Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Pinning With K: 'I Love Us' Mini Signs

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Okay, like most of you, I'm addicted to pinterest! I pin almost daily and my to-do list grows and grows. LOL So I thought it would be fun to have a regular series here at At Home With K to help me tackle my ever growing list of projects inspired by pinterest!

I'm calling it
PINNING WITH K


I have a board just dedicated to projects to make. So I have a lot of catching up to do!

Today's project was inspired by This Pin. It is a great mini wood sign that I knew would be easy to make. My favorite part is the quote.


I decided to make 2 versions of it.
I grabbed a couple pieces of scrap wood I already had and painted them black.
 I printed out the saying from the computer with the font I liked.
I cut out the letters with an exacto knife.
Then I stenciled onto the piece of wood with white craft paint.
I sanded down the edges and added Early American MinWax Stain


It looks great next to my Willow Tree Figurines.


I also made a different version using stencils I already had on hand.


They both took just minutes to make.
One Pin down and a few more hundred to go.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Terrific Under Ten Tuesday #52

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WELCOME TO TERRIFIC UNDER TEN TUESDAY!

Where we show off our creative and thrifty selves!

Here are a few favorites from last week's party:

Bench Makeover from A Simply Klassic Home



Macaroons from Creative Chaos


Herb Garden Gift Idea from Twigg Studios

Multicolored Zebra from Little House in the Big D


Painted/Duct Tape Crown Molding from Beauty 4 Ashes




If you were featured today, please grab a button! Thanks!



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

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. I will not feature your project unless the linky button or a direct link to the party is on your blog.
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.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

How to Safely Clean Your Carpet

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Okay, I must admit that I have NOT deep cleaned my carpets for a very long time.

I have a few excuses...
a. it's time consuming LOL
 b. when I did clean the carpets the stains still didn't get out
c. I don't like cleaning my carpets with nasty chemical filled carpet cleaner

Well since starting using Shaklee products last year and cleaning this nasty spot in my son's room, I thought I would try this cleaning carpet job again. Plus I'm in the organizing and spring cleaning mood so I better do it now before I lose interest! LOL

I borrowed my mom's carpet cleaner machine. It's a Bissell and I'm sure she got it at Wal-Mart.



The first room that I tackled was the toy room. When we first moved into our house, the carpet in this room was full of stains and still is. Right before we moved in our furniture, I cleaned all the carpets and the stains never got out even with those fancy cleaners designed to clean carpets. So we have learned to live with the stains in this room plus the floor is usually covered with toys...


I went to my cleaning closet and pulled out my handy dandy Shaklee products. I love them because they have multi-uses. Really this is all I clean my house with!

This is what I used to clean my carpets:

1 Tbsp Basic H2 per gallon of water
1 Tbsp Basic G per gallon of water (to kill germs)

Adjust measurements if you tank is smaller or larger.

After I shampooed the carpet then I went over the carpet again with plain hot water. Then vacuum after the carpet is dry.




And here is the carpet after! It smells fresh and looks better and brighter! And those stains that I couldn't get out with traditional cleaners are gone!


 Now let's look at the before and after again! Bye Bye stains!

My boys spend a lot of time in here, especially my youngest. It's great knowing that the cleaners I'm using are not harmful to them as they are constantly playing on the floor. What I am finding out and constantly surprised is how powerful Shaklee products are and do an even better job than the traditional cleaners the old me was used to!


Is it time to spring clean your carpets?

And don't forget about the great Free Shaklee Cinch Sampler Pack offer! When you join as Shaklee Member and purchase $70 or more (member price) you will receive the Cinch Sampler Pack for FREE! ($100 Retail Value)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Terrific Under Ten Tuesday #51

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WELCOME TO TERRIFIC UNDER TEN TUESDAY!

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

Here are a few projects that I would love to feature from last week's linky party:

Pina Colada Cake from Permanent Posies


DIY Herb and Greens Saver from Charcoal and Crayons


Zipper Flowers from School House Scraps


Burlap Rosette Frame from Laughter and Grace


Movie Date Night from Fun To Funky


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






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. I will not feature your project unless the linky button or a direct link to the party is on your blog.

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.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Valentine's Day

Wow! I know this is late! But I wanted to share a few glimpses of our little Valentine Party last week.

