Homemade Natural Laundry Detergent

Normally I use Tide.  I like it b/c my clothes/sheets always come out clean as well as soft.  But lately at Tide costing between $10 – $12 it just seemed a little outrageous.  I am such a scatter-brain all the time I normally forget to use coupons, so DIY stuff is a better option for me.  Honestly what can they put in detergent that would make it so much better than you can make yourself.  Through Pinterest I found a great DIY recipe for Laundry Soap, that I have been using for a few weeks now and notice very little difference.  My sheets are just as fresh smelling and soft as when I used Tide.

Instructions
Ingredients: 
1 cup of Borax
1 cup of Washing Soda
1 bar of soap (any kind)
Hand Grater
Step 1.  In a large bowl, using the small site of the grater, grate the entire bar of soap.   I should be fairly fine
Step 2.  To the bar of soap, add the borax and the washing soda. 
Step 3: Mix thoroughly.  I stirred mine for 3 – 5 minutes. 
I put my finished soap in an old blue Atlas canning jar with a tablespoon measuring spoon.  I use between 1 – 2 scoops per load depending on how large the load is.  I let the washer fill a little then add the soap and then let it continue to fill to make sure the soap dissolves well.  It won’t be sudsy but it still cleans great!
1 box of borax and 1 box of washing soda will make several loads of detergent, for less than $10.  
The finished project:

Check back soon for my Homemade Dishwasher Soap!

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Wedding Wednesdays: Guest Blogger Not so Crafty Jessica – Inexpensive & Easy Bachelorette Party Sashes!

Hi all! A couple weeks ago, I told Janessa that I was tasked with planning a bachelorette party for a family member and I was looking for a cheap, yet nice alternative to purchasing those “Bride” and “Bridesmaid” sashes that are often times worn on such occasions – and that unfortunately can run you around $8 a piece. Janessa, not surprisingly, offered me some advice on what I could do to save a little money and make some sashes that were personal, classy and a big hit with the ladies.
 
Now, I consider myself to be as far from crafty and creative as they come. So, the moral of this blog story is that if I can do this, anyone can! The wedding colors are black, white and red, so I chose to use this as my color palette along with silver for a little bling. The idea was to make the bride stand out, so her sash was black with silver and red embellishments while everyone else wore white sashes with red and black embellishments.
The items I needed were: 
Wide white & black ribbon
Thin silver ribbon
Fabric glue
Red, white, & silver puff paint
A package of scrapbooking embellishments (jewels, sparkly swirls)
Pencil
Scissors
Flexible measuring tape
I needed to make 10 sashes – Bride, Mother of the Groom, Mother of the Bride, Bridesmaids (5) and Flower Girls (2). Don’t worry, we didn’t bring the flower girls to the party, they just really wanted a sash. 
1. Use the measuring tape to figure out that a safe size for the sashes would be 6 feet. If you have someone who will be wearing a sash but is over a size 14 bottom, you may want to make this a bit longer. Cut the sashes. 
2. Put one sash around yourself or someone else to figure out where exactly you’ll want any writing to begin and end on each side of the sash. Use a pencil to lightly mark these spots. 
3. Use the space you have to write out the words in pencil on the front of the sash, like BRIDESMAID. 
4. Trace over the letters in puff paint and set aside to dry. 
After I finished the front of all of the bridal party’s sashes, I worked on the bride’s sash. First, I used fabric glue to secure the thin silver ribbon on both the top and bottom of the sash. Next, I followed the same steps as with the other sashes with the writing. Then, I added the silver embellishments wherever I thought they might look nice. I made sure not to put any on the shoulder area because scrapbooking materials are often rigid, so they won’t naturally bend with the shoulder. 
Once I finished the front of all the sashes, I decided just to quickly write everyone’s names on the back of the sashes. You can put whatever you’d like on the backs. 
When I got to the party, everyone loved the sashes and said that they would definitely keep them because they were so personalized and a great way to remember what a fun night we had! And the best part is that for all of these sashes, I only spent $22 and I had a lot of material left, so I could have easily made 6-8 more. That’s under $2 a sash!
Like I said before, if I can do this, so can you! So happy sash-making!
A Big Thanks to Jessica for providing her tutorial on sash-making for this week’s Wedding Wednesday!  Hopefully she will have more to share!

