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Nov 6, 2016

Easy Faux Tin House Lantern For The Holidays, Removing Odors From Thrifted Clothing

Easy Faux Tin House Lantern For The Holidays-
It's autumn and winter will soon be here! My big left wrist cast is coming off tomorrow, then a small hand/thumb splint for five weeks. My thumb is healing up nicely, from surgery. I didn't have a of of joint left for the thumb to rest on, so they removed the bone below and created a stable space for it now. Pain will be gone for good and thumb will seat correctly. Happy dance! The garden is put to bed, and leaves coming down, it's really pretty outside. Still too warm for our heavy comforter, but nice and cold in the morning. So...
I saw this easy project last winter and this rustic metal look goes great with the farm-ish, vintage decor I love. This is a low cost DIY version since real tin houses/lanterns can be really spendy. In the winter I couldn't paint outside, then I forgot over the summer, but had a good day today! It's 62 degrees, unseasonably warm, and a light breeze. The link above shows the project, it's easy peasy. I started with this medium sized $5.99 Hobby Lobby paper mache house. I decided to do one house, and it will be great for a small table display for the holidays.-

Roof comes off!

Using a well-shaken can of Krylon Silver Hammered Paint ($10.00) I painted the inside and outside of the house-

1st coat, looking good!

I will do a 2nd coat later today, but it's looking great! I may paint some other holidays things with this, like ornaments or? Can't get much easier :)

The stinky shirt that kept on giving

Removing Odors From Thrifted Clothing-
Well, I had an educational week with my used eBay Eddie Bauer corduroy blouse! I got this beauty on eBay for $10.00, really pretty colors for fall and nice weight for work. I saw the gorgeous fabric thru the plastic bag and excitedly opened it. The odor coming out of the blouse was unfreaking believable!!! OMG, the smell! It was like really bad perfume/chemicals. I always wash all used clothing before wearing, so I threw it in the washer, no worries. It still smelled coming out, so I washed it two more times, more soap, still stunk. I used cold water and our regular laundry soap. Time to do some research, since I wanted to keep the blouse. I went online and found some great ideas here- Thrift Store Clothing Odor/Stain Removal I tried the hot water/baking soda method and it took out 90% of the odor! Eureka!!! I will wash again today and I think that will do it. I did send an FYI letter to the seller, just stating how bad the odors were and what I had to do to remove it. I'm not sure if they applied something or the previous owner did, but it was the WORST I ever smelled on a used piece of clothing. They did apologize and offered a full refund. I declined and I'm happy I salvaged it.You can learn so much online!


Kristina said...

Thanks for the tip on the clothing smell. Yes, the internet can be full of information.

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Yes, tons of info out there:)

Susan said...

Add my thanks for the tip on getting out that 'Goodwill' scent. I honestly wonder if they spray the stuff on - sometimes I can barely breathe! I love that house! What a clever idea!!

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Yes I hate the stinky smell. The house idea is just one of quite a few on her website, greal ideas!