Saturday, May 28, 2011

Bachelorette Party Favor

In a few short weeks, the Zillgitts will add another member to our family when my brother gets married. This coming weekend we are celebrating Christie's last few days as a single woman with a bachelorette party. Megan (my other fabulous sister-in-law) and I were in charge of favors.

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We made everyone four wine charms and packaged them with an individual-serving size bottle of cheap wine.


We made nearly 100 charms in total. We made Mike lug up a table from the basement so we could work on the charms outside while sipping on wine!

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Homemade Strawberry Foot Scrub

With summer just around the corner, I was looking for a way to get my feet sandal-ready. This recipe for strawberry foot scrub on Skin Care Recipes and Remedies and it was the perfect foot scrub for summer. It smelled great and it left my feet feeling smooth and refreshed. I'm keeping this recipe on hand because I think the cool strawberries will feel even better on my feet at the end of a really hot summer day.

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Strawberry Foot Scrub
8 strawberries
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon Kosher salt

Mash the strawberries and add the remaining ingredients. Next, you massage it into your feet, rinse and pat your feet dry. It did get a little messy, so I would recommend doing it in the bathtub.








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Friday, May 20, 2011

Planting Pudding Cups

Blake has been busy putting in his garden. He got started gardening last year and has expanded his operation this year to include 30 sunflowers, 100 marigolds, 6 kinds of peppers and a plethora of other produce. To wish him luck with his gardening adventure this year, I made him a special treat a couple of weeks ago. These would also be a great way to make place cards for a special dinner or a party.

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I found the idea in a Martha Stewart magazine. You simply mix up instant chocolate pudding according to the directions on the box, add a little mint flavoring and spoon into the bottom of pot-shaped candle holders. Top with crushed Oreos (with chocolate filling), add a mint leaf and popsicle stick and enjoy.

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Speaking of Blake, he's cleaning my fish tank and thinks one of my fish is pregnant. I better go check it out for myself!

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Tackle Box Jewelry Organizer

This weekend is fishing opener in Minnesota. This "holiday's" importance is second only to Christmas when you live in the land of 10,000 lakes. I thought I would celebrate with a post about a fishing item that even those of us who don't fish can enjoy.

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As a child, I thought the spinners in my dad's tackle box would make flashy earrings (too bad for those awful hooks). Then, when Caboodle's became cool in the 90s, my mom looked at them, and instead of thinking, "Those are neat, I could really use one," she thought, "Hey that looks just like a tackle box, I think we have an old one in the basement that would work great." So, I spent many years packing my toothbrush in a tackle box for family vacations.

A few years ago when I needed a good way pack jewelry when traveling, I turned to my history of combining jewelry, traveling and fishing for a solution. My brothers have small tackle boxes they attach to their waders when fishing. I remember seeing one and thinking that it would work great. And, it does!

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It is small enough to easily squeeze into a bag, the compartment sizes can be changed and the hard exterior keeps things from getting broke when baggage handlers (including myself) are less then gentle with my luggage.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

T-Shirt Designed with Potatoes and Cookie Cutters

Here is the final shirt this week. This one is a baby grunge rock star shirt. And really what says rock star better than potatoes and cookies cutters???


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 What You Need
  • T-Shirt
  • Fabric paint
  • Potato
  • Kitchen knife
  • Cutting board
  • Cookie cutter




Getting Started
As always, wash the t-shirt before you start and place a piece of cardboard under the area you are painting.

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Potato Stamp
First, cut the potato in half. Then, cut a cookie cutter to cut out the stamp and remove any extra moisture with a paper towel.


When the stamp is ready to go, dip into the paint and place the stamp on your shirt. I had to stamp the same area a few times to get it to look right.


Cookie Cutter Stamp
This is as easy as it gets. Dip the cookie cutter into the paint and place the stamp on your shirt, overlapping the stars you made with the potato.


Check out my shirts from earlier this week - one designed using an old wine cork and one designed with freezer paper.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

T-Shirt Designed with Freezer Paper

Up next this week is a shirt designed using freezer paper.

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  • T-shirt
  • Fabric paint
  • Sponge paint brush
  • Freezer paper
  • Design
  • Exacto blade
  • Button





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Getting Started
Wash your t-shirt and use the exacto blade to cut out the design you want to print onto the t-shirt. Place the freezer paper onto the shirt waxy side down. Iron on the freezer paper, and place a piece of cardboard under the area you plan to paint.










Up Next
Use a sponge brush to paint in the cut out area of your design.

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Finishing Touches
Let the paint dry and add on any extra embellishments if necessary. For this shirt, I sewed on a couple of buttons.

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

T-Shirt Designed with Wine Cork

This week I'm doing a three-post series on t-shirts I decorated using kitchen supplies. Up first is a shirt with cherries made using an old wine cork.

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  • Wine cork 
  • Fabric paint
  • Paint brush
  • Paper plate 
  • T-shirt
  • Paper towel
  • Cardboard (I use old cereal boxes)





Getting Started
Start by washing your t-shirt and place a piece of cardboard under the area you are painting.

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Up Next
Squirt paint onto a paper plate, dip the end of the cork into the paint and remove excess paint on a paper towel.

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Making the Mark
Place the cork onto the shirt. I went over the same place a three or four times until the fabric in that area was completely covered.

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Finishing touches
After the cherries are complete, hand paint the stems.

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