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Amazingly Simple Zip Tie Hacks

Bible Verse Colossians 3:14

Hi Y’all!.

Welcome to our little corner of the web world.  We are just feeling peachy that you made it in time.  Grab your cuppa stuff – grab yourself a seat and we will explore the world of zip ties.

Tea for two

My husband Bill always loved to have zip ties (some people call them cable ties), on hand. He’d have them in his tool box (several), on his work bench, in his truck, and even in his fishing tackle box.Bunch of Zipties

I swear that man would invent things just to be able to use a zip tie. My husband use to say that I was the duct tape (or as he said duck tape) queen.  If I am the duck tape queen then he surely was the zip tie king.

In our household we have used them for keeping wires organized on all our gaming systems to zipping a hidden key away to mending wire closet shelves to using it as a curtain hook replacement.  I have to say that I can see where his love for them comes from.  They are so Zip tied wire racksversatile, easy to use, and inexpensive. Not to mention that they are pretty strong as well.


Truthfully, with zip ties and your imagination the possibilities are unlimited.  Let’s face it…if cops can use them for handcuffs then we should be able to use them everywhere – okay, not everywhere – but you get the idea.  Plus (happy dance), they come in an amazing variety of colors, thicknesses and lengths!

Peonie zip tying

At The Hard Hat Belles we decided to explore our own creativity to see how many different things we could use them for…. So stick around and see what we have come up with!


  • Replace a curtain hookPotted plant zip tied
  • Keep wires together
  • Mend closet shelves
  • Hide keys in unusual places
  • To help hang a picture frame
  • Stake plants in the garden or in a pot
  • Loop around a hanger to hang/separate scarves or ties
  • Keep broken mirrors attached to your car
  • In place of shoe laces
  • Make a key ring (or repair one)
  • To attach items to each other
  • Child proof the house
  • Holding outdoor Christmas decorations in place
  • Repair chain link fence or chicken fencingJacket zipper replacement
  • Repair backpacks (possibly purses)
  • To hang things from
  • Unlimited survival uses (i.e. splints)
  • Broken zipper replacements (or belts)
  • Use to color code
  • THHB Disclaimer

To get an idea on how to use the zip ties and to see how versatile they are check out our video here.  

You can also get more ideas at our Pinterest site here.

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If you have any comments about zip ties, short cuts or ideas, please let us know below in the comments.  We’d love to hear from you – truly.

Love & Hugs,

Denine & Wiebke

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Fun, Simple, Quick Valentine’s Day Craft – Tile Plaque

Bible Verse Proverbs 18:24Welcome back to The Hard Hat Belles way to DIY (do it yourself) and LIY (learn it yourself).  Do it, learn it and laugh!!

If this is your first visit, you are in for a treat! Please grab your favorite cup-of-stuff, sit back, kick your feet up and enjoy.Tea for twoI love Valentine’s Day – don’t you? Although I think each day should be Valtentine’s Day.  Seriously, it shouldn’t take just one day a year for us to acknowledge or love on our loved ones whether it is a husband, boyfriend, friend, kid, mom or dad. We should do it everyday that we have with them.

I think I am especially sensitive to this since I lost my husband a little over a year ago.  I wished I could have hugged him more and told him more how much I loved him…..how special he was to me.  We didn’t spend 32 years together just because we had to; it was because we cared and loved one another.  We were partners. Not mine or yours, but ours as that old Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda movie went. Life is tough enough when we go it alone, but in this business of living together and raising a family as one unit their needs to be a partnership as God intended.

Okay – I am going to rant a bit if you want to put your hands over your ears right now. I don’t understand some of today’s generation. This mine or yours stuff….never ours?  You know what I am talking about – it usually revolves around money –  separate checking and saving accounts. Or you each have YOUR own bills to pay – separately. Or buying groceries separately with YOUR own money.  I am not saying all relationships are that way, but I have run into this mind set within my own family, friends and contacts.  It’s crazy if you ask me.  God created us to be dependent on each other. Can you just picture Adam telling Eve – That’s not your rib, it’s mine and I want it back?  Or it’s your fault I ate the apple so you deal with this problem – it’s not mine! Or Eve telling Adam since he ate the dang apple he can suffer all those ridiculous labor pains! Hilarouious, isn’t it. It shouldn’t be your money or my money – it should be our money regardless of who is making it and paying the bills.  It is those tough times as well as the good times that build the relationship into a lasting memorable one. Those battles that are unique to “our” relationship. If we are not partners and we start with a “mine” or “yours” how can we make things work out for the best “together?”

Just a quick unpaid for plug – The Dave Ramsey Financial Plan is awesome.  Wiebke and I both went through the program with our husbands at different times and it really made a difference in how we each looked at finances and our spouses.

Anyway, enough about my thoughts and onto some really fun crafting time.  These Valentine Tile Plaques are super easy to do alone, with a friend, your child or grandchildren. Wiebke and I had a blast!  Check us out HERE.

