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Friday, April 15, 2011

Eggstra Easter Decor Craft...

I believe I stole this idea from a link on Thrifty Decor Chic. I had the eggs and the plate already and the letters were 40% off at Michaels so I threw this together in just a few short minutes. Not one of my favs but I thought it was cute enough to post about.

See Ya Soft Scrub HELLOooooo Scour Off!!!

Every time I try another Shaklee product I am in awe and left wondering why I haven't ever heard of this company before!
Our glass top stove gets really nasty burn rings on the top. Getting them off was such a pain in the butt that I often just wash down the glass,Windex it, and ignore the stains. Which doesn't work so well when you are anal like I am....
Then I got my Scour Off from Shaklee and with very high expectations I went to work on my stove top. First of all the smell when you open the jar is just yummy, since it contains cherry pits, it smells like them too! 

So I wet my green scrubby pad and added a little extra water and scooped some of this magic paste out.

This was all I needed for the whole top, I think I could have even used less but this was my first time and I have to admit getting used to using less with Shaklee is not always easy! I am so used to needing large amounts of cleaning products to get the job done! Anyway, I scrubbed the entire glass top with very little effort, wiped it down with water to rinse it and my oh my...... Mamma's high expectations were met! The glass was gleaming and of course since I couldn't leave well enough alone I took out my Shaklee glass cleaner and gave it a nice shine.

Caaaleeeeaan!!!! Ahhhhh.......

I am so please I made the big switch to Shaklee, Toni from A Bowl Full of Lemons has been so helpful in getting me started and you can purchase right from her! 

Here is a little more info on the Scour Off I used, right from their website:

  • Natural ingredients remove the toughest dried-on splatters and spills, burned-on grease, baked-on food, and sticky messes without hazardous chemicals or toxic fumes.

  • Scour Off is made from natural mineral abrasives and biodegradable cleaning agents. It does not contain chlorine, bleach, or dye.

  • Scour Off gently removes stains other cleansers can't and is great for cleaning tubs, ovens, sinks, and tiles.

  • It will even remove rust, and is great for cleaning these surfaces: copper, grout, cement, ceramic, and imitation marble.

  • Sunday, April 10, 2011

    "Like you mommy?" Mommy Make Up!!

    I saw this done with felt in a magazine and I knew my smart little munchkin would never fall for it but I also knew she would love the idea since she is totally enamoured by my make up. I was even going to try and glue paint and fill the trays to let them harden but alas I am wayyyy to lazy for such a long project so I scrapped the whole thing. Then while cleaning up one of our many art supply drawers I found a small square scrap of foam and immediately though of my long lost project! ;-)
    So here it is, make up like mommy! even Keith was fooled by it lol

    First I grabbed some old empty or almost empty compacts, and scrapped all the make up out of them. Then I washed and scrubbed them squeaky clean.

    Unfortunately, Michaels didn't have a huge selection of color with the foam so I grabbed what I thought would work.

    To cut them to size I pressed the foam into the molds then cut out the shape.
    Some colors had self adhesive on the back already and for the others I just put a thin layer of glue in the tray and pushed the foam into place and voila!!!
    I even got a little fancy with two colors

    And here is the finished collection :) I think she will love it!

    Hope everyone had a great weekend!!!

    Tuesday, April 5, 2011

    Simple Pottery Barn Inspired Coat Hooks: Family Project..

    I have this little nook at the end of our stairs that I love to hate. It's adorable, I love nooks and our little old house has a good deal of them,  yet I just haven't been able to get this one right. When we first moved in it was just a little decorated spot with a table and a mirror, nothing special. The it was a closet I closed it off and made it into a closet for my husbands work clothes. THEN it was a reading nook for my kids which never got used.  Finally I found these cute door knob hooks but once they were up I hated them, they never stayed straight and were useless.
    Last week I spotted this in Pottery Barn. It's nothing special, very simple and I thought it would be perfect for that spot. Accept it  was too short and $99.00  each!! Um no thanks! I'll do it myself....
    So to Home Depot I went. Got me some lovely poplar cut to size (2 @ 49"), some paint ( I chose white gloss to match the moldings), and some black hat and coat hooks. I couldn't wait to start.  I shared what I wanted to do with my dad whose responce was " Oh just by the Pottery Barn Ones, by the time you make it, you'll have spent close to the cost of the premade one"  Ha! I knew he would say that! Wellll, the hooks were 3.50 each and the wood was about $11.00, and the paint was $7.00.......IN YOUR FACE DAD!!!!! (hehe I didnt really say that to him)
    This was a great family project (or a good excuse to enslave your wee ones lol) My awesome 8 year old did all the sanding for me.... How cuuute is he!! and he loved this job! and as my friend Amy would say this is a great lesson for him "Life skills baby!!" ;-)

    The boy sanded....

    and sanded....

    Then I painted them, this wood sucked up the paint like no one's bees wax!! It took four coats.

    Now it was the Go to Guy's turn. He did the hard stuff (well not hard for him of course!). Leveling and attaching it to the wall then finally putting the hooks on. He is the bestest !!
    There was not a stud to be found
     (well except for the hotty hangin' da hooks)

    And here it is! I know it's a bit simple, I am sure that I am not done with this spot just yet, I just love the clean lines and how fully functional it will be for us. I also took the door off the closet, it took up too much room and was hard to open. The closet will get painted on the inside with pretty trimmed out shelving put in so it can be left open and still look pretty.

                                Aren't these hooks so pretty???
    I wanted them a little more chunky but for $3.50ea
    I think they are loverly!

    Well that's it...... For now..... Keith and I already have another project to start!