Friday, February 28, 2014

Peacock Lollipop Holder!


   Peacock Lollipop Holder!
 Drilling holes in wood is an easy way to hold lollipops
 or cake pops...or other things on sticks!
Here's a simple one that looks like a peacock...great for Spring!
I traced an outline on 3/4 inch pine boards.
And used a bandsaw to cut it out.
 Spray painted it aqua and misted on some teal...
and got lots of aluminum wire from the dollar section.

 Cut some short pieces for the head feathers.

 Used a thumbnail tack to make holes in the top...

 And squish in the wires and curl the ends.

 Then added some big tail feathers...

 Held in place with thumbtacks and hot glue.

 Other loops and swirls with hot glue.
 Then hot glue the body to the tail.
 Drill holes all along the edge...wherever you want a stick.
 Presto!  Great way to serve things at parties!
 Or give as a gift!

 Check out these other lollipop holders!
Firecracker
http://www.doodlecraft.blogspot.com/2012/06/lollipop-firecracker.html

Turkey
http://www.doodlecraft.blogspot.com/2012/11/turkey-lollipops.html

Homemade Lollipops!
http://www.doodlecraft.blogspot.com/2012/06/lollipop-firecracker.html




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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Glitter Stencil Leather Key Fob!

Glitter Stencil Leather Key Fob!

 I love the combination of textures and material.
Like leather and glitter!
Leather is on trend right now, but frankly never goes out of style.
It lasts forever and looks great as it ages.
 I love it--here's some other leather projects!

 Amy from ModPodge Rocks sent me a fun package of goodies!
A skeleton key stencil, some glitter tubes and spouncers...
I was not compensated other than supplies.

  I gathered some basic tools and some scrap leather.
You'll need a pattern cut from paper...here's the shape I used...
sort of a stretched out deflated balloon.

 Fit it on the backside of your scrap leather.

 trace with a pen or pencil...
 
 Cut out with a sharp hobby knife...on a cutting mat!

 Get your stencil ready...these are awesome, like stickers!

 Stick it on where you want it...
 
 Get your mod podge and sponge


 
 Tap it on to cover the area...

 Pull off the stencil...

 This glitter is so easy to apply with these little tubes...

 Plus the cap unscrews so you can refill it with the excess.

 The stencil cleans off easy for multiple uses!

 Then I hooked the leather through a key ring...

 And hot glued it in place!
 Easy and cool!
 I love the rustic meets bling combination!






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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Homemade Teeth Whitening Toothpaste!

 
 
Toothpaste.
It's not really necessary...flossing and brushing with water would do just as well.
My dad never uses toothpaste.  He just follows up with mouthwash and has great teeth.
The fact is, toothpaste is loaded with things that aren't great for you.

I grew up with lots of mouth sores...kanker sores all the time.
My husband did too.
Whatever the main reason...braces, gluten sensitivity, etc...
the chemical "SLS" or Sodium Laurel Sulfate also causes and prolongs kanker sores!
And it is in nearly EVERY kind of toothpaste out there!
It is the "foaming" agent.  Rabid stuff.
It is what makes shampoo foam too.

We'll skip the discussion about fluoride.

Okay, so for years...like 12 years...I've been spending
about $8 for a tube of "boo-boo" natural toothpaste each month...let's see.
That's 12 years, 12 months...so 144 months...times $8
(because we really do use 1 tube a month)
That's $1152.00
Ouch. I can't believe I just did the math for that.
And while it's great--hardly a kanker sore in all those years...it's pricy.

Here's a homemade variety that we've been using about a month now.
If you are used to rabid foaming toothpaste, it will take some getting used to.
It's a far step up from just brushing with salt and soda...
we've done that before in our poorer times.
We tried 2 different toothpaste varieties...and then mixed the parts
we liked together...and came up with a version we are all happy with.


 Ingredients:
3 Tablespoons of Baking Soda
2 Tablespoons of Water
4 teaspoons of Vegetable Glycerin (natural preservative)
1/2 cup of Coconut oil
15 drops of spearmint oil
2-4 drops of On Guard essential oil

(Essential oils are wonderful alternatives to medicine...
On Guard is a combination of orange, clove, cinnamon,
eucalyptus and rosemary...for more info go here)

I was skeptical...well, hesitant.
Mainly with the coconut oil.
I thought I would feel like I just brushed my teeth with butter...
like that feeling on your teeth when you eat donuts.  Yuck.
But no.
This is really amazing.  It doesn't have a strong taste or smell of coconut oil at all.
It helps neutralize the baking soda...so it's quite bearable.

Of course, it took the 5 year old a little time to adjust to it, but

he brushes with the best of them!
I love that his eyes close when he smiles.  So cute!
 Combine all the ingredients in a bowl...or blender.
 I use a hand blender to whip all the ingredients together.
 Then store in an air-tight container...or get some icing bottles
from the dollar store or the cake decorating aisle at the store.


I am looking forward to saving $1100 over the next 12 years.  :)






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