Lemon Sugar Scrub

I am still recovering from this last weekend.  My feet are killing me.  We did a lot of walking and running back and forth to make sure everything was running smoothly with  the Snap Conference. My feet needed a little extra love and pampering.  So I was excited to be able to use some of this amazing Lemon Sugar Scrub.  I whipped it up a couple of weeks ago and have used it a couple of times but still had some left. Perfect!


You will need the following ingredients:

Supply List


Lemon Sugar Scrub Recipe:

2 cups Granulated White Sugar

1/3 to 1/4 cup of Almond or Coconut Oil

3-4 drops of Lemon Essential Oil

It is so easy to make. Really! I simply took two cups of white granulated Sugar and mixed in a 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup Almond Oil (Coconut Oil will work too).  Add the oil slowly till you have a nice soft consistency that is soft but not too oily.  Then add a few drops of Lemon Essential Oil.

Scoop the mixture into a pretty jar.  And keep it all to yourself.  Or…if you are the sharing type…which sometimes I am, gift it to your mom or one of your best girlfriends!  They will love you forever!
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This stuff is really so amazing and feels so decadent and expensive.  No one will be the wiser that it was so easy and inexpensive to make.  Those are the best kind of gifts to give…am I right?

This makes your feet so soft and makes them smell so good.  Perfect for those summer time feet.

I made the labels on my Silhouette CAMEO.  I made the file into a pdf so that you can print it out here.  Simply print on white card stock and cut it out and glue on the jar with a glue stick.  Works like a charm.

 {Lemon Sugar Scrub}

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You can buy high quality/food grade Essential Oils here: Lemon Essential Oil

Other Idea Room Sugar Scrubs/Bath Salts you might be interested in checking out:

Frankincense Sugar Scrub

Myrrh Bath Salts

Homemade Bath Salts Recipe

Chocolate Sugar Scrub

Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar Scrub

Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

Peppermint Sugar Foot Scrub

Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

Lemon Sugar Scrub

Brown Sugar Scrub

Citrus Bliss Sugar Scrub Cubes


block puzzle

Hey guys…things are still crazy around here.  We are finally starting to get things put back together in our home. Yeah! But we still have a LOT of work ahead of us.  I hope to share an update later in the week if you are interested.  But, in the meantime, I wanted to share with you a fun idea for making a fun Photo Block Puzzle.

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These have been around for a while but I was reminded of them when my mom made one of these with a group of her church friends.  Hers was much larger and the blocks are about 3 inches (I think) each. I thought it would be fun to make one on a much smaller scale and  make one of them for my kids or to give as a gift to someone.

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So I found some 1 inch craft blocks at my local craft store.  They came in a large package of several of them for just a couple of dollars. 

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Then I found a box that measured 2 inches x 3 inches. So that six 1 inch blocks fit almost perfectly into the box.

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Then I found 6 pictures that I wanted to include on my block puzzle.  One photo for each side of the block.  So you have essentially 6 different photo puzzles.  I loaded the photos into my photo program and cropped them so that they measured 2 x 3 inches each.

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I tried to make sure that the lines I would be cutting on would not cut through any important details of the picture.  This will help it so that the final picture will not be distorted.  Then I glued the pieces on the puzzle with Matte finish Mod Podge.

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Then I simply rotated the blocks all in the same direction and then added another photo.  I continued that process and tried to make it so that the photos were on the same plane…if that makes sense.  Either way it will work out.

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When you are finished, every block will have one piece of each puzzle on it.  And you literally have six fun photo puzzles to play with in a nice little box.

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These would be a great activity for your little ones in church with faces of the people they love.  Or a fun way to ask someone to a dance…do they still do that in high school?  Or to give to someone as a small gift idea.  There are so many fun ways these could be used.

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What would you make one for and for who?

*And I would like to thank Kristen Duke for our fun family photo.  It is from 2010 but is still one of my favorites!

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Mr. and Mrs. Sign

Learn how I made this Mr. and Mrs. sign…

So…as some of you may know…if you follow The Idea Room FB page, that I have been painting and sprucing up our Master Bedroom which has been the same since we first moved into our home almost 9 years ago. And for me, who grew up rearranging her bedroom every few months, that is a LONG time with no change.  With the new paint color, we had to get a couple of new décor items.  I thought it would be fun to make a sign that was unique to our wedding date.

