Tis the season of New Year’s Resolutions…in my “adult” life I’ve made a pact with myself to NOT make resolutions… Everyone destroys them or forgets about them, and are mostly unrealistic. I try and set goals just to “be better” – have a nice positive outlook on the year and assess where I’m going and where I want to be.
One of my most recent yearnings is to blog more, I’ve let this blog run a little dry, even though I really enjoy it. I set too harsh of goals for myself and I got a little burnt out, combining it with the craziness of planning my wedding last year, taking on a new “company” and lots of insanity that’s involved in having 5 cats, 1 dog and a messy husband ; )
As I was having fun over the break, I decided to take my chances on the infamous Sourdough Bread. I enjoy baking, but I bake A LOT of sweets, I felt like I needed to bridge out to more healthy options that will expand my repertoire – and be useful in my household. I also have a lady that is interested in buying some loaves from me on a regular basis, so what’s better than a little monetary motivation?
So that’s where my two ideas merged…why not try AT LEAST a new bread recipe a month, and blog about it?! Woohoo! In chatting with my best friend Meghan of From Married to Merry, we came up with mutual goals. She will be blogging about 12 Meals in 2012, and I will be doing 12 Loaves in 2012!
First loaf? Not sure! I’ll take suggestions and figure it out soon. We need rolls for tonights stew…so maybe I’ll feel inspired!
One of the items I keep an eye out for when I visit thrift stores is silver platters and interesting pieces for my wedding. They’ll either be nice to keep after the event, or they will sell for either the price I paid or more. It’s a win-win. The thing about buying silver from thrift stores? The tarnish and not-so-great quality of the product. So, I set out to clean these super tarnished pieces.
I recently did some research on ways to clean silver while not using any harsh chemicals, pain in the ass products, or spending a bunch of money. As you can see by the piece on the left, I had to get something that worked, and worked well. My first research result? Make a baking soda and water paste and rub, rub, rub. This method barely touched the surface of the tarnish I had…my hopes for an eco-friendly home remedy were shrinking.
So when I found this latest method, I was a little wary. It called for a pinch of salt, some baking soda, boiling water, and some foil. Well…I can say this method is AWESOME. It works like magic…black magic, I tell ya. I took some photos of the process, so everyone could see the difference…and how magical this really is. The tarnish actually grabs ahold of the foil, so make sure you don’t skip that step!
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I know it’s been FOREVER since I’ve done a Meghan Monday post, but I promise to be better about it this year!
I love love LOVE the How About Orange blog! Did I mention that I love it? Well last week Jessica posted about making gift bows out of the yellow pages. How smart is that? We all usually end up with a copy of the yellow pages (either at home or work) that we don’t use because of the internet. So how about snagging a couple of pages to make bows out of before you throw that bad boy in the recycle bin? Sounds like a plan to me!
The Long Thread has been posting some great recycled Halloween projects. I just love the paper bag Halloween bowls that they posted. They are just paper mache bowls made from paper bags and tissue paper. These would be great to hold the Halloween candy to give out to the kiddos. They would also be a great project for a kids class. Or to make for a Halloween party instead of going out and buying new bowls that you can only use for one occasion.
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For the next 5 weeks I’m going to feature a Green DIY Halloween project (or two, or three) on Meghan Mondays. I LOVE Halloween, so I thought what better way to share my love of Halloween with all of you than to share some green Halloween projects.
Today’s projects, oh yes – I’m starting with two, come from Amanda over at Crafts by Amanda. The first project that caught my eye were her Recycled Bread Tag Monsters. Holycute! What a great use for those bread tags. And what a SIMPLE project to do with your family. Then as I was checking out that post (and chatting with Laura about it), Laura says “I want to make those juice box monsters!” Huh? Monsters made from juice boxes? Oh yeah. Amanda’s Juice Box monsters are so cute! All you need is some empty juice boxes, felt, glue, and something to weight them down. In under an hour you could have monsters taking over your home for Halloween.
Thanks Amanda for the great GREEN Halloween inspiration!
One my favorite things that I get in my inbox each day is the “Craft of the Day” email from Martha Stewart Crafts. Lots of days I just delete it without opening it, because I can tell by the subject that I won’t be interested, but today was NOT one of those days. How can you hit delete when the subject line says “DIY Piggy Bank?” Just another fun thing to do with your empty bottles instead of just tossing them in the recycling bin. You could even make a family of piggy banks in different sizes. Maybe make one for each person in your family and keep the “family of piggies” in your kitchen for all to enjoy. The possibilities are endless!
Danae over at Nae Chic posted a great green project for all of the dog lovers out there. I’m sure you all feel my pain when it comes to those tiny rolls of poo bags. No matter how hard you try, they end up rolling off the counter and making a mess. Or you put them somewhere they won’t roll, but then forget where that magical place was. Well Danae came up with a solution to this problem! She took a cylindrical wipe container, covered it with some fabric and VIOLA – a fashionable GREEN poo bag holder. Not only does it nicely dispense the bags, it will hold a few extra rolls as well. What a great idea!