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MLK Day: Where to Volunteer in Phoenix

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Travel | 0 comments

I was looking to see what kind of service projects were planned in my community for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and I found a bunch at handsonphoenix.org! I’ll share a few you might be interested in below.

 

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You can sign up on the site to volunteer if you’re over 18. Check the individual project for age restrictions and waivers required for younger teens and kids.

If you live outside of the Phoenix area, you can search nationalservice.gov for opportunities in other states.

 

Phoenix

Sort and Pack at St. Mary’s Food Bank

Jan 13, 8-10am
St. Mary’s Food Bank, Phoenix
Sort, pack, and distribute food for other nonprofits and families in crisis at St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

  • Feel free to bring donations of cereal, canned goods, bottled water, and/or pet food with you to the project.
  • Due to health codes and safety reasons, a volunteer dress code is in effect. (Closed Toe Shoes, shirts with sleeves, pants, etc.)

 

Garden Volunteers at the Japanese Friendship Garden

Jan 13, 8-11am
Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix
Help with either non-technical duties (like cleaning up trash) or technical garden maintenance (like precise pruning of plants).

 

Puppy Pals at Animal Care West Valley Shelter

Jan 13, 9-11am
Maricopa County Animal Care Services, West Valley Shelter, Phoenix
Spend time with adoptable pets. Walk dogs or brush and pet cats.

 

Project Vitamin C with City of Glendale

Jan 13, 9am-12pm
Sahuaro Ranch Park, Glendale
Help pick citrus from the park’s trees to donate to local food banks.

 

MLK 2018: Trailblazing at South Mountain Park

Jan 14, 10:30am-12:30pm
South Mountain Park, Phoenix
Assist with projects, such as tree trimming, maintenance, graffiti removal, trash pick-up, and painting. Details will be emailed to volunteers after sign up. Ages 18+.

 

Vets in Need Outdoor Refresh

Jan 15, 8am-12pm
Avondale
Join volunteers in painting the exterior of the home of a Veteran in need. Training, project supplies, light snacks and water will be provided.

 

Be a good person

MLK Jr. Celebration Parade

Jan 15, 8:30am-12:30pm
Mesa Convention Center (outside) / Downtown Mesa
Help with parade contestant check-in and parade route guidance.

 




Dog photo is of Mulder (ID#A4027230), who’s available for adoption at Maricopa County Animal Care + Control – East Valley Animal Care Center. Copyright ©HLP Inc.

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Winter Celebrations of Light

Posted by on Dec 18, 2017 in Travel | 10 comments

When the nights get longer, so many traditions celebrate light.

Elements like candles, lanterns, and bonfires – as well as the sun, moon, or stars – often play an important part in autumn/winter holidays. Think of Christmas (and Advent), Diwali, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Lucia, Moon Festival, and Yule.

In the Southern Hemisphere, this season happens around their winter solstice in June with traditions like the Andean Inti Raymi (“Sun Celebration”) and the Maōri New Year, Matariki (“Pleiades constellation”).

Whatever your source, may you find the light and warmth in your life to guide you through every season of darkness.


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Antique Gold and Forest

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017 in Craft, Travel | 0 comments

Since I got some great feedback from my autumn and indigo color palette, I thought I’d make color-themed posts a regular thing.

Sunlight through pines at campground

Currently on my mind is the combination of vibrant greens (from kelly to forest) paired with softer golds – think mercury glass, champagne, tarnished jewelry, candlelight.

 

Cake table via Elizabeth Anne Designs (photo: Jacque Lynn Photo)

While this combination could go modern, I particularly love it as a complement to rustic decor. It looks fabulous with natural materials like birch bark, adding just enough sheen to make it all feel chic and festive.

Gold leaf on pinecone

For a woodsy vibe, you can bring in the classic evergreen boughs and pinecones or whatever’s growing outside your door. Twigs, olive branches, rosemary sprigs, eucalyptus leaves, berries, potted cacti, or mossy driftwood can all work great.

Rustic table

1. Campground in Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona. 2. Woodland cakes with sled. 3. DIY gold pinecone garland. 4. Rustic elegant table.


 

Here are more ideas for places to visit, projects, products, and recipes in this palette.

Mercury glass ornaments

Gingerbread terrariums

Pinecone garland

Grönkålsallad with kale, oranges, and chèvre via My Lovely Things (photo: Jonas Lundberg).