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I was inspired by a wedding photo I saw where the bride and groom were each holding their respective signs.  I knew I wanted to use some weathered wood and had the perfect wood to use.  We “inherited” this old beat up garden swing when we moved into our home from the previous owners.  It was broken but I always had plans to fix it up and use it.  But it never happened.  We had slated it for the garbage man and the morning it was to be hauled off I knew I had to rescue it.  So before my husband left for work he rescued it out of the garbage can.  Phew…disaster averted.

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We cut the wood off the swing using a reciprocating saw.  Then I took 3 of the wood planks and glued them together with some left over wood scraps on the back. 

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Then using my new Silhouette Cameo machine, I cut some vinyl for the Mr. and Mrs. using the ChopinScript font.


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Carefully add the vinyl lettering to your sign.

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Then, I added a thin coat of Mod Podge (Matte finish) to the sign.  I did this because the paint was peeling off.  I did not want to lose any more of the paint or have it shed in my room.  I also wanted to keep it just the way it was.

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I really like the personal touch it gives our Master Bedroom.  And I have a few more pieces of the weathered wood that I hope to find some fun projects for.

Linking up here:

The Shabby Creek Cottage


Make Bead Necklaces

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I am so excited about this latest project…how to make bead necklaces!  Ever since I saw those adorable gumball necklaces over at One Charming Party (whose site I LOVE)…I have been wanting to make them for my girls…and if I am being completely honest…MYSELF!!  So cute right?  Well, I have kept my eye out for gumballs and just never came across any colors that I loved without having to order them online.  Well, one day while perusing the craft store (which happens more often than I would like to admit) I spied some wooden beads!  BINGO!  I had my “gumballs” and I could make them exactly the colors I wanted.

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And they are so EASY!  I simply took the wooden beads and painted them with acrylic paint.

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I put each bead onto the end of some skewers that we had left over from some summer BBQ’s so that I could paint them easily.  Then I carefully pushed them off the skewer and onto a paper and left them to dry completely.  Then I painted them with a high gloss finish.  I just used a bottle that can be found right next to all the acrylic paints.  I forgot to take a picture of it…but any glossy varnish will work.  I wanted them to have a glossy finish much like the gumballs do.

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I painted several in some fun and bright colors and added some polka-dots to some since I seem to be loving polka-dots lately!

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After the beads are completely dry, cut about 3.5 – 4 feet of ribbon (depending on the finished length you would like the necklaces to be).  I used 3.5 feet and that seemed to be a great size so that all three of my girls could share and wear these necklaces. 

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Line up your beads to determine the pattern you would like them to be strung on the ribbon.  Take your middle bead and thread it onto the ribbon so that it is in the exact middle.  Tie a knot on each end of the bead to hold it into place.  Then leave about an inch of space (or more depending on your preference) and tie another knot.  Thread your next bead on the ribbon and tie a knot directly on the other side.  Now do the same on the other side of the middle bead.  Continue with the process so that you thread one side and then the other.  This will ensure that you have the same amount of ribbon at the end of each end bead on the necklace.  I put seven beads on each necklace and feel that an odd number looked better than an even number of beads.

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The possibilities are endless!  You can also find other great beads at your local craft store if you don’t feel like painting them yourself!

I love that these are so fun and cute and so INEXPENSIVE!!  I also think these would be a great classy gift for a little girl for her birthday from a friend.  Or a fun activity to do for a little girl’s birthday party so the guests could each take one home.  Or Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers…Or make them to give to a mom/grandma for Mother’s Day!

We have been wearing these around town for the past few days and have already had several compliments on them! 

Now I am looking for some classier beads to make one for myself!


Happy Mother’s Day!

I hope all of you mothers (grandmothers, aunts, teachers, friends, mother-in-laws, and ANY woman who loves and encourages a child to believe in himself) out there had a beautiful Mother’s Day.   I realize that Mother’s Day may be a difficult day for many.  Some may long for children of their own and due to different circumstances may feel overwhelmed and saddened on this day.  Or there may be those who have lost their mothers and this day makes them more aware of their loss.  There may be mothers who have lost their children prematurely and may feel the ache and loss of their precious babies from their empty arms.  And some may feel guilt…guilt that they don’t feel like they measure up to all those “other” moms out there.


But I think it is important to honor the women in our lives…Women who have “mothered” us with love, guidance, time, gentleness, and who have shaped the women we have become!  All women are mothers in one sense or another.

I would like to say Happy Mother’s Day to my amazing mother, who has shown me grace, love and goodness. Your faith and strength amaze me. Your quiet and gentle courage encourages me. You sacrificed so much of yourself to raise your family. Mom, your love and support means the world to me.

