Tuesday, March 30, 2010

H is for Hydrangea..

H is for hydrangea

Working on a new item for my shop. Alphabet cards. Lovely flash cards for your children's bedroom, and also correspondence cards.

--Heather :)

Monday, March 29, 2010

Cocoa Mulch Warning---TOXIC to pets!

FWD from an email: Subject: Cocoa Mulch Warning

I've double checked Snopes on this one.

Please share this with all the pet owners you know and ask them to do the same - the information you take a few minutes to share might prevent the senseless loss of other pets.

Please tell every dog or cat owner you know. Even if you don't have a pet, please pass this to those who do.


*Snopes site gives the following information:http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/cocoamulch.asp *

Cocoa Mulch, which is sold by Home Depot, Foreman's Garden Supply and other Garden supply stores contains a lethal ingredient called 'Theobromine'. It is lethal to dogs and cats. It smells like chocolate and it really attracts dogs. They will ingest this stuff and die.

Theobromine is in all chocolate, especially dark or baker's chocolate which is toxic to dogs. Cocoa bean shells contain potentially toxic quantities of theobromine, a xanthine compound similar in effects to caffeine and theophylline.


Just passing it along. --Heather

Otter Love....

This is Slidel, a favourite of ours @The Ecotarium.org He has the coolest habitat. He has many holes to climb in and around on, a big tank for swimming, and a little pond too. He also has a waterfall and I've seen him go under it once or twice. He's a groovy lil' fella. He also knows his "name" or at least he knows when it's used to come out for his dinner. :) He's a wonderful little animal to watch play. So cute, but he was lonely.

Slidel the Otter crop (wm)



This is Ariel. Late last year, they adopted a new friend for, Slidel. She was named Ariel by a local friend. I didn't win the competition. I came up with Sookie for a name. Gilmore Girls' fans will know what I mean. At first she and he fought each other, but now they are the best of friends. She follows him whenever he hears his name. So I was able to get to see them. Sometimes they hide in their burrows. I would sadly leave with my kids. Til one day I called him, and they both came out & gave us quite a show.

Slidel's new love interest, Ariel..


We love going to see them. They are so much fun. I sell a photo of Slidel in my 3 Am Art Productions shop over on Etsy. But, I'm not 10000% sure I really like this one of Ariel when it's printed. Looks like an excuse to go visit them again is looming.

Thanks for looking! XOXO Heather :)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Green Chicky Pin for Easter!

Green Easter Chicky Pin


Made from Polymer clay, green ink & clearcoating for polymer & an enamel clearcoat paint for extra durability.

--Heather :)

Conserve-Preserve, Protect!

Global Changes

These quotes are from two men who are climate experts. One at least is dead since 1991. These folks who spent their entire careers trying to voice their knowledge and expertise on climate changes, and what will happen when it changes. Changes we have already seen happening here in the Northeast.

The time for action is now! We can't wait any longer.

--Heather

Ssssssssssssssssss......

Boy & Snake..


I see you. You see me. We both have a case of curiosity.



Curiosity

The Rat snake is almost albino. Which means in nature, it wouldn't last very long, since it's hiding abilities would be null and void. So it lives here with another rat snake, at the Ecotarium.org in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Rat snake

Snakes petrify me, but my son seems to love them. Especially after having 30 minutes viewing this guy. Both sons actually. They enjoyed watching this snake drink, and slither all over it's tank, and then it stuck it's tongue out at them. Hoots and hollers, and fits of giggles followed. Since there was a 2 inch piece of glass betweeen us, the snake couldn't smell us, so he came in for a closer looksee. A little too close for my comfort, but the glass held. ;) Afterwards I told the boys they could pick something out at the gift shop. I was thinking some of the shiny, sparkly rocks they sell there.

SNAKES.. were on the brain of course. So I was robbed. (Kidding, of course.)

Snake Boys!

So snakes are on the agenda now, to learn & view anything, and everything about. Lots of fun. Thank goodness for flickr.com TONS Of snake photos there. Amazing snake photos. We've been quite busy looking & learning all about them. So much fun!

Don't let a moment go by. Take every chance you can, to show your children nature, learning and make it fun. Even if the subject isn't your favorite, make it so. Any chance we as parents have to make the world a better place.. USE IT! Kids love learning and want to know it all. SO tell them & show them, and give them the best information you can find. You won't get another chance. NOW is the time!

