Pinned it…Tried it… {Wood Scratch Concealer!?}

PicsArt_1389585043097 Hi Lovelies!  Its been a while since I’ve done DIY type of post but as I was cleaning and organizing my sample/product stash to review for you I noticed  some scratches in the door jamb.  I had seen a pinterest pin floating around for a while now where you can use household products to camouflage or conceal wood scratches. First off – with out refinishing the wood – the scratches will still be there, at least using this method.  However, it does help conceal them and allow them to blend in. Continue reading

Pinned it…Tried it…{spicy pretzels}

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For Christmas Eve & Christmas our family gets together and while my mom & aunts do most of the heavy cooking over the holidays I usually bring some “snacks” or additional treats.  There are always a bunch  sweet snacks like fudge, cookies, etc so I wanted to bring something salty/spicy to the table.  Don’t let the name fool you – its not really spicy, if anything its just a hint of “warmth” as one of my coworkers stated when I brought samples to work.  It is on the saltier end, so if you have family members watching their sodium, you might need to revamp this recipe. Continue reading

Pinned it…Tried it…Pet Paw Print Christmas Ornaments!

PicsArt_1380034840927I wasn’t sure how this would work but you guys know I’m an avid pet lover and wanted to try something fun for the holidays this year.

Since I didn’t know how it would work or if Ellie (my cat) would be in favor of such a craft project – I started with half a batch of the mixture. Which made 6 ornaments.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup of baking soda
  • 1/3 cup of water

Directions:

  1. Mix cornstarch and baking soda in a sauce pan on top of the stove and slowly add in water.
  2. Using medium heat – stir, stir, stir!  If you walk away this could easily stick and start to burn so stick with it!  Also be sure to keep getting the mixture off the bottom and sides so it doesn’t stick.  I used a heat safe spatula to keep the mixture moving.
  3. It will start to thicken and once it turns into a ball, you’re done!
  4. Remove from heat and let it cool off for at least 5-10 minutes or until its warm but cool enough you can handle it.
  5. Dump out on your counter and knead it a few times to get it super smooth. (I loved the consistency of this!!)
  6. Make a small ball – I chose golf ball sized.
  7. I then got Ellie and held her as I pressed the ball up into the bottom of her foot.  (I found this method to be best because her “stepping” on the ball didn’t get her “toes” as well.)  She didn’t mind but wasn’t the biggest fan of this project either! NOTE: If the first few prints don’t work out – just re-roll your ball and start over.  Heads up – this will start to dry out over time so keep that in mind or put it in a covered container while you’re experimenting!
  8. (Optional) make a hole in the print so you can put a string on it and hang it from your tree!  I found a small straw (think mixed drink straw) worked the best for this.  *Hint – be sure to get the hole all the way through, this part might be easier once its on the cookie sheet. I did mine before and in moving it from counter to cookie sheet I closed up a couple of mine.*
  9. Once I made 6 prints – I put them on a cookie sheet lined with foil and into my toaster oven at 250 degrees.  I left my prints thicker so I baked them for 20 minutes on each side.
  10. I let them finish drying out over night and ta-dah!! I just made a handful of gifts for my family, or new decorations for my tree!

I’m going to try this on my grandma’s cats next time I’m home.  She lives in assisted living now but loves to visit her old friends.  I thought this would be a fun keepsake for her to have when she can’t be with them in person!

And a note for my frugal friends ~ I bought my supplies at Walmart and one box of cornstarch and one box of baking soda cost me $1.54!!  This is a super cheap, super fun, and super easy project!

Thanks for stopping by Gracious Luck today!!  Happy Crafting!

Here is the original pin.  Click the picture below to see the original post @ Cornflower Blue!

Pinned it…Tried it…{stained finger nails}

PicsArt_1375570158357My weekend mani’s have finally caught up with me!  Today as I was taking off last weekend’s red I noticed that it left fairly bright staining behind on my nails where it hadn’t already chipped off.

I had pinned or read some place about using whitening toothpaste to get the stains off of your nails.  However going back to my boards I couldn’t find the pin! 😦  So I decided to conduct my own experiment and it sort of works!

What You Need:

  • old toothbrush
  • whitening toothpaste
  • water

Directions

  1. Start by removing as much of the nail polish as you can with nail polish remover.
  2. Next take a small amount (half a pea sized) of toothpaste on an old toothbrush and start working it into your nail bed.
  3. I spent about a minute or two “scrubbing” each nail.
  4. Then I wiped the nail clean and since it was still stained I spread a thin amount of toothpaste onto the nail bed and let it sit.
  5. After “scrubbing” all of the nails – I came back to the nails with a layer of toothpaste and scrubbed those one more time.
  6. Turns out it did lighten the stains!

Parting thoughts: I give this a { B }

It did not remove all of the stains and I was getting tired of scrubbing so maybe it would have worked if I kept going.  This did however lighten the stain and I think it’d work if you had to change your polish to a lighter color or needed bare nails or clear coated nails for something I would definitely try it.  I had also read while looking for the original pin that some people had luck with just scrubbing the nails with hydrogen peroxide – I might try that next time.

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Pinned it…tried it…see my results! {Cleaning}

Don't throw away your old cookie sheets. Use hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to clean them with NO scrubbing!How many of us have seen those pictures of pinterest gone wrong?!  You know where someone tries some recipe that seems incredibly easy but it comes out looking like a hot mess?!  I’ve had decent success with recipes but I love cooking and baking.  Actually, I’m that person who reads the recipe and as I’m making it tweak it to my own tastes often before I’ve even tried the original.  (My mom is that way too so I blame her!)  I think of recipes as more of a set of guidelines that I follow fairly close but not necessarily!

Tonight as I was putting dishes away I noticed one of my small cookie sheets for my toaster oven has that golden brown gunky buildup from cooking sprays along the sides.  Its to the point where it felt “sticky” when I picked it up.   I remembered that I saw a pin about getting your pans clean and here is my experience! (Click Image for the Pin!)

First of all the original blog post is from the Jillee {see it here} at One Good Thing.  I love reading her blog posts so thought I’d give her idea a try.

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I started off with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.  I followed her suggestion for roughly 1/4 cup of baking soda and slowly added the hydrogen peroxide until I formed a paste.  *Note* In my picture I think I may have added a little too much so it might have taken longer to dry.

First I applied it with my fork that I used to mix it up with, then I let it set for about an hour and a half.  It was still pretty soft and after reading some comments on Jillee’s post by others I decided to go in with a spatula and my fingers and sort of grind the paste around on the stains and then re-spread it out since it had absorbed some of the liquid.  Then I let it sit overnight so it was a good 12+ hours after I started this project.

Results:

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First of all I used a pan scraper to scrape up the baking soda.  I noticed some yellow stains in the baking soda but nothing like the results I saw in others’ posts.  I did notice where in some spots it removed part of the staining but it still wasn’t flawless…I think I’m going to have to check and see if I missed something in the directions or maybe re-read the comments to see how others got it to work!

I give this pin a C+ grade.  I followed the directions and gave it a shot.  Maybe after altering the process I’ll get it to work.  (If I do, I’ll let you know!)

Let me know if you’d like to see more Pin It … Tried It posts!

Thanks for stopping by Gracious Luck and have a fantastic day!