Monthly Archives: March 2012

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More Purposes for Chalk Board Paint

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We bought chalk board paint for my daughter’s room when we first started the nursery 3 years ago. I’ve been waiting to use it because I realized I should wait until she would know the difference between which walls she could write on and not write on. We aren’t ready for that yet. So I found other fun ways to use this paint I’ve been dying to use for years now!

We are having a wine dinner party sometime this summer and I found a great way to keep track of the wine glasses. There are so many ways to tag your glass like those pretty little rings around the stem but what about writing your name in chalk on your glass? Super cute and fun!

We had several different glasses that you get free with wine tasting. I grabbed six from 3 different vineyards and we painted the bottoms just barely up the the stem. And now I have a matching set of 6 wine glasses!

All you need are wine glasses, chalk board paint, painters tape, a paint brush and a surface to paint on like card board.

We painted them last night with 2 coats and they dried really fast. This morning I woke up to my name written on one of them. The husband couldn’t resist before leaving to work. This was a fun project and can’t wait to use these with friends. Remember to hand wash these. Think of the possibilities of chalk board paint. Glasses, coasters, place mats, etc. I can go on and on. I’ll be painting for weeks!

Recreated a Photobooth

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Photo booths are so hip right now for Wedding Receptions and big parties. I get it. They are so much fun! But if you cant shell out the big cash to rent one, why not make one? Well kind of a photo booth.

I saw this craft and thought what a great way to keep reusing a large frame for parties and photo ops.  Tomorrow we’ll be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day dinner so this frame fits right in.

My daughter and I got her washable paints out and painted a Leprechaun hat, rainbow and pot o’gold.  Now everyone gets to be a Lucky Leprechaun for a photo! This is super fun and you can change these out for other ideas, like Easter Bunny or Santa and Elves, etc. How about a bide for her shower?

Just drew, colored, cut out the card board, and glued it with a glue gun. I used a tongue depressor to glue the hat as well.

My daughter and husband were kind enough to be the models. I’m sure we’ll have more after dinner Saturday.

Enjoy your weekend!

Homemade Sugar Scrubs – Repurposing Grapefruits

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We have a large mature white grapefruit tree in our back yard. It produces way too many fruit for me to keep up with. I’m always looking for ways to not waste the fruit. If you have a fruit tree you can’t keep up with like me, you can find a local food bank to donate to, (check out foodforward.org) find new recipes to cook, and what I did this time, make a natural sugar scrub.

the great thing about this recipe besides it being all natural is that you can tweak it to your liking. More sugar to exfoliate, more oil to moisturize and any citrus fruit like lemon, orange or grapefruit. Smells divine!

What I used was:

3 1/2 cups sugar

1 cup olive oil

1 cup grapefruit juice about 2 grapefruits

jest of 4 grapefruits

This is so inexpensive and simple to do. You can have your children help you make gifts for their teacher, grandma, or a friend’s birthday.

Once I mixed all the ingredients, I scooped not poured, (so I would have the right consistency since the sugar and oil naturally separate) into clean baby food jars. Here’s where you can re-purpose those saved salsa jars or buy some nice mason jars.  Fancy it up by printing labels that can read the ingredients and how to rub on a clean body in the shower to exfoliate.

Remember these scrubs should never be used on your face.

Scrub and enjoy!