Archives for category: Tips & good ideas

“To hang your display, try laying all of the photos out on a table or floor within an area that’s about the size of your wall space. Rework the arrangement until you are satisfied. Use self-stick notes to number the pictures and make a sketch of the layout. Or, like the photo shown here, cut out paper in the shape of each frame and tape these up on the wall before installing the picture hooks.” ~ from Better Homes and Gardens

So I did this, but still managed to screw up a little. My recommendations:

1) If you have a light colored wall, use a dark colored paper

2) Be really sure about your frame/mat selections before doing the paper thing. After snapping this photo I said, “Oh, snap.” And then switched out the middle frame with another that was matted. It looks much better now. This changed my spacing, but I didn’t move the side ones.

3) Nail up a few frames and then adjust – don’t do it all at once, that way you can fix mistakes (like point #2). That bottom row? It’s now spread out much further – the two ends actually are about 2 cm wider than the top row. SO much easier to do when it’s paper and not nails all over my beautiful stenciled wall.

4) Do the tape so it’s hidden – I kept getting distracted by the BLUE tape and it obscured the edges for lining things up.

Original source: Better Homes and Gardens via a popular Centsational Girl pin.
Difficulty (1-5): 2    You have to use scissors, people. Wear your safety goggles.
Result (1-5): 4    I still had to make adjustments after, but that was user error.



You’ve seen those posts for easy sidewalk paint, right?

1:1 flour or cornstarch to water with a little food coloring added in.

Easy peasy. We did this for my 3 year old’s birthday party. Set up an old door and let the kids have at it. Consistency was great and it washed off them no problem.

On June 28, we wrote a message at the bottom of our driveway for birthday guests. I figured the rain would wash it away within a week or so.  Then it didn’t rain again for over a month. Seriously. We’re in a drought and the main river in my state is dry. Like cracking mud dry. Being eco/lazy we don’t water our lawn/driveway and the message remained in place.

I basically baked a paste onto our driveway in 100+ degree heat for over a month. When it did rain, all that was erased was the food dye. This is how it looked last night:

We made a fun game out of scrubbing it away with dishsoap and a hard bristle scrubber. Then it looked like this:

Just a tad lighter, but that could just be the waning evening light. And I’m far to lazy/don’t care what the neighbors think to put any more effort into it. I’m sure we’ll get a blizzard this winter and the combo of sand/shovel/elements will wear it away. I’ll keep you posted in the spring 🙂

Original source: Digthischick
Difficulty (1-5): Wait, which is low? It was super easy. So a 1 or 5 if I could remember which scale we’re using.
Result (1-5): Tops for the day of the party; Bottoms for my laziness