Get Your Garden Ready for Spring

Are your ready to plant? Me too!

super simple gardening tips

Seed starter:

Use an old cupcake tin. Add cupcake paper and fill with WET soil. Plant your seeds and wait for them to sprout!

To test your soil:

1. Add about 1 cup of your soil to a container such as a glass mason jar

2. Add a 1/2 cup of vinegar. If the soil bubbles or gets fizzy like soda it’s alkaline.

If there is no reaction….

1. Add another cup of soil into another container.

2. Add a half cup of water and mix, then add a half cup of baking soda. If the soil bubbles or fizzes your soil is acidic.

If your soil is acidic you can add wood ash or lime, if it’s alkaline add sulfur or pine needles.

Courtesy of:

http://frugalliving.about.com/od/gardening/ht/Soil_Test.htm

All natural Aphid spray:

1-2 tablespoons of dish soap to one gallon of water. Don’t spray in the hot sun!

Courtesy of:

http://houseplants.about.com/od/pests/a/Aphids.htm

Feed your indoor plants:

2 tablespoons of Epsom salt to one gallon of water. Water once a month. Epsom salt helps encourage growth!

Courtesy of:

http://gardening.about.com/od/organicgardenin1/f/Epsom_Salts.htm

Natural weed killer:

Sprinkle baking soda on weeds and around garden to keep weeds from spreading.

Courtesy of:

http://frugalliving.about.com/od/doityourself/qt/Weed_Killer.htm

Cheers to your green thumb! You can watch the video on Sonoran Living.

And… if you need more gardening, try out these links:

Container gardening

Garden in a bag

Whiskey barrel water garden

 

Keeping Life Simple – tips from me and Susan Casper

I just adore working with my witty and smart Sonoran Living Co-Host Susan Casper!

As two very busy working moms, we are always looking for ways to save a little time and make life just a bit easier.

Here are a few tips that we found you might find useful in your everyday busy life:

Terri_and_Susan_simplify_your_life_with__885420000_20130903092610_320_240Water bottle time stamp:
Mark your daily water intake by time on your water jug.

Soda can hanger:
Detach the tab from a soda can and put in on a hanger. Use the other hole to hang another hanger. It saves you space in your closet.

Soda straw holder:
After pulling up the tap on your soda can, rotate the tab around and use the hole to hold your straw. That way it won’t keep floating to the top.

Wrapping paper holder:
Use empty toilet rolls or paper towel rolls to secure wrapping paper. Simply cut from one end to the other length wise. Separate slightly and place your paper inside. It keeps it from unrolling.

Hulling strawberries:
To remove the stem from strawberries, simply insert a straw from the bottom up. The straw will push out the stem.

Keep keys in order:
Color code your keys with fingernail polish. Now no more fussing at the door.

Spaghetti noodle lighter:
Don’t burn yourself lighting those hard to reach candles. Light a spaghetti noodle stick to use as a match.

Cassette cell stand:
Flip an old cassette tape case open and use as a cell phone stand.

Sponge ice pack:
Put a frozen saturated sponge in a plastic sandwich bag to make an ice pack that won’t drip all over when it melts.

Borrow buddy photo:
Take a photo of friends holding items you’ve lent them with your cell phone so you will remember down the road.

 

Workday After a Long Holiday Weekend Craft

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(Yes, Carol cleaned her desk especially to take this photo.)

This little doll appeared on my assistant Carol’s desk a few years back and made her laugh. As you know when you laugh, your stress level goes down.

Here is the poem that goes with it:

When you think you want to climb the walls
or stand right up and shout
here’s a little “Dammit” Doll
you cannot do without.
Just grasp it firmly by the legs
and find a place to slam it.
You’ll feel better as you yell…

You will need:
scrap fabric
pattern
scissors
needle and thread or sewing machine
ribbon or yarn for hair
stuffing
poem

Pattern:

dammit doll pattern

Instructions:

  1. Right click the pattern and download it, and then print it on regular paper the size doll you want to make (maybe you are only a little bit stressed and want to make a tiny doll).
  2. Cut a length yarn for the hair—maybe 24 inches or so.
  3. Cut out the two sides of your doll from fabric.
  4. Place fabric design sides together and sew, adding hair looped in at the top. Be sure to leave and opening to stuff your doll.
  5. Turn the fabric right side out and stuff.
  6. Sew up.
  7. Attach poem with ribbon to neck of doll. (Hmmm… I wonder if the tighter you tie indicates the amount of stress you feel?)
  8. Try out your doll.
  9. There! You feel more relazed don’t you? I am so realzed I can’t spell relaXed.
  10. Share the joy of de-stressing!

