Who does this? Collecting flower pedals in season

Who does this? Collecting flower pedals in season

Does anyone here collect the masses of flower pedals when the seasons change and the streets and parks are covered with them? Cherry and plum season are big ones! If so, what do you do with the pedals?

Do you scent your sinks, bathtubs, and ice waters? Or do you have some DIY craft purpose for them?

Sofa arm tray tables – The balancing game just got easier

Sofa arm tray tables - The balancing game just got easier

Not many people I know have a dining room nowadays. It’s an extra room that can’t be made useful except at mealtimes, or has become repurposed to serve another function. Most of us aren’t at home preparing lavish meals, and sometimes we just have a few minutes before we get to the next thing on our schedule. Other times, we do want to relax and watch something while we eat.

Sofa arm tray tables are smaller and easier to use than the tray tables that became popular in the 1950’s, and come in a wide array of materials with extras like pouches to hold electronics, drink holders, and storage space. Amazon is full of options, including those sold by DM Concepts and Meistar. They’re quite affordable, hovering around just thirty dollars.

Of course, if you’re a DIY-er at heart, you may want to tackle this project head on and make your own version of the sofa arm tray table. You could use all sorts of materials, including wooden boxes or bamboo placemats, small plastic tubs or organizers, and rope or cord to secure the tray table to the sofa arm. You can cover it in pleather, stiff upholstery fabric, or even felt if you prefer. Make sure you measure and create a sort of guideline or pattern before you begin.

Whether you decide to DIY or purchase one of these, it’s an easy way to keep spills to a minimum while keeping everything perfectly tidy.

The “Love Potion” Celebration Libation

The "Love Potion" Celebration Libation

This is Jacquelyn Clark’s “Love Potion” prosecco cocktail. She advises it as a Valentine’s Day celebration libation, but I think a lot of what carries this whole thing off is her impressive presentation, which party-makers might take note of! The range of color deepening into the glass, the range of a limited palette of colors with the deep purple blackberries and thyme garnish sprig, and then all wrapped in that cut crystal glass! Note that you can also make these virgin with ginger ale. The recipe you’ll have to get from the woman herself, but here’s the materials you’ll need:


Blackberry syrup ingredients:
1/3 cup blackberries, plus 8 more for garnish
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup sugar

Cocktail ingredients:
1 bottle of prosecco (or champagne or ginger ale)

Jacquelyn Clark’s blog with lots of recipes and home ideas.

Now they make ice cream spoons that transfer heat from your hand to warm the spoon

Now they make ice cream spoons that transfers heat from your hand to warm the spoon

Ice cream is supposed to be hard (at least hard icecream is!), but if you leave it long enough, or if your freezer is really cold, it can become so hard you can’t even spoon it out into a bowl. So there you are getting ready to have desert with everyone after dinner, and you can’t even scoop out the ice cream, but have to let it sit and soften up!

Well, now they have these ice cream spoons, which seem to have been designed by in Japan by one Naoki Terada.

There are two different types: One, called “Vanilla” has an egg-shaped standard spoon, and another called “Chocolate,” which has an angle shape spoon. I couldn’t find the Chocolate one, maybe because people prefer the round spoon.

Here are the features:

  • A spoon of the magic that can eat the ice cream which froze hard immediately
  • It’s egg-shape tip. This is the standard type.
  • Fresh from the fridge hard tick frozen ice cream scoop with a spoon.
  • Spoon of material is solid aluminum.
  • It is awarded a good design prize in 2011.

It’s available on Amazon.

Now they make ice cream spoons that transfers heat from your hand to warm the spoon

Who invented basketball

Who invented basketball

Inventor of Basketball

His name was Dr. James Naismith, and he lived in the second half of the 1800’s and first half of the 1900’s. When he was a schoolboy, there was a game the kids played that was where the whole idea came from. The game was called “duck on a rock” and it involved players trying to throw a rock and knock another rock – this one is placed on top of a third, larger rock and is called a “duck” and knock the duck off.

Was the inventor of basketball Canadian?

Yes, he was born in Canada, but moved to America as an adult, and he invented basketball in America.

Naismith was born in Almonte, Ontario, Canada. He went to university in Montreal (at McGill) and worked as the Athletic Director there too. Then he moved to America – Springfield, Mass. – in the 1890’s to work for the YMCA there.

Naismith continued to live in the States, working at University of Kansas (establishing their basketball program) until his death in 1939.

How was basketball invented?

Naismith made it up on his own, because he needed a good indoor sport for the kids where he worked.

In 1891, while working at the YMCA, Naismith needed a sport that was engaging and could be played inside during the winter. He set about creating a new game. He wanted the game to be not just about strength, but about skill too. And, as he worked out the rules, it came about that the new game would prohibit most physical contact between players: no shouldering, holding, pushing, striking or tripping – the penalty for doing any of these was strict: the first instance would be a foul, and the second instance would disqualify the player until the next goal, and if the ref thought there was intention to harm, the player would be kicked out of the game with no substitution allowed. Player were also not allowed to hit the ball with a closed fist.

The first basketball was a soccer ball. And the first basketball hoop was a basket, and the ball had to stay in the basket to be counted as a point. The rules were much the same, although some parts have changed since the first “basketball” games were played. The game really took off within a year or two, and was popular by 1893, and was put in the Olympics in 1936.

Who invented basketball shoes?

Converse. Specifically, Marquis Converse. He came up with the Converse All-Star in 1923 (the roots of the shoe date back to 1917), and the shoes became popular and got endorced by Chuck Taylor.

All-Star Converse shoes had a real sales market since the 1920’s, and their status had periodic elevations in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s, but basketball shoes didn’t really take off and become massively profitable products on a large scale (outside of basketball) until the 1980’s. That’s when mega sports star Michael Jordan became a hugely influential personality. As kids and adults paid notice of Jordan, they also noticed what he wore, and with some powerful marketing, noticing the type of shoes Jordan wore got an even stronger focus. His shoes was the Nike Air Jordan 1. As other big basketball stars picked their shoe, it gave power to the brands that made those shoes, and a lot of other stars wore Nike’s, as well as Converse and other brands.

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The simplest camper trailer you can build in your driveway

The simplest camper trailer you can build in your driveway

If you’ve ever wanted to build or customize your own camper or trailer but didn’t know where to start, we’ve found the perfect project for you. Compact camping has become more and more popular in recent years, but not everyone has the money to invest in a top of the line model, and it’s really not a necessary thing, especially if you’ve got the tools, materials, and willingness to experiment a little and make something tailored to your needs.

The Explorer Box is a small, beginner camping trailer with enough nooks and crannies to outfit you for a weekend (or two) of fun. Simply plop your tent on top and get rolling. You can see photos in the overview at Compact Camping Concepts, as well as a list of what comes with the purchase of the blueprints – materials list, building notes, and the like.

You’ll need to have three pieces in order to complete the project: a flat bed trailer (you can purchase an already-made trailer or buy a kit), the Explorer Box, and a tent to go on top. Once you have all these items put together, you’re ready to start your life as a weekend nomad.

You can also click through the other pages on the Compact Camping Concepts site, which boasts a store, a gallery, and a blog.