Simple Things #2

I have to give credit where credit is due for the idea of posting about “simple” things.  Amelia from YouCanAlwaysStartNow and I collaborate regularly on ideas for posts like travel, life, monthly challenges, as well as many other things.

Today’s simple things ideas is all about household sponges and some of their many uses.

All you need for endless loads of super-soft laundry is a sponge (or a few), water, fabric softener and a sealed container. These never-ending DIY laundry sheets are built to last, they’re easy on your wallet, and it’s an easy way to be environmentally friendly.

Supplies You’ll Need

  • 1 cup of liquid fabric softener
  • 2 cups of water
  • 3 sponges
  • Resealable container
Instructions
  1. Mix the fabric softener and water in the resealable container.
  2. Cut the sponges in half and place them in the container. Let them soak up the liquid completely.
  3. The next time you do a load of laundry, take one sponge out. Squeeze the sponge over the container to remove any excess fabric softener. Place the sponge in the dryer with your laundry just like you would a normal dryer sheet.
  4. Once your laundry is done, place the sponge back into the container for another time. You can reuse them endlessly. Just be sure to replace the water and fabric softener every 2 to 3 months.

Use sponges as ice packs. All you need to do is take a standard kitchen sponge, soak it in water, put it inside a Ziploc bag, and freeze it. When you’re done, you have an ice pack. The handy thing is that when the ice starts to melt, the sponge soaks up the water so it doesn’t leak everywhere.

Add sponges to the bottom of plant pots. It will prevent water from dripping out the bottom of the planter and destroying surfaces. It has happened to me too many times until I discovered this great idea.

My personal favorite use for household sponges is to put them in the bottom of the crisper of my refrigerator. This will keep your vegetables fresher for longer by preventing moisture from accumulating in the bottom of the refrigerator crisper. Line the bottom of the drawer with dry sponges and replace any time they seem wet. Removing this excess moisture will help keep veggies at their peak. This also helps keep your crisper clean.

Simple things like household sponges can have many uses and are indeed                         .    A Wandaful Thing!

What do you use household sponges for?

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Simple Things

I have to give credit where credit is due for the idea of posting about “simple” things.  Amelia from YouCanAlwaysStartNow and I collaborate regularly on ideas for posts like travel, life, monthly challenges, as well as many other things.

I often get stuck for post ideas (I’m not as organized or focused as she is).  She mentioned doing posts on simple things or simple ideas to make life easier and I totally jumped on it.

She has already done a few posts on simple things, be sure to go check them out easy head bands and no sew slip covers.

I am going to share two simple ideas- one is using a pool noodle, the other uses balled up newspaper.

I have a couple of pairs of boots that I love and try to look after (I believe in buying the best I can afford and having it for a long time).  One way to keep my boots in good condition is to use boot shapers to keep them upright and not bundled up at the bottom of my closet. Instead of buying boot shapers, I can make one pair from a simple Dollar Store pool noodle.

I cut the pool noodle in two but because the pool noodle was thin I cut each piece down the middle then put the two pieces together sliding one inside the other. This made a for a thicker shape and helps retain the shape of the boots much better.

Not only does the pool noodle help retain the shape, it will help prevent cracks and creases, especially in leather and vinyl boots and one size can fit all.

Read on for the second simple thing…

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Day 8 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Welcome to Day 8 of my 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Today I bring to you easy to make music sheet gift tags, another under 30 minute idea.

Don’t worry, if you don’t have any music sheets you can download them here.  I printed the music sheets on white paper but realized it was too thin for gift tags so I glued the music sheets to card stock.  I used my Cricut Design space and uploaded an image of a gingerbread man and a Christmas tree and sized them to what I thought would make a nice size gift tag and cut them out with my Cricut die cutting machine.  You don’t need an electronic die cutting machine to make these gift tags. If you have cookie cutters you can trace them on the music sheets or draw your own designs and cut them out with scissors. I used a hole punch to make room for twine.

Cute handmade gift tags, in less than 30 minutes, now that’s a A Wandaful Thing!

It’s been a great deal of fun preparing for this event, and I can’t wait to show you all of the Wandaful Things I’ve been up to. :)

Here is a recap of the 12 Days of Christmas 2018 so far:

Day 1 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 2 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 3 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 4 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 5 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 6 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 7 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

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Day 7 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Welcome to Day 7 of my 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Today’s easy under 30 minute gift idea is a Seaglass Christmas Tree ornament. I have collected Seaglass for a good number of years and usually display it in dishes scattered around my house.  A dear friend of mine makes wonderful art with some of the Seaglass she has collected and encouraged me to finally use some of mine, other than just in jars and dishes around the house.  LOL as you will see I started out slow.

I only used four pieces of seaglass, some e6000 glue and a ribbon for hanging.  To make one similar to the one I made you need three pieces of green glass that are similar in shape and size and one piece of brown Seaglass. You simply overlap the green pieces and glue them in place and add a brown piece that looks like a trunk on the back of the green pieces at the widest end. I added a piece of red cotton ribbon on the back and a rhinestone for decoration on the front. I didn’t like the fact the e6000 glue looked shiny when it dried against the natural look of the Seaglass so I decided to give the whole thing, both front and back a clear coat of nail polish.

