Things in my life have been changing fast this year. Some changes are small some are large, some were planned, some were not. Change is just a part of life so we will roll with it and make the best of things that have come.
That said, I have a dear friend who recently started using more natural methods for just about everything. Normally I would politely listen to her ideas and be supportive because she was so excited about it, but this time, I actually started to think….that makes sense. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not going vegan, I am not 100% organic, and I am not going to turn my back on modern western medicine… BUT I am willing to give some of it a try. 1 small change at a time I will take you through my journey.
So here we go….
Today I made my own Fresh Orange Cleaning Spray. It was so simple that is is actually sad that I have been paying for it! First I made my little one her favorite after dinner snack… oranges! This time though, instead of throwing away a big bowl full of peels, I took them and stuffed them into a spray bottle I got for $1 then poured some vinegar over top and closed it up! All you gotta do now is give it a shake and wait…. in a few days it will be ready to to use! REALLY, that’s all it takes! It smells great, is virtually free and takes so little effort it is laughable… not to mention there are no chemicals so even the kiddo can help around the house without having to worry about her berating it in!
The other new thing I started today is just as simple, I promise! I started saving my used k-cups instead of tossing them in the trash! First off…why would I want to do this? Well there are a ton of things you can do with them if you check out this blog you can get some more ideas… For me, I am going to use them as seed starter cups. So first you will want to get a bowl or bucket with a lid. Now starting at the puncture hole pull off and discard the foil top, then dump the used grounds into your bowl and reach in with your fingers to pull out the filter paper…toss that into your bowl as well. Now just wash your hands and give that little plastic cup a rinse and you are done! See, I told you it was easy! You have now accomplished 2 things: 1 you have a cup that you can fill with soil and start yours seeds in, and 2 you have also started a compost pile and you haven’t spent a penny to do it!! Y ou will eventually need to transfer the contents of your bowl to a compost bin, pile, or container outside in some fashion, but that is a blog entry for a warmer day… for now we will just keep the bowl going! 🙂
Cigar Box or similar (most tobacco shops will give you one free of charge if you ask!)
Pretty Duct Tape or Contact Paper
Foam Stickers (or normal stickers)
What to do:
Cover the lid inside and out and the sides of the box with your duct tape or contact paper. I Used a beautiful butterfly print duct tape, but after all the stickers were on, it looked a bit busy so a simpler base might be better, but she still loves it! 🙂
Now let your little on go nuts peeling and sticking all over to make it their own. They will work on their fine motor skills while making something that is just for them.
Now fill it up with all your little one’s treasures and have a blast!
Just start out by selecting the “given c” option and put in your waist measurement (+2-4 inches depending on how fitted you want it and how stretchy your elastic will be) and it will give you the Waist Opening Radius
Next select the “given r” option and input the radius of your finished skirt. See my photo above for how to measure this. Skirt Length + Waist Opening Radius = Radius of finished skirt.
Fabric ( For a size 16 women’s you will need 1 yard)
Elastic (long enough to fit comfortably around your waist)
What to do:
Using a pair of sleep shorts that fit well make a template of 1 back leg panel
With your fabric folded in 1/2 wrong sides together cut 4 pieces making sure to leave a seam allowance.
Take 2 pieces and, with good sides facing in, hem side B then repeat with the remaining 2 pieces
Next create your bottom of the leg seam by hemming line C on each of your pieces
Hem sides D on each piece
Hem the curve (which will become the middle front and back seam) Placing both pieces together matching lines D and the curve with right sides together and repeat with the other curve.
Now go back over the Seams for line D which now will be more of a V or U shape
All that is left to do is create your waist band. Fold over 1/2 inch of fabric and hem line A being sure to leave a 2 inch or so gap in your stitches to feed your elastic through. Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic and work it through the pocket you just made until you get to the opening then stitch the 2 ends of the elastic together and close up your opening.
