Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Class Time!


Wed, July 16th  6:00 PM

Join us for another fun evening using Washi Tape.  This time we'll be using photo frames.  Bring a photo to frame and we'll provide the rest. If you prefer, you can make a jewelry holder instead of a photo frame.
Cost:  $20, $15 craft club members
Pre-register by calling Linda at 574-849-0275

Wednesday July 30, 6:00 PM

Learn how to make a rope basket with Hiromi. All supplies included.  Class size is limited so please pre-register

by calling Linda at 574-849-0275
$25.00/$20 CC Members 

Friday, July 4, 2014

The News is Out!

If you aren't on our junk mail list you can get the latest on our Face Book page.  It links right to mail chimp and you can also sign up for the news on the link!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

All American...

DTSB (Downtown South Bend) is celebrating All American... So we choose Designer Ralph Lauren. Of course he won't be there and neither will his merchandise but in true junk E fashion we will do some knock off's of his signature styles, and oh what fun we are having putting this one together!

This First Friday is the 4th of July and we will be celebrating at home.  THE STORE WILL BE CLOSED FRIDAY ONLY.  The rest of the week will be our regular store hours.  Since we won't be open we decided to throw our very own Hill and Colfax Second Friday on July 11th.  Stay tuned for all the fun details!

Have a safe and happy Independence Day!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

A Sunday Treat

When we lived on the Big Island we visited Oahu where our friends Kamtaun and Cheu lived.  They took us to China town because we love to try new foods.  I kept seeing the drink dispensers full of a bright orange milky drink, and a creamy coffee one.  Cheu told me that it was Vietnamese coffee and tea.  They are very sweet but soooo delish on a hot day!   I bought the tea and would make it often.

I recently made Vietnamese popsicles and they took me back to life on the island!  Trust me these are for Adults only unless you want to have very hyper children!

I buy this expresso from Marci's Italian Deli and made 2 cups.  Then added sweetened condensed milk until it's carmel colored.  (it didn't take very much).  Then poured it into my molds.  It made more then 6 so I poured it into ice cube trays.  On a hot day I'll use the ice cubes in a glass of Almond milk,  or for a banana, coffee smoothie.
The coffee tastes surprisingly close to the expensive Starbucks small bottles you can buy in the grocery store.  So you might want to bottle some too!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Garden Project 2014

We only have a small space between our home and my neighbor's so it's very shaded and the grass was patchy.  When we mowed, it was very noisy and kicked up lots of dust.  My son would always cut through this area instead of taking the driveway on the other side of the house so it got me to thinking about stepping stones...then a full fledged shade garden.

I guess my first step was asking my neighbor Diana if it was ok with her if I landscaped the area because a small strip was her property. ( I promised to maintain the area!)  Then we killed the grass last fall and had her lawn man leave all the shredded leaves there.  Early this spring I put down cardboard and newspapers for my weed barrier, then topped with the  leaves then very rich compost and a whole skid of topsoil.  You want to give young plants a good healthy start and the soil was so hard and compacted the tiny roots wouldn't have had a chance.

Leaf mulch and topsoil- early spring
My next step was laying the brick walkway.  We've had a pile of bricks for a few years now and I always try to use what we have so that became the path.

 I only bought a few plants (above) sweet woodriff as a ground cover and spring flowering plant, and a couple variegated hostas.  The rest I got from my yard and a few bleeding hearts from my mom.
I scattered seeds last fall from my favorite early bloomer
Lenten Rose and dug lots of tiny starts.  It will take a few
years to get to this point but that's half the fun.

Along my neighbors home I used hosta's and ostrich ferns and for some color
a few columbine plants.  On our side I used the Lenten Roses, and bleeding hearts.
From the front
Its best to start with less and let them naturalize so it will take a few years to really get the full effect that I envisioned.  Now I need to fill in the cracks of the bricks with sand, keep the weeds in check and will add some small mulch (like buckwheat hulls) then sit back and watch it grow!