Kitchen Cleaning Shortcuts

by Dinah Wulf

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Kitchen Cleaning Shortcuts is sponsored by Bounty. All opinions are 100% my own.

Hi. My name is Dinah, and I take kitchen cleaning shortcuts. Part of this post is a little embarrassing; mostly because of the BEFORE photos. Working from home is tough sometimes. I don’t have a house keeper, and now that I’m busier than ever, I rely on shortcuts like these. Bounty to the rescue! You have to try the NEW Bounty with Dawn paper towels which cuts your cleaning time significantly! It’s pretty amazing.

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NEW Bounty with Dawn is a specially designed 2 in 1 cleaning product that combines an ultra-durable Bounty paper towel with the cleaning power of Dawn infused right into the towel. Bounty with Dawn will stand up to even tough messes and stays intact, like a dishcloth while cleaning. Bounty with Dawn can blast through tough grease and dried up food.  You will notice that my BEFORE and AFTER pictures are of things that can easily be hidden but build up dirt pretty quickly! I’m so guilty of letting it get this bad!

If you’re going to be cleaning your dishes or pots/pans, simply wet it fully and clean. I tried it on the inside the microwave oven. It also worked well on the inside of my built in trash can cabinets. You can also rinse and keep cleaning. I used one sheet per item I cleaned. And don’t worry if it’s a greasy mess because Bounty with Dawn will capture the grease in a way that allows it to rinse out.

Here is the BEFORE and AFTER of my microwave.

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If you’re going to be cleaning a mirror, glass cooktop, or other shiny surfaces, wet it out, wring, and rinse again. Or, leave the towel under running water for a few extra seconds and squeeze the water out thoroughly. There will still be plenty of Dawn to clean your surface and when it dries down the special formulated cleaning agents will disappear to a virtually haze free shine. I tried it on my toaster and coffee maker.

Here is the BEFORE and AFTER of the toaster.

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Here is the BEFORE and AFTER of the coffee maker. So embarrassing!

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Look at what came off of my coffee maker in one swipe! So gross!

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I also used it on my window sills and windows in the kitchen as well as my glass cook top and the inside doors of my double oven. I also have acrylic kitchen chairs on my kitchenette table, and I cleaned both chairs with one sheet.

A few more fun facts about Bounty with Dawn paper towels:

  • A wet sheet of Bounty with Dawn paper towel produces results that are 4X cleaner than a used dishcloth.
  • Bounty’s newest product innovation is the thickest, strongest Bounty, with 70% more fibers in each sheet to absorb messes and cloth-like durability to hold up to tougher tasks.
  • When activated by water, the cleaning power of Dawn is released into the porous towel so the grease fighting suds capture the mess. Bounty’s absorbent structure holds the grease inside until it is rinsed and wrung out, which means you can use one sheet on multiple messes.

I loved it so much I created a little spot for them under my sink. I added a tension rod which was the perfect size for a roll of Bounty basic and a roll of Bounty with Dawn!

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Please visit www.bountytowels.com for more information on Bounty’s family of products. Thank you to Bounty for sponsoring this article!

How to Get Glue and Paint Off Skin

by Dinah Wulf

Thank you to WD-40 and Lava Soap for sponsoring this post, How to Get Glue and Paint Off Skin. All opinions are 100% my own.

Lava Soap

Question: What do all of these projects have in common?

DIY Projects with Glue

Answer: I used industrial strength adhesive to make them!

Question: What do all of THESE projects have in common?

DIY Projects with Paint

Answer: I painted all of them!

Question: What do all my projects that require glue and paint have in common?

Lava Soap for Crafters

Answer: I needed Lava Soap to clean my hands and get that tough glue and paint stains off of my skin.

Lava Soap isn’t just for Dudes that work on cars!

See?

With the hundreds of DIY and craft projects I have done over the years, I have learned a few tricks to some behind-the-scenes occupational hazards like, how to get glue and paint off skin. Lava Soap is my go-to.

I have used Lava soap ever since I can remember.  After all, it’s been around for over 100 years (OK, I’m old but not that old)! I actually keep a bar in our downstairs bathroom next to the garage. My husband uses it after working on his Jeep or changing the oil in the cars. I use it during and after doing my DIY and craft projects.

I even have a special soap dish I keep it on! I found this one while antique shopping.