Highlights
*Hearts on our Door Step
*Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
*Chocolate Almond Milk
*Gluten and Dairy Free Cupcakes 
*Homemade I Love You's
*Trader Joe's Chocolates for Hubby
*Monkey Love
*Roses for Mom
* Vintage Pyrex Makedo cupcake stands



*Heart Slinkies
*Homemade Valentines-my favorite!
*More cupcakes
*2 Very Happy Little Boys



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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Terrific Under Ten Tuesday #50!!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Welcome to the 50th Terrific Under Ten Tuesday!
I'm so glad you are here!

This is where we share our creative and thrifty projects for $10 or less!

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

Funky Heart Door Hanger from Burton Avenue


Valentine's Day Jar Candles from Capernaum Home



"14 Reasons Why I Love You" Banner from Revamp Homegoods



Lace Scarf Tutorial by From The Bleachers...


Chevron Curtains from Craptastic


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






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. I will not feature your project unless the linky button or a direct link to the party is on your blog.

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.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

25 Random Things.

1. I eat a gluten and dairy free diet because I feel so much better not eating the stuff. I have never had any testing done to prove any sensitivity. Just my choice.


2. I lost 10 pounds when I went dairy free. :)

3. I cheat sometimes and my body pays for it afterwards with a migraine or feeling very run down.

4. Autism has been a nightmare and a blessing.

5. It has opened our eyes to our own health.

6. ...And to Alternative Medicine. Our DAN! (Defeat Autism Now!) Dr. is a saint! He has made wonderful things happen with our son.

7. The last few months has been a blast with our son. It's like meeting him for the first time. He's such a smart and beautiful little boy.

8. My hubby and I will fight to the very end for our little boy. No matter how hard and painful it is.

9. Or expensive it is...we spend an arm, a leg and a finger or 2 on supplements, Dr. and therapy visits.

10. But would do it in a heartbeat over and over again.

11. I love Christian Music. When our son was diagnosed, I want to push God away as far as I could. K-Love was there for me on the countless car rides to the Dr. and therapy visits when I felt so alone. I am forever grateful God stuck by me.

12. I also love talk radio. I remember my grandpa always listening to that junk on AM radio when I was little. Now I have turned into one of those people.

13. I'm a mini van mom now. LOL I used to make fun of you mini van driver moms! Now that I have one, I don't know how I could live without it! Opening the slide side doors with a push of a button is the best invention ever! :)

14. If I could work on crafts/my house all day, I would be a happy camper.

15. When I'm working on one project then the rest of the house becomes a disaster in a matter of seconds.

16. Do you think my hubby would get me a housekeeper so I can do my crafts? Yeah right...I know.

17. I wish I had the organizing gene in me.

18. I have spent the last few days organizing 8 years of art projects from my sons. What a mess! I'm finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

19. I think I need to go to Pinterest Anonymous.

20. I can't stay away. But it takes me to a happy creative place.

21. Now I need to do just a small fraction of the 2100+ projects I have pinned. (You can follow me HERE!)

22. I'm getting the urge to pin...okay I just did, I feel better now.

23. I have project ADD. I start on something and then move on to the next and another and another without finishing. I have a few unfinished projects that need some addressing.

24. My hubby needs an award for dealing with my endless projects, thrift finds and wild ideas.

25. I'm extremely blessed with a beautiful family. I love my men to pieces.
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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Chevron DIY ART

I love the popular chevron art all over design and blog world. But I was kind of unsure for my home and style. So with our bright craft room makeover, I thought it would be a good opportunity to whip up a little art for our bright and cheery room!


I went to my wood stash and found 2 (approx. 7 inches wide) pieces of wood that are 26 inches long.

I connected the the 2 pieces of wood with 2 short firring strips of wood with just a nail gun. You could also use glue or screws.

I painted the front side only with white craft paint.

After it was dry, I used painter's tape to create my own twist to the chevron pattern. I didn't take a picture of that part because I did it more complicated than it should of been. LOL


I then stenciled my boys' names using their favorite colors.


After the paint was all dry, I sanded down the surface and edges with sandpaper to give it a worn look.


I stained over the paint and sides with Early American MinWax Stain, to look a little more worn. :)

I purposely didn't paint the sides of the sign, I like the look of the wood/paint contrast.


It looks super cool in our vivid turquoise craft/kid room!



I was about to pull out my hair creating the chevron pattern, but I love how it turned out. Adding a little fun design to our fun room!
And best of all, this project was free! Now who doesn't like free?!


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