Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Dave Ramsey Inspired Credit Card Chalkboard

UPDATED: 2/26/17

Thought I'd update this project since its been five years. Overall the project held up over the course of time, but some of the credit card pieces fell off over time. Originally I used Craft Glue which worked on a majority of the plastic pieces. Around ten or so flaked off, I'm guessing from not enough glue, so I reapplied them with Gorilla Glue. If I were to make this project again, I would go with the stronger glue off the bat so I wouldn't have to worry about things falling off. Its annoying when you can't find the missing credit card piece so you have to wait for one to expire to fix. Luckily, I kept a small stash of chopped up credit card  pieces because you never know, right? But that's not most people. 

Also, in five years, I've learned how to improve photo quality with PicMonkey. Exact same picture but the top one was slightly altered using the free options available on the PicMonkey site. The original is below. 

Sell so many things that the kids think they're next.
---Dave Ramsey

Original Post:

Spun off from an idea posted on Totally Green Crafts. For the full tutorial on how to make the credit card photo frame visit Craftstylish here.

Materials Already-On-Hand:           
Piece of Wood (from freecycle pickup)
Chalkboard Spray
Sandpaper and Sander 
Cut-up Credit Cards

Project Cost: $0 (wouldn't Dave Ramsey be proud? or he'd want me to sell it and apply it to the Debt Snowball!)

We cut up our credit cards over a year ago and included our daughter in the process. She cut up those Mickey Mouse Visa cards that come in the mail. Originally it was in her "purse" for pretend play. Now-a-days she's had a "job" selling cookies and lemonade to fill her purse with real money. She had fun taking it to the toy store to pick out a toy she worked for!
Gazelle Intensity!

conditioning the board


flash-happy camera

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Cinderella Pumpkin four-year-old-style

My four year old daughter is enamored with many girls her age. She wanted to do a Cinderella pumpkin from the start. I browsed the web for ideas and came up with this simple version. I let her decide on all the color choices and she did all the painting. I did help with the yellow dots around the windows and door. 

She loves her pumpkin and is outside playing with it and the dolls constantly! So cute! It'll be fun to do another one next year...maybe with more detail. Wonder how many years we'll do a version of a Cinderella pumpkin? A new tradition perhaps? 

Materials Already On-Hand:
Pumpkin Carving Tools (I used a knife)
Paints (we used Acrylic paint)
Green Pipe Cleaners (used 2 per wheel, total of four)
Glitter (sprinkled on top, hard to see in this pic)
Glue...for the glitter
Paint Brushes
Cinderella figurines
Tea Light Candles
Q-tips (to make the yellow dots around the windows and door)

Materials Bought:
Pumpkin from pumpkin patch: $8

Project Cost: $8
Naturally the project cost will vary depending on where you get your pumpkin. Our cost also included a petting zoo, bounce house, train ride, haystack mountain, and other Pumpkin Patch goodies. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Homemade Calendula Oil

I'm a fan of Its great source for whole foods and whole living information. As the dry season approaches my kids skin withers and dries up, competing with an alligator for "scaly skin."  Especially my daughter. Last winter we tried a few "on the shelf" lotions at our local bog-box store. It worked well enough, but they aren't budget friendly, especially with two kids plus ourselves slathering it on.

from start to finish
last jar almost empty...use it alot!

growing in my garden
watered by automatic sprinklers

olive oil is my carrier oil

infusion dates listed on top and written on my calendar

For complete information on the healing benefits of Calendula, how to grow the flower, and/or make Calendula Oil, lotion, or salve, visit:

Here is a section describing the Cold Infusion Method:

Homemade Calendula Oil

Written by Mindy, Contributing Writer 
Calendula is such an easy and fun flower to grow.  Besides being beautiful to look at, it offers a wealth of beneficial healing properties for your skin.  It is an herb that will definitely earn it's spot in your garden!

Homemade Calendula Oil

What you will need:

  • dried calendula petals
  • carrier oil (olive oil, almond oil, or sunflower oil are all great choices)
  • a clean, glass jar with a lid

How to infuse the oil:

There are two different methods to infuse your oil with the healing properties of calendula. We'll look at the two different methods below and talk about the pros and cons to each method.

1. Cold Infusion Method

This is usually the preferred method, because it protects the delicate calendula from being damaged by heat.
Steps for the cold infusion method are as follows:
  • Put your desired amount of dried calendula petals in your clean, dry glass jar.
  • Fill the jar with your carrier oil of choice to cover the petals by one inch.
  • Put in a sunny place to infuse for 4 weeks.
  • Drain the petals from the oil and store your oil in a container with a lid for up to one year.
That's it! Very simple and straightforward. The only downside to this method is that it takes 4 weeks to get your finished oil. 

Go Green Scrubber Sponge

Found this idea from Whole Living and thought I'd give it a try. I already use the Greener Clean sponges and love them. The red-mesh bag came from a package of on-sale peppers. Just in time, too, since last night's pork dinner cooked itself to the baking dish. The Scrubber Sponge came in handy! (ok, so most of my dinners "cook"/burn themselves onto the baking dish! lol too distracted crafting!)

Mesh bag from fruit/veggies

To see how to make the reused-jar soap dispensers: click here.

 Slip sponge inside mesh bag. Tie closed. I double knotted. Cut off remainder of bag. Done! 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

PB Inspired Hamper and Liner

Not sure that this is close enough to be considered a knock-off but it definitely qualifies as inspired

my PB inspired hamper and liner
French Wire Hamper & Liner
actual PB French Wire Hamper & Liner (click here)
I loved this idea but not the $149 price tag. 

