Sharpie Mugs Debunked

If you’ve been on Pinterest for any length of time you have surely come across the “sharpie mug” or “sharpie plate.”  Each post seems to have a slightly different set of directions, some of which work, most of which don’t.  So if you would like to see what finally did work for me (along with my first failed attempt), keep reading.

First of all if you use regular sharpies, you will be sorely disappointed.

Your project will look good at first

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First attempt: after baking

But I could tell they weren’t going to hold up to washing, even hand washing.  I read that you can spray them with craft sealant.  I tried that, but after one good scrub this is what they looked like:

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First attempt: after washing

So I did a lot of research before I found a way that worked, FOR REAL.

First you need to use an oil based sharpie paint pen.  You can still use cheap dollar store plates/ mugs, but definitely, definitely spring for this more expensive sharpie.  You can find them at craft stores in a bunch of colors and tip sizes.

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Draw you’re design on the mug.  Put items in a cool oven.  Turn oven on to 400.  Once oven reaches the temp, bake  for 30 minutes then turn off.  Leave items in oven until they cool.  And Voila!

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The high oven temp, does change the color of the paint slightly.  Those states were outlined in a light blue originally, and are now slightly green.  But I have no doubt they will last for a long time!  (If you want to avoid the color change, try black.  The pink seemed to hold up well for me too!)

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Now that you know the truth, get out there and make some fun cheap sharpie mugs and plates!

Have fun!

~D

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1-2-3 Curls

No heat curls seem to be the next big thing.  And they should be, because they are- dare I say it- life changing.

I do my best to style my hair using heat as infrequently as possible.  I have been growing my hair out since I cut 12 in off about 2 years ago.  I use my straightener about once per month, and that is the only heat I put on my hair. Going (virtually) heatless has increased my hair health and speed to which my hair grows.  However, my hair is naturally a very unflattering mix of frizzy, wavy and straight.  So, I’ve had to get creative.

I have found several different no-heat curl methods that all seem to last the 5-6 days I go between washes.  No heat curls seem to keep their curl much better than regular curls, at least this is true for my hair.

I plan on showing you a few of the methods I’ve found, but today I will stick to my current favorite.  It can be found at this pin, or from this video.

(Yes, the photos in this post are awkward selfies.  I am not a selfie taker but I just couldn’t find any other way to take these pictures.  So please accept my apologies)

Step 1: With freshly washed and wet hair, part the top of your hair where you normally part it and divide in two sections.  Twist each half away from your face.

Step 2: Secure twists with a clip on top of your head (or if your hair is longer with several clips). Let hair dry overnight or for several hours.

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Step 3: Unclip your hair, and separate twists.  I will usually put some mousse in the curls to help them hold.  And Voila!  You now have stylish, fun, no heat curls!

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The picture of these curls was actually taken at the end of day two.  That is how well they stay.

I either put my hair in a high messy bun, or a loose braid to sleep in between days when I wash (and subsequently curl) my hair.

Hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

~D

Icing Trick

I may not have piped the icing on the cupcakes from my last post, but I love to pipe icing on cupcakes.  They look so much more enticing and polished.

But let me tell you, it can be a pain to wash out piping tips and couplers, especially when you don’t have a dishwasher.  I have had many fall into the garbage disposal, causing me to risk amputating a finger to fish it out.

(I do know that the garbage disposal won’t cut my finger off if it is not turned on, but there is always a fear that it will somehow be turned on while my hand is in it.)

Anywho, I found this nifty little trick and it has made a world of difference.

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First, place the icing on some saran wrap, roll it up, and twist the ends tight.

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Put the icing bundle into the icing bag, pulling the saran wrap through the coupler.  Trim the saran wrap as close to the coupler as possible and put the tip on.  Then ice your cupcakes as usual.

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When you’re done, just pull the wrap out of the bag, and remove the coupler.

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That little bit of icing was all I had to clean up.

