7.29.2010

Dawn Dish Soap Tips

Last night while I was chatting with a neighbor we started discussing laundry.

Boring. I know.

However, we were talking about whites (I hate the dreaded whites) and I mentioned that my hubby's whites could really use some extra love - and she told me "Just use a degreaser."

A degreaser? I was thinking that I would need to go out and rummage through home depot looking for a big ole' bucket of something or other to add to my laundry - until she said

"Just use Dawn!"

Duh. Amanda. You have it under your sink. You use it on all your dishes and they are all grease free. And it is simply fabulous!

Of course I did have images of my washing machine bubbling over...


Eager to try it out - I put in a load of whites last night - added detergent, Clorox and a double swirl of Dawn and what do you know - it worked! They look a little better already! After a couple more go arounds in my washer they should be in good shape! You can also use dawn to clean out any black gunk you may have in your washing machine - just run an empty cycle with hot water and some Dawn.

I also learned that you can use Dawn to make an ice pack! Just fill a sandwich bag halfway, double bag it and freeze. The Dawn will get really cold but won't entirely freeze making it super easy to bend and fold over those achy joints. Brilliant!

So go do yourself some whites, make some emergency ice packs, have a coke and don't forget to email me about the Fall Exchange! I would love to see you all there. I am getting more and more excited as more people enter!


ps. Dawn did not pay me anything to say all that awesome stuff -
I just really love them!

7.27.2010

Fabric Choices

Confession: My baby girl is scheduled to be here in 14 weeks and I haven't done ONE thing to get ready for her. (Okay maybe I did buy some newborn diapers - but that is all!)

The problem I am having is I don't know what I want to do for her room- there are SO many cute fabric choices out there and I am finding myself so totally indecisive.

Do I want to go BOLD and Bright was a pattern like this:

Henry Glass Fabrics: Heather Mulder Peterson: Sanibel


Or do I want to keep it Soft and go with browns, whites and pinks - something like this? Pink Damask - By Michael Miller


I have been to a dozen awesome fabric stores and I just can't make up my mind - There are just too many choices! 

7.26.2010

Make a Framed Monogram Door Hanger


I love those cute little monogram EVERYTHING that we have been seeing all over the crafty blogs lately and I decided to make my own. You know when you see cute ones all over and then you go to find the links and spend an hour looking for just one - and can't find one? That happened to me - but you know they are out there!

First:  I gathered together all my supplies. (and the best part was I had all of them handy so I didn't have to change out of my pj's to run to the store for anything! saaaawwwweeeet!)

You will need:
A Frame
Paint
Mod Podge
A Letter
Ribbon
A Staple gun
Scrapbook Paper


Second: I took my frame out back and sprayed it blue - no picture because you all know how to spray paint!

Third: I traced my letter backwards, on the back of my paper so it wouldn't leave any trace lines, then I cut it out.


Fourth: I Mod Podged the paper onto my wooden letter.



Fifth: I let the letter completely dry and then I sanded the edges that were a little bit funky off.


Sixth: I looped the ribbon through the letter J and around the frame and tied a bow.

Seventh: I created a loop with the same ribbon and stapled it into place so my frame would hang. I also stapled the ribbon that was tied into place so it wouldn't shift around either. Easy Peasy!


Lastly, I hung it up on my door!
Done!
It was so, so, so easy!


And I love it!!

(I wish my little silver "knocker" wasn't in the way though -
o-well, it is still super cute!)



7.23.2010

Weekend Plans Follow-Up

Remember how I shared my weekend plans with you last week?


They may have turned into Weekend/Weeknight plans...

But I am happy to report that I am well on my way!!


I am totally diggin' the white!
I can't wait until all the pieces are complete and ready to use!

Winner! Winner Chicken Dinner!

Charm Necklace Winners!

First off!! A big HUGE Thank you to all my adorable readers!
I past up 500 in a jiffy and am well on my way -
and it is all because of you!


The First Winner was Random Number 21!


And the Second Winner was Random Number 31!



Congrats ladies! email me at everycraftyendeavor@gmail.com
 to claim your cute necklaces!



7.22.2010

Need a good laugh

I have had a crazy week this week -
and today has been the worst!

I almost feel like this week swallowed me up whole -
but I was sent this in an email and although it has absolutely NOTHING to do with crafts - It totally cracked me up and made today a little better.

I think it will do the same for you!!

video

Let me know your favorite part - I love the gas station sunglasses and
how he works magic with his checkbook - too funny!!

ps. I will be picking a winner of the Charm Necklace Giveaway tomorrow...
... hopefully.

