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Happy-Go-Lucky: Easy Candle Upcycle

Happy-Go-Lucky: Easy Candle Upcycle
How many of you have candles that look like this? I have an entire shelf of them hidden behind picture frames! So in an effort to declutter and get a little things organized before we decorate for the holidays I decided to take these ugly things and make brand new layered candles. This was such an easy project to do. I can’t believe I never did this before. All I needed to get were these wicks from Michael’s and one new glass container. Step 1: Melt your first candle down completely. Step 2: Place the new candle wick in your clean jar. Step 3: Pour melted wax into new jar. Step 4: Once the first layer of wax was completely hard, I melted the next candle down on the stove and poured it over the first layer. Step 5: Cut the wick. I tried to combined scents that complimented each other. Now I’m off to steal I mean collect old candles from my neighbors so I can make more!! Did I mention how nice your house will smell from melting the wax on the stove? Related:  DIY Soaps, Shampoo, Room deoderizers

Confessions of a Craftaholic | Dormify by Christina Buttafuoco (Zeta Tau Alpha | High Point University) One of the most exciting parts of getting into a sorority is all the presents you receive during Big/Little week and after initiation! This time around, however, I was doing the giving, not the receiving. I may have gone a bit overboard spoiling my little, but crafting turned out to be addicting. 1. The best investment I made at Hobby Lobby (for those who don’t know, it’s the equivalent of Michael’s) was in a container of rhinestones. 2. Modge Podge is the wonder glue. 3. You know when you look at something and it looks like it just needs a finishing touch? 4. I’m sure we can all agree that Pinterest is the best thing since sliced bread. 5. They may be expensive, but paint pens are extremely helpful for drawing and designing.

101 Simple Handmade Gift Tutorials These simple handmade gift tutorials will make any crafty person’s heart sing with joy! You don’t need special skills or a bunch of time because these can all be done super fast! Simple and cute…that works for me! You are going to love these fabulous tutorials!!! You can make all your gifts for years from this list! If you love creative links, please subscribe to Everything Etsy! Thanks so much for all your tweets, stumbles, Facebook likes and pins on my Sewing Tutorials and Free Printables posts…you are the coolest crafty friends! If you want to be doubly awesome, try doing handmade gifts that are also eco-friendly! Handmade gifts make people feel special, don’t you think? ~Kim

Easy at Home Teeth Whitening for any Budget If your like me, you have spent countless hours and dollars on drug store teeth whitening products, that work! For a while. Usually, I fall off the wagon on keeping up with it because A. I forget to pick it back up on my weekly Target trip or B. This pin originated from The Budget Diet website. "Put a tiny bit of toothpaste into a small cup, mix in one teaspoon baking soda plus one teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide, and half a teaspoon water. Here is exactly what I used: The amount of toothpaste is not specified, so I used a pea sized amount: When I added all the ingredients and thoroughly combined them, I got a paste: I brushed for 2 minutes. Pin Tested, Dana Approved! PS - Another great use for the baking soda - facial exfoliator!

Necklace Holder I found this genius idea to get my necklaces organized from and I thought I'd give it a go. 1. You will need a flat board to attach your knobs unto. You can be creative with this. For my board I'm using a piece of driftwood that I found at this beach on this trip. I got 4 out of my 5 knobs from our local habitat for humanity store for less than $1.00. 2. 3. 4. and now my necklaces are officially organized! See how I organized my earrings here. xo Lunar Petals par JKCreate Hair Tutorial: No Heat Curl So, my hair is SUPER stick straight. It hates holding a curl… hates it. So, I didn’t think this no heat curl headband thing would actually work… WELL: it did. BUT, with my hair it only lasted for about 3 hours. I only used hair spray… so, maybe if I put some product in my hair before-hand it will last longer? Hmm… Even though this curl didn’t hold all day like I had hoped… it does give my flat hair a ton of volume! I love the No Heat Curl! In case you’re curious… here’s what my hair looks like naturally (well… it seems a little more fluffy in this photo since I just had a shower. Have you tried this? - Chelsey This post is brought to you by,

How to Use Epsom Salt in a Number of Ways Increase your magnesium levels in your body by soaking in Epsom salt bath water three times weekly. While it is extremely difficult to get enough magnesium in our systems through our diets, it is readily absorbs into our systems through our skin. Magnesium is needed by our bodies for many functions; however, a doctor should be consulted prior to extensive use, particularly for those with kidney problems. Magnesium is useful in the treatment of asthma, COPD, fibromyalgia, ADD, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, angina, cardiac arrhythmia, congestive heart failure, fatigue, kidney stones, migraine and tension headaches, complications due to pregnancy and premenstrual syndrome.

