Thursday, June 30, 2011

{ yard sale finds }

I found some great things at yard sales this weekend. The first thing is this dress for a dollar. It's strapless, which I don't like my girls to wear, so I cut strips out of an old white t-shirt and sewed tie straps in the dress. I also made this little fringe flower out of the white t-shirt strips! I think it turned out really cute!




Then I found this hounds tooth purse at another yard sale for .25 cents! I LOVE hounds tooth! and I LOVE big purses! This purse was made for me!!!!!!  When I got home I made a few flowers out of material scraps to add to the side of the bag! It adds a little pop of color! Can't beat the price! Buck wants to know why I needed another purse??? UMMMMM........I'm a girl ........................I can't have to many purses!!! Am I right, Ladies???? Maybe I should ask Buck why he needs another rope??????



Tuesday, June 28, 2011

{ how cowgirls swim in montana }

The girl's wanted their swimsuits on the other day....I assumed it was for the sprinkler.....but when I went outside a few minutes later, I found this! Now, it's their new favorite place to swim. Who needs a swimming pool when you have horse troughs!





Saturday, June 18, 2011

{ what i've been up to }

Finally I've been able to work on some projects again.... we've been so busy with the yard and just everyday work that I've been missing my craft time! Here's a yard sale purse I added flowers to this week. I bought this purse for $2 last weekend and then made the flowers out of material scraps. I've been carrying it the last few days! I LOVE it!


 before

after

 


And...... If you haven't already heard .........we are expecting baby #3! We are VERY EXCITED! The girl's can't wait. They have been putting their hands on my stomach everyday, trying to "feel" the baby! I'm just not feeling so well! This was my second day of ALL DAY morning sickness. I know it's all worth it in the end. 


Thursday, June 9, 2011

{ baking soda is my friend }

I LOVE baking soda! It has a million uses. (I've only put 77 here.....) Plus it's SO INEXPENSIVE! You can buy a 13 pound bag of baking soda at Costco for $3.59. And let me tell you , it goes a long way! Big Bang for your buck!!!  I found this list online and I wanted to share it with you, I also added a few of my own!


