Project & Pinterest – Headache Salve and Tin

I kid you not…I have pinned thousands of items on Pinterest. If I live for another 300 years I still would never have enough time to do all the projects I’ve pinned.

Last night, through Pinterest, I came upon a recipe for headache salve from the blog Confessions of an Overworked Mom. Her recipe and instructions are easy and the salve turns out great. Combine coconut oil and a few drops of essential oils in a glass bowl and gently heat over a bowl of hot water. The gentle smell of the salve is comforting.  Massaged into your temples when you have a headache, or an overload of stress, would bring some natural, non-chemical relief. Check out Overworked Mom’s post for step-by-step instructions.

I combined making the headache salve with a project. I upcycled an old Altoid tin I had on hand into a pretty container for the salve.


Before you make the salve, prepare your container. Wipe out an Altoid tin with a soft cloth or napkin. You will also need a thin piece of cardboard and a picture or design of some kind. I used a page from an old Mary Engelbreit calendar.


Trace the shape of the tin top onto a piece of thin cardboard. I used a piece of an old tissue box.


Cut out the cardboard, about an 1/8 of an inch smaller than the traced line. I wanted the pretty color of the Altoid tin to frame the finished picture.


Trace cardboard shape onto the back of the picture or design you have chosen to use. Make sure you have half an inch of extra paper for wrapping around the edge of the cardboard.


Clip the edges of this excess paper to the line you traced. I used Mod-Podge to glue the picture to the cardboard, wrapping the excess paper around the sides and gluing them to the back of the cardboard.


I used non-toxic glue to attach the picture to the top of the tin, and applied a thin coat of Mod-Podge to the picture to waterproof it. Let tin dry completely before adding salve.


I filled the tin with the liquefied headache salve. In the coolness of the house it quickly hardened. In the summertime you will need to store the tin in the refrigerator. Coconut oil liquefies in the heat of the summer.


I’m pleased I finally got around to making use of one of my Pinterest pins. Give the salve a try. You don’t need to make a fancy container, any tin or jar will do.

The salve would make a nice Christmas present for someone who appreciates handmade gifts. One caution…if the coconut oil becomes warm it WILL liquefy again. Keep in a cool spot. A little dab is all you need to massage into your temples.

* Look up upcycling altoid tins on Pinterest if you want to be amazed and inspired. You will quickly realize why I’ve pinned projects by the thousands. Oh the fun you can have with what others consider a piece of trash.

Planting – Tulip Bulbs


I purchased tulip, daffodil and hyacinth bulbs in the Autumn months, when they were placed on clearance. My grandsons and I planted the daffodils in pots of dirt and placed them in the refrigerator. Later, when winter arrived, they were moved into the garage. These flowers are now growing and are near blooming. This week we turned our attention to the tulip bulbs. Put to bed for three months in the refrigerator, with only a plain brown lunch bag for protection, the bulbs had already begun sprouting when we released them from their cold confinement.


I had come across a beautiful picture on Pinterest of tulip bulbs growing in a glass container. I thought we could create a version of our own. Into a tall glass vase, we placed some glass pebbles, added the bulbs, and poured in enough water to barely cover the bottom of the tulips. This is where the roots will form. We will need to keep a daily watch so the water level does not fall too low.


I’ll post an update on the tulips as they grow. Happy gardening!


Pinterest – Pinterest Tag


I love Pinterest. For those of you who might not be familiar with here is a description courtesy of Wikipedia: Pinterest is a pinboard-style photo-sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, and hobbies. Users can browse other pinboards for images, “re-pin” images to their own pinboards, or “like” photos.

I must admit, I visit Pinterest at least once a day and often more than once. I like to see what other people are “pinning” and I like to “pin” myself. I’ve begun playing a little game on Pinterest, perhaps I am not the first, but it goes something like this. After I “Pin” an item to my own boards, I follow the lead of a Pinterest box that pops up that is labeled: “also pinned to…” I click on that board and browse it a bit, eventually pinning something from it onto my own boards, again, an “also pinned on,” box appears and once again I follow, what I call the Pinterest Trail. It’s a fun game and it has brought to me many ideas, a few of them life-altering. I have found health tips, amazing recipes, good ideas for emergency preparedness, and hundreds upon hundreds of gardening tips and techniques. In short, my lists and boards are long. Check out the Pinterest site here: Pinterest

I will never in a million years be able to try all the pins I have chosen, but oh the fun and daydreams I have had about some of the amazing pins I have selected to view. If you have a few moments, try my Pinterest tag game. Happy Pinning to You!