Lava Soap for DIY and Crafts

Lava soap contains pumice and pumice is a by-product of volcanic activity, hence the name Lava Soap. It’s heavy duty and honestly the best out there. It’s great for removing grease, grime, oil, ink, paint, glue, resins, caulk, and more. It also now comes in a liquid form as well. Sure it’s great for auto enthusiast, but like I said in the video, it’s not just for Dudes who work on cars!

Thank you so much to Lava Soap for sponsoring this post!

Santa Stop Here DIY Outdoor Sign

by Dinah Wulf

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I am proud to be a 3M sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape . Opinions are my own and additional products used in the project were selected by me.

The other day I found a shelf that my friend was about to throw away. It had a few water stains, but I asked her if I could have it anyway. Immediately, I knew what I wanted to do with it. To be completely honest, my outdoor holiday decorating isn’t that great! We don’t even have the lights up! So, to give my home a little more holiday spirit, I decided to make this hand painted Santa Stop Here DIY Outdoor Sign.

Materials:

  • Wood Board or Old Shelf
  • ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Exterior Surfaces 2097
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Stencils
  • Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Spouncer
  • Plastic Lid
  • Hooks
  • Rope

The first thing I did was gather my materials. I thought about hand painting the words, but remembered some stencils that I had that worked perfectly.

Santa Stop Here Sign

I measured the length of the board and the width of the letters and words to make sure it would fit, then I taped off an arrow with my ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape.

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Next, I painted two coats of red paint on the outer boarder. I wanted the inside of the arrow to remain white so that my green letters would show up better.

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While the second coat was a little wet, I pulled off the ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Exterior Surfaces. Holy moly!! I can’t believe how super sharp the lines were!

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Once the paint was dry, I marked off the words in pencil using the stencils.  I did this for two reasons: 1) to make sure the words were centered, and 2) it makes it easier to stencil, because I had to stencil each letter in a different order.  This way, it’s more efficient stenciling a letter one at a time.  You may or may not need to do this, depending on what stencils you use.

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Next, I stenciled the words on using a spouncer in an up and down motion. I also like to use a recycled plastic lid for my paint.

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Allow your sign to dry completely.

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Next, I added some hooks to the top of the sign, measuring 10” from each end.

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I hung the sign off of my balcony in an uneven position so that the arrow was pointing to the roof of the house.

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Here are a couple after photos.

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Winter Survival Kit Ornament Gift Idea

by Dinah Wulf

Winter Survival Kit Ornament Gift Idea

I’m a member of the “Tic Tac Pack” and this post is sponsored by the Tic Tac® brand. While I have been compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.

I wanted to make some inexpensive, but creative and special gifts for my neighbors, my friend’s parents, and Mia’s teachers. I thought a winter themed survival kit would be a cute idea, and making it into an ornament would be even cuter! Here is my Winter Survival Kit Ornament Gift Idea.

Materials:

  • Plastic cubes
  • Fake snow
  • Survival Kit items:
    • Candy Cane & Cherry Apple Twist flavored Tic Tac® mints
    • Antibacterial soap
    • Holiday bandages
    • Holiday lip balm
    • Lotion
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

I knew that I wanted to make these before I even thought about where I could buy plastic cubes. After searching a few stores with no luck, I remembered I had these cases from these mini ornaments I bought. They look like this.

Winter Survival Kit Ornament

I have these in gold, red, and silver, and now, I will just think of a different way to store them so I can use the cases for these ornaments. Ha!  The first thing I did was fill them with fake snow.

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I purchased some fun items to put inside the winter survival kit including antibacterial soap, holiday bandages, lip balm, lotion, and of course Tic Tac® Packs. This year, Tic Tac® has transformed a holiday favorite into a portable, shareable treat with the introduction of new limited-edition Candy Cane flavored Tic Tac® mints! It’s a festive and affordable treat that fits nicely into these cute “orna-mints” (get it??)! With just one Candy Cane flavored Tic Tac® mint, you can enjoy the classic holiday treat any time without battling with sticky plastic wrap. Tic Tac® is also bringing a holiday favorite, Cherry Apple Twist, back to shelves this year. Yum!

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 I purposefully picked colorful holiday themed items to fit inside the cubes.

Winter Survival Kit Tic Tack Ornament

Lastly I tied them up with ribbon.

Winter Survival Kit Ornament Gift

They look great hanging on the tree as well! This little gift is perfect for party hosts, neighbors, teachers, and any special someone in your life!

