Sunday, March 22, 2015

Easter Nests!

It's that time of year again.  Time for Easter Nests! 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 



I love making these nests for Easter.  Everyone looks forward to them and they are so easy to make!




2 cups Mini Marshmallows
1/4 cup Butter (one stick)
4 cups of Chow Mein Noodles

 Jelly Beans, M&M's or Robin's Eggs to fill


 

 --This recipe makes about 12 nests.  If you want to make more, buy two bags of Chow Mein Noodles.  You'll have plenty of Marshmallows with one bag.


In 2 quart saucepan, melt the butter and marshmallows.  Stir until smooth.  Take off of heat and immediately add chow mein noodles.  Stir until coated with marshmallow/butter mixture. 


Use a very clean 12 count cupcake pan.  Rub butter in all cups.

 

Put butter on your hands.  Spoon the coated chow mein noodles in each cup, then use your hands to form it into  little nests. 






Put the cupcake pan in freezer for an hour or so (or even overnight).  To pop each nest out, I usually use a butter knife to gently pry it out.   I use parchment paper or wax paper between the plate and the nests so they don't stick.   Fill with candy and enjoy!

 




Sometimes I find the candies on the plate and the nests have all been eaten!  They are delicious.

 

 Thank you for your visit!

Pam


 

 



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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Guest Post--How to Add Value to Your Property



Today, I am welcoming Dakea.com with a guest post.
 
 
 
How to Add Value to Your Property!
 






Do you dream of moving up the property ladder to one day be able to have the home of your dreams? If yes, then read a few simple re-design, cosmetic enhancements tips and re-decoration tricks you could do to help you to increase the value of your property.






1. Skylights - increasing the amount to light coming in to your property through skylights could help and increase the feeling of space and make the dark spaces much more pleasant and light. Cleverly arranges and positioned skylights will also help to add drama to the room and the space.
 
 
2. Conservatory - adding conservatory will provide you with extra living space as well as add extra 4-5% value to your property. Space has overtaken location as the first and foremost concern for homeowners for the first time in years, according to new research by Rated People.
3. Bathrooms - ‘wet room’ look is currently in. It is a great way to save you a lot of space if you don’t have enough space for a bath, and will also make your property to have an ultra-modern feel. If you have enough space and would like to leave everything as it is then ensure that all of the taps are not leaking and are in a good condition, replace them if necessary as there’s nothing worse than a leaky tap. Invest in the heated chrome tower rail as it will add that warm and clean final touch to your property.






 


4. Kitchens - as for many kitchen is a heart of their home, ensure that your kitchen does not look tired and old. Don’t spend a huge amount of money on a new kitchen as the new buyer might rip it off and replace it with the kitchen to his/her taste. Instead see if you could update the cupboard doors or change handles. If the floor is worn out - then replace it with tiles or stone for better durability and look. Don’t use a black floor tiles as it will become a nightmare to maintain and clean. Beige or grey colours are the easiest to maintain and they look fabulous when it comes to selling your home. If tiles or stone is not your cup of tea, you have an open plan kitchen and you have a wooden floor then - just repair the damaged boards by replacing them with the new boards. This should be relatively inexpensive.





 


5. Lofts - estate agents love properties with converted lofts. Ensure there is enough head space and it has an easy access. Spiral stairs may look good but will be a nightmare when you are trying to get your furniture up the stairs. A solid access will definitely be the best way to go about it. If there is not enough head space - another way to improve your existing space could be removing the ceilings and exposing the roof beams. This is also adds a significant amount of head space in your property and create a very stylish and modern look.
 
 
 
6. Convert - the best bay to add extra square footage to the property is to add an extension, convert the loft or a basement as it is easier to build a space that you already have than to buy a new already converted flat / home. As you know - more square footage equals money.
7. Neutral & Well Done Paintwork - this seem like a simple step, however, so many get it wrong by personalising the paint to their tastes with bright colours and also not doing the job properly. Make sure the colours you are using are neutral so that the new buyer is able to easily image what living in your property would be like. Just because you love bright colours and patterns doesn't mean prospective buyers will. Also make sure that you don’t paint layer upon layer as it is easy to see on a closer inspection poorly done job. One thing is when the buyers are looking at the brochure and my not able to see the poor quality of paint work but remember they will see a botched job when they come in. Poor paint job or DIY will not be leaving a great impression. This could make the perspective buyer question what other defects the seller have tried to cover up. Remove the old partially worn out paint and repaint the surfaces.
8. Carpets - if you have carpets then ensure they are clean and have no stains. Again neutral coloured carpets help to visually create and open up more space in the property.
9. Floors - wooden flooring is often the feature that will appeal to just about everyone. Before you invest in one have a look if you already have one underneath the carpet.
10. Garden - ensure that all of the overgrown grass is cut, prune any overgrown trees, and fill old ponds. All of this could help to improve the views of open countryside and will add to the size of an existing lawn.

