Easy Terra Cotta Pumpkin Craft

I have just started pulling out the fall decorations and getting into the spirit of all things pumpkin.  I decided to get out my glue gun this afternoon and tackle an easy terra cotta pumpkin craft that I came across on Pinterest. This would make an easy teacher's gift if you have young kids.  It'also a cute way to keep the dog from eating the candy I like to leave on the entertainment center.  Thankfully, for her anyhow, out of sight means out of mind and she ignores them!  Leave an open dish of candy corn out there and she will eat the whole … [Read more...]

Need DIY Halloween Centerpieces? Make Upcycled Wine Bottle Candy Corn!

If you are frugal and crafty, DIY Halloween centerpieces are a great way to add a bit of holiday spirit into your home. While I was searching through Pinterest for DIY Halloween centerpieces, I found upcycled wine bottles that were painted to look like candy corn!   I am going to let you in on a small secret...I LOVE candy corn.  Yup, I can't lie..for some reason, that stuff just calls to me!  It's not healthy, natural or organic but every year I buy a bag or two and holler at my teens when they eat it all. I thought it would be the perfect … [Read more...]

All Natural Crock Pot Air Freshener Recipe

Fall is my all time favorite season and this all natural crock pot air freshener will make your home smell festive as the days get shorter and colder.  While I have a weakness for candles, they definitely aren't cheap.  Particularly the really nice soy wax ones with essential oils.  I really love those!  Of course, burning a candle all day pretty much means the I  am spending about $15 a day in candles which really doesn't work for my budget.  I decided to put together a few of my favorite fall foods and let them simmer in my crock pot all day. … [Read more...]

DIY Gift Box Ideas that Save Money and Reduce Waste

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tom’s of Maine for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.With Earth Day coming up soon, I hope that everyone is taking a few minutes to think about ways to reduce their carbon footprint.  How many times have you purchased wrapping paper or a fancy gift bag to give someone a gift in?  Is that really necessary?  Is it possible that you could save yourself some money and repurpose something you have at home instead?DIY Gift Box Ideas that Save Money and Reduce Waste Do you have any idea how … [Read more...]

Easy Lavender DIY Oatmeal Milk Bath Recipe

The last few weeks have been fairly stressful.  I finally got the taxes finished (YAY!) and the check has been sent off to the IRS (BOO for no refund this year!)  I spent the weekend teaching a 17-year-old how to drive and volunteering at my daughter's Girl Scout cookie booth sale. Between paying the bills and dealing with housework, there wasn't a lot of 'me time' and I am determined to change that this week.  My need of stress reduction led me to today's project.  This lavender DIY oatmeal milk bath recipe serves multiple purposes and is … [Read more...]

Try this Eco Friendly Christmas Craft: Bottle Cap Snowmen!

I absolutely love the mishmash of Christmas ornaments that make up our tree every year and these bottle cap snowmen are the perfect addition!   There are handprint Santas, popsicle stick snowflakes and an assortment of other creative homemade decorations.  Absolutely nothing matches and there is no color scheme at all but the Christmas tree is a collection of memories that go back as far as my own childhood.  Now that my kids are teens, they aren't really into making crafty Christmas ornaments anymore but I decided to get out my glue gun this … [Read more...]

Make DIY Decorative Candle Holders from Old Coffee Mugs

Chilly weather is the perfect time for getting crafty! It's incredibly easy to make these DIY decorative candle holders from all those old coffee mugs in your kitchen. Don't try and tell me you don't have too many coffee mugs!  Do you ever open up your coffee mug cabinet only to find dozens of unused mugs crammed in there? I bet you do! I am a regular tea and coffee drinker, however, I have my favorite one or two mugs that I choose from every day.  And unless I invite 37 people over for coffee at one time, there is absolutely no reason for me … [Read more...]

Easy Pumpkin Craft Idea Using Juice Can Lids

As I was rummaging through my art closet looking for inspiration, I came across a pile of frozen juice can lids.  I don't buy frozen juice very often but the metal lids were perfect for this easy pumpkin craft idea.  If you don't have an art closet (or an art box or corner or desk drawer), I seriously recommend you make one!  I tuck all sorts of things in there that can be upcycled into craft projects.  From oatmeal containers to empty cereal boxes, it's sort of a hodge-podge of stray things I find that I may be able to include in upcycled … [Read more...]

Magnesium Body Butter Recipe Soothes Muscles and Improves Sleep

If you suffer from chronic pain, restless leg syndrome or insomnia, this magnesium body butter recipe may be just the thing you need.  After several years of dealing with chronic pain, I have come to realize that there are a number of ways to tackle it.  Lots of exercise, a healthy diet and a few key supplements have done wonders for improving my pain levels.  One of the things that has been recommended to me for chronic pain is magnesium. There are a ton of health benefits of magnesium including calming nerves, soothing anxiety, and relief … [Read more...]

Our Renovated Linen Chest Bedding Storage Project

When I was growing up, my mom had tons of my grandmother's old quilts.  She had a linen chest bedding storage system at the foot of her bed that was solid wood and absolutely gorgeous.  It was made out of cedar and I'm pretty sure it was an antique that cost a whole heck of a lot of money.  I have wanted my own linen chest bedding storage space for  years but the prices I have seen online are just way too expensive for my budget.  I came across an old pine chest at my neighbor's garage sale a few weeks ago and decided to try to renovate it and … [Read more...]

