September Craft Challenge – how to make a soap dispenser from a mason jar.

September Craft Challenge – make a craft using a mason jar.

Just in case you are new and this is your first time visiting, here’s the scoop.

August Craft 2For the Third Monday of every month, Amelia (my friend and fellow blogger) and I do a project or post based on one chosen DIY craft or theme, then we share our results and hopefully have inspired you to join the challenge. (The links to my challenge results can be found at the end of this post.)

Last month was our terracotta plant pot challenge, the picture to the left shows the candle holder I made.

This month the craft challenge item was a mason jar . I’ve wanted to make my own mason jar soap dispenser ever since I saw one on the blog One Good Thing By Jillie and that was back in 2012, be sure to check it out, it has a great tutorial.

This is my version of a mason jar soap dispenser and a quick description of how I made it.mason-jar-soap-dispenser

 

I made the hole in the lid with a drill and then used a dremel tool to make the hole big enough for the soap pump to fit.  I spray painted the lid and the ring black to match my bathroom, then glued the pump in with E6000 and once it was dry and filled with soap it was ready to go.  I can’t decide whether or not to chalk paint the mason jar ….what do you think?soap-dispenser

 

You might also like these mason jar air fresheners, check them out here.

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August Craft Challenge

August Craft Challenge – decorate with a terra-cotta plant pot!

red addy with pillowJust in case you are new and this is your first time visiting, here’s the scoop.

For the Third Monday of every month, Amelia (my friend and fellow blogger) and I do a project or post based on one chosen DIY craft or theme, then we share our results and hopefully have inspired you to join the challenge. (The links to my challenge results can be found at the end of this post.)

Last month was our fabric challenge and the picture to the left shows one of the small pillows I made to use on my Adirondack chairs.

This month our challenge item was a terra-cotta plant pot.  I decided to make candle holders as in my world you can never have too many candle holders. Do you agree??

August Craft 1This project was so quick and easy and the combination of colors could be endless. For this project I used a cream color craft paint. It only took two coats.  Once it was dry, I sanded the areas where I wanted a distressed look. I used E6000 glue to attach the saucer to the top. It just needs a candle and it’s ready to use.

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July Craft Challenge

July Craft Challenge – incorporate fabric into a craft!

embroidery hoop 2Just in case you are new and this is your first time visiting, here’s the scoop. For the Third Monday of every month, Amelia (my friend and fellow blogger) and I do a project or post based on one chosen DIY craft or theme, then we share our results and hopefully have inspired you to join the challenge. (The links to our challenge results can be found at the end of this post.)

Last month was our embroidery hoop challenge and the picture to the left shows the laundry lint bag I made. I used some fabric from my stash in that challenge so technically it could count as my July craft too but I had something else in mind when I scored these adorable little bath mats at my local Dollar Tree for $1.25 each.

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I thought they would make awesome little pillows to use on my Adirondack chairs on my back deck.  They were super easy and fast to make.  I had an old tablecloth that I couldn’t decide what to do with so it came in pretty handy for this project as I cut two pieces from it the same size as the bathmats to use as the backsides of my pillows.

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Enjoy Thy Nature

I love summer, it is my favorite time of the year.  Even though the days seem longer, time seems to slip by too quickly.

During the summer months, I put so many things on my to-do list, I tend to burn myself out.  A recent, nasty cold that brought me to my knees, reminded me that you should always take time to slow down and make time to enjoy thy nature that surrounds you.

IMG_5392Sometimes the simplest things (like an old bucket filled with flowers) can lift your mood, make you appreciate the beauty that surrounds you and even lower your stress levels.

The universe, by way of sending me this cold, guided me to take time to stop and really “see” the beauty in all that surrounds me, like this vintage lawn chair perched near an apple tree (inviting me to sit and relax )and this old grain elevator, both of these items have stood the test of time.

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June Craft Challenge

June Craft Challenge – use an embroidery  hoop in a new way!

embroidery hoop 2Just in case you are new and this is your first time visiting, here’s the scoop. For the Third Monday of every month, Amelia (my friend and fellow blogger) and I do a project or post based on one chosen DIY craft or theme, then we share our results and hopefully have inspired you to join the challenge. (The links to our challenge results can be found at the end of this post.)

I found my wooden oval embroidery hoop at one of my “frequently” visited thrift stores for a mere $0.25. As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to make a laundry room lint bag. This would make a great craft stash holder too.

 

I didn’t want to spend a lot of time sewing so I dug in my fabric stash and found an old pair of pants that hadn’t been cut into material scraps yet.  I eyeballed how big I wanted the bag to be and made a straight cut across the pant leg. I turned it inside out, folded and tucked the material around the inner embroidery hoop, then added the top embroidery hoop piece. Once it was securely in place, I sewed up the bottom of the bag using the hemline on pant leg as my guide.

I flipped it back to the right side and added a left over piece of ribbon for a little whimsy. Here is a picture of what I was using as my laundry room lint bag, U G L Y  and B O R I N G!

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Before I took my newly made lint bag to my laundry room, I tested it out in my craft room as a yarn holder.  I like it better as a lint bag.

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