I am also blessed to have a Mother-In-Law who treats me as her own. I love her for raising a good son, husband and father. I love her adventurous and creative spirit. Her giving heart and the endless love she shows me and my children.

Happy Mother’s Day Mommacita and Oma!


(my mother)

A Mother’s Heart:

“Before you were conceived, I wanted you.
Before you were born, I loved you.
When you were born, I saw your face
and knew I was in love.
Before you were an hour old,
I knew I would die for you.
To this day, I will”.

(That’s me on my blessing day with my Mom and Grandmothers)

What I Truly Want for Mother’s Day…

I was recently asked to participate in the EBates What I want for Mother’s Day campaign… and thought it would be a fun way to discuss Motherhood and what being a Mother means to me, before sharing with you what I would love to receive for Mother’s Day this year. So I would like to share with you a some thoughts I have about being a Mother.

Before I had children, I thought I had a good idea about what being a Mother would entail. I had it all planned out in my head.

I was going to have lots of kids. Eight to be exact. Eight perfectly happy and BEAUTIFUL babies.

I was so excited to be that ADORABLE pregnant woman with glowing skin and hair and a cute “little” baby bump! And give birth naturally, while smiling with freshly painted toenails, perfectly coiffed hair and feeling at one with my body.

Then I would enjoy the company of sweet, sleeping babies… and Good Mannered, Polite, Sweet Children, who ALWAYS look like they just stepped off the pages of a Baby/Kids Gap Ad.

Our Children would obey me when I asked and go out of their way to keep their rooms and our home spotless. I had a plan…and it was good. Really Good! We would spend our days laughing and playing and we would be happy!!

In reality…I gained 40 lbs with my first pregnancy. I also developed a rare skin condition called PUPPPS. It was nothing to be worried about other than the fact that I was COVERED in a red rash that was horribly itchy. I felt like I wanted to scratch my skin off for 8 long and miserable weeks. Not to mention that my skin on my face, arms and belly looked horrendous.

I was also teaching all day long on my feet so my legs looked like an elephant’s due to water retention. It was not pretty. Not to mention the comment from a total stranger in a gas station…”Wow! Are you having twins? You look like you are about to pop!”



My son was delivered 3 weeks early with no problems but I didn’t get a chance to paint my toenails…not that I would have been able to see them. It was not a glamorous birth.

I was up all night in labor that started at 11:00 pm. I didn’t sleep a wink for over 36 hours and I pushed for almost 2 hours due to sheer exhaustion. Then as we were getting discharged, the doctors did one last check up before giving us the go ahead and found some alarming vitals.

They immediately whisked my two day old baby away and hooked him up to antibiotics and lots of different tubes and wires and gave him an IV in his head. He had to stay in the NICU for a week. He had developed a virus and had to run the course of antibiotics before he could be released. We lived in hazy limbo between home and the hospital.

And when we finally got him home, we would sit for hours and stare in amazement at this tiny human being.

I had many thoughts in those first few days… What was I supposed to do with him? What if I made some big mistakes? Was he still breathing? Why was he crying? Why wasn’t he crying? Why am I crying? Who in the heck ever termed breast feeding as “NATURAL”? Is he eating enough?

I was also not prepared for the whirlwind of emotions that comes along with being a new mother like crazy hormones, sleepless nights and down right rude comments from others (especially strangers).

How could one teeny tiny human being cause so much joy, elation, fear, worry, pain, love, doubt, and countless other emotions? How would I be able to do this for the rest of my life? And why would anyone ever voluntarily do this again…and more than once?

Well…somehow you forget. And those warm, squirmy newborns have a way of getting under your skin. They intoxicate you with their new smell (at least the good smells) and hypnotize you into thinking you want…no NEED more of them. They grow up and win you over with their drooly toothless smiles and uncontrollable giggles and smother their way into your heart.

When they gang up on you in their toddler hood and flood your newly remodeled basement bathroom with their latest recipe for “toilet soup” {a delightful mixture of shampoos, lotions, toilet cleaner and lots and lots of toilet paper swirled slightly with a flush}…you will forgive and forget!

Or when they decide to paint your new piano and living room walls with a beautiful shade of cheery pink nail polish…You will soon share it with a twinkle in your eye and a nostalgic sigh. Instead of remembering how you were seeing red with anger while you scrubbed for hours with borrowed nail polish remover…

Or when they run outside naked as a jay bird with your bra on their head. And you had to chase them through your neighbor’s yard, in your robe, while looking every bit like a crazy lady…yep! Only so that a few days later, you will soon be laughing and joking about it as though it were a most delightful memory.