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Silhouette SD Giveaway on Sugar Pop Ribbons

I am extremely excited about this and would totally love one of these machines, if you do not know what it is or want more info visit Sugar Pop Ribbon’s Blog to read her review.  So far it is the most versatile machine I have found, it cuts fabric, paper, heat transfer material, and vinyl.  I really hope it can cut through aluminum cans as well b/c I could create such wonderful decorations for my bedspring wreaths.  So cross your fingers for me everyone and lets hope I win it!

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Silhouette SD Giveaway on Sugar Pop Ribbons

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I am extremely excited about this and would totally love one of these machines, if you do not know what it is or want more info visit Sugar Pop Ribbon’s Blog to read her review.  So far it is the most versatile machine I have found, it cuts fabric, paper, heat transfer material, and vinyl.  I really hope it can cut through aluminum cans as well b/c I could create such wonderful decorations for my bedspring wreaths.  So cross your fingers for me everyone and lets hope I win it!

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Happy Friday! Recycled Jar w/ Chalkboard Label and Upcoming Events!

TGIF!  This is the first weekend in a long time I haven’t had something to do!  Unfortunately the BF has to work all weekend so I will be on my own.  I think I might try to re-organize my spare bedroom/shop b/c honestly there is no way anyone could possibly sleep in this room right now :).  I have already warned my little sister if she is coming to stay she needs to give me a weeks notice.   I totally destroy it every time I have a show to do, so I think its time for some organizing and hopefully a little creating as well.

What I have to share today is actually what I used to display my fabric/soda can/sheet music roses last weekend at the FFA Craft Sale.  I have been saving jars from food for awhile now and finally came up with a use for them that is rather easy, but cute.  Using the same idea as my upcycled mail holder I taped off a square section on to each jar, painted it with a layer of white paint and then several layers of chalkboard paint.  I then let it sit overnight and voila cute reusable jars.  

Upcoming Shows
I just recently joined the Holiday Shopping Kick-off Fair which is a travelling fair that visits a different town each month and includes some of your favorite vendors, such as Avon, Scentsy, Pampered Chef, Gold Canyon Candles and so many other great local vendors.   The next fair is Saturday, March 12th from 3 pm – 8 pm at the Massena American Legion.  Become a fan on Facebook to know when we will be in your town!

I also signed up for another craft sale to benefit the Canton Day Care Center.  This should be a rather large one b/c they have 4000 square feet for vendors to set up.   This show is Saturday, March 19th from 9 am – 3 pm at the Canton Day Care Center at 205 State Street Road in Canton.  There will also be several raffles to win items so check it out!

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Recycled Newspaper Origami Seed Starter Pot

As you may have noticed by yesterday’s post I have a lot of planting to do!  Year’s in the past I have just used the jiffy seed starting trays and while they do work well, I just don’t like to buy them and I wish they were a little larger to let the roots get larger.  This year I started looking for a DIY version and stumbled upon etsy seller lovebybean’s version and remembered a tutorial on Netflix Origami for a box.  If you have never been to Netflix Origami its a neat site to make things out of a Netflix wrapper, and it is actually where I first started to learn origami.  I took yesterday’s newspaper out of the recycle bin at work and brought it home to make some seed starter pots of my own.

So you will need:

1. Newspaper
2. Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Marshmallows 🙂 (Optional)

So working at my normal station of the coffee table trunk in the living room, I started by taking one page of the newspaper.

Fold the short site to the top to create a triange and then cut off the excess, leaving a square of newspaper. 

Follow the instructions on Netflix Origami for just the box, not the lid too (unless you want lids).  
The end result:  

Too bad I still have way too many to fold!  Once the seedlings are ready to be planted outside, just put the whole newspaper box in the ground and it will break down and leave nutrients in the soil for your flowers!  
Enjoy!
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Recycled Newspaper Origami Seed Starter Pot

As you may have noticed by yesterday’s post I have a lot of planting to do!  Year’s in the past I have just used the jiffy seed starting trays and while they do work well, I just don’t like to buy them and I wish they were a little larger to let the roots get larger.  This year I started looking for a DIY version and stumbled upon etsy seller lovebybean’s version and remembered a tutorial on Netflix Origami for a box.  If you have never been to Netflix Origami its a neat site to make things out of a Netflix wrapper, and it is actually where I first started to learn origami.  I took yesterday’s newspaper out of the recycle bin at work and brought it home to make some seed starter pots of my own.

