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Last night we had our blue and gold banquet.  If you aren’t familiar with cub scouts, a blue and gold banquet is a celebration of Boy Scout’s birthday.  It is just a fun way to celebrate with the boys and their families.  We wanted to celebrate our leaders and all the hard work that they do.  Unfortunately, there wasn’t a lot of extra money in our budget for anything fancy.  We had a camping theme and wanted something to go along those lines so we bought some bar mixes.  They were similar to these here but the price on these is fabulous!

We made these cute tags.  I used my handy program for my Silhouette that I am always talking about.   I didn’t use the machine, just printed on my printer and created on the program that came with the machine.  If you have a machine and are interested in the file let us know and I can send it to you!

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I made them so that there were four copies on a sheet and glued them on to a rectangle of scrapbook paper pieces I had on hand.  That made them all different.

Using bakers twine I tied them to the front of the boxes.  We then presented them to the leaders during the evening.

It is a great, inexpensive way to recognize that we appreciate their help and all that they do.  This would also be great for teachers, bus drivers or anyone that you want to show you appreciate!

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Easy Tutorial, How to Hang Polka Dots on the Wall Evenly

Recently my daughter turned 12 and I wanted to give her room a small makeover.  It was painted lavender, which was her favorite color at the time and I wanted to grow it up a little so it would last into her teens.  We went with white on the walls (her choice, but a great one!) so that she could change out the other things such as curtains, bedding and other decor to change up as her tastes change.

Her favorite colors are pink and turquoise.  With highlights of gold I thought it would look great and I was not disappointed!

I didn’t have a lot of money for this makeover, but I wanted it to look great.  She got a new desk a few months ago and we painted it in a great turquoise color chalk paint.  I wanted to make sure it went with everything. Here is what i came up with; New fabric for curtains that are so simple! (Blog post coming on that!), paint her mirror to match, gold polka dot accent wall to liven up the room from the stark white and new comforter (which hasn’t happened yet but will soon).

This tutorial is all about the gold polka dots!  If you have wanted to hang up dots that is so on trend right now, don’t be intimidated!  Thanks to my husband and his great ideas, this was so easy and painless!

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To begin with; we ordered our dots on an etsy shop.  Our wall was 8.5 feet tall and 11 feet wide. So my husband made this graph and divided the room up into 1 foot squares.  The circle at the bottom of the photo shows our dot size.  They were 5 inches in diameter.  That is how they scale to the 1 foot sections.  It took a lot of playing around to make sure that our dots were evenly spaced and looked the way we wanted.  For the amount of dots we had this meant they needed to be spaced every 2 feet.  To create a template, we used two 12×12 sheets of card stock taped together.  We wanted them staggered so that they weren’t all in straight lines, but were instead in diagonal lines.

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Using the template, we placed a small dot in pencil where the center of each dot should go.  Once we had that on, we were ready to place the vinyl dots. I chose vinyl simply because if she decided that she didn’t want them they would be much easier to remove then having to paint over them!  To apply the vinyl, you remove them from the backing and rub them onto the surface you are applying them to.  It is great to use an old gift card, credit card or even a Pampered Chef scrapper to rub them onto the surface.  Rub them from the center out to help be sure there are no bubbles.

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There you go!  Once you have them on you are done! It is such an easy way to add some “wow” to your walls!

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It has been a warmer than normal spring here in Idaho… I am loving it! The grass is starting to turn green, the tulips are starting to pop through the dirt, and the birds are busy in the trees.  Every year I am SO happy that spring is here I run out to buy flowers to put in my empty flower pots…. but every year I buy them too early and we get a late frost and all my flowers DIE.

As I walked past my ugly empty flower pots, trying to resist  the temptation to run to the store and buy all the fresh pretty flowers. I noticed I had some tulips pop up in the middle of a bark pit that would need to be moved. That is when it hit me… why not move them to my pot on the front porch.  We also had a patch of kale from our garden last year that lived through the winter and would be tilled under as we prepared the ground for new seeds this year. I can not believer this kale is still alive, my husband drove over the top of it with our truck and it had 8 inches of snow on it for few weeks this winter… but it is still alive and pretty as ever.

