Laundry Soap and Fabric Softener

Today’s Simple Steals is a special one because we’re here to show you how you can save some money by making your own cleaning supplies at home! And, you’re helping the planet by not buying more of those plastic bottles!

Today’s Steals:
DIY Laundry Soap:
1 cup of super washing soda
1 cup of borax
4.5 ounces or 1 bar of soap like Zote

boraxNow if you don’t want to spend the time grading the bar soap you can buy it graded in the box. It costs a little more but totally worth the time! Pour it all in a nice big jar and mix it up. Put one heaping table spoon in your laundry, and you’re good to go.

DIY Fabric Softener:
Buying the store bought brand can cost you about 17 cents per load but get this, try putting vinegar in the rinse cycle, it’s only going to cost you about 2 cents per load!

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Party Animal 2015 New Year’s Eve Glittery Illusion Film Hat You Can Quickly Craft

party-new-yearsOkay, you do not have to be a party animal to make or wear this New Year’s Eve Hat, but my little party animal sure looks cute with it on!

You’ll begin with a sheet of Rowlux Illusion Film. It comes in 12 by 12 inch squares in a variety of colors and swirls.

I used a frying pan lid to trace the circle and I eyeballed the center and cut out a wedge, but you could certainly measure it.

rowlux illusion film

I used a combo of E6000 Adhesive and staples to hold the plastic in a conical shape. I know with paper, I could have managed with glue and clipped it until it dried, but the Rowlux is a might slippery.

Next I took the hat outside and gave it a few random spritzes of glue, set it on last weeks’ news and poured silver glitter on it.


Embellish with some ribbon and lace — a chaotic sprout of fabric for the top and stapled rick-rack for the chin ties. I found measuring tape and cut it up to ring in the new year too!

Tip: I stapled the rick-rack on first and then added the white ribbon to cover the staples so there will not be any hair pulled.

Happy New Year!

Stay safe!



A Paper Forest You Can Craft for Christmas



Oh! A forest!

Do you ever get a craft, want to remake it, and have to deconstruct it?

It took me a few minutes pondering, as to how to fold it, but once I figured it out, these trees came together simply.  I used double sided Christmas paper from Graphic 45 and my trees came out lovely, but I did need to put them between books to compress after my glitter had dried. As you can see, the original tree uses sheet music — much thinner paper.


You will start with whatever size circle you want to make your tree. If you have a circle cutter, great. An upturned glass works just as well. Fold as shown. Embellish edges with glitter, buttons, rhinestones, etc. Add a wire hook to hang it.



Put a bit of glue on the end of a twig and squeeze the bottom of the tree to insert the “trunk”.


squeezeOh! A forest!







Make a quick Halloween card with stamps by “Pink and Main”

stamp-1Pink and Main sent me some really cute Halloween stamps so I made a simple card last night for a friend coming in unexpectedly.


You will need: Halloweenish scrapbook paper, stamps, inks (green, orange, black), misc. size stamp blocks, white paper, a ruler, and an envelope.

supplies1. Cut scrapbook paper to fit envelope – in this case it was  4 1/2 inches wide by 12 inches – and fold in half.

2. Cut white paper kind of ragged around the edges and distress the sides with one of your ink pads.

3. Put the stamp on your stamp block. stamp-1Stamp on your chosen images and words inside and out.

4. Cut the name of your friend out or the remaining paper – don’t worry about being perfect. This is just for fun.

4. Glue.

I think the spiderweb corners are absolutely adorable!




Wishing you a just-spooky- enough Halloween.

Terri O


Oh! Here’s the inside of the card:











Pink and Main has this darling snow globe stamp in time for Christmas.


Recycle a Brown Paper Bag into Super Duper Simple Wrap with Cardstock Stickers


In a super hurry and no gift wrap?

Simply solved!

Just use 3 (or more) of the stickers from Graphic 45’s “An Eerie Collection” cardstock stickers and ribbon on a brown paper bag!

Bewitchingly simple!