Freedom Banner

What does freedom mean to you?

Here is a banner you can craft to share and celebrate that meaning with family and friends this upcoming Independence Day!

Supplies you will need:

chipboard letters, heavy card stock, ribbon, glitter, scrap paper, paint, glue, scissors, clips and string.

I’d love for you to comments and share what freedom means to you.

This is the banner my video inspired a friend to make a year ago and her blog about what freedom means to her.

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Water Sponge Bomb and Foamerator

Watch for the surprise at the end of this video.

All you will need the following to make these 2 super simple, kid friendly, outdoor / pool appropriate water crafts are:

an old washcloth, scissors, plastic water bottle, a bit of dish soap and water in a dish, 4 sponges (from the dollar store)

and, string!

Come and play with the sponge ball and the bubble blower summer craft!!

Did you enjoy this craft technique? I would love it if you would  help share my craft, fashion, fitness and lifestyle Super Simple with Terri O show. Click here to find out how.

Heroes never go out of fashion

Vintage and near vintage art is popularly repurposed in jewelry and mixed media art. I have not decided what I will make with this piece, maybe a card later in the month for Operation Write Home’s annual blog hop, maybe a piece of jewelry. However, when I ran across this poster my son is the first person who came to mind.

Standing_Tall Armed Forces Day poster 1951

The poster is circa 1951 and celebrates National Armed Forces Day. Here is the poster for May 18, 2013:

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On February 27, 1950, President Harry Truman signed the proclamation declaring the third Saturday in May National Armed Forces Day. Parades at military bases in the US and abroad marked the day.

“Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 1950, marks the first combined demonstration by America’s defense team of its progress, under the National Security Act, towards the goal of readiness for any eventuality. It is the first parade of preparedness by the unified forces of our land, sea, and air defense,” President Truman said.

Here are a few more photos nabbed from the DOD site.

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PASSING IN REVIEW – Airmen from Andrews AFB, Md., salute President Harry S. Truman during a parade down Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C. (AFD-1951)

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PEERING AT CONTROLS – Future pilots check out the controls of a jet during an open house at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. (AFD-1956)

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PERFORMING AT THEIR BEST – The National Guard band of Washington D.C., performs on the grounds of the Washington Monument. (AFD-1976)

108th Army Band AZ

Arizona has its own Army National Guard Band that performs around the state.The jazz section is particularly super! http://www.108tharmyband.com/Home.aspx There are many military bands around the US. If you would like to request a band perform in your community you can do that HERE.

 

 

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If your desire is to create something nice for our men and women currently in service check out the inspiration and instructions for making blank cards for them to send  to loved ones at Operation Write Home where more than 2 million cards have been deployed since 2007.

 

Super Simple With Terri O is coming to your city but only if you ask for it

Your support over the years has been phenomenal and it has been my pleasure to bring you a newsletter, blog and videos to help make your life Super Simple!
I truly appreciate the Facebook likes and the Tweets. I would love it if you wanted to share Super Simple with your family and friends.
Super Simple with Terri O

pbsPublic TV network stations across the country have the chance to pick up Super Simple with Terri O, an exciting, TV series about food, fashion, fitness and crafts hosted by Terri O.

You simply have to find your city / station from the list below and ask the programming manager:

Please add Super Simple with Terri O to your TV programming list. It is a super fit for your lifestyle programming. Thank you.

Atlanta, Georgia http://www.pba.org/
PBA30
Contact Form http://wabe.org/contact
Milton Clipper, President and CEO
Atlanta Educational Telecommunications Collaborative, Inc.
Phone 678-686-0321

Baltimore, Maryland http://www.mpt.org/
MPT TV
Contact Form http://www.mpt.org/feedbackform
E-mail  comments at mpt dot com
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MarylandPublicTelevision

Boston, Massachusetts http://www.wgbh.org/
WGBH
Contact Form http://www.wgbh.org/about/contact.cfm
Jon Abbott, WGBH CEO/President
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/wetatvfm?fref=ts
Twitter https://twitter.com/wgbh

Charlotte, North Carolina http://www.wtvi.org/
WTVI
Regina Berry, Director of Media Operations and Programming
E-mail via http://www.wtvi.org/contact-us/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/wtvicharlotte
Twitter: https://twitter.com/wtvi

Chicago, Illinois http://www.wttw.com/
WTTW 11
Daniel Soles, Senior Vice President and Chief Television Content Officer
Contact Form http://interactive.wttw.com/about/contact-us
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/wttw11?fref=ts

Cleveland – Akron, Ohio http://www.wviz.org/
WVIZ
David Kanzeg, Director of Programming
Contact Form http://www.ideastream.org/feedback
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/wvizpbs
Twitter https://twitter.com/ideastream

