I missed the Bonanza.

Did you miss Spring 2017 Junk Bonanza? Me, too :-(.

They were nice enough to make a pretty long video showing a wonderland of junk! Great source of inspiration. You can find it on their Facebook Page. Here's a direct link -


The next bonanza in Shakopee will be held September 21-23. Hope to see you there!

Color-Switched Easter Eggs


Quick tip - When you're stuffing eggs for Easter baskets or the egg hunt, pull the tops and bottoms apart. Switch up the colors!


I  found these angry birds toys at Target on clearance for $1.96 each! They had some empty space around the figurines so I filled up the space with filled eggs, stickers, clementines, fun sized candy and a hidden dollar coin :-). Easy mini Easter baskets!


Mike and I are staying home for Easter. That way this pregnant lady can avoid food smells, motion sickness and the inevitable hunt for a bathroom! We went to Wicked last night (great traveling cast this year) and I literally burst out crying when I saw the line for the ladies restroom during intermission - easily a hundred ladies long :-(. It's not fun being at the mercy of your hormones and bladder hahaha.

Hope you have a fun holiday weekend! Catch you on the flip side.

Turn Galvanized Metal Caddies Into Unique Stacking Storage


These metal caddies can be found in the Target Dollar Spot. Only $3 each! They come in different colors but the plain ones seem less warped.

What a great shape for bathroom or decor storage!

* I bought these myself. I was not compensated in any way to advertise! *


They're already slightly stackable. I just used a little trick to make them more stable since they're balancing on a pretty thin edge.

These are self-stick chair floor protector pads. I sticked and stacked two felt pads and placed them against the bottom edge of the caddies.

I made four stacks - you  may need six. Try stacking the caddies before the glue bonds - you made need to slightly reposition the stacks if the caddies are bent/warped.


How cute is this?


And how cute is this dish towel I received from the Easter Bunny (aka Bonus Mom)?


Hope Every Bunny is enjoying spring!

How to Hem Jeans


How to hem your jeans while keeping the original, distressed hem.
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Back when I was in high school, I sent my new jeans to the tailor to get hemmed. They literally cut off the bottom and hemmed at the desired height. They looked awful. NEVER AGAIN.
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Try on your jeans and see how (too) long they are with your desired shoes. Use a ruler to measure. Mine were 4 1/2 inches too long! Yes, I am a shorty.


To keep the original hem, divide the too-long length by two. 

For me, that would be 4 1/2 divided by 2 = 2 1/4 inches. 

Fold over the hem and measure from the inside edge of the hem. Pin and sew right at the edge of the hem.


Turn the hem inside the pant leg. Iron the hem down. Try on your pants to make sure the length is where you want it.


If the length is correct, cut away the excess fabric. Leave 1/4" to 1/3" of excess fabric.


Blind stitch the unfinished edge to the main leg of the jeans. You can use foot "R" with your brother sewing machine or do it by hand. I lost my "R" foot so ... I did it by hand. Only took a few minutes.


These jeans are 4/12 inches shorter but still lookin' good!




Bean-Speckled Easter Eggs


Navy beans and food coloring combine to make beautiful speckled Easter eggs.

Edit 3/27/2017: So ... these don't ever end up completely dry. They seemed dry to to the touch the next day but when I tried to peel one, I ended up with coloring all over my hands (easily washed off). These do look really pretty but I'd consider it a "look but don't touch situation". 

Supplies:

  • One Pint or Two Pint Sized Disposable Containers with Lids
  • Gel Food Coloring
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Egg Carton
  • Extra-Long Toothpicks
  • Dried Navy Beans
  • Disposable gloves

Hard boil your eggs.

Directions:

  • Cover eggs with cold water, add a splash of vinegar and bring the pot to a boil. 
  • Take the eggs off the burner and cover for 15 minutes. 
  • Put the eggs in a cold water/ice bath until fully cooled.
  • Dry with a soft cloth

Measure 1/3 to 1/2 cup dried navy beans. Place beans in a disposable container. Add your first color.


Mix with a long toothpick.


Place your egg in the container, cover the container and lightly shake the egg in the beans. You may need to turn the container upside down or sideways to cover the egg.

Put on a disposable glove, remove egg from beans and set to dry in an egg carton.

