Month: April 2012

Earring Holder

From likegems comes this great idea.

Attach wires horizontally in a frame

(remove and save glass for another use)

Hang your fishhook style earrings on the wires.

Makes a pretty display of your favorites.


Spring in a Bottle

  • Total Time Needed:
1 Hour

If it feels like spring’s taking too long to sprout, liven up a winter windowsill by making this mini greenhouse — a recycled take on a cloche, traditionally used outdoors to protect early plantings.

  • Clear 2-liter soda bottle
  • Small flowerpot
  • Potting soil
  • Seeds
  • Saucer
  • Craft stick marker
  1. Cut the top from a clear 2-liter soda bottle.
  2. Find a flowerpot that fits inside the dome. Fill the pot with potting soil, then plant the seeds according to the packet directions.
  3. Place the pot on a saucer and poke in a craft stick marker. Slip the dome over the pot. Be sure to water the soil when it looks dry.
Clip HERE for tips and MORE!!

Black Bean Corn Salsa

Quick Bean Recipes, Healthy Bean Recipes, Easy Chili Recipes

  • 1 can white shoepeg corn – drained
  • 1 can black beans – rinsed and drained
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes with cilantro and lime (or your preference)
  • 2 Tablespoons Italian dressing
  • Mix all together and serve with tortilla chips. Yummy and good for you!

Thanks Katherine

Chip Bag Origami Fold

From the OrigamiResourceCenter: Learn this chip bag fold and you will never need a clamp ever again! Have you ever had a bag of unfinished potato chips which you want to keep fresh? These simple steps will allow you to close the potato chip bag without using a clip or clamp. An example of a silly (but undeniably useful) origami fold.

chip bag origami

1. Place the bag of potato chips on a table and flatten the top of the bag.

2. Fold the right and left side of the bag towards the middle allowing the corners to meet at the center.

3. Fold the top of the potato chip bag down. Keep folding down 3 or 4 iterations.


chip bag origami

4. Insert your thumbs under the flaps made in step 2. Invert the flaps over the top edge.

5. This is how it looks when done.

6. This is how it looks at the back of the bag.


chip bag origami

Dress up a Ponytail

3.  Braid up the side
-Section out all of the hair from your ear forward on one side of your part, and clip everything else aside for later.
-Proceed to braid up the side by your ear.  You can do one braid, two braid, or even three if your hair is thick enough.  You can also do any type of braid – fishtail, regular, twist braid, whatever you want.

-Once your braids are complete, combine them with the remaining hair and put it in a ponytail as you normally would.
4.  Add some texture on top. 
-While your hair is still down, backcomb the top section of your hair.
-Using a wax or hairspray, run some product through the top of your hair with your fingers to add texture.
-Put your hair in a ponytail as you normally would, being careful not to flatten or mess up the top section.

 -After your hair is secure, you can also pull up slightly on the top to add more body.  

5.  Make it retro
-Decide where you want your part.  For a retro look, the part should be deep to one side.
-Section out the deep side of your bang area for later, and put everything else in a high ponytail.
-Curl the ends of the ponytail slightly and backcomb it a little at the base for more body.
-Brush softly through the curls for a more retro look.
-Shape your bangs into a swoop bang and either tuck them behind your ear or pin the hair beneath your ponytail

6.  Low with a side part

-Flat iron your hair and apply smoothing serum for a more polished look.

-Part your hair to one side.
-Backcomb slightly at the base of your bangs for more body.
-Loosely put your hair in a low ponytail in the back, making sure everything is soft and smooth.

7.  Twist back the top

-Part your hair to one side.
-On the heavy side of your part, section out a 2-3 inch section that goes back to the middle of the top of your head.
-Clip everything else aside for later.
-With your bang section, you can do a french braid or a twist.  It helps to backcomb it first for more body.
-Once your braid/twist is complete, combine it with the rest of your hair and put it in a ponytail as you normally would.

8.  Add a pompadour
-Backcomb your bang area.
-Use your fingers to section out an area of your bangs however big you want your pompadour to be.
-loosely pin it back, being careful not to flatten it. 
-Put your hair in a ponytail as you normally would.