 

 

11. Driveway - first impression matters and by repairing / improving your old driveway you could improve the appearance of the property as well as add to its value.
12. Planning Permission - many don’t want to take a risk with planning permissions, which typically cost around £300 and could take a lot of time to get approved or may not get approved altogether. The easiest way to ensure that it will get a better chance to being approved is to look at the neighbouring properties as precedents.






Source: Zopa - Home Improvement Index - 2014/11/04

About the Author:
Dakea is a Roof Windows and Skylights manufacturing specialist with ISO Certified world class manufacturing facilities, guaranteed capacity and high quality of craftsmanship. Dakea’s experience and know how that comes from 60 years of roof window innovation, design and manufacturing experience which ensures customer satisfaction. For more information about the brand and the products please visit their website at http://dakea.com.


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Make a fun STATEment with Pillows

 
A friend gave me an Oregon dishtowel for Christmas with such detailed embroidery. 
 
 
 
 
I certainly didn't want to use it as a dishtowel.  So I made it into a pillow.  I ironed it, folded it in half and sewed the edges.  I left a few inches open and filled it with batting. 
 
And now I have a great Oregon pillow that will last for years!
 
 
 
 
 
So, I posted a picture of it on Facebook and a friend immediately called me and asked if I could make a pillow out of her identical towel, but hers is for South Carolina.  Of course I'd make her a pillow too.
 
 
 
 
I'll laugh if someone else comes to me with yet another state dishtowel to be transformed into a pillow.  :)
 
Thanks for your visit!
 
Pam








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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Where's the Fire?



For Christmas I found an old fire extinguisher for my husband.  He was very excited!  He's been wanting to redo one for awhile and this was a neat old one. 

So here is the 'before' when I bought it from eBay. 




And after a lot of cleaning and polishing, here is the after!  Beautiful!  He was hoping to put it upstairs in his ManCave, but I talked him into leaving it in the living room.



So, he needed one for his ManCave...


This week, I found this one on our local Craigslist.  At first I wasn't sure, as it had the blue top, but he thought it'd be a good candidate for a redo.









And he was right!  Another beauty!  This one doesn't have the detailed raised letters like the other one, but it is still very neat.  And the formerly blue top is now a beautiful, cleaned and polished bronze.

 



We love the look of them! 
Thanks for your visit.



Pam





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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Have You Discovered Build.com?

I recently discovered the site Build.com.  Wow!  They have everything!  It is definitely my new favorite site! 
 
We put a pool table in our Game Room a couple of months ago and are looking for a light to hang over it.  I was so impressed with the selection I found at Build.com.  I found a fixture that I thought might work.  I had some questions, so used their chat button and within seconds, I had a live person on the other end to answer me! 

What I really found helpful on their site is that the available quantities were listed right with the product.  I was able to see that they had 19 fixtures in stock and yes, it could be shipped in 1-2 days.
 
 
 
 
Besides the lighting, there are a TON of choices for everything from bathroom fixtures to tools to appliances to flooring.  Oh my gosh, they really do have everything! 
 
I like that their price is listed, the Retail Price is listed, Shipping is clearly stated (free for this item!) and the date when it'll ship is all right there before I even add it to my cart.
 
 
 
There's even a spot on each item that lists their phone number, a link to their email as well as a Live Chat link.  Now that's Customer Service.  :)
 
 
 If you're looking for anything for your home, I would suggest checking out Build.com!    
 
 
Thanks for your visit!
 
Pam

 
 
 
I was given a product from Build.com.  All opinions are my own.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

New Stairs for the New Year

 
 
My husband can make just about anything and has become quite the craftsman at making wooden stairs.  He's made them for our last two houses, this house and a friend's house.  Earlier this year, he made them for the staircase going up to the ManCave.  Over Christmas, he made these for the stairs going down to the basement. 
 
 
Previously we had carpet on the stairs, but with the kids living at home as well as their friends going up and down on beige carpet, it really took a beating.  When we had the carpet cleaner here this summer, he told us either the stairs would be beautiful or they'd be ruined by what he was doing to them.  Well, they were ruined, which was fine because I've got the husband who can fix that.  :)
 
 
 
 
 
I've learned that any project done with power tools in the house will make a mess.  Putting this plastic up helped keep the mess contained.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This set of stairs had some unique angles that required lots of his skill!  Also, he was able to match the stairs perfectly to the walnut in the rest of the house!
 



 
We've finally smartened up and kicked the kids out of the extra garage so now he has a spot to leave his woodworking during the work weeks. 





 
 
 
 
 
He used the same pattern for this landing as the other landings he's made recently.  I love it!
 
 
 
 
 
It is so nice to have another project done! 
 
Thanks for your visit!
 
Pam
 
 
 
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