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Friday, July 18, 2014

DIY Vintage Vanity Makeover: Guest Project

I am excited to share this project by my friend Rachel G. Rachel and I lived together our freshmen year of college at the University of Tennessee. We were meant to be roommates, both adventurous and colorful. We won the best dorm room for our creative DIY decorations. We had so much fun. Rachel received this vanity from her husband for her birthday. She sanded the peeling imperfections to create the perfect vanity.  She did a great job!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

DIY Backyard Citronella Mason Jar Candles

This week's post is all about an easy to do project. I love being outside in my recently renovated backyard but I hate the bugs. The bugs love me. With just a couple of easy to find items, you can create your own citronella candles from mason jars. I estimate that each costs $3.75 and will last you the entire summer. 

I imagine these to be perfect for a backyard wedding. They can serve the purpose of table decor, yet they keep the bugs away from your guests. 

Items needed:
Mason jar(s)
Citronella oil (purchased at Kroger but can also be found at Lowe's or Home Depot)
Rosemary (substitute any herb that smells good)
Lemon slices
Floating Candle
Ribbon (optional) 

Load up your ingredients in your mason jar (or decorative vase), oil, rosemary and lemon slices before topping with your floating candle. In just order three minutes you can have the perfect outdoor centerpiece that does double duty! The smell is fantastic and will keep you outside for hours on end. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Make your Own Pinata

Pinatas are incredible expensive and while being honest, rather boring when bought in-store. I will show you how to make your own custom pinata in just a few hours and for less than $10. 

Supplies Needed:
Large Cardboard Boxes (Think packing boxes)
1 or 2 Light-Cardboard Boxes (Think cereal boxes) 
Heavy-duty Scissors
Shipping Tape
Glue (I used Elmer's)
Tissue Paper or Streamers

First disclaimer, my photos start with my "5" pinata and then switch to my pyramid pinata since I wanted to finish my "5" pinata on the Fox Morning Show. 

First, draw your design on your thick cardboard. Use the first piece to trace onto your back pieces to ensure that are a consistent size. 
Next, cut your thinner cardboard boxes (cereal boxes) into several strips 4 inches wide. You can go wider but I wouldn't suggest going any smaller. 
Then, begin to tape your 4" strips onto your think cardboard to build the 3d design. 

Next, cut your tissue paper into long 3" strips. If you are using streamer paper, then your work here is done. 
Next, cut uniform cuts into your 3" strips. I had a pair of herb sheers that I used, I know it's cheating but I admit that I've never used them in the kitchen.
Starting at the bottom of your pinata, glue one strip at a time onto your pinata. I spaced them out out 1 inch per strip. 

The final steps include stapling rope or string onto your pinata to hang it and stuffing it with candy. I haven't stuffed mine just yet (with adult airplane bottles, ha ha) but I will cut a small hole into the side and then hot glue back together.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Make Your Own Music Festival Headpiece

Modern day music festivals still look like a picture from Woodstock, tons of hot sweaty music lovers embracing the outdoor elements to hear world-class music. My favorite part of any music festival is the fashion. Music festivals are the place where almost anything is acceptable, although not all outfits are award-winning. I prefer to be fashionable, comfy yet feminine. The stable piece to any look is a flower headpiece. I made mine for Bonnaroo 2014 in just under $7.00.

Items Needed:
Green floral wire ($1.50)
Pliers (I owned)
Hot glue gun (I owned)
Assorted plastic flowers ($5.50, although you can easily use real flowers from your garden or florist)

Use the floral wire to make the shape around my head. 

Next, I cut off the flowers from the wire stems. 

The last step is to begin to build your headpiece by hot gluing your flowers as you desire. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Lace and Doily Bowls

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

DIY Cleaning Supplies

Making your own cleaning supplies will save your bank account lots of money. Additionally, depending on how you make your cleaners, you can make make your cleaning products without any toxins and chemicals. I've researched many products and recipes and put my favorites on my blog. Please get creative and share your recipes here.

Supplies and Purpose
Vinegar- is beneficial because vinegar is a safe, inexpensive, and effective cleaner that is easier on the environment than many of the contents of manufactured cleaners

Baking Soda- commonly used natural cleaning product, as it is excellent for softening water, removing grease and oil from cloth, and for descaling appliance such as coffee machines.

Essential Oil- safe and all natural way to scent your products. 

Lemons- You can use lemon peels to clean copper and brass metal showpieces and items that get dirty very easily. Even hard plastics, tupperware, glass doors and windows, rust stains from iron metals can be cleaned with the lemon peels. You can also clean stains on clothes and cloth shoes with lemon peels or juice. You can either use lemon peel alone or make a paste of it with citrus acid to get the best results. Keep lemon peel on the garbage disposal area to prevent odour. Rub a fresh slice of lemon on the cutting board to sanitise it and kill the germs. You can also add few drops of lemon juice to make the clothes smell good. Rub lemon slice on the palms to get rid of cooking smells.

Oranges- This fruit peel or pulp can be used in many ways for cleaning. Take the dried orange peel and grind it to a powder. Add few drops of white vinegar and use it as a citrus cleaner. You can rub off stains from metals, glass panes and tables. You can also remove stubborn stains from your light coloured clothes. You can boil few orange peels in water and spray it as a natural fruit air freshener to spread the aroma of oranges.

Room Refresher (Faux Febreeze)
2 Cups Warm Water
1/4 Cup Fabric Softner
1 Tsp Baking Soda

All Purpose Cleaner
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1/2 TSP Castile or Dish Soap
2 Cups Warm Water

Glass Cleaner
1/4 Cup Vinegar
4 Cups Warm Water

Anti-Bacterial Spray
1 Cup Water
20 Drops Essential Oil ( I used tea tree oil)

Kitchen Degreaser
2 Orange Peels
2 Cups Vinegar
1/2 Cup Warm Water