7.20.2010

Giveaway Reminder!

Hey everyone!!

Remember that today is the last day to enter the Charm Necklace Giveaway -


Today's my birthday so I am taking the rest of the day off - see you tomorrow!

7.19.2010

Super Easy Peasy Doughnuts

Super Easy Peasy Doughnuts!


or is it donuts?

Either way - these will the be easiest doughnuts you will ever make!
And so yummy too!

First off start of with premade biscuits.


Take you fingers and stretch them out a little bit and make a hole.
If you really want to go all out, you can punch out a hole and make doughnut holes - since I was going for easy - I didn't bother.


Fry up the dough... until both sides are golden brown.


The dough will poof up in the oil.


Using the dough I did, I came out with 10 perfect little doughnuts!


Now it's time to glaze!

You will need:
 1/4 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
and 2 cups powdered sugar


Mix the milk and vanilla together in a pan on low heat until warm.


Add in the powdered sugar and whisk until blended.
I let it boil up a little bit and then remove it from the heat.


Dip your finished doughnuts in your glaze -


Set aside to dry for about 5 minutes and enjoy!


You can do all different kinds of glazes or add chocolate or maple frosting if you would like! Anyway you do it - they are so yummy!

P.S. Remember that the Charm Necklace Giveaway closes tomorrow night so hurry and get your entries in!

7.18.2010

Chic Click Carnival


My name is Amanda and I am the crafty mind behind "Every Crafty Endeavor."
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog during this crazy carnival!!

I am married to a dashingly handsome, hard-working man named Spencer and we have a little boy named Quinn and a little girl on the way in November! I love anything that has to do with crafts; including cooking and baking. I am constantly thinking about new ways to decorate my house or new crafts I can make for the different holidays and seasons.

I have four dogs that are spoiled rotten.

I love popcorn, potatoes, popsicles, ice cream, chocolate and Coke!

I think "The Biggest Loser" is the best show ever!

I am a boy scout (yes, you read that correctly!) and have eaten roadkill -
it wasn't nearly as bad as it sounds.
 
I hope you will stay a little while and look over what I have been up too!
 
A couple of my favorite projects include:




This week I found a fun new fun peep of the week!

She has so many cute block ideas and wall vinyl ideas - I totally fell in love!


Hurry and find your new favorite peep of the week and link up here!




7.16.2010

Oh My Goodness! TCB

Welcome to my part of the blogging world all you cute Today's Creative Blog Readers!!

I am super excited and really honored that Kim selected me to be her feature for the day! She is fabulous! (and if you don't know what I am talking about  - go here and here right now and check out how darling she is! She makes my heart happy!)

I have been reading Today's Creative Blog for a few years now, never thinking that I would be a feature but miracles do happen people!! I'm tellin' ya!

I hope you will have a great time looking around my blog at all the fun projects I have completed - and while you are at it, don't forget to add yourself as a follower and leave a comment here to win a really fun Charm Necklace with 3 charms!!

Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend!

Weekend Plans

When I was really little, my parents had a bedroom set -
They bought a beautiful new set and passed their old one on to us girls.
I think each of my sisters and I have each had a turn to store our clothes and cherished items in that set - and somehow as we got older, that bedroom set ended up in storage at my home.

I decided to get it out of storage and put it to good use -
It still has a lot of life if I just show it a little love -

So this weekend I will be sanding and puttying and priming and painting - and waiting impatiently for it to dry so I can have my hubby haul it all upstairs to our bedroom!

Wish me Luck!





What are you ladies working on this weekend?
A furniture redo? A crafty project? A tan (it is 100 degrees you know!)?

7.15.2010

Blog Swap with Learn and Go

First off - Don't forget to enter to win one of my charm necklaces!

My blog swap this week is with a darling girl named Polly from Learn and Go! She has so many cute ideas on her blog and loves to redo items she has found at thrift stores too! I really love her bean bags - so cute! Make sure you stop by and say hello to her!

Hey there fellow bloggers! My name is Polly. I'm from mid-Missouri and have been married a whopping 10 months. I'm excited to share with you a few things I've been up to. I love to craft, sew, paint, create and make things drab to fab. I document almost all of it on Learn and Go. Feel free to take a browse on what I've been learning over the past year! Here's a taste of some of my projects:






Chair Changes


 Every once in a while, I'll get fancy and make a video. Here's one featuring my two doggies...






















Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to stop by Learn and Go and check out all the other projects I've been up to!



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