Monthly Archives: September 2016

Double Duty Fall Decor: Glow-In-The-Dark!

Written by: Renee Reiter

Fall and Halloween go hand in hand (for me anyway) and I start decorating the second I feel a chill in the air. That’s usually around mid September/October here. This leaves me in a bit of a crunch though, because I want to decorate for fall but I also want to decorate for Halloween the second October 1 hits. The solution…double duty decor. Continue reading Double Duty Fall Decor: Glow-In-The-Dark!

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Kinkajou (don’t ask me to pronounce that) Bottle Cutter

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Written by Jessica Chaffins

As usual, I have been planning out some DIY projects lately that will require me to be cutting some wine bottles.  So as you would expect, I was hunting around for the best method to cut the wine bottles easily…work smarter not harder hehe.   While I was doing this, my husband chimed in and said that he saw a video of a guy demonstrating how to use a Kinkajou Bottle Cutter and he thought it looked pretty easy.  Well he had me watch the video and I have to say it did seem pretty quick and easy to use.  With that being said, in the back of my mind, I was a little hesitant since it seemed almost too easy….what’s the catch?! Do ya gotta have that special touch? Or be able to have that magical twist in your wrist?  Hmmm….well we read lots of reviews and all seemed pretty pleased with their results and ease of use.  So I figured what the hey…just try it…so we went ahead and ordered the standard kit.

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Kinkajou Bottle Cutter – Standard Kit

Alrighty….it has arrived (pretty quick I might add), so now it is time to start carving up some glass!!  Holy cow!!! I have to say that it is pretty easy to do, especially with the great how-to videos they have on their website. It did take us a little bit of time at first to get in a good groove with it but I did manage to get 6 bottles cut it in 30 minutes !! Woohoo!!!

Now all I have to do is sand these edges so no one gets cut, then just get moving on my projects (be patient, you will see soon).  I am pretty pleased, since cutting these bottles WAS going to be my hardest part of my project.  So needless to say, even though it is a little pricey for my taste, it was well worth it!!!  The only advice I can give is ……FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS!!! Watch the how-to-videos!!! And do not deviate from what they tell you to do to get the best cut!!  I think if you decide to get one you will be pleased!! Good luck!!

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P.S. We are not sponsors for this company or product.  I just wanted to share my opinion on a product that I think could be a good asset to have if you like working with glass bottles!! – Jessica

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spooky/Fun Halloween Witch Potion Bottles

Written by: Renee Reiter

I know, I know…halloween stuff already Renee…BUT I promise I have a good reason. Since I am in the retail business I find it hard to find time from October – December for my crafting fun, so I usually do it all early. What’s worse is all the craft stores are only enabling my behavior by having all the halloween goodies out already!

Potion bottles are something I have wanted to make for soooo long. I decided to have some fun playing around with the idea of filling them with various items first. If that didn’t work I was going to bust out the black paint and make tea stained labels LOL. Continue reading Spooky/Fun Halloween Witch Potion Bottles

Cleaning a glass stovetop the easy way (cause I can be pretty lazy at times)

Written by Jessica Chaffins

I am going to be the first to admit…I am terrible at letting certain chores go toooo long without being done.  Giving kitchen appliances a good scrub down is one of them…especially the stove.  Thankfully it is an easy fix and cheap at that; if I don’t have to purchase a “special” cleaner to get it done, it’s even better.  Good thing about this task I only need two (2) ingredients which are two items that I always have around.   Continue reading Cleaning a glass stovetop the easy way (cause I can be pretty lazy at times)

Better Posture

 

Written by Jessica Chaffins

Since we have such a small kitchen in our home, it goes with out saying, storage can be a bit of an issue.  Luckily, for some of the issues, solutions are pretty simple…for instance…we only have four drawers to use in our kitchen (not very big ones at that) so most of my kitchen utensils reside on the counter top in a big canister.

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I like my canister but it does wind up turning into a cluttered mess.  Continue reading Better Posture

Crayon Art…I had to try it

Written by: Renee Reiter

So apparently if everyone jumped off a cliff, I would too. It seems like everyone is doing crayon art these days..and now so am I.  Kind of too cool to pass up! I have mentioned my obsession with color before so this seemed like a must do! A few things I learned on my first attempt: Continue reading Crayon Art…I had to try it

Quick and Easy DIY Coaster Set

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Written by Jessica Chaffins

Have I mentioned how much I love Halloween too!! All the fun food; dressing up my girls (sometimes me and Jeff); the scary (and sometimes extremely corny) movies and all the decorations, especially the decorations!!!  I always enjoy creating ones that make you either chuckle or just say “uh..ew?!”.  The reaction either way is good to me.  This is just some of the few I did in the years past.

So, as usual, I scout out the internet for ideas and inspiration to make some new additions to my stash.  As luck would have it (hmm) I came across a DIY ghost dress!!  SCORE!!  All I needed was chicken wire and glow-in-the-dark spray paint!! Short material list and something I know not many people around my area would have!!

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DIY Ghost Dress

After looking it over to “dissect” it, I ASSUMED it wouldn’t be that difficult (we all know how that usually goes).  PSSSH, boy was I wrong!! In high insight, I should have known better since it did call for chicken wire (not always the easiest material to manipulate).  

Making the bodice portion of the dress was easy enough….I just wrapped it around my torso and commenced shaping.  Once I got the shape I liked, I only had to cut away  the parts of the wire I didn’t need for the look.  Bam!….part one done. On to the lower portion of the dress….this is where I ran into a lot of trouble.  I could not get that darn skirt to “mold” into the shape I wanted.  No matter how much I bent and twisted the wire I could not get it to do what I wanted it to do.  After a few hours of fighting against constant curling, I decided to just cut long strips to form the skirt piece.  This actually went pretty well for a while….until I stood it upright.  Ugh!!! Not thinking…I attached too many wire strips to the small bodice piece causing it to be top heavy.  I’m sure if I had more patience, I could have figured out something to help keep it from looking like a broke-back-broad BUUUTTT I had none left.  So for me, I had to consider this a fail. Bummer. Maybe I can try it again next year. Maybe.  

We hope that you found helpful or inspiring tips that you can incorporate into your own life and crafting adventures. We encourage our readers to share their own projects in the comments as we absolutely LOVE seeing what others were inspired to create. We also kindly ask that comments stay polite and/or constructive.
– Sincerely Renee & Jessica