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Monday, June 30, 2008

What Would Blitzkrieg Do?

Friday, June 20th was Take Your Dog to Work Day. That got me to wondering, WWBD (What Would Blitzkrieg Do) if he had a job and went to work everyday?

Obviously, Blitzkrieg is brilliant. I wonder if he would he follow in his pet parent footsteps and become a computer genius? In that case, he’d need his own laptop and mouse.
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On the other hand, perhaps Blitzkrieg’d prefer a job as a watch dog. In that case, he’s need a watch. Maybe he’d wear a ruff and ready Sniff Army Watch,
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or would be go all Corporate Raider on me and wear a Growlex?
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After a hard day’s work, how would Bltizkrieg spend his hard-earned cash? Would he be an Earth Doggie and consider this hip retro bed featuring fabric made from recycled plastic bottles?
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Or would he give in to the temptation of fast cars and fast women and buy a Furrai Bed instead?
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In his downtime, would he choose to gleefully bite the face off of organic plush squeaky toys?
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Or would Blitzkrieg surround himself with a group of evil minions that do his dirty work for him?
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Would he eschew the raised dog feeder I made for him for a more Blitzkrieg - like design? Such as a feeder made from a recycled wine crate.
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Or would my Pekingese want to get in touch with his Chinese breed heritage with a Mandarin feeder? (As luck would have it. I found the Mandarin raised feeder after I gave up and decided to make my own. *Wistful Sigh For What Might Have Been...*)
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Oh, who am I kidding? With so much disposable income, I know Blitzkrieg would give in to his party boy nature. With Mutt-tinis,
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Does your dog have a job of their own or go to work with you? If not, what job would your dog have if they had to work? What would they buy with their hard-earned dough?

Friday, June 27, 2008

Scare Your Neighbors with Unicorn Garden Décor!

shiny ball gone
replacement décor follows
let’s try unicorns?

I’m not having any luck finding a replacement for my smashed garden gazing ball, but I did find more garden décor that would scare my neighbors. Unicorns!

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Unicorn in repose. (This unicorn is one yard long, why?)

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Stop. Stop! Stop! This unicorn mocking post just isn’t working for me. Maybe I should just give up on the garden decorations and wistfully wish for a planet full of unicorns like little Shannon…



What would you rather have, a unicorn garden or a planet full of unicorns (complete with jazzy theme song)?
To all of my Lemony friends and readers (you know who you are) I wish you a happy Comfest or Pride or both this weekend!

For everyone else, in the words of Isaac Mizrahi , “Come back to me!” Monday, June 30th for another informative, humorous, and design/decor-centered post featuring Blitzkrieg’s search for the perfect (hip and environmentally friendly I hope) home décor to spice up his otherwise fluffy life! Happy Haiku Friday and in the words of Shanon, "Good-byyyyyyyyyyyyyye!"

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Turn a Picture Frame Into Raised Dog Feeder

I wanted a raised feeder for Blitzkrieg’s food and water bowls in my kitchen because my boy is a sloppy eater. As long as I filled it with food and water on a regular basis, I knew Blitzkrieg wouldn’t care what his new feeder looked like.

However, since I have to look at it, I wanted something that looked good. Most of the feeders I found were functional, but ugly.

That being the case, I decided to make one myself.

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How to Make a Raised Dog Feeder

Materials
Measuring tape or yardstick
Shadow box picture frame large enough to hold your pet’s food and water bowls
A thin piece of wood that fits into the backside of the picture frame (optional)
Paint
Four napkin rings
Hot glue (because what is a craft without a little hot glue action?)

1. Measure your dog from the paw to the shoulder. If a dog uses a raised feeder that's either too high or too low it could hurt their back after long-term use. After measuring your dog from paw to the shoulder, divide the measurement by two. This is how high you should make your dog's raised feeder. For example, my Peke Blitzkrieg is 8 inches from his paws to the top of his shoulder. That means Blitzkrieg's feeder should be 4 inches tall.


2. Paint the wooden interior of the shadow box picture frame or, if your frame has a cardboard backing, paint the thin piece of wood that fits instead your picture frame.


