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Crochet school - author of the Crafty Minx blog is putting lessons up for the month of October. You can follow along as she posts them or
Crochet school - author of the Crafty Minx blog is putting lessons up for the month of October. You can follow along as she posts them or
Freeze It: Easy Pie Crust by marthastewart: You can make and freeze pie crusts up to a month in advance so that putting together your
we have a winner! thanks to everyone for your help! check the blog to see how you can follow along as i make this into a sign!!
BASIC Crochet Slipper Pattern. If you wander through her blog, you can find tips and tricks to customize them to YOUR feet. Super nifty
Open House before first day of school Tour. Parents can follow the signs and do everything you need them to do before the first day of school. Ends with a little gift for the student and the parent to welcome them into the class.
Grilled Potatoes - These fries turn out crispy and delicious without deep frying or heating up the kitchen and you can even grill your turkey burgers along side them.
Instead of buying the flavored butter you can just make them yourself so that you can make sure they are all natural. There is a huge list of things you can add to butter to make it flavored and it will depend on what you need it for. But you can surely try a lot of these combinations and just store them in the freezer for up to a month. #butter #food #health
Aren't these sweet? A pair of crochet mouse finger puppets! From the Dutch blog "Hook Affairs" by Hannie, a woman living in South Holland. She has graciously provided the pattern, and if you click on the link at the bottom, it will take you to a set of 5 close-up shots of the cute gray mouse. . . .thank you, Hannie!
Max & Chloe
The white enamel flower earrings will give your everyday look a refreshing edge. You can dress them up or down, either way your look is complete. The floral studs include gold plated posts for pierced ears. $18.00
Strapless mini in a sweet and delicate floral chiffon. Boning along the bodice with a hidden zip closure up the back. Flowy skirt. Fully lined. By For Love & Lemons Derived from those sun-soaked Lemonade Stand Days designers owners and BFF's Gillian Mahin and Laura Hall are the masterminds behind For Love & Lemons. Born in Wyoming and based in Los Angeles the collection is anything but conventional. Where the modern gypsy is punk For Love & Lemons is a brand to relate to for that girl that doesn't follow trends she makes them. $196.00
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Explore the heart and mind of healing with Joan Z. Borysenko, one of the leading experts on stress, spirituality and the mind-body connection. Follow along as she reveals tools and techniques that can help you attain optimal conditioning for nature to heal you. Learn to live in the present, reduce stress and discover a vibrant sense of spirituality through Joan's humor and example, and discover the peace, love and power within. Includes a bonus segment on how to relax your mind and body at home and at work. 90 minutes. $18.00
Crayon hot rocks: If you have not done this yet, you need to. Simply warm up the rocks in the oven (I did 220 for 10 minutes), then put them on a stack of newspapers (or something else you don't care if it gets crayon in it) and let the little ones go to town. Just remind them it is hot. I have done it with 2 1/2 year olds with no problem. My little lady often brings in rocks for me to "cook" so she can paint them
Linda’s network of garden paths—gravel, mulch, and stepping-stones— performs a vital function: “They control how people look at your plants,” she says. “You can force people to slow down or encourage them to check out the vista.” Paths can also change your perspective. She observes, “One thing I’m always fascinated by is walking up the path and seeing one view and then turning around and walking down and seeing things completely differently.” The Hostetlers
