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Today I have another post for you that is from my quest to complete projects that have been on my to-do list for a really long time. I recently made wool dryer balls.

How to make your own wool dryer balls. Full tutorial. #DryerBalls #RealCoake #Wool

It has been over a year that I have been wanting to make wool dryer balls. Yay for another thing off my to-do list!

Of course I’ve got you covered as well. I’ve got a full tutorial so you can make your own wool dryer balls.

First, let me tell you a little bit about wool dryer balls and why you might want some as well.

Wool dryer balls are supposed to reduce your drying time. Saving you money by saving energy. They are said to reduce drying time by up to 50%. They will eliminate static, eliminating the need for dryer sheets or sprays with chemicals or perfumes. You can also eliminate the cost of buying those sheets and sprays. They will often help soften your clothes and reduce wrinkles naturally. By using wool dryer balls, you are doing one easy thing to help the earth in multiple ways. Sounds good, right? View full post »

Today I’ve got a project for you that I have wanted to complete for a very long time. I labeled my spices and homemade mixes.

Pretty and easy way to label homemade spices and mixes for ease of finding them in your pantry. #Spices #Labels #Organizing #RealCoake

As I showed you earlier this week with my taco seasoning recipe, I make a few of my own spice mixes. It saves me money and more importantly, to me, I know exactly what is in each mix.

For several years now, I’ve stored them in reusable plastic containers. It worked, but I had been saving spice jars as I emptied them in hopes that some day I would finally make pretty containers for my mixes and spices. That day finally came!

This was a very easy project. I LOVE the result. It makes me smile to open my pantry and see these pretty little jars in there. It really is the little things! and it is getting things checked off my to-do list as well.:-)

Eventually I want to re-organize my pantry and I want to have all kinds of pretty labels and such. Eventually.

This project would work great for the mixes and spices as I used them, but it would also work great for labeling any other containers or baskets in your pantry. Let me show you this easy project so you can pretty up your pantry as well.  View full post »

  • Shannon Payne - July 18, 2014 - 1:01 pm

    On the to do list! I’ve been holding out far too long, now is time to tackle the infamous spice cabinet (LOL)ReplyCancel

  • Jamie@southmainmuss - July 19, 2014 - 8:35 am

    So neat. Do you have a post showing the best way to dry herbs from the garden. That a project I’ve been wanting to try.ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - July 21, 2014 - 10:28 pm

      Thanks, Jamie! No, I don’t know about drying herbs. If I could get things to grow in the garden, then maybe I could figure the drying things out…but I totally have brown thumbs. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Elisabeth Harrell - July 19, 2014 - 11:03 pm

    These spice jars look amazing! Love it. :-) ReplyCancel

  • Patty Lucas - July 22, 2014 - 12:44 pm

    I just bought pretty little jars for my spices but I didn’t know where to start for the labels until now. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Cherry Warrick - July 22, 2014 - 1:34 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing the source of these very cute labels! And what a great idea to label your homemade spice jars – thanks!ReplyCancel

I’ve got a simple and easy way to save you money in the kitchen today. It is a taco seasoning recipe.

Make your own taco seasoning with the inexpensive and easy to make taco seasoning recipe. #Seasoning #Taco  #Recipe #RealCoake

You know the packets of taco seasoning you can buy at the store? They cost a few bucks each. You can actually make that mix yourself. It will save you money and you will also know exactly what is in your mix. That is my favorite part. There are no preservatives or added ingredients, like MSG, that I don’t want in our diet.

It is crazy easy to make your own taco seasoning. I’ve got the directions and a printable recipe for you.  View full post »

  • Ashley P - July 17, 2014 - 10:06 pm

    Love this! I’m so tired of using the boxed dinners with a ton of MSG and poor quality tortillas. Will be mixing some of this up this weekend. Do you know of a good place to purchase some new glass spice bottles? I don’t have any empty ones.ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - July 18, 2014 - 11:16 pm

      Yay! Glad you like it! I would suggest that if you have an IKEA near you, try that. I’m pretty sure they sell some empty bottles. Otherwise, I’m not really sure. You could always go to the spice aisle and buy the least expensive one in a glass jar. It might be more pricey than finding them another way, but it would be immediate gratification. ;-) ReplyCancel

  • […] I showed you earlier this week with my taco seasoning recipe, I make a few of my own spice mixes. It saves me money and more importantly, to me, I know exactly […]ReplyCancel

  • Sydney @ Tastefully Frugal - July 18, 2014 - 11:54 pm

    I love this idea! I usually use buy the big mix from Costco but it has so much sodium in it! This looks like a much healthier version!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - July 21, 2014 - 10:27 pm

      Oh, I hadn’t seen the mix from Costco. Sounds like a great idea except for the sodium. I bet this version would reduce the sodium by a lot. Hope it helps!ReplyCancel

In my quest to add summer decor to my home, I decided to make some burlap decorative pillows.

Quick and simple! Make these adorable burlap decorative pillows to add some fun to any season or occasion. #Decorative #Burlap #Pillows #Sewing #RealCoake

I thought that burlap would go with my summer mantel and look light and airy like summer. I used the pillow forms I made from two IKEA pillows. In hind sight, I probably should have used a different fabric rather than burlap. While it looks summery and cute, it sure is not cozy on the couch. Oh well. They are still cute thrown on the floor when everyone sits on the couch.;-)

No matter what fabric you choose, these pillows are quite easy to make and can be made for any season or for everyday. You ready to add some fun to your pillows? Let’s do this thing! View full post »

  • Elisabeth Harrell - July 14, 2014 - 7:57 pm

    These pillows are gorgeous. I’m sure the burlap adds a layer of texture to the area. I do love that it’s white burlap. I’m not sure I’ve seen that before. Very pretty!ReplyCancel

Quite some time ago I told you I would tell you about cutting fabric with Cricut machines. I’m finally going to share the tutorial with you. I’m also going to share a bit of a craft fail associated with this project. We all have those some time and I totally had one this time with cutting fabric with the Cricut.

Great tutorial on cutting fabric with cricut machines. Has specific settings, what works and what doesn

I think adding a fun shape to a pillow or some DIY wall art is a great idea and fun way to add some whimsy or cuteness to a project. The problem for me is that I stink with both the patience and the skill set to cut out designs from fabric. Since I have a Cricut, I thought it was time to figure out how to cut fabric with it. It can do the work and I can enjoy cuteness. Not much patience needed…except if you turn a project you know how to do and have done in the past into a craft fail. There is always that! Lol! View full post »

  • Allyson @ All Our Days - July 11, 2014 - 3:01 pm

    Your shapes turned out so cute. I don’t have a Cricut so I still have to cute things out by hand :) ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - July 11, 2014 - 11:17 pm

      Thank you! I find it simply amazing that people can cut shapes out by hand. More power to you!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren @ SAHM I am - July 13, 2014 - 2:53 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I had a fabric cut fail with the Cricut too and had to cut out a cardstock template then trace around my fabric, so it is good to know that there is actually a better way.ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - July 13, 2014 - 7:59 pm

      I’m so glad you found it helpful! I can’t imagine having the patience to trace and cut…kuddos to you!ReplyCancel

  • […] you do any of the sewing. Top stitch or use a zig zag stitch around the applique. I showed you how to cut an applique out of fabric very quickly and easily last week. I used Heat n’ Bond to apply my appliques. The Ultra Heat n’ Bond says not […]ReplyCancel

  • Katharine Swanson-Devinney - July 20, 2014 - 4:38 am

    I wonder if I can do this with my old expression. I still have the 6 inch machine. Do I need to buy a special “cutter-knife”? ThanksReplyCancel

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