I grabbed a shovel, and dug these plants out and put them in my flower pots. They do not have a lot of color… BUT just this small amount of green makes my front porch look so much better. These plants are hardy and should be able to handle a frost if we get one. If they do happen to die, no harm done since they were FREE anyway.

So if your porch is looking a little sad and you can not wait for planting season, look around your yard and see if there is some GREEN that might just look cute in a pot.

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How to Make Your Own Bath Bomb

Bath Bomb with Essential Oils

 

Bath Bombs recipe with essential oilsThere is nothing, well almost nothing more relaxing than taking a long hot soak. My husband recently installed a jacuzzi tub in our master bath. At first I really didn’t think I would like it at all. I’m not that into baths. In fact my husband had to fill the tub for me and convinced me to get in. Taking a bath is one thing, but taking a bath with bubbles and with a bath bomb is just awesome. I’m pretty sure its the combination of the jacuzzi and the bath bomb, but it could’ve been the fact that the kids were somewhere else being taken care of by my hubby. Having no worries when you take a relaxing bath is in my opinion the best thing – total relaxment!

Recently I came across this awesome recipe on how to make your own bath bomb. Sure you can buy your own bath bombs. But do you really want something fizzing away under you and not knowing what is in it? Making your own is the safest bet to guarantee that there are no crazy chemicals in it that you need someone help you pronounce them. It also saves you a ton of money too! You can make natural and safe Bath Bombs for a small fraction of what you could buy them for! And it takes no time at all to make them, and just let them dry overnight to harden up is the only thing.

Save money and make your own Bath Bombs with your own fragrance from natural essential oils. With essential oils you can make a bath bomb for exactly what you need it for. make one for when you are sick, or a relaxing one that will help you sleep. You can even make one for a good pick me up with a clean crisp aroma. Make your own Bath Bomb ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces Baking Soda for your skin and the bath water
  • 4 ounces Cream of Tartar
  • 4 ounces Corn Starch
  • 4 ounces Epsom Salts
  • 3/4 tsp. Water
  • 2 tsp. Essential Oil for scent ( Lavender )
  • 2 tsp. Coconut Oil
  • Food coloring if you want colored bombs (Purple)
  • A decoration, like dried flowers, non-toxic glitter, or sugar cake decorations.
  • A small mini muffin pan

Procedure:

Mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl (salt, baking soda, cornstarch and cream of tartar)

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In a separate small bowl, mix water, oil, and food coloring

Now go ahead and mix wet and dry

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At this point, your mixture should resemble wet sand. Adding the food coloring helps you figure out if it’s well-mixed, an even color means a good mix. When you squeeze some in your fist, it should hold together. If it doesn’t, add water a few drops at a time until desired consistency is reached.

Tightly pack it down into your mold

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Let dry 24 hours

I recommend not removing from the mold until the mixture is completely dry. However, depending on your mold shape, you may have success with early removal so you can reuse the molds more quickly. Cupcake and Flat shapes work great removing them from the mold early.

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How to make your own Bath Bomb
 
How to make a great smelling Bath Bomb, that also moisturizes your skin with all natural coconut oil.
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces Baking Soda for your skin and the bath water
  • 4 ounces Cream of Tartar
  • 4 ounces Corn Starch
  • 4 ounces Epsom Salts
  • ¾ tsp. Water
  • 2 tsp. Essential Oil for scent ( Lavender )
  • 2 tsp. Coconut Oil
  • Food coloring if you want colored bombs (Purple)
  • A decoration, like dried flowers, non-toxic glitter, or sugar cake decorations.
  • A small mini muffin pan

Instructions
  1. Mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl (salt, baking soda, cornstarch and cream of tartar)
  2. In a separate small bowl, mix water, oil, and food coloring
  3. Now go ahead and mix wet and dry
  4. At this point, your mixture should resemble wet sand. Adding the food coloring helps you figure out if it’s well-mixed, an even color means a good mix. When you squeeze some in your fist, it should hold together. If it doesn’t, add water a few drops at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  5. Tightly pack it down into your mold
  6. Let it dry 24 hours
  7. I recommend not removing from the mold until the mixture is completely dry. However, depending on your mold shape, you may have success with early removal so you can reuse the molds more quickly. Cupcake and Flat shapes work great removing them from the mold early.