XOXO --Heather :)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Taking a Facebreak

Those of you who do not know me in person, might not know that I'm a writer. IN addition to the etsy stuff, Mom stuff, Dog stuff, crafting stuff, arting stuff, photography stuff, that I do. I also write short stories at the current time, and am hoping to move towards the longer novel stuff in the future. Hopefully, sooner, rather than later. Seeing as how I have no patience at all, when it comes to this sort of thing. I want it done and done, NOW! ;) I've been working on the same topic for a blessed number of years. I think it's time to get it put together, manuscripted to coin a word, so I can work on some other things that I like even more, than this particular story. So I thought taking a Facebook break was a good idea last night. To focus my attention & time on the internet soley to my writing. My important, must do, has to be finished this year, or else writing.

By the morning's light, I have come to the gross realization that I now no longer have access to my 3 Am Art Productions page, also on Facebook.

Ya know what? It's not as if Facebook takes all that much time away from my writing. It just vacuums the ideas right out of my head, that I come up with on my own. I see all kinds of folks and I get lots more ideas seeing their pages. Not a bad thing altogether. Just don't have the paper, pens, typing ability to get ALL the ideas I come up with, onto paper or into the computer fast enough. Wish it would slow down just a smidgeon.

I love Facebook. I like my friends there, and the friends I've made there, especially the artists, and crafters and vegfolks.


Actually, I think it's searching & looking through etsy.com that wastes most of my time. Mostly looking at knitting items. Oh who am I kidding? I look at everything on etsy.com it's an addiction! SHHHHHHHH!!


--Heather :)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Thursday, March 18, 2010

An Easy Way to Try Tofu !

Alternate title: How to Get More Veggies Into Your Diet!

Or a Tasty Way to Try Tofu & Eat More Veggies!

Ok, enough of that title business, on to the directions. This is so simple, it's uncanny. Chop up the following vegetables & put them into a baking dish.

1 Bunch of Green Onions
1 Large Red Onion
1-2 Red Peppers
2 Cups of Green Beans
2 Cups of Carrot coins
2 Large Ripened Tomatoes
2 Cloves of Fresh Garlic

Then Dust the veggies with Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Salt, Pepper, Basil & Parsely. Let sit in the baking dish.



Step one: Chop veggies.
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You could stop now & add salad dressing and have a awesome salad.


Step two: put them into a baking dish.
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Some Veggy options, that you could include or opt to use instead: Mushrooms, Potatoes, Broccoli, Spinnach, Peas, Corn, or Edame. Mmm I can imagine red bliss potatoes with this.. YUM! Altho I'd think I'd rather make the bliss into roasted potatoes & spices. MMM, I might do that next.. would be delicious together. :)


Next step: take the tofu block and put it into a bowl. Break it up with a knife, fork or smash it with your clean fingers. Then use a whisk and beat on it some more. Add in the same spices & amounts you used to dust the veggies with. Maybe taste the tofu and see if you need more spices. I just go by taste for amounts. You could do the same or measure them out, if you like. Then place the tofu & spices into the blender, or a smoothie machine. Add a splash and a half of oil of your choice. I love vegetable oil or canola. But olive is a good choice too. Next add in some milk, just a splash or so. Hit frappe on the blender and blend until the tofu is smooth. Smoothness of pudding. Now taste the tofu. Does it need more spicing? If so do it now & mix it up again. When you're done take the tofu mixture. This is essentially tofu ricotta or tofu cheese, as my son calls it. Pour the tofu over the top of the veggies in the baking dish. Place in a 350*F oven and cook for 20 minutes with tin-foil on the top. After that take the cover off and cook an additional 30 minutes. Check it at the 15 minute mark. But let it go till the tofu mixture is set. It will be similar to scrambled eggs or a egg quiche when done. Texture will be similar too.


Step three blend a block of tofu with spices & oil to create tofu cheese.
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After baking it will look like this:


tofu veggy quiche



Time to dig in! Yummy! Enjoy, Heather :)

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sold For Charity To Help Haiti Relief Efforts

Loves the only house..

--Heather :)

Take Care of Your Freedom!

