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Dew" It Yourself Jewelry Stand

Dew" It Yourself Jewelry Stand
Given that title and my penchant for puns, I'm guessing it will take you guys exactly 3.7 seconds to guess what my new jewelry stand is made from: Aw, you only needed two seconds, didn't you? I knew it. Yep, this pretty green number is made from four plastic Mountain Dew bottles and exactly $3.72 worth of materials from the hardware store. First, collect your bottles. If you happen to have a Diet 'Dew addict for a spouse like me, this will take less than three days. I found it easiest to cut the bottoms off my bottles with a strong utility knife, and then trim them down further with scissors. Other than the bottles you will need: One 12-inch length of threaded rod (no cutting necessary; they come this size in the hardware store) and one baggy each of a coordinating size nuts and washers. Drill holes that are the same size as your threaded rod in the center of each tray: Cut as far down into the plastic as you can with scissors, and then use a Dremel to smooth the jagged bottom edge.

Wax On, Wax Off - Homemade Hair Removal part 2 Growing up, Rebecca and Maggie had a friend whose family was from Egypt. She told them about how her family made a sugar dough that they used to remove all their unwanted hair. The dough would be spread on their skin and then pulled off to remove the hair and then used over and over again. No strips needed. Unfortunately their friend and her family moved away before she could share this recipe. It is a little more complicated than the last recipe, but once you get the hang of it is great! It may help to read up on candy making - basically you are making lemon candy to remove hair. What You Need: 2 cups of sugar1/4 cup of lemon juice1/4 cup watera candy thermometer Mix all the ingredients in a heavy sauce pan. Turn down to a simmer for 25 min. The mixture will start to turn a dark amber color. Let the mixture cool for 10 min. When you are ready to wax, make sure you skin is clean and dry. The sugar will be pretty firm at this point.

Dream Catchers I’m really diggin the whole hippy thing. And while Craig is quick to correct me on the fact that dream catchers are not hippy-ish, I still think of them that way. Natural, care free, simple. All things I relate to those old hippies. hah. The point of a dream catcher is to weed out bad dreams. This is not a traditional Native- American dream catcher. What I used: Embroidery Hoop Yarn (or twine, hemp… whatever you have on hand) Beads Feathers Thread Felt Hot Glue Gun Want to make one too?? Grab your embroidery hoop, leave it as is, or wrap it up like I did. Take your webbing yarn and form a loop at the top, this will be where you dreamcatcher hangs from. The webbing is the same stitch through out. Pull tight and repeat. For your second (and every other row), use the same stitch, but instead of going over the hoop, go through the string: Keep going until the hole in the middle is to your liking. Now you can tie extra string where ever you’d like, some tie it to the actual hoop. His view:

Ranch Farmgirl >> Pink & Pretty & Red All Over : RanchFarmgirl High Plains Prose Our farmgirl chapter met at my house recently. A Valentine's Day theme for our craft project and gift goodies was the game plan. Come on in and sit a spell. "Think pink" has been my mantra in preparation for the upcoming light-hearted holiday (pun intended). Ok, so here we go to the "High Plains Sage Hens" farmgirl conflab (is that really a word?). From left to right: Lisa, Anita, Michele, Jennie. I'll try to keep some order here. Lisa gave each of us a beautifully wrapped trio of pink tipped yellow roses (below) with a gourmet candy bar tied on with ribbon. Jennie took a few pics with her phone ... stitching up hearts ... Gift bag from Michele, roses from Lisa ... Shery and Anita ... I'll offer up the recipes now - one for my cherry butter and the other for the cookies shown on today's blog. I based this recipe on the amount of juice I ended up with. 9 Cups "pulpy" juice 8 Cups sugar 3 packages of cherry gelatin 2 packages of Sure-Jel {*style:<b> </b>*}

Twelve Weeks of Christmas: Vinyl Record Bowl ADDENDUM | The Ginger Penny Pincher (This is not to serve as this week’s installment of the Twelve Weeks of Christmas series. Expect that later this week!) Due to the surprisingly enthusiastic response to the vinyl record bowl tutorial , I started racking my brain for more ways to re-invent these tired turntable treasures (I hope you appreciated that, alliteration lovers). I started doing the Google image search thing — of which I have attained expert level — and found a few ideas, some of which I wanted to share with you, especially because I know so many of you told me you planned on making these for Christmas presents! Well, here are a few more ideas: Paint them! Here is a before and after of my own personal vinyl record bowl with a coat of Tiffany Blue spray paint: Everyone say “ahhh…….” Here’s the process slowed down: Just the bottom Here's a bird's eye view And one more time…. BEFORE: Perfectly fine for some... AFTER: Vinyl Record Bowl 2.0, the Tiffany Blue Edition I’m a fan of the upgrade. Oooh.. pretty.

