DIY under the cabinet shelf

DIY under the cabinet shelf

An awesome and in inexpensive way to make the most of unused space in your kitchen! 

I love parchment paper,  but it can really take up a lot of space. Thankfully, I came up with this great space saving idea! 

You could even an old cookie sheet turned upside down,  and that would have the benefit of being magnetic! 

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Saving rusted heaters

Saving rusted heaters

As part of my non stop diy home projects, I am fixing the rusted baseboard heaters downstairs.  It’s fast, simple and cheap and I can do it myself. Granted it takes a bit longer trying to squeeze in doing it while she naps, since she rarely naps and needs to be physically attached to me always, so getting away from her for projects like this is difficult. Anyhow, I am FINALLY in the home stretch. So I  thought I would show you how it’s done. 


I wish I had taken photos before sanding the rust off, because there was a lot of it. 

You will need.

  • A face mask
  • Safety eye protection 
  • Gloves
  • Sander or sand paper
  • A dust rag
  • Newspaper or brown paper to protect walls from the spray paint
  • Rust stopping spray paint (lowes or home depot have it)
  • And a few minutes to spare.  

  1. Tape up newspaper around the baseboards to protect the walls. If you are painting the walls after then you don’t even have to do this step
  2. Put on your face mask, gloves and protective eye wear.
  3. Sand all rusted spots off your baseboards l, get it nice and smooth.
  4. Vacuum up debris or dust or wipe down the baseboards.  
  5. Open all windows!!
  6. Spray paint the baseboards, follow the instructions on the can. Long even strokes are best, and don’t forget to stop and shake the can often. 
  7. Keep all the windows open and let the area air out as long as possible.  


After, you can either keep them just as is, or paint them any color you like. I’ll be painting these a dark light gray. Yes, there is such a thing. 

Bathroom redo with a toddler. 

It started small. I noticed a small edge of a wall where the tub corner met the wall where a tile was lose, no big deal. I took the tile off, and saw some wetness and black behind it. Hmmmmm it must just be because the tile was loose, right? Well we disliked the tile anyway, original tile from the 60s, so I’ll just take it down and sand and then repaint the walls. Easy enough.  HA! 

This is what diy home renovation looks like. Its easy, its doable, but its darn messy!!!! Enjoy these photos for now. This is a real life home renovation done myself. 

The bathroom as it was when I began.

Quick and Easy DIY Christmas Gifts

Christmas is coming….it’s actually practically here already. Scary right? Have you finished your holiday preparations? I know I haven’t :-0 !  In thinking about what to get people, I always have that age old internal debate; “to make or to buy.” It is a tough one, I most definitely prefer to make Christmas gifts, or if I do purchase, get one that is custom made. I once gave someone a custom flask with their favorite picture “glazed” onto it. It is by far, even still to this day, the single best gift I ever came up with. Bloody fantastic if I say so myself. 😉

So this morning we were chatting on the Green Skies and Sugar Trips facebook page about what people were making or wanting to make and the question came up “what  things that can be made before Christmas, and would be quick and easy but still a great gift?” So with that in mind I set out tonight to find the best of the spectacular DIY gift ideas available on the internet. And here is what I came up with. But please, feel free to add more, I would love to hear your ideas!  *** All photos below are not mine and have been taken directly from the websites I found the recipes/ideas on;  clicking on them will take you directly to the link for that item.

Sugar and Spice Candied Nuts, From “Smitten Kitchen” (A delicious and healthy gift idea)

Sugar and Spice Candied Nuts, Photo by Smitten Kitchen

This is a GREAT idea!!! You could easily make the nuts in a HUGE batch, and then package them in mason jars, or if you want to do smaller portions, those great little candy containers you can find at Michaels Craft Stores.  Then label using a blank label  and a festive sharpie or print out labels on your home computer for an even more “Martha” look. (We ALL love the Martha look)

Chocolate Mint Scrub, From Healthy Green Kitchen

Chocolate Mint Scrub, Photo by Healthy Green Kitchen

Winnie is the magic behind Healthy Green Kitchen. She is a dear friend and a wonderful woman. A really lovely and kind soul; as well as an all around just awesome person. A great sense of humor but also quiet and reflective. She (like Barb I mention below) inspires me. Winnie Rocks! 🙂  Now bak to the scrub. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a sugar scrub? The way they leave our skin feeling smooth and soft, and like we ACTUALLY spent some time on ourselves for once…. Oh wait, these are gift ideas for others…. No really, this is a great gift idea for your girlfriends, sisters, mother, any female (or a male in touch with his feminine side) who needs a little TLC. Or make it and keep some for yourself. 😉 

Cranberry Vodka, From The Food Channel

 

It really doesn’t get much easier or seasonal than this. And you have just over 2 weeks left to make it, so if you start this weekend it will be ready just in time for Christmas. Cranberries, Vodka and a bottle, that is really all you need. Not sure where to get a bottle? Head over to Michael’s Crafts, they have tons of bottles to choose from, or even homegoods. A solid gift that is sure to please.

Chocolate Candy Cane Marshmellows, from “A Field Journal”

Does this really even need a description?? Marshmellows, Candy Canes and Chocolate, and they even give you a link to print out the label! And again, head over to Michael’s Craft Store for the baggies or a container to put them in.

Coffee Liqueur, From Creative Culinary

How to make coffee liqueur, Photo by Creative Culinary

If you like Kahlua then you will LOVE this! Barb is not only a genius when it comes to all things edible, she is also an amazing woman and inspiration to me. This will not be ready to give by Christmas, by in the spirit of honesty, who do you really love enough to share something this amazing with?  Probably the only people you also love enough to cook for. So make this now, and in a month or so have a dinner party and serve it! And take a look at Barb’s site while you are there, she is a wealth of knowledge.

Homemade Vanilla, From Simply Recipes

Photo from Simply Recipes

Homemade Vanilla is another classic gift, you just can’t go wrong with it. And though it won’t be ready to use if you give it for Christmas, just include a little tag with instructions on how to care for it until it matures, and voila! If you decide to make this for a later gift date, then check here for a great packaging idea, complete with labels.

These are just a few ideas, there are tons more out there. Poke around on the websites these are from and you will find ever more. Or search Pinterest, there are thousands there!!!!! But I definitely have some ideas now on quick things I can make!

PS, Michael’s Crafts has no clue who I am, I just love the store and get most of my supplies and crafy things there cause its like Disneyland for me, it’s almost as great as Warren Cutlery 😉