Do you like Pinterest and Google?  Sometimes, we come across ideas on Facebook that one of our friends will have posted and we just have to give it a try.

Peonie, Wiebke and I LLLOOOVVVEEE to check out Pinterest or Google when we are looking for ideas or ways to do something differently and then of course we put our own unique spin on it.  The Valentine’s Day Tile Craft is one such idea.  We checked out a few different Pinterest and Google ideas and put our own unique spin on it.  We hope you love it as much as we do.Peonie Barbie Wannabee and PlaquesThe instructions for the Tile Craft are listed below, but first we did find a few things we tried that did and didn’t work out (failed).

  • We tried the rolling pin idea that someone else posted to roll out the bubbles the paper makes…..complete fail as it tore the paper while it was wet with Mod Podge.
  • We really liked using the hot glue gun to put the buttons on as it dried really quickly and we could build on the design.  I just recently used a “cool” glue gun at my son, Jason’s house for a craft with my grandkids and I think that is my new favorite thing to use.  I was forever burning my fingers with the hot glue gun as I was always in a hurry for instant results.
  • For faster drying results a fan on the project will definitely cut down on your drying time.  Can you tell I like things done quickly?

Now on to the actual crafting (rubbing my hands together).

 ITEMS YOU WILL NEEDValentine's Day Tile Craft Supplies

Ceramic tile – the size is up to you.

Scrapbooking papers – use your imagination (tissue paper, gift wrap, construction etc).

ModPodge – you can purchase it or search Pinterest/Google for homemade.

Bling/Ribbons/Lace – This is where you can get really creative (buttons, beads, various ribbons, gems, small fabric flowers etc).

Sponge brush (we found that this leaves less streaking on craft projects).

Hot or Cool Glue Gun (you can also use tacky glue or white school glue – it just takes longer for drying period).

Scissors (you can use a variety of different cutting styles and tearing techniques).

Acrylic Spray Sealer (optional).

Please use caution when using the hot glue gun, scissors and acrylic spary sealer. Please see disclaimer here.

  • Cut one sheet of scrapbook paper(s) to the size of the tile. You can use different sizes of paper to create a unique design as well. You can be creative and use special scissors or even tear it.
  • Cover the whole tile with Mod podge, using a sponge brush. Place the paper on top of the tile.  Press out all the bubbles as best as you can.
  • Cover the scrapbook paper(s) with another layer of Mod Podge and let it dry for about 30 minutes.
  • ŒAttach ButtonsUse a hot glue gun (or your choice adhesive) to attach buttons, lace, bling etc. to the tile.
  • If you want to add a sealer, you can use an acrylic spray sealer to finish off the tile, however that is optional as the Mod Podge seals very well on it’s own.
Completed Craft Tile

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If you have any comments about this craft, short cuts or ideas, please let us know below in the comments.  We’d love to hear from you.

Love & Hugs,

Denine & Wiebke

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In The Beginning The Hard Hat Belles

Hi Y’all!

We are so excited that you decided to stop by our small area of the web.  Grab a coffee or tea (coffee for me, please) and sit a spell as you get to know us just a little bit better.

Time for tea with THHB
Time for tea with THHB

I promise this story on how Wiebke and I gave The Hard Hat Belles it’s start has a happy, ongoing ever after.

September 1, 2014 – Labor Day.  A day I personally will never forget.  It is the day my loving husband of 32 years, Bill, passed away from prostate cancer.

I can’t remember exactly, but it was either the day he passed away or the next day that Wiebke called and TOLD me, yes told me (wait until you get to know her better), that she was coming over to help in any way she could.  At this time Wiebke and I knew each other through the North Branch Wesleyan church I attended.  She was nice and I was nice, but it was more an acquaintance type relationship; not really close.  You know the kind, right? She didn’t know much about my family, nor I hers.

Later, she shared with me that she felt she needed to be with me during this time, so she couldn’t give me an option.  You see, the previous year in September Wiebke had lost her Mutti (mother).  She was still grieving, yet she came to me and served me during my time of sorrow.  She prayed with me,  helped get the house ready for relatives and gave me a few chuckles along the way. I love that woman!

Thereafter, we would get together on Wednesdays and console and help each other out.  We felt we could be ourselves with each other during our grief.  For some reason Wednesdays worked for us; so Wednesdays were “our” day.  During the first few months she would come to my house, but after that we switched between our two homes.  Goodness knows we had enough projects that needed doing between us.

Replacing a motor coupling on my washer
Replacing a motor coupling on my washer

There would be a lot of laughter as we tried to do things on our own, which we didn’t always know how to do.  We did a lot of Google and  Pinterest searching and YouTube watching.  Sometimes we couldn’t find any help and we would make it up as we went.  And sometimes we had complete failures….but always laughter.

Do you remember the I Love Lucy Show?  Ethel and Lucy would get into the most unusual hysterical fixes.  Yep, that was, is, and probably will always be – us!

Our unknown beginning at a women's retreat we both attended.
Our unknown beginning at a women’s retreat we both attended.

