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Change is in the air….

Published February 23, 2015 by MisMandie

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! 🙂

For a TON more information like this and all sorts of other natural ways of living, check back here often, and check out Shari’s Pure and Simple.  She is simply amazing!!!!  Find Her on Facebook here.


Easter Egg Garland

Published March 22, 2012 by MisMandie

What you will need:

  • Plastic Easter Eggs
  • Ribbon or Yarn

What to do:

  • First cut a length of ribbon or yarn to the length you want you finished project to be
  • Now decide on your color order and how you want them to hang. (all the same height or staggered)
  • Cut a piece to double the height you want for each egg
  • Run the strings through the holes in the top of your eggs so that you have 2 ends at the top
  • Now tie each egg to the long ribbon and space them how you like then hang.


Spring Bloom Wreath

Published March 16, 2012 by MisMandie

What you will need:

  • Green Eyelash Yarn
  • Flowers – Any kind you like (can find them at the dollar store)
  • Wire (unless your flowers are on wire steams)
  • Foam form – Any shape you like, I used a heart
  • Ribbon

What to do:

  • Wrap your form with your yarn until it is fully covered and fluff to make it look like grass.
  • Tie a ribbon to your form making a bow in front and leaving a small loop in the back to hang it from.
  • Arrange your flowers to cover as much or as little of your wreath as you like.  If you have wire stem flowers you will just cut the stems short and push them into the form.  If not, take small sections of floral wire (or any small gauge wire you have) and bend it into a u shape use that to hold your flowers down.

Magnetic Makeup Board

Published March 3, 2012 by MisMandie

What you will need:

What to do:

  • Glue magnets to the back of each item you want to hang (being sure not to cover up the color name so you can replace it when needed)
  • Some items are heavier than you may think so adding 2 magnets for those items is recommended – I learned the hard way when 1/2 my make up fell on the floor during my placement test so double check over your bed this way if your fall they wont break!
  •  While those are drying hang your command strips on the surface you will be using and let sit for about 5 min.
  • Now you are ready to hang your pan and put the now magnetic makeup on them!
  • You can decorate your pans in many ways if you like, but being that mine are hidden in a cabinet that only I and my husband see I didn’t see the point.

Ideas for decorating:

  • Spray glue fabric in place over to cover
  • Spray paint the pans (be sure to lightly sand then first so that it will stick)
  • Stickers
  • Add a Frame
  • Use hot glue to make a design and top with glitter
  • Fake Flowers
  • Bows

Hair Clip Organizer

Published March 3, 2012 by MisMandie

What you will need:

  • 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! 🙂




Jewelry Board

Published February 21, 2012 by MisMandie

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
  • Stapler
  • Spray adhesive
  • Craft glue

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.

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