Honey and Almond Brown Sugar Scrub Recipe

One of the habits I acquired during our years of poor graduate student life is always hitting the clearance shelves at the grocery store.  You might wonder how this plays into my brown sugar scrub recipe but I found a deal I couldn't pass up.  Marked down to a ridiculously cheap price was a TON of organic brown sugar.  Seriously.  I picked up a dozen bags of organic brown sugar for about $10.  Woo-hoo!  Of course, now I'm looking for ways to use brown sugar so it doesn't go bad!  Sugar scrubs are always a huge hit in my house so I did a little … [Read more...]

10 Eco Friendly Craft Projects for Kids and Adults!

When my kids were young, they LOVED arts and crafts.  I was always trying to find eco friendly craft projects for them to do and kept the art closet well stocked.  To this day, I still have tin cans, bottle caps, scraps of material and an assortment of other 'used' items in there in case a class project comes up.  Or for those moments when something on Pinterest just grabs my attention and screams out at me to get my glue gun.  With Earth Day right around the corner, I thought I would put together a collection of eco friendly craft projects … [Read more...]

Easy Rainbow Craft: Bottle Cap Rainbow Magnets

With the beginning of spring comes sunny days, blooming flowers and baby animals.  It is one of my favorite times of the year and it inspired me to get crafty and make this easy rainbow craft to share with you all today.  My husband has a bucket in the garage where he tosses his bottle caps so bottle cap crafts are easy for me to get supplies for!  Since we are heading into Earth Day, I loved the idea of an upcycled craft that was not only pretty but functional as well.  We all need more refrigerator magnets, right?  If you are looking for an … [Read more...]

DIY Mason Bee House to Help Save the Pollinators!

This DIY mason bee house is my attempt at attracting more pollinators to my yard and providing them a save place to feed and reproduce.  I had never heard the term 'mason bee' before, but once I checked them out on Wikipedia I knew what they were.  They are named from their habit of making compartments of mud in their nests, which are made in hollow reeds or holes in wood made by an assortment of bugs.  Basically, instead of hives, like traditional honey bees, mason bees lay their eggs in hollow twigs.  This diy mason bee house was incredibly … [Read more...]

Cranberry Sugar Scrub Recipe with Vanilla

This cranberry sugar scrub recipe was inspired by my latest trip into the freezer.  I'm one of those people that stocks up on cranberries after the holidays and buys WAY too many of them.  Hey, they're on clearance for pennies, right?  Why not stock up and find some creative cranberry recipes all the way through June!  Well, I still have several bags of cranberries in the freezer so I decided to make this cranberry sugar scrub recipe.  I added a little bit of vanilla along with the cranberries and will be enjoying some seriously yummy showers … [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Earring Holder from an Upcycled Cheese Grater!

This homemade earring holder is perfect for dangling earrings that need to be better cared for.  My daughter loves earrings and the older she gets, the more she wants to wear the dangly variety.  They can get damaged if left in the jewelry box and often get tangled up with the rest of the jewelry in there.  I came across a creative upcycled craft idea on Pinterest that used an old cheese grater to create a beautiful homemade earring holder.  While I was out and about at the thrift store, I found a cheese grater for only a couple dollars and … [Read more...]

How to Cut a Glass Bottle in Half with String for Upcycled Crafts

I bet you are wondering why in the world you would want to know how to cut a glass bottle in half.  Isn't that dangerous? (yes!)  Don't you need special glass cutting tools? (no!)  Maybe you want to start trying your hand at upcycled crafts.  Maybe (like me!) you have a 16 year old son who proposes the idea to his Advanced Placement Environmental Sciences teacher as his midterm project.  Even though you TOLD the 16 year old boy that it wouldn't be as easy as those YouTubers made it look on the internet.  And of course, being a 16 year old … [Read more...]

Upcycled DIY Ribbon Organizer You Can Make for Only Pennies!

I was recently digging around in what I call my 'bag of ribbon' when I realized that I needed to find a DIY ribbon organizer to make my art closet a tad bit neater. I had no desire to spend a lot of money on a ribbon organizer so I hit Pinterest to see what inspired me.  I came across several creative people who had taken household objects and upcycled them into a homemade ribbon organizer that is perfect for Christmas ribbon or any type of thin ribbon that you find in craft stores.  I have a LOT of ribbon and this upcycled DIY ribbon organizer … [Read more...]

How To Get Aloe Vera Gel From Your Aloe Plant

My son recently had a bad experience with a chemical hand sanitizer.  We rarely use them but we were out and about and I didn't have any other option.  After the rash cleared up,  I decided to make homemade hand sanitizing spray for those times when we couldn't get to soap and water.  I searched around on Pinterest and Googled a few things to find out how to do this.  I came across a ton of posts that all seemed to say "combine alcohol with aloe vera gel and add essential oils'.  I could do that!  I have a nice sized aloe plant and would just … [Read more...]