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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Love old keys!

 Aren't these cool!!!?  I love old keys!
My husband collected a bunch all growing up, 
and they've been sitting in a gallon sized ziploc bag for 11+ years!
They deserve to be out and coveted by all!

{but at the rate my kids want to look through them 
and claim them for their own, 
they may end up on a high shelf at some point}

But since they are out for little wandering eyes, 
I wanted a really great saying on the jar...
This is the one I picked,
"kind words will unlock an iron door"
(its an old proverb from somewhere)
I explained the meaning of it to my 8 and 7 year olds in the hopes 
that they will remember it everytime they want to see the keys!
Check out Sundae scoop at I heart naptime!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Unmounting stamps...

{ I did this and posted it last summer on my family blog...}
I am so glad to have way more space!

 I just finished UNMOUNTING all my rubber stamps!
  It was a long, sticky process!
The bags of removed wood blocks weighed 32 pounds!

Before: 82 cases and 11 background stamps
(all the plastic cases are stuffed full of rubber stamps, 
some multiple sets per box--people would see my shelf and say 
"Holy freak--are those all stamps? How many do you need?" 
My answer? All of them!~)

After: Down to 25 cases
(Exact same amount of stamps...but it really
looks like I desperately need more stuff!)
Since the redo...I have moved my stamps to a dvd case...
still loving that unmounted magic!

 Directions for unmounting:
microwave your stamp for 3-8 seconds, this will loosen the glue.
Peel off the rubber and foam together...
carefully peel the sticker off the top of the block and 
adhere it to the top of the foam with glue...
(I used tombow)
Let that dry.
 Then use a foam brush and lightly paint a thin film of 
all over the top of the sticker!
Allow this to dry overnight.
Then it's done, trim any necessary parts
and stick to an acrylic block!

This took me about 4 serious days of work for 85 sets...
Worth every second!


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Homemade Chicken noodle soup!

This recipe is my mothers...
it is great on cold-not-feeling-so-good days like today!

3-4 lbs. chicken
2 diced onions
5 chopped celery stalks
5 chopped carrots
Salt, pepper and chicken bouillon to taste

Add noodles 1/2 hour before serving
Noodle recipe:
2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp salt 
push flour to edges of the bowl
crack 3 eggs in the middle.
Beat eggs, slowly mix in flour to make stiff dough.
flour board and roll out dough, turning often.  
(I use the kitchenaid...)
Add flour if sticky.
Roll to less than 1/8" thick, 
cut with pizza cutter into 1/4" strips, 
separate noodles and let dry 1/2 hour.

I used my noodle attachment on my juicer!
They turned out beautiful and all uniform!

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Hair Candy

 I love old jewelry!
I found a ton of vintage stuff at the DI for $5...
{whoever was pricing that day didn't
know what they had!}
*lucky for me*
I used some pieces to make beautiful hair
candy for my mother in law for Christmas!
She loves them!
And she brags about them to everyone she meets!
Easy steps:
Line jewelry on barrette clip
Use E6000 glue to secure them on.
I wrapped some wire afterwards 
to be extra sure on these ones...
You can never have too many flower clips right?
(not at the rate we lose them!)
Also super easy.
I take out the plastic centers/sticks/tops/everything...
they are not good for sticking with hot glue!
I replace with a scrapbooking brad 
and hot glue onto an alligator clip!
hot glue a button, jewel or something on top!
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Fabulous meat strips!

Don't know what to make for dinner?
Try this!
 Fabulous Meat Strips:
1/2 C. apple juice
1/2 C. Soy sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 C. sugar
1/2 C. Oil
1/2 tsp. ginger
2 pounds of lean steak, cut into 1 inch strips
(obviously from the picture mine are bigger than 1"...
just ask your butcher to cut it in strips! 
Flank steak works great, but I have used other cuts too!)

Mix all ingredients together and put in zip lock to
marinate for 3-4 hours.
  Grill or broil at 475* for about 5-10 minutes
on each side.  It cooks fast!

 My children love this!  Really, what's not to love!???
Also, this works great as a freezer meal!
I make 2 or 3 times the recipe...divide them up into 
freezer ziplocks and then freeze them!
They are easy to pull out, slightly defrost and grill!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Lady Gaga Hair bows!

 Hailee and I helped out at a Young Women's activity
teaching some simple up-do's!
I had to mimic the Lady Gaga "hair bow"...
which all the young women loved!
It's way simple...
and great for one of those attention getting days!