Here is picture before I added the clear coat of nail polish.                                           

So if you have any Seaglass and are wondering what to do with it here is a link to my Wandaful Seaglass Pinterest page where I have pinned lots of ideas, and maybe one of these days, I’ll even decide to try another project.

Have you ever made any Wandaful Things from Seaglass?  If so I’d love to see what they are.

Here is a recap of the 12 Days of Christmas 2018 so far:

Day 1 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 2 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 3 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 4 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 5 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 6 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

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Day 5 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 5 – 12 Days of Christmas

I promised another cork craft in the 12 Days of Christmas series and I am thrilled to bring you this “Mini Memo Cork Board”. So cute, so fast so easy.

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For each mini memo board you will need:

  • 5 corks
  • 2 pieces of scrap cardboard (I used a granola bar box) cut into 1-inch wide by 3.75-inches long strips
  • hot glue gun or other strong glue
  • ribbon of your choice, cut to at least 8 inches long
  • pair of scissors

The first step is to (hot) glue 5 corks to one of the strips of cardboard, making sure to place any logos facing whatever direction you want.  Be sure to use plenty of hot glue to attach the corks.  The top and bottom cork should both slightly hide the top and bottom of the cardboard.

Next, you will attach the ribbon to the cardboard (refer to picture above). Flip your cork pieces upside down so that the cardboard strip is showing.  Run a line of (hot) glue length-wise down the middle of the cardboard and immediately lay your ribbon onto the glue.  Leave about an inch of ribbon hanging from the bottom of the cardboard and the rest of the ribbon hanging off the top.

Now you’ll form the loop at the top of the piece.  Run another line of hot glue directly over the ribbon starting at the top and run it as far as needed.  Now fold the extra ribbon at the top over, making a loop about an inch or two in length above the cardboard.  Press the loose end into the fresh glue.

Finally, cover the cardboard with hot glue and press the second piece of cardboard over it, sandwiching the ribbon in between the two cardboard pieces.  Cut the bottom end of the ribbon in a slant or a v-cut. Wait for the glue to dry and you are done!

I used one on my fridge hanging if from a magnet hook (top picture) I already had but I think I will attach a magnet on the back so it can sit flatter on the fridge.

I even made one for a friend.

 

Mini memo cork boards for you and a friend, it’s A Wandaful Thing!

Here is a recap of the 12 Days of Christmas 2018 so far:

Day 1 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 2 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 3 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 4 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

It’s been a great deal of fun preparing for this event, and I can’t wait to show you what Wandaful Things I’ve been up to. :)

You can  follow me at all these lovely places:

Twitter @awandafulthing,  https://www.facebook.com/awandafulthing

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https://www.facebook.com/groups/WTtrinketsandtreasures/

Thanks for stopping by….until next time.

 

 

Day 3 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

It’s Day 3 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

WELCOME!

Today I am featuring a very easy neighbor gift that can be made in minutes.  A mandarin orange wreath.

You will need a bag of mandarins, a roll of cello wrap (I got mine at the Dollarama) some twine or ribbon. 

I decided on 8 mandarins for my wreath.  Cut a piece of cello wrap wide enough to wrap around the mandarins and long enough to allow for a tail to tie ribbon at the end.

Use twine in between each mandarin to secure in place and then form into a circle. Use your twine or ribbon to secure the end tails and add a ribbon at the top.

Cute, thoughtful and under 30 minutes.

It’s been a great deal of fun preparing for this event, and I can’t wait to show you what Wandaful Things I’ve been up to. :)

Here is a recap of the 12 Days of Christmas 2018 so far:

Day 1 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 2 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

You can  follow me at all these lovely places:

Twitter @awandafulthing,  https://www.facebook.com/awandafulthing

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Thanks for stopping by….until next time.

 

A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2018 – All things Crafty

                                    A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Wow, I cannot believe this will be my 5th year in a row bringing you 12 Days of Christmas from A WandafulThing. I’m excited this year as all the crafts can be made in under 30 minutes.

Some of my posts will be about items you can make with the help of your Cricut Machine but don’t be disheartened if you don’t have one as I’ll give you alternate ways to do the crafts.

So stay tuned, I cannot wait to show you all the fabulous things I’ll be making this year.

Here is a recap with links to all the Wandaful Things I created last year (2017). If you didn’t get a chance to see what I did last year it was all about vintage items as Christmas presents, take a look…

Day 1 – “Be Jolly” serving tray

Day 2 – Wine Box

Day 3- Hostess Gifts

Day 4 – Shine A Light

Day 5 – Poinsettia

Day 6 – Peppermint Mousse

Day 7 – Picture frames

Day 8 – Angel Ornament

Day 9 – Apron et al

Day 10 -Snow Globe

Day 11 – Decorative Sleigh

Day 12 – Elf Mug

It’s been a great deal of fun preparing for this event, and I can’t wait to show you what Wandaful Things I’ve been up to. :)

You can  follow me at all these lovely places:

Twitter @awandafulthing,  https://www.facebook.com/awandafulthing

https://www.pinterest.com/awandafulthing/

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https://www.facebook.com/groups/WTtrinketsandtreasures/

Thanks for stopping by….until next time.