Jun 25, 2015

Cricut gift bag - a pretty way to present a gift card

I'm always looking for different ways to present 
gift cards; fun, pretty, unique designs.

Today I  have a pretty one to share. 
A wee gift bag created with my beloved Cricut.

Cricut gift bag - Happiness Always, Stampin' Up
Cricut gift bag with note card

I always stamp on scrap paper first to "test" the stamp. 
Here, my test came out so well that I used it to create 
a little note card.

Cricut gift bag with note card - Happiness Always, Stampin' Up
Stampin' Up:  cardstock, stamps (Happy Harmony, rt.) and markers.
blue textured paper (unknown), Memento black ink, button recycled from my button jar.

My custom-sized labels were made in the Cricut Craft Room 
using the free basic software.
Creating labels with the Cricut Craft Room software
online Cricut Craft Room screen shot

What's your favorite way
to present gift cards?

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Jun 16, 2015

Line Drying your Clothes - Five Simple reasons

The simple joys of summer...

Why does seeing clean clothes on the line
gently blowing in the breeze bring me such joy?

Maybe it's because it transports my brain back to a 
less complicated time and lifestyle that I so covet, at times, 
in these busy, fast-paced days we live.


5 reasons to line dry your clothes

1. Fresh Air is Refreshing, for you and your clothes.

2. Conserves energy and saves money, no static cling, 
    no dryer sheets.

3. If left out too long, no wrinkles, no shrinking or set-in 
    stains. (thanks to your dryer)


4. Sunlight has a gentle, natural bleaching effect.

5. Clothes last longer; no heat to destroy elastic, 
    no lint or pills.

My handy dandy hubby put my clothesline on pulleys from our house to one of our outbuilding across the yard. It's high off the ground so kids, frisbees, lawnmowers and livestock won't get entangled in the clean laundry; it's a common practice used by our local Amish families.

Amish clothesline

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May 22, 2015

From Cookies to Muddy Boots - DIY Drying Rack

My "About Me" page claims that I re-cycle, 
up-cycle and repurpose for the sheer joy of it. 

Here's my latest joy...

We've all seen the boot drying racks with 
pretty stones, rocks or pebbles in a pan on 
Pinterest, right?

So pretty, yes, however, every time you want 
to clean out all the accumulated mud & dirt you 
have to dump out all the stones, wash them and 
let them dry a bit before putting them back in the pan.

Not very practical for this country girl.

Recycle Cookie Baking Sheets, DIY Boot Drying Rack

I needed something I could rinse off  easily 
with my hose and put back in place before 
the muddy boots started arriving again!

So here's my solution; old cookie sheet, 
cooling rack and pretty spray paint.

The cooling rack is easy to rinse & dry and 
allows maximum air flow for muddy/wet boots.

Honestly, I did not over think this too much, 
so it was a really quick project. 
I did not "prepare" the baking sheets in any way 
prior to painting. We've been using them now for 
over two months. Works perfectly! 

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Do they work for your family?

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May 18, 2015

The Five Days of Spring - DIY Cleaners

Did I miss spring cleaning time? (I hope, I hope, I hope)
We just cleaned out the last of the ashes from our wood-burning stove. 
And, after this past weekend, my shoulders are sun-scorched. 
I'm sooo confused!

The definition of Spring

Spring: n.noun,the five days 
between the bone-chilling cold 
of winter and the sweltering heat 
of summer.

Got it!

Easy Household Cleaning Recipes

Here are the recipes I use to make my own household cleaners.

For my everyday cleaner, I purchased a heavy duty spray bottle from a local restaurant store. The others are from the Dollar Store.

This has been my only glass cleaner since 1989! 
Works perfectly!

DIY glass cleaner ~

2 Tbsp ammonia
1 tsp. dish detergent
1 pint rubbing alcohol
4 drops of blue food coloring (optional)
1 gallon hot water

Combine ingredients.
Fill a spray bottle & label.

However, if you would rather not use ammonia, here's an alternative that works just fine.

Combine 1 cup water with ¼ cup white distilled vinegar, 
add a few drops of blue food coloring to distinguish it as
a glass cleaner, if you wish. Fill a spray bottle & label.

DIY disinfectant cleaner ~

½ cup white distilled vinegar

2  cups hot water
10 drops tea tree oil (melaleuca oil)
1 teaspoon washing soda (optional)

Combine ingredients.
Fill spray bottle & label.

DIY degreaser ~

2 cups water

¼ cup oil based soap (Murphy's Oil Soap)
10 drops of your favorite essential oil

Mix well, fill a spray bottle & label.

to use: Shake, Spray and wipe with 
a damp cloth. 

Concerned about the safety of  Murphy's Oil Soap, 
check the Good Guide.

And finally, my everyday cleaner...

DIY all-purpose cleaner ~

2 cups water

2 Tablespoons dish-washing liquid

Combine, fill spray bottle & label.

Use whichever dish-washing liquid 
you normally use for hand washing
your dishes. 

Using my Cricut & the free Cricut Craft Room software, I made these cute labels but in the end, I just popped the letters on instead. 

Do you make your own
household cleaning products?

Do you have a great recipe 
you would like to share?

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Mar 23, 2015

DIY felt coasters - spring flowers

Happy Spring!
I wanted to be ready for the upcoming picnic season with a 
few hostess gifts. This is a super simple project.

DIY felt coaster supplies

I found a roll of thin cork at Goodwill for 97¢ and was inspired!
I ran it through my Cuttlebug along with some felt and created these fun flowers. I tried two different methods; cutting out the centers to fit into the flowers and just cutting out separate centers to adhere atop the solid flowers. Personally, I preferred the look of the latter.  All was adhered with spray adhesive.


easy DIY felt coaster

I'm hoping they'll bring a little smile to those who receive them.
Have a blessed day!

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