Archive for August, 2009

Cayenne – Culinary and medicinal

CayenneGRASONVILLE, MD – Thursday morning –  Most of us probably have a bottle of cayenne in our kitchen spice rack. You probably bought it because you had a recipe that called for this spice. But, what do you really know about cayenne?

Cayenne comes from the chili pepper family — I’m sure you would have guessed that from its flavor. Cayenne is a potent stimulant for your whole body. It is especially good for digestion (as are all culinary spices and herbs), normalizes circulation, and tones your nervous system. All those good things happen when you use cayenne in your recipes.

Externally, cayenne is great for stimulating circulation in the skin and to soothe sciatica and rheumatism. It contains a lot of Vitamin C and beta carotene which is converted into Vitamin A in your body. Did you know that if you have a splinter you can mix up a paste of cayenne powder and olive oil and place over a splinter and cover with a band aid and the cayenne will bring the splinter up to the surface of your skin to be removed? I use this all the time and it really works. It is especially good when you have a small piece of a splinter that you can’t see to remove — but this works well in all splinter situations.

Cayenne Plaster – you can also make a plaster of 1 teaspoon of cayenne powder, 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 3 teaspoons of white flour. Make a paste by adding a little water to the above ingredients and layer a piece of cloth, the plaster mixture and another piece of cloth over the skin. Leave the plaster on until the skin reddens and feels nice and warm. This is great for easing arthritic joints.

Spice up your life in a healthy way! >>Candace

Read more of Candace’s Herban Living tips at the Inspired at Home website! GO>>

August 20, 2009 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

More Design Treasures

IAH-125-GloveLOS OSOS, CA – Monday morning – Last week, I promised I would share some more design treasures I recently found from inside my storage building  ‘The Shed’. Not long ago we would say ‘The Shed’ with an eerriee frightening voice… “it’s in the SHED!!!! Errrr! Help me! Don’t make me go in there” … a black hole where lots of our stuff is being stored.

Even some of my long-lost designs from the Aleene’s Creative Living Television show were in this space…… until a recent intervention of organizing. It was a huge undertaking ….. but so worth it!!

You’re probably wondering what a photo of a glove has to do with anything! Well, here are a couple of cute designs I made for TV (air date unknown but it was a long time ago!) using work gloves or garden type gloves.

I actually remember designing these ‘play’ gloves with the family in mind.  My IAH-125-Family-Play-Glovethought process at the time was “wouldn’t it be cool to make a glove with a family…Mom.. Dad… Kids… Pets.” (Of course if you have a bigger family you will need to use more gloves!)

Why not start a Family Craft Night where everyone can join in, craft together and just have fun? If Dad has a mustache and glasses, go for it….. the cat is striped… use the marking pen.

I didn’t make any patterns for these…they are just to spark your family’s imagination! Don’t forget to use what you have around the house…. just scraps of fabric, floss, felt…glued into place with my favorite – Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue … a little paint for the faces and a fine line marking pen for the detail. It’s fun for all ages. Even the teens will enjoy creating their own look.

IAH-125-Family-Play-Glove2Keep in mind you don’t even need to stick with making just family gloves. Get creative! How about making your own family story book. The important thing is getting the kids away from the computer, the tv….and in to bonding in a fun creative way… Enjoy creating with your family! Love, Heidi

P.S.  Don’t forget to share your project photos with us from crafting with the family. We’ll post them right here on our blog!

August 17, 2009 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

Inspired at Home Marketplace

GRASONVILLE, MD – Saturday morning – Eco-artist Heidi Borchers has the cutest collection of SodaPoppy jewelry available for purchase at the Inspired at Home Marketplace.

This adorable top-selling angel pin will get a lot of notice as admirers take a closer peek at the design which they will readily be able to identify as one of their favorite soda cans.

Each one is hand-made one-of-a-kind so patterns and design will vary. Custom colors include Arizona Tea, Pepsi, Cherry Coke, 7 Up, Tab, Welch’s Strawberry, grape soda, orange soda, Squirt, Monster Energy Drink, Coke Zero or whatever your favorite! Each pin is hand-made one-of-a-kind. Measures approximately 3-1/4″ x 2″.

They are cute as can be! Check them out – GO>>

August 15, 2009 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

YoYo Elephant

GRASONVILLE, MD – Friday morningJenny Krauss from Gifts that Give Back was a recent guest on Inspired at Home Radio. During the show, Jenny talked about the first product line that she developed was her yoyo dolls. You can find these cuties at www.harrietandleo.com. To make these dolls, Jenny has taken the classic quilter’s doll and tweaked it for maximum cuteness and safety. They still delight children with their bright colors and patterns and ability to withstand twisting of every sort. These are made in Bolivia and have passed safety tests for infants.  What we love about Jenny’s items is that they are eco-friendly and promote fair trade.

BabyMaxHere’s a photo that was sent in by Amy Perea, one of our Inspired at Home Radio listeners!  We hear that baby Max is quite enjoying his yoyo elephant!

