The Bird House

December 10th, 2015 Posted in Avian Adventures, curiosities | No Comments »

My last trip to Cape May brought us to The Bird House of Cape May as we were making our way home after a very nice visit and needed vacation.  I picked up a couple of goodies while at the shop… a beautiful tasseled throw with impeccable weaving (on it was a calming beach scene and a sweet Adirondack styled chair) and a cotton nesting ball especially for my feathered friends.

My recent favorite has been Wild Birds Unlimited.  I usually frequent the Katonah-Bedford Hills, Westchester New York location.  They sell both supplies and bird themed gifts.  I bought most of my stocking stuffers there this season.  The prices tend to be mid-range.  I consider them a local treasure.  They have a number of other locations as well across the United States.  They have the best customizable bird feeding station I’ve ever seen!

*Photocredit: The Bird House of Cape May in NJ & Wild Birds Unlimited

Transforming into a My Little Pony…

January 28th, 2013 Posted in My Little Pony | No Comments »

Here are some sites which you might find helpful…

Etsy.com

Yandy.com

Rickys.com

Hue.com

Well, off to Canterlot we go!

*Photocredit: MLP Wiki and Google

 

My Favorite Gardening Supplies…

September 26th, 2012 Posted in accessories, Books, Cool Gadgets, curiosities, Home & Garden | No Comments »

I’m sorry I meant to post about my favorite gardening supplies (not all are necessities, some are frivolities) a lot sooner than this.  Well here we go…

  • Sphagnum moss cone-shaped hanging planters
  • Lined metal scrollwork window boxes
  • Trowel
  • Spade
  • Weeding fork & dandelion weeder
  • Bulb planter
  • Mister
  • Gardening shears/clippers
  • Flower/Rose cutters
  • MiracleGro
  • Plantone (fertilizer for all other plants other than evergreens)
  • Hollytone (fertilizer for evergreens)
  • Organic lime (I use this for my hydrangea)
  • Miracid (food for acid-loving plants)
  • Potting soil appropriate for the type of plant you are caring for
  • Mud Gloves
  • Suede leather gloves, preferably long gloves to handle thorny plants and to protect your forearms
  • Jute
  • Pretty porcelain pots of assorted sizes with matching drip trays
  • Plastic drip trays/dishes of assorted sizes
  • Collapsible leaf bins for e.g. Fall cleanup
  • Gardener’s tote by Smith & Hawken
  • Gardening supportive knee pad
  • Soil sifter
  • Scissors
  • White oil for gardening tool maintenance
  • Gardener’s Pamper Kits by Crabtree & Evelyn (cleansers, lotions, and other lovely things)
  • Inspiration:
  1. Words from the Garden: A Collection of Beautiful Poetry, Prose, and Quotations by Isobel Carlson
  2. Trugs, Dibbers, Trowels and Twine: and Everything Good about Gardening with Little Tips and Words of Wisdom and Inspiration on the Simplest of Pleasures by Isobel Carlson

 

What are your favorites?…..

 

P.S. Besides your local nurseries & garden centers, Home Depot, Target, and Terrain are also other great places to shop for gardening supplies.

 

*Photocredit: Various Sources: Amazon.com, Crabtree & Evelyn, Smith & Hawken

 

My Kitchen Necessities

September 6th, 2011 Posted in Cool Gadgets, Culinary, Home & Garden, Organization | No Comments »

Just a list of some kitchen necessities I cannot do without.  It really depends on how often you cook and what you like to cook; you may not need all these items.  This is simply food for thought…

  • slow-cooker
  • rice cooker or a small pot will do
  • electric kettle
  • rotating spice rack (if you work heavily with spices like me)
  • cooking set (non-stick and cast irons are great to have)
  • mortar & pestle
  • knife set (love Henckels)
  • kitchen shears
  • toaster oven
  • microwave oven
  • baking pans (including assorted shapes)
  • pyrex baking dishes (small & large)
  • roasting pan
  • pyrex measuring cups (love that they are see-through).  1 cup & 2 cups are very handy to have.
  • baking sheet
  • aluminum foil
  • seran wrap
  • wax paper
  • baking parchment
  • kitchen twine (for baking)
  • cheese cloth
  • casserole dish (corningware)
  • muffin & cupcake pan and wrappers/liners
  • colander (small & large)
  • wooden spoons & plastic cooking utensils (metal ones tend to damage pans)
  • stainless steel tongs
  • soup ladel
  • grater & zester
  • melamine mixing bowls (assorted sizes; they are lighter weight than glass ones)
  • countertop blender
  • hand-held mixer
  • dish rack
  • dishwashing sponges (plastic sponges for e.g. cast iron pans & O-Cel-O Scrub & Wipe Pads for everything else.  Love O-Cel-O; so sturdy for all the abuse they take!)
  • lighter
  • twistie ties & rubber bands
  • Dishwashing detergent e.g. Dawn (best I ever used to cut grease)
  • tupperware with lids (assorted sizes & shapes)
  • trivets
  • oven mitts
  • absorbent kitchen towels
  • bread/cake cloche with plate
  • stainless steel measuring spoons
  • can opener
  • baster
  • apple corer
  • candy & meat thermometer
  • ceramic or plastic wide-mouth jars/containers (for cookies, rice, etc.)
  • plastic & wooden cutting boards

So now I’m wondering what are your kitchen necessities?  Please do tell…

*Photocredit: O-Cel-O