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Homemade Christmas: Pendant Necklaces & Glass Magnets

Homemade Christmas: Pendant Necklaces & Glass Magnets
(Updated 11/8/2012) Welcome new visitors from Pinterest! I am so happy to have you here and love all the great feedback! If you have any questions about this project, please see the updates at the end of this post or read through the comments section. If you still have any unanswered questions, please feel free to email me and I will get back to you as soon as possible! This post may seem a little tardy in its timing, however many of the recipients of these homemade gifts are also readers of my lil’ ol’ blog. Neither of the projects were novel techniques. First up… Glass Marble Magnet Sets These little beauties can be made a variety of ways and the variations are endless. pretty patterned paper – thicker is a better flat-bottomed glass marbles – the ones in the floral department at Michael’s E-6000 glue circular paper punch strong round magnets Use paper punch to cut out circles of chosen paper. For packaging, I used an idea that I found at Madigan Made. Next up…

Hard Water Stains? Dishwasher detergent that works! **Updated** Since moving to an area that has particularly hard water, and with the mandated formula change to all dishwasher detergents, my dishes are an absolute mess. They are clean, I promise. But they don't look very clean, they look cloudy. My glass, my Tupperware even some of my metal items are all cloudy. It has been driving me nuts. After seeing someone else make homemade laundry detergent (more on that tomorrow), I started thinking...perhaps I could come up with a homemade dishwasher detergent that would help with my problem of cloudy dishes. Wanna see how well it works? Amazing huh? After making it, found a cute jar to put it in and then cut some brown vinyl letters so everyone would know what was in the jar. And then, because I am super lazy and didn't want to have remember my recipe, I cut brown vinyl for the back of the jar with my recipe! And just like magic, my dishes are now clean!! Home Made Dishwasher Detergent I love my sparkly clean dishes!!

leather lunch tote I don’t bring my lunch to work as often as I should. And by that, I mean never. What if I had a cool lunch tote? It might not help, but at the very least, it’s a fun project to practice your hand sewing and to make something interesting. Whether you need a lunch tote or not, this is a project you can modify for your own totable needs. See the full how-to after the jump! Before starting, print out the template on your printer using the “tile” function and tape it together to 100% scale. Materials 6–7 oz. weight stiff leatherheavy waxed thread Tools leather punches — #5 and #00leather sewing needlescontact cementrotary kniferulerstitching spacerdownloadable template Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Small Projects To all of you coming over from Pinterest: Thanks so much for stopping by! I can't believe the how popular this little post has become. If you decide to try this project, please send me a link so I can check it out! Other puffy paint posts: Now back to your regularly scheduled program.... I found this pattern on Pinterest. I drew my own pattern and then used puffy paint on top of wax paper to draw it out. Then I used some mod podge to glue it on and I added it to my collection on the wall. I like! Another random project: I made this wreath to hang on my front door.

The Nourished Life: How to Eat to Increase Your Metabolism Learning to eat to increase your metabolism can be a long and complicated journey. At least, that’s what I used to think. It turns out the solution might be a lot more simple than I previously thought. I’ll admit, I’ve tried a lot of the typical “tricks” to increase my metabolism. You’ve probably heard of them. Some of these are founded in logic. What was missing from my approach was a simple method of monitoring biofeedback and tweaking my diet accordingly. In my last post about how I got rid of my cold hands and feet, I brought up a few basic ideas about increasing your metabolic rate (which conveniently solves cold hands and feet, as well as quite a few other annoying issues associated with a low metabolism). How to Eat to Increase Your Metabolism The basic idea in Eat for Heat can be summed up in this excellent quote from the book: So how did I solve my cold hands and feet in one day? Are You Drinking Too Much to Increase Your Metabolism? So how much fluid is enough? Photo Credit

Comparte tus Ecoideas Do-It-Yourself Decorating Projects and Ideas - Cool Copper Projects Warm metallic hues are easy to love but often pricey. When you create the look... Easy Doily Bowl Craft a decorative bowl from a doily picked up from a flea market, antique... Camper Birdhouse Encourage birds to stay awhile with an adorable vintage birdhouse. 17 Plants You Grow from Kitchen Scraps | Black Thumb Gardener growing indoor kitchen scraps I love composting all the kitchen scraps I can but when I fill up my compost bin or run low on some vegetables in the garden using kitchen scraps to grow plants is a great activity. I love using kitchen scraps to start new plants as a fun gardening activity with my son, everyday we check and see how the plants are progressing. It’s a great way to come full circle on produce we bout at the market together and cooked together. Starting your own plants from kitchen scraps is really easy and for a gardening nerd like me! If You are going to attempt this I suggest making sure the scraps you start with are good quality, I like to use organic produce grown locally when I start plants from kitchen scraps. Growing Leeks, Spring Onions, Scallions ,and Fennel You could go out and buy some vegetable specifically for growing but I like to wait till I actually have a call for them in my cooking. green onions from kitchen scraps Growing Lemongrass Growing Ginger

Second Chance to Dream: How to Embellish a Tank I was in Jo-Ann Fabrics yesterday and while I was there I ran across some t shirts and tanks 5/$10. I also found some $6.00 embellishments on clearance for .97 and 1.97. My mind got to spinning and I thought, hmm... I could make a few tank tops for summer very inexpensively. So, I bought 3 tanks. And some embellishments This was a very easy process. The black zippered embellishment was an iron on art piece so that was easy. Turned it inside out and ironed it onto the shirt. And here is me wearing the shirt. I love it! For the other two shirts I did I had to add fusible tape to the back of the embellishment to get it to iron on and not have to sew. Turn over your embellishment and cut the tape in strips the size of the embellishment. Here are the other two shirts finished: And my brown one. I'm all set with basic tanks for the summer.

Tutorial: How To Make Your Own Labels the Easy and Cheap Way! ***This tutorial has been upgraded! Check out my latest post HERE to save yourself a couple steps*** I reaaaaally want to order some labels for myself. So I decided to make my own. Materials: Iron on Transfer Paper (I just used the t shirt kind) Printer Scissors Iron Ribbon, twill tape or whatever you like best. 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.)