GROWING YOUR OWN GREEN ONIONS EASILY

Green Onion Sprouts
Green Onion Sprouts

With the growing concern of genetically modified foods (GMOs) that are known to cause diseases like diabetes, kidney failure, cancer, respiratory problems to name a few, I am very concerned about what the FDA is allowing to be put into our food.  So, I set out to find out more about growing my own vegetables.

In my research I found this really neat thing.

You can take scallions ( green onions) and chop the green off and let the roots re-hydrate by soaking in  water overnight and planting OR just amazingly leave them grow in water that you change everyday. Just enough water to cover the roots. Whats even more amazing is the rate at which they grow!

The photo I have displayed is only four days growth. If you look closely you can see where I had cut the stalks off four days before. AMAZING! I hope that you will give this a try the next time you purchase some. Rather than discard the roots and white bottom part,  just set in a cup with just enough water to cover the roots. Even if you don’t put in dirt, they will grow at this fast rate.

Not only will you be fascinated with the growth rate but you’ll save a bit of money too. Just cut off stalk  again and it’ll keep regrowing. Somewhere I read this only occurs for four times but I’ve had them regrowing after that. Have a blessed day!

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REINDEER FLOWER POTS

 photo to be downloaded soon

MATERIALS:
1.SMALL CLAY FLOWER POTS
2. WHITE ACRYLIC CRAFT PAINT (glossy or flat your choice)
3. RED ACRYLIC CRAFT PAINT (or what color you wish your scarf to  be but remember, you will  need red for reindeer tongue if you choose to have open mouthed smile).
4. BLACK ACRYLIC CRAFT PAINT (for eyes )
5. TAN OR LIGHT BROWN ACRYLIC PAINT
6. SMALL PAINT BRUSH ( I used 1/4 inch angular shader brush)
7. LARGER HANDLED PAINT BRUSH (to make eyes) OPTIONAL
8. TOOTHPICK OR WOODEN SKEWER ( for eyebrows and dotting eyes)
9. GLUE GUN AND GLUE STICKS ( you can use regular household glue but I find it messy and takes longer to dry. ) CHILDREN SHOULD NOT USE HOT GLUE TO AVOID BURNS. 10. POM POMS ( the color of your choice for ear muffs)
11. PIPECLEANERS  the color of your ear muff Pom Poms. (May use black if you don’t have ones the same color )
12. RED OR BLACK POM POM (for reindeer nose)
13. DARK BROWN PIPECLEANERS (for reindeer antlers.
14. PAPER OR OLD PLASTIC LID (for putting paint on)
15. GOOGLE EYES (optional)
 DIRECTIONS:
1. Take clean clay flower pot and paint tan or brown on top and sides to the rim of flower pot. Do not worry if you get some on the rim as you will be painting that a different color.( I personally prefer a lighter shade of brown so that reindeer antlers are a better contrast)

2. After you are satisfied with the coverage of the coats of tan paint, let dry.

3.  Begin  painting the scarf color on the rim .(I found it easier to hold my other hand inside flower pot and turn as I painted). Paint till you have the coverage that you like .

4. Turn the flower pot upside down and set down as you would a normal flower pot, so you can paint the very edge of the rim with the scarf color and let dry.

5. Put a little white paint on a piece of paper or old plastic lid  and dot the back of  small paintbrush handle into paint then dot scarf  all the way around . If you want scarf to have hearts rather than dots,  you put two dots side by side and pull down with brush handle to connect dots at bottom to form hearts. Set pot aside to let dry thoroughly.( If you are not sure you can evenly space, start with entire front first then sides. This will ensure any uneven spacing will be in the back and not visible.)

6.  Once it has completely dried, if you are not using google eyes,  put small amount of black paint onto paper or old plastic lid and take back of  small brush handle and dip into black paint to dot eyes. Then in a circular motion you draw eyes the circular size you wish them to be OR  use larger handled brush to make dots for eyes.
(It helps to tap onto paper or lid (one time only) if you have too much paint on handles end.  It will make perfect circles. Let eyes dry,  lying flower pot on its side flat. I achieved this by resting into an old crumpled towel to keep pot straight and avoid eyes from dripping.)

7. Once eyes are dry , dip end of small paint brush into black paint and  mark
where smile will end on each side. Then make a semicircle smile or make an open mouth to show tongue and/ or teeth. Let dry completely resting again on towel to keep straight while drying.

8. Paint nose red or black if you have no pompoms. (Pom poms look nicer though because they give dimension to your reindeer.)

9. Once eyes are completely dry, if you have not opted to use google eyes,  dip pointy end of toothpick into white paint  place dot or apostrophe shape ( ‘)  into eye in same place on each eye to mimic shine. Let dry.

10. Dip pointy end of skewer into black paint n draw eyebrows. Again, place onto towel to keep straight till dry.

11. Then take toothpick, dip into red paint and make tongue inside open mouth if you chose to have open mouth reindeer smile. Once that has been laid flat to dry, you can then add teeth if you so desire.

12. Insert 2 dark brown pipecleaners  into hole of pot  and bend inside of pot. Then pot some hot glue on end of skewer to place under bent pipecleaners so they may stick to pot. Bend antlers as desired.

13. Hot glue ear muff colored pipecleaner across top of flower pot hole and down side to where your Pom Pom earmuffs  will be.