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Need some Christmas projects to inspire you?

I’m a member of the “Tic Tac Pack”and this post is sponsored by the Tic Tac® brand. While I have been compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.

Preparing for Holiday Houseguests

by Dinah Wulf

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Thank you to BISSELL for sponsoring today’s post, Cleaning and Preparing for Holiday Guests.

The holidays are approaching quickly! That means I have seven of my family members flying in to stay with us SOON! I admit; I have been prepping for a while. With decorating, cleaning, grocery shopping and preparing, it never seems to end.  I decorated the house more than I usually do as well.

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Since there will be ten of us staying at our house, I wanted to make sure everything was SUPER clean. I changed all the sheets, cleaned all the floors, and scrubbed our three bathrooms and toilets. You get the picture. My MAIN concern however was my daughter’s carpet in her bedroom because two of her cousins will have to sleep on the floor. I thoroughly vacuumed and swept, and cleaned the hardwood. There were some stains on the carpet, so I thought I would do a deep clean with my BISSELL Upright Deep Cleaning Machine and use the Scotchgard Protector Carpet Cleaning Solution for the first time.

Preparing for Holiday Houseguests

I started by vacuuming and getting the loose dirt and debris. Then, I used a pretreatment formula on some of the stains as well.

Cleaning and Preparing for Holiday Guests

Since it was my first time using the machine, I followed the quick step guide as I went along. I am no stranger to carpet steam cleaners, and I had to mention that the tank for this cleaner is the perfect size. It fits beautifully under our small bathroom sink. I’ve had issue before with other steam cleaners where you had to inconveniently and awkwardly fill the tank in the tub.

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Holy moly! I thought I was clean but this was ridiculous!

Apparently I need to a) learn how to vacuum better, or b) buy a new vacuum, because not only did the BISSELL Upright Deep Cleaning Machine and Scotchgard Protector Carpet Cleaning Solution clean my carpet brilliantly, but I picked up so much loose dirt and dog hair. I would show you a picture but it is too embarrassing!!! The machine was easy to clean after I used it as well.

Here are a couple after photos.

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It looks brand new! I also did the large area rug in our Master bedroom as well.

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I highly recommend trying it out. I feel so much better about the kids playing and sleeping on this carpet now!

More About the BISSELL Deep Cleaning Formulas with Scotchgard Protector

I tried and recommend:

BISSELL ProHeat 2X® Premier 47A23 Upright Deep Cleaner

BISSELL Scotchgard ™ Protector solutions

Scotchgard Protector works by placing a barrier on the surface of fibers to protect against future stains.  Even if your carpets weren’t treated from the start, you can help build in some protection using BISSELL deep cleaning formulas with Scotchgard Protector.

BISSELL upright carpet cleaning formulas that include Scotchgard Protector have the substance formulated in, so as you clean your carpet you can also protect it from becoming stained in the future. This stain-protecting substance pushes liquids away from the base of carpet fibers. This means that when you have a spill, the liquid will stay at the surface longer so you have time to clean it up before the carpet is seriously damaged.

Here’s a coupon code to receive a discount off Scotchgard Protector formulas (expires 7/31/15).

BISSELL Coupon

Thank you to BISSELL for sponsoring today’s post!

Winter Woodlands DIY Ornaments

by Dinah Wulf

Winter Woodland Ornaments

This post, Winter Woodlands DIY Ornaments, is sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores for the #Makeitgiveit campaign. Read more to enter to win!

I don’t know about you, but I have had the same Christmas decorations for ten years probably. Each year, I try to change them up a little by decorating in different ways.  This year, I wanted a more rustic feel. I added burlap ribbon to my garland on my staircase and mantel as well as to my tree. I also decorated with some other natural elements like pine cones. I also made some new ornaments and wanted to share these adorable Winter Woodlands DIY Ornaments I made in a jiffy.

Materials:

  • Glass Ornaments with Front Opening
  • Craft Essentials Wood Slices
  • Decorative accents Bird’s Nest
  • Touch of Nature Bird’s Eggs and Butterflies
  • Moss
  • Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks
  • Scissors
  • Twine

I purchased all the materials at Jo-Ann. Most of the materials can be found near the floral department.

Winter Woodland Ornament Materials

These are the glass ornaments I found. They have a fairly large opening that the wood slices and bird’s nest fit in perfectly.

