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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

WW: Hearts



It's the small things in life that amuse me. My hash browns froze in a heart shape.
Happy Wordless Wednesday! Link up below.










Monday, August 12, 2013

Lavender & Sage

 Lavender & Sage Centerpiece



It's wrapped around a glass jar. I placed the twine on the table, then laid the lavender on top. I laid the glass at one end and rolled until the ends met. Don't pull the twine too tight or you can break the Lavender. Wrap the twine around a few more times.

I trimmed back our sage and slid the stems under the twine.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Frugal Blending tool

Card making is one of my hobbies. I especially love using Distress Ink pads to create my own pattern paper. The blending tools can be expensive. Sure $5 for one tool doesn't sound steep but when you are blending multiple colors changing the pad each time takes time. I don't want my ink to dry before I can blend the next color.


I saw a video on Pinterest on how to make you own blending tools. The video shows you how to create a wooden block with foam tape & Velcro. It does not include how to create the handle but I am sure you would still create your own tool for under $5.

I opted to order the blocks at Hobby Lobby. I was already purchasing other goodies and was eligible for free shopping and cash back. At the time I only had 5 ink pads and since I procrastinated on this product I have collected 20 distress ink pads.

Check out Luvleescrappin's video here:


The blocks I chose for this project are smaller than the blending pad. If you want them to be the same size I suggest visiting your local hardware store like Luvleescrappin. I did not find the Velcro or Foam tape at my local dollar store. They do vary by location.

Hobby Lobby shopping list:
1 1/4 blocks Birch Wood $3.99 for 8
Sticky Foam Tape
Velcro
Blending replacement Pads

I recently found wood products online at Caseys Wood for .35 a block before tax and s/h.


Total cost was $1.50 per tool. Ranger's Inkssentials tool is $5 at Hobby Lobby.
20 tools=$100 ranger ink and $30 diy tool
$70 savings!

I used a Bic Permanent pen to write the color & smeared some ink on another side.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Uglee Pen Review



I recently received a 3pk of Uglee Pen's Ergonomic Pen for review. Being a lefty is tough so I had my husband review this product. Below is his review:

Thursday, August 8, 2013

DIY Ink Storage




DIY Ink storage.

This was my guide. I couldn't use the 1x4 strips. My box was a bit narrower. http://kathleendriggers.com/ink-pad-storage-tutorial/

Using the box idea came from this you tube!

 







I cut the two boxes at 3 1/4 wide. Hot glued them together. I cut shelves  3 1/4 wide by 5 long. I bent the sides in at 1inch. Some I cut a bit shorter. The base of the distress inks are a snug fit so I couldn't bend the sides longer than one inch. I made sure the ink pad fit before gluing the next piece.

If I was to do this again, I would line the box inside before adding the shelves. You need to practice adding the shelves. I did remove and glue a few again. If I did line the box first that paper would have ripped off. You could add ribbon but that isn't my style.


Next step is to label the ink pads. I have them in rainbow order but when you have 5 greens it's important to know which is lime and which is olive ;-)

Or you can buy a 24ct storage for $43.49 +tax on Amazon.


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

WW: Taming Lemongrass

We had a fun hot days last month since I planted the lemongrass/gnome pot.  My little gnome village was drowning in Lemongrass. Time for a Trim.




Much Better!

Danger ahead!













Monday, August 5, 2013

Green Laundry Care

 


Woolzies are pure handmade New Zealand wool dryer balls that soften your laundry naturally without any of the chemicals of conventional fabric softeners. Unlike the plastic dryer balls, they are PVC free and won't fall apart or melt. Woolzies save time and energy by cutting down on drying time by an average of 25% per load. They also help reduce static and wrinkles.

Woolzies are pure handmade New Zealand wool dryer balls that soften your laundry naturally without any of the chemicals of conventional fabric softeners. Unlike the plastic dryer balls, they are PVC free and won't fall apart or melt on you. Woolzies save time and energy by cutting down on drying time by an average of 25% per load. They also help reduce static and wrinkles.

Go green with Woolzies dryer balls. Eliminate chemical residue on your skin, clothes, our air and water. Save energy with shorter drying times. Reduce waste in our landfills.

You can order a 6pk from Amazon. Be sure to visit Woolzies on Facebook and Twitter.

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