Saturday, November 19, 2016

Easiest and Cheapest Christmas Stocking Ever

I'm known for forever redoing Christmas stockings. I always say I want a set of matching stockings. I've had them before...and they last a few years. Then I switch them up...again and again. It's a habit now.

I wasn't going to do any stockings this year at all. I did semi new ones last ones, I guess you could call them. But then I found myself at the Dollar Tree....go figure....and I saw the cutest stockings.

Cutest by dollar store standards. They are gunny sack material with a red glitter stencil.  I was taken aback because this didn't seem like dollar store quality...or look. They aren't glitzy or over done. They're not tacky or really cheap looking.

Gunny sack fabric on the front and felt backing. All I had to do was monogram them.

The first thing that comes to mind to a lot of people is, "Go get some glitter glue!!!"  Trust me. I have to fight that voice. Come on....who doesn't love GLITTER GLUE?!?  I have to tell myself that I'm a grown up now and do some adulting in this DIY project. (ʘ‿ʘ)

 I got five stockings. That's FIVE BUCKS, y'all. And I walked out. I didn't even go to the glitter glue aisle. I adulted my way out of the store.

I came home and held on to them for a few days. I wanted to mull over if I was going to do monograms or stencils or entire names or glue on felt. But the more I looked at the stockings, the more I wanted to go SIMPLE. Again...fighting the glitter glue voice. Must....Not....Get....Tacky.....

I decided on a monogram. While we have three 'J' names in our family, I always hang the stockings in order of age. They know who's is who's.

The next decision was font. I like to customize things when I can and I always try to find a way to do it all myself. Easiest way was my printer and computer. I played with fonts and sizes until I found what I thought looked good and printed out the letters. Then, with an exacto blade, I cut them out (saving any inside pieces needed for the stencil).

After that, I just lay the paper down on top of the stocking and paint. I used a sponge brush for the ease of 'doppling' the paint and gold paint I had. With the three 'J' stockings, I was able to use one printing of the letter. As long as you don't use globs of paint, plain paper stencils will work great!

All in all, it took about half an hour from beginning to finish, including printing and cutting out. That's not bad at all for a project that cost me $5.oo and came out looking my opinion.

And even though they came out cute as buttons....I had to fight that voice again. "You have a TON of glitter in your desk! Go get it!! SPRINKLE IT ON!!!"  I fought the urge.

I know I'll end up at Michael's buying some sort of trim or something for the toe. I can't just leave them like this. I know I should, but I think I get possessed by Liberace and am compelled to add glitz. HALP.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

What We Did For Halloween

We've been in our 'new' town for about 4 years now. We've never had one trick or treater. It's our neighborhood, firstly not a lot of children live here and secondly it's literally a one street neighborhood. One street that's a 'U' shape. It's not like kids are going to go down the busy main road to come here. Also, there's a LOT of Trunk or Treats done in this town. Next year, I think that's what I want to do. I miss passing out candy.

So, as per my usual....I cooked a Halloween supper and made a dessert. I didn't decorate at all this year. My body is just working against me at every turn and I've just not been in the holiday mood this year. Two things that worry me a lot because it's just not like me. It's just been a crappy year too.

I usually have a cookie decorating night with our awesome neighbors, that didn't work out this year either. So, I just did the bare minimum.

I made a gross zombie meatloaf head and a cute flower pot dessert.

The meatloaf was can you go wrong with bbq bacon?

Onion eyes and teeth, wrapped in bacon and
brushed with bbq sauce. Mmmm....

Then I made something I've made more than once for my kids when they were little. It's crumbled cake up to about a third way of the cup, then topped with pudding and that's topped with chocolate cookie 'dirt' from cookies going through the food processor.   I stick in a straw then slide a flower in the straw. Usually it's done in a flower pot, but I did everything last minute today so cups it was.

My daughter worked most of the day, but she wore her kitty ears and did a cat face. Then came home and in her true artistic and creative way, painted her face for the evening.

And I didn't dress up, but I worked on my photo editing skills and made myself a walker.

And we watched The Walking Dead and The Visit. Now it's November 1st and Christmas should be getting started....but I doubt I'll do anything for that either. I just don't seem to have it in me anymore.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

DIY Liquid Laundry Detergent

The older I get, the more I say, "If I can make it, I'm not going to buy it!"  Then I challenge myself to do so.

Soap, lotion, bug spray, shaving soap, lip balms, jewelry and more. I've done it. I think my lip balms are the best. I can't keep enough stocked!

My next dive into the DIY realm was laundry soap. I researched many recipes. Dry and liquid recipes are abundant online. I decided to bypass the dry detergent because I loathe it. Period. I don't like dry powdered soap left behind on clothes and I hate washing...then re-washing dark clothes because of residue.

And the recipe is fine in cold water or hot and for older and front loading washers.

The recipe I found couldn't be easier at New Nostalgia ....basically if you can boil water, you can make this detergent. The ONLY thing I changed is the amount of cold water just to make a little more concentrated detergent...we have pets and stains and smells.....I want power. LOL

I haven't done the math on how much per load this is...but I'd have to guess it is pennies. And comparing the LOW cost of this soap to the store bought detergent with chemicals and rashy scents they comparison.

Ingredients are :

3 tbsp Washing Soda
3 tbsp Castile Soap
3 tbsp Borax
4 cups boiling water
10 cups of cold water
Essential Oil for scent (completely optional)

PS - I'm working on dishwasher detergeant soon as I have it mastered, I'll be posting that as well!

