Monday, October 20, 2014

Recipe Round Up Vol 2 {Fall Edition}

My first recipe round up was so popular, I decided to make it a reoccurring feature. Fall is my FAVORITE time of year, which I may have mentioned a lot lately. Because of this, I think there are soooo many good fall recipes for crafting and DIY beauty care, as well as tasty snacks that I had to put together some of my favorites.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Card Craft Inspiration

The holiday's are coming....fast. I plan to make some card packs for gifts this year. Maybe you are, too?! Here's some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing. 



Monday, October 6, 2014

Fall is My Favorite {Printable}

Fall is my favorite season. The colors, the leaves falling, the cooler temps, pumpkins, football...well, pretty much everything about it. I wanted to make a printable to include as part of my fall decor (besides Christmas, it's the only time I really decorate the house). I knew if I wanted one, you probably did too. 

So here's my fall printable for all of us, in two choices. If you download them from the link below the picture, they are watermark free. Print out on a piece of 8x10 card stock and display with your fall decor. Love it!


Click for "fall orange"


Click for "fall dark"

Thanks to my friends and family who answered my call for six words that instantly popped into their head when they heard fall. The bigger the word in the prints, the more times it was mentioned. 

Source: Word Clouds: http://www.wordle.net/

Monday, September 29, 2014

Removing a Button Shank + Craft Ideas

First off, what the heck is a button shank?
It's the backside of a button - you know, the sticky-outie part on those buttons that have an outie instead of an innie (like belly buttons!). 

As you know, I love to craft! Part of my crafting involves buttons. I buy buttons by the bag at thrift and antique stores and so does my mom. She is the best at finding me great crafting supplies like buttons! I have a lot of buttons and many have a button shank (yes, I did learn that word when researching for this post). I use to just throw them away because they don't lay flat and I didn't know what else to do with them. Gasp I know!

Recently, my parents came for a visit and brought with them a big baggie full of buttons. We spent some time looking through them at all the neat ones, speculating what they were used for, their age, etc. {Hey! Buttons as conversation starters! New party idea!} Then I posed the question about the shank...How do I get it off of the back so I can make more creations?! 



My dad's answer - the Dremel tool. KB got one for Christmas and I have yet to use it. I stared at it and said, how? He said there's got to be a YouTube video on it. Well I didn't find one. 

Instead, I found something easier - wire cutters! Genius. You know, the easiest ideas, really are often the best! So I purchased an inexpensive pair of wire cutters. Based on tips I read online, a cheap pair is best because cutting the button shank off of the back can damage them, so you don't want to use your good pair. 

What to do: 
This can be done on plastic or metal buttons. 
Flip to the button upside down and snip off the shank with your wire cutters. Be careful, that snipped off piece is going to go flying. 



Now you have a small bumpy piece but much more flat. To get this off, I used the Dremel tool to sand the back down. I used pliers (my Leatherman) to hold the button to prevent finger injuries. Hold the sander attachment to the bump and sand it down. 

Here's a few other options to get a smoother back - 1. Use a metal file to sand it down. 2. Use a three dimensional glue dot to absorb the uneven edge and give your craft a 3-D look.  

It really is that easy! It's one of those things that seems perplexing but once you do it, you wish you'd tried it earlier. 

Safety First: Pieces are going to fly so put on your eye protection. You should also use a mask to prevent yourself from breathing in the dust. Don't forget gloves when sanding!



Here are a few cards I made with buttons for inspiration:



Sources: How to Remove a Button Shank by Beadaholique: http://youtu.be/dPI9A8R4SNU

Monday, September 22, 2014

A Drop of This Wish (Gift) List

Today is my birthday. Happy birthday to me! Yay! I'm the ripe middle age of 35 (let's not talk about it). Even at my age, my favorite thing is presents - yes, I'm one of THOSE people. Ha ha. I love getting (and giving) gifts, especially things people actually need or want. Family will often ask for present ideas and so I thought, what better way to celebrate my birthday than to talk about gifts we A Drop of This-ers would love to get!
I inquired friends and family to help me get a wide range of gift options. Plus I included things on my wish list too. Here are the ideas we came up with for a present wishlist:


Monday, September 15, 2014

Green Tea Face Mask

I was challenged! You encouraged me to experiment with creating my own recipes and I have accepted the challenge. Here are the results of my experimentation with a green tea face mask that I made with ingredients I had on hand. The inspiration for this recipe comes from Humblebee & Me {HERE}, who also posted about encouraging us to all try experimenting with DIY beauty recipes. 



Monday, September 8, 2014

UPDATE: Salve that Solves it All

Previously, I wrote a post titled The Salve that Solves it ALL {HERE}. I love my salve and although it does solve a lot of problems (dry skin, healing scraps, etc), I thought it was time for a little UPDATE to this recipe.

I have been a blogger for over a year and a half. Wow! Can you believe that? Time sure does fly. Throughout my time as a blogger, I have spent countless hours reading and researching the products I have promoted. I have done this in order to provide good information for you, my readers. Do you know what I have learned throughout this process? That the secret to the salves awesome problem solving powers is the salve itself! The oils you use, and even the beeswax, are what make this a powerhouse for your skin!