Sunday, November 25, 2012

trouble posting new post

Having trouble posting a new post.  Can't publish here because won't take any more pictures, so tried thru Live Writer, and got it all typed, with pictures added, and when tried to post get error 403, forbidden!   dah!  don't know what I'm doing wrong.   do any of you have any suggestions!?

Friday, November 16, 2012

Jewelry Cleaner

 Found this recipe and have been wanting to try it.  Think I found it on Pinterest.  I do a lot of surfing on Pinterest - lots of good ideas.  Oh, it does say that the recipe is from

Like the person that posted it, I also couldn't believe how dirty my watch band and jewelry were.  You'll have to try it.  Here are also some before and after pictures.

Ingredients:  (we all have these on hand)
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon dish detergent (I used Dawn)
1 cup water
1 piece aluminum foil

1.  Heat water in the microwave for 1 or 2 minutes    (I did 2)
2.  Cut a piece of aluminum foil that roughly covers the bottom of a small bowl (cereal bowl)
3.  Pour hot water into the bowl.  Place salt, soda and dishwashing liquid into bowl.  Place jewelry in so it sits on top of the foil and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes.  (I used an old tooth brush and did around the stones of my rings and on the watch band).  Rinse jewelry in cool water and dry jewelry completely with soft cloth.  Discard solution after use and make a new batch next time.
4.  According to, "this works well for gold-filled, brass, german (nickel) silver, and sterling silver.  I have even cleaned jewelry with freshwater pearls, shell cameos and mother of pearl with no problem.".

Before pictures:

Look how they all shine!!!!  My rings cleaned up so nice and I held my watch band into the water and used the tooth brush on that and it came out beautiful.  That was really dirty! 
So go ahead and clean your jewelry!!!
I also cleaned out my jewelry box and sorted some items to donate to the school.  We have a program where the elementary school give the kids paper money to shop for Christmas presents for their family members.  There are donated items for this shopping spree, and I have some new jewelry I've never worn that is going.  Also some good stuffed animals, etc.  This is an annual event at our elementary school and is so exciting for the kids.  Do you have something like this in your area?
Have a great Friday!  Jo

Sunday, November 11, 2012

A first!

Had a "first" happen to me today, and also learned from it!!!

No pictures, as I didn't have my camera with me.  Had played bells in church this morning, and before going home, I needed to get gas.  Decided when I was at the gas station to pay the extra and get the car washed, as I'm getting new tires tomorrow, and the car and under carriage is really dirty and muddy.  We've had rain, snow, and drizzle the past few days.  Thought I'd better take a somewhat clean car in when they have to work on it.  The car wash is my favorite in town.  It's a touchless, where no brushes touch the car, so it doesn't get scratched; and it cleans better than other car washes.  When paying your bill you get your number, then you drive around to the back of the station to enter your number, then like magic the garage door opens for you to enter.  Our temperature here this morning was in the 20's and I asked the clerk what is the cut off temperature when they don't have the car wash open.  She said they shut it down for winter when it is 10 degrees F.  So I'm sitting in the car and it goes through the wash cycle, rinse cycle, wax cycle, rinse cycle, and soft rinse cycle; and then the water etc. all shuts off and the drive out garage door ahead of you is suppose to open up and the blow dryers are suppose to come on and you're suppose to be able to pull ahead slowly through the dryers and out the door. - - - -  Well - the garage door didn't open up, nor did the blowers turn on.  I sat there a few minutes waiting, and then started to freak out, because I didn't remember putting my cell phone in my purse!!!!   I'm really bad at forgetting that darn phone at home.    You should have seen me pulling things out of my purse, because it was NOT in the usual pocket where it should be.    (remember - I was at a craft show yesterday - all day - and when I got home and after I unloaded the car and put stuff away, I was really tired!  So I had not used the cell phone last evening.  Anyway - did find it in the bottom of my purse - but it needed to be charged!!!  Lucky there was one little bar left showing how much battery life there was.  Not much, but enough for a couple of calls.  So then my next fear was how to I get ahold of the clerk inside the gas station.  I couldn't see a service door, (but I wasn't going to get out (yet) to look either!), so I found my gas receipt - thinking there would be a phone number by their name, etc. etc. --- NOT!  That's dumb! 
Then I had to decide who to call to get the gas station's phone number  -  Decided not to call the hubby, as he'd be out in the barn, would have to go to the house to get the number, he'd tease me, and it'd just take too long.  So I called daughter Leah and she found the number and didn't give me any crap.  The clerk came outside and went to the control room and got the door open, and got the blowers going.  So I once again was a happy girl and drove slowly through the dryers and out the door.  The next time I go in I'm going to suggest that they put their phone numbers on their receipts, and I'm going to ask them what I should do if this ever happens again and I don't have a cell with me!   Boy, I'd have filled my pants had my cell phone not been in my purse!!!

