Etched Wooden Spoons

Hello Lovely,

Inspired by this project, I thought it would be interesting to see what super simple designs — dots, plaids and hatched arrows — looked like on etched wooden spoons. And they turned out so great, I thought they’d make a gorgeous gift!

Since I had never tried one before, I found it fascinating to work with the etcher — it’s a whole different way to alter an object. And you guys are lucky, because after my experience with these projects I can offer some advice. As a warning, it does get crazy hot and can 1) burn skin, 2) burn a whole through clothing and 3) make burn marks on anything it comes into contact with. So please be careful! That said, don’t be intimidated. It was actually really easy to work with. Just be careful, and when you aren’t actively using it, rest it on a surface that won’t burn. And of course, make sure to unplug it when you have finished your etched wooden spoons.

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SUPPLIES TO MAKE YOUR ETCHED WOODEN SPOONS:

Wooden utensils - I bought mine from Amazon
– Etching tool. A basic 12 dollar investment, that got great reviews and I think I’ll be able to use it ton. You could even share it among your crafty friends.

Heat up the etching tool and get to burning. Any design will do.

The best part of it is, you can doodle anywhere you want! Unlike with paint (which isn’t typically food safe), the design can continue onto the the parts of the utensil that will come in contact with food. Draw on the handle. Draw on the head. Draw on the whole thing! Dots, lines, hatch marks. The sky is the limit.

My 2018 Christmas Wrapping Paper

My 2018 Christmas Wrapping Paper

Instead of grabbing some plain and drab paper from the store, decorate your friends’ and family members’ gifts in a special way. From embellishments to hand-drawn elements there are tons of ways to make your presents for others pop. I’m showing you guys how I personalised my wrapping paper this year.

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DIY Glitter Monogrammed Gift Tag

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With only 12 days until Christmas, I’m sure some of you have already started wrapping your gifts. I’m hoping you haven’t because today I’m sharing a quick and easy craft that is going to instantly elevate ANY gift you’re giving this holiday season. I’m kicking off the 12 days of Christmas with a custom gift tag that is so simple, yet so chic.They were super easy to make and affordable too!

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Here’s what you’ll need to make the letters:

  • Glitter

  • Foam Brushes or regular paintbrushes

  • Cardboard or a file folder

  • 2 Inch Printable Letters A-H I-P Q-Z

  • Sharpie

  • Scissors

  • Glue

And here is how I made the letters:

  1. Start by printing out the letters. Each sheet has two of each letter. Cut out the letters you need.

  2. Using a sharpie, trace the letters onto your cardboard or file folder. The cardboard is sturdier but a file folder will work just as well.

  3. You don’t have to, but I shaded in each letter just in case I didn’t get complete coverage with the glitter.

  4. Spread your letters out on a clean work surface, that you can easily lift to the garbage once you’re done. Using one of your brushes, apply the glue to your letters one at a time. Sprinkle the glitter carefully over each letter and allow to dry for 10 minutes. Then shake off excess.

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And that’s it! That’s all it takes! Here they are on my presents! I still added a gift tag but you don’t have to. So there you have it!  Super easy DIY glitter lettered gift tags! How are you wrapping up the holidays?

Marshmallow Boo Treats

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Is it your turn to bring snacks and you forgot to plan again? Don’t worry, I’ve got the perfect last minute DIY that doesn’t even feel like work! Marshmallow Ghost Boo Treats- these are so simple and so much fun to make, the kids will be so excited for these. They make a great party favor for a Halloween party! 

DISCLAIMER: I’M RESHARING THIS POST FROM THE KEEPER OF THE CHEERIOS.

