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DIY | Mini Canvas & Chalkboard Stand {From Popsicle Sticks}

12 Sep

Popsicle sticks are made from trees; it’s such a huge waste to throw them away! What to do with them? They’re fragile and you can’t do something serious with them… unless it’s a miniature, like a mini stand for your cute little drawings, or handmade chalkboard signs to be used at craft shows.

Materials needed:

  • 4 Popsicle sticks
  • 2 Tooth picks
  • White glue – I used Bic White Glue
  • Craft knife or X-acto knife
  • Cutting mat or cardboard to protect your work surface
  • Some book pages to cover the cracks on the Popsicle sticks

How-to:

  • I initially wanted to create little holes in 3 popsicle sticks to insert a toothpick – to bind the three “feet” and to keep them free to fold and move. The Popsicle sticks cracked but did not break, so I inserted the top toothpick where the wood cracked… and quickly added a generous amount of wood glue to fix it in place and to prevent the three feet from breaking. It took some patience to engineer the tripod and balance the “feet.” The rear “foot” can swing back and forth if you want it to, and it’s safe to do so since the model is well glued and the paper strips kind of toughen up the miniature stand.
  • I glued the “shelf” on by adding a huge amount of wood glue. I decoupaged some strips of paper that came from an old book using a lot of white glue. This worked perfectly as extra support and as a decorative touch to hide the cracked wood.
  • I then added an extra tooth pick at the base of the mini “shelf” for extra support, again by applying a lot of glue.
  • One thing to remember though, you need to let the glue dry a bit before you move into the next step or the whole thing will fall apart. Patience is a virtue :  – )

This mini stand actually has a function other than being utterly cute and adorable:

You can use it in craft shows to place your brand name on it… or, if you make a few more stands, you can place cute little chalkboard signs on them to identify your craft work, homemade cookies, or handmade jewelry (bracelets, rings, earrings, etc). You can also display your miniature canvas (or cardboard) drawings and paintings with this stand. In your kitchen or dining room, if you have a corner for homemade olives and oils, sandwiches, cookies… you can place this stand with a sign that tells your dear ones “yummy things are served here.”

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Summer Food DIY & Inspiration: Homemade Ice-cream

4 Jun

Strawberry Ice-cream by Karboojeh Handmade: This sorbet doesn’t contain milk; it’s a different recipe from the one mentioned below in the post. This one blends strawberry with sugar only. Put in the freezer for a nice, tasty sorbet.

Homemade ice is the tastiest thing you can ever taste! With a few natural ingredients, you can make your own frozen gelato or sorbetto. You can always use your imagination for coming up with variates that suit your taste, the local produce available around you, and your budget.

Now, let’s make our own fruit-based ice-cream!

Strawberry sorbet – by Karboojeh Handmade

Simple strawberry ice-cream

Try this recipe by Karboojeh Handmade:

  • Put 2-3 cups of strawberry in the blender with some sugar (depends on your taste. TIP: Just remember that when you freeze something it tastes less sugary, so maybe you need to add a little bit more than your threshold.
  • Blend well
  • When the strawberry is well-mashed, add some milk (or Greek-style yogurt for less calories) and blend until you form a strawberry loose paste (not too runny, not too thick)
  • Place mixture in store-bought Popsicle cones or in air-tight plastic container.
  • Freeze – in the freezer
  • Enjoy the next day with a loved one or friend

P.S. I Only took pics of the homemade strawberry sorbet we made at home, that’s why the frozen mixture looks darkish. Frozen strawberry ice-cream mixed with milk or yogurt would be a delightful pink.

Karboojeh Top Picks: Bloggers’ ice-cream recipes

Here are a few recipes that I have collected recently. Click the pics – or the links in the captions right below them – to go to the recipes. Enjoy!