This is somewhat akin to being in an elevator when it stopped, and I was alone in it; in a strange city - Philly - and not knowing a sole!   That elevator was probably only stopped between floors for about 5 minutes before it started again.  I remember that vividly also.  I couldn't imagine being in one for any longer than that!

What I learned today is that I'm going to be more viligent about having my phone with me, in it's proper pocket, and fully charged!!!!   LOL  we'll see about that!   I'll try hard tho.  I don't like that helpless feeling.  I really was afraid to have opened the car door and step out for fear things would start up again and where do you go then!!!!   Visions of what ifs can be kind of funny!

Anyway - the craft show went fine,  pics tomorrow.  Will be doing another show next weekend.
I've been relaxing all day since I got home. 
Have a great week, Jo

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Putzer and Odda!

Goofy puppy!  He sure likes Odda, and doesn't leave her alone.  Here he is with a branch - HE is a Chewer!!!  We've never had a dog chew as much or as badly as he does!  Anything he can get his little mouth on!!!.   He has to balancethe branch on Odda and lean on her!  I'm sure she is trying to take a nap!!    Earlier this morning he had two of his dog bones laying on her back.

Pictures taken through the window.  My, they both look like drowned rats!  It's been raining here and is pretty sloppy out.  We had snow last night, but it must have warmed up during the night as it turned into rain, and is still coming down lightly.
Odda and I had company the other day - we had hunters here and their grandson came inside with me and Odda.  They had a good time.  Anyway, Blake did, Odda just accepted all his boyish antics and let him do whatever he wanted. 

I think Odda likes him too!!!
Both Steve and I voted this morning.  Now to see what happens.  Hope you all will be voting!
Have a great day! 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Busy, busy, busy!

 Can't believe I've been gone so long.  Have been really busy crafting and getting ready for a craft show this coming weekend and the next.  I've taken a few pictures of things, but just haven't been in the mood to sit still long enough to post.  Thought I'd better let you know I'm still alive!!!

Have had my yearly check up with the doctor, and I'm doing great.  All blood work came out great.  Guess it was to my benefit to have lost a few pounds.  A few did creep back on, but I can still zip up my jacket, so I'm not too worried yet!   That sure is a terrible way to keep track of weight gain.  My scale is kaput - not working, so need to get a new one. 

Anyway here are some pictures:
Here are "boot cuffs" made out of faux fur.  Makes your boots look like you have muk-luks.  You can wear them with these Ugg style boots or any boots, even dressy boots.  Can be worn as leg warmers even with shoes!  Very messy to make.  When you cut into that fur material, there is stuff floating all over in the air! 
Then I've also been making more "endless scarves", long faux fur scarves and also painting and redoing some furniture pieces.
This is a planter.  Painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk paint and hand waxed it.  There are two of them.  One is not completely finished yet. 
My favorite of the endless scarves I've made.  This is grey knit with lace.  Have 20 plus other endless scarves that I've made out of various silks.  They are pretty too.
Here is the cream faux fur scarf, and there are black ones too!
I've been thinking I need to open an Etsy account and try to sell through there.  Have any of you had good luck with that?
Also have children's pillows and pillow cases.  They are cute too.  All packed up for Sat., so not digging them out to take another pic right now.  Will take some pics of the set up at the craft show for you. 
Glad I took a little break to write.  Should have done so sooner.  I need to get back into the swing of things and do some reading of blogs too.  Haven't even been good at that lately.  Altho, I have been following the news of the storm out east, praying for help for all in need.   Hope this finds all of you well and getting ready for winter to set in.