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Jars for Things In addition to the cigar boxes, I had this idea of on-display storage for most of my Pet Shop items. With the studio housing white furniture and soft pink walls, my color-loving heart wanted my crafty supplies on display in clear vases, jars and the like, using the built-in shelves as the backdrop. Between my product packaging (shades of blue-green and goldenrod like our logo) and ready made art prints, I have plenty of color to show for. Over time, we’ve stashed “dead” candles in our cupboards, saving the ones with the prettiest jars to use later. While in California, I asked Kalli for tips on how to get the hardened wax out, and she suggested placing the jars in boiling water, then scooping out the wax. The red candle is soy, and it immediately began to liquify. For the others, the boiling water allowed the wax to soften without separating, and I was able to gently lift the wax loose with a butter knife. Now, here’s where I got ahead of myself. Do you do this with your candle jars?

How to Make Colored Mason Jars I've said it before and I'll say it again ... I am obsessed with the mason jar! Mason jars just make me happy. Well, well my beautiful friends, little did I know but you can now color your own mason jars! These are my Moroccan colored mason jars. Grab whatever mason jar you want to color and pour in Mod Podge. Use a stick (or whatever you have) to mix up the color. Now using your hand tilt the jar every which way until all the glue covers the entire inside of the mason jar. Now place the jar on a paper plate so any excess glue pours out. See the purple mason jar? The finished product! Now keep in mind these were made with glue so you cannot eat out of these or put food in them. To see my spray painted Mason jars go here! To see my glitter Mason Jars go here: Glitter Mason Jars Ok that's it!

A Salvaged Frame I found this frame at my favorite salvage store last week. I liked the chunky size but not the veneer. I thought the back side had some potential. It is real wood and pretty rough. So I cleaned it up a bit. Then I cut some chicken wire down to size and stapled it to the front side of the frame. Now to get ready for the spray paint... I want the paint to be all chippy so I am using the "vaseline technique". (I used up all my vaseline but this is a similar "goop") Spray paint it a flat white. Using a spackle knife - scrape the 'goop' off and also other areas that I want the wood to show. Where the "goop" was it looks like the paint was really chipped off. I can think of so many ways to use this....

How to Clean your Washing Machine We don't send a lot of mail, but when we do, it's awesome! Sign up to receive exclusive content and FREE printables directly to your inbox! Your information will never be shared or sold to a 3rd party. Before you leave... Make sure you sign up for our weekly newsletter! 33 Meticulous Cleaning Tricks For The OCD Person Inside You Gifts made with modge podge. | Colour Her {Hope} I am pretty crazy about modge podge and here are a few simple and cute ideas using this amazing stuff! I follow the Prudent Baby and she absolutely inspires me. She posted a few easy coaster DIYs on her blog and I decided to do these as a small gift for a bunch of my extended family members. Because I know a lot of my family reads our blog, I will post some that I made for our (future) home! I made gift sets of coasters and magnets and will be sharing both on this post. Supplies used to make coasters; 6 3×3 tiles – (16 cents a piece from home depot!) modge podge paint brush crafting paper/scrap paper – (I bought individual sheets at Hobby Lobby because then I could pick, choose and piece together what I thought matched my family member’s homes or personality) paper cutter (or xacto knife or scissors) felt (or cork) for the bottoms hot glue gun (or rubber cement) to put the bottoms on Trace and cut I cut mine a little less an 3 in by 3 in because I like the white edged look. How to make magnets:

31 DAYS TO AN ORGANIZED HOME My Laundry room is also my main entry, so it has to be tidy. Which means my laundry room closet was a natural place to store all of the un-pretties: tools, cleaning products, board games, flash lights, chicken feed....anything I didn't have a spot for and didn't wan to look at. And because I don't have a craft room, I was trying to store craft stuff in there too. The closet was such a mess that I sometimes didn't even want to try to put things back once I had taken them out. I contemplated taking the craft stuff out of the closet so that there would be room for all the miscellany that belongs there, but I decided instead to put up shelves for the miscellany and dedicate the closet entirely to crafts. (The crafts closet will be a post all it's own, once it's done. Here's a what the laundry room looked like before the new shelves: And here is the laundry room now, with more storage: I stained some wooden crates and applied pieces of self adhesive chalkboard paper to the front.

radical possibility: Easy Anthropologie Confetti Tumblers Thank you all so much for such amazing feedback and for helping this project circulate all over the internet! My cups have held up pretty well due to not being used too often (they are currently just holding bobby pins in my bathroom) but several readers said after a little wear and tear, the paint comes off. Other readers have found that using paint specifically for glass leads to a much longer life! Here's the thing about Anthropologie; everything is gorgeous. Let the knockoff begin! The internet taught me that I can use acrylic paint on glass as long as I seal it afterwards, so thats what we are going to do here. In true knockoff fashion, I did one rainbow confetti, and one each of red and blue. So there you have it. xo,

In the Nursery of the Nation: How to Make Homemade Lotion Bars It's just around the corner. You know what it is. It's time to put our thinking caps on to dream up creative, inexpensive, useful and lovely gifts for people we love. I have seen these lotion bars in malls and craft fairs and I thought they were so clever. However, some of them were up to $20 each and I'm certain they weren't made from wholesome ingredients either! So a few weeks ago while making soap, one of my daughters and I got our nerve up to try making some lotion bars. Here is all you need Equal parts of: shea butter or cocoa butter beeswax coconut oil (or any vegetable oil, such as avocado, almond, etc.) Melt the beeswax slowly in a double boiler. Compare those ingredients to these in a typical store-bought lotion: How To Use Remove the lotion bar from the tin or bag you're keeping it in. Lots of fun, little hands can help, and my favorite-- no lye or curing involved! *We're not sure how we want to package them.

Glowing Outdoor Orbs O.K. Get ready for it … this one’s a doozy. Doozie? Doosey. It’s a humdinger. It looks high end with a side of huge impact, It costs next to nothing, And even if being “handy” to you means replacing your regular lightbulbs with eco-friendly ones … you’ll be able to do this in 3 minutes flat. Opaque glass shades found at second hand store … Mini Lights from Christmas … Glowing orbs for your garden Want more STUFF like this? Get my posts emailed to you daily. Total Cost: $3 In my attempt to make my backyard a teensy bit more contemporary than my 170 year old house I ran into a few problems. It isn’t gonna be for lighting if I can help it. So while perusing the local second hand store I came across some truly unfortunate stains on the carpet AND these ubiquitous opaque glass shades. Because as you can see, all you have to do is shove some old mini lights in em to create an outdoor light that even a magazine Editor in Chief will comment on. And here’s the best part! at night during the day p.s.

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