Friday, October 30, 2009

The Psychology of Color Part 6

Blue is the world's favourite colour.
It stands for truth, honesty, loyalty and integrity
and is often the colour of choice for the corporate look.
Blue is associated with coolness and formality.
Blue is peaceful and tranquil and is a sign of law, order and logic.
It is dependable, quiet and serene, restful and cool.
When a room is decorated in blue you feel relaxed,
peaceful and daydreams abound.
It lifts you away from your physical surroundings and helps you to de-stress.
Blue is known as a healing colour and promotes the feeling of being cared for.
Blue is good for bedrooms and splashes of blue will ease loneliness.
Darker blue will engender mediation and make a room feel spiritually charged.
On the other hand, blue should be used in moderation as it could encourage depression.
Cool tones of blue are good for offices as they create an atmosphere of relaxed purpose.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

God's Lent Child

God's Lent Child
"I'll lend you for a liitle while
A child of mine," God said -
"For you to love the while
she lives,
And mourn for when she's dead.
It may be one or two years
Or forty two or three:
But will you, till I call her back,
Take care of her for me?
She'll bring her charms to
gladden you
And - (should her stay be brief) -
You"ll have her lovely memories
As a solace for your grief.
I cannot promise she will stay,
Since ALL from earth return;
But the lessons taught below
I want this child to learn.
I've looked the whole world over
In search for teachers true;
And from the things that crowd
Life's lane - I have chosen you.
Will you give her all your love?
nor think the labor vain?
Nor hate me when I come to take
This lent child back again?"
I fancied that I heard them say
"Dear Lord. Thy will be done.
For joys Thy child will bring
The risk of grief we'll run.
We will shelter her with tenderness,
We'll love her while we may -
And for the happiness we've known
Forever grateful stay.
But should Thy angels call for her
Much sooner than we've planned.
We'll brave the grief that comes
And try to understand."
-Florence Correa

Saturday, October 24, 2009


To and Fro
To stuff, then diet,
Is a no-no
That's what makes
Your poundage yo-yo.
by Shelly Friedman

Wednesday, October 21, 2009



These hand made mitt clips are so beautiful but also handy and so very useful.
The first picture is of the clips for this add.
Your children or you will never lose mitts again.
And you could use them also -- when dealing with children out side or shopping -- never worry about putting your gloves down and forgetting them or dropping them!!
They made a wonderful gift for people of all ages.
This set is made with clear industrial strength clips.
The elastic used in this set is red.
And there is a snow flake button or a winter button sown on the end by the clip.
The snow flake and color of clip may very.
By using the elastic I have made it easier to take off or put on your mitts or gloves.
TO USE - just attach one end to the cuff of your coat, snowsuit or jacket and attach the other end to the cuff of the mittens or gloves

Mitten Clips

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


If you can spend a perfectly
useless afternoon
in a perfectly useless manner,
you have learned
how to live.
by Lin Yutang

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Great Give Away Going On Now

Just wanted to let you know about a great give away going on now until Oct. 22nd. This one features the Magickal Ewe, a fantastic mother/daughter yarn shop.

Head on over on this link and enter now

Good luck!!!

Homemade Halloween Treat Ideas

Kids love Halloween because this is the only time they really get to enjoy sweets. Traditionally, treats for Halloween consisted of store bought candy corns, and other assorted Halloween favorites. Dunking for apples was a favorite in our day. Today, there are more creative ideas available than ever before.

Baking is a tradition on Halloween, and aside from the cookies and cupcakes, there are other recipes which can be used to make the occasion even more special.

Instead of regular cookies how about ghost cookies? Using your favorite cookie recipe, you can shape the cookies into little ghosts. Your kids can decorate them with different color icing, or use M&M’s right after they are taken out of the oven.

Here is a great recipe for brownies shaped into ghosts. Make the brownies as you normally would, then before they cool, cut a ghost shape using a paring knife. Then melt white chocolate and using a piping bag, make the outline of the ghost on the brownie. After it has cooled you can pipe in the eyes and mouths, using any color frosting you choose.

If you’d like to make bat cakes, simply follow the steps to make a chocolate cake. Place the prepared ingredients onto a baking sheet. When the cake is finished, you can cut out bats with a paring knife. Set them aside to cool. Melt some dark chocolate and pipe in their eyes and noses. In fact, you can use dark chocolate to make the bat wings and attach them to either side of the bat cakes. Your kids will be in chocolate heaven!

Halloween is a time of costume making and preparing special treats. It’s the one time of the year in which kids are allowed to not only help in making treats, but consuming them as well. Whatever treats you prepare on Halloween will be handed down to your kids, and their kids. So have a great time and enjoy the day with your family on the “sweetest” day of the year.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

7 Halloween Games for Kids

Part of the fun of Halloween is playing silly games. When planning the games, it’s best to keep the costumes in mind and plan things that will work around them. Games should be simple with easy to follow rules.

