Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pringle Can Bangle Bracelet Tutorial for Crafty Wednesday

Pringle Can Bangle Bracelet Tutorial

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Yes. That's right. You can upcycle Pringle cans or water bottles or some other plastic bottle you can easily cut with scissors or an exacto knife into *Awesome Bangle Bracelets




Ready for the tutorial? Alright here we go......

Find something your hand easily fits into. Now, I don't mean an oatmeal canister. Or a kleenex box.  Come on people. We're looking for a nicely proportioned cylinder. Stay with me....




Pringle cans work perfectly for me.

Next we need to thicken the bracelets and sturdy them up a bit.



Some people like to use strips of quilt batting. I prefer newspaper which I always seem to have on hand, especially now that my son has a paper route. So, grab the news and your Mod Podge, turn on a good movie (like The Importance of Being Earnest....anyone else LOVE that movie?) and go to town...




Now let them dry and you'll end up with something like this...




Now comes the fun part. Embellishing your new bracelets!

Add ribbon and some fun trim...




Strips of fabric, rosettes and lace....

I know, right? Pringle Can Bracelets. Who would have thought this was even possible?


Beads, bias tape and more lace (I love tying a sassy bow on the side. yeah, that's right. I said sassy.)...


Bright fabric, paper and ribbon....



Maybe even Mod Podged sheet music (ack! I love this one. It's my favorite. Come on, right? It's so cool)...



Or wrap them in embroidery floss...


There are so many options. Why not grab some maps? Or dictionary pages? These are so stinking cheap that you can make armfuls to match every outfit in your closet! (Ok. This might be a bit excessive. And, really...if you have this kind of time on your hands....you should come clean my house. I'm just sayin'.)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Hydrogen Peroxide "Magic"





HYDROGEN PEROXIDE MAGIC!

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Ever since I started using Hydrogen Peroxide to get rid of armpit stains, to clean cookie sheets, as a miracle cleaner in my kitchen and bathroom, and to make my own “oxi clean”…I ALWAYShave at least one bottle of the stuff under my kitchen sink, under my bathroom sink, AND in the laundry room. This stuff is amazingly versatile!
But it wasn’t until recently, after doing some IN DEPTH research on the subject, that I came to realize what a “miracle substance” hydrogen peroxide really is! It’s safe, it’s readily available, it’s cheap, and best of all, it WORKS! It works for a LOT of stuff!
Hydrogen peroxide should really be called oxygen water, since it is basically the same chemical make up as water but with an extra oxygen atom (H2O2). Because of this it breaks down quickly and harmlessly into oxygen and water.
Some other interesting facts about hydrogen peroxide:
  • It is found in all living material.
  • Your white blood cells naturally produce hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to fight bacteria and infections.
  • Fruit and vegetables naturally produce hydrogen peroxide. This is one of the reasons why it is so healthy to eat fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • It is found in massive dosages in the mother’s first milk, called colostrum, and is transferred to the baby to boost their immune system.
  • It is found in rain water because some of the H20 in the atmosphere receives an additional oxygen atom from the ozone (O3) and this H2O2 makes plants grow faster.
Next to Apple Cider Vinegarhydrogen peroxide ranks up there as one of the best household remedies.
Besides the obvious (cleansing wounds), did you know that it is probably the best remedy to dissolve ear wax? Brighten dingy floors? Add natural highlights to your hair? Improve your plants root systems? The list goes on and on!
There are SO many uses for this stuff that I’ve started replacing the cap on the hydrogen peroxide bottle with a sprayer because it’s easier and faster to use that way.
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I have compiled a rather impressive list of uses for 3% hydrogen peroxide that I hope will have you as thrilled and bewildered as I was!
In no particular order…….I present…….

JILLEE’S BIG LIST OF USES FOR H2O2:

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Wash vegetables and fruits with hydrogen peroxide to remove dirt and pesticides. Add 1/4 cup of H2O2 to a sink of cold water. After washing, rinse thoroughly with cool water.

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In the dishwasher, add 2 oz. to your regular detergent for a sanitizing boost. Also, beef up your regular dish soap by adding roughly 2 ounces of 3% H2O2 to the bottle.

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Use hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash to freshen breath. It kills the bacteria that causes halitosis. Use a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water.

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Use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to make a paste for brushing teeth. Helps with early stages of gingivitis as it kills bacteria. Mixed with salt and baking soda, hydrogen peroxide works as a whitening toothpaste.

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Soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide between uses to keep it clean and prevent the transfer of germs. This is particularly helpful when you or someone in your family has a cold or the flu.

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Clean your cutting board and countertop. Let everything bubble for a few minutes, then scrub and rinse clean. (I’ve been using it for this a LOT lately!)

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Wipe out your refrigerator and dishwasher. Because it’s non-toxic, it’s great for cleaning places that store food and dishes.
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Clean your sponges. Soak them for 10 minutes in a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and warm water in a shallow dish. Rinse the sponges thoroughly afterward.

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Remove baked-on crud from pots and pans. Combine hydrogen peroxide with enough baking soda to make a paste, then rub onto the dirty pan and let it sit for a while. Come back later with a scrubby sponge and some warm water, and the baked-on stains will lift right off.

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Whiten bathtub grout. First dry the tub thoroughly, then spray it liberally with hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit — it may bubble slightly — for a little while, then come back and scrub the grout with an old toothbrush. You may have to repeat the process a few times.

