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pinterest challenge: cute car trash bag

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Posted on Sep 13, 2012 in Lifestyle


When we lived in a city, driving around was always a short-term thing. We’d be in the car for 5, 10 or maybe a rare 15 minute trip if we were going to the “other side of town” for something. We didn’t eat in the car. And we certainly never had trash in the car.

Now that we live in the middle of nowhere? Boy, has that changed. Fridays are typically our errand-running day, and we can be out and about for 6 or more hours at a time. And two days a week, we commute over an hour (one way) to work. We’re in the car a lot now. I actually think we’ve put as many miles on our car in the past two months as we have in the previous year. Ain’t no thang. That’s just part of the side effects of living in the country. What is a thang? All the trash that piles up in the car.

Starbucks cups. Hardboiled egg shells. Apple cores. Receipts. Discarded grocery lists. It became very obvious very quickly that we needed a trash storage solution for our car, so we did the ever-attractive temporary solution of hanging  a plastic grocery sack from our gear-shifter. Effective? Yes. Attractive? No. And if you know anything about me, you know that I don’t deal well with un-pretty things. Especially in my pretty car that I love so very, very much. I wanted something attractive. Or at the very least, as attractive as a trash receptacle could be. Maybe that desire makes me crazy anal, but hey, I is what I is, you know?

Pinterest to the rescue! I was browsing my boards the other day and noticed this little guy that I had pinned way back when (way before we ever actually needed a car trash bag). Kismet, right?

I usually post my own version of a tutorial whenever I do a Pinterest Challenge, but I’m going to skip that today because I followed the tutorial at A Ditchin’ Time Quilts to a T. The only slight tweak I made was to make the bag a little bit wider so it could fit regular grocery sacks (the original is made for bread bags, produce sacks, etc.), but other than that, the instructions, photos and measurement are perfecto. So no need for me to rip it off and put it up here. Seriously, go head over there and see how quick and easy it is to make your own trash bag—it took me about an hour. And it makes me so obnoxiously happy. And no, it was not a coincidence that the fabric I choice coordinates perfectly with our orange paint job. I know, I have problems.

Side note: it felt so good to get back into sewing. I finally got a chance to unpack and set myself up a little crafting/sewing nook and it makes me so insanely happy. It’s bright and cheerful and all my stuff is right there. Expect a lot more sewing and crafting projects here on BTHR—which is something I know a lot of you have been asking to see more of for a while.

Yay! Happy trash!

I’m so weird.

How do you store your trash in your car? Or are you one of those people who I totally envy that always remembers to take your trash out of your car every time you leave it?

pinterest challenge: popsicle stick workout jar

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Posted on Aug 9, 2012 in Fitness

It’s time for another Pinterest Challenge, friends! If you weren’t around the last time I did one of these, basically, it’s a self-instituted challenge to stop pinning and actually turn some of the ideas on my Pinterest boards into reality. In the past, I’ve made cake stands, figured out an easy-to-make spray for wavy hair and made a mirror made out of Goodwill finds and flatware. But today, we’re talking workouts!

Pinterest is a really interesting place when it comes to health and fitness. And by “interesting” I mean, “scary”. It’s full of thinspiration, workouts created by people who aren’t personal trainers and lots of unhealthy tips and tricks for dropping weight fast. It’s basically my least favorite area of Pinterest. Which is sad, because it has the potential for being an amazing place to share inspiring stories, workouts and foods.

Sigh.

But alas, if you push aside all that unhealthy stuff, there are a few really amazing fitness-related gems on Pinterest, and one of them was this amazing workout jar idea:

The pin doesn’t link to an original source (which I never like) but whoever came up with this, you are awesome! What a great idea! Basically, you write exercises on some popsicle sticks, put them in a jar and then pull them out at random to build yourself a work out. I loved the idea! I love that there are a lot of different combinations to make a wide variety of workouts. Such a great way to bust boredom.

What I didn’t love? The total randomness. What if I got five back exercises and no cardio or other muscle groups? What if I got just one of each muscle group and didn’t get enough of workout on any part of my body? Oh! The horror!

So I removed the total randomness. I made categories! I started by painting popsicle sticks in six different colors.