Bobbing for Apples – A classic Halloween party game has always been bobbing for apples, however some kids don’t like putting their face in the water or don’t want to mess up the make up that took a long time to perfect. One variation of this game is to tie the stems of the apples to varied lengths of string and then hang them up. Then the people have to put their hands behind their back and try to take a bite out of the apple. You can also play the game using marshmallows.

Mummy Wrap Up – Divide guests into small groups. Provide them each with a roll or two of toilet paper and see who can use the tissue paper to wrap up one of their teammates the fastest. The first one to complete their mummy using the entire roll wins.
Jack-o-Lantern Faces – Hang a picture of a jack-o-lantern on the wall and have matching face pieces cut out of black paper for the eyes, nose and mouth. Place sticky-tack on the back of the pieces. Blindfold each player when it is their turn and play the same as pin the tail on the donkey except players put the eyes, nose and mouth on the pumpkin face. Younger children can do just the mouth, while older children and adults can do the entire face for more of a challenge.

Ghost Hunters – Cut out several paper ghosts and divide the players into two groups. Have one team hide the ghosts around the room. The other team has to hunt down the ghosts. Play continues until all ghosts are found. The team that hunts the most ghosts wins.
Ghost Bowling – Collect ten empty one or two liter soda pop bottles (use the larger bottles for younger guests). Paint the bottles white and decorate with silly ghost faces. Use a small playground size ball as the bowling ball. If you can find orange ones, decorating them as jack-o-lanterns can add to the fun.

Upset the Candy Dish – Place chairs in a circle, facing in, having one less than the number of players. Whisper in each child’s ear the name of a favorite Trick or Treat candy. They will become this piece of candy in the candy dish. Have one person stand in the middle of the circle to be “it”. The child in the middle will call one or two types of candy. If the candy name that’s called is matches the one the children are, they should stand up and try to move to another empty seat. Occasionally, the child who is “it” calls out, “Upset the candy dish.” and all the players need to move to a new seat. If any of the candy kids can’t find a seat they then become “it.”

Pirates’ Treasure – Fill two small buckets with sand and place inside a larger washtub or box. Bury treasure in the buckets such as small prizes or candy. Each player receives a plastic spoon to dig for their treasure. Divide players into two teams. Position players around their designated bucket and tell them when to start. They dig in their treasure “chests” until every piece is found. The first team to find all their treasure wins.

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Kid Halloween Fun Recipe & Party Games no 8

8. Halloween Burgers


6 hamburgers or veggie burgers
6 slices cheese
Pitted olives
Red and green bell peppers
6 lettuce leaves
6 hamburger buns (split)


Using a pumpkin shaped cookie cutter cut cheese into pumpkin shapes. Cut olives into shapes for eyes and nose.

Cut bell peppers into shapes for mouth and pumpkin top (green pepper). Cook burgers according to recipe and during the last few minutes of cooking top with cheese. Carefully remove and place into lettuce-lined buns. Garnish pumpkin face using olives and peppers.

Serve open top.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Kid Halloween Fun Recipe & Party Games no 7

Recipe no. 7 for your Hallowe'en festivities!

Mummy Dogs


6 hot dogs
1 package ready to bake pastry
Parmesan cheese


Wrap each hot dog in a pastry sheet and lightly brush with melted butter. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over top. Place "mummy dogs" on a lightly greased baking tray and bake at 350F for approximately 15 minutes or until golden and baked through. Top with "blood" (ketchup) and serve.

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Kid Halloween Fun Recipe & Party Games no 6

These recipes are delicious and just in time for Hallowe'en!

Recipe no. 6 in my series. For recipes 1 to 4 please see

6. Scary Frozen Bugs


*These are great for serving in party punch or drinks.



Fill ice cube tray with water and place a raising in each ice cube. Freeze and use.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Kid Halloween Fun Recipe & Party Games no 5

These recipes are delicious and just in time for Hallowe'en!

Recipe no. 5 in my series. For recipes 1 to 4 please see

Pumpkin & Goblins Punch


1 (12-ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 (1-liter) bottles of ginger ale
1 package orange sherbet


In a punch bowl combine condensed milk and orange juice concentrate. Add ginger ale and mix well. Right before serving top with scoops of orange sherbet and serve.

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Sunday, October 4, 2009


A balanced Diet
is Chocolate in
Both Hands

Friday, October 2, 2009


"Revenge is never the answer,
Carried to its ultimate conclusion,
an eye for an eye
would only leave
us all blind"
-Rev. Billy Graham