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Make Your Own Blarney Stone

DIY Blarney Stone

DIY Blarney Stone

 

 

For those of you that have never heard of the Blarney Stone or the legend here is what Wikipedia says about it: The Blarney Stone (Irish: Cloch na Blarnan) is a block of bluestone built into the battlements of Blarney Castle, Blarney, about 8 kilometres (5 mi) from Cork, Ireland. According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of the gab (great eloquence or skill at flattery). The stone was set into a tower of the castle in 1446. The castle is a popular tourist site in Ireland, attracting visitors from all over the world to kiss the stone and tour the castle and its gardens.
The word blarney has come to mean “clever, flattering, or coaxing talk”. John O’Connor Power’s definition is succinct: ‘Blarney is something more than mere flattery. It is flattery sweetened by humour and flavoured by wit. Those who mix with Irish folk have many examples of it in their everyday experience.’

I like this idea and think it is quite cute for little kids to do and possibly fun for them to learn. This is a super cute idea for littler kids to do as well as perfect for parties and school projects. All you need is whatever you have lying around the house to decorate the stone with ie. paint, glitter, buttons, feathers and anything else you think would be fun to use. Choose a stone from your yard or somewhere else that you can find them and go decorating crazy.
Once you have finished decorating you can put them around your yard and make a game of finding them or just use them for decoration. The perk to this project is you can leave the stone in your yard!

Snow Day Snow-made Ice Cream

 

By now I am sure we all have cabin fever from being snowed in for so long. How much digging can one do? Are you saying to yourself “if I see one more snowperson or fort of any kind I am going to lose it!!”? I was totally at that point today. So I turned to my trusty friend the internet. I found this idea from one of my friends who posted a photo of their very own snow-made snow ice cream on Instagram. What a great idea, right?!?! With all of this snow we might as well make good use out of it! The recipe is super simple and super quick to make.

Ingredients:
1 gallon fresh snow
1 cup organic white sugar (or substitute if you prefer)
2 cups organic milk (any fat content you like)
1 table spoon vanilla extract
Any sprinkles, cherries or other additions you want for added fun

Directions:
1. Gather 1 gallon of fresh snow
2. Add the sugar and extract and mix together
3. Add the milk to your desired consistancy.
4. Add all of the fun toppings you want

** You should serve immediately as snow does tend to melt quite quickly. You can put it in the freezer to save for later if you make enough.

Crayon Drip Pumpkin

Crayon Dripped Pumpkin

Crayon Drip Pumpkin

 

I love making my own decorations especially if I can reuse them year after year and for more than one occasion. You may have real or fake pumpkins left over from Halloween so why not put them to good use. If you have crayons that have about had it and are looking for something to do with them this is the perfect project for you and your family. This is a great project for schools or parties as well.  Here are two examples on how to have fun with designs!

Crayon Drip Pumpkin

Crayon Drip Pumpkin

 

Supplies:

Crayons (if you have fun crayons like glitter or glow in the dark, multi color crayons)
Hair Dryer (or lighter with parents supervision)
Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Pumpkin orange or white (real or fake)
Towel, Sheet or bag to cover the area where you will be working
Decorations (anything you want to use to put your personal touch to the craft)

Directions:

1. Make sure to remove all labels from the crayons as they will not be helpful as the crayons are being melted.
2. Make sure the pumpkin is clean and isn’t spoiling. You don’t want to spend time decorating it for it to go bad after your hard work.
3. Cover the area you are working on with a cloth to make sure you don’t drip on anything important.
4. Break crayons in half, you won’t need a whole crayon for 1 pumpkin.
5. Glue the crayons to the top of the pumpkin, they may not stay still otherwise, if you want to do a drip effect you can hold the crayon and heat it to drip in a pattern of your choice as well.
6. Once you are ready to melt go crazy! Make any design you want drip separately or together.  Have fun with it.

I always say get creative so if you have fun things you want to add to this craft go for it! Use glitter, buttons, broken pins, ribbons or anything you have been looking for an excuse to make use of. Add whatever you want to the pumpkin while the drippings are still wet. Glitter or even sequins would be fun. You could go get leaves, twigs and acorns. Make it your own!

Images from here and here.

Creepy Closet Monsters

Creepy Closet Monsters

 

 

This is my favorite time of year with my favorite holiday coming up! I love decorating for Halloween! There are soo many fun things you and your family can do to spook up your home simply and inexpensivly with things you have lying around the house. Creepy Closet Monsters are the perfect way to decorate and get some use out of the wire hangers you might have lying around at home. If you like this craft enough you can do this for other holidays and even make some for everyday. Why not make your closet pretty instead of having to buy expensive hangers. You can even reinforce the wire hangers while decorating so they can last longer/hold heavier clothes.

