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Ever since I could remember & to this day, I have extremely vivid dreams. They're detailed, and sometimes crazy! Because of that, I've always had a thing for dream catchers. I have numerous up above my bed & I even got this gorgeous (well, I think it's gorgeous) dream catcher tattoo a few years ago!
I wanted to bring you a fun tutorial to learn to make dream catchers! I figured this is such a fun craft to do with girlfriends or even kids! The trickiest part is the weave, but I found a really easy way to do it thanks to my friend Pinterest! I hope you enjoy this & don't forget to send us your pictures of your final craft!
What you need
I liked this craft a lot first off because it doesn't break the bank! You could probably make 2 of these for under $10 easily! Not all craft projects have to be expensive, and this one is proof of that! Obviously the more you like to embellish, the more this might add up to be. But this is a great craft to do if you're hosting a kids birthday party too and it won't cost too much!
This was also one craft that didn't take a ton of time. I spent most of the time figuring out the middle pattern so I wish I had searched for help prior to starting, but I am stubborn by nature! I go either way- sometimes I really enjoy time consuming projects where I can really create something elaborate. But sometimes, I just need a quick crafting fix! I especially love a good quick craft when I'm learning something brand new that I can build on!
Making the dream catcher really showed me how must room there is for creativity! You can go in so many different directions between colors, weaves & final decorations. I bet no 2 final products will look the same! It's such a fun craft to express yourself with!
I hope you have fun with this craft & I'd love to see pictures! So send them my way at firstname.lastname@example.org and maybe you'll be featured on our social media pages!
I was cleaning the other day & found a whole mess of crayons- some with wrappers on, some brand new, some broken & used. Then, I remembered seeing that you can take crayons & re-melt them into new, fun crayons! So, I figured, why not? I don't use them really often at all, so I thought it would be a fun, easy experiment.
Here are my instructions & tips to making your own crayons! Have fun!
This was fun & easy! It's such a simple way to save those broken crayons that you might otherwise throw away. I do suggest using the smaller silicon molds if you're worried about breaking them. Part of me wants to try this craft again & spray the molds lightly with cooking spray before placing the crayons in. While I don't think it'll help with popping them out, it won't hurt to try!
And like I said- make sure you're using molds you don't intend to use for baking or cooking again. I used new molds & will only be able to use them for a second crayon project! They ended up being stained from the dyes in the crayons- so just be sure you're using ones you're good to donate to your crafting adventures!
We hope you have fun recycling your crayons!
As you know, I love soup! I am also always looking for meals with lots of protein since I'm a vegetarian & this black bean soup was just that! I'm also obsessed with all recipes that require a crock pot because it makes my life SO much easier!
I based this recipe on one I found on Pinterest of course, from Emilie Eats & you can find the original recipe (and many other great ones) by clicking here!
The reason I did a variation on this recipe was because I like a little bit of kick in my food but I'm not a big spicy person. I also wanted to add more veggies to load it up all the while not making all 6 servings. I knew before making this that nobody in my house would want it & didn't want any of the soup to go to waste. It ended up making a little more than 3 servings of soup which was perfect for me!
So what do you need for my variation (3-4 servings):
-1/2 Bag of dried black beans
-3 cups Broth or stock (either vegetable or chicken)
-1 Bell pepper of your choosing
-1/2 White Onion
-4 Cloves ofGarlic
- 1 ear Corn
-3-4 pieces of Celery
-3-4 stalks of Carrots
-and Seasonings based how how much of a kick you want! I used salt & pepper, and a tiny bit of cayenne
The first thing you do, is soak your beans overnight. Pick out any of the shells or broken beans. Add enough water in the bowl to cover all the beans by 2 inches or so of water. Let the soak while you sleep!
When they're done soaking, drain & rinse them then throw them into the crock pot.
Then, chop up all your veggies & add them into the crock pot. Then, add your broth & seasonings. If you need to add more broth, you can!
Once everything is mixed in. Turn on your crock pot on high for 6 hours and let it work its magic!
When it's done,you can either leave it as it or choose to blend it- you can use your immersion blender to make it semi smooth or use your blender to make it super smooth!
Then it's ready to eat! You can serve it with fresh avocado on top too (because who doesn't love avocado?)
Earlier this week, I shared with you how to make your own Mod Podge & this was the project that I needed to use it for.
