Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Homemade Powdered Laundry Detergent

When I first heard about making your own laundry detergent (actually, was way before my Pinterest years. I found it on the Duggar's website), I thought "Man, that's a lot of work and looks expensive!" But hearing about how well it actually works, I decided to try it. A couple of my friends made the liquid version, but I prefer powdered detergent. To the store I went, a gathered the following supplies (I got the pictures off of each company's website, so you will know exactly what it looks like). I was able to find all of it at Meijer, in the laundry and soap aisle. Up front it was a bit pricey (About $12), but it makes SOOO much and lasts a long time! I only make a little at a time and still have a ton of each supply left.

To make the soap:
Grate 2 Fels-Naptha bars. This is the hardest part! I also like to run it through the Magic Bullet blender after I grate it, so it is a finer texture.
Add in 2 cups Borax, 2 cups Washing Soda, and 1/2 cup Baking Soda. Mix well and store in an airtight container.

To use: Some sites say 1 tbsp is enough, others say 2. With 4 boys in my house, I use 2 :)
It doesn't sud up like normal soap, but it cleans REALLY good! Better than my old store bought soap! Because it doesn't suds up, it's fine for HE (I have one). It's gentle on Caleb's skin and smells awesome!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Moss Monogram Wreath

Moss Monogram Wreath

I saw this wreath and fell in love with it! They didn't have directions, so I just guessed :) I didn't put our address numbers on it because it's right next to our address plaque, but it still looks great! Love it!

Large styrofoam wreath
Wooden Letter
Burlap garland
Moss Sheet
Glue gun & glue
(All supplies were at Michaels. The wreath was pricey- so use a 40% off coupon!)
Wrap wreath with burlap and glue to secure end

Cut the moss and glue on both sides of the letter. Warning- it is MESSY! LOL!

I wedged the letter in and glued to secure
Finish with sticking flowers into wreath. You can add a ribbon to hang from. I didn't have one, so just hung up through the letter P.

SO cute! And easy!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Party Punch

For our Pinterest party, I made three different yummy punch recipes. I didn't make tutorial pictures (because they are SO easy!), but the recipes are posted below :)

Coffee Punch (Tastes like Frappuccinos!)
Mix 4 cups brewed, cooled vanilla flavored coffee,
1 can evaporated milk, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream
Garnish with cinnamon (I forgot too!)
Fruit Punch Drink
Mix equal parts 7-Up and fruit punch. Add ice and orange/lemon slices
7-Up Raspberry Punch
Mix 2-Liters 7-Up and 2 Tubs Raspberry Sherbert. Garnish with lemon & orange slices

Cupcake Liner Flowers

For decorations for our Pinterest Party, I made some flower bouquets from cupcake liners. They were so cute! I made two different kinds, but only took tutorial photos of the "Carnations".

*Note! These (except last) are with my camera phone, so ignore crappy pics!

Supplies- Floral Wire and tape, a straight pin, and 8 cupcake liners

Flatten the cupcake liners
Poke 2 holes in the liners (with straight pin). Push floral wire through one hole and bend over to go back through other hole

Put tape around "stem" to secure it. Then begin pulling the layers, one at a time, towards center of flower
Ta-da! Cute flowers!

To make the other flower (shown in top picture), simply layer one regular liner and one mini. Route stem through the same as in carnation. Then top with a cute flower sticker.

Pinterest Party!

We held our first Pinterest Party on Saturday. It was a lot of fun! A smaller crowd ended up attending, but we still had a blast! Everyone brought a recipe they found on Pinterest, as well as, supplies from a project they found. We ate a lot of yummy food, and spent a couple hours crafting our projects. Take a look at some of the fun we had!

Our best friend Chantae (in crazy hat) with our new friends Amanda & Rachel
Chantae was making a jailhouse for her son's birthday party

Sarah working hard on her seashell wreath

Sarah wasn't able to finish her wreath :( Ran out of ribbon. But can't wait to see the finished results!

Brainstorming ideas for Rachel's craft
Pam's project was a marshmellow shooter for her preschool class. She had fun testing it out!
Sneak peek at Beth's spring wreath she was making. (Ignore the awful motion blur!)
Amanda hard at work with her project- Family word art
Don't know what they were doing, but Pam looks like she's yelling at Chantae :)
Adorable Angry Birds boxes our sister Erin made for our nephew's birthday party
Sneak peek at my project :) Posting a tutorial soon!

Beth's finished wreath! So cute!! I'll have to take a closer pic so you can see the adorable flowers!
Pinterest banner I made out of paint chips and pom-poms
My flower bouquets on each table

Beth, our cousin Loren, and sister Erin all busy crafting

Cupcake Carnations- love them! Click for the tutorial!

Pam's yummy cheesecake stuffed strawberries
Sarah's delicious Cinnamon Toast Crunch cupcakes. The frosting was heaven! Just give me a big bowl of that and I will be happy!
Pam also made Reuben dip and these ham and cheese sliders. SO yummy!

Another carnation :)
Loren's tasty Chocolate Strawberry cupcakes- topped with coconut and Oreo's!

Erin made individual taco dips. SO clever, convenient, and delicious! Double dip all you want!

Chantae made one of the best chicken & rice recipes I ever tasted! Everyone loved it! YUM!
For once, I didn't cook. I was on beverage duty. Three different punches! All were great! Check out the recipes here

One of Beth's best cupcakes! I LOVED these! Everything made from scratch. Delicious Strawberry cupcakes with Strawberry Meringue Frosting (which was to die for!)

Thanks to all who came! Can't wait for our next one!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Homemade Jewelry Cleaner

A friend pinned a homemade jewelry cleaner and I immediately knew I needed to make this! My jewelry was DIRTY! Okay, dirty was an understatement! I have bought the store kind of cleaner that you dip your jewelry in, but they never worked good. I am embarrassed to even show you all my before pics, but wanted you to see how great the cleaner is!

Before. Lots of soap scum built up. You can see the black on the ring...yuck!

  • 1 tbsp each: salt, baking soda, dish soap
  • 1 cup water
  • Piece of foil and a bowl
Put the foil in the bowl

Heat the water for 2 minutes. Add salt, soda, soap.
Pour mix in bowl and put jewelry in. Let it sit 10 minutes and rinse in warm water (I did scrub a little with an old toothbrush before rinsing). Dry well
Much better! Not jewelry-store super clean but a million times better!