Monday, November 18, 2013

Easy DIY Odor Eater

I was online looking for some activated charcoal odor eaters for my fridge but didn’t find much… so then some Googling lead me to this slightly ridiculous product for $10
Yup it’s a bag full of charcoal…
So then I was like hmmm isn’t that what fishy filters use….
yup, it is called “Activated Filter Carbon” for aquarium filters, so I bought a TON of that for $7.99
(Amazon beat Walmart on price for this)
So then in a scrap busting fest I made 5 various sized pouches out of breathable fabric to make little odor eating pouches.
I made a bunch, on the larger ones I divided the areas into sections to give maximum surface area.
I serged mine to make it even easier, just pinning them once full, no serger, just make a simple pillow, or I also used a organza gift bag for one (Top Left Photo).
These are kind of messy to make cause of the black dust, but it’s not too bad, also be sure to craft yourself a funnel for less mess.
Note, these absorb odor, they have no fragrance.
They are definitely helping with the following locations in the house: litter box, fridge, freezer, garage, pantry with trash can, I even sent one to Bestie in case Baby Girl doesn’t poo roses…

Monday, November 11, 2013

House-versary One Year

As of last Wednesday it’s a been a whole YEAR since we closed on our home.

We had BIG ideas from the start, and I think we started to tackle them pretty well this first year! I decided we definitely needed to recap our pursuit of sweat equity, so here we go! Pretty much in order…

Lots of these still need posts, coming soon!


 Weekend One – We tackled the tongue and groove tile ceiling in the basement. We are SOO glad we knocked that out right away!


Solved lots of electrical mysteries


Replaced mismatched doorknob with new brushed nickel egg shaped ones.
(That door is now white, hooray!)


Added a shelf above our washer and dryer for cleaning stuff.


We did our budget update on the Master Bath

Master Bath Room

Got our original tile looking great!

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We went wallpaper FREE!


Painted the paneling in the basement as an interim fix. So much brighter now!


Installed our super awesome cast aluminum mailbox sign!


Installed a portable AC in our Master Bedroom, and got an Electric Fireplace for the winter.

We frosted the Garage Windows


Made magnetic garage door hardware so our standard doors look a tad bit more ‘carriage house' (How to coming soon!)


Fixed our 20+ year old Air Conditioner for $7 during the heat wave using pictures and phone diagnosis with our Dad’s


Spent lots of time in the yard (Andrew mostly =) with our new Ryobi tools, backpack blower, electric push mower, and big riding mower…

We fixed our master bath toilet slow leak…

And replaced the whole shower arm in the guest suite…


We replaced our Garage door opener, and added a second one. Adding one was definitely more tricky!

We also reinforced a dent in the garage door and added some weather striping.


We replaced our garage side outdoor light fixtures with some PERFECT $10 Home Depot Clearance ones!

garage lights

Sewed, Modified, most all of the curtains including making a roman shade.. 2 more to go!


Lots of furniture redos, including painting a laminate dresser, refinishing night stands, and painting a headboard.

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Found and purchased patio furniture for both patios, got a cute chiminea, end tables for the living room, a lovely headboard I never see because it’s covered by a sheet because cats love chenille, a Basement TV and a Treadmill (one gets used more than the other…)

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Used our new pressure washer…

Added some much needed shelving to the craft room closet, that’s nearly $200 in shelving in order to make it deep! oye!

Lots of work in the dressing room, I was surprised by my wonder Future Mother In Law with the PERFECT desk vanity, I purchased commercial shelving to create a freestanding closet, found a adorable palm beach style chair, and got a deal on my dream jewelry armoire. I painted the bifold closet doors in here as well, and sewed that  roman shade.


Painted doors and wainscoting in the Living Room, painted the closet door in the craft room as well


COMPLETELY Transformed our Kitchen, see the sorta before here. Full recap is coming!

We replaced the faucet, stove, and bought a fridge. Replaced the dishwasher drain hose. Repaired drawers. Replaced a broken ceiling fan with a light. Painted the walls, trim, doors, cabinets, hardware. Replaced the bifold doors for the laundry closet. Added a island, appliance bar, and shelving. Fixed our ancient range hood. Bought a antique dry sink, and pantry door shelves.


Lots more coming up, but still so fun!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Push Pin Wall Art – Guest Post

Hey there Hello Kirsti readers! It's been a while since I put together a guest post for y'all, but that doesn't mean I haven't been busy crafting. I'm a teacher, so I've been home all summer getting my craft on. I've made 2 different types of burp cloths (more on those and the advice I have for you later), minky baby blankets, gift baskets, monograms, and so much more.
Today's project was a bit of art work for our Baby Girl's room. Her furniture arrived on Wednesday and now it's time to focus on the finishing touches before she arrives.
It started with a trip to Michael's to find the right sized canvas to go over the crib. Decided on a 12 inch x 36 inch, which just so happened to be on sale for $5.99!!! And I had a coupon for 10% off everything...SCORE!!!!
Then I needed to decide what to put on the canvas. I wanted something simple and sweet, and decided to go with “LOVE”...something that would be timeless, and could be hung somewhere else down the road.
The most difficult part of this project was finding the “right” font. It was the part that took the longest --- endlessly searching But eventually I found the perfect one, Shardee. I've put together a pdf of the file I used to make my template, so you won't have to search endlessly! (YAY for time saving)
Download the template here!
First I printed the letters and cut them out. I used Tombow monoadhesive to hold them in place while I traced. It's hard to see here, but there are pencil lines on in this picture.
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Next I started the scary part...pushing the pins in! This part takes the longest.
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I found the best way was to outline first and then fill in. This project took roughly 400 push pins. It's really dependent on how you push them together.
Here's the project once it was all finished!
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Can't wait to hang it in her room!
**P.S. I've tried shaking the canvas to try and get the pins to fall out but they are pretty secure. Barring any earthquakes I think they'll be just fine.**
Download the template here!
Kirsti:: Is this not the cutest!! Can’t wait to share all the things I’ve made for Bestie’s beautiful daughter!
Here’s a whole room shot =)LOVE-pushpin-canvas-nursery