Friday, 29 August 2014

Simple Idea For Keeping Those Garden Hoses TIDY

Handy Hose Storage by re purposing an old bucket, simply screw  your bucket to a wall stud and wrap the garden hose around the bucket, drill a few holes on the underside so any water from the equipment can drain away and then store the sprinkler or sprayers inside the bucket.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Brownies Or Brownie Sundae Cups The Choice Is Yours

This is the best "from scratch" brownie that we've come across offering the perfect blend of decadent semi-sweet chocolate, a touch of butter and a melt in your mouth goodness you won't be able to resist!

You'll Need:

1/4 cup butter
6 oz semi sweet choc chips
3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs

Additional nuts and choc chips if you like

In a medium pot, melt butter and choc chips together on low. Stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in everything else till smooth. If you like add extra chocolate chips or nuts. Pour into 8x8 square pan that has been greased. Bake 25- 30 min. @ 350F omg! These are the best brownies!

To Turn these into Individual Sundae Brownie Cups:

Spray cups of a muffin tin w/ cooking spray, fill each 2/3rds full with brownie batter
Spray the second muffin tin w/ cooking spray & place on top of the first tin of brownies.
Place in the oven and bake, following your brownie recipe’s directions above.
After the bowls are completely cool, add a scoop of ice cream, top with chocolate sauce and sprinkles, and enjoy!

Note: Chocolate should always be melted over low heat to prevent scorching and/or separating.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Fabric Covered Flower Potz

                             Fabric Covered Flower Potz

When you start a garden, you may be shocked at how expensive decorative pots for your flowers can be. This is a quick and easy way to jazz up your flower pots with scraps of fabric. You could also use paper, just make sure you seal your pot well before planting.

To make these decorative pots you will need:

Plain Terra Cotta flower pots (Check Out The 2nd Hand Shop or $2 Shop)
Fabric scraps large enough to cover the surface area of your pot
PVA glue
A paint brush or sponge to apply glue
Spray on clear coat
Paint and Ribbon to decorate pot rim (optional)

To start, I used a piece of plain copy paper to make a template for my fabric. I wrapped it around one of my pots, and pressed against the edge between the pot and the rim, and along the bottom edge of my pot. You will end up with an arc shaped piece of paper, kind of like a rainbow. Then, I used my template to cut out fabric for each pot.

Once the fabric is cut, apply some glue to your pot in a thin coat. Lay your fabric over the glue (I start in the center of my fabric to avoid spreading it out crooked or getting puckers and gaps in the fabric) and smooth the fabric over the glue. Make sure to get glue under all of your fabric so it sticks evenly.

Once all of my fabric was glued down, I applied another coat of PVA Glue over the top of my fabric. Allow this to dry completely. I found it very helpful that I only had fabric going up to the lower rim of the pot so I could rest the pots upside down to dry. I left mine overnight to make sure all the glue was dried completely.

Next, add ribbon, paint or anything else you might like around the rim of your flower pot. You could use chalkboard paint if you want to be able to label your pot year after year. Apply a clear coat to the final pot to seal it and you are ready to plant!

To create the arrangement I have here, I placed one of my pots on top of an old thread spool. :) Don't these look extra bright and cheery? I'm also a sucker for anything teeny tiny, these certainly fit the bill :) 

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Having Tremendous Fun With A Cheap Pool Noodle

Seen This Idea On The WWW And Wanted To Share It With You
Roll On Summer, This Looks Fun

In case you haven't noticed ... we love all the things you can make using inexpensive pool noodles. We purchase our foam noodles from the Dollar Store so they are the perfect go-to material when making something fun for the kids to do. Pool noodle crafts are great for outdoor summer fun games and activities and here at ZiggityZoom ... we are all about family fun!

We made this simple Water Sprinkler in a few minutes and the kids were delighted. You can either just lay it in the grass or hang it from a swing set or some similar high spot.

What You Need:
Foam pool noodle
Duct Tape
Skewer or Ice Pick

What to Do:
Puncture the pool noodle randomly around all sides of the noodle. The more holes, the better spray. Take note of the photo.
Stuff one end with a small piece of foam or plastic cap, then duct tape the end securely.
Decide where you would like to use the sprinkler. We tried it both on the ground and hanging from a swingset. The kids liked it both ways.
Position your hose and then slide the end of the hose into the foam noodle, pushing it in a few inches so it holds securely.
Turn on the hose and the fun will begin!

Friday, 8 August 2014

Need Outdoor Tables - Problem Solved

Great Idea for a Patio Bench, take 2 pallets, wash them, paint them, screw them together, top w/ 3 patio blocks and you have an instant patio table that's out of the way!

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

New Sandals & Cracked Heels - Problem Resolved Within 5 Days

Want To Wear Your New Sandals But your Heels Look Like This

You'll Need:

Rice (Plain white or brown)
Raw Honey
Apple Cider Vinegar

Olive Oil (or coconut oil)

Grind a handful of rice into a fine or slightly semi-coarse flour. We used the blender to grind ours, (pulse!) If you try to grind it too fine it'll clog your blender.. Add a Tablespoon (or 2) of RAW honey to the mixture along with just enough apple cider vinegar to obtain a thick paste.

If the cracks are very deep, add a spoonful of olive or coconut oil. 

Soak feet in very warm water for about 20 minutes. Then apply the paste liberally to the affected areas, gently massage the heals with paste. If you have a pumice stone, gently rub the heel to break up the dead skin and slough it off. Rinse with warm water.

Repeat daily for 3-5 days to see a massive improvement. Application of coconut oil in between treatments will help keep the heels soft and supple as well.

It is important to use RAW Honey which is unheated, unpasteurized, unprocessed honey.