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Quickie Pins

This weekend I had the opportunity to try a couple of “quickie Pins” things that don’t take much time or effort, but still to make an impact. After all, we’ve heard the sayings, less is more or it’s the small things that count. So let’s start with the first Pin, I saw some candles that looked very classy when paired with coffee beans and with the right candle and beans I bet it could smell amazing. So I took a glass that I already had with a candle and some rocks and pulled the switch. I put together some whole french vanilla coffee beans and a vanilla candle, you can use whatever combination of flavors or fragrances you prefer. I have it set up on my end table next to my love seat and even without lighting it, it smells wonderful. I have it pictured below, the original Pin is to the left my candle is on the right.

The second Pin I tried this weekend was a DIY Spongeholder, usually I don’t think too much about my sponges which is exactly why this easy to make holder comes in handy. It looks good and all you need is a shampoo or lotion bottle, scissors, and an emery board or sand paper. I will post the picture of the Pin first as usual (click the picture for the tutorial link) followed by my new homemade spongeholder.

The lesson of the “quickie Pin” is that even the Pins that aren’t as cute or as fabulous can still improve your quality of life. So make sure you take the time to make something useful today.


Spring Time

It’s that wonderful time of year, the temperatures are rising and colors are getting brighter. Spring is here! How do you celebrate the time of year when the cold, gray world comes back to life? Let everyone know you are coming back to life too, its time for a new wreath. Your front door is your impression maker, it’s the first thing people see when they come to visit. What does your front door say about you, mine was telling people that I was still hibernating. So I found a wreath that I really liked and decided that I could make one of my very own. This is the Pin I chose, it’s from

It was pretty simple to make after I got back from Michaels. Altogether with the materials it cost me about $29 to make my wreath. The Etsy version while very cute costs $46. So definitely a savings! All you need is a grapevine wreath, some faux tulips, the letter R (or whatever letter you need), and some good old fashion hot glue. I chose different colors because I prefer a little more pop and I also personalized it. You can go anyway you want because it’s a DIY. I placed my tulips where I wanted first, applying glue when needed for the leaves. (A little goes a long way) Then I added my letter R and voila! my door is not grumpy anymore.

I recommend this fun DIY project, there are many great wreathes on Pinterest for Spring, pick yours and brighten up your door today.

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