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.

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Simple Ways to Refresh Your Bathroom

A bathroom renovation can be a time consuming and expensive undertaking. When I remodelled my bathroom, I knew that I would be limited by space so I couldn’t do anything too grand. I was also limited by budget and decided to start with something simple, like new flooring and a new vanity. It instantly changed the feel of the bathroom and gave me even more ideas for how to improve it moving forward. So if you need to give your bathroom a new look, but don’t know where to begin, here are few cost-effective ways to add a touch of spa-like luxury and make the most of your bathroom space until you can afford to take the plunge on a full makeover.

Paint

It’s amazing what a coat of paint can do to change the look and feel of your bathroom. If you’ve always had a light bathroom, switch it up and choose a darker, more dramatic colour for your bathroom, and vice versa. Light walls will make the space seem more open and bright, while dark colours will add a subtle elegance to your bathroom. 

 Get Fresh Towels

Towels are used daily. If your current towels have been around for a while, they could probably use an upgrade. Invest in a few matching bath and hand towels that complement your new paint colour. Opt for all white towels if you want your bathroom to feel extra luxurious. Personally, I love towels in multiple colours that fit a scheme like tropical or suit the various personalities of your household when there are multiple people using one bathroom. Plush towels are an intense investment so don’t feel bad if you can only afford one at a time.

Tip: If you can’t afford all new towels, refresh your current towels by washing them once without detergent, and a cup of vinegar. This will strip out any soap suds in the towels that build up over time. Once finished the rinse cycle, re-wash the towels with only a cup of baking soda. This will freshen up the smell of your towels. Dry as usual without a fabric sheet.

 Swap Handles, Hooks, and Knobs

A really cheap and easy way to update the look of your bathroom is to switch out the hardware in your bathroom with fun new handles, hooks, and knobs. 

 Add a Cart or Basket for Storage

A storage cart or basket in a small bathroom gives you extra room to display items such as candles and decorative soaps. It's also the perfect spot to keep nicely folded towels, and stash some extra toilet paper. It’s always a good idea to place hand towels out in plain sight so guest aren’t confused as to which towels they should be using. Toilet paper is something else that should be in plain sight when you have guests. Don't make your guest have to dig around your bathroom to find toilet paper.

N.B. If your bathroom is small, try not to get anything too bulky that takes up too much space.

 Add Natural Elements

If you want to make your bathroom feel even more like a spa, add earthy elements such as live plants, scented candles and natural wood elements or stones.