Fire Pits You gotta love the internet.... How else would you know how to make your own personal fire pit? I feel like I should post some sort of disclaimer stating that if you try one of these, and it catches you or your house on fire, then it's not my fault. That being said, fire is cool and these DIY projects allow you to play with fire the adult way- with some amount of carefulness. Take a look.... We won't be needing any of this in So. stencil foil resist painting TUTORIAL & GIVEAWAY with christine adolph - creativityUNLEASHED by traci bautista {collage pauge resist painting in Doodles Unleashed} Today is all about RESIST painting techniques on my Doodles Unleashed online book tour stop with my talented friend and designer Christine Adolph, who licenses designs for beautiful scrapbook products with Creative Imaginations, fabric, rubber stamps and stationery. I was introduced to Christine's artwork through Stampington & Co. around ten years ago and every year enjoy our chats about art and business catching up at CHA. I just and admire all of her mixed media artwork, inspiration sketchbooks and foil techniques. She is a true inspiration! In Doodles Unleashed I used a few of Christine's CI licensed foil products {see photo above}, which are FAB! When I asked Christine to be part of the blog tour, she had the idea of sharing our RESIST techniques since we both use them in our artwork. Thank you Christine for generously sharing your creative spirit!! ++++++++++++Christine's doodle jumpstart card++++++++++++

DIY Drippy Nails We were immediately inspired the moment we saw bare nails with blood-like, drippy polish accompany Prabal Gurung‘s spring collection at New York Fashion Week. Halloween is one of our favorite holidays and thus, the timing couldn’t have been better to recreate this deliciously daring DIY for our phalanges. Though a more vampy, burgundy color went down the runway, I went for more vibrant red . . . but the best part about this tutorial is that you can make it your own with just about any color, for any season! You’ll need: Dip the toothpick into the nail polish bottle so that the tip collects a round bead of polish. Place the bead of polish on a bare nail and drag it upwards, creating a tapered line. Create two to three more tapered lines, re-dipping the toothpick into the polish each time. Reload the toothpick with polish and drag a line across the tip of the nail. Repeat the steps on the other nine fingers and voila, you’re done!! (all images by HonestlyWTF)

Foam Soap for under $4 a year! Here is one of the ways I save money. Instead of buying a new bottle of foam soap when we run out, I refill them. I first started doing this with a pampered chef bottle that was made for this. It had two lines on it showing where to fill with soap and water. I didn't particularly like it because the pump would get stuck in the down position. So I tried it with another bottle I had and it works even better. To start with you need a bottle that dispenses foam soap. I got this one from my mom for Christmas. I use this soap from Walmart. It comes in a new bottle - it just shows you how long it's been since I've bought any. Next fill the bottle approximately one inch full with soap. Then fill to the top with hot water. Then shake well. Hot water is important because it helps to dissolve the soap so it will mix better. I have one bottle in the bathroom and one in the kitchen. You may also like:How to Clean Your Curling Iron This tip has been featured!!!

Frame Key Holder Time for my first official DIY post ever. Let me start off by saying I do not consider myself to be a crafty person, though I aspire to be one, ha. I have a mom who can do about anything crafty there is to do. Growing up, she managed a fabrics and crafts store, taught craft classes, sewed tons of our outfits, fixes band suits in high school, took in and hemmed prom dresses, etc etc. If you don’t believe me, she has a quilting blog to prove it! That being said, I hope at least a little bit of that is in my blood, and that someday it will come forth. But we will start simple. Very, very simple with a frame key holder, inspired by Pinterest. DIY Frame Key Holder Things you will need: A frame. What to do: Take your frame and plan out where you’d like your hooks to be placed. Yes, it’s that easy! To some, they may not even be considered a DIY project due to it’s level of non difficulty, but it was a definite start for me. Now I need to get pinning and find my next project!

Bright Ideas for Incandescent Bulbs The incandescent bulbs that shone so merrily in the Queen's palaces all her life and yours, Dear Reader, is going to be phased out by the federal government. They will eventually no longer be allowed to be sold in the United States. People will be looking for creative things to do with all those incandescent lamps (subject of a future Trashy Wench blog, I'm sure) and all the bulbs in those lamps, regardless of whether they are working or burnt out bulbs. The incandescent bulbs come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, all with wonderful curves of all shapes, sort of like the Wench and her wonderful female friends! Here are some pictures of bright ideas of what others have done with their curvy little bulbs: Hot Air Balloon Decorations Mini Terrariums Plant rooters and vases Micro Oil Lamps Dried or Silk Flower Ornaments Glamorous globes for miniature light strings