Pinterest Inspired: Stamped Wood Slice

 

 

I’ve had this project on my DIY Pinterest board for quite a while, and it’s from one of my favorite blogs. This was an easy Pinterest Inspired post for me to write, since I’ve already done it!

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My DIY 

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Our wood slice is one of several decor pieces in our apartment that we reused from our wedding. Wood slices are so popular now, I’ve even seen them at Target to use as chargers for place settings, but I would buy them at a craft store to avoid overpaying. For this project I used a set of rubber alphabet stamps and a black ink pad.

I recommend not pressing down too hard on the ink pad or you’ll get part of stamp’s corner on the wood as well (though I kind of like this for an imperfect look- you’ll see some in the picture of my wood slice). Another tip is to vary the lettering a bit so it’s not all in a straight line to make it avoid looking too mechanical and to add a bit of whimsy.

You can also do this project with some chalk paint and a chalk marker! This was what we had on display for the guest favors at our wedding (The back is scratched since it’s been up against the wall).

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The wood slice (stamped, chalked, or plain) makes a great wall hanging as well as entertaining piece, front door wreath alternative, centerpiece base for your dining room table…among many other possibilities!

Pinterest Inspired: 3 DIY Sprays

Hey friends! This is my first post in a new series called Pinterest Inspired. Today I’m focusing on something super exciting…spray bottles. Okay, it may sound boring, but once you take away the wedding and fashion pins, isn’t most of Pinterest DIY or home tricks? I know I have a whole board dedicated to this on my Pinterest, and I’ve only tried about a quarter of them. Recently I put two of them to the test, and also wanted to highlight another spray that I’ve made.

Two Ingredient Instant Car De-Icer

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Graphic from Pinterest, click for original source

I got a spray bottle at target for about $4, and I love that it has a section to label what’s in it. Though it’s not too cold in DC yet, my car windshield has been frosted over in the morning which adds an extra 5 minutes to my commute time waiting for the car defroster to work.

Recipe: 1 Part Rubbing Alchohol + 2 Parts Water

I tested it out one cold morning and it worked to clear the ice as soon as I sprayed it- hooray!

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But the mixture contains water, so as soon as I pulled out of our parking spot it fogged up again and I had to wait on the defroster. No fun. I mean, seriously – did the person who made the pin ever test it out?? Maybe if I try rubbing alcohol without water it would work, but I’m giving this pin a failing grade.

Magic Stain Remover 

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Graphic from Pinterest, click for original source

I saw this spray for baby stain remover on a laundry tips pin and immediately wanted to try it, as Allie’s outfits get stained fairly often and Shout is too strong to use on her clothes right now. I’ll spare you the before and after pictures because let’s be honest, who wants to look at a poop-stained onesie?

Recipe: 2 parts hydrogen peroxide + 1 part Dawn dish soap (I didn’t add the optional baking soda)

I made it in an identical spray bottle to the car de-icer. And it worked! I sprayed it and let it soak in for a few minutes then ran the clothes in the wash. This is a cinch to make and I’m pretty sure this works well on normal clothing stains also.

Lavender Linen Spray 

lavenderSo this isn’t from Pinterest, though I’m sure you could find similar pins if you wanted an exact guide. After getting lavender essential oil, this is one of the first things I used it for. I just mixed water with a few drops of the oil and then spray it on our sheets and pillows before going to bed. You do need to shake the bottle before spraying to mix the oil in. This is so easy to make and you can use lavender or substitute in lemon for a Febreze-type spray for couch cushions and pillows.

I have more things to say on essential oils that probably should get its own blog post, but I’ll mention a few here. I do like them for diffusing and I’m trying to incorporate them into more things, like cooking. I do think they are vastly overblown and would never use them in place of medicine or even cleaning (I like my Windex and besides, who has time to make all these DIY cleaning sprays? I barely had time for the things mentioned in this post). I think DoTerra and Young Living are overpriced and you can get oils cheaper at places like Mountain Rose Herbs or Etsy (I got my lemon oil from a local Virginia company here). You have to be careful and make sure they are pure and high quality though- I wouldn’t trust anything that doesn’t have a statement about that or oils that you would buy at a mass merchandiser like Walmart. Lastly, I would never use them on my kids’ skin without mixing them first with a base, like coconut oil. I haven’t used essential oils on Allie and I’m not planning on it, though I will diffuse them around her. Overall, I think they smell great and are helpful but are overrated right now. If you have anything additional to add or want to share your own experiences with essential oils, I’d love to hear in the comments!

 

Two New Series!

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I’m excited to announce two new blog series coming to This Side of Paradise this fall!

  1. Cooking with Kate: This will be a motivation for me to actually start using all those wonderful cookbooks I received as wedding gifts. I normally use the Internet, specifically Pinterest, for recipes. Though I love Pinterest, which leads me to series #2…
  2.  Pinterest Inspired: Okay, who else is guilty of pinning a ton of things they never actually go back and do? Time to stop pinning and actually start making! I’m hoping to try a variety of things, from DIY to fashion to home decor. And yes, I promise I will share any “pinstrosities” if they occur so you know which projects to avoid as well as which ones are awesome!

Also, if you haven’t taken the blog survey yet, you can do so here. I would really appreciate it, and you can suggest more series you would love to see on the blog! Huge thank you to those who have taken it – I really value your feedback!