Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Inkling: recycled paper

Do you shred documents and junk mail? If so, that little bin under the shredder fills up pretty quickly. You can put the shreds in with the recycled trash, compost it or make new paper. I decided to make some new paper from paper mache pulp and use it to make tags.
To make paper from paper shreds you’ll need:
  • Paper shreds or torn up paper
  • Water
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • A large pot
  • A rolling pin
  • A strainer
  • Parchment or wax paper
  • Place your paper shreds in a pot of boiling water and let boil for an hour or so.
  • Stir the paper every now and then and add more water if needed. Time saving option: soak your paper overnight in a bucket of water to eliminate the boiling step.
  • Once the paper starts to get mushy; drain it in a large strainer. I used a wire strainer so the bits of paper wouldn’t fall through larger holes of a sieve.
  • While the paper is cooling, make paper mache paste. Here’s the recipe:
Combine ½ cup flour and 2 cups cold water in a bowl.
Boil 2 cups of water in a sauce pan and add the flour and cold water mixture.
Bring to a boil again.
Remove from heat and add 3 tablespoons of sugar.
Let cool. The paste will thicken as it cools
  • Squeeze your paper to remove as much water as possible. Slowly add the paper mache paste. You probably won’t need all the paste. Just enough to coat the paper.
  • At this point, I added little cut up bits of colored tissue paper to jazz up my paper. Don’t boil the tissue paper with the shreds or it will just become part of the mush.
  • Roll out your pulp between two pieces of parchment paper using a rolling pin.
  • Try to get your paper fairly thin.
  • Place on a cookie sheet or tray and let dry.
Once your paper is dry, cut them into desired shapes.

 

  
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Inspiration Board: link party {7}

Welcome to The Inspiration Board link party. Whether you’re linking up a project or stopping by for some inspiration, I want to thank you for taking the time to visit my blog.

A few rules:
  • Link up your own projects – something you created.
  • Link to a specific post, not your blog home page (No Etsy shops or giveaways).
  • Grab a “homework” button and include it somewhere on the post you’re linking, on your home page or a page of link parties. Or, if you prefer, add a text link.
  • Follow homework. You’ll find the “Follow via Google Friend Connect” gadget on the right sidebar.
Please take a few minutes to check out some of the beautiful projects and make someone smile with a comment or two.


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Monday, July 18, 2011

Etceteras: sugar scrub and pretty packaging


I know there have been many wonderful sugar scrub posts and tutorials in the blog world but when I found these little bottles I just had to make some of my own.

The little travel-sized bottles are from my local drugstore. I found them on sale - I think they were two for $1.00.

There’s a variety of sugar scrub recipes available online – brown sugar, lemon, peppermint and more. I used a recipe from The Happy Housewife because I wanted pink scrub.


Here’s the recipe:

¾ cup sugar
1 tablespoon pink sugar crystals
4 tablespoons Canola Oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix the sugars together. Slowly pour in the oil and extract and mix together


Pour your sugar scrub into your jar. I embellished my jar lids with crepe paper flowers. You can find my tutorial for crepe paper flowers here.

If you want to use the scrub as a gift, consider adding a little spoon to scoop out the scrub. I love how these turned out and will definitely be making these as gifts in the future.

Since I had all the ingredients out, I decided I also wanted to try making sugar scrub cubes. I thought these might be more convenient since you can use one little cube at a time instead of scooping out the scrub.

To make soap or sugar scrub cubes, you need melt and pour soap base which I didn’t have. I found a recipe here that called for soap shreds and decided to give it a try. I have a feeling soap shreds are something you buy to make soap but I used a bar of soap that I had and shredded it. Ta-da...soap shreds...


Here's the recipe:

1 Tbsp. oil (I used canola oil)
2 Tbsp. soap shreds (I scraped a bar of soap with a butter knife to make shreds)
3 Tbsp. sugar

Heat the oil and soap shreds in the microwave in short bursts. Heat 15 seconds then stir – repeat until the soap is melted. Slowly add your sugar until the mixture is like dough. I added yellow food coloring for a lemon drop effect. At this point you would put your scrub mixture into candy forms. Since I didn’t have candy forms, I used a measuring spoon and scooped out dollops. Let dry on parchment paper until firm.

 Phew…that was a long post and long day of making sugar scrub and decorating bottles. I’m ready to relax and use my scrub now.


Please join me tomorrow for The Inspiration Board Link Party. Have you been crafting, scrapbooking, redecorating, cooking or baking? Whatever you’ve been making, I’d love for you to share your project.



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Friday, July 15, 2011

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight

There were so many wonderful projects linked up on Tuesday’s Inspiration Board. Thank you to everyone who linked a project and to everyone who came to visit. Here are a few in the spotlight this week.


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A fabric strip baby blanket by Sumo’s Sweet Stuff. I love the colors and the fringed seams.

Inspiration: sweet colors



Yummy dinner rolls baked in mason jars from The Farm Girl Recipes. You can practically smell the fresh bread aroma.

Inspiration: pass the butter


A lovely air mail pillow by City Girl Gone Coastal inspired by her parents love letters when he was stationed abroad. So sweet.
A vintage sign from The V Spot. Vivienne made this sign as a thank you card for friends. Note to self: do something really nice for Vivienne - she makes the ultimate thank you cards.

Inspiration: love letters and thank you cards



Bright and cheerful sunshine tags from Yesterday on Tuesday. Malia dyed her shipping tags yellow and then jazzed them up with items on hand.

Inspiration: color coordinated stash



Messy Mimi painted a bird planter that she had on hand with Annie Sloan paint. I’ve been seeing a lot of project using this paint and will have to try some. The results always look fabulous.

Inspiration: old item – new product


  
Plantable wedding favors by Cut the Craft. Very eco-chic. I actually made something similar which I’ll be posting about next week.
Homemade graham crackers from Sweet Treats and Good Eats. I love that they’re simple and plain – and I bet they are just delicious.

 One Perfect Day made these love heart sachets with beautiful bold fabric and sweet smelling lavender. So pretty.

Inspiration: I {heart} hearts

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Thank you again to everyone who linked a project and to everyone who came to visit. I loved looking at all the projects and visiting your sites.
Have a wonderful weekend.