Woodland Fairy | Crafts, Oddities & Design

June 29th, 2012

Kitchen Messageboard

This project is a quick solution to messy bulletin boards and tacks. Head on over to your local Dollar Tree and pick up:

Tray of any size/shape
Picture stand
Paint brush
Chalk

In addition to these items, select some chalk based paint at your local craft store.

Be prepared to layer 2 to 3 coats of paint and allow 24 hours for final drying.

TaDa! Enjoy!

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May 12th, 2012

Give Me Some Sugar

I love scrubs, and the exfoilation benefits they provide. Store bought ones however can be a bit pricey and loaded with chemicals. Here’s my natural recipe for personal and gift use:

You will need:

  • Sugar (brown or white)
  • Vanilla extract
  • Almond Oil
  • Ground almond shells (optional)
  • Honey Almond scent (purchased in the soap making aisle at any craft store)
  • Food color
  • Jar with lid

Most recipes online call for mixing the sugar and oils in a jar. I find that by doing this you get a “gloppy” mixture which isn’t a pretty experience to use. I mix my scrubs in a metal mixing bowl with a wooden spoon.

First add the sugar (and ground shells – optional) with a few drops of vanilla. Next add a bit of oil and mix. Do not over-pour.  You will notice the sugar becoming lumpy in appearance. Continue to add oil, and mix until you get a dry yet smooth appearance. This may take 3 to 4 times however it prevents you from having a gloppy and runny mix. When you achieve the smoothness you want, add one drop of food coloring. Mix the sugar until the mix is a solid color. Mix in honey almond scent and store in lidded jars.

As this recipe does not contain preservatives, please use caution. Do not keep the mix past 2 weeks, and scoop out what you wish to use. I store mine in the fridge for freshness.  Remember natural homemade scrubs will eventually spoil.

May 9th, 2012

Sink Trick

With Mother’s Day coming up, I wanted to share one of the first household tricks my mother taught me when I moved out. Vinegar and baking soda = bubbly cleany stuff. This “foam” is natural, green, and dedorizes, cleans, kills bug eggs, plus removes rust. Simply sprinkle baking soda around the drain, and then “wash” the soda down the drain by pouring vinegar onto it. The combination will foam up, and rinse away any extras with water.

Words of wisdom I still use. Thanks mom!

January 23rd, 2012

$3.00 Counter Redo

I’ve been blessed to have the original countertops in the 44 year old townhouse I’m renting. But with age the counters pick up every stain, and I find myself bleaching every week. With the boyfriend working nights, and I’m on days it’s easier at this time to creatively solve the issue before asking my landlord to replace the counters. For $3.00 at my local Dollar Tree I purchased Contact paper in a tan marble, and did a quick kitchen redo. The counters are protected from further damage, and the kitchen has a new look.