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You will find the reason I began blogging was because I liked to make things. I would see pins on Pinterest and immediately pin it to a to do board. Over the years, I have dabbled in a lot of stuff and made it easy for you to find everything on this page. Check out the categories below for more ideas! I hope you enjoy the additions to come.

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Ombre Letters

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I worked hard on decorating my child’s room. I made it a little safari just for her. It looked great with hanging monkeys and branches to boot. It was missing something, something that said it was my daughter’s. That’s when I decided to make some ombre letters to go above her crib.

She is 9 months old, don’t ask me why I didn’t have this done when I was 9 months pregnant. The idea didn’t come to me until I was in my local craft store and saw some MDF letters on sale. There went the light bulb. Her name in ombre letters. Choosing a color was super easy – PINK!

I purchased some pink paint and a small thing of white paint.

Baby food jars make great mixing containers

Baby food jars make great mixing containers

To create your ombre, I simply added 1 tablespoon of my main color to the jar – in this instance, pink.

1 Tbsp pink in all jars

1 Tbsp pink in all jars

Then I incremented with 1 TBSP of white per jar. The first jar as one TBSP white and the last has 4 TBSPs of white paint.

1 TBSP of white, incrementing with each jar.

1 TBSP of white, incrementing with each jar.

Shake it like a polaroid! Shake, shake, shake! Shake your PAINT!

I love these foam painters you can find at a craft store and reuse bonus – the handles can be used as dowels for future projects or ribbon holders!

Foam brushes are amazing - break the foam top off to save for dowels on other projects!

Foam brushes are amazing – break the foam top off to save for dowels on other projects!

Then I painted each letter with the jars, I recommend labeling them! I had to do two coats to each letter.

Then I slapped some double sided foam tape to the letters, I didn’t want to fool with adding hangers to these.

Double sided foam tape

Double sided foam tape

And hung away!

Finished!

Finished!

How’s that for a quick and easy name plate for any room? I love it, especially how it curves like it is floating up into the clouds 🙂

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Junk Drawer Domination

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Everyone has one. Everyone hates it. Everyone despises its clutterfulness. I am talking about the junk drawer. I simply couldn’t handle mine anymore. We had tools, batteries, wax (yes WAX), writing utensils, nail clippers, and some spare change. I needed some organization in my life. I needed junk drawer domination!

The back story – I had already cleaned these 3 drawers out twice! I was tired of things being sloshed around trying to find the scissors. I had to do something before I lost my mind or hurt someone.

So, I ran down to our local dollar store and picked up 2 utensil trays. I pulled EVERYTHING out of the drawer, thank goodness for a large island! I then proceeded to put stuff away that never belonged in that drawer to begin with (um hello socks?!) Then I organized items neatly in their little compartments. We all started singing the Hallelujah chorus when everything had a place and everything was in its place. And it has stayed there since then.

The PIT, bottomless junk pit!

The PIT, bottomless junk pit!

It is absolutely amazing to me how a simple act of organization and labeling can keep the junk drawer at bay.

My coupon drawer

My coupon drawer

So if you are tired of your junk drawer being so messy, go grab some utensil trays and get to the junk drawer domination!

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DIY Address Marker

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Completed Address Marker

Our address marker used to be on our front door. Our front door used to be windowless. I decided to change out that door, and with it, the address marker. We went for a while without any way of identifying our house other than the mailbox, which really didn’t have numbers either! I then finally decided to make my own.

DIY Address Marker

Materials:

Permanent Marker
Shatter resistant plates
Plate hanger
Duct tape

I ran to my local craft store and found a plate hanger half off. Then I ran to my local big box retailer and found 3 of these red plates on clearance (SCORE)!

I proceeded to print out the numbers I needed, placed the number behind the plate, then held the plate up to light. It is amazing how these things are just like vellum, you can see right through to the number below!

I simply traced with my big fat marker. If you mess up, use rubbing alcohol to remove the marker and start over. Once you have your first number and you are happy with it, let it dry while working on the rest of your numbers.

You could stick the plates in a oven at 350º for 30 minutes, but mine seem to be holding up to the weather just fine.

Hang your plate hanger where you think best, place your cooled plates onto the hanger. Now, take it from me, you don’t want to be picking up a thousand little shards of plate out of your flower bed – duct tape the back of the plate to your plate hanger.

Completed Address Marker

Completed Address Marker

And in about 30 minutes you have an easy DIY address marker!

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A Place to Hang Your Hat

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Hook Rack completed

We have this problem: hats. Too many of them just tossed in the entry closet. There comes a time when we can’t find the hat we are looking for. I need a place to hang your hat. A place to hang your purse if you ever come to visit. A hook rack would be the best solution but they retail $40. That’s too much money for a simple piece of wood and some hooks. I bet I could make one.

I like reclaimed wood. I guess I am sort of an addict. I mean my shoe cabinet, my old tub surround, and even my laundry room don it. So I suppose it isn’t too surprising to hear that I want to make a hook rack for a place to hang your hat out of pallet wood.

Entry way mirror area

Entry way mirror area

The rack is probably the EASIEST thing I could have made! Simply found a piece of reclaimed wood laying in the garage long enough for my needs. I then secured a couple hooks to it. Then the hardest thing – making sure it was level while screwing it to the paneling. I let the hubby do that because I didn’t want the repercussions of messing it up! ! Something that retails for $40 cost me $10!

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Hung, happy and ready to carry the load!

Hook Rack completed

Hook Rack completed

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Compost Bucket

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We try to be green at our house, a way of reducing and reusing more than recycling. We have a very large compost pile in our back yard and use a small 2.5 quart bucket in the house. Lately, I have been having a battle with the gnats. It is out of control! I don’t want to get rid of my bucket inside- it is super convenient right next to the kitchen sink, I can just empty the strainer and get back to dishes.

But there is no lid.

Compost with gnats!

Compost with gnats!

And it is chewed up by the dog.

Lovely holes thanks to the dog

Lovely holes thanks to the dog

Therein, lies the problem! So I went to my local home improvement store and got some lids for my bucket. They cost a whopping $0.77!

Simple lid!

Simple lid!

The buckets are a little more, but you can save any empty plastic container and use it 🙂 I wanted my bucket to be plain, so I let it soak in some rubbing alcohol and then wiped off the print.

To make a simple compost bucket, take the lid to your bucket and drill small holes in it, no bigger than a pencil, 5-10 of them is plenty. Run to the local pet store and get a fish tank filter- preferably one that will fit the lid to your bucket. I found a 2 pack, 4 uses for me, for only $3.00. Super glue that filter to the lid. The filter will help trap the odor from the compost. Once I have a minute, I plan on adding a simple “COMPOST” label from my vinyl cutter. Now start composting!

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For you city folk, this is a great place to put your coffee grinds and eggshells. Plants LOVE this combination, mainly because it is nutrient rich and blossom producing nitrogen! So don’t be afraid of composting!

Completed bucket

Completed bucket

Now if you have a gnat issue like me, save the next jar you empty. Poke holes in the top, not very big. Fill the jar with apple cider vinegar and place the lid back on it. Put the jar where the highest concentration of gnats are. It is kind of gross what you will find after a while. Below is a picture of my jar after a few days!

Enjoy your compost bin and gnat catcher!

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