Monday, June 29, 2009

with recognition comes reward

The wonderful staff of gave an interview on TV and displayed some premium handmade items on Sacremento Channel 24

Edge of the Wildwood was in the spotlight! It was a great boost for my new shop on MiM, and a milestone for my crafting business.

'Entanglement' cedar tray

Sunday, June 28, 2009

How to get 100 miles per gallon

article from about fuel efficiency

100 MPG

ok, is it just me...or did I miss the part in the article that explains how to get 100 Miles per gallon???
Interesting idea, though!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Moms Sloppy Joes

Got ketchup? make some sloppy Joes!

2 lbs ground beef
1 can diced tomatoes
1 cup ketchup
2 tbs dried onion
2 tbs drained cubed sweet pickles
2 tbs brown sugar
1/4 tsp chili powder
1 tbs garlic powder
1 tbs worschester sauce
1 tbs A1 steak sauce

brown and drain beef, add all ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes

makes 10-12 sandwiches on regular buns

note: YES, use sweet pickles not dill

Thanks for the recipe, Momma!

Friday, June 26, 2009

podcast for TOUGH TIMES

Get some money-saving household tips, and some silly laughs on TOUGH TIMES:

join 'wildwood' and 'skyline' as we share all kinds of helpful information, like The Power of Vinegar, Tips and Trivia with WD40 and Shop Secondhand Stores for Bargains !

You can catch up on TOUGH TIMES episodes by visiting and find the podcasts under 'shows'

Send along your tips for upcoming shows: Laundry Day, Baking Soda, Yard Sales

We know you've got some great tips for us

Are you looking forward to TOUGH TIMES now? me, too!

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Thursday, June 04, 2009

a square nail

Nails have always been in demand. They were first hand-wrought by blacksmiths and were very hard to obtain. A blacksmith that produced only nails was called a "Nailer".

Nails were so scarce (and expensive) in pre-1850 America that people would burn dilapidated buildings just to sift the ashes for nails. They did so because pulling the nails would have damaged most of them. After the nails were recovered, a blacksmith could easily straighten any nails that had been bent during construction.

We still use the term "penny" when referring to a nail's size. It is believed that this term came into use in the early 1600's in England. The English monetary unit was the Pound Sterling (£) which was divided into Shillings and Pence. The cost of 100 nails in Pence in the 1600's is how we refer to nail sizes to this day.

The cut nail made its appearance in the mid-1700's. For example, Thomas Jefferson established a nail factory at his Monticello plantation as a way to increase his farm income. His nail factory made both hand-forged and cut nails. It would not be until the middle-1800's that cut nails began dominating the marketplace.

Cut nails are not actually "cut"--they are sheared from steel plate that is the thickness of the nail shank. Although routinely referred to as "square nails", the cutting machine tapers the nail shank as it is sheared from the steel plate. A second machine forms the head of a cut nail.

With the hand-forged nail, all four sides are tapered. With the cut nail, two sides are parallel because they represent the thickness of the plate they were sheared from.

Cut nails could be manufactured much faster than hand-forged nails. As the process was mechanized, the cost per nail was less. However, cut nail factories employed operators and attendants for each machine so the process was still labor-intensive. The noise in those mills was deafening as well. Cut nails had their heyday from about 1820 (development of the Type B nail) to 1910, the advent of the wire nail.

The term "dead as a doornail" refers to a nail whose tip was clenched back into the wood. This was a common was to fasten door and gate hindges to prevent the nails from working loose.

reference "Appalachican Blacksmiths Association"

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

winning strategy

The jellybean contest was great fun...and we have some comments from the winner, Tien Tran from California


"I work at a community center in Ontario, CA and on Easter we had a jellybean guessing contest. I was bummed that as a worker I could not guess the amount of jellybeans in the jar. So I went home and ran across this blog hosting a guessing contest. All I did was double the number of jellybeans at work, because it seemed twice as small, so luckily I won! Thank you Edge of the wildwood!!!!!!!!!"

The guesses ranged from 100 to 'one million jellybeans' lol

and the actual number was 1011...with Tien's guess of 940 being the closest without going over.

We're putting together a new contest for May, so be sure to check back with EOW!

Monday, June 01, 2009

new TIP LINE for Tough Times

Are you handy in the laundry room? Do you find great deals at the stores? Share your tips with us....

Now you can send your money saving household tips to Tough Times and have your tip mentioned on the air!

Tough Times is a tip show on Blockhead Radio; and your hosts wildwood and skyline will be passing along as many household tips as possible each week.

Our upcoming shows are

FAMILY FUN on June 2nd and

HOW TO SHOP A THRIFT STORE on June 9th...we welcome all your tips, and thanks for listening.

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