Dallas – Ft. Worth http://www.kera.org/
KERA
Bill Young, VP of Television Programming
Sylvia Komatsu, Chief Content Officer
Gila Espinoza, Assistant Programming Director
Contact Form http://www.kera.org/about/contact/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/keratx

Denver, Colorado http://www.rmpbs.org/home/
KRMA 6 Rocky Mountain PBS
Donna Sanford, Chief Contact Officer
Contact Form http://www.rmpbs.org/about/contact-us/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/rmpbs
Twitter https://twitter.com/rmpbs
Pinterest http://pinterest.com/rockymtnpbs/

Detroit, Michigan http://www.dptv.org/
WTVS
Georgeann Herbert, Content and Community Engagement (Direct e-mail:  gherbert at dptv dot org)
Contact Form http://support.dptv.org/site/Survey?ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&SURVEY_ID=1
E-mail  email at dptv dot org
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/detroitpublictv
Twitter https://twitter.com/detroitpublictv
Pinterest http://pinterest.com/detroitpublictv/

Hartford – New Haven, Connecticut http://www.cpbn.org/
CP TV Connecticut Public Broadcasting Service
E-mail  audiencecare at cptv dot org
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/connecticutpublictelevision?sid=67cdda85174ed6bb5caefc7bbb272860&ref=s

Houston, Texas http://www.houstonpbs.org/
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Capella Tucker, Director of Content, Houston Public Media
E-mail Capella Tucker by clicking her name http://app.houstonpbs.org/staff/capella-tucker/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/houstonpbs
Twitter http://twitter.com/wabenews

Indianapolis, Indiana http://www.wfyi.org/
WFYI
Alan Cloe, Executive Vice President of Content Services
Contact Form http://www.wfyi.org/contactUs.asp
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WFYI.Indianapolis
Twitter https://twitter.com/wfyi

Los Angeles, California http://www.kcet.org/
KCET
Bohdan Zachary, Vice President, Broadcast, Syndication and Program Development
E-mail programdirector at kcet dot org
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KCET28
Twitter https://twitter.com/KCET

Miami – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida http://wlrn.org/
WLRN Channel 17
Contact Form http://wlrn.org/contact-us
Email  questions at friendsofwlrn dot org
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/WLRN-Public-Radio-and-Television/28348730201
Twitter https://twitter.com/WLRN

Minneapolis – St. Paul, Minnesota http://www.tpt.org/
TPT
Contact Form http://www.tpt.org/?a=contactUs
E-mail viewerservices@tpt.org
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/tptpbs
Twitter https://twitter.com/tpt

Nashville, Tennessee http://www.wnpt.org/index.php
WNPT
Beth Curley, President and CEO
Nashville Public Television
161 Rains Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee 37203-5330
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/nashvillepublictelevision
Twitter https://twitter.com/npt8
Phone (615) 259-9325 Ext. 293

New York, New York http://www.thirteen.org/
Thirteen
Roslyn Davis, General Manager
Email  programming at thirteen dot org
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/wnet-thirteen
Twitter https://twitter.com/thirteenny
Pinterest http://pinterest.com/thirteenwnet/

Orlando – Daytona Beach, Florida http://wucftv.org/
WUCF
Bill Dotson, Director of Content and Operations
Email by clicking on names here http://wucftv.org/contact/
Phone 407-823-3280

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania http://www.whyy.org/
WHYY
Contact Form http://www.whyy.org/about/contact.php
E-mail talkback at whyy dot org
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/whyypublicmedia
Twitter http://twitter.com/whyy

Phoenix, Arizona http://www.azpbs.org/
Eight Az PBS
Nancy Southgate, Associate General Manager, Content
Contact Form http://www.azpbs.org/contact.php
E-mail eight at asu dot edu
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/arizonapbs
Twitter https://twitter.com/arizonapbs

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania http://www.wqed.org/index_full.php
WQED
Darryl Ford Williams,Vice President of Content
Contact Form http://www.wqed.org/about/contact.php
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WQEDPittsburgh
Twitter https://twitter.com/WQED
Pinterest http://pinterest.com/wqed/

Portland, Oregon http://www.opb.org/
Oregon Public Broadcasting
Mary Gardner, Director, TV Programming
Contact Form http://www.opb.org/insideopb/contactus/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/oregonpublicbroadcasting
Twitter https://twitter.com/opb

Raleigh – Durham, North Carolina http://www.unctv.org/content/
UNC TV
Contact Form http://www.unctv.org/content/contact
E-mail  view at unctv dot org
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/unctv
Twitter https://twitter.com/unctv

