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Coupon? Yes, I love to save money and share deals!
Queen? Of Course, I am a Queen!
This simple idea from A Beautiful Mess can take any piece of solid material and turn it into a custom print through the use of handmade stamps! In this tutorial (found here), a solid white dress is transformed with a quirky and cute pony print. You can be as creative as you want and create custom t-shirts, shorts, pillows, rugs, wall art, etc. The possibilities are endless!
PLASTIC BOTTLE HERB PLANTERS
With its smart use of recyclables, this modular, self-watering garden is green in all senses of the word. Cut up a few bottles for your kitchen windowsill to help kids cultivate their gardening skills and perhaps try a few new fl avors in the process. (Plus, if you plant parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme, you’ll have the perfect excuse to introduce Simon & Garfunkel to the next generation.)
- Sturdy 1-liter plastic bottles with caps
- Utility knife
- Label remover or vegetable oil
- Potting soil
- Herb seedlings (often found in supermarkets’ produce sections)
For each planter, mark a line 5 inches from the bottle’s base. Use the utility knife to puncture the bottle at the mark (an adult’s job), then use scissors to cut all the way around the bottle at the mark. Remove the label, using the label remover or vegetable oil to get rid of any extra adhesive.
With the cap in place, invert the bottle’s top portion and insert it into the base. Fill it partway with soil. Transplant a seedling, adding soil and pressing it gently until the seedling is secured in the planter.
Lift out the soil-filled top portion and remove the cap. Add about an inch of water to the planter’s base, enough to cover the lip of the inverted bottle top when you replace it. Give the seedling some more water to help it get established, then place it in a sunny spot. Following the care instructions that came with the herb, add water as needed to the planter’s base.
Stripes Ahoy! From the high seas to the haute summer streets, fashionistas have been lining up for this classic nautical look ever since French fashion pioneer Coco Chanel famously incorporated it into her personal resort style. Embraced and carried through the seasons by generations of designers from Jean Paul Gaultier to Marc Jacobs to The Row, stripes stretch beyond trend. Add a dash of DIY by re-purposing a retired T to create the perfect summer pouch with a pop of color, and show us why your motto is stripes and stripes forever!To create, grab a striped tee, turn inside out and wrap rubber bands tightly around each sleeve. Cinch the waist, and wrap two bands around tightly for extra support. Keep in mind, the further down you gather and wrap, the larger your bag will be. Snip a 1/2” inch below each rubber band and flip fabric right side out. Find a long zipper in a fun contrasting color and secure to the opposite sides of the neck by stitching. P.S.- Reinforce stitches by sewing with thread doubled.
Bacon, Guacamole Grilled Cheese Sandwich
- 2 slices bacon
- 2 slices sour dough bread
- 1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup jack and cheddar cheese, shredded
- 2 tablespoons guacamole, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon tortilla chips, crumbled (optional)
- Cook the bacon until crispy and set aside on paper towels to drain.
- Butter one side of each slice of bread, sprinkle half of the cheese onto the unbuttered side of one slice of bread followed by the guacamole, bacon, tortilla chips, the remaining cheese and finally top with the remaining slice of bread with the buttered side up.
- Grill over medium heat until golden brown and the cheese has melted, about 2-3 minutes per side.