I needed something to throw my allergy pills in since I've officially given into my allergies & decided to start taking the pills again. My sister gave me a old prescription bottle she found while cleaning her drawers & told me just to use this.
What's great about this is that it's small enough that I can throw in my purse (I have a small purse, I can't handle losing things in a large bag) and it holds quite a bit of my allergy pills.
But I wanted to make it look cute & that I did!
This was a super easy & quick craft! It take under 30 minutes from start to finish! The only downside, is you have to wait for it all to dry before you can use it, so don't plan on using it right away.
All you need is your bottle, Mod Podge, a paint brush, paper, scissors & a pen.
Take your bottle & remove the stickers- the nice thing about this is they peel right off!
Next, cut your paper. I grabbed a few scrapbooking scraps I had & chose the one that was the closest to the size of the bottle. You'll need a strip that is about 3 inches wide & 4.5 inches long.
Put Mod Podge on the bottle & slowly add the paper. Use your fingers to rub out any bumps or bubbles- you might have to go around the bottle doing this more than once.
Make sure to add a thin layer of Mod Podge to the ends of the paper where they meet too so they can be bonded.
When you're done with that, add a layer of the Mod Podge to the outter layer of the bottle. Once it's securely on, set it aside so it can start drying!
Next, take the top of the bottle & trace it on a piece of paper.
Cut on the inner line and make necessary trims if you need to so that it can be glued right onto the top of the bottle.
Then cut out a strip that you can wrap around the top - this will be roughly .5 inch high and about 5.75 inches long. Your measurements might be different based on the size of the bottle you're using.
First, glue on the top piece but don't add a layer of glue to the top of the paper quite yet. I put glue on mine first (as you can see by the shine in the picture) but I ended up getting a lot of glue on my hands as I was adding the long strip to the top. So I suggest do add your top coat of glue when you're totally done!
Then, wrap around the the long strip to the side- you'll have to work out the bumps and bubbles as you did with the bottle. Once that's on, you can add your top layer of glue & let it out to dry!
I suggest waiting until both pieces are totally dry before you put the top onto the bottle.
I normally keep a stock of Mod Podge in my house because I'm constantly needing it for some sort of project. And let me tell you, I love Mod Podge! So when I needed it for a DIY & couldn't find it, I thought that this was the perfect opportunity to make my own!
A DIY for Mod Podge always comes up on my Pinterest so I figured, why not!
What I enjoyed about all the posts I saw to make your own (I checked out a handful), they were all the same. I always hate when you're looking to do a project and you click on 5 different pins & they're all different. Then you have to pick and choose which is most trustworthy.
What they all said is you need 2 ingredients: glue & water. Awesome, both of those I had! What I realized too was if this works how I want it to, I can just stock up on Elmer's glue around back to school time and save a crap ton of money! I always use a coupon when I buy Mod Podge, but if I can save even more money, then the crafter in me is happy!
So, now lets get to it!
Grab your Elmer's glue- I used your basic, white washable glue, some water, a mason jar (or a container that you can close tight) and a plastic spoon (and fork if you're like me).
The mixture is 2 parts glue & 1 part water. So it depends what size glue you're using & how much Mod Podge you want to make.
Once you put the mixture into the jar or container, mix it up! I used both a plastic spoon & a plastic fork to help with the mixing until I got all the water absorbed by the glue. You'll notice it'll start to have a consistency of Mod Podge & then you're done! You can start using it right away!
I used it right away to do my DIY project, and it worked great! And there was none of that Mod Podge smell which if you have used it before, you know what I'm talking about!
Happy Mod Podging!
I love soup.
I could eat soup every day, all year long. I don't know why I love it so much, but I do! I especially love soup if I can make it in the crock pot because it's even easier
I found this great recipe from Pinterest of course (for the original link & full recipe, click here!) and needed to try it as I was catching up on some orders & Love Struck business a couple of weekends ago. It really didn't require much prep & it smelt delish as it was cooking!
What you need:
-4 cups stock
-2 cups cream
-4-5 medium potatoes- I used your run of the mill white potato
-3 cups of corn
-1 cup of celery
-3-4 cloves of garlic
- Salt & Pepper
- And a crock pot of course!
You pretty much chop everything that needs chopping up & throw it into the crock pot. You're going to want to cut them in smaller cubes so they cook through. Then, add everything EXCEPT the cream into the crock pot. Stir it around & turn it on high for 6 hours and let the crock pot work its magic!
