This post is sponsored by Plaid Crafts. All opinions are mine.
I would never call myself artsy. Creative? Sure. Artsy? No way. If you give me a brush and tell me to paint something, you would get something that looks like a 2 year old made it. Wait, that isn’t kind to all the 2-year olds. When I’m looking to create something a little more detail-oriented (i.e. anything but a blob), I turn to stencils. Stencils are my BFF. So when Plaid contacted me asking if I wanted to try out Ed Roth’s Stencil1 stencils, I was totally game. AND, better yet, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them… create DIY stenciled tea towels!
Oh my goodness, peeps. I swear, each time I write up a post I promise myself (and you guys!) that I am going to write more often. But then I walk away from the computer and life takes over. Over the past few weeks we had our water heater explode, leaving water all over our basement. Then we had to replace our dishwasher. And just this past week the stove went out. Awesome. When it rains, it pours… right? So now I promise to try to write as much as I would like. Deal??
In the midst of all the craziness recently, I have managed to crank out 1 Christmas project. That’s right… ONE! I think I had about 15 planned. Stupid life. Always in the way of my crafting fun. 😉 I even wanted to do a winter home tour but you’ll be lucky if you see a picture of our tree. But seriously… I kinda love this project. Partially because it cost me $0 and partially because it looks way better than I could have hoped. So I guess if I was only going to get one thing done, I’m glad it was these adorable and incredibly easy Rustic Paint Stick Stars.
Eight months ago I shared a recipe for homemade laundry soap. And since I needed to make another batch this week, I thought it was time for me to give you a little update on how it has been working. Well, in one word… GREAT! I don’t think I will ever go back to buying laundry detergent! Seriously! This stuff smells amazing and cleans wonderfully! Plus it lasts such a long time! I made my first batch back in August 2012 and I just made my 3rd batch. Craziness. This time I decided to try a slightly different and improved version of my Homemade Laundry Detergent.