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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Michigan Bulb - Free Shipping Code, No Minimum Order

As you probably already know, I am a huge fan of Michigan Bulb Company.  They have great prices and a lifetime guarantee on their plants.  I received a couple of great coupon codes in my inbox, and I wanted to share them with you.

Free Shipping on Any Michigan Bulb Order - No Minimum  (Expires 12/31/2011)
Enter Coupon Code: 0820062 

Save $20 off your purchase of $40+ or Save $40 off your purchase of $80+ (Expires 12/31/2011)
Enter Coupon Code: 0820063

Note: To take advantage of any future coupon codes, you can always sign-up for free email alerts on their website.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Recycled Magazine Makeup Brush Holder

Photo: Recycled Magazine Makeup Brush Holder

I finally got around to trying that recycled magazine project I blogged about earlier this year.  I decided to create a makeup brush holder by using pages from my Glamour magazine to decorate a tin can.  It was a lot easier than I thought, and it took me less than a couple of hours to complete this project.  Continue reading to see step by step instructions on how to create this makeup brush holder.


  • Scissors
  • Magazines
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Tape
  • Rubberband
  • Tin Can (cleaned and dried)
  • Elmer's Glue
  • Glue Gun

  1. Tear out pages from your magazine that has a lot of pretty colors, prints, text and/or images. 
  2. Measure your tin can's height.  Then cut strips from magazines that are the same height.  For example, my tin can was about 4.5" so I cut sheets of paper that had a height of 4.5".     
  3. Then lay a single sheet down, and fold the rough edge of the paper about 1/4" so that you have a straight edge.  Then take the pencil and roll it so that the magazine wraps around the pencil.                                           

  4. Secure the tube with a small piece of tape (i.e., about 1/4" of tape).  Repeat this process until you have enough tubes to surround the entire tin can.                                                                                   
  5. Wrap the rubber band around the tin can.  Then slip the tubes of magazines under the rubber band to see if you like your design.                                                                       
  6. Plug in your glue gun, and place two droplets of glue at the top and the bottom of the can (See Photo with yellow stars below).  Then place the first tube down.  Make sure that it is align with the bottom of the can.  Then place a thin layer of glue on the side of the tube (See Photo with pink start below).  Place another thin layer of glue on the tube, and then place two more droplets of glue on the can.  Then secure with another tube.  Repeat this process to the end. Secure with a rubber band until project dries. 

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Winter Gardening in California

I love California for many reasons, but one of them is being able to garden throughout the winter!  Here are some of the things still growing in the garden in December:

Photo: Romaine Lettuce

Photo: Bok Choy

Photo: Mustard Greens

Photo: Cilantro

Photo: Salad Greens going to seed

Photo: Bell Pepper

Photo: Fennel going to seed

Photo: Tomato seedlings planted in late summer

Photo: Scallions (Green Onions) going to seed

Photo: Pineapple plant grown from planting pineapple head

Photo: Lemon grass shoot given to me by a friend

Our zucchini plant was also still producing zucchini, but I uprooted it because the zucchini were small.  Carrots, onions, shallots and garlic are also still growing as well as sage, English thyme, lemon thyme, rosemary, parsley, and oregano.  Our lime tree is still flowering and setting tiny fruit.  

In general, the plants are growing at a much slower rate.  I think next year I will try row covers or set up cold frames to see if that will improve growth.    

Monday, December 12, 2011

Harvesting Tarragon Seeds

Photo 1: Flowering Tarragon Herb

Photo 2: Tarragon Seeds (left); Tarragon Flower Heads (right)

Tarragon is an herb with a licorice-like taste.  The plant produces yellow flowers that eventually develop seeds.  See Photo 2 above.  To get the seeds, just break the dried flower heads.  The black slivers are tarragon seeds.