Indoor Tulips

10047_466981660041646_1905416083_nIndoor Tulips . . .

Step 1 – Fill a glass container about 1/3 of the way with glass marbles or decorative rocks. Clear glass will enable you to watch the roots develop . . .

Step 2 – Set the tulip bulb on top of the marbles or stones; pointed end UP. Add a few more marbles or rocks so that the tulip bulb is surrounded but not covered (think support). . .

Step 3 – Pour fresh water into the container. The water shouldn’t touch the bulb, but it should be very close, so that the roots will grow into the water. . .

Step 4 – Put the container in a dark, cool room where the temperature is between 40 and 45 degrees F (your garage or attic maybe?). Check the container occasionally and if necessary, add water to bring the level up. Be sure the bulb doesn’t actually sit in the water, because the bulb will rot. . .

Step 5 – Move the container to a sunny window sill after it’s been in the dark for a minimum of 12 weeks. If you can leave it for 16 weeks, the blooms will be even larger. The tulips will bloom within a month.

Keepsake Stone

With a grandchild on the way I find myself thinking back to my kids growing up and wish we had preserved so much more of their creations and developments then we did. The notebooks full of their art, awards, programs, school work, report cards and such are wonderful to have. But I miss their tiny little feet and hands and wish I could go back and hold them once again. I found this recipe to make a stone for impressions of a loved ones hands and feet or impressions of keepsake like keys or jewelry etc. It made me wish we had done something similar to preserve the size of our precious little ones. Tell us how this project goes if you do one…. would love to see pictures.

Not Just Your Ordinary Thumbtack

Find the average office box store thumbtacks just a little to ordinary? How about a quick sprucing up with some findings you probably already have and some epoxy glue.

Some ideas include:

-Buttons

-Jewelry Findings

-Small stones or pebbles

-Small antique door knobs

-Other

Just clean the top of thumbtack with alcohol and do the same to the part of the item to be glued to the thumbtack to ensure a clean gluing. Use of epoxy is suggested, however, goop or super glue can be used for some items.

Enjoy your new addition to your bulletin board…. it will show your personality and uniqueness by adding charm or flare to an area of your home that is surely busy. I hope this brings a smile to your face every time you see your little creations.