reimagine toothbrush storage

If you want to check out where I am hanging today pop over to Get Outta My Head Please and see my guest project. It's pretty darn cool... On to today's project! We used to have our toothbrushes in a pretty little cup on the counter. Gross. Especially because we have 1 bathroom that serves as guest bathroom and the main bathroom. We just didn't want to think about the germs that floated around.  And what if we made somebody mad? They could just go take our toothbrush and rub it around in the toilet.   So, we put them in a drawer. But then they sat together in gross salivaish eweyness. And touched each ...

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DIY vintage sign letter

how-to-make-industrial-letter

  I have a love for anything industrial. Metal, iron, and even nasty wood I love if it was a working piece. I love the history these items carry. Can you imagine what they've seen and heard? I just think it's incredible. I wanna be a fly on a locker, or a gas stations sign...nevermind the wall. But, alas, industrial can be expensive.   Here is a way to create the look of the giant industrial letters for alot less!   Supplies: Giant chipboard letter (mine is 2 feet and came from a craft store) Metal upholstery tacks (easily available even at big box stores) paint in your desired ...

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Achieving 1950’s kitchen bliss

Over my "Christmas break" I got this on my Facebook... I thought I would share here my return notes. Perhaps there is more then 1 person loving the 50's look.   Dear Hating Martha, I want to redecorate my kitchen in a bright and colourful 1950's style. Problem, the kitchen in my 'rental' house has wood cabinets of a dark-ish grain, a dark grey 'stone' countertop, and 'stone' cheap lino floors--none of which I can take out. How do I reach domestic 1950's bliss with these blah '80's generation pieces? Sincerely, Mystery Maiden Dear Mystery Maiden... Gosh...to think you asked me? Are ...

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repurpose a frame into a fabulous tray!

Start with a frame. I used an 11 by 14 that had seen better days. Take out the glass and cardboard back. Save it for later. Now flip that frame upside down. See the tray? Look closely, it’s there. I had to repair some of the frame. I just used hot glue. It works. Homemade chalk paint in a soft white. I would have used color. But, I had some plans for the inside of the tray. And I wanted that to be the main show. I took the cardboard back from the frame and wrapped it in felt felted wool, hot glueing into place. Then I hot glued it to the bottom of the tray (usually the front of the frame). I added more details ...

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6 Quick homemade gift tags.

Last week I was a guest poster on Type A decorating. I love being at her blog! I shared some of my favorite, quick tags. I didn't want you all to not be included so I am sharing the post I had for her here today. Recycling is in fashion. Cause I ain't Martha. And when else am I going to use Christmas tags again....duh! So, here is the guest post... I get to be on Type A today! Yippee! Thanks Tammy for inviting me! I am Janel and I blog at Hating Martha. I have a 13 year old daughter, an 8 year old son, a husband (they must be included), 2 cats, a dog, and 9 siblings. My blog is just like my home…slightly quirky, ...

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DIY Tagalog ABC blocks

tagalong abc blocks by NellieBellie

This was simple and inexpensive. But quick, it was not. But, it was something special and worth the time (in my opinion).   My sister in law is from the Philippines. Her and my brother have 2 small boys. I wanted to get something for the boys that honored that part of their heritage. And honor her. I decided on making traditional ABC blocks...using the Filipino alphabet and including English AND Filipino (which I think is technically Tagalog?). Please let me say that I probably made lots of mistakes. I did research and research.  I started out with 32 of these ...

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repurpose lunch bags into stockings

A bit ago this project was honored to be featured on Remodelholic. Yay me! So anyways, another recycled post. But...I am not sick this time. Promise. I just think this is fun and simple...and I want to go play with my kids. So deal. These are the stars of the show. They are feeling pretty proud to have a purpose other then holding your pb and j! The sewing machine will try to steal the show. It’s used to the limelight. Just tell it to back off. Just trace or draw your pattern on to the bag. Try to use the sides of the bag in your stocking where you can. Sew around your pattern. I used a zig zag pattern. I am not ...

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reusable grocery bags.

My sister is very aware of the environment and tries to be eco-friendly whenever possible.  I do, too.  But she's a little farther on that path than me.  One of the things she does to conserve resources is take reusable bags to the grocery store.  It's a great idea (if I could remember), but hers have gotten dirty and worn.   So I decided to surprise her with an oilcloth version of her shopping bags that are easy to wipe down and clean off. Oilcloth is a bit tricky, so I did some research before I started. Here are the basic tools. And a sewing machine, of course. A denim needle ...

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Top 5 of being a great host!

With the upcoming holiday season there is a serious amount of entertaining happening in most homes. My home is doubled in numbers if not tripled or more on any given day these next few months. Of course being the oldest of 10 brings an greater number of guests than most. But still, being a great host is something everyone can keep striving for! My home is a revolving door of guests. We have had siblings in all corners of the home...casual. And we have had a family of 4 from South Africa for 5 weeks...much more formal. In all hosting there are special considerations. But there are underlying rules in ...

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-yellow dresser love

  Today I wanted to show you a quick furniture facelift I did recently. It was done just in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas guests to ooh and aah. Cause when you see her…you can’t help it! Isn’t she a beauty? She cost me $35.00. No joke. I actually wanted to offer more because I felt so bad. But, I sucked it up and walked out with her for cheap, cheap, cheap. I have been seeing chalk paint all the time now that I have joined bloggy world. Bloggers seem to love it. But, it was rather expensive. And I would need to order it. Too complicated. So, I tried the homemade version. This is the color I ended ...

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repurpose vintage hankies into a runner

vintage table runner

This gorgeous runner is unfortunately on my table for these pics. She is waiting for her new home on a more well-deserved table of my dear friends. She will be a Christmas Gift. This is so simple that I feel it would be insulting to show you how to do it. Simply grab some vintage hankies (I paid $1 for each of mine, hopefully you don't have to pay more.) and sew them together. If you don't have a sewing machine you can simply use some fabric glue (you can find it in the sewing section at Wally world or others). I added some vintage lace to my ends but it'syour choice (tassels would be cute too, wouldn't they?) There ...

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-Vintage Hair Barrettes-

vintage hair barrette

Don't forget to stop over and leave your opinion of Hating Martha and get the chance to win your kids some fruit loops, macaroni and cheese, or whatever you want SoAP!! The first edition of simple Homemade Christmas gifts. More to come! This project is intended for 2 of my sisters…one is 19 and the other 13. They love vintage and a bit dramatic so I thought these would be a good gift. You will need some hair barrettes. You can buy these in packages at the craft section at most stores. You need ribbon. I used some the same color as my decorations. You only need a little…don’t go buying a ton. You need ...

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