I realize that though my story is uniquely mine, it is not unlike many others. The story of how I became and continue to be a Mother is very similar to many others who have gone ahead or who will someday become a Mother. We all struggle with similar concerns, joys, worries, happiness, sadness, and heartbreaks. And sadly, some will be chosen to make the ultimate sacrifice and outlive their children.

And some of you will become Mothers in very different circumstances and uncoventional ways. Some mothers may not actually have a child of her own, but may be someone who teaches, loves and has great influence on a child.

And though we may be very different in our experiences, I believe we all truly have our children’s best interests at heart. So I am sure I am not alone when I share with you what my heart truly wishes for this Mother’s Day…


to raise children that are happy! Children who feel like they had a great childhood. Children who want to raise their families in a similar way but who are smart enough to learn from their Mother’s mistakes. Children who are confident in their Mother’s love and belief in them and who they are. Children who want to give back to the world and make it a better place. Children who believe that they are important and that they matter. Children who grow up to be who they are meant to be!


and…maybe…a new pair of fun summer shoes…I have had my eye on these Keen Newport H2 sandals for a couple of years now! These would have come in handy when I was wading through toilet soup up to my ankles or when I was chasing naked child through the neighbors yard…just saying!


They would also come in handy on some of the more uplifting moments of Motherhood… like camping trips, hikes and playing in the creek behind our house.


Hopefully this will be my year! Fingers crossed. Have you used EBates before? I love that EBates gives you a list of stores to choose from and shows you the percentage of Cash Back you can get back when you buy the item from a certain store. EBates saves a lot of guess work and can get you some great deals on items you are wanting to purchase.


What about you? What does your heart wish for as a Mother? And on the fun side…what item would you love to receive for Mother’s Day!

Whatever you’re buying this Mother’s Day, start at EBates and get up to 20% cash back!  To celebrate moms everywhere, Ebates is giving away a $1,000 shopping spree from any of their 1,200 retail partners!  

How to Enter: Visit EBates and find something you or your favorite mom would love. Reply below with a description of what you found! A random winner will be announced Monday, May 10, 2011.(You must be registered with Ebates to win.)

I would love for one of my readers to win a great reward for all their hard work as a mother!


**This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Ebates. The opinions and text are all mine. Contest goes from Monday, May 2nd to Monday, May 9th 2011.

DIY Hand Carved Monogrammed Soaps

Okay…I love giveaways, but it is going to be nice to get back to some regular posting.  What about you?  As you know, I have a love for all things MONOGRAMMED!  I have been wanting to make some monogrammed soap for quite a while now, but have been unsure about how to go about it.  So the other day, I just thought I would do a test run and see what happened.

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Overall, I am happy with the turnout.  I practiced on one bar of soap first to get my preferred carving technique down.  I highly recommend a practice run before making an attempt if you would like to try to make some for yourself.


Then I let my 3 year old carve my practice soap while I worked on one of “the real things”.  I actually really enjoyed working with the soap.   Here is what I did:

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Lever Soap 2000 (I liked how soft and easy this soap was to carve and work with)

glue dots

length of ribbon

scrapbook paper

vegetable peeler

standard screwdriver (smaller the better)


monogram pattern

non-permanent marker

straightened paper clip

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First I started with the vegetable grater and gently shaved off the Lever 2000 logo that was imprinted in the soap.  I did this by laying the vegetable peeler flat and gently curling the soap off layer by layer.  This will take a little practice to get it smooth and flat.  I made sure to catch all my soap shavings in a container and saved them to reuse.

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As soon as the logo is almost completely gone you can finish and just smooth any uneven areas.  You can do this on both sides of the soap if you would like. 

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Then I took my circled monogram and printed it out.  The circle measured 1.5 inches square.  The font I used was Times New Roman in bold and just stretched it in my photo program till I was happy with how it filled up the circle.   Then I printed it out and cut out the circle.

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Center your monogram in place and hold it with your finger while you take a pencil lead or straightened paper clip (which I used) to mark around the edge of the circle.  Then I dug the circle out so that there was a nice deep groove.

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Now cut out the letter of your monogram but be sure to leave all of the white area.  Take a fine tip marker and trace the letter. 

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This will let you know where to stop when you begin to dig out the excess soap.

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Now, take your screwdriver and gently and carefully scrap out the soap on the inside of the circle.  You will want to keep the letter raised and untouched.  You will need to be really careful around the edges of the letter and the circle so that you don’t accidently scrape into an area you don’t want touched.

