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DIY: Repurposed Tins as Magnetic Organizers + Free Printable
Hello lovelies! I am proud to say that today’s post was dreamed up by my sweet 11 year old daughter, Miss K. The other day I walked into my kitchen to discover that she’d brilliantly repurposed an old Chimes candy tin as a magnetic pencil holder on our fridge! I definitely had one of those, “why didn’t I think of that” moments and asked her if I could share her smarty-pants idea with you all here today.
DIY: How To Make Rose Water
UPDATE: This post originally ran on January 31st 2013, but with Spring around the corner we wanted to share it again! Valentine’s Day is just a couple of weeks away and it’s a time to show the special people in your life how much you love them…but it’s also a great time to pamper yourself! Loving and taking care of yourself is always important, and this DIY will help you do just that. Rose water was first made by chemists in the Islamic Golden Age as a perfume and beverage, and in the years since it has become quite popular for a number of uses. Most commonly it is used as a toner or body spray for the skin – the natural fragrance and moisturizing properties make it especially refreshing.
Homemade slippers of thick wool felt make a heartwarming (and foot-warming) gift. Felt is the ideal fabric to work with, since it won't unravel when cut. Felt Slippers How-To1. Use our templates.
Negatives Candle Holder
Poor, neglected photo negatives. Ever since digital photography has come into play, these photographic beings have lost their heyday and are quite the endangered species in the photography world. Well, neglect them no further—time to use those negatives for something positively enlightening! Brighten up their lives—and yours—by using them to make a lightbox-esque candle holders!
Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee
Update 4/2014: Be sure to check out my new, improved cold-brewed iced coffee tutorial with step-by-step instructions and lessons learned since first posting about cold-brewed iced coffee. I started making my iced coffee this way a couple of years ago, thanks to this New York Times recipe that convinced me to do so. You add coffee grounds to cold water and let it sit at room temperature for several hours. Then you strain it through a coffee filter, and the result is a deep, rich, dark, and caffeine-packed glass of iced coffee.
Cheap Craft Ideas - Inexpensive Crafts
Adapted from Clare Youngs’s The Perfect Handmade Bag ($19.95; Cico), this cute carryall requires little more than a pair of small wooden spatulas and two tea towels ($15 each; motherlindas.com). Cut six strips of fabric from one towel. Two, measuring 33⁄4"W x 141⁄4"L each, will serve as the decorative horizontal bands at the top of the tote and should incorporate the towel’s graphics (as shown, left).
Vintage Sheet Sketch Journal
I wanted to throw together a super quick journal with blank pages (much like this journal, but with blank pages) that could be used for throwing in a purse, taking along, and using for sketches. I decided to use a vintage sheet (and a vintage button), lined with white fabric for a cover, a button and tie closure, and blank recycled paper pages. This seriously took me about a half hour start to finish (including cutting and pressing the fabric). So it's super quick (read: done during naptime :)). *I am having some camera lens issues right now, some of the images are not the best - my apologies ;)
Wednes-DIY Home Décor: The Light Bulb Vase
This week we’re sharing some of the blog’s greatest hits! These are some of our most loved posts by you, our amazing readers. Don’t throw away those old light bulbs just yet!