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On my heart today…

I love music. I love powerful lyrics and singing. And strangely enough, I’m not in one camp or the other when it comes to contemporary music vs. hymns. I love the new stuff that Christian artists are releasing (like when I shared “Shoulders”), but I also love some of the old hymns. They are so rich with meaning and theology and truth. And I love how talented people have made beautiful, artistic hand lettering designs of these songs and put them on Pinterest. So today, here are a couple of song lyrics that are on my heart.

i need thee{source}

great is Thy faithfulness{source}

in every season{source}

it is well{source}

What is inspiring you today?

Love Rach

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Tune My Heart

One of my favorite projects I’ve worked on lately is this piece for above our piano. I came across this idea on Pinterest and absolutely loved it! I used the tutorial from HomeSpun Happenings to etch my letters into the wood and it worked brilliantly! {side note: I didn’t use the charcoal on the back of the paper, but I did trace the letters and used the indentations as a guide}.

etchingI printed out the letters, taped them to my board, then traced the letters until there were indentations in the wood. I used a Sharpie to trace the indentations and viola!

etchingYou can see the indentation for the Y here before I filled it in with Sharpie.

Tune My HeartAll outlined

tune my heartAll filled in with Sharpie 🙂

tune my heart pianoThe sign above the piano. {and Oreo on the stairs, haha}

tune my heartAnd a closer shot. 🙂

amazing graceAnd a close up of the print I made for the lower part of the piano. Yes, yes, more Tiffany blue… what can I say? I love that color! 😉 I got the inspiration for this from CreativeGeniusArt.

come Thou fount

Love Rach

A different sort of Easter Egg

I saw these pastel-colored deviled eggs on Pinterest and just thought they were the cutest thing. Thanks to the inspiration of FOODjimoto, I made these little eggs in honor of Easter’s forthcoming arrival!

easter eggs

Don’t be alarmed by my crazy egg yolk swirls. I was in a rush to finish these which meant some haphazard work, haha!

easter deviled eggs

But I mean, look how cute they are in their little pastel Easter colors. 🙂 And simple to make, too! Boil your eggs. Shell ’em. Cut them in half. Pop out the yolks into a bowl. Add mayo (and mustard if you’re like us) to your yolks and mash together. Add 3-4 drops of food coloring to each cup of water and drop in the egg whites. Allow to soak in the dyed water until they are a pretty pastel color. Pipe the egg yolk mixture into the dyed egg whites and top with whatever your little heart desires (paprika and bacon bits are at the top of my list). 🙂

Happy Easter weekend, friends!
Love Rach

 

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Now let’s jump from talking about Christmas straight to Spring Cleaning! 😉 Today’s high is 58 and later this week it will be nearly 70! YAY! That sure sounds like spring to me. I am definitely not a cold weather kinda girl so I love this! Granted, it will go back to freezing again, but I’m not one to complain about the yo-yoing weather when it means I get to have warm sunshine in January. 😉 So in honor of our brief warm weather, I thought it was time to share my favorite DIY cleaning product. 🙂

I feel certain most of you (or at least those of you on Pinterest) have seen the DIY Laundry Detergent by How Does She. So for those of you who haven’t gotten around to making it yet – you really should! We’ve been using it since last spring and it has saved us quite a bit in laundry detergent costs! And if you are worried about cleaning power – don’t be. This stuff leaves even my husband’s smelliest gym clothes nice and fresh! 🙂

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Homemade Laundry Detergent 

Ingredients:

1 (4 lb 12 oz) box of Borax (found in detergent aisle)
1 (3 lb 7 oz) box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (found in detergent aisle)
2 (14.1 oz) bars of Fels Naptha (found in detergent aisle)
2 (2 lb) boxes of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (found in cooking aisle)

Optional Ingredients:

1 (3 lb) container of OxyClean (found in the detergent aisle): We actually did not add this to our laundry detergent because it isn’t safe for all fabrics (like wool). So we keep it in a separate container and just add a small scoop of it to heavy loads (gym clothes, pet stuff, etc).