Homemade Laundry Detergent « Stars & Sunshine Something I’ve seen on the internet and wanted to try is homemade laundry soap. There are lots of ‘recipes’ for this online, but I wanted a powder (for easier storage) and I have a high efficiency washing machine, so I needed something compatible with that. We also have never used things like fabric softener or oxyclean on a regular basis, so I didn’t want to start using those in my homemade laundry soap. We’ve been using this for 3 weeks now, and have been really happy with it. I was able to find all the ingredients I needed at Walmart in the laundry section. 2 cups washing soda2 cups borax1 bar zote laundry soap (about 2 cups) All I did was measure out two cups of each of the powders, and add them to a jar. All the supplies cost $9 at walmart, but I still have plenty of borax and washing soda leftover for future batches. Like this: Like Loading...

Mirror Design You all know we love a good Anthropologie knockoff around here – so a couple of days ago when I was browsing online I came across this mirror. Oh I definitely need that. Hold the presses – did that say $498??? Huh. We can do better than that. :) So after scouring the thrift shops, cutting myself on mirror glass, and overcoming an unreasonable fear of Mod Podge, here is my version! (Bear with me here – taking a picture of a mirror is a bit tricky. Ready for the tutorial? You’ll need: A MirrorEasy Off Oven CleanerFabric (enough to cover the frame and the back of the mirror)Mod PodgeA Staple Gun or other framing tool I went searching for a method to removing silvering and came across a great tutorial at Mitzi’s Collectibles. I started with a frame that I found at the thrift store. Obviously not clean. We actually had to ask on this one – because it just said 1951. $19.51 seemed way to high – and it was. Start by taking your mirror out of the frame. Lay your mirror down on a protected surface.

Runway A Bit Of This and A Bit Of That: New Skills Festival - Record Tray Pedestal with Nikki I was a bit nervous about asking Nikki from WhiMSy love to join the festival, I have been reading her blog for what feels like forever and is a bit of a crafty rock star, I am so glad I did ask though as she came up with a super cute idea using records.... Hi there, crafters! This is Nikki, of the blog WhiMSy love. I'm the mommy to 2 super kidlets, the wife to a pastor, & we all reside in small-town Nebraska. I'm a crafter, blogger, newspaper columnist, jumper extraordinaire, & photographer. Today I'll be showing you how to make these Record Tray Pedestals. For this project you'll need large records, various glass/ceramic items such as candleholders, vases, bowls, etc. The first thing you'll want to do is melt your record into a "tray" shape. Keep an eye on your record. Once it starts to go limp, it's time to remove it from the oven! Have ready: oven mitts & a square dish. I love my vintage pyrex! Now, remove the record with the oven mitts & place it inside the square dish.

DIY: crocheted rag rug part 2 Now the fun part! Or the tricky explaining part if you're me! Grab one end of the sheet yarn and make a simple slip knot. This is going to be the centre of your rug. Insert your hook into the loop. Pick up the long end of the fabric and loop it once over your hook And pull that loop through the first loop (the slip knot loop) Pull it through to make a new loop. I also made a video to help you see the process a little better: Continue making a chain of loops until you have between 5-7 chains. This is kind of the tricky part. Loop the long end of fabric over the hook (just as you've been doing all along) And pull that fabric through the original loop Then keep pulling it through the loop your hook was already through (or the last loop in your chain) and close the circle. Here it is in video form to help you see a bit better again: Now you have to continue around the circle by finding a loop, pushing your hook through pulling a new loop through that hole and pulling it through the last loop

DIY Organizer from Old Window « My so called crafty life Today I have a fun and versatile craft for you all, we’re going to make an organizer from an old window! I made mine with some cork, chicken wire and chalkboard painted wood. It’s fairly simple to do, and the best part is that it doesn’t take long at all to make, you could craft one in an afternoon. Here’s What You Need: * An Old Window *Cork Squares *Chalkboard Spray Paint *Chicken Wire *1.4″ Wood ( I used plywood, but in hindsight I would recommend MDF for a much better finish) *Sawtooth Hanger *Power saw or table saw for cutting wood *Wire Cutters *Razor Knife *Scraper *Rubber Mallet *Trim nailer, hammer and tacs, or silicone caulk Step 1: Remove window glazing- With a sharp razor knife cut along each side of the window glazing popping pieces of it out until all the glazing has been removed. Step 2: Remove the Glass- Lightly tap upwards on the glass from underneath to slowly move glass to the top and out. Step 3: Cut Wood- Measure the inside dimensions of the window panes. Happy Crafting!

How to Make Leaf Skeletons I wanted to share with you a project from one of my readers who shares with us how to make leaf skeletons. I LOVE this! I have several leafs in various forms displayed in my home and knew I needed to make some of her leaf skeletons to add to my decor. I love how a pattern of leaves can enhance the beauty in your home. So I asked Heather if she would mind sharing her project with you. You can find more great projects from Heather at her blog The Other White House. I have spent hours and tried various ways of making these. You need washing soda, not baking soda! Gather your leaves. Washing soda is a strong base so you may want to wear gloves when handling the leaves. You will add 3/4 cup of washing soda and 4 cups of water to your pot of leaves. Keep going, you will need to add more water so your pan doesn’t dry out. When 1.75 hours are up fill a glass baking dish with cool water. I carefully removed them and rinsed with water and added clean water to the pan. 37.1Kstumbleupon