Monthly Archives: September 2014

Magic Sand knock off: for pennies

I’ve played with & been tempted to buy that Magic Sand stuff that’s like $15 for a box.  Knowing my kids, it would be spread across my floors in about 5 minutes…so I searched Pinterest for an easy recipe.  Luckily, much more creative moms than I have experimented & found easy recipes.  I used this one from TinkerLab.  She called it “cloud dough”, but whatever, it’s cheap & the kids love it.

I have to sing the praises of one of my absolute favorite kids craft, mom’s experimenting again with spray paint, items to contain the mess:

Seriously, these things are AWESOME!  And I’m serious when I say they get thrown away by the pound at every hospital.  These are used to wrap sterilized trays for use in operating rooms.  So for one, they’re sterile (yeah for not bringing Mersa back to the kids), 2 they are water proof (or at the very least incredibly water resistant).  They’re designed to keep any germs out of sterilized trays as their transported from central sterile (which is the department you’d want to ask for them from) up to OR’s.  If you ask at the visitor’s desk for central sterile, they’ll look at you like you’ve got a horn growing out of your head, so try calling in advance to see if you can talk to someone in Central Sterile and tell them you want one of their used “blue wraps”…they’ll know what you’re talking about.  Typically, there are PILES of them.  And you don’t need a truck load.  I’ve been using the same one over & over again for spray painting, staining, etc. projects.

Okay, off that tangent.  Here’s the recipe:

Magic Sand Recipe

4 cups of flour
1/2 cup of vegetable oil

Yep, that’s it.  Obviously, you can double that.  I wouldn’t halve that recipe though, this is about the right amount for 1-2 kids.  Clean up was a flash (with my trusty free OR wraps).  Except for my kid that decided to decorate her hair with the flour/oil combo (ugh).  Off to the bath tub…

Magic Sand knock off

Magic Sand knock off


DIY Bench redo

In my last post I blogged about doing a bedroom makeover. Well, step 1 is complete…I still need to mention and convince my husband to let me paint & recover the headboard & all our furniture (aside form the bench I just did on my own). With many of my projects I live by the motto:

Better to beg for forgiveness than ask permission

Yes, I don’t typically ask dear husband, I just jump right in! I think when taking on a large & rather visual project as our bedroom furniture & headboard…I better ask if I want to actually sleep in the bed I paint…

So here’s the bench. I’m still deciding on nail heading it or not. I have them, just can’t decide if they’ll look right. What say you? Leave it as is, or add nail heads?

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A New Obsession…sort of.

I’ve always loved to do projects.  There’s simply more satisfaction in doing it yourself than running to the store and buying it.  My last project was the table that I built.  Well…the mood struck me to whip out another one, done.  Not sure if I’ll keep this one or donate it to an auction at church…we’ll see.

BMS_Table 2

I literally finished that table yesterday, and today I’ve already started the next one.  Unbeknownst to my dear husband, he’ll probably cry when he finds out what I’m up to now…good thing he never bothers to read my blog posts!  I’m going to redo our master bedroom bed and bench (and nightstands).  I ordered some fabric to cover a bench we currently have (which is all brown).  And some other fabric to cover our headboard.  I’m starting on the easiest job: the bench.  I unscrewed the top of it & will recover that.  First, I need to paint it.  I’m defaulting to my favorite new paint: Annie Sloan.  Not cheap paint, but I’ll save myself the task (and mostly the time) of having to sand & prime that bench.  Annie Sloan chalk paint is amazing, I highly recommend it.  My MBR was way to brown, and I’d grown tired of the dullness of the room.  Our walls are a light grey (Annapolis Grey by Benjamin Moore to be exact), so I wanted to lighten up the room while taking the grey of the walls into my planning. I failed to get a good shot that included the bench (prior to dismantling it & starting in on the paint), but here’s what I had to start with (you can see the bench in the foreground of the photo – or at least the top of it anyway):

BMS_MBR redo

Master Bedroom: BEFORE

This project is To Be Continued…