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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!!

Crystal Bracelet #19 Tutorial : Crystal Bracelet #19Level : BeginnerTechnique : Cross-weaving Equipment- Crystal Bicone 4mm.- Seed bead 11/o- Nylon thread no. 20- Clasp and jumprings I use small thread here because it needs to pass through some seed beads for three times. Cut the nylon thread around 150 - 200 cm. Add one crystal to both sides. Now, we add three seed beads to both threads. Add one crystal to each side. Add one crystal to each side. Add three seed beads to one thread. Cross both threads at the new three seed beads (blue arrow). Add one crystal to each side. Add three seed beads to the top thread. Cross both threads at the new three seed beads (red arrow). Add one crystal to each side. Add three seed bead to the left thread. I believe you get the idea how to weave this bracelet now. Finally, add jumprings and your favorite clasp. Since I use a small thread, the bracelet turned out quite flexible. If you have any problem, feel free to let me know.

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

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

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.) DIY iPad Case + Stand - Practically Functional I got an iPad finally! And of course the first thing I did was make a cover for it! I knew exactly what sort of cover I wanted for my iPad: I wanted a cover like a hardcover book. I know you can find cases like that for purchase, but I figured it couldn’t be that hard to make a DIY iPad case, right? And I was totally correct! I made myself this awesome cover for my iPad in about two hours and it wasn’t too difficult. The original idea came from Brandon who wrote a post on The Modern Day Pirates about making a Moleskine iPad case, but I made a few modifications because I didn’t want to have to buy professional binding board and I wanted to cover my case in fabric instead of vinyl. DIY iPad Cover & Stand In order to make this iPad case yourself you need: Materials: Tools: 1. You’re going to use them to make the hard cover for your iPad. Getting the board out from the back of the binder is a little different because (in most binders) the 3 ring contraption is attached to the back board. 2. 3. 4.

How to Make Hats from Recycled Sweaters October 26th, 2012 Email 220 users recommend Give an old favorite sweater new life by turning it into a hat. Cal Patch The shape of your pattern should look like these. Using a tiny zigzag stitch will give more stretch than a regular straight stitch. Photo: Cal Patch 3. 4.Press open the seams, and trim away some of the bulky seam allowances at the top of the hat to flatten it out. 5.At this point you could just hem the bottom edge and the hat would be finished. And there you have it! View 4 member project galleries