5. Mercury glass ornaments. 6. Make gingerbread terrariums!. 7. DIY gold leaf pinecone garland. 8. Grönkålsallad – kale, orange, and chèvre salad.

 

Christmas cookies via Fork and Flower

9. Christmas cookie recipes. 10. Decorate wine glasses. (New Year’s Eve crafts.) 11. Sequin table runner. (Shop) 12. Homemade olive branch wreath.

 

Woodsy tablescape

Rainy window

Hanukkah gelt

Luminarias at Tucson Botanical Garden.

13. Woodland tablescape. 14. Rain drops. 15. DIY Hanukkah Gelt (chocolate coins). 16. Luminarias at Tucson Botanical Garden. (in Phoenix

 

DIY Branch Menorah

Ring wreath by Paper n Stitch blog

Gold circle garland by robayre
17. DIY Natural Branch Menorah. 18. How to make asymmetrical wreaths. 19. Gold circle garland. (Tutorial)

 

Spinach mushroom polenta.

Decorated cactus

20. Spinach mushroom polenta. 21. Holiday bar set-up. 22. Decorated cactus

 

I hope you enjoyed this taste of the holidays!

 


Each photo links to its source, except for 1. + 14., which were taken by me.

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How to Get a Melted Candle Out of a Jar

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in Craft | 3 comments

Candle

I love the look of candles in glass jars – until they’re all melted and stuck to the sides. I’d read a tip about freezing them to make the melted candle stub easier to remove, but that only works some of the time.

Phillip came up with an ingenious improvement: give the candle a handle!

Here’s what to do to unstick melted candles from jars and other glass containers:

  1. Pour some water into the jar on top of the candle stub.
  2. Partly submerge an S-hook or something else sturdy enough to use as a handle.*
  3. Freeze.
  4. Once frozen, you can use the hook/handle to just pull the candles right out.
  5. To retrieve the handle, allow ice on top of the candles to melt.


*Phillip used IKEA S-hooks, because we had those around. Large paper clips weren’t strong enough, but a Popsicle stick or butter knife might work.




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DIY Pumpkins and Pie!

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Craft | 0 comments

Here are 11 pumpkin-pie-inspired ideas you can bake or make!

Eat+Drink

Pumpkin Pie – First, a classic. You can make pumpkin puree for pies and other recipes from a sugar pumpkin or even a regular carving pumpkin. (Really! I did it!)

 


Holiday Spice Mix – Blend these ingredients for a versatile, cinnamony spice you can use as pumpkin pie spice or sprinkle into hot chocolate.

 

Spiced pumpkin martini

Spiced Pumpkin Pie Martini – A pumpkin pie garnish on your cocktail?! Why not? After all, it is the holidays.

 


Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread – You can use canned pumpkin or your own pumpkin puree for this addictively good quick bread.

 


Pumpkin Pie Smoothie – This is a great breakfast on-the-go – especially during the holiday season when you have a lot of pumpkin around and not a lot of time. I added pecans and an extra cup of plain Greek yogurt to Jamie’s recipe.

 

Pie Slice Cookies – I haven’t made these, but they were so adorable that I had to include them! (If you’re looking for cookie decorating ideas and tips, there are TONS on the Sweet Sugarbelle blog!)

 

Pumpkin pie garland by martha stewart

Craft

Thanksgiving Pie Garland – Turns out paper pie slices make perfect pennants! #TeamPie

 

Fall Succulent Planter – Rachel of Maison de Pax planted succulents directly into ceramic pumpkins. Another option would be to place potted succulents inside a real (or ceramic or foam) pumpkin and take them out when you take down the autumn decor.

 

Pie necklace

Pumpkin Pie Friendship Necklaces – StudioDIY shared a tutorial for this making polymer clay pumpkin pie necklaces as part of a Friendsgiving post!

 

Mini Pumpkin Candles  – A simple project from Faith Durant at The Kichn that turns a pumpkin into a candle.

 

Botanical Pumpkins – Fall leaves and Modge Podge are a striking way to decorate pumpkins!




Photos via:
1, 2, 4. Me.
3. A Beautiful Mess
5. Love Bakes Good Cakes
6. Sweet Sugarbelle
7. Martha Stewart
8. Maison de Pax

9. Studio DIY
10. The Kichn
11. Country Living

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