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Materials:

  1. Small Marshmallows or other white candy (amount depends on how many bags you want to make)

  2. Long skinny treat bags (found mine in the cake decorating section on my local grocery store

  3. Halloween ribbon 

  4. Scissors

  5. Black permanent marker

Directions:

  1. Fill bags about 3/4 of the way full of marshmallows

  2. Tie using your Halloween ribbon

  3. Draw on your ghost face with a marker

  4. Enjoy

DIY Cat Repellant

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I am the proud owner of two 11 year old cats. Cats make the perfect pets for lazy people like me. Feed ‘em, give ‘em water and they take care of the rest. They don’t interrupt my TV shows, I don’t have to bathe them and they play with each other. As long as their litter tray is clean, they’re happy. But there are a few things about cats that aren’t so great. THEY SCRATCH EVERYTHING! On top of that, I can’t leave flowers lying around, or my male cat will eat them. I never understood why cats like to eat plants. After photographing a meal, I usually have to dispose of the plants otherwise I know I’ll find it half chewed or worse regurgitated, somewhere around the house. So when I found this DIY recipe for a cat repellant spray using items I already have at home, I couldn’t wait to try it.

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Because cats are way more sensitive to smells than we are, they are less likely to mess with or chew on the leaves if they smell gross. so I made some repellant spray and hoped it would also work on furniture.

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materials

  • glass mist bottle

  • printable labels

  • printable square label paper

  • essential oils

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directions

  1. In your bottle, mix together 3/4 parts water with 15 drops of each essential oil. cats dislike eucalyptus, lavender, lemongrass, peppermint — just choose the ones you don’t mind the scent of yourself.

  2. Shake the bottle up and spray solution on the leaves of your plant and into the soil.

  3. You can spray your plants pretty liberally, and you can add more or less oil depending on what works for you and your cats.

So does this really work? I used essence of peppermint and this didn’t work at all. I sprayed some old placemats and it actually attracted my cat. He laid comfortably on it until I shooed him. And I never have a problem with them bothering my artificial plants. I was really hoping this would keep them off the furniture but all it really did was make the house smell minty.

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I’ll try this again with lavender or eucalyptus essential oil when I buy some later this month. If you try this, let me know how it works for you. Share your experience in the comment section below.

How I Made My New "Kitchen" Backsplash

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A few weeks ago, I placed my first order with Wayfair. I was so excited when I saw the huge 50% off sale I rushed over to look for a few key things I needed to upgrade my food photography. I was mostly looking for a white ceramic baking dish. I found three in three different sizes and a beautiful white brick backsplash wallpaper. I was quickly disappointed when I realised that Wayfair ships everything separately. When you live in a country that requires a courier forwarding service to receive online orders, separate shipping is an expensive nightmare! I spent about $50 in shipping fees to receive a $60 order. What made it worse was the size of all of the baking dishes. The oval dish is really only big enough to be a soap dish and the Rachel Ray dish is more of a single serve. The only things I liked were the larger baking dish, which is the perfect size and the white brick wallpaper. When I unwrapped it, I knew exactly what I was going to do with it!

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I have a trifold poster board that wasn't quite what I expected so I wanted to cover that. The wallpaper isn't peel-and-stick so it requires an adhesive, which I don't have. But guess what, because I was only adhering it to a cardboard poster, I only needed regular tape. All it took was measuring, cutting (I was never good at cutting straight so that was my biggest struggle) and using tape to hold it down. I used tape in case it didn't turn out well, or I changed my mind, I could remove it without damaging it.

I love how natural it looks! My kitchen is way too small, doesn't have enough natural light and the cupboards and countertops are old and outdated. So like most food bloggers and photographers, I actually stage my photos in a "fake" kitchen. For a very long time I've used a simply white foam board, but after my cats destroyed it (they thought it was a scratching post) I needed something new. I tried buying a backsplash on Amazon, but it was NOT what I expected and probably only covered 2 square footage. The only thing I didn't like about it, is it's only about 16" wide so when you have a large space to cover, you're going to see the seems, even when it's perfectly lined up and that's what makes it look unnatural.

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Now all I need is a bigger "countertop".

