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Pin # 49: Crochet Your Own Dishcloth!

imageI’m quickly approaching the deadline to reach 52 pins completed so I’m going to share quickly!

I spent the ride to Atlanta last week crocheting this lovely dishcloth! It was very easy and made the time in the car pass quickly.

As an added bonus, I was able to stay awake during the drive which is quite an accomplishment!

Nobody really likes to wash dishes but perhaps these lovely cloths will make it just a little bit more enjoyable!

Happy crocheting!

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Pin # 47: Tile Mirror: Pin Fail! $%#@&*^%$

I decided to redo a mirror in my bedroom vanity area.  I think my husband jinxed my success!  When I began the project, this is what he asked!

“Wouldn’t it be easier to just buy a new mirror?”

Yes, it turns out, was the correct answer!

The mirror already had a wooden frame but the edging was broken and needed replaced.

I found a pin to add tile to a mirror for an updated look and thought that it would be easy to do and much cheaper than buying a brand new mirror!

Wrong!

I repainted the wooden frame and loved the new color!  Success!

I added the tile and realized that I really didn’t like the look! Fail!

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I persevered and added some decorative features and then spent the next hour cleaning super glue off my fingers!  (Nail polish remover really does work)

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My husband came home from work, measured the area, and I plan to buy a new mirror next week!

I guess it would have been easier (and cheaper) to just go buy a new mirror!

Not all Pinterest projects can be a success!

5 more pins to go!

 

Pin #36: Hummingbird Nectar: No Color = No Problem!

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For the last two summers, I’ve purchased the bright red hummingbird nectar either in powder form or premixed and ready to go!  It looks really pretty in the feeder but is it really necessary?

I discovered a pin for homemade hummingbird nectar which didn’t require any type of coloring!  Would my birds still come to the feeder?  Would they relocate to other feeders in the neighborhood with bright red sugary nectar?  I decided to find out!

Following the pin’s instructions, I easily made my first batch of nectar, filled the feeder, and settled in my favorite chair to see what happened!  Unfortunately, 30 seconds later, I heard a crash and watched as all of my carefully made nectar spilled onto the porch due to a crack in my feeder!

I had my trusty IPAD handy and quickly ordered a new feeder from Amazon and thanks to my Prime membership received it very quickly.

A new batch of nectar was made, the new feeder filled, and by the end of the day my friendly hummingbirds were darting in for a taste!

Success!

Pin #29: I’m sorry weeds!

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Weeds seem to grow no matter what the conditions!  Rain-No Rain-Sun-No Sun!  It just doesn’t matter.  They crop up everywhere!

Since I’m not a big fan of poisons (Sorry Round-Up), I wanted to try something more natural.  I was skeptical, at first, wondering how vinegar, salt, and dishwashing liquid could possibly cure the weed problem!  I found this pin for a natural weed killer and decided to try it out!

The picture above shows an example of a typical weed invader!  Cracks in sidewalks seem to cry out for some greenery and the weeds are happy to oblige.

I followed the directions carefully and mixed up the solution.  I decorated the spray bottle which isn’t really necessary but seemed important at the time.

After one day and one application, this is what those little invaders look like now!

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For those of you who worry about your pets (I’m definitely one of them), I did Google the effect of apple cider vinegar on dogs and found that it is actually beneficial.  I can’t say the same for the Dawn dish liquid that is added to the mixture, but since it is such a small amount, I’m not worried!

If you are overrun with weeds, mix up a batch of this non-poisonous weed killer and be kind to the environment, your pets, and your wallet!  Vinegar is a lot cheaper than Round Up!

Pin #8: Trash or Treasure?

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Who loves a good garage or yard sale?

I had just pinned the $10 Wooden Blanket Ladder when I came across the beauty shown above and bought it for $1.00!  My husband looked at me like I had lost my mind and reminded me that we didn’t have bunk beds at home!

2 days later, this ladder (minus the bunk bed hardware) was sanded, primed, and painted!

It has found a new home in my living room and now proudly holds the afghans that my mother-in-law made us.

They’ve kept us warm for many years but were hidden away in an ottoman.  Now they are displayed for all to see and use to snuggle!

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#1: Bracelets for my family and friends!

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DIY Macramé Bracelet

     With the Albino Skunk Musical Festival coming up soon, I was inspired to make some of these macramé bracelets to go along with the tie dyed attire that my friends and I will soon be wearing!

I bought all of the materials at Michaels! I think I went a little crazy with the cording purchase and may have to find some other cording projects very soon.

     After a long day of work, it is relaxing to tie knots, daydream, and create something beautiful to share!