Beautified Bins by bloggy friend Here’s to Handy Andy

Hi All! Guest blogger extraordinaire Liz from Here's to Handy Andy is here with a great craft! And be sure to stop by her blog after you read...she is one smart cookie! And if you need a Janel fix I am at the lovely Between U & Me blog today (starts Monday Morning) sharing my Jelly Toast Coasters. Now on to Liz... Can I hear the loud applause?  Hello Hating Martha readers! I'm so excited to be guest posting here today. You can find me at my blog Here's to Handy Andy generally posting about crafts and DIYs. My current project is trying to organize my home office/craft room. I have a lot of junk supplies ...

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repurpose washcloths for Swiffer pads


Yep, no genius here! Just cheap, and lazy. I have seen homemade Swiffer pads floating around blog world and Pinterest and I was kind of baffled by them. Why on earth would you go thru the trouble of doing all that homemadeness when you could simply use washcloths? (A capful and some water) Just leave those sitting in the solution until you need them. Then squeeze them out a bit before you use them if needed. I use one side then flip it over for double the cleaning pleasure! So, don't go buying those refills...unless you want to, or it makes you smile, or you just like to sniff ...

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repurpose a sweater into mittens…


This gift was for a friend of my 13 year old daughter. It isn't perfect, in fact I won't score any points in the sewing department. But, it scored lots of points in the cool factor and that's something isn't it?   I started with an old sweater that was on it's way to the donation box. The cable pattern and little tab closures were perfect for this. Any old sweater you have will work perfectly.   I used another mitten I liked to get a shape. I just pinned around that mitten to show the outline. I used the bottom hem of the sweater as the bottom of the mitten. I strongly advise trying to ...

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Builder grade to Beautiful Chandelier for $21.50!


So here is what I did. First, I painted it with a homemade chalkpaint. Without removing the light. Cause I am lazy and didn't want to make H help me more then necessary. A cup of this stuff mixed with tile grout. Liz Marie has the exact recipe. She rocks! (I realize chalk paint does't hold up well when painted on metal. But, who was going to go up and chip it? Really?) I used Dutch Boy in Lined With Silver (it was left over from my office renovation) So with the globes removed and it painted with chalk paint I ended up with this... Better already. But I wanted that wood look. So I used some gel stain by Minwax and ...

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Mason Jar Lanterns by Bloggy friend The ArtsyGirl Connection!

Hey all...I am super excited to have Marilyn here today from over at  The ArtsyGirl Connection. She is a super cool, incredibly kind bloggy friend. I have been blessed to share on her blog and she has kindly done the same for me...cause she rocks that way! So no more talking from me...Herreeee's Marilyn!   Happiest Of New Year's Friends... I am Super EXCITED to have an opportunity to be sharing with you today from my space next door via The ArtsyGirl Connection. I am Marilyn, the heart and creator of The  ArtsyGirl Connection and really  thankful to be a guest here ...

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DIY Afghanistan by Levi

Since the antics of my 8 year old son were so well received in his Hypnotizing a Chicken post I decided to go ahead and put this post up. I had been holding it unsure if it would be offensive. But, I decided that since Levi means no disrespect and you all have been exposed to his personality already (You seem able to handle it :)), I would post it. goes... How to make your very own Afghanistan by Levi Hutton... To make this first you will need some traditional cactus'. The ones that have the tops that look like Mickey Mouse's head. When we started this I thought we should get them. We have cats.One of ...

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mini bow and arrow tutorial.

mini bow and arrow by nelliebellie. a tutorial for this fun little toy!

Here at NellieBellie we rarely create projects like this one.  Why?  Usually they suck up a bunch of time and don't add to the beauty and joy of our lives.  So we skip them.  If crafts aren't making your life better, we encourage you to skip them to.  Go get coffee instead.  This particular craft was different, so we've decided to share it with you. Why was it different?  First, we enjoyed making it.  For some reason, creating tiny things gives us the giggles.  It was good.  Second, we think it is beautiful.  It is one of those little kid crafts that we could see ...

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$86.66 Dining Room makeover!

Dining room bench, an easy re-do from

After a weekend of smelling fumes and sore shoulders it is finished far sooner then I expected! And I am so pleased! I was going to show you all the projects first and build up to the final reveal. But, I'm not patient enough. Aw shucks, I just can't wait anymore.. Here is my dining room after it's $86.66 Makeover...   This is what it was before, at it's best....     I will be walking through this makeover over the next few weeks. Cause you really won't believe how simple and cheap some of these projects were. Why didn't I do it sooner? The projects and cost... Revamped the ...

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Nuts Abolt You keychain..

In keeping with the theme of this blog I am showing you a project I did recently that did not turn out the way I hoped. In fact, it is turned out worse then I thought. I think it kinda stunk. Looking at it in the edited and beautified pictures it doesn't look as bad as my head thought. Don't be fooled. I am getting good at pictures and editing. I wanted to make my H something for Valentines Day. I make very little geared towards him. My daughter is the winner around my house. So, I had to think about what to do... I thought that nuts and bolts would be great supplies. And I thought of a kitchy little phrase. So this ...

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hypnotize chickens.


Before I introduce my guest blogger let me just say... This is honest to goodness All him. There is no way I could even THINK about encouraging him to do anything this random or ridiculous. He is just awesome all by himself :). I have been giggling off and on for a couple of days just THINKING about you all reading this... Sometimes I love my life! Today I would like to introduce you to my son Levi. Levi is 8 years old, smart and funny, and stinking adorable. He is in the 3rd grade, a great video game player, and all around fabulous kid. He was given a book for Christmas that taught him lots of new things...some of ...

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repurpose wool sweaters into earrings


These are super easy, cute, and cheap! All key words around this house. And with Valentines Day right around the corner you need kitchy stuff to wear, right! So here ya go! (We needed a break from food. My figure can't take much more. Neither can my Zumba dance) Grab some felted wool scraps. Cut into 2 squares. Run a zig zag stitch around the edge. I did mine by hand but could have used a machine I suppose. Use a blanket stitch to make the heart. Because I am no good at making blanket stitches I also ran around it with my terrible stitching to help you know it is a heart. It didn't help much can tell it's ...

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Cranberry-Rosemary-Orange Scones

cranberry rosemary orange scones...a wonderful combo!

Cranberry Rosemary Orange Scones for scones: 3 cups flour 1/3 cup sugar 2 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp baking soda 2 tab grated orange peel 1 tsp rosemary (just used dried, it's easier) 3/4 cup chilled butter, cut into pieces 3/4 cup dried cranberries 1 cup buttermilk (for a quick substitution, see below) for glaze: 1 cup powdered sugar 1/3 cup orange juice 1 tab vanilla 2 tab vodka (optional) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Put flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda, orange peel, and rosemary into large bowl. Add butter and mix into flour mixture...gotta ...

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