DIY: KitchenAid Mixer Cover part 1

I have to feature another two-part DIY adventure today because my mother and I got a little busy today and we weren’t able to complete our DIY KitchenAid mixer cover. I found the linked tutorial last year while I was searching online to buy a cover for my KitchenAid mixer. My mixer sits on my counter top, and I wanted to protect it from dust in between uses. I found this one on Amazon for $22.69… I have two problems with it– 1) its ugly red color 2) it’s expensive for an ugly red colored mixer cover. Why would I pay $22.69 for something that won’t even match my kitchen! On to the tutorial!
That’s my beautiful mixer. I started making the cover using muslin and the help of my awesome DIY queen mother, MaMa Joan. I cut out the template using the measurements from my mixer. I added a couple extra inches to each measurement for “play room” to make sure it will fit properly.
The above is the templates I cut out. The main body measures 34 inches by 16 inches and the front/back panel measures 12 inches by 17 inches.
MaMa Joan then baste stitched (it was the first time she used that stitch on her sewing machine and she had to look up the instructions!) it together and then we tossed it on my mixer to see how it would fit…
At the advise of MaMa Joan, I cut an inch off the main body. It did hang over a little too much. I didn’t worry about the bottom edges because I want to wait until the whole thing is put together and make sure the hem hits the counter top when the cover is on the mixer.
Here’s the fabric I chose from JoAnn’s…
Beautiful, right?!  Then MaMa Joan offered up some of her leftover batting and backing for me to pin together on my fabric. I had to add a couple inches on my template measurements because MaMa Joan will be quilting the fabric! Loves it! Here’s where we had to leave off tonight–the pinning part!
Stay tuned! Tomorrow’s post will feature part 2 and the completion of the KitchenAid mixer cover!


DIY: Gel Air Fresheners part 2

The results of my DIY gel air fresheners… drum roll please…
They turned out really pretty, however, the scent is just not there. I did some research and found that I should have added my essential oil AFTER the liquid has cooled. Apparently, essential oil loses its smelly goodness once heat has been applied. NEXT TIME, I will be using my peppermint essential oil and adding it after the liquid has cooled!
Stay tuned for part 3–which probably won’t be seen until Christmas! Until then, I’ll keep you informed on how long the gel lasts. Toot-a-loo!

DIY: Gel Air Fresheners part 1

I have been eyeing this DIY project since reading about it in the latest issue of Parents magazine (June 2013).

It’s a DIY recipe for gel air fresheners as seen on the blog One Good Thing by Jillee.Image

So I got my supplies together and enlisted the help of my hubby. Much to my chagrin, he obliged! A quick shout out to my SIL MacKenzie for helping me chose the silk flowers at Michael’s craft store today (I totally cheated on JoAnn’s, my usual go-to DIY craft store).ImageAs Jillee said in her recipe instructions, I substituted the potpourri with distilled water and Young Living’s Lemon essential oil. A month or so ago, my hubby and I attended an introductory class on Young Living essential oils. While I wasn’t completely sold on the homeopathy of the oils, I did enjoy some of the samples passed around–both the Lemon and Purification essential oils.  I did what any thrifty person would do and took to eBay and bought both oils and a substantial discount than what I would have actually paid through Young Living.

Tonight, hubby and I brewed up our first batch of gel air fresheners using Young Living’s Lemon essential oil… it’s cooling down right now, so tune in tomorrow to see and hear the results!

Finished Pinterest Project: Curtain Rod Hanging Frames

I’ve been dragging my feet on this project for some time. Well, this morning I FINALLY finished it.


This is a curtain rod hanging frame project I was inspired to do after I saw it here and pinned it to my Pinterest “For the Home” board. I bought the curtain rod and frames from Goodwill. My younger sister bought the table from Goodwill and gave it to me (thanks, Chas!). I spray painted the table a lovely shade of purple–it took a couple coats. The ribbon is from my fave DIY supply store, JoAnn’s. I used a hot glue gun to adhere the looped ribbon to the back of each frame. Then, I cut long piece of ribbon and tied it in a bow around the top of each hanging frame. Each picture is of my son with each set of his grandparents, GrandmaShell,  GranJan & PaPa Dunlevy, and Nammy & PaPa Seidel. I don’t post pictures of my son on social media, so this is a real treat for everyone who knows that!

I’ll be posting more completed projects to this blog in order to keep myself motivated when it comes to all those damn pins on Pinterest! (And to get my house cleaned up, it’s been messy since I became a mother, 6 1/2 months ago. Motherhood is hard work, but also rewarding.)

Gangnam Style Tutorial

Op! Op! Op! Oppa Gangnam Style!
I know I’m a little late to be posting this, but I just HAD to share this tutorial on how to make a Gangnam Style Halloween Costume. Sure, you can buy a cheesy-looking $10 t-shirt online that resembles like Psy’s signature look… But why not make it all your own?

Gather your supplies:
1 cotton blazer (needs to be a natural fabric in order to dye it!)
1 bottle of Rit aquamarine liquid dye
a plastic container large enough to dye your blazer in
black ribbon
tacky glue
black button(s)

1. Follow the instructions on the Rit Dye bottle and dye your blazer. I let my blazer sit in the dye bath for about 30 minutes to ensure that I got a bright blue hue. Wash & dry your blazer.
Gangnam Style, Dye Bath

2. Attach the black ribbon to the edges of the blazer to create the black “piping” look from Psy’s blazer. Don’t forget to create the black piping around the pockets, even if your blazer doesn’t have pockets!
Gangnam Style, Tacky Glue and Ribbon
3. Attach black button(s). I don’t have a proper picture showing how I replaced the white button with a black one, my apologies! (That’s my mom’s cat, TB)
Gangnam Style, pockets
4. Grab a pair of black sunnies, white button-up shirt, black bow-tie and put on your completed Gangnam Style blazer.
Gangnam Style, finished lookGangnam Style, finished look
That’s my hubster and me, Halloween 2012, on the left. The photo to your right is a guy who dressed up as another dude from the Gangnam Style music video that was out trick or treating with his friends’ kids.