My Top 10 Favorite "Irish" Bands & Their Songs.

Now, Irish is being used loosely here. As the Drop Kick Murphys are from Boston. Flogging Molly is partially Irish, and some Californian as well, IIRC. So think Irish, not Ireland. This is probably self explanatory, but I love to digress. What can I say, Kasey Kasem is my hero. I used to listen to him EVERY Saturday as a kiddo and even later in life. So each song of course comes with a link to the song/video. Mostly because VIDEO Killed the RADIO Star. I'm an 80's child. Don't be a hater. I Live for music! I love music! I love to sing music. Used to be in the Glee club & I suffered Church sermons of MANY MANY Sundays, just to sing in the choir with the angels.


10. The Cranberies, Ode to my Family.

9. The Coors, Little Wing.

8. Sinead O'Connor, Mandinka.

7. Flogging Molly, Salty Dog.

6. Dropkick Murphys, For Boston.

5. Celtic Thunder, Ireland's Call.

4. Celtic Woman, The Call.

3. U2, All Because of You.

2.Flogging Molly with The Lightning Storm.




Finally, we have number ONE! Without any further ado or long winded Irish wording, The Dropkick Murphy's with Tessie!


Don't blame us if we ever doubt you
You know we couldn't live without you
Boston, you are the only only only
Don't blame us if we ever doubt you
You know we couldn't live without you
Red Sox, you are the only only only







Happy Irish music, Green beer, Guinness, Red Sox! Dropkicks! Boston, Saint Patrick's Day!


--Heather O'Connor :)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

LIME ORANGE LEMON

PIE! Yes PIE! Why pie? Because it's Pi day, of course! Incidentially, it's also Albert Einstein's Birthday! Happy Birthday Al!

Happy Pi Day!  Happy Birthday Einstein!

I took this recipe here, and changed it up some. For one I put it into a ROUND pan. HEY it's Pi day after all! For the crust I used coconut flour & rice flour, with flax seeds. I used the Earth Balance "butter" baking bars, a little sugar, a little vanilla and then followed the directions of pressing it into a pan (silicone) and baking it for about 12 minutes. Then letting it cool and then pouring the tofu/citrus juice pudding mix over the top & baking it for another 30 minutes or until the pudding is set. Instead of Key limes I used one orange, one lemon and several regular sized limes for the juice. I squeezed them by hand & got about a cup of juice this I added to the tofu. I couldn't find Silken tofu, so regular tofu was used, and the blender just processed it a touch longer, till it was smooth. Maybe 5-6 minutes total blending time. Sugar.. I used some fair trade sugar cane and a little sugar water I had made with it. Even after all of the sweetener, I still found the citrus to be quite tangy. NEVER fear Organic Powdered Sugar to the rescue! I just dusted a bit extra onto each slice of the Pi. Er, I mean Pie. ;)

It was Delicious! I did add the lime zest in for colouring & a little bit of green food colouring as well.

Sooo yummoooo! XOXO Heather :)

If You Wanna Wash Clothes...

Ya gotta make the soap. Well, at least in this house we do. Allergies, environmental and breathing reasons require it. Plus I also like NOT having to have the septic pumped ALL the time. Did you know that regular TIDE and Bleach products throw off the organisms in the septic tank? Every single bleach load kills off the good bacteria and make the septic system have to start all over again..... The more loads, the more likely you will have to sump tha pump much sooner. Those in the cities or attached to sewer, please breathe a collective {SIGH} of relief.

Making Soap

Now, I'm not big on recipes per se. Mostly cause I can never find the measuring spoons. ;) So use this following 'recipe' as a guideline to go by.


I use a 53 ounce or 1.5 Liter plastic tupperware type container. Plastic, wide lid with a cover. Into it I pour Borax till it fills up 1/4 of the container. Next I take one half of a large bar of Krugsecologic soap. Or one whole bar of Karramandi's soap. When I'm out of their fabulous soap, I use Tom's Of Maine, in Lavender. I grate the soap into the container till it's all shredded or a fine powder. After this I fill the container up to the top with Arm and Hammer Baking Soda. Last step take a spoon and stir all three ingredients together, and put the lid on the container and move on to my next chore. The LAUNDRY!

