Saturday, July 13, 2019

Homemade Fresh Rosemary Spray Cleaner

Hi Friends,
If you or someone you know has Rosemary growing in the garden,
you have the perfect ingredient for making an All-Purpose cleaner.
The scent is so FRESH.
 It's perfect for kitchens and bathrooms.
Rosemary and vinegar have antibacterial and antifungal properties.....
so not only does it smell wonderful, it can also clean and disinfect.
To make your Fresh Rosemary Cleaner you will need:
     2 cups fresh Rosemary
              2 cups distilled white vinegar
2 cups filtered water

 Supplies also needed:

a quart size mason or glass jar
a funnel and cheese cloth or coffee filter for straining

a glass spray bottle is preferred but you may use plastic
if you are not adding additional essential oils
 Collect your Rosemary, avoid blossoms.

Rinse thoroughly. I like to use a salad spinner.
Lay your jar on its side and pack with Rosemary

Fill with water and vinegar

Cover with lid, put jar in cool dark place for 5 to 7 days

I use my Pour over coffee method, the coffee filter works really well.

As you can see it filtered out all the sediment.
Easy and use that paper filter to clean your counter!
It is beautiful pale green color.
Throw away the Rosemary stems.
I recycle my Mrs. Meyers Room Spray bottles they work great!
Fill your spray bottle 1 to 1 ratio- cleaner and water.
Store your mason jar with the infused vinegar under the sink!
 This is a good basis cleaning spray-

  I hope you are enjoying your summer :)

xo Lisa S

Saturday, July 6, 2019

A Quick Stenciled Dollar Tree Towel

Hi Friends!

Sometimes I get inspired when I see things at


This towel was perfect for stenciling!

You know I hate dirty stencils : )

but I used a black sharpie on this when I made it years ago!

Tape stencil to towel.

Slide a piece of scrap cardboard under towel in case of bleed through.

I used Black Acrylic paint and a stencil brush.

 Lay flat and stencil with very little paint on your brush.

If you want a darker look like I did, let dry a bit and come back with a second layer

of paint.

 After your stencil has dried get a clean cloth to cover,
Set with a hot iron.
This cookbook was part of my inspiration!

Do you like this towel ?

Doesn't it remind you of a  summer BBQ?

Thanks for visiting!

xo Lisa S

Monday, July 1, 2019

July 4th Printable Postcards

Happy 4th of July !
I am sharing a few postcards with some adorable children celebrating.
I hope you and your family have a fun and safe holiday weekend.

xo Lisa S

Sunday, June 30, 2019

How to Make a Clothespin Bag

Hi Friends,

I hope your summer is off to a great start.

We are enjoying some time just hanging out at home.
When the weather gets warm, I like to use my clothesline.
I usually keep my clothespins in a basket, but it doesn't work very well.
I have been looking for a pattern to make a new clothespin bag,
 most of the ones I find look like tiny I got the idea to just

use a thrifted baby dress instead of using new fabric-
I found this tiny dress for .99 at the thrift store.
Wouldn't it be so sweet to use a special dress from your child or grandchild !

First, I removed the buttons.
Folded and pinned the front opening. 
The neck area needs to be big enough for your hands
to be able to get to the clothespins easily.

An inside look

Stitched all the way around front and neck.

Top stitched sleeves closed.
If you are using a wire hanger you can leave the arm holes open.

Top stitched front to bottom,  then top stitched across the base of skirt.
Hand stitched the two buttons.

I added one of my hangers from my collection.

About 15 years ago, I volunteered at a Women's Crisis Center that provided
clothing and toys to families in our area.
 One day they decided to change all the hangers to the tubular type.
 They throw these in the trash and I asked if I could have them.

I love these old hangers.
Most are nursery rhymes. There's Humpty Dumpty,
The Cow jumped over the Moon, Lambs and Piggies, and Carousel Horses.
My favorites are the Chickens and Baby Ducks.
I use some hangers to display doll clothes made by my Great Aunt
Here it is filled with clothespins.

It will work just fine!
For some reason I just love laundry related items...I don't have a laundry room,
I have a little area in the garage where I have my collection.

My vintage retractable clothesline works great and it's used everyday !
Thank you for visiting me today!
I hope you have a wonderful week.
Come back anytime!
xo Lisa S


Saturday, June 22, 2019

Make your own Starfish / Sea Star

Do you add a little Coastal Flair to your Summer Decor?

I made these Starfish for just pennies!

Remember back in school when we made Topographic  Maps
from flour and salt clay? If not here is the recipe.

Flour and Salt Clay
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup cold water

Add the salt to the water and stir to dissolve.

Then add the flour, this will make the clay feel less gritty.


Mix with your hands-
yes, I know you want to!
Smooth like a pie crust. If your kitchen is hot and your clay is sticky
just add a small amount of flour....too dry add more water.
This is the amount of clay I had to work with.
Store in an airtight container or bag until you are ready
to make your Starfish.

You will need a cookie sheet and parchment paper.

I drew a pattern of my starfish.

Then put the pattern under the parchment paper.

Then rolled out the clay to match the pattern.

Rounded sides look more real than flat sides.
I moved the pattern around and continued.

I used a pencil to poke holes in the starfish, this gave it texture.

( You can poke a hole all the way through if you want to hang your starfish !)

PIN FOR LATER- Maybe for a Beach themed Christmas tree or
Wedding !

Fill up your cookie sheet with starfish.
Bake at  250 degrees 25 min.
cool to touch, flip and 25 min. on the other side.

You can let these air dry....but I am too impatient  : )
I was able to make 9 starfish.
Now they are ready to paint.

I used a matte white Acrylic paint

I painted front and back. If you use a dry brush, the holes will not
fill with paint. They look more realistic this way.

Just placed a couple in a wreath

Tied three together in a bundle with jute.

Placed on a shelf


Along side some books-


Here is a gift tag you can tie on your starfish!
It is a vintage souvenir postcard from the Graphic Fairy.
You may save and print.
 A gift to a friend!
 Thank you so much for visiting!
These are so easy and fun to make- if you have any questions I would be happy to help.
Just ask in the comments or email me.
Have a great week!
xo Lisa S
Warning: Not to scare you but be cautious.
 PLEASE keep away from small children and dogs that may eat these.
This amount of salt can be toxic to animals.

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