So you will need:

1. Newspaper
2. Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Marshmallows 🙂 (Optional)

So working at my normal station of the coffee table trunk in the living room, I started by taking one page of the newspaper.

Fold the short site to the top to create a triange and then cut off the excess, leaving a square of newspaper. 

Follow the instructions on Netflix Origami for just the box, not the lid too (unless you want lids).  
The end result:  

Too bad I still have way too many to fold!  Once the seedlings are ready to be planted outside, just put the whole newspaper box in the ground and it will break down and leave nutrients in the soil for your flowers!  
Enjoy!
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Junk Picking – My Latest Finds & Chalkboard Mail Holder

Remember how I find the board for my Springs n’ Things Sign, well I also found some other interesting objects.  My grandmother used to run an antique shop out of that section of the barn and I think these were some of the leftover items that have since gotten a little rusty and dirt!
Rusty Coffee Pot, Wall Holder, 3 Insulators (1 clear, 1 blue, 1 turquoise), Atlas Mason Jar, and a Rusty Grater, 2 old locks

I already love any kind of mason jar, they can be used for so many great things.  Check back for projects using the others!

 I decided to work with the wall holder first b/c I currently hate the box holding our mail and needed something smaller so I would be forced to clean it out sooner and it wouldn’t get out of control.  To add a little pizazz I decided to create a chalkboard label using chalkboard paint of course.  I cleaned up the wall holder a bit and lightly sanded it to get a little of the rust off.  I then, using blue painter’s tape, taped off the rectangle I wanted for the label.  I put a heavy quote of white paint on for my base layer and then 2 layers of chalkboard paint. 
I let that sit for an hour or so and then I removed the tape.  
It had to for at least 24 hours to cure before you can write on it, but here is the finished product: 
Not only can this be used in your house for mail but by having a changeable label it can be used at parties and weddings!
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Junk Picking – My Latest Finds & Chalkboard Mail Holder

Remember how I find the board for my Springs n’ Things Sign, well I also found some other interesting objects.  My grandmother used to run an antique shop out of that section of the barn and I think these were some of the leftover items that have since gotten a little rusty and dirt!
Rusty Coffee Pot, Wall Holder, 3 Insulators (1 clear, 1 blue, 1 turquoise), Atlas Mason Jar, and a Rusty Grater, 2 old locks

I already love any kind of mason jar, they can be used for so many great things.  Check back for projects using the others!

 I decided to work with the wall holder first b/c I currently hate the box holding our mail and needed something smaller so I would be forced to clean it out sooner and it wouldn’t get out of control.  To add a little pizazz I decided to create a chalkboard label using chalkboard paint of course.  I cleaned up the wall holder a bit and lightly sanded it to get a little of the rust off.  I then, using blue painter’s tape, taped off the rectangle I wanted for the label.  I put a heavy quote of white paint on for my base layer and then 2 layers of chalkboard paint. 
I let that sit for an hour or so and then I removed the tape.  
It had to for at least 24 hours to cure before you can write on it, but here is the finished product: 
Not only can this be used in your house for mail but by having a changeable label it can be used at parties and weddings!
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“Button, button who’s got the button?” – Tweedle Dee, Alice in Wonderland – Cute Button Garland

For some reason, like springs, I really like the look of buttons.  I have some berry garland all around the top of my kitchen cabinets.  I was getting pretty sick of it, and wanted to by new but the stuff is just so expensive.  I thought about painting it and may paint some of it still, but it would take forever!  So instead I had a bunch of buttons I’d gotten from people over time and ordered some yellow buttons off of Etsy.  I then strung the buttons on silver floral wire to make the garland.  I just did different sizes and shades and even some white ones too.  I think it adds a touch of color and cuteness to the berry garland!
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