 

And then I worked on groups of exercises in each of six different categories: cardio, core, legs, arms, back and chest. The idea: for each workout, I pull out one stick of each color and suddenly, I’ve got myself a well-rounded, custom-designed workout!

I used a thin black Sharpie to jot each workout down on the light-colored dried popsicle sticks and a thin silver paint pen on the dark ones.

Now, before I head to the gym, all I have to do is pull out one of each color to plan out a full-body strength and cardio workout.

If I want to do a more targeted workout (like, for example, focusing on legs), I can pull two or three from one color and combine that with some cardio.

I’m so in love with this system. It’s totally personalized to me and my abilities (which is why I won’t be sharing the full list of workouts with you). I also included a mixture of really difficult and pretty easy ones. Somedays I’ll get lucky. Some I won’t. The only rule? I get what I get. No switching them out once I pull it out! I also love that it’s so easy to add more sticks if I get bored with the current selection and switch them out when I need harder or easier workouts. Oh, and the colors are fun, too!

Have you ever found any fitness gems on Pinterest?

pinterest challenge: starburst flatware mirror

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Posted on Jul 19, 2012 in Lifestyle

I’ve had a few folks ask me what is going to happen to the monthly Pinterest Challenge now that I’m co-writing a whole other blog specifically focused on DIY. For those of you just tuning in, the Pinterest Challenge is a monthly post where I actually stop pinning, get off the computer and go do a project that was inspired by Pinterest.

I’m happy to announce that the Pinterest Challenge is here to stay on BTHR! We’ll be co-opting the idea over at The Broken Plow. But you’ll still see a monthly post here revolving around my own personal Pinterest projects. I’ll be focusing on food, kitchen decor, health and beauty over here and we’ll try to keep the hardcore homeowner’s stuff over at TBP. Sound good? Sounds good! Onto this month’s project!

The inspiration for this particular project started offline, inside a Target store. Babyface and I were in there browsing and stumbled upon this really amazing sunburst clock made out of forks and spoons. I thought it was such a cool idea that I snapped a photo, but we weren’t too keen on the $40 price tag or the fact that the bright colors made it a little too juvenile for our tastes. I stashed the photo in my iPhone determined that we were going to make our own version.

Then all-destiny-like, the very next day, this pin popped up as I was browsing Pinterest. It was exactly what we wanted! Quirky and interesting, without being juvenile. I also loved the idea of a mirror instead of a clock. I knew that very second that this was going to be my next Pinterest Challenge.

The original pinned post had very clear instructions for their method, which helped greatly, but I went kinda off on my own with this one. I really wanted something that was sturdy, but light, beautiful, but simple and most importantly (isn’t it always?) cheap!

To get started, I gathered my supplies. I bought an unfinished 8″ circular mirror from Joann’s, a nice white china plate with silver trim and a gold plastic charger plate from Goodwill, plus some hanging wire from a hardware store. I was all ready to use regular old silverware when I found out…the Goodwill doesn’t sell flatware. So we headed over to Meijer to find some cheap flatware, and the cheapest they had was about $1 per piece. This definitely didn’t fit my “cheap” rule. I was about ready to give up, when we headed over to grab some paper towels, Babyface turned around and saw these:

Plasticware that looks remarkably convincing. And definitely convincing enough up high on the wall. Plus, they were light, which meant I wouldn’t have to worry about loading down the mirror with 10 pounds of flatware. Plus, at $3.49 for a box of 30, they were definitely the right price. Score!

The mirror assembly was actually really quick and painless. First of all, I super glued the mirror to the china plate from the Goodwill. I just eyeballed it for center. It’s a little off, but not enough to notice unless you are looking at it straight on. That’s pretty much the whole story with this mirror. It’s a little bit off, but it adds character, right?

While that was setting up, I took to the gold plastic charger with some white spray paint. I thought for a hot second about leaving the charger gold, but I figured white and silver is a pretty timeless combination. After a few coats and overnight dry, I had a white charger.

Next up, I punched a couple of holes in the back of the charger to run my hanging wire through. Since my charger was plastic, I just used an icepick to make the holes.

Next step was to get down my silverware arrangement. I did a few different patterns and practices before I landed on this layout. Which I snapped a photo of with my phone for reference.

Then using a hot glue gun—which worked wonderfully bonding the plasticware to the plastic charger—I carefully arranged the plasticware in the same pattern on the back of the charger.


