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Personal post // DIY day

Just a quick DIY personal post, the nasty weather has caused more days inside recently. My husband was complaining about not having anywhere to hang his caps and he wanted to just stick some hooks on the wall. Me, on the other hand, wanted it to look cool! So off to the garage I went to find something. I have a habit of going antiquing and finding things, then not using them for quite some time. I have had these old nasty green shutters for well over a year (maybe two now) so it was time to, "up-cycle" them and put them to use!

Hope you don't mind my sweat pant and slipper combo I have going on - so many snow days calls for this attire!

So here they are - pretty weathered and worn. To start, I lightly sanded the surface and then wiped down the whole shutter. Next was the fun part, spray paint time! I spray painted a piece for our bedroom this past summer so I used the same color to match. For anyone who knows me, it is turquoise of course! 

I bought some white hooks from Walmart and roughly measured and spaced them along one edge of the shutter. The way the hooks were shaped, it was kind of awkward to get them drilled in, but I got there.

                                  

And this is the final outcome. I love how it turned out. Below is also a photo of the dresser I refinished last summer, I'm pretty biased, but I love that thing!

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Personal Post // A Wednesday

Well, its freezing rain outside and its sweat pants and coffee inside.

Thursdays usually consist of 8am Discipleship group in our homes, which did happen this morning, but, as the weather got worse we decided to cancel classes for the OTW students. This created a different sort of day for me, getting some projects done around the house and time to think and reflect.

Sometimes time outside of normal schedule can be a good thing.

It's such a blessing to be a part of community, living life in close proximity, learning, growing  and being able to be open and honest with one another, even when it's not easy or fun.

Yesterday, Wednesday, is normally my day at the desk, getting editing done, emails, blogs, all that fun stuff (or not so at times!) But yesterday, I took a day out and spent it with good friends.

The Whitney's! Whitney K has been an incredible role model for me, she has 3 very energetic children who keep life interesting. She is such a great mum, hopefully someday she can teach Trav and I a thing or two! Just over the past couple of years I've got to know Whitney N, she is due to have her little baby any day now and we are super excited to meet their little girl! Maybe we will get her on the blog soon too :)

Apart from talking about life, a lot, we spent the morning learning how to make home-made detergent. Using this process is supposed to save a good bit of money. This will be my first time using it so I will have to let you know how it goes.

- thought I would share it with you!

                

        

After making this numerous times Whit discovered a trick to crumbling the bars of soap. MICROWAVE! It creates these awesome looking bars of goo. We microwaved Ours around 1 minute turned it over and then again and just keep an eye to it. Make sure you leave it to cool completely before trying to crumble. Once you've crumbled what you can by hand, if you want it finer put it in a dry food blender.

Or you can grate it, this just takes a lot longer.

                                                      

And here's our lovely model, Whit, looking awesome while she works!

  

Dump all the powders into a tub where you can mix it. (we were making a double batch so that's why there's two of everything!) Now...when I say dump it, I mean very carefully! Even trying to do it carefully we were sneezing and fighting our way through the dust clouds!

We even had a little helper! Poor wee Evie must have sneezed 20 times in a row at one point!

And there you have it! just add 2 TBS to a full load and 1 TBS to a small.

You can also add scent boosters if you want the wonderful fresh laundry smell!

Detergent recipe

1 box Borax

1 box arm & Hammer Washing soda

1 box baking soda

1 box Clorox

2 stain fighter& color booster

3 bars of ivory soap (finely grated)

3 bars of Fels naphtha soap (finely grated)