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The Pinterest Project Day 14: Button Bracelet

It’s Day 15 today, but this is a post from yesterday. Shh, don’t tell anyone I was late with day 14. I fell asleep in my comfy chair while browsing through Pinterest looking for a project to try. I decided on a button bracelet just before dozing off, but that’s as far as I got.This morning, I chose some buttons from my craft stash and got out the hemp cord that I already had on hand. It took only 20 minutes to follow the directions from Hope Studios to recreate Jennifer’s project.Here is Jennifer’s version from her blog:I assembled my […]

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The PInterest Project Day 13: Kitchen Stand

If you’ve been following my Pinterest Project, you know that I’m trying, or evaluating some project or recommendation from Pinterest every day for 31 days. Since I’m a day behind on this post, I’ll make Day 13 a quick one. I saw a post about a cake stand used by the sink to hold dish soap and hand soap. The original post is on a blog called Natalme. Here is the photo from that blog: It didn’t take me long ot duplicate it. I had a candle stand (remember the 3-wick candle years?) that I wasn’t using anymore for its intended […]

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The Pinterest Project Day 8: Reconditioning a Craft Cutting Mat

My Day 8 Pinterest Project sort of morphed into a Michelle project. This is because my perfectionist and hyper-controlling nature is to modify the instructions on just about everything I attempt. It’s a sickness, I know. But, I used Pinterest, the mecca of all things craft and DIY to see if there was a great method for reconditioning the cutting mats I use with my Silhouette machine.I know, you may be thinking, who sits around wondering how to recondition their craft mats. Um. Weird people like me? Or you may be thinking, what’s a craft mat, and what’s a Silhouette? […]

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The Pinterest Project Day 6 & 7: Home Experiments

I took a break from the blog yesterday, so today, you get a 2 for 1 on The Pinterest Project. Day 6: Fluffy SoapI saw a post on Pinterest about putting Ivory soap in the microwave. Within a minute, it is supposed to get big and fluffy. A photo and instructions on a website called Our Best Bites promised that it would look like this: On that site, they used it to shape fun bath soaps for kids. I needed a kid’s illustration for a chapel service where I was speaking, and seeing a bar of soap change into a […]

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The Pinterest Project Day 5: Shucking Corn on the Cob

I thought I’d take a trip back to late summer for today’s Pinterest project. Remember summer? When it was warm and the gardens were in full production? I miss that. I can’t make fresh salsa from the snow that covers my garden right now. Anyway, I saw a post about an easier way to shuck sweet corn and knew I had to try it. A little bit of a spoiler here–I labeled the idea a fail at the time I tried it. And I thought I would blog about it today to explain how it failed. However, as I went […]

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The Pinterest Project Day 4: Melting Wax

I saw a post on Pinterest about using the remains of other candles to make little wax bars for simmering pots. The original post from a blog called A Day in My Life showed how to pour melted wax into an ice cube tray to make your own bars. Here is Tiff’s picture of her project: Like Tiff (assuming you clicked over there and read her fabulous post), I do not want to step on the toes of any salesperson from any company that manufactures or sells  wax warmers. However, sometimes, I have part of a candle left over and […]

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Pinterest Project Day 3: Sugar or Salt Dispenser

People come up with the coolest stuff and post it on their blogs. Most people might look at this next project and wonder if there really is a point. But for artsy  people like me, I appreciate the value of a cool container. My salt container is working just fine as it is from the grocery store. But when I saw how someone turned a mason jar into a dispenser by saving the top from an empty salt container, I couldn’t resist. After all, I figured I could use it for sugar or something that doesn’t come in a nifty dispenser.Do […]

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A Creative Way to Hide Kitchen Clutter

I have a vintage table in my kitchen that is too small for our family to use for dining, but it’s perfect for extra work space. I know it doesn’t look vintage, but it’s part of a set that belonged to my great grandmother, so it’s been around for a little while. I’ve considered replacing it with a stainless steel utility card with storage underneath, since I need a place to stash the punch bowl and a few things I don’t use to often. But, I realized that a utility cart wouldn’t help reduce the cluttery look. And I like […]

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31 Pinteresting Days of a Proverbs 31 Wife

For the next 31 days, I’m conducting an experiment with Pinterest. If you haven’t heard of it, Pinterest is one of the best resources for ideas on the internet. It’s also a source for some of the biggest flops. I’m somewhat of a Pinterest addict and I frequently add ideas I find online to this digital bulletin board where I can find them later. However, what looks great on someone else’s blog doesn’t always work out so great in reality. For Pinterest users, there is a little bit of a perfectionist complex affiliated with using the site. As I open my […]

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Review: How Many Lightbulbs Does it Take to Change a Person?

Have you ever thought about a friend wondering, “When will she ever learn?” How about yourself? Have you ever thought about how many times it takes for you to hear something before you apply it to your own life? Sometimes, we all need a lightbulb moment here and there.I’d like to share a little about a book by Rhonda Rhea that I just finished reading. It’s called How Many Lightbulbs Does it Take to Change a Person? My ReviewScripture is full of references to light. But how often do we stop to think about what God means when he talks about […]

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