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Dandelions, dandelions everywhere!

dandelionsGRASONVILLE, MD – Tuesday morning – Look what popped up in my backyard (and front yard, and side yard) this week! Dandelions, dandelions everywhere! Do you have dandelions? If so, don’t you dare get out any weed killer!

Were you aware that of the top ten weeds in our lawns that nine of them are herbs? The tenth one is crabgrass and it is probably an herb also but they just haven’t figured out what it is good for yet!

Did you know that dandelions are one of the best herbs around? We have been taught to think of dandelions as pesky weeds but that could not be farther from the truth. Until the mid-1800’s dandelions were encouraged to grow in backyards so they could be easily harvested for treating a variety of ailments.

After a long winter of no fresh food (in the days before refrigeration) dandelion, with its high vitamin and mineral contents were, and still are, a wonderful spring tonic herb for the body. The dandelion is edible from top to bottom. Dandelions are good for the bladder, the spleen, pancreas, stomach and intestines. Dandelion removes warts, moles, pimples, calluses and sores and dandelion soothes bee stings and blisters. Those are just a few of the many uses for dandelion.

Also coming up in your lawn right now is plantain, chickweed, ground ivy and these are all wonderful herbs for the skin. It’s time to take time to think about what you are killing in your lawn that are herbs — not weeds!

So, as you are sitting outside and thinking “pesky weeds”, I invite you to think of the bounty of herbs that are growing and waiting for you to harvest. A ready made herb garden – what fun!. Happy herbing! >>Candace

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April 28, 2009 at 3:03 am Leave a comment

I Love My Aleene’s 2 in 1 Glue

iah-071_aog_21GRASONVILLE, MD – Monday morning – I love to collect affirmation cards and pull one to read whenever I need a little or big boost of inspiration.  Sometimes I had been tacking them up to my wall but then I realized that I could quickly turn them in to interchangeable wall art by adding some pretty ribbons and lively scrapbook papers.  The Aleene’s 2 in 1 Glue makes the affirmation cards interchangeable on my canvases. This glue will form a permanent bond or a temporary bond, depending on how you want it applied. Here’s how I do it!

Attitude of Gratitude Mix ‘n Match Canvases

Materials
Aleene’s 2 in 1 Glue
Stretched art canvases – 4″ x 4″
Scrapbook papers
Ribbon
Paper punch
Affirmation cards (I used Wayne Dyer’s Inspiration Cards)
Acrylic paint – colors to match paper and cards

Instructions
1. Paint canvases with acrylic paint. Let dry (or accelerate the drying process with a hair dryer.)

2. Cut scrapbook papers to fit on sections of the canvases, layering where desired. Apply Aleene’s 2 in 1 Glue to back of paper and glue to canvases (es) for a permanent hold.

3. Punch top and bottom left side of card.iah-071_aog_supplies

4. Thread ribbon through hole and glue or sew together.

5. Apply Aleene’s 2 in 1 Glue to back of ribbon. Let glue set according to label instructions in order to make repositionable.

6. When the glue is set, position and press ribbons onto canvas. Change out cards whenever you need to change your attitude of gratitude focus!

iah-071_aog_1Tiffany’s Designer Tip:  Look for double sided affirmation cards and you can “flip” them open to read the full affirmation on the other side. Because Aleene’s 2 in 1 Glue is repositionable, you can change out your affirmation cards whenever you need a new outlook! Have a happy day! GET CREATIVE! GET INSPIRED! >>Tiffany

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April 27, 2009 at 3:01 am Leave a comment

Creating a Little Magic for Myself!!!

bright_step_stone-v3_4-23-0LOS OSOS, CA – Thursday night – Sometimes I just need to create something for myself. It may take me a long time for the process, with all the other projects I have pending, but eventually I get it finished. Here is my most recent mosaic stepping stone!!!!!

A friend of mind gave me a few of these dishes she had purchased at a yard sale. (She bright_step_stone-v1_4-23-0had no choice but to give them up — I was practically drooling over them!!) I fell in love with the colors.  So during a stepping  stone class several weeks back (ok.. so it could have been a month or so) I decided to create right along with everyone.  A dinner plate is always perfect to place around the outside edge of a round stepping stone. I carefully nipped my plate for the outside edge.  I glued everything into place without really thinking there had to be a precise pattern…I was just going for the colors. I actually remembered to take a “before bright_step_stone-v2_4-23-0the grout” photo. In this photo, the mosaic looks pretty, but in the finished photo above, it looks WOW! It’s amazing how the grout always brings everything together…..like magic!!!

Yep! I’m just creating a little magic for myself! >>Love,  Heidi

April 23, 2009 at 7:53 pm 3 comments

Musically Talented Grandkids!!!

woody-kaila-4-20-091LOS OSOS, CA – Tuesday morning – When one (or in this case, two) of our grandkids sings or plays an instrument, I am in awe and I know they didn’t get that talent from me! I can’t sing a note, nor do I have any measurable amount of  rhythm. I just didn’t get that gene.

Over the weekend, my son Woody asked if I would like to travel to Monterey for the evening, to hear granddaughter Kaila (now 18) sing in a talent show at her school. She will be graduating from high school next month. (I have no idea where the time went… seems like yesterday she was just a toddler).  I’ve heard Kaila sing in a choir before over the years but was treated to an amazing solo performance.  She sang a song called ‘Dream’. It was truly a delight !! She did take a moment for a photo op with her dad.

