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Thursday, December 27, 2012

I Love You S'more - Valentines Day Idea

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From first-grade-friends.blogspot.com

Sassy Sites!: 161 gift ideas!

Sassy Sites!: 161 gift ideas!

What's for Dinner?: Oven-Baked Frito Pie

What's for Dinner?: Oven-Baked Frito Pie

Honey Lemon Face Wash :) ~Frisky

Honey Lemon Face Wash :) ~Frisky

Ingredients:

1/4 C Olive Oil
1/8 C Liquid Castile Soap
1/4 C Honey
1/8 C Organic Lemon Juice
1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Tbsp Vitamin E oil
10 Drops of essential oils: grapefruit, sweet orange, lemon (optional)

 
Directions:

Combine all ingredients and blend together with hand blender. Pour ingredients into a a beautiful and convenient bottle (as shown). To use: Pump small amount in hand and lather with water. Wash face with special care to avoid delicate eye area in case essential oils causes irritation.



Thursday, December 13, 2012

DIY Monogram Mugs -Design Mom

DIY Monogram Mugs

November 22, 2010

DIY monogram mug
Friends! I’m so pleased to share our first gift DIY of the season. Maude made these fantastic monogrammed mugs over the weekend. Don’t they look terrific? The idea came when we saw these fun initial cups at Anthropologie and remembered our kitchen was lacking in hot cocoa mugs. We decided to create a whole set.
It’s a very doable project. Inexpensive. Eco-friendly. And family-friendly too — these mugs are dishwasher safe. I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

1) We started with a trip to Goodwill, where we collected 8 plain white mugs. Enough for the entire family. There was even a little one without a handle that we thought would be perfect for baby food for June. Mugs were 50 cents each and we had dozens and dozens to choose from.
DIY monogram mug
2) Then we gathered supplies. Scissors, pen, tape, graphite transfer paper, Black Pebeo Porcelaine Pen in Fine Point ($4 at Michaels, also available here) and a print out with the family’s initials.
For the font, I had something very specific in mind. I love the look of this Sketch Block Font and had it mentally filed away as the sort of thing a kid could replicate well — because it’s inherently imperfect. For this project, it worked like a charm! Since we were adding our own sketchiness, I started with a similar, but non-sketchy Rockwell font. Look for any slab-serif font (with names like Egyptian or Glypha) and they should work equally well.

3) Cut out an initial and a piece of transfer paper. Tape the initial and the transfer paper (dark side down) to the mug.
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4) Trace the initial. Any pen or pencil will work and you’ll want to experiment with different pressures to see what’s best. You’ll just need a light outline. If you want, you can make your own transfer paper by rubbing a graphite pencil all over a sheet of plain paper.
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5) Take your Porcelaine pen and trace over the lines of the initial. Get the edges nice and thick then fill in with diagonal sketchy strokes. A few notes:
- The sketchy strokes look best if they’re all one direction.
- The pen didn’t produce very smooth lines for us — which was fine because of the sketchy nature of the lettering. But later, I tried a red Porcelaine pen and produced very smooth strokes. So, I’m thinking my black pen was an old, dried out one. Who knows? This was my first experience with Porcelaine, so I’m not sure.
- It helped to have a blank paper handy where we could test the paint pen.
- We definitely got better at it as we practiced. So plan on it. Until it’s baked, the paint will scrub right off in soap and water. We redid mugs at least 4 times.
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6) Once the lettering is done, let the mugs sit for 24 hours. Then bake them at 300 degrees for 35 minutes. It’s fine to bake them with graphite residue. The graphite will wipe right off even after they’re done baking.
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7) And that’s it! Once they’re baked, they’re done. We pulled them from the oven, wiped them up and they were ready to go. For fun, we filled cellophane bags with hot cocoa mix and marshmallows and put them in the mugs.
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The project turned out so well that it has my mind spinning with other possibilities. Maybe we’ll make a monogrammed mug for their teachers with a Starbucks card inside. Or a matching 2-cup set for Grandma and Grandpa. Fun for Christmas, but equally fun for other events too.
What do you think? Is this a project your kids would enjoy? Are the mugs cool enough that you would buy one in the store if you saw it for sale?
P.S. — You can find links to gifts we’ve made in past years here.

Thanks Design MOM

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

HowDoesShe Gift Guide | How Does She...

HowDoesShe Gift Guide | How Does She...

Over 36 Neighbor Gift Ideas and Counting | How Does She...

Over 36 Neighbor Gift Ideas and Counting | How Does She...

Personalized Tote Bag

Martha Stewart Living, May 2006
Instead of carrying pictures in your wallet, why not put them on your tote bag? Choose an image of a pet, child, or just about anything for a personalized fashion accessory. To make this bag, we printed a black-and-white photograph on transfer paper (available at crafts stores) and cut out the photo with a utility knife. Then we transferred the image to a canvas tote bag with an iron, following the manufacturer's instructions

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Self-Reliance by Jamie: Tis the Seasonings. . .

Self-Reliance by Jamie: Tis the Seasonings. . .

Gingerbread Playdough

Gingerbread Playdough

Ask an Expert: Should I Cancel Cards with Annual Fees?


Ask an Expert: Should I Cancel Cards with Annual Fees?


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8 Surprising Truths About Retirement

8 Surprising Truths About Retirement




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11 Ways to Prepare for Cold Season

11 Ways to Prepare for Cold Season

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How to Know When to Declare Bankruptcy

How to Know When to Declare Bankruptcy

You’re Not a Celebrity, But You Can Have Their Skin (At Home and on a Budget!)

You’re Not a Celebrity, But You Can Have Their Skin (At Home and on a Budget!)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The 10 Commandments of Wealth and Happiness

he 10 Commandments of Wealth and Happiness
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20 New Ways to Use Magic Erasers - DIY Life

20 New Ways to Use Magic Erasers - DIY Life

8 Tips for Cost-Effective Dating from The Millionaire Matchmaker - DailyFinance

8 Tips for Cost-Effective Dating from The Millionaire Matchmaker - DailyFinance

Get the Most Bang for Your Buck | 21 Quick and Easy Budget Upgrades | Photos | Money Saving Ideas | This Old House

Get the Most Bang for Your Buck | 21 Quick and Easy Budget Upgrades | Photos | Money Saving Ideas | This Old House

10 Ways to Save Money With a Single Phone Call - Moola Days

10 Ways to Save Money With a Single Phone Call - Moola Days

The Best Layaway Plans for the 2012 Holidays | Money Talks News

The Best Layaway Plans for the 2012 Holidays | Money Talks News

New Uses for an Old Bed Sheet

New Uses for an Old Bed Sheet