14. Hot glue ear muffs where they should be.

15. Hot glue google eyes in place. I found it easier and less messy to put tiny glue dot or tiny dab of hot glue on back of  google eye and place onto pot. Remember, just tiny amount so that when you press google eye into place, no glue will be seeping out from around eyes .

 VARIATIONS :
You can personalize reindeer by dipping skewer into black paint and putting name or greeting  across front of scarf.
Have a blessed day!

LADY BUG PEBBLES

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Before eye placement . Click to enlarge

YOU WILL NEED:

1. Something to protect your work surface
2. Old jar or plastic cup to hold water to wash brushes
3. Paper towels to dry brushes
4. Flat pebbles
6. Small google eyes
7. White craft paint for ladybug dots ( or can make dots black)
8. Small handled paint brush
9. Medium sized paint brush
8. Red or reddish orange craft paint or color of your choice
9. Black craft  paint. This is used for ladybug head and face and to paint line separating wings.
( If you are unable to make straight line with paint brush, you may use black sharpie marker)
10. Small google eyes ( can use awhite dot of paint with smaller black dot in center if unable to find google eyes)

Wash and dry pebbles
Paint entire pebble red or color of your choice and let dry.
Paint head of ladybug black and let dry
Paint line in center of ladybug from head to back end of bug and let dry
Take small handled paint brush and dip into white paint n dot ladybug wings
(OPTIONAL Spray with clear spray paint to make your ladybugs paint last longer.)
After clear spray paint has dried,  carefully glue google eyes on.

FLOWER POT SNOWMAN

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Click image to enlarge

MATERIALS:

CLAY FLOWER POTS

WHITE ACRYLIC CRAFT PAINT (glossy or flat your choice)

ORANGE ACRYLIC CRAFT PAINT (for nose. You can mix yellow and red to make orange)

RED ACRYLIC CRAFT PAINT (or whatever color you wish your scarf to be)

BLACK ACRYLIC CRAFT PAINT (for eyes )

SMALL PAINT BRUSH ( I used 1/4 inch angular brush)

LARGER HANDLED PAINT BRUSH (to make eyes) OPTIONAL

TOOTHPICK OR WOODEN SKEWER ( for eyebrows and dotting eyes)

GLUE GUN AND GLUE STICKS ( You can use regular household glue but I find it messy and takes longer to dry. Adults beware: CHILDREN SHOULD NOT USE HOT GLUE TO AVOID BURNS. )

POM POMS ( the color of your choice)

PIPE CLEANERS  that are the color of your Pom Poms. May use black if you do not have the same color.

 

DIRECTIONS

1. Take clean clay flower pot and paint white on top and sides to the rim of flower pot. Do not worry if you get some on the rim as you will be painting that a different color.

2. After you are satisfied with the coverage of the coats of white paint, let dry.

3.  Begin  painting the scarf color on the rim . (I found it easier to hold my other hand inside flower pot and turn as I painted). Paint till you have the coverage that you like .

4. Turn the flower pot upside down and set down as you would a normal flower pot, so you can paint the very edge of the rim with the scarf color and let dry.

5. Put a little white paint on a piece of paper or old plastic lid  and dot the back of paintbrush handle into paint then dot scarf  all the way around . If you want scarf to have hearts you put two dots side by side and pull down with brush handle to connect dots at bottom to form hearts. Then let dry thoroughly. ( If you are not sure you can evenly space, start with entire front first then sides. This will ensure any uneven spacing will be in the back and not visible.)

6.  Once it has completely dried,  put small amount of paint onto paper or old plastic lid and take back of  large brush handle and dip into black paint to dot eyes. Then in a circular motion you draw eyes the circular size you wish them to be OR  use larger handled brush to make dots for eyes.

(It helps to tap onto paper or lid if you have too much paint on handles end.  It will make perfect circles. Let dry,  lying flower pot on its side flat. I achieved this by resting into an old towel to keep pot straight and avoid eyes from dripping.)

7. Once eyes are dry , dip end of small paint brush into black paint and  mark where smile will end on each side. Then make dots into semicircle smile. Let dry completely resting again on towel to keep pot straight while drying thus avoiding dripping.

8. Paint carrot nose by dipping skewer point into paint and drawing the carrot nose then fill in with skewer. Again rest into towel to keep straight and avoid dripping and Let dry completely.

9. Once completely dry, dip pointy end of toothpick into white paint  place dot or apostrophe shape ( ‘)  into eye in same place on each eye to mimic shine. Let dry.

10. Dip pointy end of skewer or toothpick into black paint n draw eyebrows. Again, place pot into towel to keep straight till dry.

11. Then take toothpick, dip into white paint dragging once onto lid or paper to remove blobs of paint n draw fine lines across top of carrot nose.

11. Hot glue pipe cleaner across top of head covering flower pot hole and down side to where your Pom Pom earmuffs  will be.

VARIATIONS :

1. Take twine or ribbon and loop through jingle bell and tie knot at bell and also at where it will be inserted into flower pot. Insert the loop  from inside of flower pot through flower pot hole for hanging. Knot will prevent it from coming all the way out of top so that bell can jingle inside. However, you may want to put a dab of hot glue around inside of flower pot around hole to prevent ribbon or twine from slipping back through from weight of jingle bell . I recommend doing this by first inserting ribbon then placing dab of hot glue on skewer n placing on top of knot. And pulling ribbon up on outside till knot touches pot on inside and hold till dry. This will avoid burns working in such small areas.

2. Secondly, you can personalize by dipping skewer into black paint and putting name or greeting  across front of scarf.