Category Archives: DIY

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29 - 2014
August
6 - 2012

How to Make Homemade Soap Fast

The quickest way to make homemade soap is to do what is called re-batching. What this process involves is breaking down plain soap to make soap that appeals to you in color and fragrance. Start out with 1 lb. of plain, unscented white soap and you will soon have soaps that you will be proud to show off. One of the easiest ways to break down the plain soap is to use a cheese grater to grate it up. Place the material in a glass dish and add in a little bit of milk to moisten the soap. Many people often use cow’s milk, but if you have goat’s milk available, it can actually elevate your soap to another level of elegance. Generally, 2 or 3 oz. of milk should be enough for the 1 lb. of soap.

July
30 - 2012

8 Homemade Wedding Favor Ideas

Homemade wedding favors not only make your wedding unique, they can save you money and set a lasting memory for both you and your guests.  If you’re looking to make your own homemade wedding favors, consider some of these creative ideas.

July
23 - 2012

5 Homemade Wedding Invitation Ideas

Homemade wedding invitations can really set you apart from all your other friends.  Don’t settle for the same ‘cut and paste’ design or layout.  Your wedding is unique and your invitations should be too! If you have chosen to make your own invitations for your wedding, you should start by gathering a lot of different materials together. While the process may seem daunting at first, consider it to be a bonding experience with those who are helping you. Have fun with it and try out different techniques and materials to find out which one is going to be the best for your own invitations. The following are 5 ideas that you can use for your own invitations:

July
15 - 2012

5 Tips to Help Turn Your Baby’s Nursery into a Toddler Room

William Shakespeare once said, “It is a wise father that knows his own child.” However, I don’t think he was talking about my husband and our two year old son. Upon learning that we were expecting for a second time, we chose to turn the spare room into a nursery and redecorate the current nursery into something more age-appropriate for our toddler. I speak the truth when I say that it was much easier said than done. If my husband selected zoo animals my son insisted on sea life. When my husband suggested puppies, my son chose monkeys instead. It was war and neither side was willing to back down. But then Disney and Pixar released the movie Cars. Lightning McQueen won both their hearts, and I was just thrilled that they both finally agreed on something. I started redecorating that same weekend before either had a chance to change […]

July
2 - 2012

How to Make Homemade Dog Treats

As you get started making homemade dog treats, one thing quickly becomes obvious; your dogs will be your best critics. It is difficult to find a recipe they will not appreciate. For this reason, it is certainly an easy habit to get into, aside from the savings and knowing that you are giving your pups something you can trust is good for them. Be advised that not all the same things you would eat are going to be good for your dogs; specifically, chocolate. These aren’t like human treats that are sweet. They are more for health and nutrition, and anything you make in the form of a treat will have your dogs turning into five year old children who love it when you get out the tools and ingredients to start making their special treats.

June
18 - 2012

Reasons To Do It Yourself Naturally

Folks are dumb where I come from, They ain’t had any learning. Still they’ re happy as can be Doing what comes naturally. So goes the classic song from that musical “Annie Get Your Gun”— and you too can be happy as can be when you learn to “do it yourself” naturally. More specifically, when we use that phrase, we are mean putting together your own household cleaners from items you can find around the house or can easily buy at the local store.

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Friday Wrap-Up: “I Confess” Edition

Tomorrow night, a great old band, English Beat, will play live in my hometown of Denver. I don’t think I’ll be there, but I’ve had this song in my head. Here’s a hint — the photo at right is about remedying a slip-up. I rent a shared office part-time. Usually, I bring my own coffee from home in the morning, in a nice stainless steel mug that my husband orphaned.