Monday, October 31, 2011

Makeover Monday: Thank Heaven For Little Boys Sign

Wow! It's the end of my 31 Days Series of Creating a Home! I sure hope you enjoyed it! It was busy but a lot of fun! I hope to do this again soon!

I get to share one more makeover with you to end the month off! It was a quick and easy one, of course. I'm happy to say that I spent $0 on all 5 makeovers this month! I just use what I got and great things got recreated and out of the way in the basement and extra bonus!

If you missed any of my other 4 Makeover Mondays, you can check them out here:

Remember my Door Picture Frame I made this month? Well I never waste good materials, especially scrap wood. I saved the wood that was cut out to make the hole in my door.

It's old and an easy project can be made out of! I took 4 out of the 5 pieces to wood to make a sign. My cousin's baby (remember the Jungle Baby Shower) got baptized yesterday so I wanted to make a special piece for him.

I needed to keep the pieces of wood together, so used 2 pieces of scrap lathe and screwed into each piece of wood on the back to keep it secure.

I then painted the front and back with off white paint. I purposely left some of the green paint peeking through. I don't like things perfect and I Love my projects rustic!

After the paint was dry. I started stenciling my sign with black craft paint. I already had a 'Thank Heaven For Little Boys' stencil I bought a long time ago when my almost 8 year old was a baby. I made one for him and I have also made many baby gifts with this stencil. You can see the layers of paint. :) I sure got my money's worth out of that one!

After I was done stenciling that saying. I wanted to make it more personalized so I took some other alphabet stencils and stenciled the baby's name in tan to make it look like it was in the background.

As you can tell I stenciled over the 'r' in 'for'. No worries, I went back over the 'r' with black paint. I do it this way so I make the name centered with the main saying of the sign. Other tips, I don't like don't to measure so I used handy dandy painter's tape for a straight edge to keep the saying and name straight. I also took a small paint brush with black paint and filled in the gaps where the grooves are in the wood, so the letters didn't look so cut off.

After everything was dry, I sanded down the edges and then applied MinWax Early American stain to give it a more aged look. I 99% of the time do this to all my projects, add a stain or glaze.

And I have a great personalized gift for my cousin's special baby.

Colton's parents loved it! I hope they enjoy it for many years to come.

Have a safe and fun Halloween tonight! My boys have been excited for weeks for this very night. This is one of their favorite days of the year...right up there with birthdays and Christmas!

See you tomorrow for Terrific Under Ten Tuesday! I hope you can come on by and link up your projects for $10 or less!

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Shaklee Saturday: Washing My Dishes

If you haven't checked out my other Shaklee Saturdays this month you can check them out here:

Today, I'm going to show you how effective the Shaklee Dishwashing products are so effective!

I have been more than pleased with Shaklee's Dishwasher Detergent! It comes in a 2 lb bag that you can get 48 loads out of!

Are you a Cascade fan?

Here is the cost breakdown of Cascade vs. Shaklee

Cascade Plus 75 oz. costs $5.97 and does 21 loads
28.4 cents per load of dishes

Get Clean Shaklee Dishwasher Detergent 32 oz. costs $9.50 and does 48 loads
19.8 cents per load of dishes

Nontoxic and SAFE
Earth Friendly
All Natural
High performance

It works so well, that I only use one scoop instead of the recommended 2 scoops, so I get 96 loads out of it! We run the dishwasher on a daily basis, so that is over 3 months for one bag. So depending on the softness of your water, you might get this as well. Price wise, that is 10 cents a load!

It leaves my dishes clean and shiny! With no yucky residue leftover like the other leading detergents I used to use.

The Get Clean Hand Dish Wash soap is great as well! Remember my carpet cleanup oops? This soap is so great it was removing ink out of my carpet! All you need is 2 small drops to add to your sink full of dishes! A little bit goes a long way!

Joining Shaklee has really changed my family's life! It's safe and so much easier and cost effective to clean!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Thrifty Thursday: Blue Mason Jars

If you missed my other Thrifty Thursday Posts from my 31 Days of Creating A Home Series, come check them out:

I hit a late garage sale this fall and scored on a fun deal! I spotted a box full of blue mason jars. I had my eye on 2 of them in the box so I asked since there was no price tag. I cringe when I see no price tag because I don't know if it's going to be 50 cents or $20! So I asked and the owner said "$2 for the box", I thought wow! I'll take it! Then she said "oh, that's the box with the the blue jars isn't it?". Is said "yes" in a hesitant voice...thinking she was going to say $20 or more...she said "$5 for the box"!

 I said sold!

So even though I wanted 2 jars, I left with the whole darn box. Yes there are a lot of them. LOL And the owner asked if I can. Umm no.

I placed some on my stone wall shelf in the dining room.

Here are my favorite that I would of paid $5 just for the pair....I love their shape!

I scored 13 jars for $5. Not bad! They will be great for decorating and storage.

I'm still seeing garage sale signs this far into fall. Have you been to any lately and got some goodies?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wild About Organizing Wednesday: Cleaning Closet

Wow this is the last week of my 31 days of Creating A Home series! It's been busy but fun! I hope you are enjoying the series as well.

