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* THE COUNTRY CHIC COTTAGE (DIY, Home Decor, Crafts, Farmhouse)

* THE COUNTRY CHIC COTTAGE (DIY, Home Decor, Crafts, Farmhouse)

5 Kitchen Staples You Can Make Yourself If you take a look in your pantry, you’re bound to find some of the usual store-bought staples like peanut butter, mayo or salad dressing, and most of us don’t think twice about heading to the grocery store for these commonly-used items. But could you get a better product, with less waste, for less money by making some of these items yourself? We say, of course! Difficulty level: Easy What you’ll need: 1 pound shelled and skinned peanuts, roasted 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon honey 1 teaspoon oil Food storage container How to make it: 1. 2. 3. Compostable waste: Peanut shells and skins Recyclable waste: Honey packaging (find local plastic recycling), oil packaging (find local glass recycling) Trash: None

Craft Cart and a Craft Room Tour! - The Country Chic Cottage I wanted to share the craft cart I added to my craft room along with a new video tour of my entire space. It has been a year since I showed the place I work everyday and I thought y’all might be interested to see the changes. You can also see more than 25 spaces below that will inspire you to have you very own space for creating the things you love. I have wanted one of these carts from Ikea for a long, long time. We recently had a store open in Memphis so I was able to make the trek to get the cart and add it to my space. I used my Silhouette to cut vinyl for the front. Each layer of the cart contains mostly things I use daily. I did reserve the bottom for incoming projects that have not been completed yet. Want to see the rest of my space? Error loading player: No playable sources found Want to see pictures instead of a video? I am also joining in the craft room tours with the lovely ladies from Snap! There are over 25 great craft rooms and workspaces to tour below.

The Cheese Thief When I did my salt dough gift tag tutorial I didn't post any pictures of how I used the salt dough gift tags. That's because this year I fell so behind in all of my Christmas shopping. I have been trying desperately to catch up and get all my holiday shopping complete. I did manage to get a little more than half of my shopping done, so I'll show you some ideas on how to integrate the salt dough gift tags into your wrapping. I'll also show you how to create some custom stamped wrapping paper of your own. Salt dough recipe and tutorial here. Framed Skeleton Keys Instead of paying $99 for framed skeleton keys, Angie from The Country Chic Cottage suggests stalking secondhand stores to make these beauties at a fraction of the cost. A mere fraction of the cost. Like $7 for two instead of $200! Angie pulled it off by pairing a set of reproduction skeleton keys she found at the flea market with thrift store frames. I love how they came out! Angie was inspired by the Key Shadow Box Collection from Restoration Hardware. Check out Angie’s DIY wall art at The Country Chic Cottage.

35 DIY Fall Crafts and Recipes I am so excited for Fall this year! The link party is packed of Halloween Crafts, Fall Delicious Recipes, and of course so many other DIY Projects and Makeovers. You guys are amazing! I am featuring today 35 Fall Crafts and Recipes made by you! Be ready to drool and visit many fantastic blogs! Let’s do it! White Hot Chocolate Recipe by Inspiration by D. DIY Pumpkin Soap by Clean and Scentsible. This would make a cute gift perhaps for the host of a Fall Party. Black Widow Spider Bites by Mom On Timeout. Halloween Spider Pumpkin by A Pumpkin & a Princess. Payday Caramel Corn by Shugary Sweets. I love me some popcorn! I am in love with this gorgeous Fall Pine Flower Wreath by Today’s Fabulous Finds. Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Roll Bars by AKM Designs and Delights. Rosette Pumpkin Pillow Tutorial by Girl Loves Glam. Adorable Witch Hat Cookies by Ginger Snap Crafts. Candy Corn Star Burst by Mom On Timeout. Molasses Pumpkin Kiss Cookies. Yumminess from The Diary of Daves Wife. Apple Pie Fudge by Shugary Sweets.

The Cheese Thief I needed bakers twine for the Valentine's Day Card I made, but did not have any on hand. I decided to try to make some baker's twine with some butchers twine I had at home. I want to note that if you need a lot of baker's twine then it probably makes more sense for you to buy it. But if you just need a couple of yards or live somewhere that does not sell baker's twine, then this tutorial is for you. Use a drill to separate the butchers twine into two strands. Take one of the strands and dye it with the dye of your choice, I used food coloring which worked ok for a more light pastel color.

gold leaf rocks i’ve always had a soft spot for rock art. there’s something about it that reminds of of summer camp west virginia and drawing with paint on river rocks. so when kate did a linocut stamp project with rocks the other week i started looking around for great rock-related projects. one of the projects i loved came from claire chauvin, a photography teacher in texas. her gold leaf river rock project is elevates rock-art to a whole new level and sure beats the painted rocks i made when i was younger. this would be such a fun way to personalize a tabletop, give a quirky gift to a friend (monogrammed?), or just spend an afternoon making something pretty for your home. CLICK HERE for the full project instructions. [ps: emergency wedding project help-- does anyone know a place in manhattan where i can buy fabric for an ink jet printer? i need to print on some asap for a wedding project and the place i ordered from just told me they're back-ordered. ack!]

Paper Flowers – Anyone Can Do That | Japanese Kusudama, this tutorial is featured on Craftuts Anyone can do that, I assure you. The proof: I can, just take a quick look at my result below. And, believe me, I am neither meticulous nor particularly patient. Below you can see my very first attempt to create paper flowers. What you will need to make your own Kusudama paper ball? 1. 3. 4. (optionally) I prefer torn paper instead of cut. You have to start with a single petal. Now you have to glue your 5 petals into a flower. Apply the glue to only one side of each petal, except for the last one, in this case cover both sides with glue. Your first flower is done. Don’t glue every petal right after you make it. When all 12 flowers are finished you have to glue them together. When two halves of Kusudama Flower Ball are ready you have to glue them together.

crafts lessons: how to sew a fish net…inadvertent knotted jute demijohn knockoff During our holidays last week, I was able to visit one of my favourite little shops. It’s a quaint little place that offers all sorts of beautiful items from artisans from around Ontario. I have purchased some really unusual items in this little shop, where I also seem to find inspiration. Crafts lessons: How to sew a fish net…Inadvertent Knotted jute Demijohn knockoff For example this little sea side jar. This picture was taken with my iPhone and I had taken several pictures from every possible angle because I wanted to come home and try to figure out how to make the netting around it. Long story short, I got out my jute and started playing with the netting as soon as I came home (not even having unpacked three days worth of dirty clothes). I thought I had it figured out and was happy that it had only taken me a couple of minutes, but was not too happy with the way the top of the net looked, as it wasn’t as clean as the one I had pictured at the store. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. over into the loop

Welcome To Amanda’s Diner I'm serving up a few tasty treats for you today! The first specialty of the house is our new favorite way to have breakfast. Rainbow Pancakes Yes, that is pancake batter. Now. There is no need to silently nod to yourself in victorious gloating satisfaction because (hanging head)… you were right. Food coloring and making my kids happy. Now that's one happy short stack. My kids have never eaten so many pancakes in one sitting before. I used a version of this recipe, and added food coloring, flax seed, and love. Don't forget the love. Sorry. *Do you want to see some more fun baked stuff? *Click here to see how I reply to Rainbow Pancake Haters. Well, in addition to serving pancakes to our very special guests today (thats you!) Some magic cookies. Because, if all goes well, they will magically help one exceptional blogger friend sell her house! That's right… I made my very sweet friend Kami 'Open House' cookies! Each cookie has their address written on it. Did I mention what a great idea this is???