 

 

 

Materials:
Wire Hangers
Construction Paper
Fabric
Ribbons
Stickers
Glitter
Poster Board
Card Stock
Tacky Glue
Tape
Any possible decorations you have lying around.

Instructions:

1.For each hanger, trace the body of a hanger onto poster board, then cut out the shape.

2.Cut facial features, designs, decorations from poster board and card stock, adhering them to the base shape with tacky glue.

3.Let the glue dry, then tape the poster board face or design to the hanger.

2012 Tips For Greening Your 4th

2012 Tips For Greening Your 4th

2012 Tips For Greening Your 4th

 

 

The 4th of July is upon us again. I have been scouring blogs, articles and newscasts to find new green tips for your 4th. Here are some things that have been mentioned before and some new things I didn’t even think of.

1.We know Fireworks are no beuno! Besides the noise that scares outdoor animals and are harmful for the environment not to mention dangerous, did you also know that the 4th of July is the #1 day pets run away? I was unaware but I did recently find this out.

2.You know to make sure to use reusable/recyclable utensils for the event. If you are having a big party there is no need to have big garbage. There are plenty of affordable options for serving.

3.Make as little waste as possible. Give away left overs and don’t over cook. I know for parties people are always concerned about not having enough food. Purchase items you and your family will eat even after the holiday. You don’t have to make everything right now all at once. Make food in shifts. If people are still hungry you can always make more. You also don’t have to leave all of the food out. People will eat just because food is sitting there. Put out smaller portions. You can save on money and waste.

4. No one likes bug and this time of year there are plenty especially when there is food around. Try using natural insect repellents such as natural citronella candles, or essential oils such as cinnamon, castor oil, rose geranium and orange oil. You can find plenty of DIY repellent recipes online.

5. You know going local, organic and as meat free as possible is a great way to lower your carbon foot print. Make sure to do your best to adhere to those rules but also remember having to travel a far distance or spending money on expensive products sort of defeats the purpose so be reasonable with your decisions.

6. As your evening winds down you will be tempted to turn on all sorts of lights and light all kinds of fires. As tempting as fire side snacks seem there are many carcinogens released into the air depending on what you are using to start this fire. Use natural products ie plain old wood from your back yard. The same goes for the charcoal on your grill people, propane is a much more green alternative! Keep solar lights handy. If they are already outside of your house during the day you won’t need to turn on any additional lights. You can save on your energy bill as well.

7. Hand make and save your decorations. If you must purchase decor then go for sturdier options that will last for years instead of ones that might get ruined or not last the day. Making the decorations is a super fun option and activity everyone can share in. You can make it a fun family tradition.

Rainforest In A Jar

Rainforest In a Jar

Rainforest In a Jar

 

I have been seeing home made terrariums and succulent wreaths and the like I saw this and thought this was a perfect craft for the home. It is a learning experience and looks pretty awesome too. Many of the materials used for this project can be found in your home with the exception of the plants which is a great way to use up odds and ends of gardening materials and containers.

 

 

 

 

Materials:

  • Glass container with a top and an opening wide enough to fit your hand into
  • Pea gravel or aquarium gravel
  • Activated charcoal (available at gardening stores)
  • Potting soil mix
  • Selection of small houseplants (the one above includes a prayer plant, a button fern, a Persian shield, an aluminum plant, and a miniature African violet)
  • Spray bottle

Instructions
1. Place a 1- to 2-inch layer of the gravel in the container, then sprinkle on a thin layer of the activated charcoal.
2.Top this with a layer (from 2 inches to as much as one fourth of the height of the terrarium) of potting soil.
3.To add the plants, first scoop out holes for planting, then take the plants from their pots and carefully remove any excess soil from their roots.
4.Set the plants in their holes, then gently pack the soil around each one.
5.Lightly mist the plants with a spray bottle.
6. Replace the jar’s lid and set the rain forest in a bright spot away from direct sunlight. Your indoor garden may never need watering, but check it every few weeks and add more water by lightly spritzing the plants with the spray bottle if the soil feels dry.
7.If heavy condensation forms inside the glass, temporarily lift the cover to let some of the moisture escape.

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Grow Your Own Mushroom Kit

The great folks at Eartheasy.com sent me a Grow Your Own Mushroom Kit to try and I think it is just about the coolest thing ever. Here are some pictures I took from day 1 to 6. It supposed to take 10 days but I think my mushrooms are doing soo well I had to show you.

Mushrooms Day 2

Mushrooms Day 2

Mushrooms Day 3

Mushrooms Day 3

Mushrooms Day 4

Mushrooms Day 4

Mushrooms Day 5

Mushrooms Day 5

Mushrooms Day 6

Mushrooms Day 6

In 6 days this is how much they have grown. All you have to do is keep them out of direct sunlight, spritz with water 2 times a day and watch them grow. Then when you are finished with 1 side. You can turn it around and the start on the other side!!

