Monday, April 29, 2013

15 Mother's Day gifts to make- for the cook, gardner, and fashionista

Mother's Day is less than two weeks away now, but that's still plenty of time to make Mom a special gift. Here's a round up of 15 diy gifts from my blog that will suit Moms of all types. First, for the cook or entertainer:

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Homemade air freshner

It's been a busy week so I haven't been able to post much. We were getting ready for a friend's wedding and I did make a project for that which I'll share later. 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Bling frame, candle holder and card- Mother's Day Gift Set

I wrote this post as part of campaign with Blueprint Social. All opinions are my own.
It seems like we always need a quick gift for an unexpected occasion. Mother’s Day is coming up, followed by graduation and the end of the school year. When I received my box of Gemz and Bling on a Roll, I instantly started thinking about sparkly gifts for divas for those occasions. I came up with this card, frame and candle holder gift set. Perfect for mom or the girly diva graduate.

To make the card, I started with a sketch from I "Heart" 2 Stamp  I love using a sketch as a starting point for a card or paper craft project.  I used a premade card base that is 6.5 inches by 5 inches.  To make the card:

Cut a green card stock panel to fit the front of the card.

Cut from patterned paper a 2 1/2 in. x 6 1/4 in. strip and two 4 in. x 2 1/2 in. strips. I used a piece of glitter patterned paper for my longer strip since I wanted this to be a sparkly project. I also punched the edge of the long strip with a scalloped punch and inked the edges.
Layer the strips as shown.

Cut a strip of 3 Black silver Bling on  Roll and layer over strip. Cut two sections of Black silver Bling on a Roll three sections long and layer at the top and bottom over the smaller pieces of patterned paper as shown. Bling on a Roll can be used on cards and layouts in many of the same ways you would use regular ribbon.
Stamp, and color if necessary, image of choice. Adhere image as shown. I used foam pop dots to attach the image so it would have a little height and clear the Bling on a Roll.

For the picture frame you will need:

·        Wood frame

·        White acrylic paint

·        Scrapbook paper

·        Bling on a Roll

·        Mod Podge, glue gun, and glue
I mimicked the sketch on the frame too. I started with an unfinished wood frame that measures 9.6 in. x 7.6 in. with a 6 x 4 picture opening. To make your own, first paint the frame with white acrylic paint. Cut the following strips from patterned paper- 8 3/4 in. x 1 1/2 in., two 1 in x 7 1/2 in strips and two 1 1/2 x 2 1/8  in. Adhere the 1 in. x 7 1/2 inch strips at the top left and bottom right of your frame with Mod Podge. Adhere the 8 3/4 in. x 1 1/2 in. strip next to the photo opening. Line up the two 1 1/2 in. x 2 1/8 in. strips with the long strip at the top and bottom of the photo opening. After everything is attached, coat over all of it with a coat of Mod Podge. Add Bling on a Roll as shown.
Last, to make the flower for the candle holder, cut eight 4 inch strips of Bling on a Roll. Fold each strip and glue ends together to form loops.

You may want to use hot glue for this. Once all loops are complete, glue to a small circle of felt to make a flower. Cover center with a button.

Glue a strip of Bling on a Roll around candle holder and glue flower on top.

Now you have a fun, sparkly gift set for Mom, graduate, or for a friend just because.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

10 Amazing Spring wreaths

I hung my spring wreath out last week (a little late I know, but we're still in season.) I made it a couple of years ago and I still enjoy it. When I do get ready for a new one, there's lots of inspiration out there.



Thursday, April 11, 2013

Blinged out clips and clothespins

Today's project is so stinkin' easy it can barely be called a craft, but the results are so amazing, folks will think you spent hours. I was recently sent of box of goodies from Darice containing Gemz and Bling on a Roll. Look at all the fun colors Gemz comes in!
I couldn't wait to play with this stuff so I'm sharing a quick little project ahead of schedule. I've got a bigger project in the works with some bling on a roll. I grabbed some clothespins and binder clips from my stash. (I saw a set of rhinestone clothespins at one of the craft stores recently but knew that I could make way more of them with a pack of clothespins from the Dollar Tree for less than what they wanted for the few in the set.)  I painted my clothespins with some white acrylic paint first. Once they were dry, I cut some Gemz to fit and adhered it. So easy! Gemz comes in adhesive backed strips and can be cut and shaped as you need it. I used a 1in x 12 inch strip of crystal AB and a 2 in x 12 in strip of crystal for my pins.

Then I used some crystal and purple to decorate some binder clips.

I love the way these look. The binders can be used for their original purpose or as photo or recipe holders. The clothespins would be fun with magnets on the back used on a magnet board or used in garlands or to clip photos on wire or string in an empty frame.

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Natural orange cleaner

I've mentioned that we've moved to a whole foods diet, no more processed foods. We've even done the Whole30, and for hubby's sake, we've extended it out to a Whole45 as of this weekend. We've had a lot of extra stress, so he wanted to extend the program to see if he got better results now that things are settling down a bit. He's actually not wanting to reintroduce any of the foods we eliminated because he's seen such improvements in his health, so we may be following a strict paleo diet forever. I'll let you know how it goes.
I've started making efforts to be more "green" and natural in other areas too, like with cleaning products so I had to give this natural orange cleaner a try. You can read about it here at Apartment Therapy and Kitchen Stewardship. Just like they say, all you need to do is toss the rinds in a jar. We've been eating more oranges and lemons on Whole30 so it' s been easy for me to quickly fill up a jar. I currently have a lemon batch sitting now.  Once your jar is full, fill with white vinegar and let is sit a couple of weeks. Here's my orange peels soaking.

Strain your new cleaner out after a couple of weeks and enjoy the fruity smell. I've been using it to clean greasy countertops and I'm going to try it on glass. I'm sure you can use it most ways you use vinegar. I also kept the peels and wipe the sink with them and then toss down the disposal to freshen it up.

In what ways have you gone "natural" or "green"?

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Bringing spring in- Terrariums and mini gardens

Easter came so early this year! I hope you all had a blessed day celebrating our risen Lord.


Even though Easter has passed, there is still plenty of time to celebrate Spring. My home could certainly use some spring touches. I've been particularly drawn to earthy things this year, so here are five ideas for creating terrariums and mini gardens.

These are on my "Must Do" list. (Oh and pretend this posted Monday. I know, it's Tuesday.)
Here's a link for top plants to use in terrariums.