Friday Favourites: DIY Crafts to Celebrate Earth Day

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Earth Day is just 2 days away, and I'm so excited! Why? Because it's an excellent reason to share with you my favorite crafts: Upcycled Crafts! There are many different household items you can recycle or repurpose to give your space an eco-friendly flair! Today we're looking at crafts using easy to find items such as cardboard boxes and tin cans. Cardboard is one of my favorite items to upcycle, and it's a great way to feel a little less guilty about all of those Amazon boxes that arrive at your front door. Looking to get organised? Well there is no need to buy more organizing or craft supplies, when all you need to do is look to your kitchen. Put those empty tin cans to use with a beautiful upcycling project.

How To Make 3D Faux Metal Letters – From Cardboard!

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Are you a sucker for all things industrial? Well that's what drew me into this project! I think if I try to make this my mother would officially kick me out, but if you have space for something like this on your wall, I would 100% recommend it! I mean think about how much money you would save! Thanks to Chip and Joanne, EVERYONE is on the farmhouse/galvanized/industrial home décor trend so these are not cheap! But if you make it yourself, that's something you can brag about!

DIY FABRIC-COVERED UPCYCLE CARDBOARD BOXES

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With a few supplies, you can easily upcycle cardboard boxes and make beautiful custom storage and organizing boxes for your home. I already know which room I want to put these in!

Cardboard box shelves

An easy step-by-step DIY project for cardboard box shelves from homes+ magazine - make it yourself and transform everyday objects into something special for your home. I'm thinking of making one of these to hold my shoes in.

DIY Paint Can Herb Garden

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If you’re a serial DIY-er like myself, I’m sure you’ve been stumped when it comes to dealing with old empty paint cans.  Try a hanging garden!

Make Your Own Reusable Dryer Sheets

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Making your own reusable dryer sheets is a no-brainer way to save money AND the environment! This method is so simple you'll never BUY dryer sheets again!

HOMEMADE NATURAL MAKEUP BRUSH CLEANER

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Do you clean your makeup brushes? 

I’m embarrassed to admit that I’d never thought about cleaning my makeup brushes. I mean, I knew I was supposed to clean them, I just never made the time to do it properly (often opting to just rinse it with soap and water). Big mistake.  As it turns out, cleaning makeup brushes is a pretty important task that can prevent bacteria from spreading on the skin.

Bacteria = breakouts.

Breakouts = makeup brush contamination.

Makeup brush contamination = more breakouts.

It’s a nasty cycle.

I had bought a bottle witch hazel during my last shopping trip in Miami because I heard about all of the amazing benefits of it with beauty products. I also knew that castille soap is like the coconut oil of bases (holy and highly revered). There are a number of store-bought brush cleaner options, and there are also a number of DIY tutorials on Pinterest. Most of the ingredients used in both the store-bought and “homemade” versions are far from natural, so I took what I learned and started experimenting. After all, how hard could it be, right? With a few basic ingredients, which I already had on hand for DIY beauty products, I was able to easily whip up a natural solution.

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To say that I’m now a brush cleaning advocate is an understatement.  Trust me, just try it once–dip your makeup brush in a few simple ingredients–your beauty routine will forever be changed. From what I’ve read, most makeup professionals recommend cleaning brushes daily, particularly the ones used for foundation and blush. But considering I don't wear makeup every day (special occasions only) I'll stick to cleaning them after every use.

My homemade brush cleaner recipe works for any cleaning schedule since it makes enough solution for soaking sessions (my preferred method of cleaning) or daily spraying. Whichever method you choose, go with something that’s doable for you.

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Homemade Natural Makeup Brush Cleaner

 Servings 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup witch hazel
  • 2 tsp baby mild castile soap
  • 1 tsp skin-nourishing oil like olive oil, almond oil, or jojoba oil., optional
  • 1 cup distilled water

Instructions

  1. In a bottle or mason jar, combine all the ingredients in the order listed (the recipe). Shake the bottle.

  2. Swirl makeup brushes in the mixture to clean.

  3. Carefully blot brushes to remove excess dirt and oils.

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