Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Pinterest Projects: Wedding Invitation Ornament

We were invited to the wedding of one of my husband's coworkers but it was several hours away and on the same day as Alice's first birthday party so we did not go.  We still wanted to give them a little gift so I showed Ben this ornament on Pinterest (my explanation didn't cut it - men need visuals).  He liked the idea so I grabbed a clear glass ornament and got to work!

Wanna make one?  Just cut the invitation into strips using a paper trimmer or scissors concentrating on key elements like names, date/time, ceremony location (I even used strips from their reception card).  Next, curl the strips around a pencil or pen and place them into a clear glass ornament.  I loved the matching ribbon and a charm in the original pin so I did the same.  I really wanted a wedding cake charm but could not find one in my local craft stores so I settled on the "I do."

Ben reported back that the bride loved the ornament and was impressed that I was able to match the ribbon to the text on the invitation!  Yay for handmade, creative gifts that are sentimental and recycled as well!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Pinterest Projects: Orange Peel & Vinegar Cleaner

With the help of Pinterest I have been trying to make our home healthier by making my own cleaning and personal care products.  First up is orange peel and vinegar all purpose cleaner.  There are dozens of blogs with instructions on how to make this and similar cleaners so for more information check here.

This is how I made mine:
  • Put orange peels in a jar, cover with white vinegar, put the lid on and set it aside for at least two weeks.  Mine sat for 4 weeks and smelled amazing when I took the lid off!
  • Strain the vinegar, mix with an equal amount of water and add to a clean spray bottle.
  • Start cleaning! 
So far I have used this to clean my kitchen counters, stove, microwave, dining room table and high chair, to wipe down my washing machine and dryer and my husband used it in the bathroom. Earlier today I sprayed the grill and left it to soak hoping it will be easier to scrub (I will update with the results later).

I love the fact that this cleaner is only vinegar (super cheap) and all the goodness from the orange peels that would normally be thrown away! It smells so much better than store bought chemical cleaners and I think it cleans better too. Try it!