Thrifty Fun Stuff

Homestead Peppermint FOAMING Handsoap

I love the smell of peppermint, dont you? Actually, I love the scent of mint, period. If someone made a "hint of mint" perfume, I would be one happy lady....JOY! is recipe I came across online for homemade Peppermint Foaming Handsoap. Some people are super crafty, and have figured out how to make a foaming dispenser with a canning jar. I'm not so brilliant. So, I saved a foaming dispenser I already had. I just refill mine with this recipe.


  • 1/4 parts peppermint scented castille soap
  • 3/4 parts distilled water
  • a few (2-3) drops peppermint essential oil
  • a foaming soap dispenser
Mix soap and water. Drop in and mix in oils. Pour into a foaming soap dispenser. You're done!

Primitive Ornies

love homemade items. Candles, ornaments, and needful things are my delight. Here is a simple and fun recipe for making ornies. You can poke a hole and add a ribbon. You can paint them and put them in a bowl with potpurri and candles. Either way, they are delightful.

2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 1 cup water (1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp cloves are optional)

mix well and form your shapes by hand or with a cookie cutter
and place on cookie sheet (poke your hole if its a hanging item)

....bake for 1 1/2 hours in a 325 degree oven.

let cool. then add ribbon or paint.

My Armoire Redo

What do you do when you've outgrown the humongous television armoire?  Mine is part of a beautiful bookcase/entertainment center and our new flatscreen wasn't going to be housed inside of the armoire.  

What would you do?

Well, I thought about it for quite some time.  At the same time, I was groaning within myself that I was without my much coveted "craft room" that I had in my former home.

So, I thought about the Proverbs 31 woman, who I am sure was a crafter.  And, I am sure she would know what to do with that piece of furniture.  

Then, it hit me!  Bammo!

"Self!", I said..."I will make it into a craft armoire," said I. 

So, off to the dollar store I went.  Most of the items I had on hand but a few things I purchased such as the little shower hangers that I have put on the doors to hold taperunners, scissors, etc.  I purchased the bulletin board at Staples (for $3) and placed that over the giant hole that was in the back for the wires.  The photo is pretty self explanatory.  But, with a little thinking outside of the box, oh what a wonderful new thing I have.

Bling!  I am soooo smiling right now!  

So, try it out yourself.  And, next time you are thrifting, you might just look at that old television armoire in a whole new light.  

Happy DIY!

Oh so cute, notepad!

I love this notepad idea.  It took me only 8 minutes to put it together.  I already had all of the necessities on hand in my scrap supply.  It's pretty self explanatory.  But, all you need is  one acrylic frame (dollar store), paper, ribbon, a post-it pad, scissors, and glue.  

This would make an awesome little "thinking of you" gift for a friend, secret sister, teacher, hostess, coach, mail carrier, etc.  

Have fun!