Every year I end up buying something new to decorate for Christmas. New things come out & I get pulled in just like everyone else.This year the 1 thing I really wanted to change was our Christmas Stockings. Should I buy new or keep using what we have? I decided to keep it sustainable & give our old stockings new life with faux fur.This project was free since I already had everything on hand. But even with buying a yard of faux fur at regular price, it would have come in at about $15 with fur leftover for something else. I did 3 stockings & didn't even use half the remnant so that works out to about $2.50 per stocking!!Excellent since this style retails for upwards of $30 each!
When our youngest son was a baby, he had skin issues and we had to buy specific soaps, lotions & detergents that no one else in our family used. I finally decided to try my hand at making these things myself & had no idea how easy & inexpensive it would be.That was 8 years ago & now there’s no going back. The 1 thing that I hadn't done yet was make our soap.I just tried it for the 1st time this spring. I used a crock pot recipe that I found at DIY Natural. It really is the best way to get started making soap because it's so easy - there's no weighing or checking temperatures.The only reason I rated this as a medium project is because of the sodium hydroxide (lye). You DO have to be careful working with chemicals.This method took all the pressure away. You can see the original post at DIY Natural but I'll tell you what I used & you can watch the video below to see the process with full instructions below.
I am a wine drinker, I mean I really like my wine. So like most people, I mean those who choose to keep their corks rather than throw them out, I “stored” my corks in decorative glass hurricanes, bowls, whatever I could find to hold them. I always had the intent to do something with them.I've made yard stick bulletin boards & place card holders but this was my favorite ever – a wine cork wreath. This wreath takes a little time but will last as long as you want. Mine weathers the elements on my front door & even made it through a move with very little damage that I was able to fix easily.
I have a lot of serving trays already but each of them serves a specific purpose. Which brings me to why I wanted this one in particular. Wine, specifically wine storage & serving.In our current home we have a little niche that we keep our wine & wine gear in. Here's what it looked like when we bought the house. Pretty plain.Truth is, I have a love hate relationship with niches. They're okay if they have a purpose, but whatever you do with it has to look like it "belongs".When we first moved in, I wasn't sure how we'd use that little space. But after living with it a while it made perfect sense - a wine bar!!!
Several years ago my grandmother gave me her old high boy. She was running out of space but didn't want to get rid of it & knew that I would keep it & take care of it. She's had this with a full bedroom set for at least 50 years - AND she bought it 2nd hand back in the 1960's!I wanted to give a little face lift for a while, but didn't want Grandmother upset with any changes I might make.Finally, when we moved to a new home & I gave our master bedroom a makeover this piece was 1 of the 1st things I knew I needed to tackle.