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Clean the toilet bowl. Pour half a cup of hydrogen peroxide into the toilet bowl, let stand for 20 minutes, then scrub clean.

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Remove stains from clothing, curtains, and tablecloths. Hydrogen peroxide can be used as a pre-treater for stains — just soak the stain for a little while in 3% hydrogen peroxide before tossing into the laundry. You can also add a cup of peroxide to a regular load of whites to boost brightness. It’s a green alternative to bleach, and works just as well.

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Brighten dingy floors. Combine half a cup of hydrogen peroxide with one gallon of hot water, then go to town on your flooring. Because it’s so mild, it’s safe for any floor type, and there’s no need to rinse.

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Clean kids’ toys and play areas. Hydrogen peroxide is a safe cleaner to use around kids, or anyone with respiratory problems, because it’s not a lung irritant. Spray toys, toy boxes, doorknobs, and anything else your kids touch on a regular basis.

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Help out your plants. To ward off fungus, add a little hydrogen peroxide to your spray bottle the next time you’re spritzing plants.
 wet hair
Add natural highlights to your hair. Dilute the hydrogen peroxide so the solution is 50% peroxide and 50% water. Spray the solution on wet hair to create subtle, natural highlights.

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According to alternative therapy practitioners, adding half a bottle of hydrogen peroxide to a warm bath can help detoxify the body. Some are skeptical of this claim, but a bath is always a nice way to relax and the addition of hydrogen peroxide will leave you – and the tub – squeaky clean!

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Spray a solution of 1/2 cup water and 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide on leftover salad, drain, cover and refrigerate. This will prevent wilting and better preserve your salad.

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Sanitize your kids’ lunch boxes/bags.

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Dab hydrogen peroxide on pimples or acne to help clear skin.

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Hydrogen peroxide helps to sprout seeds for new plantings. Use a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution once a day and spritz the seed every time you re-moisten. You can also use a mixture of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 32 parts water to improve your plants’ root system.

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Remove yellowing from lace curtains or tablecloths. Fill a sink with cold water and a 2 cups of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Soak for at least an hour, rinse in cold water and air dry.

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Use it to remove ear wax. Use a solution of 3% with olive or almond oil. Add a couple drops of oil first then H2O2. After a few minutes, tilt head to remove solution and wax.

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Helps with foot fungus. Spray a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry. Or try soaking your feet in a peroxide solution to help soften calluses and corns, and disinfect minor cuts.

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Spray down the shower with hydrogen peroxide to kill bacteria and viruses.

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Use 1 pint of 3% hydrogen peroxide to a gallon of water to clean humidifiers and steamers.

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Wash shower curtains with hydrogen peroxide to remove mildew and soap scum. Place curtains in machine with a bath towel and your regular detergent. Add 1 cup full strength 3% hydrogen peroxide to the rinse cycle.

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Use for towels that have become musty smelling. 1/2 cup Peroxide and 1/2 cup vinegar let stand for 15 minutes wash as normal. Gets rid of the smell.

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Use hydrogen peroxide to control fungi present in aquariums. Don’t worry, it won’t hurt your fish. Use sparingly for this purpose.

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De-skunking solution. Combine 1 quart 3% H2O2, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon Dawn dish detergent, 2 quarts warm water. (See Cynthia’s comment below)

Whew! That concludes MY list (for now at least!)……

what do YOU use hydrogen peroxide for?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Vegetable Fritters Recipe

Vegetable FrittersRecipe


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Eat them right away or put them in a lunch box next day.

Ingredients

2 medium sized potatoes
1 large carrot
2 small zucchins (grated)
1 onion chopped
1/2 cup self raising flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
3 eggs, separated
2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

Peel the potatoes and the carrots. Grate them into a bowl.
Add zucchini, onion, flour, salt, parsley and egg yolks into a bowl. Stir to combine.
Place egg whites into a bowl and beat until stiff peaks form. Fold through the vegetable mixture.
Heat a large pan over medium heat. Add a little oil.
Add 1/3 of the mixture and cook for 5 minutes. Cook 4 at a time.
Turn and cook a further 5-8 minutes and repeat until all the mixture is cooked.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

How to Wrap a Bead ~ Tutorial

How to Wrap a Bead Tutorial
by:  http://www.fallfordiy.com/blog/2014/03/how-to-wrap-a-bead.html


How To Wrap a Bead

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Like all things fashion, jewellery has its trends. One day we're all plaiting into chain, the next everything we own has studs on it. I am a self confessed trend addict. I love trying to get ahead of the trends and start making DIY's based on them and I've noticed recently more wrapped pendants knocking around. I love how a year ago I wouldn't give bead wrapping the time of day. The wrapping skills were redundant, but now I can bring them out of retirement. Ace!
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Instructions:
1. Cut off a long section of wire. How much depends on the size of your bead. If you're really unsure you can work with the wire from the coil so you only use what you need. Very economic!
2. Turn a loop at the end of your wire (If your working from the wire coil thread your bead on first!)
3. Thread the bead onto the wire (if you haven't already done so) and bend the wire so the loop is at the top of the bead.
4. Pull the long end of the wire to cross over just under the loop.
5. Start wrapping. Keep the tension tight and the wire coils close together. Continue to wrap until you cover the wire threaded through the bead.
6. Cut off the excess wire and flatten to end against the bead.
7. Attach to a necklace using a jump ring. Check out our 'How To' page for more instructions for constructing jewellery.
Get wrapping!