Sunday, May 19, 2013

Pin It And Do It - May Edition

I've knocked off a few more pins this past week, working my way toward trying to get to at least eight things done. There's really no point in pinning all of those great ideas if you're never going to do anything about them, is there?

Last fall, when I put together a Missouri board in advance of our anniversary trip, I pinned Kauffman stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals. It was too late for baseball but I haven't been to a game there in years and thought it would be fun to go again. In April, we got lucky and The Big Guy won four tickets to a Royals game (with reserved parking which was great!). Since I haven't been to any other stadiums in 15 years, I can't say how this stadium fares against others but with it's trademark water feature and recently revamped concourse, it was a fun place to be even if you aren't interested in baseball.

Today I tried a new recipe...for bronzer. Made with cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa powder and cornstarch, I liked the idea that it was all natural and that the color could be tweaked by adding more or less of each ingredient. 

My finished product
 The problem came in that there are absolutely NO directions other than a list of the ingredients and what to add to get more of one effect or another. I started with far too much cornstarch and had to add quite a lot of the other ingredients to try to get an effect that didn't look like a kabuki mask. Eventually I got a nice soft color that blended easily and looked natural. Although, I did smell a bit like a baked good!

Pin photo

Yesterday I tried an easy fix for damaged woodwork. Mix 1/4 cup canola or olive oil and 3/4 cup vinegar. Dip a cloth in the well-blended mixture and rub on the woodwork. The vinegar allows the oil to spread then evaporates. The windows in our kitchen nook need to have the woodwork refinished after 17 years of sun and moisture but for now this was a quick, easy and cheap fix.

Next up, I'm back into the kitchen...or the garden. I've found some great ideas to pin for gardening lately!

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