I actually didn't have celery at the moment when I began cooking, I had my sister grab it while she was grocery shopping so I threw the celery in later which worked out!
Right before your 6 hours is up- with about 15 minutes left- is when you add your cream!
When you're done, you can either use the emersion blender to blend everything, or I put it into the blender in 2 batches until I got my desired consistency.
I loved this recipe! I didn't add the bacon like in the original recipe solely because I'm a vegetarian. I do wish I added more potatoes & maybe a little less corn. But that's just me! But overall- it came out delish & I would totally make it again! You should give it a try, without a doubt!
Don't forget to check out the original pin & to get the full recipe by clicking here!
I’ve been wanting to try more quinoa recipes and after randomly finding some on clearance at Tj Maxx today, I decided to give a recipe a whirl! I chose to try a play on a burger. As a vegetarian, I like to create different kind of burgers that I can enjoy year round. So needless to say, I was excited to try these out!
I liked this recipe too because you didn't need many ingredients so it's pretty easy to just make any time.
What you'll need:
-2/3 cup spinach- cooked & Squeezed dry (I used a package of frozen spinach)
-3 Cups cooked Quinoa
-1 Cup Panko
-1 Small Onion, diced
-1/2 grated cheese
Once you have all your ingredients ready to roll, add them to a bowl & start mixing with a spatula. After a few mixes, I started using my hands to make sure everything combined well. Once it's looking well mixed, you can start forming your patties!
I opted to do larger, burger sized ones but on the flatter side. Choose to do them whatever size you prefer but I recommend not making them super thick so that they can cook correctly.
Place your patties on a greased baking sheet. When you're done making them, put the baking sheet in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes so they can firm up.
When the 15 minutes is done, pop them into the oven! They'll bake for about 15-25 minutes, until they're golden. It took us more on the 20-25 minute side for ours to be fully cooked. We flipped them half way through too.
I was really excited to try these when they were done! I was really happy with how they turned out too. They were tasty, had a nice soft texture & were pretty easy to make.
Next time however, I'll most likely sauté the spinach with the onions, salt & pepper to get those onions cooked a little more & add more flavor.
Enjoy making these! They're a great, healthy alternative for any meal or even a snack!
Here are some tips I found for a glitter tipped manicure
-Final step! Slowly pull off the tape starting at one side to the next. Don't wait for the nail polish to dry though, or you'll pull it all off!
-When it dries, top off your nails with a clear coat and you're done!
Here is the stovetop before. I had just cooked some scrambled eggs and of course spilt some on that left burner. The drip pans themselves, weren't awful.
I made a baking soda and soap paste that I found on Pinterest.
Click Here for the instructions!
The paste was easy to make. I ended up using my hands to really get the mixture on the drip pans since these ones aren't removable.
I left them to sit for about an hour and I used a wet sponge to clean it up. It worked really well, I barely had to scrub at all! It was an inexpensive way to clean!
I took of the stove burners and did a variation of what I found. I didn't realize how time consuming the original pin was so I did a variation!
For the full pin click here!
My variation was using warm water and a little bit of ammonia. I left the burners soaking for about an hour as well. After the hour, I scrubbed them with some more warm water and soap. They looked pretty good!
Remember, when using ammonia or other strong cleaners, be sure to have windows open or a stove fan on to get good ventilation!
The inside of the stove posed the most the largest challenge. It was just bad & with no self cleaning cycle it really needed hands on love! I found this great pin that really did the trick!
Click here to get the full details!
I made the mixture and let it sit for about 20 minutes before i began scrubbing. I had to scrub a good amount because it really did need it.
But the results were great! It could probably need a second round of it to get the remainder of the spots. But it did a great job and I was a very happy camper!
After i finished cleaning the inside of the stove, that was when I cleaned the drip pans and washed the burners. When I put all the pieces back, the oven looked great!!!
Hope you find these pins as helpful as I did!
The original pin's instructions:
7 cups water
1/2 cup baking soda
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup vinegar
Mix it well in a spray bottle, spray, let sit for a few minutes and scrub!
You can clearly see a difference here! I let the mixture sit for more like 30 minutes, and I had to
scrub hard !
But like I said, this grout was bad!!
After I scrubbed with a sponge, brillo & an old toothbrush, I took some bleach and let it sit as well and repeated my scrubbing.
Then I mopped it up and let it dry out.
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