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When you scrape the bottom, be sure to pull the screwdriver so that is lays flat against the soap.  This will give you a nice smooth layer.  When you are happy with the monogram and have scraped out enough soap, you can take a Q-tip and smooth out areas that may be a bit rough.  Simply dip the Q-tip into hot water and gently rub on the rough surface.  The hot water will melt the soap and smooth any edges.  Do this very carefully and be sure your Q-tip is not dripping wet.  You can also gently remove the marker with the wet Q-tip.

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And that is it!  Done with the soap carving.  You can see my practice soap in the picture below (before it was carved up).  The practice soap is on the right hand side next to one of my better attempts.  I learned how to be extra careful around the letter to make sure it held it’s shape nicely.

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Now, you want to prettify your soap packaging.  I simply cut off the ends of the soap box leaving just an open rectangle.  Then I simply glued some cute scrapbook paper around the box.

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Then taking a long strip of ribbon, I forgot to measure it…Just wrap it around and eyeball it.  I fastened one end of the ribbon on the top of the box in the middle under the monogram (see top picture).  Then using another glue dot, I attached the monogram to the other end of the ribbon.  Then simply used a glue dot to place the two ends of the ribbon on top of one another.

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Print out another monogrammed circle on white cardstock and use that as the decorative top.  To open you will simply lift up the monogram and the soap will just slide out one end.

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I thought these would be fun to have in your guest bathroom for special guests.  Or they would be fun to give as a small little gift for a friend or a newlywed couple.  Or…carve up your mom’s favorite soap with her initial.  Monogrammed soaps are just a fun little gift idea that can help make someone feel a little extra special! 


And just in case you LOVE monogrammed items as much as I do, I pulled together a list of some of my past monogram projects:

Monogrammed Hand Towels

Monogrammed Mugs

Monogrammed Hand Soap Bottles

Moss Covered Initials

Decorative Initials

Linking up here:

Tidy Mom




DIY Labeled Bathroom Jars

Today I would love to share with you how I made these labeled bath jars.

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I like to have pretty matching sets rather than big, bulky bottles cluttering my spaces…don’t you?  But all the sets I have seen were really expensive.  Then I saw this picture from Country Living.  I had my next project!

I looked around online for various bottles and in my local thrift store but couldn’t find anything that was pretty or in my budget.  Then one day while I was shopping I had the idea to look at the various glass food jars.  I was surprised at just how many styles there were but none of them were just right.  I had almost given up until I turned down the last aisle and lo and behold I spied these beauties!!!

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It was the perfect size and shape and there were exactly 4 bottles.  The labels looked easy to remove and there were no upraised markings in the bottle…PERFECT!  Now only if I drank coffee ;).  No worries…I gave the coffee to my friend and saved the bottles for myself!

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I removed the labels and took off the residual glue with this Goo Gone.  I already had this on hand and originally bought it from Home Depot.  It works like a charm.  Then I thoroughly washed the bottles and then let them dry.

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Then I created some labels on my Silhouette machine and cut them out in black vinyl.  I also cut them out in white vinyl as well.

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I took the inside of the white label and put it on the jars first.  Then I took the black label and put it on top of the white label, kind of like a little puzzle.  The reason I did this is that I wanted the labels to stand out really well on the bottle.  I thought about just cutting out a white square of vinyl but the borders of each frame were really different and this just seemed easier.  Of course you can just place the black vinyl on and not use the white vinyl.

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I wanted to cover up the writing on each of the lids so I simply spray painted them white and let them dry thoroughly.  Then I simply filled each jar with my favorite bath products.

I love how fresh and clean it looks.  Isn’t that so much better than a bunch of big and bulky bottles?

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I have made my label file available for you to download for those of you who would like to make your own labels.

*Click to download bath jar labels {in GSD format}

**If you don’t have a Silhouette Machine, you can still make these.  Simply download the PSD labels and print them out.  Then simply cover the tops of the label with a few layers of Mod Podge (let dry between each coat) and then cut the labels out.  To apply to the bottles add a small amount of glue like E 6000 or other water proof glues.

***Click to download bath jar labels {in PSD format}


Fabric Interfacing with Silhouette—Monogrammed Hand Towels


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I recently received some of the new ”Sewable” Fabric Interfacing from Silhouette America to test out in my Silhouette Machine.  I have been wanting to make some Monogrammed Hand Towels since making this stenciled hand towel for Valentine’s Day.  I was initially planning on stenciling them but immediately changed my mind when the sewable fabric interfacing arrived.  This project literally took me about 15 minutes to complete and I had all the products already on hand…Love it when that happens!