Making Soap closeup

Seen in the photo is a white demitasse cup, this is my "measuring" spoon. I use one demitasse per load. HUBBY'S clothes get a cuppa and a half if he's been working outside a lot or had to climb into no man's land AKA manholes. If whitener is needed or stronger stain remover use one cup of vinegar, or lemon juice to the load. Lemon juice is cheap, you can find it in stores, for about $2. IIRC my Dollar store even has it. This is soo wonderful for getting stains out & whitening white pants.


Enjoy, Heather :)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Drivers Needed in Massachusets!

Any chance you would be available to drive this leg tomorrow morning for 6 small dogs?

If so, please reply to this email or contact pat_mcnaughton@yahoo.com

LEG #3 / Chicopee , MA to Lee, MA 41.19 mi / 46 minutes

11:50 – 12:36
Patches - 15lb Rat Terrier Mix N/M, Dimples - 12lb Terrier mix N/M,
Shelly - 23lbs Beagle Mix S/F, Cooper - 24lbs Beagle Mix N/M, Jack -
12lbs Jack Russel Mix N/M, Andy - 8 lbs. Chihuahua Mix

***Driver #1 -- NEEDED***


Please do not contact me. Contact the above email address.

Thanks, Heather :)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Well That Was a Short Break..

NOT!

Just a post about my Homework that I'm doing. I missed class last night. THANKS to my KIDDO for getting an ear infection. ;) Eh well.. this is the "class work" I missed. Now, I'm doing it at home. Feels just like I never left College.

Write an 8-20-sentence description of person you are seeing for the first time. Pure description and thoughts. No dialogue. You are:
§ a student in a class
§ a patient at a doctor’s office
§ a person waiting to be interviewed for a job
§ about to meet a person you arranged a date with via computer matching
§ in church, seeing the new pastor for the first time

Write 8-20 lines of dialogue between two people on a train, plane, bus, subway car, ferry, or in a car that tells about who these people are. Make sure we know what kind of transportation they are on, but do not use the words “train”, “plane”, “bus”, “subway”, “ferry”, or “car”. Reveal:

§ their names
§ where they are from and where they are going (or where you think they are from and where they are going)


Sounds like fun, can't wait! Just wish I didn't have a dizzy head swimming all around the place, and could concentrate on this..


---Heather :)

Monday, March 8, 2010

Writing..........



I'm probably going to be busy with writing a lot in the next few months. However, it won't be here very often. I'm taking a writing course. It's really giving me a lot of needed help. If I get anywhere with it I will defenitely be celebrating. Hopefully by buying something I'd really love to have, but will likely keep under lock and key. One item shown above. This pink typewriter. Isn't it adorable? I'd adore a pink one. You can take it from under me, if you're quick. It's in this shop here. Man is it sooooo cute.


See ya in a month or so. Probably less time. I don't knowwhat it's like going through withdrawals of blogging. So, we shall see.

Till I blog again, Heather XOXO :)

Happy 5th Birthday Roosky!

Roosky's 5th Birthday Cake

Roosky's 5th Birthday Cake 2010! Happy Birthday my dear, sweet son!

Decorated with Orange (vanilla flavoured) Cream cheese frosting on a gluten free chocolate vegan cake. His choice. I thought he was going to pick vanilla cake, but no! Apparently chocolate is the flavour of choice here. We use some plastic animals we had to decorate the top, rather than buying more plastic junk for cake decorating. He chose a frog, a centipede and a hippo. Kind of like my vegan cake I made for my birthday last year. Seen here: www.flickr.com/photos/aktie9/3755592441/in/set-7215762179. The circle, from the bundt form is sposed to resemble a tyre from a car, it's a car geek thing, also tradition please, don't ask.


XOXO Heather :)

Friday, March 5, 2010

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Spring Sale !

I can SEE you, Spring! I can tell your not too far away! Come, come quickly now, come out and we will play!


Purple flowers and sky above

Use this CODE: Springhassprung in my Etsy shop & get 20% off of any order. Just place the code in notes to seller, and I will refund it from paypal. OR you can convo me on etsy prior to ordering & I will deduct it & set up a special order. Whatever makes it easiest for you.


Enjoy & {fingers crossed} for the snow to keep melting!


XOXO Heather :)

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