More Super Simple gift wrap ideas: One Two








Fairy Tale Gift Card with Graphic 45 Cardstock Stickers

This month I will have six projects, large and small, some super fast, all super simple with Graphic 45’s “An Eerie Collection” cardstock stickers.

Terri O

You will need:

the sticker sheet, a vellum bag, 2 contrasting pieces of scrapbooking paper, a piece of ribbon, and glue dots.

4 Steps for the card:

Cut one piece of paper 3.25 bby 3.25 inches and the other about 3.5 by 7 inches.

Fold the bigger piece in half.

Attach stickers as shown above. You might wonder, why the glue dots? I used them to make the frame a wee bit higher than the picture.

glue dots















Make the vellum bag into an envelope in 3 steps:

1. Cut the bag the size you need.      2. Fold down the part you want to cut away.       3. You can seal the envelope by stapling on a ribbon.


envelope-2envelope-3OMG Christmas will be here before you know it. Make a cute embossed Holly card.



Transform Plain Craft Paper into Gift Wrap

I imagine you made a super cool gift (or spent a lot of time picking out just the right present) — here’s a simple way you can step your gift giving up a notch by making your own unique gift wrap!

Terri_O_shows_3_unique_ways_to_wrap_a_gi_1860400000_7152051_ver1.0_640_480You can buy rolls of plain paper at the craft store. It’s usually called craft paper and it comes in lots of colors.

Supplies used to embellish:

Large size stamps

Acrylic paint

Spray bottles or spray paint

Permanent markers

1.   I used ColorArtz Airbrush Starter Kit  spray paints to create the background. Let dry.

2.   Stamp and let dry

3.   Write a personal message

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Simple Ways to Get Rid of Product Build-up and Give your Hair a Healthy Shine at Home

home remedy for product buildup on hair terri oThe environment can be brutal on your hair. So I have 3 super simple recipes you can make yourself. Chances are you already have the ingredients in your kitchen.

Here is how to get rid of product build up-

Mix ½ cup apple cider vinegar with ¼ cup lemon juice. Put in a spray bottle and spritz on your hair. Rinse immediately. IF YOU HAVE COLOR TREATED HAIR BE SURE TO CONSULT WITH YOUR COLORIST FIRST.

super simple Terri O home hair treatments

Now that you have removed the gunk let’s add some shine! After shampooing your hair, rinse with cooled tea.

Hair is made of protein and giving it a healthy dose of nutrients every couple of weeks is a good idea. It helps strengthen your hair and add tons of moisture. Here are two recipes to choose from:

  1. Smash a ripe avocado and add a tablespoon of coconut oil or olive oil. Work into wet hair and leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes. Be sure to mash it up really well otherwise the chunks will just fall on the ground and cause a mess.
  2. Or you can whip up an egg and apply it to your hair leaving on for 10 to 20 minutes. This one is a little messy but effective.

Make Your Own Erasable Laminated Bulletin Board

purple cows terri o crafts

Need an erasable memo board in your own style and decor? It is super simple to make this one yourself in just a few minutes.

You will need a laminator for this project. The one I used comes from
It’s a great machine and there are so many projects you can make with it. Totally worth the investment.

12×12 laminator sheet
12 x12 scrapbook paper
Stickers or anything you want to add to it
Dry erase pen

1. Cut about ¼ inch off 2 sides of the scrapbook paper. You want your paper to fit inside the laminator sheet so the there is a border on all sides. This way your project will be sealed all the way around.
2. Embellish your paper. I used tags and stickers. Attach them with adhesive.
3. Place your embellished paper inside the laminator sheet and run it thru.
4. The idea is to use this on the go. If you want you can also make an 8×11 size and punch holes in it so it fits in your notebook.


Check out this cork memo board too!

Decorative Corkboards

This is a super simple way to create a memo board for a bedroom or family message station.

cork memo board Terri O

You can buy packages of 12×12 corkboards at Target or Wal-Mart. These boards can be painted and glued. I suggest doubling them up because they are very thin.

Supplies I used to decorate them:
Peel and stick rhinestones