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How To Dry Rose Petals Fast

I like to cut to the chase. I’m not one to write long, wordy blogs. When I’m looking for a recipe or DIY, I always scroll right to it. So that’s how I like to write my blogs. So let’s get to it.

My hubby bought me some beautiful red roses for Sweetest Day and I decided to dry the petals to make some potpourri.

All I did was pull the petals off of the stem and lay them, single layer, on a paper towel on a plate. Then I put the plate in the microwave for two minutes. I did this in batches.

After two minutes I removed them from the microwave and let them cool. The petals lose their fragrance after drying, so I put them in a jar with a lid and add a few drops of essential oil, I used rose scent.

I like to throw some into a hot bath or put some in a dish for some aroma therapy.

It’s very easy and quick to dry rose petals in the microwave, and it’s better then tossing those roses in the trash. This way you get some more enjoyment out of them. All microwaves are different so you may need to watch your time.

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Leather Belt Ottoman Diy

I was inspired a few years ago with a chair that I saw in a artsy shop made with leather belts and so I started my own belt collection.

Vintage leather belts are a dime a dozen at a lot of thrift stores. I pick them up when I see them. They don’t have to be in great condition and they don’t need to have buckles for these types of projects, you cut them off anyway.

This was my pile. I went through them and cut off the ends. I used fabric shears.

I picked this foot stool up from Goodwill for $2 and thought it would be the piece for this project. It was already painted this a avocado green with a distressed look to it. I did want to change it. It was perfect!

The only things I did to it was remove the seat, four screws and wash it up.

This is my absolute favorite tool. A Ryobi Airstrike. I don’t think I could have done this project without this. I’m a weakling lol. I used 1-1/4” staples. They went through the thick leather belts like butter!

I separated the short belts from the long belts and went to work. I stapled all the long belts on first, both ends.

Then I started weaving the short belts through the long belts. It was easy until I got to the end. It got pretty snug but I got it. The tooled leather belts are my favorite.

This is what the underneath looked like when it was finished. I put two staples in each belt.

Here it is…I’m not sure how much weight this will hold but it is so sturdy! I’m not sure we’re I’ll put it yet but I tucked it in this corner to get some pictures. I’m in love!

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I Made My First “Farmhouse Sign”

I have been tinkering around with some small wood crafts and when my husband asked what I wanted for Christmas, my response? Power tools…

He did not disappoint. He bought me a Ryobi cordless power tool set. This set is perfect for what I do. I don’t do very heavy duty projects and I have issues with my wrists so I didn’t need heavy duty tools. I can handle these quite well. I’m so excited to make projects with these!

I made my first project, a farmhouse style sign for my office. I used a precut thin sheet of plywood and a 1×2 6ft board. I painted the sign and made the vinyl letters with my cricut. With my husband’s help, I have a few things to learn, I measured and cut the 1×2 board to fit around the plywood. I stained them after I cut them. Then I used my new Ryobi air strike brad nailer to attach the boards to the plywood. I stapled through the back. I added a little metal picture hanger and hung it up.

I love how it came out! It’s a perfect fit for the wall above my desk. I am on to my next project!

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No Sew Christmas Throw Pillows Cricut Iron On Decal

If you can use a hot glue gun, you can make these pillows. There is no sewing involved. You can also do without the decal if you don’t own a cricut machine.

I used cloth table napkins from Hobby Lobby. They are the perfect size for throw pillows. They were $2.99 a piece but I found them at 50% off! You need two for each pillow and a bag of poly-fil which I found for $2.99 and a hot glue gun. Great price for a throw pillow don’t you think?

Measure the cloth so you know how big to make your decal.

I found a couple of svg files that I liked and sized them to fit the pillows. Make sure to mirror it before you cut!

After the decal was cut, I weeded them and then centered them onto the cloth.

Always use a barrier between the easy press and the heat transfer vinyl.

I used my easy press to iron on the decal. My heat setting was a little high at first. I had to adjust it down to 295 after I made the deer. You may be able to see some of the red bled through. I think it’s because the material has a lot of polyester in it…no biggie.

I used a white glitter HTV. They came out so pretty against the plaid.

I put the pillow together. I used my hot glue gun to glue the edges of the pillow together.

I left an opening to stuff with the poly-fil. I stuffed the pillow. Each pillow took an entire bag of poly-fil. Then I glued the opening together and that’s it! I’m doing a woodland rustic theme this year and these colors are great!

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Quarantine Tip To Disguise Hair Growth at Roots

Weeks into the “Stay at Home” order and I have more new growth at my roots then I’ve ever had! I’m a hairdresser and usually do my own hair color but I wasn’t prepared for this quarantine time. I’m out of hair-color, the beauty supply is closed…so what’s a girl to do?

Here’s one I came up with while in quarantine and can’t get to the store for headbands. I took an old pair of leggings that had a hole in them and cut a section out of the leg and made a tube headband. I made two and I’ll keep the rest of the material for future projects.

Headband made from leggings

Ladies, this works well! It stays in place and is very comfortable.

Actually, I have been desiring for some time now to let my gray hair grow out. I love the look. I was thinking, what a better time then ever then to try it now? It will be a process and during the process I may have some clever ways to cover those roots. I hope to share some ideas along the way as I go through. Want to see if I can make it? Stay tuned…

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Dollar Tree Diy Rope Tray Craft

We are in quarantine! Our state has called a Shelter in Place. We’re fighting the Corona Virus. Our household is thankfully ok. I hope whoever is reading this is doing well also. Hopefully we beat this global pandemic soon and it will be a thing of the past. I needed something to take my mind off of this stressful situation..