Watch the video below

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Moody Moments

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Rings, pendants, custom items for keepsakes and gifts. Self standing wood signs and body products. Wine glass charms!  Even photography services, photo editing and photo restoration!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Label Residue Remover

I can't believe I'm writing a blog about this.  I mean, I've forever had bottles and/or jars with label smudge left on after soaking and scraping. Anyone who's tried to reuse bottles and jars has certainly run into this problem. Right?

I've looked online and found remedies like soaking in rubbing alcohol or using fingernail polish remover or cooking oil to remove the sticky residue leftover from trying to remove labels. BUT, I've also come across article after blog entry talking about....of all things....peanut butter.

Really? How in the world does peanut butter remove the schmootz of stickiness from a label?!? I know it gets gum out of hair....because I had to do it on trip to New Orleans....don't ask...and I have children. So I suppose the science that helps remove gum from hair works for residue from jars.....and it works on glass and plastic

Here's the video of a still sick-with-the-flu me performing the miracle of residue removal....I was just so tickled it worked last night that I had to throw a video together today!


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Treat Your Body.....and your senses!

FALL is here!  Moreso up North than here in the South. But it's here, nonetheless. It's never too early to care for your skin!

And with winter comes dry, itchy skin. My hands get rough and my face gets dry. All my soaps are Olive Oil based for moisturizing your skin! Whether you want to feel invigorated with Eucalyptus or relaxed with the Oatmeal Honey....we've got you covered!

My lip balms will also moisturize those chapped lips! Peppermint and Eucalyptus perks you up or get the Orange clove to relax. They are all delicious smelling and wonderfully moisturizing for your lips! Coconut oil and Vitamin E oil blend with the essential oils perfectly!

If you have a guy with a buff beard....check out the bear oils!

Please go to and visit the body shoppe!

Removing Scratches From Wood

We have a mid century modern table and my husband wears it out with things piled on top of it. I have wanted to refinish it forever, but I also like to try diy treatments.

So the first I'll try is one that uses two household ingredients......equal parts white vinegar and olive oil.

I whisked it together and it turned more opaque.

Take a dishcloth and rub in small circles on the scratches. 

It worked only on the small scratches and of course didn't work
on any of water stains.

That will be part to remove water stains from wood. 

It looks better than it did, but not completely scratch free......

Dear Early 80s....WHY?

I look back to the many, many formal dresses I wore in the 80s. Two of my brothers went to a military school and there were two 'formals' a year, so I had a LOT of formal dresses.

The styles changed throughout the years and the 80s were awesome for fashion. Except the early 80s, in my opinion.

I looked at my dress for one of the 'balls' the military school held. I was 12 or 13 and it was 1982 or 1983...I think. My mind is a black hole these days.

What I want to know is....Why were formal dresses styled either after a colonial nightgown or a plantation dress? That's all I can fathom... What's up with the all the lace and the high neck? And the line of ruffle 3/4 the way down the skirt?

It was a fad that swept the nation.

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Also....there were a LOT of petticoats being worn. What the hell?

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The closest I got was a petticoat minus the plastic was just a complete tulle one. 

This was my mom's 1950s prom dress that she had to let the back out
by adding lace because I had the boobies at 13 she didn't have at 18. 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Hocus Pocus

I love Halloween. I love scary movies. I love cold weather.

I wish I could have them all year around. Honestly, I'd settle for cold weather year 'round.

1993 ......ahem...The SUMMER of 1993 is when Hocus Pocus came out and it hasn't lost any steam in all those years. I still can't believe it's been that long.

A friend of mine posted on Facebook a blog from someone who did a self appointed walking tour of the locations in Massachusetts that appeared in the movie. I'd move to Salem in a heartbeat myself. The history, the weather, the architecture and nature. Come on! Let's go!

But since it's not currently in the stars....I took my 'walking tour' of sorts...via Google Maps

This is Dani and Max's house. The exact address is actually 4 Ocean Avenue.  It sits right on the 
banks of Salem Harbor and the view is beautiful.  I believe it's a private residence, but I'm sure
there are plenty of lookie-loos taking photos daily. It's a gorgeous home!
I can see Max and Allison sitting in the little tower at the top!

This is Allison's house where the exteriors were shot. This is the Ropes Masion at 318 Essex. 
It's owned by the museum and "Instead of traditional timed tours, guests can freely circulate throughout 15 rooms of the home, exploring the property at their own pace." There are guides there, but I think it's
Awesome you can just roam. The house was built around 1727 and was home to about four
generations of the Ropes family. I'm not sure that the interior shots were inside the house, usually
they'd be shot on a sound stage. But I'd still LOVE to tour this house!

Thackery Binx's village was shot at the Salem Pioneer Village.  It was built in 1930 to mark the 
tercentennial of Massachusetts and is America's first living history museum. Can you imagine walking 
through this village? Ugh. I'd be in heaven. 

Other exterior shots were taken at Plymouth Plantation as well. 

The Sanderson Sisters' cottage location was also in the Pioneer Village. I just want to go
and just walk around with my camera day and night. 

Max's high school location was an elementary school. 

Old Burial Hill, overlooking Marblehead Harbor.

The daytime cemetery shot where Max confronts the two tards from town is Old Burial Hill.
It's the oldest cemetery in New England and it's just picturesque as all get out!
I mean, the headstones I've looked up are not only old, but so interesting with skull and
crossbones like you'd see in any creepy movie!

If anyone wants to buy me a one way ticket....I'm gone!!!