As we continued this way, we kept saying to each other, “if anyone saw or heard us right now they would laugh themselves crazy.” Laughter is healthy – right!  After saying that about a hundred times we both thought – why not?  Why not make others laugh while learning?  Why not do something that we could glorify God with?  We both have bachelor degrees and are intelligent woman (okay, most of the time), surely we could figure out how to do this YouTube video blogging thing.  Oh, and by the way we were going to be ready to roll out in May 2015.  NOT!

That was all in February of 2015, this year.  Little did we know how little we really knew.  We were ambitious and we were going to roll out our little video world in May and stay sane – not happening, wasn’t going to happen and didn’t happen.  Yep, just a few months after we decided to launch a YouTube channel and blog site.  Ah…..nope, I repeat – that didn’t happen!!

As May approached we realized how little we actually knew.  We filmed our very first episode all by ourselves and it STUNK!!  No kidding and laughter aside; it was pretty bad.  With the little knowledge we had (enough to know we didn’t have it) we still knew it was bad….really bad…..really, really bad.

So, back to the drawing board.  What do we need to do to make this happen?  We did research and more research.  We took library video classes.  We read books. We watched a lot of YouTube videos.  That’s where we met our VB (virtual boyfriend), James Wedmore.  He taught us a lot and he is definitely easy on the eye (wink, wink).

It began with two women
You gotta have your Sweet Belle tools!
You gotta have your Sweet Belle tools!

We started buying only the necessary items we needed to produce a semi-sort of-hopefully professional video – you guessed it – on a zero budget.  Wiebke started focusing on the video portion and I focused on the blogging.  We figured we could cover twice as much ground twice as fast.

However, we did not factor in that we are both menopausal and our memories also stink.  So we did a lot of note taking…stay tuned as we might do an episode on how to avoid carpel tunnel…and moved forward.

Our go-to photographer
Our go-to photographer

We met Tyler, our video editor, through a very good friend, Danielle (our unofficial photography consult – nope she didn’t know it at that time).  I contacted Danielle because she owns her own photography business that also produces wedding videos.  She had to know more than us or at least we hoped so.  And she did! She knew Tyler, a freelance videographer , who worked through her business; Danielle Leach Photography.   Danielle contacted him for us and gave us his phone number.  Poor guy, he just didn’t know what he was in for.

Well, I gave him a call and set up the appointment to meet at my house with him and Wiebke.  That young man was awesome, he took us right under his wing and showed us how to use video and audio programming and equipment.   I remember our first filming session where he laughed as hard as us and shaking his head said  “man’s greatest asset gone feminine.”  Five months later we do most of the filming of our shows all by ourselves.

Peonie Barbie Wannabee
Peonie Barbie Wannabee

As we continued to gain steam in our new adventure (and our creative juices started flowing) we added Peonie “Barbie” Wannabe to our team and she can really get in some fixes! Just you watch and see.  Peonie has a story all her own about how she became a part of our team, but that’s another blog.  And of course we needed JC, who does her own interpretation of the southern belle voice over for Peonie.  Sidney is our animator for Peonie and supplies more laughs with his stop motion antics. He is hysterical.   We recently added Ashley to our team as our Social Media Expert  (she likes to be behind the scenes) as us “wise woman” (we never say old),  would be lost in the world of social media, (another challenge for another day).

As we look back on where we started and how far we have come we are amazed!  It truly is a God thing, as there is no way in this world we would  ever have come up with this idea or done this all on our own.  When we would get discouraged our mighty God came through for us and provided the help we needed each step of the way.  Each person on our team was absolutely placed there by the grace of God and has been a true blessing to The Hard Hat Belles.  Never think you are too “wise” to learn, because each person on our team has taught us  a lot in their own creative area.

Cupboard Organizing
Cupboard Organizing

By now our creative juices are really flowing and we kept rethinking, “what else could we do or add to make The Hard Hat Belles special.” We knew we wanted to find a way to glorify God and share His love with others through our videos in a sharing caring way. But we also didn’t want to be obnoxious about it as we really have good things to share with others.  So, why not do something special for God as He has blessed us in so many ways. So, we added a Bible verse to every video we do.

During this whole journey we have both felt strongly that God has led us on this very special path which has been a mantra for us;  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD.

God's Work Jeremiah 29:11
God’s Work Jeremiah 29:11

It really is a fun way to close our videos with.  We pray and hope you will continue to enjoy our videos with laughter that will encourage, educate and brighten your day.  For tons of laughs keep in mind that we will add our Menopausal Retakes at the end of each video.

Well, that’s our story.  We are so glad you stopped in and would love to know what you think.

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Behind The Scenes
For a taste of The Hard Hat Belles, click the link below to view our “Behind the Scenes” premiere video

We would love for you to attend our premiere, but we know you are a super busy person — so you can view our video premiere right here.

Please enjoy yourself and we’d love to hear your comments.

Love & Hugs,

Denine & Wiebke

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