Winter Woodland

Winter Woodland How To

Carefully using a hot glue gun, I glued the moss down first and then glued the wood slices in two of them and the bird’s nest in the third inside as well. I glued down the eggs in the nest, the single butterfly for the center ornament, and for the wired butterflies I put just a dab of hot glue at the end of the wire and it stuck to the wood slice perfectly.

Winter Woodlands DIY Ornaments

I removed the existing red ribbon and replaced it with twine. Here are a few photos.

Winter Woodland Butterflies Ornament

Winter Woodland Green Butterfly Ornament

Winter Woodland Bird's Nest Ornament

 

Jo-Ann #Makeitgiveit Instagram Sweepstakes

#Makeitgiveit is more than just an online sweepstakes; it is a partnership between Jo-Ann and the National Military Family Association this holiday season. To celebrate, we want to give you a $100 Jo-Ann gift card as part of our Holiday Make it – Give it Sweepstakes! Entering is easy, just share a picture on Instagram of a holiday project you are working on and tag it with #MakeItGiveIt and you’re entered! You have until December 25th, so start snapping pics! We’ll pick 5 winners and announce them on December 30th. We’ll also be donating 5 – $100 gift cards to the National Military Family Association to distribute to families. See official rules here. All entries will be featured on our Make Gifts Merrier Holiday Hub, so be sure to check it out!

Good luck!

DIY Winter Woodland Ornaments

Thank you to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores for sponsoring this post!

DIY Repurposed Gift Card Holder

by Dinah Wulf

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Thank you to J. Jill for sponsoring this post and giveaway, DIY Repurposed Gift Card Holder. All opinions are 100% my own.

I am so excited to a) show you how to make a DIY gift card holder out of a brown paper bag, and b) give one lucky winner this DIY gift card holder along with a $100 J. Jill gift card! I was lucky enough to celebrate the J. Jill opening at the Shops at Mission Viejo the other day. It was a lovely event where I got to peruse the beautiful store, meet some amazing people, and try on the clothes! BUT! More on that and the giveaway in a minute… first, let me show you how to make this upcycled gift card holder.

Materials:

  • Brown Paper Bag
  • Scissors or Paper Cutter
  • Decorative Tape and Washi Tape

Any paper bag will do. The one pictured here will make four gift card holders.

Repurposed Brown Paper Bag Idea

First, I cut out a rectangle (approximately 4”X9”) and folded it into thirds as shown. The top flap should be shorter than the lower flap. Leave a small gap in between the flaps.

Repurposed Brown Paper Bag

Tape down the top flap with Washi tape, and trim the bottom edge. I used the tape I had left over from my Washi Tape Gift Wrapping idea.

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Next, add two more strips of Washi tape all the way around the bottom half.

Repurposed Paper Bag

Insert the gift card.

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Wrap another two strips around the top flap all the way around the holder to close it.

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I added more sparkly decorative tape, left over from my 12 Days of Christmas mini tree, on the front as well.

DIY Gift Card Holder Upcycling Idea

 Sooooo, inside is a $100 gift card to J.Jill and one of you is going to win it!

Jill’s beautiful collections are designed for the women who lead rich, full lives. Additionally, to celebrate the opening, J. Jill made donations to their Orange County-based Compassion Fund Partner: Laura’s House. Laura’s House is committed to changing social beliefs, attitudes and the behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse.

My visit was so much fun. The store was beautiful.

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The clothes were just my style… comfy with a lot of neutral colors.

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There was a great selection of scarves and other accessories.

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I also loved the jewelry.

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Now for the giveaway! Good luck! The winner will be chosen on Monday, December 15th at 12:00 AM.

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Washi Tape Gift Wrapping

by Dinah Wulf

As a one-stop “Holiday Workshop,” Office Depot and OfficeMax offer everything with the lowest prices ever on the Black Friday deals like high-performing laptops to the hottest gift cards so shoppers can find the right gifts for everyone on their holiday lists. Whether you need a gift for someone in the office or a client, a family member or a friend, or an impulse buy for yourself, Office Depot and OfficeMax have all the business and home office essentials, technology products and accessories you need.

Today I thought I’d share some holiday Washi tape gift wrapping ideas. Office Depot and OfficeMax have an AWESOME selection of Washi tape and duct tape in several colors and patterns to choose from. It took me a while to decide on the colors and patterns I wanted, and ended up getting a mixture of black and white, gold, pink, and blue.