Repeat for as many eggs as you'd like. You may need to add more food coloring.

Add your second color.


Mix slightly, so that some of the original color remains.


Speckle more eggs. Put in fridge overnight to dry.

I particularly like the blue and the blue/red combo!



DIY T-Shirt Towel for Perfectly Smooth Hair


The friction from regular terry-cloth towels can make your hair frizzy! Smooth your tresses dry with a t-shirt towel.

This is a cowl, tube style towel. It allows the user to choose single or dual layers.

This is a great. quick starter project for those who want to practice sewing with knits. Remember to trade out your regular needle for a ball-point needle.

Supplies:

  • 2 Men's Large or XL T-shirts
  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors or Rotary Cutter

Pick two soft, knit t-shirts. Try to find two that are the same width armpit-to-armpit.


Cut across each t-shirt right at the armpit. Keep remainder for painting/cleaning rags or DIY bibs.


Place one tube inside the other, right sides together. Pin raw edges. Make sure you're only pinning the two layers together, not all four straight across the top.


If one t-shirt is a little bigger, fold over the excess and make  pleat.


Sew raw edges together. Make sure not to "stretch" the fabric as you're sewing and use a ball-point needle. Keep everything as even as possible. Otherwise it will buckle like this haha.


Turn top layer inside out. Iron seam down if you'd like.


Hang it in your bathroom and smooth your hair dry :-).




DIY Metal Washer Bracelet


These metal washer bracelets are a great teen craft! Might sell well at craft sale fundraisers?

I adapted this from the Metal Washer + Ribbon necklace tutorial. Fold-over elastic makes it easy to take these bracelets on and off. Younger kids can make these, too. Just make sure there's a responsible adult around to  melt the ends of the elastic.


Supplies:

  • Approx. 22 inches Fold-Over Elastic - I bought this pack at Walmart for $2.97
  • (8-12) 1/2" Flat Washers, Zinc - Bought at Lowes, $2.19 for pack of 25. You can buy these by the piece, just make sure to get these zinc washers and not the galvanized ones. The galvanized washers have a great patina but the bag carries a cancer warning!
  • Scissors
  • Lighter or lit candle


Look at your washers. They each have a smooth-edge side. These should face upward.

Cut 22" of fold-over elastic. The pattern side should face upward.

Start about 1 1/2" away from the left end of the elastic. Take two washers and place them on the elastic like the picture below.

For washer #1, place the elastic under the left side and over the right side. For washer #2, place the elastic OVER the left side and under the right side. Place the left side of #2 over the right side of #1


Flip washer #2 to the left (upside down). Thread the elastic through the hole of washer #1.


Flip washer #2 to the right.


Thread the elastic through the hole of washer #2 by pulling it from under washer #2.


Repeat with remaining washers. I used 9 nine washers.


Flip upside down.


Bring ends together and knot. Try it on to see if the bracelet fits well.


Tighten knot and snip off the excess. Light your candle and bring the ends of the elastic NEAR (NOT IN) the flame. This will slightly melt the ends and keep the elastic from raveling. If the elastic is smoking or turning black, you've burned it! Trim and try again.


Tug the knot towards the center of the washer in front of the knot. Stretch the elastic so that the washers are evenly spaced.


Wear it with pride :-).


DIY Penny Weighted Bookmark


Penny Weighted Bookmark! 

The smell of a new book is a-maz-ing. A whole new world to explore!

I don't like cracking the bindings of books, especially new library books. Weighted bookmarks come in really handy! They work well with cookbooks, too.

This is a fun, easy, useful DIY for kids, teens and adults. Might be a good gift to make for Mother's day or Father's day?


Supplies:
  • 22 Pennies 
  • Scissors
  • Plain Duct Tape
  • Decorative Duct Tape

Roll out a length of plain duct tape. Lay your pennies in two rows. Use the adhesive lines to keep them as even as possible.


Cut an equal length of tape. Carefully place the tape over the pennies. 


Trim the tape all the way around the pennies.


Cut a piece of decorative duct tape, slightly longer than the plain duct tape. Lay the duct taped pennies on the adhesive side of the decorative duct tape.


Cover with another piece of decorative duct tape. Use your fingertips to press all edges together.


Now your book will stay open! All it took was some tape and $0.22 :-).