Modern ice-cream stick:

Source: asubtlerevelry.com via Karboojeh on Pinterest

Rustic ice-sticks:

Source: joylicious.net via Karboojeh on Pinterest

Pink ice-sticks:

Source: andthenidothedishes.blogspot.com via Karboojeh on Pinterest

Shabby-chic ice-sticks:
Lemon ice:

Banana ice-cream:

Source: webmd.com via Karboojeh on Pinterest

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For more ice-cream ideas:
Homemade ice-cream – via 2littlehooligans.blogspot.com
Food recipe (ice-cream) – via therealityofskinny.tumblr.com

Bay Leaves: Remedies at your fingertips

24 May

Bay leaves, aka Laurel leaves, are a small evergreen plant, that has more benefits than commonly advertised. In my part of the world, we are accustomed to using laurel soups that come all the way from Aleppo. But only very recently did I learn that this beautifully scented tree can help elevate many physical & beauty-related problems.

Bay leaves can be found in supermarkets. But if you plant them (or buy them already planted in small pots), you can have them in the soil in your garden – or keep them in pots in your small-space garden.

Those dark-green leaves can do more good than flavouring chicken soups & stews:

  • They’re good for relieving aches in joints & muscles
  • Healing an itchy scalp, and dandruff
  • They aid digestion and have a calming effect
  • Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties
  • The leaves can repel ants, just by placing them the way they are in kitchen cabinets
  • Mom tells me if you put a few bay leaves in pantry containers for sugar, rice, and flour, you are sure to stop tiny pests from growing in them.
  • You can gargle with Bay leaf tea & even use it as a body wash
  • According to e-How, “Bay leaves are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, manganese, calcium, potassium and magnesium.”

Pic via freywine.com

Bay Leaf Tea

Simply add a couple of bay leaves to boiled water. Let it sit in the kettle for 10 minutes, then drink. This tea has a calming effect and it can help in digestion.

According to e-How, you can “enjoy bay leaf tea before meals to help maintain blood sugar levels, as studies have shown that Bay leaf helps the body to process insulin more quickly to prevent spikes in blood sugar.”

Pic via cashmere.hubpages.com

Bay Leaf Anti-Aching Remedy

Did you know that buying an infusion like the one I’m about to describe will cost you much more than making it by hand? You need a cup of olive oil in a saucepan. Add several bay leaves to the oil & simmer over very low heat for 15-20 minutes, then remove from the heat and cover (so you won’t lose the goodness via evaporation). Allow cooling. Strain and massage into sore areas.

Bay Leaf Dandruff Remedy

Some water plus a few crushed Bay leaves, is all you need. Boil the water, switch off the heat, then add the leaves. Cover the pot and let it steep for 30 minutes, like you would with a tea infusion. After taking your bath, wash your hair with this tea combination, and leave it on for an hour, then wash if off again.

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Remedies come from: homeandgardenideas.com, ehow.com, mom, my observations
For more remedies you can visit: herbs2000.com

 

 

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Naturally Homemade: The healing powers of garlic

7 Feb

Source: etsy.com via Karboojeh on Pinterest

I have been wanting to start a series of articles on my blog with tips to heal and beautify using natural ingredients. I have tried (and read) many remedies over the years that I think work great in eliminating spots, healing aches and probably adding a touch of beauty to a tired face. I will start today with… Garlic.

These remedies are not dangerous, they are simple and easy, and can be integrated into one’s life routine easily, using ingredients in your pantry or garden.

Garlic for spots

For some reason or another, a spot (acne, pimples) or two might decide to appear on your face (especially the kind that spreads if you touch it). What do you do?

Via cosmosmagazine.com

Ingredients:

  • Pinch of salt
  • Less than half a minced garlic clove.
  • Cotton swab

Method:

Mix the minced garlic with a little, tiny bit of salt. Mix well until the salt looses itself in the garlic. Bring a cotton swab and put a tiny bit of the mixture on its tip and add very carefully to the tip of the spot. Do not let this mixture touch other areas of your skin because it will basically irritate it. This mixture is a strong disinfectant, and it doesn’t leave a scar behind, but you need to be careful when applying it. Leave it on your face for 1/2 an hour to an hour, then rinse with lukewarm water. Repeat next day.

Garlic for yellow nails

If you’re sporty and spend a lot of time in your sneakers, you might be prone to develop some sort of fungal infection at one point or another. If your nails go yellow, then this is a sign of some creeping fungal thing that has found home under the bed of the nail. but don’t worry, easy natural remedy for that. Manufactured products might not even come close to the healing powers of this one. But nature takes time, this will eliminate the problem from its roots, but it needs some time to show some results.

