Showing posts from October, 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. 

Original Post:

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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 Natur…

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.

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:

JUNE 29, 2012 Homemade Calendula OilWritten 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…

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! 

PB Inspired Hamper and Liner

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

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.

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 Rope/Clothesline  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 t…

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 lo…

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 …