Shutters

I love all the ideas that you can find on Pinterest.  I was given a bunch of shutters and really wanted to find some cool things to do with them! After laying them all out and using up some of my ever present stash of paint, I ended up making a shelf, and a card holder, and having two left over.  I decided on using them in my girls bedroom to hold all their papery keepsakes.  It’s easy to clip a couple clothes pins between the slats and it seems to be working beautifully!

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Saving Herbs

My grandma taught me never to throw anything away.  So I feel quite accomplished to be able to save and store all my left over herbs after I’m done with a recipe.

You know, that recipe, the one that you have to buy a bunch of parsley for, but it only calls for like 2 tbsp? What do you do with all the leftovers? I hated throwing it out, and I hated the green goo that it turned into at the bottom of my fridge cripser drawer, and I couldn’t find enough other things that had parsley in it to cook it all up….so I found out this!

If you chop it up, and freeze it in olive oil, you can save it and use it anytime you need! Seriously.  You can.

I love to use these little silicone molds to freeze my herbs in because its so easy to pop them out.  I just put all the little “cubes” into a jar and store in the freezer until I need them! I use oil because most of the time my recipes are fine to add a bit of olive oil to, but you can use water as well if for some reason you don’t want to use olive oil.

Thanks, grandma!

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DIY Toilet Cleaning Bombs

Cleaning toilets is one of the worst jobs in our house.  No. one. wants.to. do. it. ever.

That is why I love these nifty little fizzy toilet bombs.  They serve two purposes.  They clean and deodorize the toilet….both of which are helpful.

They only take a few ingredients, and if you have problems finding the citric acid you can look online on amazon. We live smack dab in the middle of wine country, California, so I just went to a store that helps sells supplies to wine makers and bough it there.

Boom Boom Bombs

  • 1 1/3 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup citric acid
  • 1 tsp water
  • 30 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 30 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 30 drops Lemon essential oil

Mix the baking soda and citric acid together in a small bowl. The next step is to add the water and essential oils to the mixture. To minimize the fizzing action, add the water and oils in a little bit at a time…or just dump in if you’ve got a big enough bowl to handle the fizzing action and you are impatient like me. Stir the mixture until all combined. You are wanting it to clump and hold together. You can add a little more water if needed. Then, scoop or spoon the mixture into your silicone mold of choice, and pack each one down firmly. Allow the bombs to dry for several hours, then remove them gently from the mold and they’re ready to use!  Store in a glass container, and do your best not to have your kids use them up in one day…..

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Enjoy!

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~Angie and April~

Succulent Workshop

This was, by far, the most popular workshop we’ve done.  Chalk it up to the ever rising popularity of succulents, or our awesome personalities…..

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Give a crowd some cool containers, some beautifully created succulents, and some supplies and you’ve got yourself a pretty fun evening.

We’d love to host a workshop for you! Contact us and let us know how we can help you plan a fun evening with friends.

~April & Angie

Pinterest Fail

I think it’s something we’ve all done.

We’ve seen something on Pinterest and thought “I can totally do that!”.

And then, maybe you try it.

And maybe you get so mad that you fling the project across the room, and give up on crafting for the rest of your life. And then you think to yourself…”seriously, it can’t be that hard. I must’ve not been doing it right” so you try again, only to burn yourself on an open candle flame, and hurt your pride even more.  Then you pick up all the failed efforts and toss them in the trash.

Then, your stubborn nature, (the one that your husband has a love/hate relationship with) kicks in once again, and because you’re a glutton for punishment you attempt to try it again.

You know. *Those* kind of projects on Pinterest.

Is it just me?

*awkwardly taps microphone*

Is this thing on?

Here’s the “simple” flower made up on melted plastic spoons, that probably reduced my life span by a bit as I inhaled toxic fumes that I tried to make.

Aaaaaand fail.


Mason Jar Wall Vase

Any mason jar project seems to be a hit.  They are the perfect item to use. Inexpensive, sturdy, and so. many. options.

I loved this workshop.  I loved helping people figure out what they wanted, as well as helping them execute it.

 

For more pics check out our facebook page!

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Hope to hand make with you soon!

~Angie & April