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Celebrate Teen Tech Week March 13 @ 4:30pm, Teen Area

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March 10-15 is Teen Tech Week.  Celebrate Teen Tech Week with our 8-bit Art craft on March 13th at 4:30pm in the Teen Area.  Turn your favorite fandom into 8-bit art with perler beads!  This program is for teens and tweens ages 12-18 or in grades 6-12.  All materials generously donated by FOLK; supplies are limited.  For more information, please contact Leanne, YA Librarian, 281-360-6804

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"Cool It !"

I'm talking about the weather! Soon, I hope, cooler weather will be here. I love Fall. I love the cooler weather and all the beautiful fall colors. I also love to decorate my house with autumn colors using leaves and candles and wreaths.  I'm making a beautiful fall wreath and you will never guess what I am going to use. It's kind of an unusual material to use to make a wreath but it really does turn out beautifully - I promise! smiley  If you would like to make one too come to the DIY craft day next week, Oct. 9th at 2 PM. in the meeting room. I promise you will have a grand time. Have I piqued your interest?  If you want to participate you will have to Click here to sign up....

We Had Our Cake!

Congratulations to all the wonderful ladies that participated in the cake decorating class last week.  We all had a great time and some beautifully decorated cupcakes were the result.  Some of you asked me for the frosting recipe that I used in the class.  I'm glad to share it with you.  This is a good recipe to crumb coat and frost your cake. Remember to always sift your powdered sugar at least once before you mix it with the other ingredients.

Karen's Cake Frosting

1/2 cup + 2 TB shortening (I use Crisco), 2TB butter, 1/3 cup milk (whole milk will make your frosting creamier), 4 cups powdered sugar. 1 tsp vanilla flavoring, 1/2 tsp almond flavoring, 1/4 tsp lemon flavoring. You can tweak the flavorings to get the flavor you like. I also use 1 TB meringue powder to give the frosting more crust.

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A Robot to Water My Plants

The Big Book of HacksPopular Science Magazine is making my day much easier.  They've come out with The Big Book of Hacks: 264 Amazing DIY Tech Projects which includes a section on how to make a plant-watering robot out of a Roomba.  If that's not for you, how about learning to make a carrying case for your ereader.  Or, how about making your car run on trash?  Check it out.

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Creative DIY Bookshelves

ladder bookshelvesTake a look at 25 creative and fun bookshelves you can make at home.  I love #3 (pictured right) and #4, the ladder bookcases. I'm thinking you could probably spray paint the ladders to have them blend in with the color scheme of your home or you could try to find ladders that would coordinate with a specific design theme. Maybe old wooden ladders for a western/country feel or shiny, silver aluminum ladders for a more industrial design. I also love #24, the stacked benches. Genius! And don't even get me started on #23, spice racks attached to the side of a dresser. Love it!

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