My daughter’s son Austin, now 19!!! has a new cd coming out. His group austin-4-20-09‘This’  is on MySpace (We are THIS Moment). I am truly in awe of his talent. I have been playing his demo cd in my studio everyday and I find myself  humming the melodies during the day. Wow so much talent! His photo shows how creative he can be in every aspect of his art!  (I will keep you updated on the release date of his cd ). I wish them both so much love & success on their journey.

Love,  Heidi (Grandma Heidi to them)

April 21, 2009 at 3:01 am Leave a comment

I love my Aleene’s Fabric Stiffener!

iah-003_stiffened_doily_bowls1LOS OSOS, CA – Monday morning – Mother’s Day is right around the corner so it’s time to start making a collection of these cute bowl doilies. We call them Dilly Dally Doilies because we invite you to fritter your time away, dilly dally over dessert, daydream, get inspired and savor some sweet treats in this cute bowl cover.

DILLY DALLY DOILIES

Materials
Glass custard cup(s)
Waxed paper
Plastic wrap
Plastic bag
Aleene’s Fabric Stiffener & Draping Liquid
Crochet doily (select size to fit slightly larger than custard cup)
Rubber band (to fit around custard cup)

Instructions
Place waxed paper on work surface.  Turn custard cup upside down and cover with plastic wrap. Pour Aleene’s Fabric Stiffener into plastic bag. Place doily in bag and squeeze bag to saturate doily. Remove doily, squeezing out excess stiffener as you remove from bag. Place doily over inverted cup and stretch to form and shape evenly. Place rubber band around top of cup to form crisp folded edge. (This will create the rim of the bowl.) Allow to dry overnight. Remove from bowl and discard plastic wrap.

Don’t wait until it’s too late for a special occasion to create these bowl covers. Make them now, tuck them away, and when the party calls for chocolate mousse, you’ll be half-way there! And, there’s nothing that says these pretty bowls have to be just for dessert, why not give them as a gift to hold jewelry, potpourri or special tokens!  Hope you’re having loads of creative fun! >>Heidi

April 20, 2009 at 3:01 am 3 comments

Spring is in Full Bloom

dogwoodGRASONVILLE, MD – Saturday morning – It’s hard to believe that Easter has come and gone already. Spring is in full bloom here on the Chesapeake Bay since we have had some welcome rain and off-and-on some warm temperatures. Spring is my favorite time of year as everything turns green and blossoms. The flowering trees are done blooming and the dogwood is just ready to burst into bloom this week. Some of the bulbs have bloomed and some are still waiting for a little warm spell. My garden plans have been on hold because it has rained a lot lately. The garden still needs to be tilled but it must dry out a bit first. My herb garden looks a bit bare right now as I lost many plants last year and dug up some of the patches of invasive herbs to move somewhere else. I can’t wait until my new herb plants on-order arrive.  I planted some pansies and impatiens at the studio and the herb garden there is also waiting for the new herb plants to arrive.

I took a quick visit to Virginia over Easter weekend to see the grandkids. We had loads of fun and they are getting SO big. I taught an aromatherapy class for my daughter-in-law and a bunch of her friends who enjoyed making aromatherapy misters and they bought up most of the essential oils that I brought. We all had a great time and enjoyed some good food.

My goal is to get outside today because it is supposed to get up to 73 degrees and we haven’t been that warm for a long time. So I hope you join me in heading outside to appreciate nature today and every day. >>Candace

April 17, 2009 at 10:58 pm Leave a comment

I Love My Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue!

iah-009-slip-cropGRASONVILLE, MD – Monday morning – Whenever I want a versatile one-size-fits-all gift, I grab for my Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue, scrapbook paper, ribbon and 7-day candle blanks.  These candles are a super value for under $2 at your local grocery store. At my local store, they come in clear glass and the candle color choices were pink, blue or white.

Decorated, they make great gifts for housewarmings, birthdays, a new baby, Mother’s Day, graduation, hostess gifts and much more! And, best of all, when the candle has burned down, you just slip off the cover and put it right back on a new 7-day. The steps are super easy!  On these three candles, I used two 12″ x 12″ scrapbook papers – one regular paper weight and one cardstock weight (for the laced slip-cover). Measure paper to fit around glass cylinder. Add 1″ to width to allow for overlap at seam. Apply glue along edge of paper. Wrap around candle cylinder and press glued edge over opposite edge of paper.  Hold seam, continuing to press for just a short while until glue holds. (After all, it is Fast Grab!) Then, glue ribbons and embellishments into place to accent your candle slip cover. Use the leftover scraps of each of the papers by gluing together and then glue around the third candle. And add a pretty little paper posie!

For the laced candle cover, use the cardstock weight. Measure to fit around candle cylinder and deduct 1″ from measurement. Use your iah-009-slip-v2-crop1ruler to mark wrong side of paper at 1/2″ intervals (or if you want your lacing spaced farther apart, set your marks at 1″ intervals). Punch holes where marked. Determine length of ribbon for lacing. My candle was approximately 8″ tall and it took 51″ of ribbon for lacing!

You can also use this technique for the “junior” version on a votive candle holder.

Just remember that you always want to glue paper to paper so that you can slip off the slip covers when the candles have burned down. Have a marvelously creative Monday! >>Tiffany P.S. Don’t forget!  Our NEW Radio Show starts Sunday April 26th at 7 pm ET.  Best of all, you can listen on your computer! Click here for details!

April 13, 2009 at 3:01 am Leave a comment

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