Lessons performed to music allow you to practice the steps learned and to link them into short routines you can start trying immediatelyAward-winning dancer and choreographer Cal Pozo designed the Partner Dancing 101 series to reveal the secrets of professional dancersâ€™ sculpted bodies and top-notch conditioning. You will learn the signature dance patterns and moves of the most popular Latin dances: the Rumba, the Salsa/Mambo, the Cha-cha, the Merengue, the Cumbia and the Tango. This DVD presents the most important points on learning, leading, and following dance patterns in a series of easy-to-follow lessons. Multiple camera angles allow you to focus on techniques like: what your feet need to do, where your feet need to go, how to lead and follow any partner, how to find and stay on the beat. 81 minutes. USA. $14.98
Lessons performed to music allow you to practice the steps learned and to link them into short routines you can start trying immediatelyAward-winning dancer and choreographer Cal Pozo designed the Partner Dancing 101 series to reveal the secrets of professional dancersâ€™ sculpted bodies and top-notch conditioning. Why sit out dancing at parties and weddings when in minutes you can master the signature steps and moves of the traditional party dances: the Foxtrot, the Waltz, the Swing, the Rumba, and the Salsa. In addition, youâ€™ll learn the most popular line and party dances: the Electric Slide, the Macarena, the Tush Push, and the Boot Scooting Boogie. Whether you need a beginner dance course or a quick refresher, this DVD condenses the most important points on learning, leading, and following dance patterns in a series of easy-to-follow lessons. 98 minutes. USA. $14.98
The best e.l.f. products! In case you didn't know, e.l.f. is a super affordable makeup brand that has such a huge selection of products it can be a little overwhelming. Blogger not only lists all of her favorites, but she also talks about why she loves them so much. This is SO helpful. Pin now- stock up on cheap makeup later!!
Marks and Spencers
Save up to 15% compared to when buying single issues. Digital Photo magazine is the first choice for photographers looking to take better pictures and enhance their images. With easy-to-follow projects, tips and techniques, every issue comes with a free CD-ROM packed with video lessons so you can learn new photo and imaging skills the smart way. Practical Photography magazine is the perfect read for anyone wanting to get more from their Digital SLR. £40.00
New year = new you! Sparkle and shine for a fete that’s finer then fine this New Year’s Eve. Expect jaws to drop (along with the ball) while you ring in 2012. Get inspired by over-the-top glitz and glam for a decadent DIY stunner. Re-purpose brooches in your jewelry box, or pick up a few at flea markets or on eBay.To create, pin several brooches, arranged in a bib-like formation onto a piece of felt. Outline the bib shape with chalk and cut out around the brooches. You may need to sew a few stitches on the backside of the felt if brooches are weighing down the fabric, as you want them to lay flat. Flip over necklace base and sew a chain onto the back. Use a new chain or opt for one from an old necklace for an extra special touch.P.S.- Here’s to a happy, healthy & crafty 2012!
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Targets abs, arms and legs 6 fun interval training circuits Easy to follow Designed for beginners No special equipment needed; all exercises can be done with common household items 43 minutes With Jillian Michaels for Beginners: Frontside, the first steps to fitness just got a lot easier! Join Jillian Michaels, along with former contestants from â€œThe Biggest Loser,â€? as she takes you through six beginner circuits of cardio and strength exercises that will help to melt away the pounds and build muscle. This beginnersâ€™ workout of fun and easy exercises focuses on the muscles in your chest, shoulders, triceps, abdomen, and quadriceps. In combination with Jillianâ€™s Backside workout, itâ€™s time to uncover the leaner you. 43 minutes. USA. $14.98
Warmer weather is coming. That means it's time to find fashions that are both cool and stylish. Maxi dresses are a great way of achieving just that effect. This one is made from a lovely blue tie dyed Rayon fabric and features a lovely floral print along the bottom edge. It has a halter-style bodice with an elasticized midsection for comfort and a flattering V neckline. The straps are made from gorgeous embroidered butterflies that circle the neck of the dress to the back. These dresses are very versatile and look great in both casual and dressy settings. You can dress them up or down as much as you'd like, using a variety of accessories.