I knew I wanted to use brown wrapping paper to wrap my gifts. I thought the Washi tape would be a great contrast to the brown paper for small gifts I am giving to my family this year. Here are a few tips to Washi tape gift wrapping.

  1. When choosing colors and patterns, place all of them together in a row, and change the orders of the colors and patterns until it’s pleasing to the eye.
  2. I chose to limit each gift to one pattern and two or three solid colors. For some reason I’m not confident in my mixed patterned choices! Ha!
  3. Place the Washi tape in a weave pattern. For example, lay one horizontal, the next vertical, and keep alternating.

Here are a few pictures.

I love this type of gift wrapping because it’s simple, inexpensive, and gives your gift an extra special DIY touch.

Office Depot and OfficeMax are offering great Holiday savings (the lowest prices ever) even earlier this year with Black Friday sales starting on Thanksgiving Day at 6 p.m. and online deals beginning at 12:01 a.m. Thanksgiving morning. They are offering web-only offers including Black Friday ad deals valid on Wednesday at midnight, and Cyber Monday begins on Sunday at midnight.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Office Depot and OfficeMax. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Holiday Tips for a Beautiful Home

by Dinah Wulf

This post, Holiday Tips for a Beautiful Home, is sponsored by Bona, All opinions are 100% my own.

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I am so excited to have my parents coming to visit us from Maryland the first week of December, and my in-laws coming to visit us from Illinois over Christmas this year! I’m crossing my fingers that this will be a new holiday tradition. With that comes a lot of cleaning and preparation, so I thought that I’d share some holiday tips for a beautiful home, especially to help prepare for guests.

This year, we redid our floors.  We removed the carpet and put in cement floors downstairs, and hardwood floors on the staircase and the entire upstairs. Here is our entryway to show the cement floors and hardwood floors on the steps.

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These two photos are our upstairs hallway with the new hardwood floors.

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Since the completion of the floors, I think I’ve tried every cleaning product available! I’ve tried both residential and commercial products and all were just OK. Not completely satisfied I kept looking. FINALLY! I found one. Bona is the perfect addition to your pre-holiday decorating routine.  I bought this Bona hardwood floor mop to try it out.

Holiday Tips for a Beautiful Home

OK, warning… this is gross… BUT my two pups had sneezing spells!! I had the windows open on a windy, but sunny day here in SoCal, and the dust blew in. Both my dogs went crazy on the sneezing! Here is what happened to our floors!

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I used the Bona hardwood floor mop and voila! In less than a minute (the dogs didn’t even budge!), the floors looked brand new again.

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Since I want our home to be sparking and festive when our guests arrive, I went to town cleaning and doing a little early holiday decorating. I wanted to pay special attention to the guest room, so I washed all the sheets, cleaned the windows and hardwood floors. I also put fresh towels and toiletries like razors, shampoo and conditioner, soap, and Q-tips in the guest bathroom. This photo is the entrance into the guest bedroom with clean floors!

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I added a simple, but not overwhelming holiday wreath in the guest room to welcome my family as well.

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I also started decorating the railings of the stairs, now that they are clean and shiny.

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Let Bona help you get your floors shining this holiday season! Sign up for the BonaFide Fanatics mailing list and download the $3.00 off coupon! Bona Hardwood Floor cleaners are non-toxic and GREENGUARD certified and won’t leave any residue behind. It is also third-party certified to be safe and effective. Try it put!

Thank you so Bona for sponsoring this post! I LOVE my new mop!

My Craft Room: Inspiration, Creativity, & Tradition

by Dinah Wulf

This article, My Craft Room: Inspiration, Creativity, & Tradition, is sponsored by IKEA. All opinions are 100% my own.

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My craft room is more than just a craft room. It’s a place of inspiration, a place of creativity, and a place of tradition. My daughter and I spend a lot of time in there. I keep it as well organized and neat as possible, and everything has its place. Over the past few years, I have shared my craft room sanctuary on my blog and social media and I have received several emails and messages with questions. So, I thought I’d share it all with you today.

A Place of Inspiration

When we first moved into this home and I found out I had an entire room devoted to crafting, I knew where I wanted to go to buy the furniture.  In fact, the furniture for this room was my Christmas present one year. Since I keep an IKEA catalog handy at all times, I knew what pieces I wanted to buy right away.