All this month, Wednesdays were dedicated to ORGANIZING.
You can check out the other Organizing Posts Here If you Missed them:

Did you get any helpful hints? Are you enjoying these organizing posts? I like them because they keep me on task and make organizing more fun as well!

Today, I am tackling my cleaning closet in the laundry room.

Let's take a look inside at the good, the bad and the ugly in this space! Aaaahhhh!!!

Clutter and Chemicals galore!

To be honest, I wasn't using most of this stuff. Even before using Shaklee, I hated the thought of cleaning with chemicals and then the thought of the residual left over on the sinks, appliances, furniture that my sons touch everyday...just didn't sit right with me.

So this week, I cleaned this space out! I first removed everything and gave the shelves and floor a good wipe down. With what else? Basic H2 of course!

Then I moved the things I wanted to keep back in. As you can tell I got rid of a lot!

I took advantage of the wall space and got everything off the floor.

I hung them up with 3M removable hooks. So easy!

My shelves look empty now. But that's okay! It looks so much better. I replaced my current laundry detergent and stain remover with Get Clean Fresh Laundry Concentrate and Nature Bright Laundry Booster and Stain Remover.

The old ice cream bucket I use for when I clean floors or have a big clean up job to do. Nothing fancy but it does the job.

Hiding in the corner is my husband's hunting laundry soap and dryer sheets. My husband loves to hunt and this makes his clothes smell like well...dirt. :) So the deer don't smell his fresh clothes. He only uses this every November so it lasts a long time.

I had an overflowing box of rags. I use rags for a lot of things, like gross cleaning jobs or staining my DIY projects. So I go through a lot of them. I illiminated a few of them and placed them in an old galvanized bucket.

The middle shelf got the BIG overhaul. Lots of cleaners were taken away.

Why have all those toxic cleaners when I have Basic H2 that can do all the jobs?!

I also added a basket that holds my microfiber clothes, a scrub brush and old tooth brushes for easier cleaning. The basket has dividers so I can easily slip in a bottle of Basic H2 and head off to any room to clean.

The top shelf pretty much stayed the same. We store light bulbs, matches, nails, a hammer and misc. items in the bins and tackle box.

Let's look at the before again.
Messy and full of chemicals.

Organized and safe for my family!

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Now I need to find a place for all these chemicals...

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Terrific Under Ten Tuesday #35


Where we show off our creative thrifty side for $10 or less!

Here are a few projects featured from last week's linky party:

Last Minute Halloween Costume Idea from Cup of Delight

Mediterranean Spinach Salad from Permanent Posies

DIY Knockoff Pillows from Craptastic

Scented Jack-O-Lantern Tealights from Suzy Artsy Craftsy Sitcom

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Now it's time to link up to this week's Terrific Under Ten!


At Home With K

Here are the rules:
1. Your project must be made or bought for $10 or less. Crafts, Makeovers, Thrift Finds, Recipes, Kids Projects...
2. Please do not link up Online Shops or Giveaways.
3. You can link up multiple projects.
4. Link to the specific post and not to the main page of your blog.
5. Add the Terrific Under Ten Tuesdays button to your post, side bar, or linky party list.
6. Visit at least one other project and leave a comment. We all love comments!
Then I'll feature some favorites on the next Terrific Under Ten Tuesday.
*By linking up, you give me the permission to use your photo(s) from your post.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Makeover Monday: A Bench and Burlap Meet

Another treasure waiting in my basement for me to makeover. I won't even tell you how long this one has been sitting down there!

I got this small bench at a garage sale for just a few dollars. It had 3 layers of outdated, stinky fabric tacked to the top. Awhile back I started on it but as you can tell I got frustrated with the many tacks and let it sit for quite some time...

Here's a view of some of the 'pretty' fabric. There was literally a 100 tacks holding down the fabric! It was quite the pain!

Once I finally removed all the fabric, I took a break! LOL
Then I cleaned all the wood down with Basic H2 to give it a good cleaning.

With the door removed from the bench, I cut some batting and burlap a little bigger than the size of the door.

It's easy to change out the fabric of an outdated chair or bench...just wrap the batting and fabric around the piece of wood and staple all away around with a heavy duty stapler.

So here's what it looks like when it's all wrapped and stapled. But I wasn't too fond of the exposed wood showing.

So I got some fabric from my stash and just cut it big enough to cover the 'hole' and then I tacked in a few upholstery tacks. 

When I was all done, then I screwed the door back on to the bench.

I wanted to create a simple pattern on the burlap using painter's tape. So easy. I don't measure, just eye ball it.

Then I just painted inside the lines with black craft paint. So easy, my 7 year old did most of it!

So besides the battle of removing all those tacks and fabric, my bench was an easy and fun makeover to do in no time!

I didn't even have to paint the actual bench. I loved the wood/burlap combo, so I left it. I did cover up some of the scratches with Old English Scratch Cover.

For a little extra touch I added some upholstery tacks on the ends for a more finished look.

Here's the inside of the door. I'm sure it won't be opened too much but the red homespun fabric adds a punch of color inside and does it's job with covering up the exposed wood.

Don't you love projects that take little work but with a big impact? I love my 'new' little bench and I love Makeover Mondays for pushing my procrastinated self into finishing all these projects sitting in my basement! :)

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