I have NO idea why I thought of this. Maybe it’s because I go out to the clubs all the time and am in constant need of cute clutch purses. (Um . . . no.) Maybe it’s because I’m totally in tune with the Spring 2015 fashion trends. (Womp womp.) Maybe it’s because my brain is strange. (Ding Ding Ding – we have a winner!) [Read more…]
You guys. Winter is wreaking havoc on my feet. They are so rough, dry, and just plain icky. (Don’t worry, I will not be showing you a photo of them. You’re welcome.)
Last week when we were stuck inside for excessive periods of time due to ridiculously cold temps outside, I decided to do something about this unfortunate situation. I did a little research on homemade body scrubs and came up with a recipe for a homemade sugar cookie foot scrub that works wonders and smells amazing! (Click HERE to smell. (Did you click? Be honest.))
Did you have a great Thanksgiving?
I definitely did! My in-laws were in town and I managed not to burn down the house while preparing our Thanksgiving meal. So that is a win in my book.
Now that Thanksgiving is over, I feel like I can really turn my attention to Christmas preparations. Yay! Since my shopping list is a little longer than usual this year, I searched around for some fun DIY gift ideas that can be made relatively inexpensively and in under an hour. Perfect for the time and cash-strapped folks like myself! [Read more…]
I have never used a mason jar for anything in my life. Preserving, crafting, containing . . . nothing. Because mason jars are everywhere these days, I sort of feel like I should win some type of medal for that. Agree?
Being of German heritage (translation = I am stubborn), I declared that I would not break my mason-jar-free existence at any cost. But, I am also a lawyer, so I easily found a loophole in this declaration, and am now able to present to you these cute and cozy sweater gift jars that do not use mason jars, per se, but instead, plain glass jars from Dollar Tree.
Anyway, these jars were really fun to make and I know they’ll be really fun to give, too. You only need a few simple supplies, which is a total bonus.
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- Glass jars (I purchased mine at Dollar Tree)
- Mod Podge Sheer Colors (I obviously used orange)
- Old Sweater
- Artificial Leaves
First, following the instructions on the Mod Podge Sheer Colors container, I poured a generous amount of product into each of my jars. Then I swirled it around and coated the inside of each jar. Next, I turned each jar upside down and let the excess product drain from the jar. This took a long time – like hours. Once the excess product had finished draining, I turned the jars over to let them begin drying out. The Mod Podge product was still thick and opaque at this point. They sat overnight but still weren’t dry, so I used a blow dryer to speed up the process the next day. Once everything was totally dry, the Mod Podge became translucent instead of opaque.
Next, I took an old sweater and cut parts of the sleeves off. Then I put those sweater sleeves around the jars. Finally, I tied some twine around the sweater portion and added some artificial fall leaves to the twine. Pop some Pumpkin Spice Latte packets or candy in there and you’ve got a cute little gift for someone special! I’m handing my first one out tomorrow to thank a friend for helping me out with my daughter. I hope she loves it!
You know what I love? Flowers.
You know what I don’t love? The price of flowers. Fresh cut blooms are shockingly expensive, don’t you think?
But you know what I find to be shockingly inexpensive? Flower plants sold at grocery stores. They’re always like $4, which seems crazy to me. These plants have roots and dirt and lots of leaves and little pots – way more stuff comes along with them than cut flowers.
So yeah, anyway . . . I think these little plants make great gifts – especially hostess gifts. They’re an awesome pick up on their own, but with a little creativity (and perhaps some fabric, scrapbook paper, ribbon and/or pom poms), you can put an even more personal touch on them. Just like this . . .