If you are a cook or a “culinary artist,” more than likely at some point you have burned something. Recently while steaming vegetables all of the water evaporated and the stainless steel pot burned! Fortunately I caught it before the dish was ruined, but the scorched stainless steel pot was another matter. Hmm what to do, what to do? The surface was quite “blackened” and as this is a pot I love to cook in throwing it out was NOT an option! In the past I have tried abrasive powders and liquids, scouring pads, steel wool, and boiled soapy water […]
A year ago while perusing Twitter posts I ran across a tweet by Taproot Foundation promoting something they branded as the “Pro-Bono Campfire.” This event was to bring together nonprofit organizations and volunteers skilled in graphic design, marketing, strategic planning, finance, IT, HR and other skills sets. This event was a part of their “Pro-Bono Week.” After checking out the details and my calendar, I decided to sign up and share my design skills with a local nonprofit organization on a pro-bono basis since so many of them do such great work on a shoestring budget with limited staffing. Often […]
Crab Apple Tree Full of Fruit At least 15 years ago I planted a crab apple tree along with a few other fruit trees. Of all those trees the crab apple tree has produced the most fruit but until this day I’d never eaten any crab apples in my life or even heard of anyone preparing a dish using them. Just like every other this year the tree is loaded with wonderful red crab apples each about the size of a cherry but certainly no where near as appetizing…so I thought. WELL out of the blue I had an epiphany…why […]
Finding Free Stuff Believe it or not there are lots of people in this world who are eager to freely give away stuff they no longer have any use for. Their ultimate desire is to trash nothing – that can be repurposed – thus adoping the idea that one man’s trash can definitely be another man’s treasure. Freecycle and other similar sites Several years ago I happened upon this site freecycle.org – a world wide network of websites allowing individuals to reduce their carbon footprint by giving things away in their area while allowing others the opportunity to pick up the giveaway […]
Often we think we know how to use a ladder correctly – you’ve used one ladder…you’ve used them all…right?? Not so. Different ladders require different considerations and safety measures! One of the most common household injuries happens due to improper ladder usage. So let’s review some ladder do’s and don’ts. Always select the correct ladder for your task. That’s one that extends at least 3 feet over the roofline or working surface which may entail a step or extension ladder. Only use a ladder for its intended purpose. And follow the ladder’s instruction labels. Always be sure to place your ladder […]
Most of my life I have been a
As a young girl I fixed the toaster and my Mom swore I should become an engineer. Growing up I was like the “son my Father never had!” I learned carpentry, automotive repair, painting, dry walling, plumbing and a multitude of other skills. Eventually all of this evolved into me fixing cars – yes fixing – changing oil, filters, brakes and many other things – refinishing furniture, interior design, picture AND room framing, home improvement, sewing and many other things. Between my Grandmother, Mother and Girl Scouting I became quite the seamstress able to sew a multitude of things. I took an upholstery class and learned that skill as well.
For the bottom line has always been I have much more time and talent than money and where every I can save money doing something myself affords me the opportunity to bring in licensed folks for major tasks – usually plumbing and electrical!
Ladies and gents I possess no magical powers – just the willingness to learn and try to make, design or repair anything. Having the knowledge is the key as well as the willingness to share your talents with others. Bringing all of this together birthed – Vicki McGill – THE PROJECTS CHICK!
A friend’s yard sorely in need of TLC! A weedy mess before me, I had seen this many times and could look at it no more!!! SOOOOO I started planning. Sorely Neglected – Nonexistent Flowerbeds Supplies and Tools Weed Blocking Fabric – Contractor Grade Shovel Plants Potting Mix Marble Landscaping Stones Red Rubber Mulch Initially I had a shovel with a flat end not realizing that this was no regular soil! The builder didn’t finish the yard with top soil, instead they left “back fill” – a mixture of sand, dirt, and gravel which isn’t the easiest mixture to work […]