Monthly Archives: September 2012

Pillow Project: Complete

I’ve been working on making my house feel like a home. And when I saw these pillows on Pinterest I knew they would look perfect on my couches.

So far I’ve only completed two. And I could just call it quits at this point. But… My friends say it looks best with two pillows on each couch. So, my work continues. I’ll keep you updated. 🙂

What do you think? One pillow or 2?

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10/08/2012 update.
Iono WHAT I did. I suppose the new yarn I bought was different. (Although they said Red Heart). But my gauge ended up being completely different. So the pillow backs ended up too small for the two extra pillow fronts I made.

So long story short: I only will have one pillow per couch. Lol

Oh well!! 😉

Be fabulous!
Amber 🙂

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Party Fun with Clothes Pins

It’s party time!! Woo hoo!!

My youngest daughter is turning 11 and we are going to party in the mall and go to a movie. Just my girls and her 8 best buds. I told all the parents that we will be having an AWESOME scavenger hunt–which I’ll be putting together last minute. (Sorry, but I do my best work at the last minute).  Pizza and ice cream in the food court, and after the mall we are treating the guests to a movie.

Easy party. But now I had to figure out the whole “gift bag” thing. 😦

Let’s see what I found around the house:

  • Plastic bags from my old earring biz
  • Curling ribbon
  • Ribbon (glittered ribbon)
  • Scrapbook papers
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Clothes pins

I ran to Sally’s and purchased tiny nail polishes, and Target for tiny nail files and lip glosses. Put them in the bags along with the nail files and gloss. I cut the ribbons in half and used craft glue to paste them to clothes pins. Then tied it all up with curling ribbon. My daughter wrote “Love Josie” on business cards cut into fourths and glued them to other scrapbook papers.  I thought about measuring.  But we just grabbed our scissors and ‘eyeballed it’.

But of course, I made Josie help.
I love having minions!!
[insert evil laugh here]

I think this is a nice token to give to the guests. NOW I can sleep. 😉

Stay fabulous!
And party on!!

Amber 🙂

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Homemade Soap? Yes please.

I wish I didn’t obsess over things quite so much. The Pinterest pin on regarding homemade laundry detergent caught my eye sometime last week. And I couldn’t wait to do it. But my problem is, is that I’m just not satisfied taking one person word for it. I have to find the BEST recipe to use! 😉

So I checked that website here it said to use that I should use Zote soap (which I couldn’t find). So I went to this website which says to use Fels Naptha soap which they had at my local Walmart. So I have all the materials ready. But…. which recipe to follow!???

I’m a bit more of the perfectionist when it comes to large messes and large expenses, ha ha, so I have to really study the different recipes to find out which recipe is going to work best for me and my family. Either way, I’m going to save a TON of money on detergent this year, and can’t wait to use the stuff.

THE RECIPE
I ended up going with the How Does She version but I used Fels Naptha soap instead. I also like the addition of baking soda to help neutralize odor. Plus, there was less measuring or extra product left over.

The Zote bars are quite a bit larger than the Fels Naptha, but I didn’t read all the replies until after I made my batch. Apparently I should have used quite a bit more soap in order to make up the difference (6 Fels Naptha would equal 2 Zote). But so far, this is working just fine. I also read that people have trouble with the Zote bar and dark clothes. (Even though not photographed, I used TWO bars of soap)

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THE PROCESS
Grating the soap didn’t take that long. (Especially because my minions did a half of bar)
[Insert evil laugh here]

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After grating I let it sit out on a tray for about 3 hours to dry out, then blended it in my little blender so that it was the same consistency of the other powders. Two bars yielded 2 1/2 cups of soap.

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I also heard of people having problems with the crystals separating or floating to the top. To alleviate this problem I decided to also blend up the crystals. :). This left a mixture that was more homogenous. 🙂

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Here’s the breakdown of what each box contained for those who would like to know how much you get:

10 cups of borax
8 cups baking soda
6 cups washing soda
5 1/2 cups of Oxy Clean
4 cups of Purex crystals (blended)
2 1/2 cups Fels Naptha (powdered)

I mixed all the ingredients in a large pot. It was difficult because I’m a bit anal and wanted everything to mix WELL.
Here’s an awful pic, but at least you can see the pot.

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After the mixing was complete I was able to fill a one gallon glass container, a half gallon container, and the OxyClean container that I ended up giving away.

THE REULTS
I’ve washed four loads of clothes so far. I have soft water and haven’t really noticed any difference in the clothes. Everything is just as bright and clean as it usually comes out using store bought soaps.

I have noticed that even though I used Purex crystals, my clean clothes don’t come out smelling quite as strong. (I mean the good smell that we associated with clothes being clean). That doesn’t bother me though. I feel like I’m saving money, and putting a few less chemicals in my household.

Anyway, another Pinterest project complete! I’m a happy girl!

Stay fabulous! (and clean!)

Amber 🙂

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Pennies From Heaven

OK.  You’ve all seen it!  Fabulous art made with coins.  Here’s the link to the original Pin I saw on Pinterest:

http://thecraftedsparrow.blogspot.com/2012/01/loose-change.html

This craft has a special meaning for me.  First of all, when I was a little girl, my grandmother used to sing a song called “Pennies from Heaven” that reminds you that even when it rains, you can change your point of view and count each drop as a precious blessing. Here’s a version from Billie Holiday.

And when I see the word EAT I am reminded of my dad.  He is a trained chef and loves to eat.  But more importantly whenever I am down he always has the best advice.  When I was going through my rough patch I asked my father for advice on how to get through the pain. He said, “Well, are you eating?” And of course I said yes.  His reply after that was always the same: “Just keep eating. That’s the advice my father gave me”.

*blank stare*
Thanks Dad.  That’s great advice.

I didn’t get it at first.  But as I got older, it all made sense.  I understand it to mean, that no matter what you are going through, just keep yourself alive.  Time will pass and things will get better.  My daddy, a wise man indeed! ❤

Anyway, at first glance, I knew I had to do this penny project that would simply remind me to “keep it moving, enjoy the rain, and don’ forget to eat!”.  And I had the perfect space for it right on the side of my kitchen cabinet. 🙂

I don’t use cash often, but I work at a bank so I have access to the best pennies this side of the Mississippi! I got some old and some new… and decided to “make it my own” by doing an ombre effect.  Nice, hunh? lol

And for glue I decided to use Gorilla glue.  Cuz on the label it said it will make anything stick together. And I was afraid of the weight of the pennies.  But that was a HUGE MISTAKE.  As the glue dries it bubbles and expands.  What a nightmare!! I just knew I had a “Pinterest Fail” on my hands.  Luckily I am an obsessive meticulous crafter and had only done the E.  So I got another letter, regular craft glue and finished the job.  I sprayed it with a layer of glaze to keep it shiny. And Voila!  I am very pleased.

Have you tried this yourself? What were your experiences?

Stay fabulous! (And don’t forget to eat!) lol

Amber 🙂

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Another Pinterest Groupie Is Born!!

So I was turned on to Pintrest a while ago when a co-worker kept telling me about Crayon Art. “You melt crayons with a blow dryer and it’s soooo cool”. lol  Over the year I am there everyday.  I love to look for new crafts and ways to decorate my home. 🙂

She gave me an invitation to join (you needed an invite at that time).  At any rate.  I’m choosing to keep my posts short and sweet.  But as I embark on a complete Pinterest-Upcycle of my LIFE… I figured I’d document it. 🙂

So…. Here goes!!

So tell me… how much do YOU love Pinterest??

Amber  :o)

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