Sunday, January 14, 2018

Make a Valentine Using a Recycled Pirouline Tin

Do you make your Valentines or buy them?  I do a little of both.  My honey has a favorite candy, Ferrero Rocher, and I always like to get that for him on special occasions, but I like making him something special too!  Let me show you how to make this sweet gift from a recycled tin and a few other recycled items too.
I have fond memories of making a Valentine box for school each year.  I always loved that project, but anything crafty was right up my alley! This project brings back those memories!
Remember my Cocoa Station (click here) that I created back before Christmas?  Well, we ate LOTS of these yummy little Pirouline Cream Filled Wafers Cookies and I kept several cans to do crafts with.  I also saved ribbons from some of my gifts.

See that cute little vintage Valentine candy box up there?  That was a gift from my Mama.  She always saves stuff through the years and then she comes across them later on and then she shares with ME!
Ok, on to the project!  I'm a card maker so I have tried lots of adhesives through the years.  The red line tape you see here is the best sticky stuff for when you're not just using paper on paper.  It's a two sided adhesive.  This tape is super sticky so be sure you mean it when you add your paper!  This tape will be very handy when recreating my recycled tin project.
Pick out your scrapbook paper and cut it at 5 1/4" x 9 1/4".  You'll want to use a pretty sturdy paper (like card stock thickness) for this project.
Place one strip of the red line tape along the seam of the tin.  Cut to length.  Take off red plastic to expose the other side of sticky.
Add the paper to the sticky tape already on your tin.  Now add one more strip of tape to the other end of your paper.
Wrap your paper around your tin being careful to keep it straight and tight as you go.  Hold in place like so while you take off the red plastic strip to adhere it all together.  Set tin aside.
Now you need to cut out a circle for the top of your tin.  I used my circle Spellbinder Nestabilities dies, but you can also just trace around the lid and cut it out by hand.  Add two more strips of tape to the top of the lid and adhere the circle to it.
Now what to do about these words left showing.
Pompom trim is good but you can also add a strip of paper or even some thin ribbon as well.
I used my hot glue gun on low when I added the pompom trim.
Now to fill it up with the fun sweet treat.  I picked up some chocolate hearts to add to mine.  I added a few strips of Valentine tissue paper first, then the chocolates.  Now tuck in the tissue paper ends and replace the lid.
Next I grabbed a piece of my red ribbon (1-1/2" wide by 36" long) that I'd saved and tied the whole thing up pretty!  I wrapped it all the way around so it would be easy to remove.
I tied a big ole pretty bow on top.  Some might say that this is NOT a masculine gift, but hey, Valentines to me are pretty, red and very fancy!

TIP:  If you are recycling your ribbon and its all wrinkled from being already tied once, just grab your flat iron and smooth it out all nice and straight again.
Lastly, add some type of tag or card that you can write a sweet note on and you're ready to give your Valentine a wonderful gift that didn't cost hardly anything!  The tin was free, the ribbon was free and I got the rest of the items I used out of my giant card making craft stash.  FREE!!! I love free.

Now all I need to do is make a Valentine card and I'm all ready for Valentine's Day!

Would you like to see a recycled card I made too? Click link below.

Recycle Your Junk Mail and Make this Valentine Card

If you're a card maker, please check out The Cutting Cafe' for the digital stamps I used to create my heart shaped tag.  Please tell Regina I sent you! *wink*

If you'd like to see MORE RECYCLE IDEAS click on links below.

Ironing Station or Decoration?

How to Create a Recycled Fairy Garden

Cleaning and Reusing Candle Holders

Recycled Work Bench For The Shop

Pantry Remodel Revealed - You Won't Believe the Before and After

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Spot Cleaning Carpet with a DIY Cleaning Solution

Do you ever have those small accidents that happen and then the carpet needs to be cleaned, but its  not big enough for going through the trouble of renting a full size carpet cleaning machine? Yes!  We do too so I decided to get a small very portable carpet cleaning machine.  We have the machine you see below, its the  Bissell 3624 SpotClean Professional Portable Carpet Cleaner.
If you keep watch, you can get a lower price on this machine.  The one we got is an open box return that was never used and in brand new condition for $109.00.

Now, here's my tip:  For several years we've been using our own DIY Carpet Cleaning solution which works great, but its made to be used with the full size rental machines.  This recipe is the same, but made for a smaller, more portable cleaner and it works just as awesome! Winner!
(Do you like my Pioneer Woman Measuring Cup?  Click here to get one for yourself.)

