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We gather lots of broken crayons around here.

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And they get stored in these extra large ice cream containers. When it gets about half full, I turn to ways to upcycle them.

The hubby is pretty good at discovering bargains on ebay and found this Crayola Melt & Mold Factory at a decent price. It comes with a couple mold styles and looked like it would be a good way to occupy school-agers this summer.

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Here is where I insert the facts. If you have only a few broken crayons, this is the way to go because this is how many (I’m being Very generous) you can melt in one sitting. And in one sitting I mean 45 minutes from beginning to end. I wasn’t very impressed with the results as there were air gaps in the molds in the end so you ended up with half-baked crayons. Not very sturdy for those with a firm grip.

Time to move on obviously.

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My tried and true method that I have had a lot of success with are these little silicone bakers. They are great for practicing color sorting or color mixing that All ages greatly enjoy. I’m sure you can find many shapes in silicone bakeware or candy molds, but I just use the ones I already have.

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My round crayons give new shape, color, and variety to the crayon bin.

Did I mention they are stackable? Quite the item to take outdoors as well. It’s pretty hard to lose these bright round disks, and even harder for them to get choked on. They make great paper weights when the wind is blowing (so you can never have too many).I have a few other ideas I’m planning with these gems for the future. I’ll have to let you know how they work out.

Hope this “Free Tip Friday” brightens the start to your weekend!

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Crochet Notes

It’s been awhile since I posted a crochet post. However, I’ve not been neglecting my creative duties. I finished the 2018 A to Z Challenge with a quilt top,  began the Season of Yardwork and Gardening, did plenty of mending, got contacted to do some custom items, and finished the following little number for my Etsy shop. There’s never a dull moment at my house.

Just going to make one more of these in Pink and white before I dive into some other projects.

 What’s next? With the heat of summer, I will most likely stick with small projects that won’t raise my temperature in Missouri’s humid months. Here are some Pinterest ideas I find enticing.

I highly encourage these motif centered ideas for my crochet friends along with a tall glass of lemonade while sitting on  your porch. Don’t forget the fan!

 

 

 

A Gem on Route 66 /ThursdayDoors

Thursday Doors

When at the Missouri History Museum we were tempted with the display of an ice cream shop on Route 66 that is still open after 80 years. Introducing Ted Drewes.

But first, probably the only door I could find worth a hoot for this post…….

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A reminder of something that has disappeared within the last 80 years. Related are: Where will Superman do his quick change, How to make collect calls, Answering a random phone booth ringing and Using actual money to make a phone call, all a part of history.

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Back to Ted Drewe’s –a first view. Here’s a little hint. If you see nuns eating at an establishment, it’s gonna be O.K.

Who is Ted Drewe’s? Ted Drewes Sr., was a St. Louis attraction, winning the Muny Tennis Championships each year from 1925 to 1936. Feel free to read more here.

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A ‘door’ for posterity’s sake.

Boasting 12 serving windows, Ted Drewes motto is “Our Business is Service”.

The website tells that it is hardly recognizable during the Christmas season as they sell trees and the lot is loaded with them. They’ve been doing that for over 50 years. One thing you can say about this place is that they are certainly good at longevity and have obviously found their niche in St. Louis.

A line in the summer sun makes the treat even more delish.

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The daughters approve! Our ‘adoptee’ daughter was a great tour guide to go along with the GPS and we thank you Miss Meaghan for your outstanding hospitality! Til next time….

Other Doors posts seen here at Norm 2.0. Enjoy!

The Birds Were Singing/Crisis

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July 27, 2016Were is the key word this morning.

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In strolled Scooter. Notice her urban camouflage. Do birds see in color or just black and white?

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Away flew the birds. And I mean it becomes quite still once she’s been spotted.

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Bird crisis averted at this time. There have been quite a few feather clumps found around the garden lately though. I promise we feed this cat twice a day.

 

 

Elusive Orange Organism

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Gardening sometimes lends surprises, even to veteran gardeners. We  rotate, fertilize, weed, use organic bug and fungus deterrents. We weed, water appropriately, watch for evidence of wildlife invasions and pray for a good year.

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Here we have a dainty lil pumpkin plant that is currently yielding maybe 2 pumpkins, not visible in this photo at the current time. It’s only July though, right?

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In contrast, this is our composting area. There is a corral under there and our extra fence, posts, planters and what-have-you. This is another pumpkin plant and was a volunteer. The mother-in-law tossed her old pumpkin there last fall and now we have this spralled-out monster with 16-inch leaves and what appears to be only flowers.

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And they really are beautiful flowers.

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But if you dig around, there are basketball-sized pumpkins in this great abyss. Gonna get my goat-roper boots out and pull some of these elusive beauties this evening. Can’t wait!!!

Still Waiting/WPC

Cherry On Top

We have waited patiently. Watering. Watching. Hanging Around.

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This shot was on Thursday morning.

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There will be such excitement come Monday morning 🙂 The children’s flowers have finally bloomed!

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But the Behemoth awaits. It is well over 11 feet tall today. No bloom. Praying it doesn’t reach the power lines and get zapped! 😬

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Redneck Yard Art

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Duct tape fixes everything he says.

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Notice the seat fixed with sun-faded designer duct tape.

But the plastic finally gave out. Poor Ben, age 4 says, “Steph, I accidentally broke your bike.” I look at him and let him know it was not his fault. This went way past duct tape.

Frail from seasons of winter, summer, spring and fall.

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