A bit of a product review #3 The garden & home product edition…

20181101_183818 (2)I used to use these NeemAura Citronella Sticks when I worked in my garden to keep the mosquitoes away. See the taller package, that is how the package used to look, they came as an actual incense stick that you could stick in the ground and you’d light them and they worked great. They would last for two hours. Now they come in the shorter package, there is no longer a stick part and you have to finagle them onto that metal thingy which is an absolute piece of cheap crap! They break and fall apart. If you actually manage to get them to stay in one piece and onto the metal stand/holder thing, the slightest breeze can blow them over and the burning tip breaks off. And all the while you are trying to get the product to work properly, the mosquitoes are coming up behind you and having a field day chewing up your backside and any other part they can get at! So, to make these “sticks” work after a fashion, I light them and put them in a tall can like the ones asparagus spears come in. I set the can next to one of my pots to protect it from sudden breezes and the stick stays burning and does its job like its supposed to do but now for only an hour. I’m really not impressed with the so called new and improved version of this product, I can make it work but I liked how it was originally a whole lot better. In my opinion the “improvement” the company made to this product should never have been made, it was fine the way it was. Now it’s almost more trouble than it’s worth. On a scale from 1 to 10 with 1 as worst and 10 as best, I give this product a 2. Before it was “improved” I would have given it a 10, it was that good! I got this from Amazon.com as it is no longer available locally in stores.20181101_183543 (2) “Dynamite Mater Magic”, in my opinion, works almost like actual magic for growing big healthy tomatoes and peppers. This is a SUPER GREAT product! I feed it to my tomatoes when I grow them and also to my pepper plants. This last growing season I was able to fill eleven gallon size food storage bags with peppers off my pepper plants and my last pepper plant was still loaded with peppers until we had a hard frost last week. The product supplies pretty much everything the plants need to produce vast quantities of tasty tomatoes and peppers and it helps protect against blossom end rot and cracking. On a scale from 1 to 10 with 1 as worst and 10 as best, I give this product a 10, it is that good! I buy this from Lowes.com and from their brick & mortar stores.20181101_183639 (2)It is the time of year when all kinds of crawly things want to come inside and hang out with you over the winter. We even have problems with centipedes getting in, can’t stand them and if they bite you it means a fast trip to the emergency room. So, I use Orange Guard, it is made with the oils from orange peels and works really well for killing and repelling creepy, crawly and flying home invaders. It will take down a fly with one direct hit, and it will kill a cockroach in ten minutes or less, depending on how much you are able to hit it with before it makes a lightening run to hide from you. I haven’t actually tried Orange Guard on centipedes yet, usually I wack them with my shoe, but it might work on them, but because they are so dangerous I would stick with the tried and true shoe wack method on them. Least ways with that method you know they’re definitely dead and not lurking somewhere close in a weakened state but still able to bite the crap out of you. So, a warning about Orange Guard, it can remove paint from all kinds of surfaces, so if you use this product, after spraying it, wipe it off the surfaces you get it on after it does its job killing the bugs you aimed it at.  And don’t spray it on plants, it can burn and kill foliage. All and all, Orange Guard is a very good product. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 as worst and 10 as best, I give Orange Guard a 9 and that is only because it can remove paint off household surfaces. With careful use, Orange Guard is a very effective bug repelling and bug killing product. I buy this at various health & natural food stores.

So I hope my product reviews are useful to someone shopping for garden and home bug repelling and bug killing products and for SUPER GREAT tomato and pepper food! I hope you all have a very nice day!

Give a little, get a little

Attention knitters and crocheters!

Wandering Cat Studio

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Do you knit for charity? Would you like yarn to knit for charity?

Yarn Canada contacted me and asked me to spread the word about their charity knitting program. They are looking to give away $2000 in yarn in Canada and the U.S. to crafters who put their needles to work in a good cause.

Details can be found on their website here.

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Making and Baking Gingerbread: Tips & Tricks

Very informative and really good tips!

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I have to be honest, I haven’t made gingerbread for years now. Sad but true. I decided maybe it’s time to revisit my favorite gingerbread recipe except I ran into to one problem –  after all these years, it was no where to be found! That lead me to set off on a search of online recipes. As I looked through them, I found some excellent reminders and tips along the way so I put together a  a list of excerpts from the experts on gingerbread making and baking best practices.

