A fun and simple way to create wall art is with clipboards. They are inexpensive and you can find them just about anywhere. I purchased mine from Office Max. I wanted a place in my home for printables and the kids artwork. Something that I could easily switch out regularly without too much trouble. This is working out beautifully.
Have I ever told you how much I dislike laundry? It’s a never ending cycle of dirty clothes. With five of us it’s a continuous job to stay caught up. I spend way too much money on laundry soap and I’m always looking for ways to cut costs. For years I’ve heard of making your own laundry soap, but I was nervous. Would it clean our clothes? Would it smell like fresh clean laundry? Finally I decided enough was enough and I was going to give it a try!
I picked up all of these products from Walmart and got to work. I used an old grater to grate the bars of Fels-Naptha. This soap is very hard. I microwaved each bar for 30 seconds and it became soft and easy to grate. I used an empty storage bin for mixing. I mixed a little of each product at a time and used a large spoon to mix them all together.
Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda = $3.24
Borax Detergent Booster = $3.97
2 Bars of Fels-Naptha = $.97 per Bar
Sun Oxi Cleaner = $5.47
Biz Color Safe Powder = $5.97
2 Bottles of Purex Crystals = $3.97 per Bottle
Total Cost $28.69
I used large glass jar to store the soap. It can be purchased from Walmart for $9.97. We have several of these jars in our home for storing different things. I painted a quick label out of chalkboard paint for looks. I have been told this should last approximately a year. I’m sure it varies between families and the amount of washing that you do. I’m curious to see how long it lasts for our family. I used a piece of tape and wrote the date on the bottom of the jar for future reference. For each load you are to use 1-2 tablespoons. The laundry smells great and I’m happy that I finally decided to give homemade laundry soap a try.
I have been working on my new wall art for months. Collecting hoops and gathering fabrics. Some of these fabrics are new and others are vintage. I wanted it to be fun and colorful and full of different patterns. This is in our dining room which is also my office area.
We finally decided on a new color for this room. Soon enough it will be a fun shade of aqua. I almost choose a shade similar to an orange creamsicle. I’m making over my desk too. The black is chipping and I want a something brighter. Maybe I could find an old chair that I could reupholster and ditch this one.
My favorite part is how the hoops wrap around my desk. I promise you I had the most difficult time getting it just right. I have several holes that need to be patched and I considered starting over numerous times. I suggest laying the hoops on the floor and rearranging as you feel necessary. Hang each hoop using a small nail. The majority of these hoops have been thrifted. I paid anywhere from .25 to $1.00 for each of them.
I may be in way over my head. Truth be told I’m a little nervous. This beauty was sitting off to the side of a local flea market. It was priced at $45 dollars. I’ve been searching for an old dresser to use for our bathroom. This piece is full of potential. Underneath the chipping laminate is beautiful wood.
I wasn’t going to pay the $45 price tag. It’s all about a bargain even though I knew this piece was worth every penny. I told myself I wouldn’t pay more than $30. As soon as the negotiations began he said can you do $25? I celebrated even though I immediately had buyers remorse. I quickly thought of all of the sanding and work that needed to be done.
After taking more measurements this piece is huge. It may be too large but I won’t know for sure until I see it in place. For now I have a new project to take my mind off of all the responsibility weighing me down. Sometimes you just need a little escape and this project is exactly what I need.
We can all use a little more organization when it comes to our jewelry. A way to easily get to our favorite pieces for daily use. We don’t want to forget about our favorites because they are tucked away in a drawer. Something that’s pretty and functional. I’ve gathered a few DIY ideas from friends to share with you today. You can make any of these storage ideas yourself and your jewelry will thank you for it.
Birthday’s are special in our house. The cake is always our favorite part and the candle should be just as beautiful. Over the years I haven’t found candles that I like. They never seem to match the celebration and theme. So instead of settling I give them a quick makeover.
For Dylan’s eighth birthday we wanted something that stood out and I decided to give this boring red and white candle a classic look of gold. It doesn’t take much effort to turn a boring a candle into something beautiful.
You can use a lot of different supplies to turn a candle into something spectacular including rhinestones. This takes just a little bit of patience but it’s worth it in the end.
For every candle makeover you need to start with a cheap candle and an xacto knife. Begin by removing the outlining color of wax. Try to keep a smooth cut. The wax comes off quickly so be sure not to remove too much.
Oh little Brianna. Your colorful personality and big ideas. While sitting at the dining room table brainstorming ideas we were stumped. Everything I mentioned wasn’t her style. She looked at our vintage gumball machine and said “Gumballs”!
I went online to Oriental Trading and ordered the Gumballs. You can also find them at Target or The Dollar Tree. I stopped by my favorite craft store and picked up these perfect little bags. They come in all shapes and sizes. This is a 3.75 inch x 6 inch. They are perfect for favors.
I Chews You Printable
Two Sided Tape
We filled each bag full of the colorful gumballs and Brianna signed her name on each of the Valentine’s. She was so excited to see it all come together.
I think that we can agree it’s hard to find the perfect entertainment center. We want something with character. Something that’s design is hard to miss. A beautiful piece of furniture that will last and most importantly it needs to be wonderfully convenient. Leave the cords behind and get inspired by these Entertainment Center Idea’s!
Hello there friends, Can you believe Valentines Day is right around the corner? I don’t know about you but I always struggle creating decorations that I love that don’t scream red and pink. This is a really inexpensive fun way to bring some love into your home.
Start off with a plain canvas and black sharpie. My canvas was 11×14 and under three dollars. There is no need to fuss over your handwriting. Just go with it and it will turn out beautiful. I decided to keep mine simple and repeated I love you throughout. You could easily write the lyrics to your favorite love songs or copy a paragraph from a love letter.
We wanted to give our good friends a little extra Christmas spirit. We created our own Gingerbread House Kit for their family to enjoy. We began with a trip to our Dollar Store for candies.
We picked up Dots, Gumballs, Animal Crackers, Old Fashioned Candies, Peppermints and Spearmint. I used some chocolate wafers and shredded coconut as well.
Our candies went into small bags sealed with a piece of white polka dot washi tape. We used graham crackers and cut them carefully to make the shapes of a gingerbread house. If you want to see what they look like you can check them out here.
There is something about candy that just makes everyone smile. We included enough supplies for our friends to make two gingerbread houses.
I purchased a square craft box. At the bottom I packed two cake circles from Wilton. I then added our candy and carefully packed our graham crackers inside. Lastly I added a bag full of the dry mix for Royal Icing.
I added the lid to our festive Pom Pom Christmas Present and tied it tightly with red yarn. You can give these fun kits to all of your friends this season and they are budget friendly so don’t forget anyone!