Monday, May 25, 2015

JARDLE Soy Candles - Review

I'm so excited to introduce you to a lovely lady - Margaret Agha.  She makes JARDLEs - these scented soy candles in jars!  She started making them for her families use.  Then one day her husband made the logo and suggested that she start her own line of exclusive soy candles. 
She found me on Etsy (her shop HERE) and messaged me via facebook about doing a review of her candles - of course I said, "yes!"  The box arrived with these four candles and her brochure explaining what goes into her candles. 
First, I was impressed with the scents - lovely and true to the names listed.  I loved them all ; )  I was pleased with the selection she put in my box: hydrangea, citrus sage, mango tangerine, and hazelnut coffee. 
So, I thought, "Oh goody, I'll try one of these favor sized candles and see how long they burn."  The brochure said "long burning soy", so I thought, "Great.  Maybe it will last for the afternoon"  I've had candles of a similar size before, they're usually good for 2-3 hours. 
Well, this candle burned all last afternoon and then again this morning...5-6 hours, and it's only half way burned!  I'm impressed, and glad too because, I really like the scent of this one ; )  So, I give these candles a thumbs-up. Five stars. 10 out of 10.  And 'highly recommended'!

So, if you please, take a look at her shop HERE.  She has a great selection of sizes and a wide variety of scents.  Her candles are non-toxic low melt point soy wax and lead free cotton wicks.  She'll even refill the empty jars!  I noticed she has citronella candles - great to keep away bugs this summer.  And, she has pure vanilla extract too.  

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Homemade Checker Board

We needed a checker board.  I had an old square wood picture frame.  My Dad glued a piece of wood in it for me.  I painted it.  We saved our Soda bottle caps - I like IBC and my Babe likes mountain dew.  Now we have a one-of-a-kind, all wood, custom design checker board ; )

Monday, May 18, 2015

Study in Violet

All of these violets grow around my house...I've never been able to pull them out as weeds, so they grow among all the other flowers!  There's the regular violet, white with violet veins, a dwarf white with violet veins, white with rose veins, and one called "freckles"...  There's a rare yellow violet that grows in the woods (I saw one once) that I'd love to have.  And, my pride and joy would be to have a bi-colored bird's foot violet someday!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Evening Pear Blossoms

 My Pear tree is in bloom!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Spring Yard

All the seedlings are out in the potting shed - I brought them out after April 15th - they're loving the warmth and sunshine!  It's mostly tomatoes this year.  Everything else can be directly sewn in the garden when it's warm enough.

The clematis (climbing up the corner of the potting shed) is in bud and will bloom beautifully this year!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Homade Corn Chips and Roasted Sweet Pepper Hummus

Fast, easy, healthy - what more can you ask for - oh, yes, and delicious!!!  Homemade hummus with roasted sweet peppers and onions.  Homemade corn chips.  So good!
The green pepper doesn't look as pretty as red, but it tastes great - so if the green color turns you off, just imagine how red peppers would look instead.   I used this basic hummus recipe: HERE
The corn chips I made out of corn tortillas: cut up, spray with olive oil, sprinkle with seasoned salt, bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until crispy.  The boys said they're just like the chips from our favorite mexican restaurant!
It's a great snack for the boys, or a lunch for me, with a seltzer water and fresh vegetables on the side.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Machine Test

A friend has loaned me her machine to try.  It was one she seldom used herself.  It's a very unique machine!  It's a whole "sewing station" with places for all your thread, bobbins, extra parts, tools, etc.  It's all mechanical/no computer (which I like).
After I worked out the user errors - threading properly etc. it looks like it will work.  The real test is button wholes!
Do any of you have this machine (Euro-Pro X 416) and have any tips/cautions for me?
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