Thursday, January 29, 2015

20 Warm Winter DIY Clothes We Love

Trying to buy warm winter clothing and accessories after Christmas is difficult because all of the stores are selling bathing suits!

Which is great if you live somewhere warm enough to wear a bathing suit during the winter.
For the rest of us, if we want warm winter clothes it’s recycling and DIY or die freezing time!

20 winter DIY recycled clothes projects

20 DIY Must Haves to Keep You Warm This Winter

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Dog Coats and Boots for Dogs Who Hate Wearing Clothes

Lacey, our snow warrior princess loves to romp and play in the snow. Her dachshund side goes into overdrive. She investigates every little foot print, crack, or hole in the snow when she goes outside and take care of business.

Being part Cavalier King Charles Spaniel means her natural fur dog coat is longer than a barley there dachshund’s but Lacey doesn't last very long in low winter temperatures, nor should she when the temperatures are so dangerously low.

Girlfriend needs a winter dog coat.

coats for dogs that hate to wear dog coats

Too bad my dog hates to wear a dog coat.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

DIY Glass Bead Valentine’s Day Wreath

I’m doing something different this winter. I get a case of the blues most winters after I put away our Christmas décor. The inside of the house is almost as colorless as the overcast gray winter days outside and will stay that way until everything starts blooming in the spring.

I’m trying something new and adding a bit of color to the house by decorating for Valentine’s Day.
I found a metal heart shaped wreath form at Joann’s. I used that as my inspiration and with a little upcycled fabric and a whole bunch of glass vase fillers (also called glass craft rounds) I made a heart shaped Valentine’s Day wreath.

Glass bead Valentines day heart wreath
Even better the metal wreath form is sturdier and less likely to break than the not so eco friendly foam wreath forms. Yay!

How to Make a Heart Shaped Valentine’s Day Wreath

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Organize Your Garage in Three Easy Questions

I make most DIY projects harder or take 10 times longer because I have to hunt for stuff in the jumble of crap the tool shelves eventually become in my garage. It needs to change.

three questions to answer for an organized garage and workshop

Welcome to my nightmare.

It’s time to face the fact that while tool storage shelves work for some people, they aren’t working for me. I have tons of garage organization ideas on my Pinterest boards (follow Condo Blues on Pinterest, pretty please?)

I have even more people telling me I should create/build/buy garage organizers like the kind they like.  I appreciate the helpful suggestions. But  I have some of those suggested organizers and they aren’t working for me right now.

I need to learn how to determine how to organize my workshop and garage according to my habits and organizing style first before I go crazy installing the slat wall of my dreams or whatever.

How to Make a Garage and Workshop Organization Plan with Three Simple Questions

Sunday, January 18, 2015

DIY Carved Stone Heart Necklace

I am a necklace gal. I am a green gal. I am also a DIY gal.

That’s why I like Creative Green Living’s DIY Carved Stone Heart Necklace besides the fact that Carissa is an awesome blogger friend!


How to drill holes in rocks to make jewelry

Carissa makes this cool project look like it was difficult and time consuming to do when it is surprisingly easy. If you can make four holes in a thin stone with a Dremel, you can do this project. Easy!

I think this necklace would make a great homemade Valentine’s Day gift. If you have a stone from a favorite beach or lake spot, that would make it even more meaningful. It makes me wish I grabbed a few stones from the beach during our last Put-in-Bay vacation. I guess that means we’ll have to go back someday so I can make Carissa’s carved stone necklace, right?

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Make an Even Curtain Hem the Lazy Way!


It took awhile to find curtains that work in my craft room guest room. Not only do I need to find something that works with the bright yellow walls but the curtains have to be long enough to hang from as close to the ceiling as possible to the floor.hemcurtainslazyway

Why? Because hanging the curtain rod at the ceiling opens up the room and makes it look bigger. If you hang your curtain rod just above the window it visually shortens the walls in the room. That’s why I always hang my curtains as high as possible.

That also makes it a challenge to find curtains that are long enough to hang from the ceiling to the 8 feet down to the floor unless I want to make curtains.  Curtains are not hard to make but they aren’t my favorite project. I’d rather buy than DIY curtains because hemming a room full of curtains to perfectly matching hems is a pain.

Luckily the Scandinavian design gods smiled on me. I found a set of IKEA Langör Curtains that are plain enough to work with the bright yellow walls of the room and whimsical enough to fit in with the big toy artwork I put on my inspiration retro mod craft room mood board.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Handmade Clay Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace

I like to wear essentials oils instead of perfume because they are phalate free* in addition to the traditional use of using essential oil to make life’s illnesses, aches, and pains more tolerable.

I’m not endorsing any particular brand of essential oils because I buy several brands mostly from vendors at my local renaissance festival. If it there is one thing I learned about essential oils from my Rennie Family it is that you should not put an undiluted pure essential oil directly on your skin. If you want to wear an essential oil, you need to mix it with a carrier oil first, which quite frankly, is a pain if you just want to wear it as way to smell nice. 

Aubrey from Homegrown and Healthy came up with a less messy alternative way to wear essential oils on a DIY diffuser necklace that she easily makes from terra cotta clay. The terra cotta absorbs the essential oil you apply to the pendent so if you like to wear/use more than one type of essential oil, you will need a separate diffuser necklace for each essential oil. Fortunately they are simple and inexpensive to make!

diy diffuser necklace