Ingredients:

  • Garlic clove.
  • Knife

Method:

  1. Do this when you know you’re staying indoors. First, you need to wash your feet well (or hands).
  2. Cut the garlic when you are about to use it. Garlic releases an endless chemical interaction when it is cut, these vital combinations stay dormant when the garlic is still whole, and if you cut the garlic much earlier than the time you’re going to use it, you may lose a big portion of the essential oils & goodness that are released when the garlic is first sliced
  3. Rub the garlic clove on the infected area. Rub well under the nail bed (between the nail and the flesh). Rub, rub, rub. Leave this on for the whole day if you can. Wear open toed sandals or flip-flops.
  4. Wash your feet with soapy water to reduce the garlic-y odor.

Garlic with Panadol (paracetamol)

Via boots.comLet’s say you have a headache, a cold, or any reason that makes you want to take a tablet of Panadol (or any other similar brand). Any kind of un-natural medicine has side-effects, that’s the belief of alchemists and natural healing specialists. To offset such bad effects, do the following…

Ingredients:

  • Clove of garlic sliced into four pieces.
  • Glass of water
  • Panadol tablet

Method:

Swallow each garlic piece with water, one at a time. The fifth gulp should be reserved for Panadol. Don’t take them all up at once, our bodies are sensitive to the way we treat them and do things, drinking down the garlic with the Panadol at one go is completely different from doing the routine the way I described it (again): Swallow your pieces of garlic with water, one at a time, then the Panadol pill (also swallow with water).

Garlic for life

To re-cap, there are thousands of healing remedies using garlic. I once read a whole book based on remedies created and used by a European king (I forgot his name). He treated almost everything using garlic water, garlic powder, garlic soups… you name it. You need to listen to your body and go where it is honestly telling you to go, and this needs an amount of self-understanding and a strong “observer” inside of you, who helps you live life the way you should!

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Crafty DIY: Perfect gift for mom ~ baking soda deodorizer in a jar

22 Aug

What are moms obsessed with?

Cleanliness, I guess.

In one of my blog journey’s I spotted a DIY by one blogger who turned a mason jar into a baking soda plus essential oil air freshener (I didn’t bookmark it, cause I didn’t think I will actually make one ~ sorry!).

Wait! I found it!

I got the original idea from a super lovely blog called “The complete guide to imperfect homemaking” (thank you, thank you, thank you).

The DIY stayed with me until it was time to visit mom in my original home country, so I quickly decorated an empty jar with burlap, twine, cut-outs, and Syrian cotton (aka, Sayeh) – using white glue & glue gun to attach the different parts.

My mom flipped. She loved it. When she saw this jar, she was like, “Wow, you made this?” (heheheh). The smell of the jar’s contents was also a nice surprise.

How to make a homemade deodorizer

I’m not into quantities, so here is a rough estimation of what went into the jar:

  • fill 3/4 of the jar with baking soda
  • add 7-9 drops of good-quality essential oil. I used Musk from an Italian brand. Musk has a subtle way of deodorizing, you smell it, enjoy its effect, but it’s not over-powering like other stronger scents. I’d also go for Rose, Orange Blossom, and of course, Lavender.
  • use a wooden stick or, in my case, a clean Popsicle stick to mash the essential oil into the baking soda.
  • shake it up, and you’re ready to go

Sprinkle this in any room and you will have instant freshness oozing from every corner.

You can sprinkle some in your cat’s litter box, in smelly shoes (hehehe), on the carpet, inside closets. The beautiful scent will make you feel you are in a spa resort, giving you an instant transformation of mood and ambiance.

I took this picture while the white glue was still wet. Like Mod Podge, white glue dries clear…

Jar design

To dramatize the jar, I used one of my handmade crochet baskets, I simply belted it around the jar, and placed a wooden Popsicle stick inside the mini-basket to inspire mom to make her own deodorizer once the jar contents were scattered all over the house.

Try it! You will never want to buy ready-made deodorizers after you’ve tried this one.

It’s super easy, and, well, very economic, too; you won’t need more than a few pinches of scented baking soda to transform a whole room into a piece of heaven-smelling shelter.

Ciao belle (tutorials & DIY)

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