A Simple Way to Clean Vintage Silverware

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Happy Friday Friends!

I while back I shared a favorite project of mine… {these} stamped silverware. Before starting the project all the silverware my mom had collected for me was really dirty and needed to be cleaned. I thought a large portion of the silverware would need to be thrown away because of how dirty it all was. I was hoping to salvage enough pieces to use in various projects so I got to work trying to find the easiest way to clean it all.

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Here are a few pieces in the “before” cleaning state…

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and… here is the after…

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Here are the steps I took to clean the silverware:

1.) Fill a stockpot with water.
2.) Add to water 1/4 cup of baking soda.
3.) Submerge a piece of aluminum foil in the baking soda water mixture.
4.) Bring water to a boil.
5.) Submerge a handful of silverware into the pan.
6.) Let water and silverware boil for 5 minutes.
7.) Using tongs remove silverware from the boiling water and place on a towel.
Please use precaution in removing the silverware from the stockpot as the water is very hot!
8.) Using a soft towel… buff the entire silverware piece removing all the tarnish.

I had a couple stubborn pieces of silverware that needed to be placed into the pan for a second time, but I was amazed at the results. It was a simple process that went really quickly…which is my favorite type of project. The tarnish just seemed to fall off of each piece of silverware.

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A Fun & Easy Winter Craft to Enjoy with Kids

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Happy Wednesday Friends!

A few days ago I shared 10 ideas for enjoying a long Winter Indoors. Today I am sharing a fun and easy project that you can do with your children. Kids love feeding animals and my kids have always loved watching the birds gather for a treat in front of a window in Winter too.

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This project is so easy that any age kiddo would be able to help make these birdie treats.

Items needed:

1 package of Knox Unflavored Gelatine

6 Tablespoons of boiling water

2 Cups of Birdseed

Large Bowl

Mini Cake Molds or Cookie Cutters

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The first step is to mix 6 Tablespoons of water and one package of the gelatine in a mixing bowl. Add 2 cups of birdseed to the mixture.

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I used a set of vintage bundt pans that I had on hand but,  this bundt cupcake pan  would work great too!

Fill each bundt pan with the mixture.

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Let the filled pans sit in a cool place for at least 4 hours.

Hang with twine outside for the birds to enjoy!

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Top Five Favorite Posts of 2016

Happy Saturday Friends!

I am ending the year with a recap of the top five favorite posts of 2016!

A few days ago I shared a more personal recap of our year. We had alot of  wonderful changes and are so grateful for all of the blessings we have.

Thank you again following along with our journey! I hope you enjoy looking back on some of mine and your favorite posts!

DIY Wine Bottle Stoppers

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Vintage Plate Wall

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Stamped Silverware

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DIY Candlesticks

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Shutter Snowman

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Thanks for stopping by! See you in 2017!

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How to Make an Upcycled Spindle Box

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Happy Wednesday Friends!

 One of my favorite projects from this Summer are the various boxes I made using my collection of spindles.

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My collection of spindles are from all sorts of discarded items like tables, chairs, shelves.
Basically anything I find that has interesting details or has an old worn look gets added to my collection.

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I used wood we had on hand in my sister’s garage. Some of the wood we used was from old fencing which already had a nice cut edge detail.

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None of the spindles were alike so each box had to be cut to its own specific length to fit the length of the spindle.

Each box consisted of 5 cut pieces of wood. 2 for each end, 2 for each side, and one for the bottom.

The boxes were also put together using 1 inch Wood Screws.

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Making these was all about using what I had on hand.

To do the different paint finishes I used paint I had in my supply cabinet. The great thing about using the old fencing is that it soaked up paint really well. I was able to water down all the paint I used and do more of a paint wash rather than fully painting each box.

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You can now find a few of them scattered around our home being used.
Not only are they useful, they are fun to style with different seasonal items.

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Thank you for stopping by!

What have you made lately? I would love to hear about your favorite projects too!

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Wine Bottle Vase

Happy Sunday!

How have you been?
I would be better, but it is snowing today in Michigan!
Dark, gloomy, windy  & snowing!
Winter really does hold on until the last possible moment for us.

I am so ready for Spring!
I keep adding touches of it here and there throughout our home with flowers and new house plants. I do not have much of a green thumb, but I keep trying!

One way I added some Spring to our house is with this wine bottle vase.

I originally saw this simple craft at Shanty-2-Chic!

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It was so fun and easy to make!

Just a few hardware pieces from your local home maintenance store

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& a 18 inch board is all you need!

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I also love that you really can use a variety of flower stems in it!ABM_1426019396

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What Spring projects have you been working on?

Thanks for stopping by!

-Chas-

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Happy Monday!

It has been a busy few weeks!

My Let’s Create events have been in full swing over the last month.

In February we made monogram photo frames.

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This month we crafted Spring Monogram Wreaths!

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And we celebrated a birthday this last weekend by making wine bottle wind chimes…

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It has been a fun couple months at our events!

Spring will continue to be busy for us!

If you live in Northern Michigan and would like to participate in a Let’s Create event, you can find more event information {HERE}.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Chas-

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