Tuesday, August 27, 2013

No wait Garlic Dill Pickles..Yes Please!!

So lately I have been really into making my own pickles.  After seeing a post on Free People about Simple Refrigerator Garlic Dill Pickles, I became completely obsessed.  I have made pickles before, but they didn't turn out very yummy and waiting 3 months just isn't my forte.  It probably didn't help that I also forgot about them and later found them in the back of my fridge when I moved.  This recipe on Free People's website is amazing, although with a few tweaks for my liking, the pickles came out perfect. And the best part is they are ready after 24 hours, but even better the longer they sit..and they last for up to 2 months! I was surprised at how much people liked them, because I am not a food maker, I always screw it up.  But when I came home last night and found cucumbers on my outdoor chair, I knew that they were not just saying they were delicious to not hurt my feelings.  They really did like them!  So if you have some extra veggies laying around and you don't know what to do with them, you should definitely check out the recipe.  I went beyond cucumbers and also added some jalapeno peppers and garlic cloves.  So use what ever you've got!!

*NOTE* clicking on the Simple Refrigerator Garlic Dill Pickles will redirect you to the full recipe...

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Wrap it up: DIY wrapped soup can

Over some time now I have collected soup cans and glass jars because I feel bad if I just throw them away.  I feel like they need a new life and the crafter (hoarder) in me believes that I can turn them into something amazing.  So today I decided that I needed a new paintbrush holder for my craft desk and because my cats believe my desk is their playground, the glass jars my paintbrushes were in has shattered into a million pieces. So I decided to put the soup cans that I've been saving to good use and wrap them with some hemp cord that I've had laying around.

So what you need is:
  • a soup can
  • glue gun and glue sticks
  • some hemp cord, yarn or rope
  • some serious patience

The key to this is to put the hot glue dot in the same spot all the way around to keep it neat and clean.  So start out at the top or bottom of the can, I found it easier to start at the bottom.  Place a dot of hot glue and then place your hemp, yarn or rope on the glue dot, wrap a few times, place another dot of hot glue and then just repeat until you get to the end.  I actually wrapped my can twice because I wanted a little more thickness.  And voila you now have a brand new paintbrush holder. Or what ever you plan on using it for, the possibilities are endless.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Magnetic Love: DIY Button Magnets

For some strange reason I have been a little hesitant on this DIY because I just couldn't find the right buttons.  But i've been needing magnets for my fridge for quite some time (to hold my oh so fancy bills) and I haven't had any luck finding any that I like. The alphabet magnets just don't seem fit for an adults fridge when there are no children in the house, plus I really just don't think they work that great.  So I decided to make my own magnets with some buttons I found in the kids craft section at Walmart.  This DIY is so simple that I really don't need to post instructions, but I will :) ....Enjoy!!

So really all you do is purchase some buttons (whatever your heart desires), and then purchase some magnet strips or magnet buttons.  The magnets in the craft section at Walmart already have adhesive on them so all you have to do is remove the white paper on the back of the magnet and then place it on the button and voila, you have your button magnet.