3. Watch the paint dry. Crafting is so exciting!


4. Insert and secure the painted backing or piece of wood into the picture frame after the paint dries.


5. Hot glue a napkin ring each corner of the bottom of the picture frame for the legs. Fortunately, my napkin rings were 4 inches high, the perfect size for a Pekingese.


6. Turn the feeder right side up, fill your pet’s bowls with food and water, and put the bowls in the feeder.


7. Puppy chow time!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Ted Lights from Tea Cups!


coffee, tea, cocoa?
no thanks I’ll just take the cup
which becomes a lamp

domestic construction has an interesting take on the tea light. She makes them out of teacups!

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The ted light is an interesting way to hipafy Gran’s old teacup collection, or for that matter, the perfect use for a set of past their design prime teacups from the 70’s and 80’s. Would you go for something like this for your humble abode? Why or why not?

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

3 DIY Coffee Drink Recipes

Coffee isn’t just good for your plants; it’s now a health food drink!


To celebrate that my java habit is no longer a vice (thank you researchers! I’m adding you to my Christmas card list!), I give you three coffee drink recipes that will help you achieve your heart-healthy RDA of coffee goodness.


Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Nintendo Decorate My Walls!

Oh blik how I love you! Your big fun graphic wall decals go right in line my with my retro-modern-Bauhaus-contemporary-found and funkified-Da Da-Danish decorating style. (Bonus points to you if you recognize that I’m referring to the Bauhaus design movement and not Jello Biafra’s band.) The only problem with blik is trying to pick one design to use. Personally, I’m leaning towards the Keith Haring dogs for our guest room.

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If I had a hard core gamer in da house, I’d go with the old school Nintendo series.

Space Invaders!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Husband’s Homemade Orangina Recipe

We’re not big soda drinkers. It’s not that we dislike cola (especially with a shot of rum) or soda in general; we just don’t buy it much.





 However, on those rare occasions when I’m in the mood for a soda, I prefer to quench my thirst with a frosty Irn Bru which you can't get easily in America since it is a Scottish orange soda.

After running 9 miles a day, Husband likes to quench his deep down body thirst with an Orangina.



This can get pricey at the quantities Husband’s been sucking it down on a weekly basis. So he came up with a recipe for a not-so-pricey homemade Orangina equivalent.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Six Strange Things You Can and Cannot Compost

We have a new kooky little game we play here now that we know that the covert  composter works. We call it Will It Compost?

Six Weird Things That Will Compost




1. Dog fur tumbleweeds from Blitzkrieg’s hairbrush.

2. Dryer lint.


3. Dirt from the Roomba.


4. A 100% white cotton sock.


5. Corn-based plastic coffee lid from a paper take out cup of coffee. Husband and I threw it into the compost bin just to see if it would compost - it did!

6. Wine Corks. Obviously, I'm talking about composting wine corks made from real cork instead of the fake corks that are made from plastic.

Six Weird Things I Will Not Compost

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Easy Tote Bag Revamp or, My Stab at Punch Needle Embroidery (Literally)

I like the mindless Zen of doing needlepoint. However, I’m not a counted cross-stitch kind of gal. Stitching, counting, and stitching never appealed to me. If you’re out and about in the craft world, most of the
not overly trite or Granny nicer needlepoint kits available are counted cross-stitch. When I came across this fun little punch needle embroidery kit, I thought it would make a nice gift for someone who is hard to by for. I hadn’t done punch needle embroidery but it looked easy to pick up (it was), so I thought I’d give it a stab.


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I did. Several times, in fact.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Inherited Bathroom Décor That Works

One of the nice things about being the first buyer of our newly built Condo is that I didn’t inherit any wild and wacky or otherwise tacky decoration from the previous owner. ThatNanda of Craftster wasn’t so lucky. She writes:

When we bought our house, it had all the original decor from the late 50's -
awful shag carpeting, chandeliers, orange and brown appliances, the works. We
were able to fix all but one room - the horrible, pink, and black tile bathroom.
Since it's too expensive to redo at the moment, we decided that, rather than
fight it, we'd just go with it. So we painted the upper walls teal, a la retro
50's diner, and I made a pink, frou-frou poodle curtain.

