Then There Was Light Saturday, Mar 28 2015 

I love old houses, they exude character and charm, but lack in many modern amenities, such as the closet light fixture. I have not wanted to have a light fixture installed and have been looking for a long time for a nice plug-in corded light. I have found many corded lights, but I was having a hard time finding one with the switch on the socket. Most corded lights either have no switch or the switch is down on the cord, which doesn’t work for my purpose — that was until I found The Color Cord Company. This is a perfect solution for those that rent and can’t add hard wired lighting — added bonus, the cord comes in fun colors! Brass Pendant Corded LightCloset LightPendant Plug-in Light

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Air Plant Terrariums and Vases Monday, Dec 1 2014 

I stumbled on light bulb terrariums on one of my internet searches and I decided to make some. As it turns out it takes a bit more work to remove the innards of a light bulb than I wanted to do, and after removing the innards the entrance hole is still quite small. I found a nice alternative — glass ornaments.

air plant terrarium / bayareaassistant.com

Supply List:

Tillandsia’s (air plants)

Glass ornaments (tops removed) and other suitable containers

Sand and/or perlite

Rubber bumpers (sold at hardware stores)

Small figures and ornaments such as: rocks, shells, twigs, moss

Tweezers

Chopsticks

Cardboard or a funnel

Supplies / bayareaassistant.com

How to make the terrariums:

First, water your Tillandsia and let it dry. Now take your container, and if it is round add the bumpers to where you want the bottom to be. This will keep your container stabilized. Then fill the container about a third of the way up with sand or perlite using a funnel or a flexible piece of cardboard. Add your Tillandsia and figures. Use your tweezers and chopsticks to position the plant and the figures. It’s that easy. Now go be creative!

light bulb terrarium / bayareaassistant.com

Here is where to find information on caring for air plants 

terrarium vase / bayareaassistant.com

DIY Ornaments Sunday, Nov 30 2014 

DIY Ornaments / Bayareaassistant.com
Here is an easy, fun craft that you can do with your kids — Snow Ornaments with miniature figures. They will look great on your Christmas tree or lined up on your mantle, and they make great gifts.

Here is what you need to make these cute little ornaments: Supplies / bayareaassistant.com

Clear glass ornaments (available at craft stores)

Perlite (available at garden stores)

Small animals or figures (available at toy stores and/or craft stores)

Rubber bumpers (available at hardware stores)

Tweezers and/or chopsticks

Small soft brush on a wire (available at most drugstores in the cleaning isle)

Funnel or cardboard

Ribbon

bayareaassistant.comTake the ornament and add 4 bumpers to the bottom of the glass so the ornament will stand upright.













bayareaassistant.comNext, remove the top of the ornament and add the Perlite about 1/3 of the way up the ornament. Use a funnel or some cardboard to pour the Perlite in the ornament.

















making the horse ornament / bayareaassistant.comNow place your desired figure or small animal in the ornament. Once you get the figure in, use the tweezers or the chopsticks to position your figure. Once the figure is positioned, slightly tap the ornament to make sure the figure is stable. Once the figure is stable use your brush on the wire to clean off the dust from the inside of the ornament. If the figure falls over just reposition it.




German Shepherd Ornament / bayareaassistant.comPlace the top back on the ornament. Once the top is back on, you can add a ribbon to the top if you desire.

Art Care Sunday, Jan 19 2014 

The Pros & Cons of Gravel & Rocks in your Garden via Houzz.com Monday, May 27 2013 

That’s a Wrap Monday, Oct 15 2012 


 

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Here are fun items for making unique and interesting gift packages. Click on the links to find online sources for the various products.

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Decorative Tape 

 

 

 

 

 

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Not your Mom’s Masking Tape

 

 

 

 

 

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Twine

 

 

 

 

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More Twine

 

 

 

 

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Kraft Paper

 

 

 

 

 

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Gift Packaging: Cello Bags, Pillow Boxes, Gift Boxes

 

 

 

 

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Printable Labels

What Your Contractor Really Means via Houzz.Com Sunday, Oct 14 2012 

Container Gardening Tips via Houzz.Com Sunday, Jul 15 2012 

Plant a Pothole via Houzz.Com Sunday, Jul 8 2012 

ReUse / ReCycle in the Garden via Houzz.Com Monday, Jun 25 2012 

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