This is the view from the door. The table and shelving unit are from IKEA. I knew that if I had both beautiful and functional furniture, I would have no problems getting inspired.

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This is the view from the other side of the room.

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The table top is the perfect size for not only the room, but to spread out all my materials to do my projects.

Craft Table Top

A Place of Creativity

For me to have creative mojo, my supplies have to be in order and organized. Every pen, paint brush, and glue stick, has a special spot. I raided IKEA for different sized storage boxes to keep all my supplies in.

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I also added magnets to small containers for smaller notions that I hang on this magnetic board attached to the side of the shelving unit.

Magnetic Board

I opted to add the drawers and doors to the shelving unit as well. I changed the knobs and decoupaged the front of the drawers with recycled maps.

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For my sewing machine and sewing supplies, I bought a rolling kitchen cart that fits everything beautifully.

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Here is the list of items in my craft room you can purchase at IKEA:

Furniture

Storage

A Place of Tradition

I think the best part of this room is that I get to share it with my daughter. Since we have lived here, we have created some new traditions sparked by our creativity. During the holidays, we make handmade Christmas decorations and ornaments every year together.

The last time I was at IKEA I found this fabulous white felt wreath. They have so many great holiday decorations this season.

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I made some felt poinsettia’s to embellish it. To make the flowers, cut ten small petals for each flower. Glue them together in groups of five to form a flower. Glue two groups together. Lastly, glue or sew on small beads or pearls for the center of the flower.

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I pinned three of them onto the wreath.

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Here is the result. Isn’t it gorgeous? It’s a beautiful addition to our Christmas decorations this year. I’m even thinking of making more to give as gifts.

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It’s amazing to me that one room could inspire so much. I look forward to many more early mornings and late nights in there creating new projects and traditions with my daughter.

Special thanks to IKEA for sponsoring this post.

Tote-ally Awesome Tote Bag

by Dinah Wulf

Tote-tally Awesome Tote Bag

Today I just wanted to share a great deal going on at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores right now! These Tote-ally awesome tote bags are available at Jo-Ann for $9.99 with a minimum $30 in-store purchase! I have to say, they are the perfect size for so many things this holiday season.

I have several out-of-town family members staying with us this year; my mother and father in law, my brother and sister-in-law, and their three kids. I am SO excited about it. This is also the time that Mia’s cousins have visited us at our house ever and their first time in sunny California! Needless to say, we have a lot of things planned. This tote bag will definitely come in handy.

It’s the perfect size to…

  • Use as an overnight bag on short excursions.
  • Use as a beach or picnic bag (the weather is still amazing here in CA).
  • Carry gifts and toys to our friend’s holiday party.
  • Use as a carry-on for the plane on their way home to Wisconsin.

So don’t forget to stop by Jo-Ann’s to get your holiday decorations and crafting supplies and pick up a tote or two. They come in a few colors to choose from as well!

Oh! And don’t forget to down load your Jo-Ann’s app on your smart phone so you can use the coupons when you check out… I’d be lost without mine…

Thank you to Jo-Ann’s for sponsoring this post and sending me my very own tote-ally awesome tote bag!

Need some Christmas projects to inspire you?

The Ultimate Holiday Hostess Gift Idea

by Dinah Wulf

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This post, The Ultimate Holiday Hostess Gift Idea, is sponsored by Rich Product’s Give Bakery Because. It’s Gifting Made Delicious. campaign. All opinions are 100% my own.

Each holiday season, we all spend a considerable amount of time going to holiday parties. But figuring out what to bring for the party hostess can be a daunting task that ultimately ends with the purchase of the traditional bottle of wine or box of chocolates. This year, be the hostess gift hero! Create a unique breakfast basket full of baked goods and other goodies that the hostess can enjoy the next morning. Better yet, visit the bakery department of your local grocery store to find a variety of treats that can be gifted. With simple creative packaging, a baked good can become a personalized (and delicious) gift that will make hostess’s day a little brighter. It’s simple, easy and affordable—no baking required!

I found these cookie jars at the thrift store for next to nothing. 

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After I washed and cleaned them, I decorated it with green burlap ribbon and red felt ribbon.  I made a tag that says “thank you for everything”, and tied it on along with a pretty glass Christmas ornament.

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Next, I went to the bakery of my local grocery store and bought some fresh baked goodies. I bought a variety of bagels, croissants, and rolls.

