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This Saturday, San Antonians! by arteesvida
August 21, 2007, 3:52 pm
Filed under: General Info & Housekeeping, Home and Garden

*/- Turn over a new leaf this gardening season -/*
*City holds bin sale to promote backyard composting*

Starting your own backyard compost can be made easier thanks to the
City’s Environmental Services Department compost bin sale program. The
one-day sale will be held, rain or shine, on* Saturday, August 25* from
8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the following locations:

o *Wal-Mart Supercenter Parking Lot at 8030 Bandera Road*
o *Wal-Mart Supercenter Parking Lot at 16503 Nacogdoches Road*
o *Wal-Mart Supercenter Parking Lot at 3302 S.E. Military Drive*

Through this program, individuals can purchase an Earth Machine™ home
composting device for only $20 plus tax (while supplies last); the bin
retails for $80. Payment is accepted in the form of cash or check. In
addition to the sale, residents will be provided with information on
composting and recycling. This event is an initiative the City is making
to promote home composting that helps residents care for the earth in
their own backyards while reducing the amount of waste going to the

The Earth Machine™ can be used to compost fruit and vegetable scraps,
crushed eggshells, tea bags, coffee grounds and filters in to soil humus
for your lawn and garden. Composting at home can reduce household
garbage by up to 30%. Compost creates a rich, all natural soil nutrient
for landscapes, gardens, and houseplants. Compost also enhances soil’s
ability to retain moisture and can reduce reliance on chemical
fertilizers as well as suppresses plant diseases and pests.

The Earth Machine™ sale is financed with funds from the Texas Commission
on Environmental Quality through the Alamo Area Council of Governments.

Herbal Soap Bag by arteesvida
August 21, 2007, 1:05 pm
Filed under: Bath and Body

1 heaping tbs chamomile flowers

1 heaping tbs lavender flowers

2 tbs instant oatmeal

2 tbs salt

1/2 tsp

Moisturizing Mask by arteesvida
August 21, 2007, 1:04 pm
Filed under: Bath and Body

One point of plain yogurt

1/2 cup organic oatmeal

1/2 cup green tea

1 tbs flaxseed oil

1 tbs flax seed powder

1/4 tsp rose hip oil

Place the ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly.  Smooth it on clean skin and leave on for 20 minutes.  Rinse off thoroughly and follow it with a toner and moisturizer.

Floral Facial Steam by arteesvida
August 5, 2007, 9:06 pm
Filed under: Bath and Body

You can use fresh ingredients if you will be using the steam within a day or two, otherwise use dried.

1/4 cup rose petals

1/4 cup rosemary leaves

1/4 cup fennel seeds

1/2 tsp peppermint leaves

Bring about 3 cups of water to a simmer.  Add 1/4 cup of the herbs, turn off the heat, cover pan and steep a few minutes.  Remove lid and hold your face about six inches over the pan.  Drape a towel over your head and the pan to form a tent that will hold in the steam.  Steam up to ten minutes, taking breaks if necessary to cool off.  Then moisturize right away, while skin is still damp.

Kitchen Cabinets by arteesvida
August 4, 2007, 4:24 am
Filed under: Home and Garden

 I feel like I don’t deserve to post these pictures yet since the kitchen isn’t officially complete yet.  We are still replacing some trim and floorboards (although their absence isn’t noticible in these pictures).  I also have to finish sealing the cabinets with triple thick sealer which my husband doesn’t like me to use while he is home since it stinks.  You may notice some of the cabinets are shinier than others.  Other than that? Done!!!!

 The light is from Ikea (and is turned sideways, does that count as an Ikeahack? No?) The rug is from Target.

The left side.

I love that little vintage Mexican painted plate.  Found it at a local thrift store (local thrift stores are great sources for vintage Mexicana).  The person who owned it put a pad on the back so it wasn’t scratch their wall….very best thing ever is that they didn’t use one made for plates, but the kind you use for the corns on your feet.  I left it there, it’s too awesome.

The tea kettle is an Ebay steal (they actually have a few of these still around!).  It is enamel and all the black (the handle, the knob on the top and the spout) are all Bakelite.  The utensil pot and the yellow pepper grinder are from Ross.  The bowl on the microwave is vintage pyrex and the “Little Buddha’s Tea Shop” box is from Big Lots.

My molcajete ( a real one made out of lava stone) from the flea market.  The salad bowl was a thrift store find.

For some reason the walls look much paler in this shot.  Too much flash.  The wrought iron cross is also from the flea market.  The lightswitch was a wooden unfinished one I purchased at Wal-Mart and painted to match.

Blue Light Special by arteesvida
August 3, 2007, 1:20 am
Filed under: Home and Garden

I found this lamp at Salvation Army this week.  The lady that works there recognized me and gave me a good deal on it.


The best part about it? Someone had drilled a hole in the base and inserted a blue christmas tree lightbulb and then spliced the wire into the regular plug line.

The lamp itself is in very good shape except the finial on top has a big chunk broken out of it.  The finial is resin, and the rest of the lamp is metal so it may not be original to the lamp. 

The lamp came with a shade that wasn’t in terrible shape, though it was dusty/dirty and the shade was peeling up around the rim.  It wasn’t quite the right size either….this is a huge lamp that needs a huge shade.

I decided to paint the metal work black and replace the shade.  I painted all of the metal a flat black, then decided it would look better glossy so I added a coat of triple thick clear glaze.  I was able to tape up the bottom part fairly easily but protecting the globe was much more difficult since the top part had scalloped edges.  I painted the glass with a layer of vasoline, sprayed away, then wiped off the vasoline when the paint was dry.  The paint on the glass wiped right up and the paint on the metal was perfect.  (I had a couple smudges that I touched up with nail polish remover).  I replaced the shade with a larger, tulip style shade.  I would like to replace the finial as well, but buying just a finial is not that easy.  So I just painted it and turned the broken part to the wall until I find what I want.

But the best part? My sex-ay rockin’ blue lighted base!

The Other White Meat by arteesvida
August 1, 2007, 9:04 pm
Filed under: Kitchen Magic, Linky Goodness

This is from my mom.  It is very easy to vote for her, it is one vote per email.  You just click on her name and recipe and type in your email.  No registering needed.  Maybe I’m biased but I think her recipe is best and deserves to win!

Last May, I was looking for the internal temperature pork should be when properly cooked, and in doing so, I came upon an on-line cooking contest, which I entered then and there with an original recipe.  Well, yesterday I was notified that I am one of five national finalists.  Although the finalist prize is pretty fantastic (a Weber BBQ and some free meat), I would really like to win the grand prize, a trip to the Greenbrier for a top-notch cooking school, Steven Raichlen’s “Barbecue University” in 2008.
The competition is pretty good, and already the Pacific finalist is waaaay ahead, so I need your vote, and the votes of your friends and family.  Will you help manage my “campaign” and ask your posse to vote for my recipe, the “South-Central Region Fajitas de Puerco” recipe at this URL

Voting ends August 31st, but please vote right away, before you forget!

I sure do appreciate your help.  I want to show all these Texas men I can take the heat, too.

Diane Stallings