Once all the plasticware was on the back of the charger, and all the glue was dried, I did a few more touch up layers of glue to really make sure the plasticware was secure.

After the glue had dried, I loaded up the back of the ceramic plate with hot glue and pushed it solidly onto the front of the plastic charger. I was originally going to use super glue for this step, but I though it’d be worth a shot to try the hot glue and it feels really solid, so I stuck with it!

Then I cleaned it up and hung it up in my dining room nook!

I doubt this is the permanent home for it (and that certainly isn’t the permanent paint color of this room) but for now, it adds a fun bit of quirky elegance to the space. I absolutely love it!

Ready for the price breakdown?

  • Mirror=$2.49 (after a 50% off coupon)
  • Plate and charger=$4.00
  • Hanging wire=$2.29
  • Plasticware=$3.49
  • Spray paint, hot glue and super glue=already on hand

Total: $12.27

I like that price tag a heck of a lot better than the $40 one! Plus, I like my mirror even better. I say we can call this another successful challenge!

Have you ever seen an item in store and decided to make it yourself?

pinterest challenge: landlocked beachy waves

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Posted on Jun 11, 2012 in Fashion & Beauty

For this month’s Pinterest Challenge (the monthly post where I take something I’ve pinned and actually do it and report back the results), I thought I’d step away from the crafty theme of the past few posts and try something a little different—a beauty pin!

I’m always looking for new ways to tame my hair. I have crazy thick, frizzy, big, huge hair. I’ve gotten in the habit of flat ironing it a lot, but I don’t love that because of the damage and time commitment. So when I found this how-to for beachy hair spray on Pinterest last week and I knew I was going to try it out.

I always love my hair whenever I’m at the beach, but considering I live 13 hours from the closest ocean, beach hair always seemed to be a bit of a vacation-only thing, but this spray promised me otherwise. Worth a shot!

Plus, I had all the ingredients already on hand.

The original formula makes way more than could fit in my spray bottle, so I did a little bit of tweaking. In a mason jar, I mixed together:

  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon conditioner
  • 1 teaspoon coconut butter

I put the lid on the mason jar and then shook my little heart out, or until the mixture was all combined and opaque. Then I poured it into an old spray bottle. Done! To use, I sprayed it liberally on clean, towel-dried hair, and then divided my hair into about eight sections, twisted them and then let air dry. Actually, I dried them in the sun while reading a book. Once everything was dried, I shook out my hair and I had this:

I am so happy with the results of this stuff! Normally whenever I air dry my hair, it’s very frizzy and packed full of fly-aways, but this stuff made it smooth and soft without feeling weighted down or greasy. I also love that it took me all of a minute to style my hair (plus drying time). Huge improvement over my typical 20 minute flat-iron time!

In case you were wondering what the front looks like, here is a ridiculous picture of me holding a beach umbrella. Themes. I like to run with them.

I’ll definitely be using this stuff all summer long.

Have you every learned a beauty trick from Pinterest?

pinterest challenge: state nail and string art

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Posted on May 8, 2012 in Lifestyle

Yay! It’s time for another Pinterest Challenge—the monthly post where I talk about a project I dug out of the depths of Pinterest stagnation and brought into the light of reality. Pinning is awesome, but doing is even better.

As usual, I hit up my Must Make board to peruse all the crafty objects that really moved me to action. I narrowed it down to three pins that really spoke to me this month—a car trash bag, state nail art and a simple silk scarf top.

I’d all but landed on the car trash bag—I’m incredibly sick of seeing a Target bag hang off my gear shifter—but then I remembered something kinda important—my sewing machine wasn’t here. We’re slowly moving stuff into our new house and the sewing machine was one of the first things to go. So…state art it was! No sewing machine required.

I started off gathering materials by heading to Michael’s in search of the perfect base. I found my way to their wood-working section and hit up the area of the aisle with ready-to-finish plaques and boards.

I had gone in thinking I wanted square bases, but for some reason, the only square bases Michael’s had were $9.99 each! I wanted to do both Indiana and Ontario (where Babyface is from) and I wasn’t about to spend $20 just on the bases. Especially considering I had other materials still to buy.