Gingerbread probably became linked to Christmas because in European winters, fresh produce was rare, so most sweets treats were based on dry pantry items that kept a long time (like flour and spices). Ginger is also said to aid digestion, so perhaps best eaten after a big Christmas meal? (Food24)

Picking The Right Gingerbread Recipe

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The Pear Snow People so far…

20181129_091239 (2)This is what they look like so far. The one with the blue hat is going to have buttons that match his hat, but he is the most farthest along of all the snow people. And he might be the only one holding the string of lights cause the little bulbs keep breaking, they are so fragile! And the one on the far right, with the hat made of pom poms, is going to loose the pom pom hat, I like the baby crew sock hats better. I’ve got ones of these guys in various stages so I can take pictures for a tutorial. As long as they aren’t bleeding color the pears are relatively easy to work with. I used a thin needle file to drill the holes for the noses and the arms. The string of lights blue hat guy is holding is green craft wire with tiny light bulb ornaments strung on it. I used Folkart Outdoor Paint, which is self sealing, on these guys, so they won’t need to be varnished. Yeah! That’s a good thing cause the weather has been really crappy here, front after front just keep rolling through. It’s like it went from hot summer to nasty cold winter with not much moderate fall weather. Bleah! I’m going to see if I can find some more baby crew socks in actual holiday colors, so far our Walmarts are not keeping the baby sock section very well stocked, Target is even worse. I think it is because of the hurricane, the stores still haven’t really restocked yet after having to throw away so much damaged merchandise. Hopefully, as it gets closer to Christmas, the baby clothes sections at the local stores will get better stocked up on colorful baby crew socks I can use for hats. So, this is what’s going on so far with the pear snow people! Christmas is coming soon! Happy Crafting!

Cherry Pie Quesadilla

THIS IS SO CLEVER!!!!

In Dianes Kitchen

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Do you like fresh Cherry Pie and either don’t know how to make a pie crust or you just don’t like to make a pie crust? Cherry Pie filling inside two flour tortillas topped with cinnamon and sugar fixes that problem! These tasted even better than I had hoped for. Learn how quick and easy these are to make with no pie crust to worry about.

I used our quesadilla maker but you could do the same thing in a frying pan, bake in the oven, use your George Foreman grill, a griddle….. well you get the idea. All you need to do is cook the tortilla and that doesn’t take long! Use any type of pie filling you want. Just follow my directions below to make them, but cook by your method.

I have to believe there are a lot fewer calories in these than regular cherry pie. The…

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Finally, Squirrel Boy is ready for matte medium and then the gesso! YEAH!!!

20181121_045612 (3)I’ve done a lot of work on Squirrel Boy, learning what I can and can’t do with the floral tape wrap method along the way. I made his arms and legs longer to help balance his longer tail. And I’ve done some major work on his ears, sculpting them some and making them look much more like squirrel ears. I’m getting his eyes ready. And, as you can see behind Squirrel Boy, Spider Girl and the pear snow people shapes have been gessoed and are ready for the prime coat of paint. YEAH!!! So, that’s what’s happening so far with these guys and gals, things are finally progressing to the stage where the embellishing process can get in the works, YEAH!!! So, I hope you all have a SUPER GREAT DAY!!! HAPPY CRAFTING!!! HAPPY NOVEMBER!!!

Ninjabread Men!

20181117_014432 (3)My husband loves martial arts movies and when we saw this kit at Walmart, I said let’s get that! Of course he didn’t say no, especially when I said he could eat all of them.  Not your average gingerbread men, for sure!20181117_014512 (3)They are simple to mix up and have no hydrogenated fats, YEAH! Plus they come with four way cool ninja-shape cookie cutters, which I’ll use to make some air-dry clay ninjabread men to give for gifts to my husband’s nephews and brother. A tree decoration that guys would like! I’ll post a picture when I get the edible ones made before my husband tears into them! Christmas is coming fast! HAPPY BAKING AND CRAFTING!

Some cute little ornamental Kale and the Rosemary & Violas are still looking good!

20181113_133714 (2)My mom brought me these cute little ornamental Kale plants, YEAH MOM! I’ve never grown ornamental kale before, just edible kale. So, hopefully these will do okay and can handle freezing weather.20181113_133753 (2)The rosemary and all the violas are still doing well, even after going through two nor’easters during the last few of days. The lemongrass and the dragon cayenne pepper are still hanging in there and the pepper is still making peppers. My guard toads keep a wary eye on the garden for me.  So, HAPPY FALL / WINTER GARDENING!

Use Simple Shapes to Make Holiday Cards

SUPER CARD MAKING IDEAS!!!!

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by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Use Simple Shapes to Make Holiday Cards

There are so many cute and fun stamps and dies on the market these days for the holidays that it’s truly tough to resist them. I don’t know about you but there’s only so much room in the budget and the stamp storage to go around, so I’m always happy to come up with ways to use the things I already have and getting more mileage out of my tools and supplies. To that end, these cards use patterned stamps that are not holiday-specific and simple shapes you can cut with basic dies, punches, or even just scissors. These simple shape cards are also perfect for crafting with kids in preparation for the holidays!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour depending on the number of cards

Directions

Supplies

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• Delicata – White Shimmer, Pink Shimmer, Ruby Red
• VersaFine – Olympia Green
• VersaMark –…

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