Redefine your fitness goals and take it up a notch with The FIRM® Bootcamp: Maximum Calorie Burn. Acclaimed Firm instructor Alison Davis developed this calorie-melting home weight loss program that combines bootcamp training with cardio drills. As you jump, hop, squat and lunge your way through the high-energy routines, you'll tone your body while improving your speed and agility to burn three times more fat than doing aerobics alone. If you want to go beyond the basic cardio and get results faster and sculpt muscle you may have never seen Bootcamp: Maximum Calorie Burn is the workout you've been waiting for. It's fitness at its best with bootcamp conditioning basics and plyometric "power burst" exercises. The moves are easy to follow so that anyone can do them and see immediate results. Approx 52 mins. $14.98
Advanced Yoga Disc 1 includes: Total-body, arm-balance workout: Engages and strengthens your triceps, entire upper body, core and legs. It demystifies these intense poses showing you how to sequence and build up to them and helps you cultivate a "steadiness of mind" with whatever is happening in the moment. 45 minutes. Complete hip opening routine: Increases flexibility and mobility in the most neglected part of the body and helps prevent knee and join problems. 30 minutes. Advanced Yoga Disc 2 includes: Advanced pranayama, or breath absorption practice: Improves lung capacity and circulation of rejuvenating oxygen-rich blood. Deepens your connection within, like no other practice can. 30 minutes. For advanced yoga practitioners only. Get close and personal with Rodney Yee and gain insight and immersion into how he practices yoga at home. In this rare window on the private practice of America's favorite yoga instructor, witness incredible footage of Rodney performing an advanced sequence based on his own personal yoga routines. 2 DVDs - complete with Rodney's voice instruction to guide your own yoga practice. 3 full-length advanced practices will help you realize new levels of power, intuition, ease and reward in your yoga and your life. Learn how to build up to and sequence intense arm balances, and trust yourself more in these challenging poses. Follow Rodney through a full sequence of hip openers to prepare the body for advanced moves and evolve your practice on a deeper level as Rodney guides yogi Colleen Saidman in advanced pranayama practice. 125 minutes. WARNING: Beginner or novice practitioners should not attempt these asanas. More Rodney Yee DVDs Discover how Gaiam DVDs like this gave one reader the support and motivation she needed to change her body...and her life. $19.98
Easy Envelopes for Handmade Cards .Directions:
1. Lay your card diagonally on a square piece of paper that's just a little larger than your card on each side. (If you make your card from an 8 1/2” x 11” or 9” x 12” paper folded in half, then a 12” x 12” square will work perfectly for the envelope. For a small 4” x 5” card, a 7” x 7” square will work well.)
2. Fold each side up over the card, beginning with one of the shorter sides and ending with one of the longer sides. If you lightly “score” your envelope (with your fingernail or a paper clip) along the edges of the card it will make it easier to fold.
3. Remove the card and unfold your envelope. Cut away the triangles where the fold lines cross. You can round the top corner with scissors if you want.
4. Now fold the sides in and fold the bottom flap up over them. Cut the point off the bottom flap and glue the sides of the bottom flap to the lower edges of the side flaps.
5. To finish, put your card back inside and glue the top down or seal it closed with a sticker
artisan birthstone necklace - gold - 4: Skip the sleeve and wear your heart around your neck with our handcrafted birthstone necklace. Features a selection of up to five semi-precious stones you choose just for her that can represent family members or loved ones she holds closest to her heart. Delicately wire wrapped stones make this stunning pendant something she'll forever cherish. Exclusively from RedEnvelope.choose sterling silver or 14K-gold fill3mm, natural rondelle gemstonesdelicate chain and pendant with slight hammered texturebirthstones are wire wrapped by hand into the pendantchoose up to five gemstones to represent family members or loved onespendant 3/4"" diam.birthstones available: garnet (january), amethyst (february), green amethyst (march), crystal quartz (april), green onyx (may), moonstone (june), ruby (july), peridot (august), sapphire (september), rose quartz (october), citrine (november) or blue hydroquartz (december)please note that ruby, green onyx and blue sapphire have been color enhanced16""L chain with 2"" extender $89.95
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So sweet! He is a Chief Master Sergeant John Gebhardt in the USAF serving in Afghanistan As high as you can go in enlisted ranks (E-9) John Gebhardt's wife, Mindy, said that this little girl's entire family was executed. The insurgents intended to execute the little girl also, and shot her in the head... But they failed to kill her. She was cared for in John 's hospital and is healing up, but continues to cry and moan. The nurses said John is the only one who seems to calm her down, so John has spent the last four nights holding her while they both slept in that chair. The girl is coming along with her healing. He is a real Star of the war, and represents what the members of our services are trying to do. This, my friends, is worth sharing. Go for it!! You'll never see things like this in the news. Please keep this going. Nothing will happen if you don't, but the public needs to see pictures like this and needs to realize that we're making a difference. Even if it is just one little girl at a time.