Fortunately, they had a bargain bin of not-so-fancy plaques and inside I found these rectangular ones with ornate corners. They weren’t exactly what I had in mind, but I liked their $1.99 price tag enough to make the sacrifice. The quirky, beveled edge grew on me as I worked with them, anyway.

Once home, I took a fine grit sandpaper to the face of each plaque. Because of the bargain bin quality, I felt like they needed a bit of clean up. Plus, sanding with the grain helps stain soak in better (spoiler alert: I’m going to stain these).

After sanding, I went ahead and printed out my state outline templates. First up, I measured the face of the plaque and decided about what size I’d like each outline to be.

Then, through the magic of Google and Photoshop, I had myself two nice (although completely inaccurately scaled) outlines.

I set those outlines aside and started work on the base color. Almost all of these types of art out there that I’ve seen use brightly-colored, solid backgrounds and while that is swell, I wanted something that looked a little more classic. I decided a stain was where it was at and landed on this sunbleached shade.

I followed the manufacturer’s directions and applied one, thick coat with a sponge brush. Then I let it seep into the grain for a few minutes, and then I wiped the excess away with a clean cloth.

After an hour of drying, I pulled out my hand-dandy can of spray polyurethane (LOVE this stuff), took the plaques outside and gave them a couple of coats over the course of the afternoon. I chose satin because I wanted a nice, weathered-wood look, but there are semi-gloss and glossy versions that could look very cool as well.

After a few hours of dry time, I brought the plaques back inside and taped down each of the outline templates with masking tape.

And drew on the hearts where we both grew up geographically. This caused a bit of a problem, because both of our hometowns are on the borders of our state/province. This sucks. You’ll see why later.

I very, very quickly decided the heart was way too cutesy for my blood, and switched it over to a circle.

Once the templates were ready to go, I pulled out the nails and got to hammerin’. These little suckers were in the section with upholstery tacks. There were quite a few different metals and colors to choose from, but I went with a glitzy brass for a bit of visual interest.

The nailing part actually didn’t take nearly as long as I thought it would. I just eyeballed the spacing, tried to hammer them in halfway straight and try not to bust my thumb open. I wasn’t too terribly worried about it being perfect. I think the appeal of these kinds of handmade art pieces is that they look handmade.

I then tore up the masking tape and paper and pulled out my string of choice. I got this stuff in the jewelry-making section of Michael’s. I really liked that it was a little shiny, but still thin and pliable.

I tied off the end of the string in one corner (in Gary, Indiana, actually) and then started working my way around the nails—connecting to the middle circle after each one. It was going really well. Until I got to Southern Indiana. Then it got all cray-cray and messy because of the odd shape of the river border and how close the circle was to the edge, but I kept going and ended up with this:

I tied off my knot, cut off the excess string and immediately turned to Babyface and said, “I hate it.” And I did. I hated how messy it looks down by the Ohio River. I hated how the threads were so thick in some places because I had to wrap 20-30 times around some of the nails in the circle. After hours of nailing and wrapping, I was not happy.

So this happened…

I was pretty much ready to give up on them, but then I glanced over and saw my stack of sewing threads and inspiration struck! I had Babyface take out the circle nails (I was too frustrated to touch it, yet) and then I sat down in front of an SVU marathon after dinner with my plaques and stacks of thread.

I started winding color after color onto the nails, not paying any attention to patterns or arrangements. I went North to South, East to West, up and down, diagonal, all around. I used metallic thread, white thread, neon green thread. I went all kinds of crazy pants.

I kept going until it was thick enough to where you couldn’t see the old nail holes from the circle o’ nails. I stepped back, took one look at it, and jumped up and down with excitement. I loved it! Perfect!

I couldn’t put my finger on it, but there was something about the original state art that I didn’t love. Now that I see my version, I think I get it. I think the original version was too perfect and cutesy for me. I love the chaos contained in the metal outline in this version. I love all the colors. I love that they look simple and plain from far away, but complicated and layered up close. I’m so glad I ended up hating the other version, because if I hadn’t, I would have never discovered how much I love this one!

I am not entirely sure they are finished. I’m going back and forth about a border. Part of me wants to paint the beveled edge of each plaque a metallic gold, but part of me, again, loves the simplicity of how they are now. Anyone have any opinions either way?

I can’t wait to find a spot for these in the new house.

Have you ever had a project that you were unsure of at first but ended up loving?