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I filled each cookie jars, which kept them fresh.

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Now for the ULTIMATE hostess gift…you can include your goody-filled cookie jar in a basket with champagne and orange juice for mimosas, and even some champagne glasses (plastic will do!).

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Now, after weeks of party planning, and a successful party night, your Host or Hostess can enjoy breakfast the next morning thanks to you!

Looking for more homemade hostess gift ideas? Try these!

Thank you to Rich Product’s for sponsoring this post! Be sure to visit the Bakery Because Pinterest page for more inspiring ideas!

DIY Playroom Wall Art

by Dinah Wulf

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Thank you to Pear Tree Greetings for sponsoring this post, DIY Playroom Wall Art. All opinions are 100% my own.

OK, so I don’t really have a playroom, however I CAN say that my daughter and some toys have officially taken over part of the family room.  I know a lot of fellow parents have issues with keeping toys organized and out of site. For me, I like to make them cohesive and pretty! I know I have posted my DIY Kitchen Play set before and just recently I made another kitchen play hutch from some thrift store finds. Today, in effort to make this play area even more beautiful, I am sharing some DIY playroom wall art ideas.

Doesn’t it look cute?

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Here are a few things I used:

  • Pear Tree Greetings Wall Decals
  • Wooden Photo Frames
  • Toy Wooden Spoon
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Craft Paint
  • Paint Brushes

The first thing I did was design and order my wall decals from Pear Tree Greetings. First of all, THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN! The interface is easy to use and the designs and color choices are vast and modern. There is plenty to fit all styles. I chose some photos of my daughter from when we went to a recent street fair.  I took pictures looking at herself on my iPhone, and I thought her reaction was just too cute.

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Next, I made a few other pieces to match my wall decals. I picked up some inexpensive wood frames and painted the edges pink and green.  I framed some left over fabric I had from making my kitchen play hutch and upcycled thrift store stool.

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I also painted some wooden wall plaques.

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I glued on a toy wooden spoon, since these would be displayed in her play kitchen.

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Lastly, I hung them all up in her play kitchen.  Another thing that’s great about the decals is that if you don’t like your placement, you can easily remove it and stick it on again. Here are a few AFTER photos. They are really the perfect final touch for this play area.

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Thank you to Pear Tree Greetings for sponsoring this post! Be sure to check out their other wall art, invitations, DIY cards, and more!

In case you missed them, here are the tutorials to make everything you see here in Mia’s play kitchen:

Glittered Coffin Halloween Party Favors

by Dinah Wulf

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This post, Glittered Coffin Halloween Party Favors, is sponsored by Jo-Ann’s. All opinions are 100% my own.

If you haven’t noticed I LOVE Halloween! Ha! I love all the scary stuff, BUT I don’t necessarily think it’s pretty… and I HAVE to have pretty things displayed, no matter what holiday. I recently shared my Glam-O-Ween decorations for this year which mixes scary and pretty. Today, I want to do the same.  I’m taking these wooden coffins from shriek to chic by transforming them into glittered coffin Halloween party favors, perfect for your Halloween party this year.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Wooden Coffins from Jo-Ann’s
  • Craft Paint
  • Glitter Paint
  • Foam Paint Brushes
  • Sparkly Spider Embellishments
  • Mod Podge

Here are the coffins I found.  I bought them at Jo-Ann’s on sale for 50% off! Score!

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I painted the boxes alternating colors for the lid and base.  I used Martha Stewart’s Satin Granny Smith and Pacific Iris. I found it best to use a foam brush to get straight lines.

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Next, I used glitter paint, to paint over the tops of the lids to make them shimmer a little bit. I used Martha Stewart’s Glitter Paint in Charoite and Limeade.

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Lastly, I found glittered spider embellishments.  They are stickers, however to make them stay on the wood, I used a coat of Mod Podge to keep them in place. 

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Once they are dry, fill them with candies, or small toys to give away as party favors or game prizes.  They would also make great gifts if you get “boo-d” by your neighbor! Here are a couple after photos!

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Explore the latest Halloween projects and ideas on Jo-Ann’s special Halloween hub to help you throw the perfect Halloween party. If you are on Instagram, use the hashtag #DIY4Halloween! Tag me too (@diyinspired) while you’re at it because I would love to see your creations!

Thank you to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores for sponsoring this post!

Check out some of my other favorite DIY Halloween Projects:

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