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Sunday, August 31, 2008

100 Days of Holidays

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I love the sound of that. . . 100 days of holidays. I love the fun, the crafts, the decorating, the sights, the scents, the sounds, the recipes, the food, the old memories, the new memories created with the kids, and so much more.

Give yourself a gift this year
Memories to treasure.

100 Days of Holidays

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Christmas Quotes

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Past Quotes of the Week

Each week (give or take) I share some inspirational quotes; some serious, some fun, some quotes by famous authors, some by me, all shared from the bottom of my heart.

After the quote's rein on the home page of the blog, the quote is moved here. Enjoy.

Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.
~~ Bobby, age 7 ~~

There is no ideal Christmas; only the one Christmas you decide to make as a reflection of your values, desires, affections, traditions.
~~ Bill McKibben ~~

To celebrate the heart of Christmas is to forget ourselves in the service of others.
~~ Henry Link ~~

It is the personal thoughtfulness, the warm human awareness, the reaching out of the self to one's fellow man that makes giving worthy of the Christmas spirit.
~~ Isabel Currier ~~

Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.
~~ Peg Bracken ~~

Home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another. The warmth and joy of Christmas, brings us closer to each other.
~~ Emily Matthews ~~

Monday, August 25, 2008

How To Make a Microwaveable Heating Pad

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Supplies needed:
Approximately 2.5 lbs of rice (No instant rice.)
26in. X 7in. heavy cotton or linen fabric
1 package of blanket binding or another piece of fabric
Funnel (If you don't have a funnel, cut top off a soda bottle)
Velcro with a sticky back


Cut fabric 26in x 7in. Fold in half sew bottom, side, and leave the top open for filling. Turn right side out so you don't see your stitching.

Fill with rice 2/3 of the way full. After filling, tuck top in half an inch and sew top.

Unfold blanket binding, cut at a length 54 inches and iron out crease. Fold in half front to front and sew each side leave top open. Fold hem in half an inch and attach Velcro (with sticky back).

Turn right side out and slide the rice filled fabric into the cover. Shut with Velcro.

Instructions for use:

Microwave for 90 seconds and place around any body part that needs heat.

Extra tips:

Cover can be taken off and washed on gentle cycle.

This pad makes a wonderful gift. Attach a note on how to use and launder.

My notes:

I have seen many of these on the Internet with various different instructions. Adding tea to the rice has a nice fragrance but you cannot keep the heating pad indefinitely like you can if you use only rice. I wish I could sew so I can make two of these for myself. These work great as a cool pad too. Keep one in the freezer for those bumps & bruises and hot days.

If you do make one of these, please send me a photo of your heating pad, and I'll post it here at 365 Days of Christmas.