Sacramento – Stockton – Modesto, California http://www.kvie.org/
KVIE Public Television
Michael Sanford, Vice President for Content Creation
Contact Form http://www.kvie.org/contact/feedbackform/default.htm
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KVIEPBS
Twitter https://twitter.com/KVIEPBS

San Diego, California http://www.kpbs.org/
KPBS
John Decker, Director of Programming (Mr. Decker’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/gubben/)
Contact Form http://www.kpbs.org/staff/john-decker/contact/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KPBSSanDiego
Twitter https://twitter.com/KPBSnews

San Francisco, California http://www.kqed.org/
KQED
Contact Form http://www.kqed.org/about/contact/
E-mail  tv at kqed dot org
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KQED
Twitter http://twitter.com/KQED
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/kqed/

Seattle, Washington http://kcts9.org/
KTVS9
Contact Form http://kcts9.org/about/contact-us
E-mail viewer@KCTS9.org
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KCTS9
Twitter http://twitter.com/KCTS9

St. Louis, Missouri http://ninenet.org/
NineNet
Patricia Kistler, Vice President of Programming
E-mail  letters at kcet dot org
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheNineNetwork
Twitter https://twitter.com/theninenetwork

Tampa – St. Petersburg, Florida http://www.wedu.org/
WEDU
Jack Conely – Vice President, Content (Mr. Conley’s e-mail lconley at wedu dot org)
E-mail outreach at wedu dot org
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/wedupublicmedia

Washington DC http://www.weta.org/
WETA
Contact Form http://www.weta.org/contact
WETA-TV
3939 Campbell Ave.
Arlington, VA 22206
Phone 703-998-2600

Create a memento of one of your favorite events or a collection of memories

We spend hours preserving photos of enjoyable events.

Why not do the same with other items that mean something special to us? This project is a great way to showcase special mementos from an important event in your life, or make a unique gift.

I designed the shadow box (below, left) for my BFF Steve.

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You can also create shadow boxes from paper and embellishments, vacation mementos, found objects, or collections of your treasures. It’s super simple!

You will need:

·    Framed shadow box

·    Craft glue or glue dots

·    The items you want to include

·    Paper or fabric for the background

Instructions:

  1. Take apart your shadow box frame and cut out your paper for the background. Glue the paper to the inside background.
  2. Lay out your design on the paper or fabric before you glue anything down.
  3. Once you are happy with your layout, paying attention to the layers you want, glue the items you have chosen down.
  4. Stand you project upright to make sure everything is secure.
  5. If you want, write in the corner or on the back of the box if appropriate , the date or event your shadow box commemorates.
  6. Reassemble your frame and enjoy!

Tip: I added a family picture to one of my shadowboxes. To this day it remains one of my favorite keepsakes.

 

Sonoran Living gets a new co-host and producer August 13

Terri Ouellette is pleased to announce she will be joining Stephanie Sandoval as co-host and producer of “Sonoran Living” a lifestyle TV program created by Scripps Network and produced for the ABC affiliate KNXV in Phoenix, Arizona.

Terri O is a two-time Emmy Award winner, author, and PBS host of “Super Simple with Terri O”. For more than a decade, Terri has served as the national spokesperson for the Craft & Hobby Association.

“I’m very excited about Sonoran Living as it allows me to expand my creativity not only to crafting but to food, lifestyle, home décor and travel but allows me to develop professionally as a host and producer,” explained Ouellette. “I’ve been very blessed throughout my career to have been be able to work in creative fields where I have flourished. I look forward to continued growth right here at home!”

“Sonoran Living” airs on Channel 15 from 9 to 10 a.m. in Arizona. Terri will assume her role on August 13, 2012.

Help Operation Write Home Make Cards for our military personnel overseas!

You know how wonderful it is to open your mailbox and find a handmade card from a friend inside.

Now imagine you are one of our many military personnel serving overseas where there is no place to buy a card for a loved one. You can help them this weekend by making blank cards that Operation Write Home will send to these brave men and women and in turn they can mail a special card to their someone special.

The instructions for card making for Operation Write Home are few, but important and are found HERE.

I have known Sandy Allnock, President of Operation Write Home for many years. OWH is an absolutely great non-profit cause!

Since 2007, the organiztion has sent 1.7 million handmade cards overseas!

Be a part of the fun and the cause! Thank a veteran over this Memorial Weekend!

If you can’t make cards now, remember, cards are needed year-around.

Cards can be simple

like the one CarolJean my DT member made below, top

or the ones I made and added today….

or elaborate, but, for the safety of our troops, no glitter or crystals please!

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