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July 27, 2012

5 Burlap Runners to Make Yourself

Burlap is one of my favorite items to work with.  It is stylish, timeless, and is basically a blank canvas so you can do what you wish with it!  I am sharing with you 5 burlap table runners to make yourself.
 
Here is a video where I briefly explain how to make these.

July 17, 2012

Cafe Shelves {Americana}

 From the moment I first laid eyes on cafe shelves made by House of Smiths, I knew I had to have some too!  My very talented bro-in-law made me some and I got them up just in time to switch out the decor for the Fourth of July.  I think I will keep the Americana decor up through Labor Day because Pioneer Day is coming up here in Utah and I love being patriotic anyways!  You can check out the House of Smiths DIY directions HERE.
 I am so excited to have these shelves in my home.  Although they are typically called, "Cafe Shelves", I have them in my entryway.  I think it's a great way to welcome people into my home.  I will use this area as my seasonal decor spot, where I switch out the decor for holidays.  After Labor Day, I will put up Fall decor!

Here's how my shelves looked for the few days I had them before decorating for Independence Day.

July 16, 2012

Ombre Painted Frame Directions

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Here is another take on the
I got a request to make one in aqua blue and I must say, I am a fan!  I stuck an old wedding photo in of my hubby and me!  Awe!!

This is pretty self-explanatory, but I did take a few photos of some of the steps to briefly show you how to make one.  You can see a video of my Studio 5 segment on how to make this and other paint stick projects HERE.

What you'll need:
  • 8X10 dollar store frame 
  • About 6-8 paint stirring sticks from your paint store 
  • Darkest shade of the color of your choice in acrylic paint 
  • White acrylic paint
  • Hot glue 
  • Sand paper
  • Razor blade
 First you will want to measure your sticks to the frame and cut accordingly.  Cut your sticks by scoring all four sides of your stick well enough that after scoring you can just brake it.  Sand the rough edges.
Next, arrange the sticks to the order in which they will be glued to your frame.
  
Painting is the next step.  This is the best way to get the ombre colors:
Start with white.  Squeeze a large amount of white paint onto a paper plate.  Add a few drops of the desired color into the white and mix well until you get the lightest color of your shades.  Paint your top stick.  For the second stick, add a little bit more of your color to the already mixed paint, then paint your second stick.  Do the same thing to the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, etc.  Just add a few drops in to make them darker as you go!
 
 Let your sticks dry then softly sand all edges to give it that 'beach wood' look.  Hot glue them to your frame and BAM!  you're done!

July 14, 2012

{home-made} laundry supplies

At the first of 2012 I decided I was going to try to make as many things home-made as possible not only to cut back on costs, but also to cut back on the amount of added ingredients/preservatives.  Not very many things stuck, but a few of the things that I have kept up making myself are laundry detergent and softener. 

My girls both have had eczema since they were newborns and I always used Dreft detergent when washing their clothes.  Even Dreft didn't help take it away.  Since using this home-made detergent and softener, their skin condition has gotten 99% better!  I love using these!  Every time I had  to go to the grocery store for laundry detergent I cringed because it's so expensive.  This is a very cheap alternative!
LAUNDRY DETERGENT RECIPE:
This smells yummy!  It works great too, especially on whites.  This is a lot cheaper than using store bought detergent.  Here's what you need:
 
1 C. Washing Soda
1 C. Borax
2 C. grated Fels-Naptha (1 bar) 

Grate an entire bar of Fels-Naptha with a cheese grater.  Mix the Washing Soda and Borax in with it and then place in your blender.  Blend together until the mixture becomes a powder.  Add 2T for a large load and about 1T for small loads!  Keep in air-tight container.
ENjoy the SmEll!!
(sometimes I leave my container open to make my laundry room smell yummy!


FABRIC SOFTENER RECIPE:
6 C. HOT Water
3 C. White Vinegar
2 C. Conditioner (I used Suave Refreshing Waterfall)

Mix the conditioner in with hot water and stir with whisk until the conditioner is completely dissolved.  Add the vinegar and mix well.  Store in empty softener container or milk jug, etc.  Use 2T per load.  Makes enough for about 110 loads!
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