Monday, December 30, 2013

Recipe Binder

A little while ago I saw a really great set of free printables on Pinterest.  It was all stuff to make your own home organizer binder.  I've seen stuff like that before, but they usually don't have all the pages I would need, or I just don't like the style.  This set I fell in love with.  It's cute and has TONS of pages to print.  You can find the set I'm talking about here.

After putting together the binder for our home I decided it was high time I fix a decent binder for my recipes too.  I have a binder I put together years ago, but it's in pretty bad shape.  It's just notebook paper I wrote recipes on and over the years it hasn't held up so well.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent Update

 **Update**  Since writing this post the detergent has gotten MUCH thicker.  I use a stick blender to blend it in my bucket before pouring it into the smaller bottle.  Then, I just shake it well before using it.  It still works great, in fact I even tried it on my hubby's work clothes and they came clean, so it's passed my test! 
 Here's a pic of how much thicker it has gotten.

Hi!  So I've got some pretty good news!  I finally got around to making a second batch of homemade laundry detergent.  If you haven't read my previous post about making liquid laundry detergent you can read it here.  The last batch of detergent lasted a while and it continued to work great.  I mentioned in my last post that I would like to do a few things differently the next time though.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

Ok, so I know that there are TONS of recipes/tutorials all over the internet for making homemade laundry detergent, but I thought I'd share my own experience with making some.

You may be wondering why someone would want to make their own laundry detergent.  One of the main reasons is cost.  It cost me around $10 for the ingredients and the bucket to make this and I only used a small portion of the borax and washing soda.  The only thing I have to buy for another batch is the soap.  I have been using this for a few weeks and have even given some away and still have a lot left, so it is definitely cheaper than store bought.  Another reason is that you know what is in your detergent.  You can choose what soap you use and make this detergent completely natural or even scented the way you like.  Some people even add essential oils to their detergent. 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Before and After

Hi!  I know I haven't been on here in sooooo long.  It seems like ever since I had Fletcher someone pushed the fast forward button on my life.  Things are so busy all the time!  The girls have been out of school for a few weeks now so things have slowed down some and I finally have a chance to blog!  I've got to be quick though, cause Fletcher could wake up from his nap any moment. lol

I want to share a project I did a couple of months ago.  You see, I started collecting those cute little erasers that are shaped like food.  I only get the food or food related ones and I keep them in the kitchen.  They were on the back of the stove, but they were getting filthy!  Plus, they kept falling behind the stove.  I wanted a shadow box to display them in, but was having a lot of trouble finding one.  You use to be able to get them at AC Moore and Michael's, but they only have the big open frame type shadow boxes now, not the ones with shelves inside.  Well, luckily Jason likes thrift stores as much as me.  He stopped in the one by his work on the way home one day and found this.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Baby-proof Bookshelf

Hi!  I've been wanting something good to post for weeks and I've finally got a project to post and the time to post it!  I really hope this will help someone out as well.

I have four bookshelves in my living room.  That really sounds like a lot, but one is built in and all are pretty small.  We have one on either side of the tv one is under a short bar/counter thing going into the kitchen and the other is a really small bookshelf that has been in my husbands family for years.  That one I'm not going to do anything to and it is not involved in this project! lol 

 Here's one of the shelves beside the tv.

Anyway, ever since Fletcher got into being curious the bookshelves have been an issue.  I only had the one built-in with the girls and that wasn't too bad to keep tidy, I had the time to keep it tidy back then.  So when Fletcher started pulling stuff off of all four bookshelves I got to brainstorming.  It took a while but I finally came up with this.

It's pretty much just curtains but the top and bottom are on rods to keep him from just pulling them back. I hung them on sash rods.  They came in sets of two with the hardware for a little under $3 at Home Depot.  They were easy to hang (I swapped out the nails they came with for screws) and then I just measured the distance between the rods to sew simple curtains.  There are two curtains by the way.  They separate in the middle making it easier to access the books inside.

If anybody would be interested in a tutorial just let me know.  I still have to make the curtains for the other shelves so I'll get photos along the way.

He's only been around it for a few minutes, so only time will tell if it works.  I'm hoping for an "out of sight out of mind" type of fix.  I'll let y'all know how it works out!  Have a great week and God bless!