 4 SIMPLE Directions:
#1:  Start with a looped ponytail bun with 
the tail of the hair toward your face...
 #2: Split that bun in half
 #3: Pull that "tail" over the top of the split like a bow...
you get the idea...bobby pin in place
#4: Proceed to bobby pin and hairspray the crap out of it!
Pin, tuck and spray all those loose ends.  
Pin the "loops of the bow" down on the sides...
(I didn't do this step on myself...but I did on Hailee)
Anyways, a fun step up from just a bun!
Great for those 2nd or 3rd day hair days!
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Card coloring tip!

 A card coloring tip!
I start by stamping an image 8 times on my paper...
Then I color all the skin tones
Then I color the hair...a variety of shades
 Then I color the details...
 Colored all the clothes and added all the glitter!

Many times, I stop here...and save the clothes for when
I know what color scheme my card is!
 Just a little time saving tip!


Sunday, April 10, 2011

Cleaning made easy!

Not sure if this classifies as a "sweet deal"

but it saves moolah!


  Homemade laundry soap:

1 bar Fels Naptha  (found in the laundry soap isle...about $2.99--you will use 1 bar for about 5 gallons)
1 ½ cup washing soda (found in the laundry soap isle...about $5--you will have extra)
1 ½ cup borax powder (found in the laundry soap isle...about $5--you will have extra)
5 gallon bucket  (mine filled all the way to the rim, so if you have a 10 gallon, that might be a safer way to go!)

Grate the soap and put it in a large sauce pan.  Add 6 cups water and heat it until the soap melts.  Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is dissolved.  Remove from heat.  Pour 12 cups hot water into the bucket.   Now add your soap mixture and stir.  Now add 4 gallons of water and stir.  Pour (I used a pitcher and funnel) into plastic soap containers, or store right in the bucket.  Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel.  You use ½ cup per load.

Here is a picture of the "gelled" product!
It looks a little chunky...totally fine, totally awesome...
 This really works great!  Fels Naptha is a powerful stain removing soap!
You can add essential oils to make it smelly...but I am
practically allergic to any scent, so this soap is perfect!

Next awesomeness:

Homemade Dishwasher powdered soap!
 2 cups Washing soda
2 cups Borax
1 cup salt
1 cup citric acid
use 1 Tbsp per load
(soda & borax clean, salt scrubs, and citric acid reduces film)

In this recipe...the citric acid is critical!
{who wants film on their dishes?}
Citric acid is sold at many pharmacies...however...
they charge about $23 for 1 lb!
So, I bought mine here...but I bought 25 pounds...
rounding out to way less per pound!
(if you live close to me, I can sell you just a cup at a time for $3)

Important tip:
store in container with lid.
I didn't the first go around, and the powders clump and harden together like brown sugar.  
I just pulled out chunks and chopped them up into "dishwashing tabs" on my cutting board.
***Works the same***
but saves time...

Oh yea...I made dishwasher soap last July, and just ran the first week of April...
I made 5 gallons of laundry soap last October...and we still weren't out...but made more
These both should last about a year!

Next endorsement!
I let my kids use SHARPIES!
Yes, it's true.
I instruct them to have a stack of paper so it doesn't bleed through onto the table.
Do they always listen?  No.

Here is some lovely blue sharpie on the desk:
Now it's gone!
 Here is the other side of the desk:
And now gone too:
 I would have had a conniption if I wasn't already in love with these:

yes.  Mr. Clean erasers...however you can find off brands everywhere...even the $ store.
I like the duo, because the sponges practically disintegrate, and this leaves something to hold onto.

so...Sharpies everywhere live in fear.

(side note: my sis-in-law used a bunch of these to 
clean the walls of her home...when her husband 
got home from work he asked her if she had painted!)

So, if you haven't tried them...you should!

Thanks for looking!


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Covered Cake Stand addiction

 Remember this post?

Well, my regret for not purchasing one cookie dome,
(actually cheese dome or cloche as I have since been educated)
...has turned into HOARDING...

I found this little sucker at the DI for $1.00 and could see it's potential...
I scraped and cleaned that awful painting off to reveal a beautiful glass dome...
which I immediately put on a pedestal and filled with delicious cookies!

 I even made 2 different bases because I couldn't decide...
 Here's where the hoarding comes into play...
I have since found 2 additional cheese domes...
Another at the DI for $1.00 and one at the Air Force Base thrift store for $1.50...
I had to buy them both!
now, alas, I have 3 darling covered cake stands...
will it stop?  Unlikely...
so if you are interested in one, I'll make you a deal!

Thanks for looking, 
Happy hoarding!

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