Project 15: Fabric card holder

Josh and I are always getting gift cards from family members because we live 2,000 miles away and gift cards travel well. Add that fact to the millions of other store/restaurant reward cards and I had a wallet that was bursting. I could barely fasten the clasp. I’d been looking for a solution for years,…

Pinterest Challenge wrap-up

I started the Pinterest Challenge a bit late, so I gave myself the full six weeks. Which ended today. Turned out it wasn’t enough time. A refresher of my projects: (You can see the pins here.) My finished projects: 1. Hair bow. I used lace from a spool I bought five years ago for $1…

Things that make me happy

Some random things that I think are awesome. This may become a series, because we all need things that brighten our day, right? This tutorial for paper mache unicorn taxidermy cracks me up. It’s way more involved (and messy) than I’d be into, but I love the end result. There’s a 50% off coupon for…

Mirror

I’ve lived in my house for almost two years. I’m still not done “decorating.” Josh and I have a (luckily) similar philosophy: We don’t want to just own stuff for the sake of stuff. So we buy what we want when we find it and not before. But I’m also cheap. That means sometimes I…

Finally, the makeup board post!

This blog post about how to make a magnetic makeup board has been all over Pinterest, and in my efforts to declutter my “vanity” (aka my desk with a mirror above it), I decided that I must have one. First, I went to the thrift store a block away and snagged a frame. It was…

Passing the smell test

I recently invested a few bucks in essential oils from the Fragrance Oil shop on Etsy. I wanted to use them for freshening up rooms, adding a nice scent to the laundry detergent I made, and making sugar scrubs. I ended up getting four different scents (French lavender, brown sugar fig, vanilla and lemon verbena), and find that…

Valentine Yoda

I always say Valentine’s is a Hallmark holiday. In a lot of ways, it is. The cards, the flowers, the candy. Who needs it? But secretly, I like a day that’s set aside to remember to tell the special people in our lives that they are special. Let’s face it: I’m pretty terrible at being…

I just do what the internet tells me to.

Pinterest has really given me  a lot of ideas for DIY solutions. Some, like the honey hair mask and the shaving cream mirror defogger, haven’t turned out so well. Others have been much more successful, like the laundry detergent I made. I’ve completed a few more projects inspired by Pinterest: Prompted by this pin, I used…

So fresh, so clean

A little while ago, I made my own laundry detergent from the “recipe” found here. It’s just a cup of Borax, a cup of washing soda and a grated bar of soap (Ivory or Fels Naptha). I know that making one’s own detergent sounds crazy and pushes the limits of pinching pennies and DIY efforts, but…

Math is a cruel mistress.

So I’ve been doing a lot of math lately. And as always, it’s no good. Bills, percentage rates, how millions of hexagons I need to make for my afghan. Y’all. Look upon this math and despair: A queen-size bed = 60″ x 80″ A queen-size comforter = 72″ x 80″ (6″ of overhang on either…