardboard into a small rectangle (about 1.5 x 3 inches) using pinking shears.
  15. Paint both side of the cardboard with Gesso, let dry.
  16. Glue the rectangle to the top of the craft stick.
  17. Use a black Sharpie marker to write the herb name onto the rectangle.
  18. Insert your plant marker into the soil, being careful not to crush any roots along the way.
  19. Place your new garden in a sunny window and remember to water them!


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Buzzfuse

There are all kinds of ways to make money on the internet these days. One way is to upload blogs posts and photos and stuff like that at a site called Buzzfuse.com . Buzzfuse can help you make money and help you to drive traffic to your blog as well. It all depends on how many people you have in your circle. You can upload blog, photos, music, all kinds of stuff to make money off of to BuzzFuse.

Bear and I learned something today. We learned that when we buy lottery tickets we can buy them for multiple drawings. So we got tickets for the next 3 weeks worth of drawings. Its a good feeling to know that we have tickets for the next 3 weeks worth of drawings and we didn't have to drive all the way to Oklahoma to get them :)