Health Uses
1. Use it as an antacid.
2. Use it as underarm deodorant by applying it with a powder puff.
3. Mix half a teaspoon with peroxide paste and use it as toothpaste.
4. Use it as a face and body scrub.
5. Add a cup to bathwater to soften your skin.
6. Relieve skin itch from insect bites and pain from sunburn.
7. Remove strong odors from your hands by rubbing them with baking soda and water.
8. Put two tablespoons in your baby’s bathwater to help relieve diaper rash.
9. Apply it on rashes, insect bites, and poison ivy irritations.
10. Take a baking soda bath to relieve skin irritations.
11. Heartburn? Take a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with one-half glass of water.
12. Freshen your mouth by gargling half a teaspoon of baking soda mixed water.
13. Relieve canker sore pain by using it as mouthwash.
14. Use it to relieve bee stings.
15. Use it to relieve windburns.
16. Apply it on jellyfish sting to draw out the venom.
17. Unblock stuffy nose by adding a teaspoon of baking soda to your vaporizer.
In the Home
18. Keep cut flowers fresh longer by adding a teaspoon to the water in the vase.
19. Put out small fires on rugs, upholstery, clothing, and wood.
20. Put an open container of baking soda in the fridge to absorb the odors.
21. Sprinkle it on your ashtrays to reduce bad odor and prevent smoldering.
22. Sprinkle it on your slippers, boots, shoes, and socks to eliminate foul odor.
23. Turn baking soda into modeling clay by combining it with one and 1/4 cups of water and one cup of cornstarch.
24. After feeding your baby, wipe his shirt with a moist cloth sprinkled with baking soda to remove the odor.
25. Wipe your windshield with it to repel rain.
26. Improve the smell of dishrags by soaking them in baking soda and water.
27. Suck it in with your vacuum cleaner to remove the odor.
28. Freshen the air by mixing baking soda with your favorite perfumed bath salts. Put the mixture in small sachet bags.
29. Restore stiff brushes by boiling them in a solution of 1/2 gallon of water, 1/4 cup of vinegar, and a cup of baking soda.
30. Put it under sinks and along basement windows to repel cockroaches and ants.
31. Scatter baking soda around flowerbeds to prevent rabbits from eating your veggies.
32. Sweeten your tomatoes by sprinkling baking soda on the soil around your tomato plants.
33. Sprinkle it onto your cat’s litter box to absorb the bad odor.
34. Sprinkle it on your pet’s comb or brush to deodorize their fur and skin.
In Cooking
35. Use it as a substitute for baking powder by mixing with it with cream of tartar or vinegar.
36. Wash fruits and vegetables with it.
37. When boiling a chicken, add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water. Feathers will come off easier, and the flesh will be clean and white.
38. Soak dried beans to a baking soda solution to make them more digestible.
39. Remove the distinctive taste of wild game by soaking it in a baking soda solution.
40. Make a sports drink by mixing it with boiled water, salt, and Kool-Aid.
41. Remove the fishy smell from your fillets by soaking the raw fish in a baking soda solution for an hour inside the fridge.
42. Make fluffier omelets by adding half a teaspoon of baking soda for every three eggs used.
43. Reduce the acid content of your tomato-based recipes by sprinkling them with a pinch of baking soda.
Cleaning Purposes
44. Add a cup to the toilet, leave it for an hour, and then flush. It will clean the toilet and absorb the odor.
45. Use it to scrub sinks, showers, plastic and porcelain tubs
46. Spray it on walls, mirrors, and countertops.
47. Add a spoonful to your dishwasher to make scrubbing dishes easier.
48. Remove grease from pots and pans.
49. Dry clean carpets and upholstered furniture by sprinkling baking soda over the fabric and gently brushing it. Leave it for an hour or overnight, then vacuum.
50. Boost your laundry detergent’s cleaning power by sprinkling a handful on dirty clothes.
51. Combine it with water to make a paste for polishing stainless steel and chrome.
52. Remove scratches and crayon marks from vinyl floors and walls.
53. Clean your shoes with it.
54. Clean garbage cans with it.
55. Use it to wash diapers.
56. Clean the fridge with it.
57. Soak brushes and combs in a baking soda solution.
58. Mix it with water to wash food and drink containers.
59. Put three tablespoons of baking soda to a quart of warm water, then use the mixture to wash marble-topped furniture.
60. Absorb it with a damp sponge, then clean Formica countertops with the sponge.
61. Use it to get rid of stale odors from cooling containers and thermos bottles.
62. Run your coffee maker with a baking soda solution, then rinse.
63. Combine with hot water to clean baby bottles.
64. Sprinkle it on barbecue grills, then rinse it off.
65. Scatter it on your greasy garage floor, scrub the floor, and rinse.
66. Remove burned-on food from a pan by soaking it in a baking soda solution for 10 minutes before washing.
67. Clean your ashtrays with a baking soda solution.
68. Keep your drains clean by putting four tablespoons of baking soda in them each week. Flush it down with hot water.
69. Clean your shower curtains by soaking them in baking soda and water.
70. Put it on a small brush to rub canvas handbags clean.
71. Use it to remove melted plastic bread wrapper from a toaster. Sprinkle baking soda on a damp rug, then use the rug to clean the toaster.
72. Use it to clean your retainers and dentures.
73. Make a thick paste of baking soda and water, and used it to scrub enameled cast iron and stainless steel. 
74. Mix four tablespoons of baking soda with a quart of warm water, and use it to clean the inside part of an oven.
75. Use it to unclog gas stoves.
76. You can get scratches out of your stainless steal by rubbing baking soda on the scratch with a damp cloth.(only rub in the direction the stainless steel goes)
77. Add 1/2 baking soda to your load of whites in the washer, instead of bleach. 

Monday, June 6, 2011

{ back from farm chicks }

I'm back from Farm Chicks! We had a fabulous time and found lots of treasures! 
Here's a few photos from the show!

I thought this outdoor patio umbrella was SUPER CUTE!


I loved the old tin on the front of this booth.

These are old lamp shades covered in sheet music! Great idea for a cute corner lamp!

Renee and I!

This is a cute mock "cake" made from old tins. I think it's really CUTE!

Me in a light up fun house mirror! 

These boxes were adorable!

This booth was SUPER COOL! She makes lamps and Chandeliers out of old fencing 
(see next two photos also)



SO girly. Of course I LOVED everything about this booth!

Pretty, pretty pink.

I liked the bright retro colors in this booth.

Right up buck's alley here! She had awesome and unique western decor.

This is one of my favorite things at the show. SO CREATIVE! This guy and his wife turned a huge horse trough upside down and welded 10' stakes to it .......to make a outdoor gazebo. LOVE IT! LOVE IT!

The same couple that made the horse trough gazebo also made this old car into a out door love seat! They are genius! Way to make old stuff cool again!!!

A twist on a fun sign.

yes it is! 

This says peaceful and inspiring to me.

I could have bought everything in this booth!

That's it for now! I have to go put all my fun treasures away!!!