In 1933, renowned author F. Scott Fitzgerald ended a letter to his 11-year-old daughter, Scottie, with a list of things to worry about, not worry about, and simply think about. It read as follows: "Things to worry about: Worry about courage. Worry about cleanliness. Worry about efficiency. Worry about horsemanship. / Things not to worry about: Don’t worry about popular opinion. Don’t worry about dolls. Don’t worry about the past. Don’t worry about the future. Don’t worry about growing up. Don’t worry about anybody getting ahead of you. Don’t worry about triumph. Don’t worry about failure unless it comes through your own fault. Don’t worry about mosquitoes. Don’t worry about flies. Don’t worry about insects in general. Don’t worry about parents. Don’t worry about boys. Don’t worry about disappointments. Don’t worry about pleasures. Don’t worry about satisfactions. / Things to think about: What am I really aiming at? How good am I really in comparison to my contemporaries in regard to: (a) Scholarship, (b) Do I really understand about people and am I able to get along with them? (c) Am I trying to make my body a useful instrument or am I neglecting it? With dearest love, Daddy" (Source: F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Life in Letters; Image: F. Scott Fitzgerald with his daughter, Scottie, in 1924.)
Gaiam’s Prenatal DVD Kit provides three bestselling prenatal DVDs for expecting mothers. This kit includes: Summer Sanders Prenatal Workout DVD Improve posture, strength and muscle tone – even experience a smoother delivery with Summer Sanders Prenatal Workout DVD. Olympic gold medalist Summer Sanders and her personal trainer, Keri Crockett will help you stay strong and sexy while expecting. Choose from full-length to express workouts. At seven months along in this program, Summer demonstrates proper form for each exercise, always aware of the vast changes your body is undergoing. This safe prenatal program will help you remain active and fit during your pregnancy, as well as help you regain your strength and stamina post pregnancy. Feel and look better throughout your pregnancy. 160 min. USA. Prenatal Yoga DVD With the Prenatal Yoga DVD you'll learn safe stretching and strength–building prenatal yoga exercises to help increase energy and stamina. You'll also develop concentration for labor and delivery. Respected yoga expert and mother Shiva Rea designed this program specifically for pregnancy. Includes modifications for each trimester. 60 minutes. Prenatal Gurmukh DVD Inner strength, fearlessness, a stong physical body and a quiet mind - all are a part of the wisdom of Kundalini, and all can assist and empower during this profound period of physical and emotional transformation. Follow acclaimed Kundalini yoga teacher Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa as she guides you in a series of safe asanas, meaningful poses and thoughtful meditations, created to help place you in mind-body-soul harmony as you prepare for childbirth. 68 Minutes. $55.00
They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken & Sold to the tannery.......if you had to do this to survive you were "Piss Poor" But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn't even afford to buy a pot......they "didn't have a pot to piss in" & were the lowest of the low The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500s: Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June.. However, since they were starting to smell . ...... . Brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting Married. Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it.. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the Bath water!" Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof... Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs." There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence. The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, "Dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way. Hence: a thresh hold. In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire.. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme: Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old. Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, "bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat. Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous. Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust. Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would Sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial.. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake. England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive... So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a dead ringer. And that's the truth....Now, whoever said History was boring