August 14, 2009 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

Parsley – culinary and much more!

parsleyGRASONVILLE, MD - Thursday morning – Many people think of parsley only as a garnish on their plate when they go out to dinner but parsley is much more! Parsley is great to add to cooking recipes as it adds lots of flavor. Did you know that you need to add fresh parsley to your recipe at the end of cooking as heat destroys its vitamins and minerals? All culinary herbs are digestive herbs and parsley is no exception. So along with great taste, parsley is good for you because it is chock full of vitamins, minerals, iron, potassium and Vitamin C. Dried parley is not as good for you as fresh as it loses much in its dry state. Freeze parsley for winter use so you can enjoy all its culinary and medicinal attributes. Medicinally, parsley is good for digestion, gas, for the stomach and live, it’s diuretic, and as mentioned full of vitamins and minerals. There are a few cautions to be aware of: do not to use if pregnant as it causes uterine contractions, don’t use if you have kidney or heart disease. One quarter cup of parsley supplies 1/3 of your daily vitamin C requirement. Next time you see a bunch of fresh parsley at the store (or if you grow it in your garden), get a bunch and enjoy the wonderful medicinal qualities and yummy flavor that parsley adds to your life! >>Candace

Parsley Tea – to sip for its diuretic properties

1 -2 teaspoons of dried parsley or 1 tablespoon of fresh parsley
1 cup boiling water

Put the parsley leaves into a tea infuser; add boiling water and steep 5 – 10 minutes. Remove tea infuser and sip to help relieve bloating and water retention.

Read more of Candace’s Herban Living tips at the Inspired at Home website! >>GO

August 13, 2009 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Amazing What Treasures You Will Find When You Clean Up!!!

8-10-09-GourdsLOS OSOS, CA – Wednesday morning – So I recently cleaned out ‘The Shed’ and I promised you I would share what actual treasures I found besides the list of ‘stuff’ that had accumulated in our storage area.

So, here’s the first one! Over two years ago we bought an acre of land, and have been enjoying the space.  Lots of wonderful fruit trees and our garden. Last year I tried my non-green thumb at growing gourds. My sister Tiffany and I took a class many years ago on decorating gourds and we were hooked. So into the garden went gourd seeds. After I harvested the ‘handful’ of gourds from my garden, I hung them to dry out in ‘The Shed’….then kind of forgot them….until we just recently re-organized the space.

8-10-09-Gourd-finishedSo the top photo is the bounty (yep that’s all of it – one year’s worth) and this is the original art piece I made in my first gourd decorating class.

I am going to keep my bounty close by to remind me I need to create something from them too!!! Although they are kind of cool just like they are… the natural look…. Nah!!    I am going to decorate them… someday.

Creative Juices are a Flowing -

Love, Heidi

(Yes there are a lot more treasures found to write about but I need to get done with projects that are currently taking up space on my studio table.)

August 12, 2009 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

‘The Shed’ or Clutter with a capital ‘C’

8-10-09-Outside-ShedLOS OSOS, CA – Tuesday morning - This past week I’ve had two of my grandsons visiting….. Joshua, 16 and Mason, 11. Joshua is always such a great help and we are always grateful when he comes to help us. (It’s the extra pair of strong arms to help carry and move stuff!!) Mason, with his amazing energy, helps in small moments then explores our property. In other words it’s hard to keep him focused very long. This week we decided to tackle ‘The Shed’ ! It’s one of those places that seems to collect everything we think we want to keep… after all, we will use that ‘everything’ sometime…won’t we?

8-10-09-Grey-Totes-Aleene-AWell ‘The Shed’ was becoming the ‘black hole’ of stuff including the Aleene’s archives (at least 15 large plastic grey totes), my Christmas stuff (six large plastic totes…but they are red and green so I know which ones they are), other holiday decor (including two big outdoor wood decoration pieces…one  is a rabbit the other is Mr & Mrs Santa and reindeer plus some cutout wood Christmas trees), my kiln (it’s pretty big), lots of bisque (from my store that closed 3 years ago), extra paints (both spray and house), my band saw, my scroll saw), my drill press, my husband’s table saw, the generator (we are all set if the power goes off), and about 300 pounds of sanded grout (20to 30 colors– a 10# bag of each)….. Yes I probably missed a few things!!

8-10-09-Hazel-ArchivesSince I’ve recently collected the Hazel Pearson archives (I haven’t really counted box by box but I’m thinking over 50 boxes), I was thinking it could go into ‘The Shed’…. if I just arranged it right…..Right?  Well that meant emptying everything….. building usable shelving and then putting everything back in its special space.  Five days later… yes we have an organized area where I can find everything…. you can actually walk into ‘The Shed’ . Whoo Hoo!!!

I did find lots of treasures but we’ll talk about that next time. So, for now I’m just a little bit more organized. Lovin’ it! >>Heidi

Now what I didn’t tell you…. is that was only one part of ‘The Shed’.  There is a whole other section with my husband’s ‘everythings’ from his electrical business!!!  That’s a whole different story!!!

August 11, 2009 at 9:00 am 2 comments

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