awards · Just a Thought

Thank You So Much!

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I am humbled and so very honored that Kelly from: http://theunicornwife.net/  nominated me  for ‘Blogger Recognition Award’. This is my second for this and I am just as happy! Kelly is new to blogging, and I must say..when I first saw her site…I fell in love with it! Not only are our names similar…but our passion for  makeovers!! Now you all know me…and you know how I love to take something junky and make it into something wonderful for your home and garden.  Well, so does Kelly! You really have to check out her site! I am so thankful she nominated me.

So now the rules:

Since I’ve been nominated, here are the rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 5 other bloggers for this award.
  • Comment on each of their blogs, letting them know they’re nominated and linking back to this post.

I started my blog Aug.28, 2016. I love creating! Do you ever go to stores and see something and think  ‘I could do that’. So a lot of times I see something, and try to recreate it, but for a lot less expense.

I would say to new bloggers, to be sure they are passionate about what they are blogging. Go to ‘Reader’ and check out others blogs. Look at the bloggers who have your same passion, but also the bloggers who are writing about what you love. Whether it’s cooking, traveling, photography, DIY or anything else…check them out. Follow them. They may have your same passions and will follow you. Also be sure to like and comment to others. Not only are you letting them know you enjoyed their post, but your interacting with them, and making new friends.

After saying all that…I am going to nominate the following DIYers…

  1. http://theunicornwife.net/author/theunid1/   I love her blog and will continue to follow her on her DIY projects….you must check her out!
  2. Shana at https://chrisandshanascraftshack.wordpress.com/
  3. http://paperfluff.wordpress.com/ She creates such beautiful cards!
  4. https://thefrugalcrafter.wordpress.com/
  5. https://thecraftymummyblog.wordpress.com/

If you love Crafts and DIY please check them out! Thank you again ‘ theunicornwife’ for the nomination!

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An open invitation to all Bloggers

I was invited…and would love to invite all of you! What a great way to meet new people!!

The Recipe Hunter

high-importance-xxl  This is an open invitation to all Bloggers in the Blogosphere

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Dear fellow Blogger:

I would love to get to know you better, so have been pondering how to go about this.

 invitedto leave me any social media link in the comments, so please post a commentsand introduce yourself and tell me a little about you and your blog. Please provide me with your blog http:// or any of the below social media links, then we can connect and get to know each other better.

I will create a separate page on The Recipe Hunter blog Social Media”, linking to all of you. That way you will be able to come back to see all the other links of fellow bloggers, and connect with each other.

I will update this list as we go forward and I receive new information and social media links, and share it with you on…

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Seasons · Spring

Bunny Pot

A young friend came over to my home to create a cute springtime craft!This is what you will need for this cute project. Kids will love to make this!!!!

I purchased the following:
Terra Cotta Pot
Pink yarn
Easter green grass
Cotton ball
1 Sheet of Felt in White, Green, and Pink
1 sheet of Orange Foam
Wire
Hot Glue

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We put some styrofoam in the pot to have something to stick the ears, sign, etc into. We then glued the green plastic grass in the pot.

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We cut out 4 ears with the white felt

Next we drew some pink for inside the ears, and copied it onto the pink felt.We glued the pink onto the front of 2 ears.

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We took one of the plain ears, placed the thin wire around the edge of the ear and added hot glue on top of it. We quickly took the front ear (with the pink), and placed on top of wired piece. Repeat with other ear. I made two 2 long U shapes with the same wire and glued to the bottom of inside ears.
Look at those cute ears…..and we made a sign, in shape of a carrot, with orange foam paper and wrote ‘carrot patch’ on it. With the green felt she cut the carrot top and glued on carrot.

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We made the same U wire and glued onto carrot and stuck it in the pot,into the styrofoam to hold securely.
With the pink yarn, I started wrapping around my hand. I tied a small piece of yarn in the center. Then I cut all the loops, so the yarn was nice and full . We added a cotton ball for it’s tail

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She cut out the bunnies feet with the white and added pink for the pad. We glued them to the to rim of the pot by the bunnies bottom.
Isn’t this adorable….Such a fun and easy project for kids!!

If you make one…would love to see!!!