I needed to craft. Since I haven’t been out to Dollar Tree in a few weeks, I am low on craft supplies. I went through my craft stash and found some rope and decided to make this tray.

I used four 9ft rolls of rope from Dollar Tree and hot glue. That’s it.

I started by making a circle with the rope, gluing as I went.

I just keep going around and around.

The circle took 21ft (3 rolls), I know! It doesn’t look like that much. It ended up being 11” diameter.

Then I started the walls of the trays. I glued 9ft around the topside of the edge of the rope, cutting it to fit perfectly each layer.

I had a small piece left. I cut it in half and glued handles to the inside of the tray.

I will be putting this in my lake house because rope reminds me of nautical decor. It would be cool to have three different sizes, you could hang them on a wall. Hmmmm, I might just do that..

This satisfied my urge to craft during this stressful time. I hope you all stay safe!! We’ll get through this! God Bless!!

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Dollar Tree Garden Fence Candle Holder Diy Rustic Farmhouse

Dollar Tree Plastic Garden Fence

I took this plastic fence from dollar tree and made this faux wrought iron candle lantern.

I snapped off the stakes with pliers then sanded the rough edges. I then started to bend it into the square shape. This was the hardest part because the plastic cracks easily. Once I got the shape, I connected it together. There are already pins on the fence that are used as connectors. I then cut a piece of foam board to glue into the base. It helped hold the shape and gave a platform for the candle to sit on.

I used chalk paint to brush on. I didnt want to cover it all, I wanted a worn look. I should have painted it first, it would have been much easier.

The last step was to add the candle. I used a battery lit one. Then I added some flowers to fill in. For more Dollar Tree Crafts and decorating ideas, follow my blog. Thanks!

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Shabby Chic Jewelry Picture Frame Craft Diy

We have been spending the week at our lake house and it is wintertime so there is not a lot of outside activities. Sure we have gone for walks on the frozen lake and had some success at ice fishing but it has warmed up enough for the lake to get slushy on top so now it is unsafe.

Walking on the Frozen Lake
Ice Fishing
My Crazy Dog Having a Blast!

We have had a lovely time and we were all ready to head back home but our Jeep wouldn’t start. It is currently in the shop and we are in a stuck in a waiting game. I mean if I were to choose to be stranded anywhere, it would be here.

Dinner View

I love to craft and felt the urge to hot glue something so I pulled out some costume jewelry I have been collecting from thrift stores and my hot glue gun and and old frame and got busy. My local thrift bundles up broken jewelry into baggies and sells them as craft jewelry. It’s a wonderful idea!

I used wire cutter pliers and broke all the posts of the earrings and pins of of brooches and took apart a few necklaces and laid it all out. I ended up using more jewelry pieces then what is pictured above.

I started gluing. I had some idea of how I wanted it. I knew for sure the giant rhinestone brooch would be on the top corner, then I went from there. This picture is with all the jewelry in the previous picture. It takes a lot of jewelry! I used a 5×7 frame. I picked this one up at the thrift store. The edge needs to be flat and wide enough to accommodate the jewelry. This one worked perfectly.

Here is the finished product. It is the first jewelry frame I have made. I think this one will go in my walk-in closet with my grand kids picture in it.

Now I want to start a collection of jewelry and frames for our guests that come to visit and like to craft and they can have a keepsake to take home.

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Easter Dollar Tree Craft Sign diy

We have been seeing a lot of sunshine the past few days, and even though it’s cold, I’m getting in the mood for Spring. My favorite part of Spring is Easter! Mostly because of what our Lord did for us (John 3:16) but also because of Family gathering, yummy food and I have two beautiful grandsons that I’m excited to share it with!

This year I want to make a few crafts that will make them smile. I have an adorable craft coming soon so be sure to follow and sight up with email for new posts!

I wanted to share my first Easter craft “how to.” It took a few hours, mostly due to letting paint dry, but it was fun and easy.

I started with this Dollar Tree Sign. It’s cute and all but I had a different idea for it.

I love bunnies and pastels for spring but when I saw this sign, I envisioned something different.

So here’s what I did..

I pulled off the bunny with my hands carefully. Then I sanded off the glitter with sandpaper until the board was smooth. This is what it looked like.

I also sanded the bunny.

The next step was to paint. I chose a color called Plaster by Waverly. It’s chalk paint. I painted the entire surface and edges, three coats. I let it dry then used a thin paint brush to added lines and marks to make it look like aged wood.

Here’s the paint I used.

Next, I painted the bunny, let dry, added the bow back and a pompom for the tail with hot glue. Then I glued the bunny back onto the board.

I then went on my computer and printed out the saying, then cut out the words and found their placement on the board.

I used carbon paper that I got on amazon to lay under the words and then traced them onto the board. I’m terrible at free handing letters.

This is what the traces letters looked like.

I then used a black, medium point paint marker to fill in the letters. I added some highlights to the letters with the same paint I used for the background with a very skinny brush.

I hot glued on a ribbon and some flowers from Dollar Tree and that was it! A super easy, inexpensive, fun craft.

I chose to stand it on a table. You could also add ribbon or twine and hang it up. Stay tuned for my next Easter crafts, soon to come!