Redecorating- DONE!!!!!

It’s done… and so am I lol! 😴 It took me the whole week to get it all done… washing the walls in preparation for painting, filling any holes in the walls and then sanding them smooth, the actual painting, cleaning everything before putting it back up, pulling out the old rug, and then finally putting down the new rug! Dillon helped me do that yesterday!!!

When I was talking to Kim she asked me if I took a before picture, and I was like crap… why didn’t I think of that? So… I did the best I could and took a sort of “before” picture.

This is my “sort of” before picture. I couldn’t believe the difference once I looked at the pictures side by side. It looks so much brighter and fresher!

Sort of Before Picture

This is during the painting…

This is after I put all the furniture back in.

Here it is after we took the old rug out and washed the floor so it was nice and fresh before laying the new one. (I tied up the curtains so they weren’t in the way lol)

And here are my after pictures!!! The new quilt I got for the trundle!

And here are the rest taken from different angles.

Now I just need to wait for the new rugs to go under the dog feeding “station” and in front of the trundle, and I can rest lol!

Sandie

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Learning New Cricut Skills

I swear I have seen so many of the split letter monograms and signs on Pinterest that I had to try it! It means I learned a new skill/technique on my Cricut and in the Design Space program.

I found a great tutorial here: https://www.howtoheatpress.com/split-letter-monogram-tutorial/?epik=dj0yJnU9cGRuV1Q2ZVJmWXVvWUhXazRvalJqWW1EdUdGdWhtZWwmbj1FejBrMFcwS3VzZjNaVk5LZHlDTDlRJm09MyZ0PUFBQUFBRjFsRnhB and it worked out great for me. I learned what it meant to “Weld” and to “Slice” in Design space!!!!

Here is a screenshot of Design Space with my project once I finished “designing” it! I know it might look sort of complicated but once you have been through one of the processes a few times, it doesn’t seem quick so daunting!

And this is the “design” cut and attached to the little dollar store sign I base painted last week!

I am having a great time “Playing” and of course learning as I go with my Cricut. Every new trick or technique I learn opens up so many doors to new projects!

Sandie

I Got A Cricut!!!

I have been wanting to get a Cricut for ages, especially seeing all of the awesome projects all over Pinterest lol.

I got one last week, but with my grandma babysitting for the next few weeks I only got a chance to “play” on Friday… and yes, I definitely had more fun playing with my adorable little granddaughter!

I of course jumped right in after skimming the instructions and was very impressed with how my first attempts turned out.

It honestly seems to be very close in steps to my Embroidery machine.

Dillon says I should do some beginner videos to upload but I’m not sure I’m ready for that.

I am going to be sharing a lot of Cricut projects in future, so I will apologize ahead of time lol.

For today… here is a quick project I did as part of a wedding gift for our neighbors daughter and her fiance! It is just a simple plate with a vinyl decoration but I think it will be a cute addition to the “Mr. & Mrs.” basket I’m doing!

Sandie

Homemade Glass Cleaner

Here is another “recipe” for a homemade version of window/glass cleaner for your home.

Quick and easy to make and it leaves a streak free finish!

You will need:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup cleaning vinegar
  • 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 1 tbsp. Corn starch

Mix everything together in a large measuring cup until corn starch is completely dissolved.

Pour into a dollar store spray bottle and you are all set to clean your glass, mirrors or the like… and you made it yourself!

Sandie

Homemade Dishwasher Tabs

I think I mentioned in a previous post that I have been getting into making my own cleaning products. It has been fun to experiment and even more so, knowing when I am cleaning I am not using any harmful chemicals.

I use cleaning strength vinegar for a lot of things but for some things, I like to go in other directions. I am going to make my own “Windex” in another post…. not very exciting but again, homemade and no chemicals.

Sandie

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Natural/Organic Bug Spray for Plants

This is another one of those things that I either wrote down or took a picture of a while back thinking it might come in handy at some point. Apparently this year is that point.

With a very dumb hound who will eat or lick just about anything lol, and the fact we don’t want chemicals in the garden because our granddaughter plays there when they visit, this is a great alternative to over the counter bug/pest sprays for plants.

Chris used it for the first time the day after I made it and he said he could actually see things/little bugs of some kind leaving the plant straight away. Not only that… but it is quick and simple to make and only uses ingredients you probably have on hand right now!

The ingredients list for this spray is as follows:

  • 4 liters of filtered water
  • 4 tsp. minced garlic, or garlic cloves
  • 1/2 large onion, in large pieces
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 bar hand soap, grated (I used Ivory because that’s what I had on hand)

To make the spray you start by adding the water, garlic, onion and cayenne to a large pot and bring it to a boil.

Once it is boiling, add the grated hand soap.

Allow the mixture to continue boiling for another 2 minutes, then remove from heat, cover and let stand about a half hour.

After the half hour, strain the mixture and pour into spray bottle(s). This makes 4 liters of spray so you will need something to store what isn’t in a spray bottle in something in a cool spot until you are ready to refill the bottle.

To use, spray directly onto plants about once a week.

Sandie

Homemade Toilet Fizzies

Yes, I know… not very glamorous lol… but it’s a job we all have to deal with. This project makes that not so pleasant job a little more tolerable!

Toilet Fizzies!!!

Easy to make and even easier to use!

Here are the ingredients required to make them, and some silicone ice cube trays. The essential oil scent is up to you… I chose an orange scented essential oil.

To start, mix together 1 cup of baking soda and 1/4 cup of cream of tartar in a large measuring cup.

Add 2 – 3 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide and about 30 drops of the essential oil and mix well.

Using a teaspoon, press the mixture into the ice cube tray cavities. I had enough for 20+ Fizzies.

Allow to dry for about 6 to 8 hours, maybe more depending on the humidity.

Pop them out of the ice cube trays…

And store in a covered container close to the toilet so you can pop one in a couple times a week!

Sandie