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I think going retro with her bathroom decoration is an excellent example of the Tim Gunn, “Make it work!” edict in action.

Personally, I’d be sorely tempted to keep the retro design as it since I’m going through a retro-modern-Bauhaus-contemporary-found and funkified-Da Da-Danish decorating phase of my own. What do you think?

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Friday, June 6, 2008

How to Grow Upside Down Tomato Plants

I wasn’t a big gardener. In my rental, I tried growing tomato plants in pots. I was too cheap and  lazy. I
didn’t buy tomato cages and tried using a wooden dowel rod and yarn as a plant stake.

 That experiment in cheapatoode didn’t work out as well as I planned because the plant grew taller than the dowel rod. Then big heavy tomato vine overloaded the stake and constantly flopped fruits of my labor over the side of the pot and onto the ground where it became bug lunch. I relied on Mother in Law for homegrown tomatoes after that fiasco.

At 4’11”, I’m still not a big gardener, but I’m coming around to the whole stick-a-plant-in-dirt-and-hope-it-lives thing. For now, I figure that any plant that I grow better do something more than just look pretty, like be food or insect-deterrent.

Given my limited food-growing space on my teeny tiny patio, and the fact that the former tomato plant pot now is chock full of basil plants, I thought that I’d give an upside down tomato planter a try. I got my planter as a gift.  

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How to Plant an Upside Down Tomatoes



Materials

Power Drill (if you need to install a plant hanger)
Potting Soil
Fertilizer/compost
Tomato plant (duh)
Dirt (double duh)
Epsom salt
Water
Small shovel/trowel
Gardening gloves (if you don’t want to get your hands dirty)


Do It

1. If needed, use the power drill to drill a pilot hole in a stud in your porch, overhang, etc. and install a hook/plant hanger so you can hang up your planter.

2. Dump a healthy dose of fertilizer/compost (do not use Quickie Compost for this project. Tomatoes don’t like nitrogen-based fertilizers.) into the bag of potting soil and mix it up with the small shovel/trowel. You can skip this step if you cheat like I did and buy potting soil that has a natural fertilizer already mixed into the potting soil.

3. Add a dash of Epsom salt into the potting soil and mix it up with the small shovel/trowel.* For some reason, tomatoes love, love, love Epsom salts in their soil and will grow like gangbusters. Maybe they like to soak their roots in a soothing Epsom salt bath after a tough day just like us humans. Come to think of it, how tough a day can a tomato have leisurely basking the sun and slowly growing?! I digress, on to Step 4.

4. Remove the tomato plant from the nursery’s plant pot and break up the root ball of the plant a bit with your fingers.

5. Put the tomato plant in the planter with the roots inside the planter.

6. Fill the planter with dirt using the small shovel/trowel/your hands.

7. Hang the planter up. Be careful, the planter will be heavy.

8. Water the planter daily because the upsides down planters tend to dry out more quickly than traditionally potted tomato plants.

9. Watch it grow!

*If you’ve already planted tomatoes and forgotten to add some Epsom salt to the soil, not to worry. Dissolve a dash of Epsom salt in the water and water your tomato plants with the Epsom salt water. Do not use table salt for this step of the project. However, feel free to sprinkle table salt on a slice of a fully-grown tomato if you wish. Hmmmm…good eating!

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Lowes Gift Card Contest!

Dear readers, you know for a fact that I love tools and doing home improvement projects. That means I’m a semi-regular lurker at Guy World, AKA Lowes Home Improvement Store. So when I heard that In My Bag is giving away a $25 Lowes gift card I just had to enter the contest and tell all of you about it. In My Bag writes:

In My Bag is giving away a $25 Lowes gift card! Participating in the contest is as easy as creating a blog entry that links to the contest. For more information, see the official contest blog entry: Win a Lowes gift card!

