Friday, January 20, 2012

How would you use Chalkboard Paint...

I have had several ideas for using Chalkboard Paint, but due to the cost I have not tried any of them.  So, if it were affordable, how would you use Chalkboard Paint?
Here are a few ideas:
Pantry doors
Old tray into Menu board / Plant pots
Place mats
Chalkboard Scented Candlepot
Candle holders

chalkboard tees 4 wm
So, I found online that you can make your own Chalkboard Paint!!
 I haven’t tried it yet... but I want to try it soon!
Homemade Chalkboard Paint
1 Cup of latex house paint or acrylic craft paint
1 Tbsp. of non-sanded tile grout
Mix paint and grout together making sure all lumps are out. Use a roller (a roller will give you a smoother finish) or brush paint on wall or object where you want a chalkboard.  Paint 2 coats for best coverage. After it’s dry use a fine sandpaper and lightly sand to make smooth.
Please note that you may need to do other prep work, like priming, depending on the object you are painting.
By the way, look in the marked down section at your local hardware store for broken open non-sanded tile grout packages. If will be cheaper than buying a new package. 
Don’t forget, those acrylic craft paints come in thousands of colors so you could make some really cool and colorful chalkboards!!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

On Fire for Handmade - Featured Artisan - Zur Designs

This Week's Featured Artisan is Deb Hall - Zur Designs! Deb not only is a dedicated artisan she also is
dedicated to helping promote her fellow artisans  She has a group on Facebook and team on Etsy called
Indie Junction! You can find Zur Designs on:

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

On Fire for Handmade - Featured Artisan - Curiosity's Piqued

Featured Artisan

This week's Featured Artisan is Lori Guenter - Curiosity's Piqued. Unique crocheted goodies!
You can find Curiosity's Piqued on:

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Gluten Free - Kinnikinnick

I enjoy entering a few contests, give-a-ways, etc... not all the time, but every now and then...

So recently I found out that Kinnikinnick Foods  was having an "Exclusive Preview" through their Facebook page, so I entered and I was selected!!

Today, my package arrived and I wanted to share it with all of you!

This is what I saw when I opened the box...

Kinnikinnick Soft White Bread
Kinnikinnick Soft Multigrain Bread
Kinnikinnick Soft Hamburger Buns
Kinnikinnick Soft Hot Dog Buns
There is a letter enclosed that explains that these are new products that will be officially launched with newly designed packaging in February & March of 2012.  
These new products: 
* Don't require toasting
* Remain soft after freezing
* Regular thickness slice
*Full size bread loaves
* Can remain unfrozen on counter for 5-7 days

Kinnikinnick Soft Hot Dog Buns

Kinnikinnick Soft Hamburger Buns

Kinnikinnick Soft Multigrain Bread

Kinnikinnick Soft White Bread

They included the following data:
  • Over 5g fiber per serving
  • Zero Cholesterol
  • 1g or less sugar per serving
  • Fortified with 5 essential nutrients
  • Lower in sodium than our existing bread products and many other bread products on the market (even non-gluten free breads)
I will write more after I have the chance to try each of them and let you know how they do - they are all nestled in my freezer right now!

To learn more about Kinnikinnick Foods check the following:

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Green Spring Give-a-Way!

Making your own cleaning solutions using just a few basic ingredients is super easy, inexpensive, and much healthier for your home and for the environment. Commercial cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can irritate the skin, burn the eyes, and sting your lungs. Once the scrubbing is done, these toxic products are washed down the drain, poisoning the water, land, and wildlife we cherish. Plus, all of the extra packaging ends up destined for the recycling bin…or the landfill.
These awesome recipes will make that transition from store bought to homemade super easy! I’ve been using them for a few years now and can’t imagine going back. They will replace those conventional cleaning products in your cupboard for good!

Super Surface Spray• 16 oz. spray bottle
• 14 oz. – 1:1 solution of distilled white vinegar and water
• 7 drops of tea tree essential oil• 7 drops of lavender essential oil• 7 drops of lemon essential oil
Use this aromatic and disinfecting solution for cleaning kitchen counters, cabinets, refrigerator shelves, blinds, painted wood surfaces, painted walls, molding, fan blades, and more.

Herby Soft Scrub 
• 12 oz glass jar with lid
• 1/2 cup baking soda
• 1/2 cup castille soap
• 15 drops of antimicrobial essential oils like rosemary and sage
Mix well until you have a nice consistency like cake frosting. If you have leftovers, add 1 tsp vegetable glycerin to keep the blend nice and moist.

Antibacterial Soap Spray 
• 16 oz spray bottle
• 14 oz. water or rosemary hydrosol
• 3 tbsp castille soap• 15 drops of tea tree essential oil• 15 drops of oregano essential oil
Use this cleaning spray to disinfect your bathroom surfaces. You can use the Super Surface Spray to rinse away any residue left behind by the castille soap.

Refreshing Linen Spray
• 16 oz. spray bottle
• 3 oz. unflavored vodka
• 12 drops lavender, ylang ylang, peppermint, orange or your favorite smelling essential oil
• 12 oz. organic hydrosol of your choice
Spray to refresh your mattress, pillows, bed linens, couches, and fabric covered chairs, or spritz clean winter blankets before storing for the year. Also makes a wonderful ironing spray!

Natural Lemon Furniture Polish
• 16 oz spray bottle
• 1 cup olive oil
• 25 drops pure lemon essential oil
• 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
• fill remainder of the bottle with purified water
Shake well before each use. Spray onto your rag or directly onto furniture. Buff dry immediately.

Tropical Carpet Deodorizer
• 1 cup of baking soda
• 10 drops of lemongrass essential oil  per cup
• 10 drops of sweet orange essential oil per cup
• 10 drops of ginger essential oil  per cup
Mix together and sprinkle the aromatic blend onto your carpet, let sit for 30 minutes, and vacuum as normal. Wonderful mattress deodorizer, too!

Lemony Wood Floor Mop Formula
• 20 oz. spray bottle
• 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
• 1 tsp. vegetable glycerin
• 20 drops lemon essential oil
• Water
Spray, mop as usual, and quickly buff dry to protect your floors. They will be glossy and clean with a lovely lemon scent!

Mop-It-Up Formula
• small glass bottle
• 1/4 cup castille soap• 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
• 20 drops of tea tree essential oil• 20 drops of sweet orange essential oil
This is the perfect liquid cleaner for tile floors, vinyl, or linoleum.  Mix the solution with 2 gallons of hot water and mop away the dirt and grime.

This week’s prize will allow you to formulate all of these natural cleansers throughout the spring and well beyond! We’re also throwing in a copy of Naturally Clean Home by Karyn Siegel-Maier so you’ll have even more herbal cleaning recipes for everything from the grill, to silver rings, wicker chairs, and your computer keyboard!

Here’s this week’s BIG prize...

Go to the blog to Enter