It was a really easy process.  First I simply made an “H” in my Silhouette program using Times New Roman font, 4 inches tall.

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Then I took a large rectangle of some black and white polka dot fabric that I had left-over from another projects {found at JoAnn’s a couple of years ago}, and ironed it directly onto the fabric interfacing {on the opposite side of the paper}.  Make sure the right side of your fabric is facing up.

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Then I took my scissors and cut out around the material and folded up the unused fabric interfacing and saved it for future projects.

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Peel away the paper layer from the back of the material.

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Then for the best part.  Cut out your fabric with your Silhouette Machine.  This is seriously so awesome!  I think it has to be one of my favorite features of the Silhouette America machine.


To cut the fabric, simply place the fabric and the interfacing onto the Silhouette cutting mat.  I cut mine with settings at a speed of 3 and a thickness of 33 and it  cut the fabric perfectly!  Oh man!  I LOVE this feature!  Where was this when I was cutting all those circles for The Heartfelt Wreath??

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Simply peel away the outside fabric so that you are left with your letter.

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Carefully peel your letter from the Silhouette Mat.  Then I took a white hand towel that I found in a two Pack from Wal-Mart.  I folded the hand towel in half lengthwise so that I would know where the exact middle of the towel was.  Then I gently folded my letter in half and placed it on the lower half of the towel to get a good centered placement.

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Hold your letter carefully in place and unfold your towel and you should have a good centered placement of your monogrammed letter.  Iron the letter into place on the towel.  This is a temporary hold so that you can sew it into place.

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I sewed around all of the edges with some white thread so that the stitching would stand out a bit and made sure to back stitch to keep it on the towel permanently and securely. 


And that is it!  Super simple right?  If you don’t sew on a sewing machine, this would be just as easy to do with some simple hand stitching!  And if you don’t have a silhouette machine, you could simply stencil them with fabric paint or cut out your own letter by tracing onto your fabric and cutting it out with a pair of scissors.  Because it is one letter it shouldn’t be too difficult or time consuming.  These would be great wedding, shower, Christmas or even birthday gifts! 

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I like them so much I want to make one for the kitchen and some other bathrooms…and why not all my friends.  This project cost me a total of $1.25…or the price on one hand towel…Not too bad…ehhh?


And guess what?  As a Silhouette affiliate I am able to offer my readers a special promotion good only this week, March 21-27th! What is this great deal? Use the promo code IDEAROOM at checkout when you purchase a Silhouette SD, you will also receive one package of each fabric interfacing (clean cut & sewable) and a roll of white flocked heat transfer material for only $229. If you already have a Silhouette, use the promo code IDEAROOM at checkout to receive a 25% discount on fabric interfacing.  But hurry it is only good through March 27th. Silhouette Electronic Cutting Tool

 Click on button if you are interested in this promotion and it will take you right to Silhouette’s site.


 **I did not get paid any compensation for this post. I did however receive some Sewable Fabric Interfacing to keep for my own and review.  All opinions are mine and mine alone.

Family Pictures Wall Hanging


My sisters and I made these family picture boards for my parents one year for Christmas. It is now hanging in their entry way. Can you tell we made it a few years ago?
My fifth child is missing along with a few other cousins! So we need to update it. My mom has been waiting patiently! Oh…and I need to point out the blank black space hanging under my brother’s family…his wife was pregnant at the time…and well…she is now three and has yet to be put on the family picture board! But it is the thought that counts right?

So mom, if you are reading this…SUPRISE! We are updating this for you for Christmas! I know…we’re the best :)


It was pretty simple. We just took some nice wood (in the form of 1 x 4′s) and figured out how long each piece needed to be per family. We did this by printing each photo of everyone out and laying them down the wood with the same spacing and then determining where the length needed to be cut. The photos were 4 inches x 4 inches.

I took pictures of everyone so that they were all shot on the same angle and from about the same distance so they were uniform (or as close as possible with a bunch of kids). Then printed them out at COSTCO in black and white.

Then simply paint or stain your wood. Then we Mod Podged the photos onto the wood. Then we took a curtain rod and drilled it into the wall. We hung each picture board on a nail after centering them under the curtain rod and them tied bows so that it appears as if the boards are hanging from the curtain rod (similar to how I hung my daughter’s name here).

This project is really so simple! What do you think? Do you have a favorite present you gave your parents for Christmas?



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