Author Archive: Alan Jeffrey

Powerful Herbs And Spices To Detoxify Your Liver

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Our liver is one of the most important organs in the body. There are many beneficial herbs that are incredibly detoxifying and help to support the liver and kidneys in flushing waste from the body. Herbs and spices have been used for thousands of years for their medicinal properties and healing powers. We know that herbs and spices pack a powerful bunch of antioxidants.


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Hat Box Makeovers With Guest Blogger Mitzi

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I’m the guest blogger for Erin and Heather’s Monday blog switch, and I couldn’t be more pleased to be here with a new audience of readers, and hopefully some new friends. I’m just getting to know Erin and Heather, and have been impressed by their forward-thinking attitude toward their blog. Having a guest blogger each week is a great way to keep things interesting for loyal readers. What a great idea! Right now they are over at my blog, Mitzi’s Collectibles, with their guest post.

If you visit flea markets, estate sales, antique stores, or even garage sales, you’ll eventually come across some hat boxes. If you are lucky, they might be covered in wallpaper like one of my examples below. Other times, they might be striped or have the name of the hat maker on them. Since these boxes can be so useful for storage, why not gussy them up so they can be displayed on top of an armoire or shelf in your bedroom or craft room instead or hidden in a closet?

  • Besides hat boxes, you will need:
  • Foam brush
  • Mod Podge or other decoupage medium
  • Brayer to roll air bubbles out of applied images
  • Images you wish to ad to your box.
  • Embellishments such as lace, fringe, or ric-rac
  • Hot glue gun to attach embellishments

I keep a stockpile of laser copied paper ephemera for decoupage projects, including perfume and soap labels, Victorian trade cards, and old advertising. I’ve even color copied packages of eyes and hooks and cards of buttons because I like the pleasing patterns. Of course, you don’t have to use copied vintage stuff. Other suggestions would be sheet music, wrapping paper, or scrapbook paper.

Apply your Mod Podge to the back of the images with a foam brush, position them on your box in a pleasing configuration, and roll out any extra glue and air bubbles with a brayer. You can use your fingers if you don’t have a brayer, but it gets a bit messy! Then, apply a layer of Mod Podge on top of your image. Wait an hour or so, then coat the entire box with the Mod Podge. This is just to give the surface an even appearance.

When your box is dry, add some fun trims. I used blue pom-pom fringe, brown lace, and gold Dresden trim. Using a hot glue gun, apply your trim wherever you want. That’s it!

If you elect to use Mod Podge, consider if it is gloss, matte, or satin. The different finishes will affect your finished project. Personally, I don’t think gloss looks good on most paper projects. I used the matte version on my boxes.

 


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Sock Monkey Party Theme Ideas for a Baby Shower or Birthday Party

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Today we have a post for you on staging a Sock Monkey themed party. There are so many cute kids’ party themes out there and some of our favorite themes are ones that feature vintage or classic ideas or toys. Who wouldn’t love a Sock Monkey theme? Though we enjoy making our own crafty decorations, favors, etc. sometimes you just run out of time. When you buy things handmade, you can still get that customized personal feeling .

We’ve contacted these artists and are happy to feature their creations! We have one of our sock monkey corsages to share at the end of the post.

This is a classic handmade sock monkey doll by Furry Thangs. It retails for $20 and be found on Etsy.


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How To Make Recycled Denim Crayon Bags

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Hello! It has been a snowy week here in Michigan. I shoveled the driveway and woke up the next day so sore I thought I was dying for sure! In between shoveling the snow, laundry loads and soccer games I’ve been working on a few projects.

For This Project You Will Need

  • 7″ x 9″ piece of denim (can be new or recycled)
  • thread and sewing machine (although you could hand stitch)
  • fabric scraps or embellishments
  • small elastic hair tie
  • button
  • iron
  • fabric glue or tacky glue

First you want to create your top seam by folding one of the long sides in about 1/3 inch, ironing it, and then folding it over one more time and ironing it. I stuck a few pins in and ran it through my sewing machine quickly. Next, you fold the fabric in half (the top seam stays on the left)and sew a seam starting at the top where the seamed sides meet and going straight down the side leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance. Turn leaving the needle in the down position and do the bottom the same.

I pressed the seams and cut off the corner seam allowances as far as I could so the corners will look crisp when I flip it.

I flipped it and decided where to place the elastic and button. I hand sewed these in place using black thread. When I sewed the hair tie on, I only sewed through the two top layers of the top seam so you can’t see the stitching on the outside.

I cut out a few pieces of fabric and used fabric glue to glue them on. The sock monkey is cut from a piece of Moda “Sock Monkey Yearbook” by Erin Michael laminated fabric so it won’t fray. The black gingham fabric I was hoping will fray a little more over time.

I like these because I can throw them in my enormous mom purse and my boys will have them for when we’re out and about at restaurants and sport events. The denim is sturdy which is great!


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