Much easier than the patterns and equations I found when I was searching, though I will admit I had 2 failures before I got it right! On the bright side I have worked out the kinks for you! 🙂
** You can use my measurements and simply adjust your elastic size and you should have no real problems for sizes L or XL….
** I used a triple zigzag stitch for the entire construction. I think it looks nice on the seams you can see and allows for a great deal of durability as well as fray prevention when you go just over the edges.
Picture Frame – Remove Glass and Backing (I had one with a broken glass)
Ribbons (any sizes and styles)
Hot Glue Gun
What to do:
Turn your frame face down and decide on your ribbon layout. You can run them horizontally or vertically depending on your preference. Once you have chosen your layout glue all of your ribbons to the right side of your frame (the lip on the inside of my frame was very thin so I used an unsharpened pencil to push it down into the glue. you will want to place glue on the inside lip (what the glass rested against) up the side and then on the back as shown in the photos. Keep in mind you will want to trim your ribbons so that the edges don’t show when you turn it over. Once you have tacked down all the ribbons on one side of the frame begin on the other side being sure to pull them as taught as possible. Once dry you can add on your hair pins and hang in your angle’s room! 🙂
This is a fairly simple project that requires almost no skill, just a bit of patience.
What you will need:
Plain Cork Board
Ribbon (long enough to go across your board + 4 inches
Fabric large enough to cover your board plus about 1-2 inch overhang all around
Thumb tacks (1 for each necklace, bracelet, anklet, and ring you want to hang +9
What to do:
Step 1 – Completely cover your board with the spray adhesive and lay the fabric right side up on the board then smooth it out with your hands.
Step 2 – Flip the board over and pull the overhang taught stapling it in place. (Start in the middle of each side for best results)
Step 3 – Lay your ribbon across the top edge of your board as a space and begin placing a row of tacks accross the board. Spacing will depend on you specific pieces you will be hanging. After your neclaces are hung add a row below that for your bracelets, anklets, and rings as needed. (You will see I chose fleece so that pin holes will not show if I have to move them around.)
Step 4 – Now place pins along the top of the board as shown in the pictures above to create a space between your ribbon and the board so that you can hang and pin your earrings.
Step 5 – Add a dab of glue to the head of each pin in that spacer row and then put the ribbon in place as shown in the photo above being sure to start with one of the pins in the back and keeping it tight all the way to the other side and finish with another pin in the back. Press firmly on each tack head to ensure good contact. (Tip: Use med sized hair clips to clamp the ribbon in place till it is dry as shown above.)
Step 6 – Hang your earrings on the ribbon only after the glue is dry.
(Tip: If your glue does not hold as well as you like – I have a number of heavy earring so mine did not – you can add a few strategically placed anchors of clear thread/fishing line. If you do this be sure to come up from the back and go through the the board at an angle and the very top of the ribbon so that it will be both strong and mostly invisible. Once you hang the finished board you will never see the anchors.)
Now you can add on any embellishments you like to decorate and hang your new jewelry board.
Fill your sand table with table salt (1-2 containers should do it, and cost less than $5). If you Don’t have a sand table, or don’t want to bring it inside just get the a cardboard box lid. Then take 1 or 2 small toy trucks and tape or sticky tack a little rectangle of cardboar or heavy cardstock to the front to make a plow. (Pictures shown are on a small scale for illustration, you will want to use something larger for playtime)
Your little one can get as involved as they want as they build their city and plow the streets for other toy cars to get around…use toy houses, street signs, trees (like you have in toy train sets) etc… Hours of fun that you can reuse day after day!!!
*Bonus Idea: put a small amount of salt and some water in a separate container and mix together so they can make snowmen for their tiny world! 🙂
Use whats on hand substitutes:
*Flour or Sugar instead of Salt
*Large shallow tupperware bowl, cake pan, Toy bin, or box in place to Sand Table
Please beware of choking hazards depending on the age and maturity of your child!