 

Home · Organize & Tips

Do You Have Any Cleaning Tips?

I have been getting some really wonderful cleaning  tips from my readers! So I thought I would put up this post. If you have a great cleaning hack or tip…please just comment and I will add it to this post…I know there are so many people that have little tricks up their sleeves.

So here is the first one.

.It comes from….hairytoegardener.wordpress.com

A cleaning tip you may/ may not be interested in: My neighbors recently threw out a large rug that they kept outside under a covered patio. The tan rug had rust stains on it from their furniture. I grabbed it. It was a completely synthetic fiber rug. I scrubbed the rug with washing detergent, but used Barkeepers Friend applied with an old toothbrush and a little water on the rust stains. Every rust stain came out. All of them.

Thank you…so much

I personally make shakes everyday. So here is one I use that I’m not sure you may know. If you want to clean your blender…add some warm water and a couple drop of liquid soap…turn on the  blender..

Baking soda can help remove any lingering smells and also break up any stains on the fabric. First brush off the surface of the couch, then sprinkle baking soda on the area you want to clean. Just let it sit for about 20 minutes and then vacuum it up using the brush attachment.

So anyone else with some ideas you want to share? Come on…don’t be shy!

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I have stainless steel cookware and over time they look dull on the inside some sort of coating. I’m not sure what it is I scrub them lake crazy and it is still there. Well, I was following this post for making dishwasher detergent out of lemons and when I was done cooking the lemons I was amazed at how shiny my pot was. So I took some of the lemon paste and a basting brush and painted the inside of another pot and let it sit an hour then washed it. A good 75% of the film came off. I think the heat from cooking helped the other pot better but hey from just sitting an hour it looked pretty good so I’ll try it again and see if the rest comes off. Thank you Idybugrus!!!!
 
 Here’s a safe and easy way to clean your computer:
  • To clean your keyboard, pour some white vinegar on a microfiber cloth and scrub the keyboard thoroughly. 
  • Use a cotton swab soaked in vinegar to clean areas that need more attention.
  • To clean your screen, take a microfiber cloth and wipe gently in a circular motion.
  • Apply a mixture of light water and vinegar if necessary. 

This one from:  Renegade Expressions vinegar (apple cider) can be used as a substitute for those harmful household cleaners.It’s great on the floors and in the bathroom.Thank you Renegade

 This one is from…..coffeeshoprabbi.com  Use hydrogen peroxide to remove blood stains. Just pour it on the stain and let it foam a bit before scrubbing. Then wash as usual. Thank you so much

 

Home · Organize & Tips

How to Clean Microfiber Furniture

Do you have Microfiber furniture that you just can’t seem to get clean. When you do try to clean…it leaves more stains from being wet.In my family room I have a microfiber couch. Well over the years with kids, doggies and everything that goes with them…my couch really needed some cleaning. I had a couple of spots that just wouldn’t come out. I tried so many products to no avail.

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See the spot above….stubborn stain! Well guess what I did? I put some Rubbing Alcohol on a white rag then started rubbing the stain with it. Every spot came off with the rag…yuck! No way was I going to show you a pic of the washcloth afterward…You should have seen the rag! It made me cringe thinking how dirty it was. With this particular stain above…it was being more stubborn, so I took a soft bristle brush and lightly went over the stain.

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Stain is gone!! The Rubbing Alcohol dries so quickly…it doesn’t leave those stains you get when it’s dried. Fabulous!!!! Instantly clean!!!

This really works great!

Home · Home Decor

Shaggy Ottoman

A few months ago, when taking my doggies for a walk, I found these outdoor foot stools discarded on the curb . My bestest friend in the whole world walks with me every night with her doggie. If you’ve been following my projects, then you KNOW, I love free finds. They were in good condition. I knew sooner or later I would do something with them. You should have seen it. I was walking two doggies, and trying to carry 2 foot stools, walking down the street….hahaaa

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Well, I spray painted the whole thing with  Rustoleum  Rubbed Bronze Spray paint…

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I had known exactly what I was going to do with the footstool. I had recently made a rag rug that I was so happy with, you saw it here, I thought I would use a similar, but different, technique. I purchased 3 different types of yarn, in various thicknesses, hemp string, foam   and a non slip rug protector. For the next few days, I was watching movies and working on it.