Such a useful tip!

Frost away!

~D

Pampered Pups

So I have these two dogs.  They are small, and fluffy, and white.  And as is typical of small, fluffy, white dogs: they are SPOILED!

Especially by me (as they live with my mom 2 hours away).  So when I get to see them, I treat them like the King and Princess they are.

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I mean, seriously, who wouldn’t spoil them?!

Anyway, I decided to make them a(nother) dog bed after seeing this pin.

The directions are simple and easy to follow.  I’ll let you read them and just tell you what I did differently.

First I used two flannel baby blankets which were about 1 square yard each.

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Second I only cut the strips 2 in instead of 4, so there was more bed area.

Lastly, I wanted to stuff the bed with old t-shirts so make it more washable.  But, even between my mom and I, we didn’t have enough to fill it up, so I just used an old pillow instead.  It was the perfect size!

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I think the pups liked it too!

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OK so Goober looks a little more confused here than happy, but the bed grows on him.  See.

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Gracie liked it too, especially when she could bully it away from her big brother!

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Love them!

~D

Quick and Easy, Sweet and Salty

Can’t decide between sweet and salty, but want (or need) a quick snack?

I have your answer.

I discovered these little gems long before pinterest, but they pop up on my feed so frequently, that I felt the need to mention them.  Simply search pretzel kisses and you’ll see what I mean.

Open a pack of the square pretzels and line a cookies sheet with them. You can use mini pretzels as well (as pictured) but I like the pretzel to chocolate ratio best when using the square pretzels.

Unwrap Hershey kisses and place one on top of each pretzel. Or use Rolos.  This seriously is the most time consuming part of the process.

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Place in a preheated 350 degree oven until kisses are shiny (about 2-3 min).  Keep an eye on them, you don’t want the kisses to start to melt and spread out!

Take them out of the oven and quickly (and I mean quickly) push M&Ms into the kisses.  I like to uses PB M&Ms, but you can use plain ones, or peanut ones, or I’ve heard of people using pecans.  The possibilities are endless!

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Let them cool for a bit and enjoy!

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Clean and Fresh: Make-up Brushes

I don’t know how I made it so long without knowing how to clean my make-up brushes, but I did.  My poor brushes suffered a long time only being wiped off with a tissue.  I knew there was brush cleaner, but it always seemed expensive and I was never sure what to do with it.

I finally realized what I was missing when I saw this pin.  It was suddenly so easy and used items I already had so there was no expense!

I didn’t have a bottle of olive oil, but I had olive oil spray.  So I put some dish soap on a small dish, sprayed it with olive oil and mixed it together.

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Then I dipped each brush in the mixture and swirled them around in the palm of my hand before rinsing them off.

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I don’t have a picture of the swirling as I didn’t have enough hands to hold the brush in one hand, swirl it in another, and take a picture.  (Plus I was a little embarrassed at how dirty my brushes were!)  I actually washed each brush twice to make sure they were super clean.

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Finished Products!

So glad I learned a new skill today!

XO

~D

Super Fun Scarf (that anyone can make!)

This scarf is fun, and easy, and quick, and anyone with two arms can do it!

Yes, I’m talking about the ever pinterest popular Arm Knit Scarf.  It has been pinned from a variety of places but I used this tutorial to learn as I think she does the best job explaining what to do.

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The first scarf I made (took me about 45 minutes)

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Finished Product

I have grown to love making these.  I have a bunch of colors and am actually selling them on Etsy!  I have a shop in which all the proceeds go for a good cause.  The arm-knit scarves are benefitting a friend of mine who is trying to adopt a special needs child from India.  Here are some of my scarves:

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Extra Long Scarf in Barley 

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These scarves now take me about 25 minutes to make!

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Here’s the link if you would like to check it out: etsy.com/shop/ForTheWorldChanger Check it out and help another child to find their forever home with these two cuties!

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Happy Pinning!

~D