DIY

October 28, 2011

DIY Bunting Necklace

Super easy and super cute!

Tutorial coming next week!

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October 27, 2011

I must be Crazy (DIY Recycled Tin Can Wind Chime)

Am I crazy? Yeah I’m probably a little more than crazy. I collect things that I know should be recycled, it bothers me to see them get thrown away. So of course my kitchen is getting filled up with recyclables, in my cupboards, in my pantry, its overflowing, so I have to find ways to use them.

While watching a music video the other day I saw a wind chime made from tin cans. So I tried this idea, painted the cans, put some holes in the cans with hammer and nail and hung them up with scrap material and finally, using a bottle cap for the inside chime, I was done. Its all very simple and I rather like it, although I did get a laugh, but I’m not bothered. Now I can look for ways to improve this.

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October 26, 2011

DIY Anthro Necklace FAIL

I tried but I do not like what I came up with. I have some pretty neat old brooches but they didn’t go with the material I have. And this material is very stiff so it didn’t ruffle nicely.

Thanks to some Jack who left a comment in March I will never forget how to spell Brooch! A Thousand Thanks Jack, Thopter or whoever you are!

Well here is my attempt:


I will probably end up taking this apart and waiting to try again when I find some material that is more brooch worthy.

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October 24, 2011

DIY Birthday Streamers

My daughter turned 14, when did I get this old and where has the time gone? Well this is the first year that any talk of my decorations has been negative. I hung up these streamers that I had thought were very cute, but she was definitely embarrassed by them. I guess that’s life as a Jr Higher, being embarrassed by your parents.

I have these stairs all the way up 4 floors and it was the perfect place to hang these streamers from.

These are super easy to make, all you need is paper and scissors!

Thank you Jordan from Oh Happy Day!

For Instructions click here!

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October 21, 2011

Africa Shaped Christmas Ornaments

I’m thinking of making a bunch of these for Christmas –

What do you think? And what about the heart, yes or no?

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October 20, 2011

Vinegar – the Wonder Cleaner!

I live in a land where chemicals are used for everything, it literally makes me sick sometimes if I let myself think about it. But today I realized that even though I might not be able to change this countries way of doing things, there is something I can do with what I use in my own house. I was running out of cleaning supplies and honestly I didn’t want to buy anymore, the amount a bottle of floor cleaner costs is outrageous, so I started looking up recipes for cleaners and found that vinegar can be an amazing all-purpose cleaner. I am so excited to try this.

Here are two website that I found that were great help to me; love to know and the new homemaker.

One recipe for soft scrub that I found and works wonders is:

1/4 cup baking soda

1 tablespoon dish soap

and enough vinegar to make a past(about an 1/8 cup)

I will always have to buy dish soap and bleach to clean my dishes and produce but getting rid of some of the big polluter is a step in the right direction.

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October 17, 2011

DIY – Song Lyric Wall Art

I saw this on A Beautiful Mess Blog, I love how they turned an old painting into a lovely piece of art.

This is A Beautiful Mess version: Beautiful, wouldn’t you say?

Click here for the tutorial.

Here is my attempt:

Its rather simple and I hope you try it!

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October 12, 2011

DIY Easy Body Scrub

Only 3 ingredients in this body scrub:

~ BROWN SUGAR ~ GROUND COFFEE ~ HONEY

Whats lovely about the brown sugar here is that its unrefined, so its extra course, perfect for body scrub.

I just kind of guessed at how much to put together and it worked perfectly.

2 time use:

1 teaspoon coffee grounds

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon honey

Mix together and your set.

Use in the shower for body scrub or for a foot scrub when  doing a pedicure.

Enjoy!

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September 19, 2011

Anthropologie Lamp Shade – A Possible DIY Project

I am still in Kenya, in Nairobi at the moment, hanging with my husband and his colleagues while they check out some urban farming ideas. Because they have work to do; I have been able to spend some time on the internet, which is how I came across these beautiful lampshades.

I saw this first lamp shade when I was looking through Pinterest and from there it took me to Anthropologies website and of course made me think about how I could replicate this at my house. I am excited to try.

Please give this a try and if you do, send me a photo or link to your website so I can see your amazing work!

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September 2, 2011

Recycled Painted Glass Jars

I love to recycle, hence the name “Recycled Lovelies”, I will admit not everything that I recycle is lovely but I really enjoy how these turned out.

I started by putting stickers on them and than painted them with a glossy paint. Let the paint dry and than peeled off the sticker.

It was that simple! You might want to run an exacto knife around the stickers so the paint doesn’t get pulled off with the sticker.

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