DIY Carpet Cleaning Mixture (for smaller cleaners):

1 cup of vinegar
1 scoop of OxyClean
Warm/Hot Water to the fill line on the tank

The clean water tank on this particular machine is 3/4 gallon capacity so its quite a bit smaller than the full size cleaner rental tanks.

NOTE:  Although this mixture worked for our light colored carpet, I'm not sure about using OxyClean on darker colored carpets, so be sure to test it before you start just to be safe.

Yes, there will be a slight vinegar odor, but it dissipates in about 24 hours time.
Step one:
Using a kitchen funnel, add one scoop of Oxyclean to the tank.
Step two:
Add one cup of distilled white vinegar to your oxyclean in the tank.  Remove funnel and carefully swish to mix.
It will foam up like you see here.  This is normal.
Step three:
Add about 11 cups of hot tap water to the fill line on your tank.  Secure the water tank back on to the machine
This is a coffee stain.  It's a full cup of coffee with sugary creamer added.  This stain is about a week old.

Picture this:  You're half awake.  You've just made yourself a nice hot cup of coffee and your heading back to your cozy bedroom.  Suddenly, the kitten runs in front of you!  To miss stepping on her and causing drastic bodily harm, you side step her and spill your nice cup of coffee on the light colored carpet.  You try to clean it up, but its dark in the room.  You "think" you've done a great job cleaning up the mess.  Nope, not so much!  Next, I get a text from my honey bun (I'm already at work) telling me that this near miss just happened but he's already cleaned it up so no worries.  It totally slipped my mind until a few days later when after I vacuumed there was still a dark spot on the carpet.  The following weekend it was cleaned with our new carpet cleaner.
First turn on the machine.  Now, using the trigger on the carpet cleaner handle, just spray the area with your solution and let it stand for a couple of minutes (2 to 3 minutes).
Next, do not squeeze the button and scrub the solution into the carpet using the brush on the head of the nozzle. Lastly, in slow straight lines in a backward motion, suction up all the liquid you've just sprayed on the carpet.
And just to help the drying process along a little quicker, I get several paper towels, lay them over the damp spot and step on the area to blot up any extra moisture.  This little Bissell machine worked really well at suctioning up the water because there was very little moisture on the paper towels when I finished blotting.
I know, ewww, gross but here is the end result after I cleaned the carpet spots.  I say spots because I also had a few cat "burp up" spots to clean as well.
Here's the original coffee spill spot, all clean now.  I'm so glad we decided to purchase this little machine because so far, I'm loving how it works!  I'm also glad that we can still use our homemade carpet cleaning solution in this machine as well, that's the best part of it to me!
I'm hoping this will keep our carpet looking cleaner in between full on carpet cleanings.  I'm still wishing for a nice new tile floor in here in the living room sometime soon! *wink*. Want to see the tile we picked out?  Click right here.

Would you like to read about the original DIY carpet cleaning recipe? Click link below.

DIY Carpet Cleaning

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!
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Monday, January 1, 2018

My Top Nine Instagram Posts

Happy New Year!
Do you Instagram?  I do and I just love it!  Truth be told, I might be slightly addicted to it as well! lol!  I've met so many nice ladies on there who also share my love of  The Pioneer Woman Collection.
And speaking of the Pioneer Woman Collection.....That is what almost all of my top nine Instagram posts for 2017 were all about! Gosh! It's so fun when people like and comment on your posts too.

I had no idea that I would find so many others who love all these pretties as much as me!  If you'd like to follow me on Instagram, you can find me by searching ddcamp170.
If you happen to be interested in more PW things, keep reading!

We enjoyed a nice weekend trip to The Pioneer Woman Mercantile in Oklahoma and you can read all about it right here.
I also wrote a post all about My Pioneer Woman Collection and you can read all about that right here if you'd like to.

P.S. My family got me lots more PW dishes for Christmas! Yay!
And if you're the crafty type, I wrote about how I turned a Pioneer Woman Tablecloth into 2 curtains for my kitchen right here.  I tried my best to give you a step by step how to so you can make one of your own if you so wish!  *wink*

Do you collect any Pioneer Woman items too? If so, leave me your IG name or your blog name down below so I can ooh and aah over your collection as well.