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The contest runs from June 3 - 8, 2008. In My Bag will select and announced the winner June 9, 2008. She promised to mail the gift card to the winner that day by priority mail, just in case you want to enter the contest in hopes of sliding your winnings over to Dad as a Father’s Day gift (he doesn’t have to know that you got it for free!)

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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Good Reuse for Bad Aviator Sunglasses - A Lamp!

I remember all to well after the movie Top Gun hit the scene that everyone, and I mean, everyone wanted to be like pre-jumping-like-a-psycho-on-Oprah's-couch Tom Cruise and wore aviator sunglasses. So what to do with those outdated aviator sunglasses that are gathering dust in your dresser drawer? (Admit it, you have a pair laying around somewhere, don't you?) Well if you're Deeply Madly Living, you'll make a lamp of them. According to their website, the Celebrity Lamp
lamp shade is made of 40 pairs of mirrored aviator glasses and rests on a shiny, linear stand, featuring an amusing temple light switch.

When it is turned off, the lamp becomes an amazing silver sculpture, reflecting 80 times its surroundings. Switched on, the lenses become translucent and cast a kaleidoscope of oval shadows on the surrounding walls for a unique sophisticated ambiance.
The Celebrity lamp is available for purchase from the Deeply Madly Living Web store and retails for $1,600.00.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Save Water with Shorter Showers

I grew up in a house with three women and one tiny bathroom. I learned early on how to make good use of what little quality bathroom time I was allotted every morning by taking short showers. Of course, during that time in my teenage life I was more concerned about maximizing my allotted primping time in the bathroom mirror time than saving water, reducing the water bill (much to my mother’s dismay), or saving the planet.

However, now that I am an adult who now pays the water bill, I want to find ways that will reduce my water usage, reduce amount of money in the water bill, and save the planet (you're welcome.) The first thing most water-saving how-to type articles tell you to is save water by taking shorter showers. However, in the grand scheme of green things, I couldn’t find much information on how many minutes in the shower are considered water-saving short. Or, for that matter, I couldn’t find much information on how many minutes in the shower are water-wasting too long. Crunchy Domestic Goddess has some answers and a water saving challenge. She writes:

Did you know that the average shower length is 8 minutes*? By reducing that to 5
minutes, you can reduce the amount of water you use by nearly one-third, or
roughly 10 gallons per day. And that’s where this challenge comes in. I’m
challenging all of my readers to reduce their shower time to 5 minutes. If you
already take a 5 minute shower, perhaps you’ll consider cutting back a little
bit more? Reducing the length of your shower by just one minute could save you
up to 1,825 gallons** of water each year.

*GreenPrint Denver ** Utah.gov
I like this challenge. It’s one of those simple sustainable ideas that won’t cost you anything but time (well, actually, it should save you time) and will help you save money in the process. Give it whirl for the summer. If you can’t stand short showers, try to find another way to save water, such as showering with a friend. What water-saving tips do you have?

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Monday, June 2, 2008

How to Make Quickie Compost

I wanted to add the natural green goodness of compost to my potted herb plants. I already spread the all of the winter batch of compost from the covert composter in my flowerbeds. The next batch of compost won’t be ready until the end of the summer. I didn’t want to use chemical fertilizers on plants I planned to eat. What to do? What to do?

Easy. I whipped up a batch of quickie compost for my potted plants. Quickie compost takes only a few minutes to make, unlike traditional compost that can take up to six months to break down.

You can make quickie compost by mixing coffee grounds and shredded paper together (shredded junk mail works well for this project.) Then add the quickie compost mixture to the soil. That’s it. As the coffee grounds and paper mixture naturally break downs in the soil, it adds beneficial nitrogen and composty goodness to the soil for your plants.

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Do not try to make quickie compost by working raw fruit and vegetable scraps into planted soil. If you do, the raw material will remove nutrients from the soil around your plants as it breaks down and may attract nasty critters like rats or raccoons to your garden bed. The quickie compost method works well for apartment dwellers or anyone else who wants to use compost in their potted plants or small flower gardens but doesn’t have a large area available for a traditional compost bin.

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