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You guys, I apologize in advance because this tutorial is a little on the long side! These curtains are so easy to make and take very little sewing and/or cutting.  You won’t even believe it!  I was pleasantly surprised at how great they turned out.

When I decided to do a mini makeover on my daughter’s room for her 12th birthday, one of the first things I knew had to go were her hideous lavender curtains that I had made for her nursery as a baby and they were definitely showing their age. Not to mention that they were the first thing I ever sewed on my sewing machine and they showed my lack of skill badly!  She had long since been over the color and it was just time to move on.

She wanted her walls white, and I wanted to bring as much color as possible in other ways into her room.  The palate is pink, aqua and gold.  I had decided to make curtains out of bed sheets.  Not the most exciting, but since the budget was tiny I was going to have to be thrifty.  At Walmart I was able to find twin flat sheets for $5 a piece.  Which wasn’t bad, but I would need 4 of them to add ruffles, or some thickness so that they weren’t see through.  I wasn’t in love with them though.  The color wasn’t exactly what I had in mind and they just weren’t very exciting. I decided to walk through the fabric while I was there and found this gorgeous, damask print and was instantly in love!  This had to be her curtains!

It was $4.97 a yard.  Since it was already the same width as a curtain panel, the length was the only part I had to worry about.  I wanted panels that went to the floor.  The average length of curtain panels I looked at were 84 inches, so I went with that.  To get 2 panels in 84 inches I would need just about 5 yards.  I even had them cut it in half for me so they would be exact (any fabric store should be able to do this).  Remember to allow for sewing, so go a couple inches over your desired length for best results

You will need:

Fabric pieces in the desired length.

Thick ribbon (1.5 inches works great) in coordinating color

thread

sewing machine or needle and thread if you are daring

iron

ironing board

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Once I got them home I ironed them.  I know, who irons anymore, right?  Well, I do only when I sew.  This is a pretty vital step actually.  Once the wrinkles are ironed out of them, turn your edged in about an inch and iron that down.  This will give you a nice, crisp edge that will make it perfect for sewing and keeping the raw edge hidden.  Do this all the way around.  I didn’t do any cutting, it was purely ironing and sewing.  Once you have both ironed you are ready to begin sewing.  I used my ironed edge as a guide to keep my sewing lines straight which works great.  Go slow so that your lines don’t go crazy.  Sew all the way around the fabric.  Since this is just off the bolt, you could actually just sew the top and the bottom to save time.  My fabric had a thin white strip on one side of it, so I opted to sew it down.

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Now that you have the basic panel, cut off some strips of your ribbon.  This will depend on the thickness of your rod.  My rod was only about an inch thick, so I did my ribbon sections in about 3 inch sections. This gave me plenty of room to sew the edge over and still have room to get the panel on the rod.  I also cut mine with pinking shears to keep the ribbon from fraying, but this isn’t necessary.

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Once I had those cut, I pinned them onto my panels.  I folded my panel in half and put a piece right in the middle, one on both ends and then another in between the two.  That was 5 pieces of ribbon if you are keeping track.  If your fabric is heavy, you may want to do more, but I wouldn’t recommend doing any less.

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I let mine be a little lower then my raw edge to prevent them from being visible when the panel was hanging on the rod.  Sew each end so that the edge is under.  The photo above shows how I put the ribbon on to make sure the raw edge stays hidden.

I wish you could really see the beautiful color of this fabric.  The photos just don’t do it justice and there is no time of day that is great for taking photos in this room!

I love how it turned out and how they look like they cost a lot more then they actually did.  I have seen panels similar that sell for much more then I spent.

If you are on a budget and want to change up any room in your house, this is the way to do it.  Inexpensive,easy and high impact.  You can’t ask for much more then that!

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