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


  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!

Frugal Friday ~ Cleaning Supplies! {Vinegar+Dish Soap!}


I have decided that in my opinion, this is the BEST CLEANER EVER! Plus its super inexpensive to make.  All you need is WHITE vinegar and dish soap!

In the past I’ve tried various types of cleaning products and some are horribly strong.  The chemical smell also irritates my nose and eyes – so I’ve been secretly on the look out for a better alternative.

Thanks to pinterest, my mom, and my boss, I’ve started cleaning with vinegar!  My boss swears by using just vinegar to clean her bathroom.  She’ll use it on the sink, fixtures, and even in the toilet.  However, your bathroom will smell like vinegar and that smell reminds me of dying Easter eggs! It’s not bad – but I think it would drive me nuts!

The directions around pinterest usually say 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1/2 cup of dish soap, since I have a bigger amount of dish soap left that I wanted to use up, I doubled the recipe. All you do is mix it up and I think it’ll clean anything!  I especially love using it in my bathroom.  I use it on the sink, the shower walls, shower head, fixtures, etc.  It also works wonders on some laundry stains!  Just put a little of the mix on a stain – wash it normally, and you might be surprised!

You know by now that I recycle, so for my mix that lives in the bathroom, I used an empty Febreeze bottle!  (Why buy one if you have some one in your plastic recycling bin!!)

*According to pinterest, you should use Dawn dish soap but mine is made with Palmolive brand and it works just fine!*  Use what you have or buy a cheap bottle at the dollar store to try this out.  If you aren’t already using this to clean, you’ll be surprised at how well it works on soap scum and hard water buildup that can come from some areas!

Thanks for stopping by Gracious Luck!  Have a wonderful day!

Do you use vinegar & soap to clean with?  What’s your favorite way to use it?

OH, HOW PINTERESTING!!! {Link Up w/ The Vintage Apple}

This week I decided to mix it up and take a break from “The Good Life” Link up because I’ve been pinning a ton!  I stumbled upon this blog {the vintage apple} while I was looking for some new link-ups to try and love the idea of sharing our pins and following some awesome new people on pinterest.

Here are a few of my favorite pins from the past week!

Style: Fall Ideas (I love dressing in layers during the fall!)

{follow my style board here}

Black and glitter. I love these colors for New Year's EveFall for Shoes: The Season's 100 Most Stylish PairsCream blouse, patterned scarf, dark denim, brown bootsplaid scarf, plum shirt and boots


{check out my inspiration board here}

 My track record...How people treat other people is a direct reflection of how they feel about themselves. -Drake by deeplifequotes, via FlickrBeing single used to mean that nobody wanted you. Now it means you’re pretty sexy and you’re taking your time deciding how you want your life to be and who you want to spend it with. -Sex and the City by deeplifequotes, via Flickr

Cooking – I love warm & gooey food especially in the fall!

{check out my cooking board here}

Crockpot Pizza CasseroleBaked churros. They sound so easy and delicious--and a lot healthier than the fried onesTaco Dip. Super easy to make!

What have you been pinning this week?  Share your post or board below – I’d love to check it out!  Thanks for stopping by Gracious Luck ~ Have a wonderful day!

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.



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!