Materials Already On-Hand:
pillow cases or other scrap fabric
       (I used two king-sized cases that we no longer use) 
sewing machine
seam ripper

Materials Purchased:            Project Cost: $1.00
laundry basket from the dollar store

Step 1: Use seam ripper to open up the pillow cases in an L-shape. I left one long side intact. 
Step 2: Sew pillow cases together on the longest side. I used the #3 stitch on my machine. 
Step 3: Trim off excess fabric from bottom before hemming up the bottom.

Step 4: I used the lace as a natural hem for the top of my basket. This is also where I threaded the ribbon through to use as a drawstring. ***Remember to leave a space open to insert the drawstring. I forgot and created more work for myself. Ugh!***

Instead of measuring for the drawstring space I just followed the straight line near the edge of the lace. 

 ***Note: This is the "wrong" side of the pillowcase that is actually going to be the outside of the liner. I want clean seams on the inside of the basket. This could have been avoided if I used the seam ripper all around the pillowcase instead of in an L-shape. I'm lazy and didn't feel like doing all that work. And, since my basket is on the floor on the way to the basement, no one will notice.***

 The basket was tapered so I had some difficulty cutting the fabric just right. It works well enough but I'm sure there is an easier way. I suggest search the web for instructions on how to sew "tapered basket liners" or something like that. Wish you better luck!

Step 5: Thread the drawstring cord or ribbon through the top...or in my case, under the lace. Tie as desired.

this was barely finished before it was filled
with the cloth napkins that were literally in a pile

Step 6: Use! 
This basket sits on the stair landing to the basement/laundry room. Convenient and cute. My faves! 

partying at: Sewing Barefoot #5. 

Rope Basket from Clothesline Cord

This idea was inspired from a Rope Bowl tutorial at Every Creative Endeavor. I originally went to the dollar store to find some cheap rope but fell in love with the turquoise color in this cloths line cord. Its the accent color in my dining room.

The only drawback to working with a thinner cord is that the hot glue seeps through the cord and several times I glued my rope bowl to the bowl I was using as a guide. That bowl is currently ruined. :( It'll need to be recovered before it can be used...and then only as a decoration. Oh well, it too, was only a dollar.

pardon the funky was moody

Materials Already On-Hand:
Parchment Paper (or some other covering to protect the table)
Hot Glue Gun and Glue Gun Sticks

Materials Purchased:             Project Cost: $2.00
Bowl to use as a guide *

* You can use an existing bowl. I picked a new one because I like its shape and I didn't have anything like it. Its going to be used as a napkin holder for our dining room table. 

Follow the tutorial at Every Creative Endeavor.

(Ignore the ugly table top. Its on my to-do list.)

Well, our napkins don't match...but these are for everyday use. They are from an up-cycled sheet that wasn't being used. I'll post about that later.

Linking this to: Tickled Pink party at 504 Main.504 Main
And partying at:,s: the Saturday 7
As well as: Sewing Barefoot #5.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Recovering an Old Ironing Board for less than $5

 I was totally inspired by The Thrifty Challenge's new ironing board cover tutorial. Discovered her thru a link party...Catch A Glimpse? Or was it at Flamingo Toes? Anyways, my sad ironing board has needed a makeover since the day I found to a trashcan. Its fully functional AND CLEAN!!!!! (It does sound gross but I knew who's tidy meticulous home it came from.)

My bathroom light doesn't do it justice...but it lives here. Our ghetto laundry room is in the basement so we do all our ironing upstairs. Convenience. 

Materials Needed:        Project Cost: less than $5 
Fabric (Found this in the remnant box at Walmart. Check out that price!!!!)
Old Ironing Board
Thread  (had to buy more to complete the project...about $2 at Hobby Lobby)
Sewing Machine

Originally bought this fabric simply because I liked the way it looked, it was a heavy material, and it had a lovely price. Had no purpose for it in mind when I put in the basket. So glad I did! I really like the way it looks! 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Customized Pallet Map Sign

Can't say what inspired the idea...more of a failed attempt at a pallet slat wall to forgotten piece of firewood to, "Hey, this could be made into something."

Materials Already On-Hand:  
Pallet Slat
Letter Stencils
Modge Podge

Materials Purchased:          Project Cost: $2.50ish
Triangle Ring Hangers

Step 1: Lightly Sand/Clean the wooden slat
I liked the worn look of this wood so I didn't "clean" it to perfection.

Step 2: Cut out letters from maps
I ended up using an old World Atlas. Since I'm making this for my sister I cut the letters around places that she has visited.
The cookie cutter was used to make the heart. I picked her favorite country (Ireland) for this.

Step 3: Attach letters to board with Modge Podge.
Dry completely.

Step 4: Coat both sides with polyurethane.
I used 3 coats on the front and two on the back. We had a can of satin finish leftover from redoing our kitchen cabinets. The shine shows up more on the letters than the wood. 

Step 5: Attach Triangle Hangers to back.
I picked these specifically because a wire can be strung between the two and make it easier to hang. (not pictured) I'll send the wire with the pallet slat as an option. I tried this and the triangels started to slip out of the base. Snap! Well, here is another idea to hang it up. Haven't tried it my self yet...but its such a simple idea I should be asking Why haven't I tried it yet? 
Hopefully: She may choose to prop it on a shelf instead of hang in on the wall. 

Too make sure the hangers were in identical spots on the back I used a note card to measure the distance from each corner. The note card was folded in half and the hanger was nailed next to the fold. 

Step 6: Display!