Below this post you can find a link to follow me on Pinterest. This will let you check out all my boards and choices.

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Plant Tips – Growing Squash Upright

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I find squash and zucchini blossoms beautiful. Even better is the fact that a delicious vegetable will grow after the blossom falls away from the plant. Squash plants take up a large amount of room in the garden. Since I grow my vegetables in the Square Foot Gardening method I don’t want to give up many squares to one plant. I was happy this year to find some good information on Pinterest that led me to good articles on how to grow squash upright. Here are a few of my finds:

Growing Winter Squash and Pumpkins

Growing Squash

Square Foot Gardening Squash Tips

Happy Gardening!

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Pinterest, Pots and Pans – Penguin Appetizers


These adorable penguin appetizers were a big hit at Christmas dinner yesterday. Peel and cut carrots into medallions, cut a notch out of each medallion for the feet which automatically creates a beak to place in the large end of a small pitted black olive. Using a large pitted black olive, cut a small slit in the front, open and place about a quarter teaspoon of cream cheese inside. (I used the already softened variety of cream cheese in a tub)  It helps if you shape the cream cheese a bit on a plate or wax paper before you place it inside the olive. Take a toothpick, insert through head, into the larger cream cheese body and into the feet with the notch pointing frontwards. So easy, not expensive, and so much fun!!!

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I wish I had taken a photograph of my little flock,  but in the busyness of the day became distracted and forgot. They are even cuter when you have a dozen or more standing at attention on a serving plate.

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Preparedness and Pinterest – Gathering Knowledge

I’m using a cropped section of the sky before Hurricane Sandy struck to remind everyone to take stock of what you have and what you would do in the event of a crisis. On my Pinterest site I have gathered together quite a few good information sites. Click on the link below to be taken to this section of my Pinterest boards. To use the site, click on an block of interest. This will take you to another block, click on this block too. You should be taken to a blog or Internet site with the information you are seeking.

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Problem-Solving – Storing Garden Seeds

Garden seeds can stay viable for years. Between what I don’t use in a season, and what I collect from my plants at the end of the season, I have dozens of seeds to store. A good tip for organizing seed packets is place them in a CD case. This is working great for me. Now the only problem I have is how can I store this in the refrigerator? Cool conditions will keep the seeds alive even longer. I think I will search out one of the over-sized ziplock bags I use for vacations and place the case in one of those. This should enable me to store the seeds inside the fridge without damage to the CD case or seeds.

Another tip that will make an individual seed packet easier to find is to number the pages in the CD case. By doing this I can make an alphabetized index of my seeds and find them in just a moment instead of flipping through each page.  I came across this great tip on the Pinterest site. You can follow me and check out the whole site by clicking on the link below.

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Play and Pinterest – Magnifying glasses and Painting Feet

I know I’ve mentioned it before, and I’m sure I will mention it again, but one of my favorite sites on the Internet is Pinterest. I have found so many good ideas there for fun projects and activities to do with my grandsons. Here is a link to my Grandkids Fun board.

Pinterest Link: Grandkids Fun on PINTEREST

We’ve been working on creating pictures using paint on their feet. It’s a “ticklish” business and so much FUN!!!


The beginnings of “Butterflies.”

Pinterest Project – Egg Garden

I know I have said it in several posts, but I can’t get enough of Pinterest. I like to blog about the projects I have completed as a direct result of inspiration from Pinterest and the blogs I find through the site. This project was originally from the blog of Lilliedale. Click on the link: Lilliedale to go to directions for this sweet little Spring decoration. It was easy to do, but if you create this craft with children I think it is a project for five plus years. The eggshells are delicate and easily broken and toddler fingers would have a hard time putting the entire project together.

I used brown eggs and a cardboard egg container with foam on the bottom to protect the carton from water. The banner is made out of scraps of things I had around the house: plastic drinking straws, garden string and paper scraps.  I planted cat grass and it grows very quickly. I mow it quite frequently with a pair of scissors.   I water the small garden every other day a tablespoon at a time.

This craft cost almost nothing. You can use any type of seed you have on hand, or you can even gather some moss from your yard and plant that in the eggshells.