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Clover House's Top 10 Posts of 2017 - A Year in Review

Each year I like to make a list of the top 10 most read posts here on our blog and share them with you.  I always think its interesting to see what topic was most viewed and I'm usually always surprised.  Each time I sit down and type up a post I never imagine that so many people will be interested in what it is I have to say.  Once again, we are blessed with lots of visitors to our little blog, mostly from Hometalk and Pinterest and for that I say a great big THANK YOU!
Below is my list of the top 10 post of 2017.  The homemade softener had over 58 thousand hits and the number 10 spot being the burlap wreath was just a little over 1 thousand hits....that's a lot of people wanting to read what I have to talk about and to me, that's awesome! Thanks to all who visited in 2017.  Happy New Year!
#1 - Homemade Fabric Softener - Click here to read the post.
#2 - Builder Grade Door Makeover - Click here to read the post.
#3 - Porcelain Wood Look Tile Floor - Click here to read the post.
#4 - How to Clean Your Fridge Coils - Click here to read the post.
#5 - DIY Perfect Baseboards - Click here to read the post.
#6 - Painting a Paneled Door with a Window - Click here to read the post.
#7 - Pioneer Woman Tablecloth Turned into Curtains - Click here to read the post.
#8 - Holiday Ombre Wreath - Click here to read the post.
#9 - Corner Cabinet to Cat Condo - Click here to read the posts.
#10 - Chevron Burlap Fall Wreath - Click here to read the post.

Want to see the last few years in review too?
2012 in review, go HERE.
2013 in review, go HERE.
2014 in review, go HERE
2015 in review, go HERE.
We didn't have a 2016 review because we were away from our home for most of that year.
It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Easy Handmade Christmas Ornaments

Handmade Christmas Ornaments, what sweet gift to give during the holidays!  I decided to make a few different ornaments this year.  One was for an ornament swap I participated in over on Instagram.  Pop over to my IG (ddcamp170) to see what ornament I received.  The other two ornaments below were just fun to do and I'm sure I'll find a good place to use them.
Not only would they make a fun gift, but what a cute embellishment they would make to your Christmas gifts.

I knew I wanted to use cinnamon sticks in my project because I already had so many of them on hand from creating my Hot Cocoa Station. You can read about that in my last post by clicking right here.

Anywhoobs, the one I'm going to show you how to make is a cinnamon stick Christmas Tree.  Easy! 
Its pictured above.

You will need the following items to recreate my tree:

Fabric of your choice (I used Fat Quarters)
6" Cinnamon Sticks (Mine were short so I glued two together)
Twine (for hanging)
Buttons to match your fabric
Hot glue gun and glue (use low temp)
First I made several "rag" strips of fabric.  To make these, make a small cut to start the fabric so you can tear it down to the other end. These need to be at least 9" long and about 1/4" wide.
I glued the twine on first to the back side of the cinnamon stick.  If you use your glue gun on low temp, you can use your thumb to smash the twine into the crack in the stick.  Not necessary though.  Let it cool completely.
Tie each piece of fabric using a square knot (Right over left, then left over right).
Keep going until you have about 13 strips of fabric on the stick.  Make sure you are pushing them up to keep them tight and scrunched together.
Now flip it over and add the button on top with a bit of hot glue and then trim the fabric on each side until it resembles a Christmas tree.  I used red and green, but you could certainly use all greens for a more tree like look.
Here is a another cinnamon stick tree.  Its even easier than the last one was.

You'll need the following items:

6" cinnamon stick
Garland Ties
Twine
Fabric scraps
Hot glue gun and glue (low temp)

First add your hanging twine just like before.  Now add your branches (garland ties).  Cut four pieces that measure at 4 1/2", 3 1/2", 2 1/2" and 1".  Hot glue on your branches to the cinnamon stick.  Now add tiny strips of fabric tied in one knot and glue to the tree on each "branch".
And the last one is my fabric yo-yo tree.  I've made these in the past to give as gifts so when I signed up for the ornament exchange on Instagram, I knew I wanted to make one of these.

You will need the following items:

Fabric of your choice
Twine
Tiny Jingle Bell
Pine branches (for the base)
Needle and thread
Yo-yo makers or round object to trace around
Hot glue gun and glue (low temp)

Different sized yo-yos will get the graduated tree shape you're going for, so you will need to make several different sizes of yo-yos in different fabric patterns.  I have 9 layers on this one, but you can use lesser amounts if you'd like.  After making all the yo-yos, I like to tack them together by running a string of thread (up the center) from the largest to the smallest and then end with the tiny bell.  Next I add a tiny bit of hot glue in between each yo-yo to help hold the shape.  Next I tie the hanging twine on right below the top yo-yo.  Lastly add the trunk and base with hot glue.  My honey cut the real pine branches for me using his chop saw, you can use a hand saw too.  We sanded them to make them smooth.

There you are, three different handmade ornaments that you could whip up and give as gifts or add to your gifts for embellishments.  Hurry, you still have time! *wink*

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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