This is a great way to teach kids about plant care, gardening (albiet differently) and being responsible. This makes a cool gift even for an adult. I have been having so much fun. Every morning I wake up to see how different they look and before I go to bed. They grew so fast I almost couldn’t believe it.Eartheasy.com has some other really cool grow your own kits as well. Check them out here Eartheasy.com and on Twitter & Facebook to find more super cool items.

Egg-cellent Easter Craft

Easter Egg Garland

Easter Egg Garland

 

 

I found this craft on Pinterest…yes, I know you are shocked but I figured this could come in handy for a few different reasons besides some pretty garland. I wanted to green it up just a bit.  You can make less disposable items to use for decorations year round or even just for multiple Easters.

 

Supplies:

Non Toxic Eco Paste (the original craft calls for liquid starch and flour)
Water
Pastel Hemp Cord (or any ribbons/thread/string you might have at home)
Shallow bowl for dipping string
Biodegradable Balloons (or regular balloons if you have them at home)

 

Directions:

1. Put eco-paste and water in a shallow bowl and mix

2. Blow up balloons to desired sizes.

3. Place string carefully into bowl and either coil the string and press into sticky mixture but keep your hands on the end of the string so you can find it easily.

4. Wrap the string around your balloon in the desired patter/shapes. Make sure to wipe off excess mixture so it doesn’t dry that way on your string.

5. Once finished wrapping the balloons find a place where they can sit and dry undisturbed. Wait at least 4 hours to make sure they are completely dry.

6. Pop your balloons! Then you can string them on a garland, place them in bowls or hide them around the house!

These eggs will last for quite awhile and can be kept around for decoration long after Easter is over. You can put candy and toys in them carefully and use them as gifts. There is alot to be done with these eggs.

DIY Bath Fizzies

DIY Bath Fizzies

DIY Bath Fizzies

 

I love taking baths and relaxing! Even more I love to make the elements that make my bath so relaxing. I know most people probably wouldn’t enjoy it because it is time consuming but there is nothing better than being able to customize the product to your specific liking. You also know what is going into the product and if it is really safe or not. If you are like me and enjoy making your own beauty products here is how you can make your own DIY Organic Bath Fizzies:

 

 

Ingredients:
•1/2 cup citric acid
•1 cup organic baking soda
•3/4 cup organiccornstarch
•1/4 cup organic cane sugar
•About 6 drops organic food coloring
•10 to 15 drops organic essential oil(s
•Spray bottle
•Silicone ice-cube tray (any fun shape you have)
•Storage jar (preferable something recycled you can always decorate it anyway you want)

Directions:
1.Stir together citric acid, baking soda, and cornstarch in a measuring cup.
2.Pass mixture through a fine sieve or a flour sifter into a mixing bowl.
3.Stir in sugar.
4.Fill spray bottle with water, and add food coloring.
5.Spritz mixture lightly (it should be damp and not wet enough to start fizzing) until you can pack mixture with your hands.
6.Add oil using a dropper, 1 drop at a time, until strength of scent is to your liking.
7. Use a metal spoon or your hands to mix ingredients until color is even throughout (mixture may begin to dry out if this happens, spritz until packable again).
8.Spoon into ice-cube tray & pressing firmly.
9. Let dry at room temperature overnight.
10. Pop out of tray gently and transfer to decorative jars.

**As usual you can add your own fun to this by using edible glitter, eco-paint to decorate the fizzies after they have dried! Be creative. It’s fun!

Shabby Chic Wine Bottle

Shabby Chic Wine Bottle

 

 

I never like to get rid of glass bottles and jars at home because I know they could be used for something else. Last night I was going through and organizing all of my crafting supplies and thought why not decorate some of them for funzies. I have been looking to do more crafting and send some gifts out anyway so this is a great way to reuse things I have around the house. This is also an excellent way to make a dent in my glass collection sitting in my basement. I used some ribbon, buttons, paper flowers and hot glue to attach everything and I think it looks pretty cute! If you don’t have a craft collection at home or don’t stock pile odds and ends like i do you want to decorate your own below are some links to where I got some of the stuff you see on my bottle:

Old broken or unused jewelry and hair accessories
Rags that are clean
Wrapping Paper or paper you have at home
Paper Flower Assortment
Buttons
Old Pins and Brooches
Bottle Caps
Ribbon
Glitter
Die cuts

The possibilities are endless! This is a great party craft for kids or scouting. You can even go natural and get leaves, twigs rocks, sea shells, sand anything! The Shabby Chic bottles make for great gifts or even something new to spruce up your house!