1 -2 (55 oz) bottle of Purex Crystals Fabric Softener (found in the detergent aisle): We did not add this the first time we made the detergent, but did add it this last time. To be totally honest, I don’t notice much (if any) difference in scent or softness to our laundry.

Directions:

Grate the soap. Then mix all ingredients together in giant bucket. We actually half this recipe when we make it just so we don’t have to store a huge amount of detergent so all the ingredients fit in my biggest kitchen mixing bowl. To use, add 1 – 2 tbsp per load of laundry! 🙂

Easy peasy lemon squeezy. I have several friends who have made this same detergent and love it as well. It cleans well and truly saves so much money on detergent (especially for those of us who were somewhat picky about detergents in the first place, haha)! 🙂
Love Rach

The Glue and Cheerio Project

Glue and cereal may not normally go together, but when it comes to improving hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills… they most definitely do! I originally found this little project on Pinterest from the Skain’s Family Blog.

DSCN2042Items Needed: construction paper, pen, Cheerios, and glue

DSCN2046Write child’s name (or any word really) on construction paper.

DSCN2047Have child trace letters with glue (this was actually really difficult for Will since the glue squeeze bottle didn’t want to squeeze very easily. I ended up doing this part for him).

DSCN2049Then have child place Cheerios on the lines of glue.

DSCN2050Then have child pose proudly with the new work of art! 🙂

I gotta tell you… my job is pretty amazing.

kiddos2I mean, I get to hang out with these two all day. And I get paid for it! 🙂

Love Rach

 

DIY: Organizing Earrings

So last week’s necklace organizer went so well that I decided to tackle my earrings next!

My earrings have been hanging out in a pretty antique dish that had belonged to Christopher’s grandmother which is lovely, but since I can’t see all my earrings at the same time I am really bad about wearing the same few pairs.

Nearly a year ago I saw this precious idea on Pinterest and loved it, but just never got around to making it happen. Well this week I was looking through my Crafty Inspiration board trying to decide what project to try next and when I saw this again I just knew I needed to try it!

{source} Look how cute!

Again, I wanted to spend minimal $ and use what I had around the house so when I realized yesterday that I had a spare giant frame sitting in my craft room and a box of lace from my grandmother… well, I got all kinds of excited. With the help of scissors and a hot glue gun, this project came together in just a few minutes!

Look at all that pretty lace. 🙂 And I know the frame is more straight edges than the more antique looking one above, but that goes more with our bedroom. We have lots of modern strong clean lines in there so this frame was really perfect. 🙂

With my earrings! I love that I can see them all so easily now! And it’s just so cute. 🙂

This is it actually in my closet where it belongs. The other shots were taken in the kitchen where the lighting is better. 😉

I did decide to reinforce the back with duct tape (over the hot glued parts) and since I had just run out of duct tape I had to buy some which means this project cost me $2. I just love when I can make something so precious out of stuff I have already! 🙂

In other news we did freezer meals again last night! I’ll update on that soon! 🙂

DIY: Organizing Necklaces

Several years ago I wanted to do something about the fact that my necklaces always got tangled together in my too-small jewelry box. So I had a brilliant idea of how to organize my necklaces with things I already had around the apartment. This is what I came up with:

Corkboard + push pins = Necklace Organizer. I felt brilliant. 😉

Then many years past and Pinterest came along and I realized that while I had come up with a great way to keep my necklaces organized and tangle-free… I had  missed the whole make-it-look-cute thing. Haha! I saw adorable little ideas like these:

Pin #1, Pin #2, Pin #3

Check out how precious those are. I originally wanted to do the top one, but I haven’t been able to find knobs on sale anywhere. I really didn’t want to spend a lot of money on this project since it isn’t really something I needed. Then one day last week inspiration hit: we have tons of scrap wood in our workshop and leftover (tiffany blue!!!) paint from when we did the kitchen. I figured hooks couldn’t be that expensive and sure enough I went to Target and found a box of hooks for a couple of bucks! I painted my wood, drilled holes in the wood, put hooks in drilled holes and then VIOLA! My masterpiece:

Isn’t it precious? I made two – one for long necklaces on one side of my closet and one for short necklaces on the other side. 🙂

Such a quick and cute little project. And now my necklaces can hang in adorable style. 🙂