Give your Christmas tree a second life by using it in the garden. Anchor it in a snow bank or on a fence or trellis. Hang homemade or purchased birdseed feeders, orange slices and other food for the birds. The tree provides needed shelter and the food will helping bring additional visitors into your landscape.
Use it as a windbreak - Help protect your boxwood, rhododendrons and other broadleaf evergreens from drying winter winds and winter sun.
You can also cut the branches of the tree and use them as winter mulch over perennials and bulbs. Place several branches over border-line hardy perennials, late plantings or bulbs that are subject to early sprouting. Winter mulch keeps the soil cold, preventing early sprouting and frost heaving during our winter thaws. At the end of the season, contact your local municipality. Many will chip the remnants of your tree along with other gardeners' landscape trimmings for use as mulch in the landscape.
As one of the new Food Examiner writers, last week I introduced my new column with recipes for breakfast, healthy side dish alternatives, leftover holiday meal recipes, appetizers, how to keep a healthy kitchen, and the first of my “read it and eat” series.
Many New Year’s resolutions include eating right and exercising. We all know vegetables are a staple in any healthy diet, so why not increase your vegetable intake and incorporate them into every meal including breakfast.
Last week was a busy one for me on my Arts and Craft Examiner article website. With the Christmas holiday coming to a close and the New Year in the near future, last week’s articles included quick homemade gifts, ideas for recycling Christmas cards, and tips for holiday storage.
Bath fizzies (a.k.a. bath bombs) are a fun project to make at home and a fun gift to receive. They can be a frugal addition to a spa gift basket or creatively packaged, they’re a great gift idea just by themselves.
The Creativity Bugs are avid crafters who got into crafting at a very early age. The love of crafting was inherited from their mom, who loving taught Sue and sister Sandy how to make something special out of next to nothing.
Creativity Bug Sue is a crafty crafter whose first crafting projects include potholders made with string loops, doll furniture made from recycled cereal boxes and plastic containers, and vases made from old bottles covered with masking tape and inks. Not surprising her first Brownie badge earned was for arts & crafts.
Creativity Bug Sandy is a crafter, artist, and seamstress. Art classes in high school broaden her horizons, gave her a flare for color and design, and a desire to turn trash into treasures. No one has a better knack at finding diamonds in the rough at garage sales & thrift stores and turning them into unique gifts than Sandy.
This blog was created to show case some of Sue and Sandy's favorite things; scrapbooking, card making, paper crafting, cooking/baking, sewing, reading, how to's, and creating treasures out of found things.