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This is what I purchased….this pic also shows what the back looks like when done…What I did was find a small book 6″ wide.  You could also use a piece of cardboard cut 6″.  I wrapped, and wrapped, and wrapped one of the yarns around it. ‘like your making a pom pom’ then cut at the top, then bottom…there you go…lots of pieces at once. Do this with all the yarns.I used 3 Rolls of the larger Yarn and just 1 each of the other yarns.

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Start at one end.You slip a crochet hook in one little square with a strand attached and come up on the one next to it.then tie a knot. Keep going..using a random pattern. This is what the back of it looks like when your finished. I watched movies and did this. It took lots of hours….so take your time and know this isn’t a rush job. It will take time.

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This would look so much better on a ottoman, I had put some new fabric around it. Then on the lid…I did the same technique.

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So what I am trying to prove to you is you can do this shaggy piece, and put on anything. Ahhh, my toes are so comfy!!! I must also add…if you saw this in a store, it wouldn’t cost $50.  You could make a rug, by figuring out the size you want, then cutting it into fourths and let your family each work on a section!!

Home · Home Decor · Trash to Treasure

Crusty Heirloom Chair

I’m sorry I couldn’t post this yesterday as promised. There was a glitch in the system on the site I needed to post the entry. This chair used to be part of a dining set that we had when my boys were small. As you can see, the black paint is almost gone, and it’s in pretty bad shape.

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I started by sanding the chair with 120 -220 grit sandpaper. I used my Ryobi Mouse…love that little guy! It’s like the energizer bunny…just keeps going. I was able to sand down the small cracks, but the larger cracks were still there. I would have used wood filler, but I was worried the color wouldn’t be the same in those areas after I stained. Also the chair was made of different woods.(something I couldn’t tell when painted). At this point, I must say, I was a little discouraged.

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I started by using the Briarsmoke stain on it first..but I thought it was too dark for the look I was going for.I wanted some glam to it.

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I then went over it with the Bleached Blue stain. I liked how the brown stayed in the cracks of the chair, and the blue kind of highlighted them.  I lightly sanded different areas to bring back some of the brown stain for the aged look.

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From there I used painters tape and plastic to cover the chair…all but the front bottom legs. I sprayed them with the Gold Mirror Effect…I love this product and the look it added to the chair.

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I then applied a coat of Varathane Triple Thick Poly to the chair. I had never used this product before, and I love that I only needed to use one coat. The chair feels so soft and smooth.

I had known exactly what I was going to do with the seat. I had recently made a rag rug that I was so happy with, you saw it here, I thought I would use a similar, but different, technique. I purchased 3 different types of yarn, in various thicknesses, hemp string, chair foam pad,  and a non slip rug protector. For the next few days, I was watching movies and working on it.

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This is what I purchased….this pic also shows what the back looks like when done…What I did was find a small book 6″ wide.  You could also use a piece of cardboard cut 6″.  I wrapped, and wrapped, and wrapped one of the yarns around it. ‘like your making a pom pom’ then cut at the top, then bottom…there you go…lots of pieces at once. Do this with all the yarns.

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I started by cutting the yarns in 6″ lengths.You slip a crochet hook in one little square with a strand attached and come up on the one next to it.then tie a knot. Keep going..using a random pattern. I had purchased a foam pad from the store and cut to fit the seat of the chair.  This is the back when done!

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I then purchased a canvas, and spray painted the sides with the Aged Gray Chalked spray paint. I then taped the sides and sprayed the front of the canvas with Rusto oleum Chalk Board spray paint.

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I used white paint for the lettering.  I then took burlap ribbon and went around the sides and attached thumbtacks to hold it down, and tied a bow at the top.

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I then purchased a canvas, and spray painted the sides with the Aged Gray Chalked spray paint. I then taped the sides and sprayed the front of the canvas with Rusto oleum Chalk Board spray paint. I used white paint for the lettering.  I then took burlap ribbon and went around the sides and attached thumbtacks to hold it down, and tied a bow at the top.

And here it is….finished….Please let me know what you think.

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