PAINTING TERA COTTA POTS

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Plastic pots look…..well, like plastic. Tera Cora looks better but has no personality. A cheap and easy way to have your pots match your decor inside or out is to use a little craft paint and sealer

Start with a pot, it can be new or uses. If it has been used just be sure to scrub it inside and out. It needs to dry completely before you begin painting.

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Choose up to 3 colors you like. The base coat will show the least and then the top coat. The middle color is the prominent one.

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Between each color allow the paint to dry. The base coat should completely cover the pot and may require 3 layers. The middle coat will be a light layer that you can see through here and there.  The final coat will be very thin and allow the other 2 colors to show through. After applying the last coat use a rag to begin wiping paint off. Continue to wipe until you get the look you want.

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Allow the paint to dry overnight before applying a coat of sealer. The sealer ensures the craft paint won’t wash off when you water your plants. Because it does not have to be perfect this is a perfect project for the kids to help with ans when you are done they can help transplant. Happy spring!!!

EASTER MEMORY GAME

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The ham leftovers are in the fridge, dyed eggs are peeled, a chocolate bunny is missing it’s ears and the plastic eggs are back in storage.  But wait! Keep those eggs out a little bit longer this year and have some family fun.

Start by splitting all the eggs in half. Depending on the ages and abilities of those playing you can lay out 130 or just 10. They can be organized by color or all mixed up.

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Under each half put an item. Make sure you always have a matching pair. It can be a paper clip, rubber band, coins, Fruit Loops, jelly beans or anything else you can come up with. Those who find a set get to eat what they find.

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A benefit for little ones is the eggs are easier to pick up than the traditional cards. Also the color of the egg helps them to remember which egg had what under it.

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Even teenagers have fun when candy is involved.

Have fun!

STOCK UP HAM

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Easter is the only time of year i buy ham. I am not talking about Jennie-O Turkey ham, but 100% full flavor pork. Right now Safeway has whole hams for only $.99 a pound. But who eats a whole ham? Not this family I promise you. I just hand it over to the in-store butcher and have him slice it into quarters. Yes that is still more that we go through in 1 dinner but I plan leftovers. Generally I will get at least 2 meals from each quarter and sometimes up to 4. So 1 whole ham produces 10 meals. That averages out to $1.80 a meal for the ham.

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There are lots of ways to freeze food but I prefer to wrap my hams. First i do 3 layers of Serane and then butcher paper. I pick up butcher paper from the local butcher in town where people get their beef cut and wrapped. An end roll cost me $10 3 years ago and there is still plenty left. And the kids use it all the time.

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This stuff is wider than anything in the store and if the professionals use it, I will too. Always label your meat and date it so you know what it is and when you purchased it. Happy EASTER everyone!

Glass Coasters

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SUPPLIES

Glass Tile
Felt
Glue

This project was spurred by the simple fact the girls wanted to do it
We were in Lowe’s and looking at the clearance items when we should have been looking at wall hangers. The girls liked the tile and asked what I could do with them.

For starters we chose the tile with rounded edges. This looks so much nicer than the flat, unfinished style.

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At home I pulled out some black fleece and cut into squares 1/4 smaller than the tile. Looking back I realize I should have used a rotary cutter to do it.

Next i glued the felt with craft glue.

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Instant set of 6 coasters for $2. They slide very easy when pushed but stay in place when being used.

I have some ideas for next time, I’ll let you know how it goes.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

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This time of year is when I buy my corn beef. It freezes well and the price can’t be beat. Some have definite preferences over flat versus point cut. The point tends to be cheaper and fattier. Easter is in March this year so I will be buying Ham pretty soon. I always stock up around holidays with those items that are on sale.

Christmas Light Storage

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Every year the Christmas decorations get pulled out and we think that THIS year we will be organized while putting them away. Of course by the time we put them away we are too exhausted to even think about it. That’s why now is a perfect time, before you start Spring cleaning!

I take no credit for this idea. I borrowed lights from a friend this year ans this is how they came. Wrapped neatly and organized, the only thing missing was a bow.

Start by cutting a piece of cardboard into the shape of a bone.  On each end cut a slit.

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Use a marker to label where those lights are to be hung.

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Using one of the slits to hold the end of the cord in place begin wrapping it around the length of the cardboard.

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When you are done it should look something like this.

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A fruit box works great to hold all the strands together for storage and when you start hanging them up again.  I suggest keeping the light clips and extension cords in the same box.

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I hope you find this helpful and that it makes the task of hanging lights next November a little less stressful.