Monday, December 15, 2014
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Here is another
idea I pulled from Pinterest that kids can help with. The same idea can be done
on a t-shirt using fabric paints. Again, I take no credit for the design or the
work. I thought it would be a great idea to share. You can check
out the following link for more details: http://hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Make-Handprint-Art-on-Ceramics.
** Ceramic paint - green, blue, yellow, red, and purple
Monday, December 8, 2014
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
· 2 packets Knox gelatin
· 2/3 cups water
· 2 cups birdseed
Other things you’ll need
Wax or parchment paper
· In a small saucepan, mix gelatin and water. Turn on a medium heat and stir until the gelatin simmers. Add in the birdseed and mix thoroughly. Pull pan from burner and let cool slightly.
· While cooling line a pan with the wax paper. Spray the sides of each cookie cutter, then spoon in birdseed mixture. Insert a straw to make a hole for hanging.
· Cool in the refrigerator for about an hour. Remove straws and tie with twine.
· This recipe makes 2 cookies about 4 inches across.
Monday, December 1, 2014
Christmas Cactus or Schlumbergera as it’s known by its scientific name grows in a jungle and prefers semi-shade. Unlike desert-dwelling cacti, it prefers a well-lit and humid atmosphere. You can increase the local humidity by placing the pot in a gravel-filled saucer.
Christmas Cacti are easy to grow and non-toxic to dogs and cats. It comes in many colors—red, purple, pink, and white. And it is fairly easy to grow. It requires little to no pruning, but removing a few of the oldest stems will increase the foliage. Remove whole leaf segments and root them for additional plants.
Problems associated with Christmas Cactus:
***Shriveling stems: caused by the plant being in a too hot and sunny situation. However it is often due to root deterioration cause by over or under watering.
***Discolored and damaged stems: caused by the plant being placed in a situation that is too hot and sunny. Although it is a cacti, it’s natural habitat is a woodland setting with dappled shade.
***Non-flowering: the plant must experience conditions to mimic autumn changes such has shortening days and a drop in temperatures.
***Flower bud dropping: is caused by fluctuating temperatures or overwatering.