Caulking strips for a non-slip rug – a sisterly experiment!

Don’t you hate a rug that slips around constantly, and won’t stay put?  Under rug liners are so expensive, and oftentimes don’t hold up well in the long term.  Recently we came across this tip from Martha Stewart for using silicone caulk to slip proof a rug, and decided to give it a try!

Marie’s Take:

My rug is on the right – the blue one from IKEA.  It has really worked out well in our front room, and is a comfy place for Eisley to play and read books, but it is slightly too small and slides around the room constantly.  A larger rug would probably help, but I am saving my pennies for when we redo that room in the future, and a temporary solution was all I wanted in the short term.  I actually did price out a rug slip liner from the local hardware store, and without any discounts would have been about $40.  Since I only spent $30 on the rug in the first place, I didn’t want to go that route.

The materials you will need for this project are Silicone based Caulk, a caulking gun, and your rug.  We opted to do this outside, which worked out well as the sunshine sped up the drying process and we had plenty of work room.

First I started with lines about 6 inches apart on the shorter ends of the rug.  The way we have it situated in our room, it’s most often pushed this direction, so I wanted to add the most traction on those sides.


After that, I started doing diagonal lines through the large empty area in the middle of the rug.


My lines were not straight, and definitely not consistently spaced, but I did the best I could!


(Turns out I’m not that handy with a caulking gun!)


After this, we let the caulk dry and placed them on the floor after about 24 hours.

The verdict?  The rug is definitely less slippery than it was before, but I have 2 issues with this technique:  first, you can somewhat feel the caulk lines through the rug, which doesn’t really bother ME that much, but I could see how that might really bother some.  Secondly, the rug is definitely still slipping if I walk across it the short way.  I may go back and add some more caulk to try to mitigate this issue in the future.

Overall I would give this technique a C+.  It definitely works, but you need to use a LOT of caulk, and you need to make your lines as clean as possible to avoid big bumps when you walk over it.

All the best in your crafting escapades!


Jessica’s Take:

Hi all! I got this fun, colorful rag rug as a late birthday present. I love the large size and the thick texture.  It was super slippy on my hardwood floors though. I don’t want anyone to break their neck.

I had it pretty easy.  I just followed the lines of the rag rows.



As you can see I tried to put it on quite thick. The texture of the rug is very, knobbly (?) and there are a lot of ups and downs. I wanted it to grip.

I have to say that this project was a great idea. I haven’t had any trouble with the caulking peeling up. I do have trouble with the rug slipping though.  I think that the texture of this rug is so extreme that the caulk just doesn’t do it. I am going to have to splurge on a grippy mat from the hardware store to keep this in place.

I am excited about the rug itself though. My kids love to play in the snow, and this will be at my back door to catch all the wet mess when they come in from playing this winter. The large size will allow them to both come in and take off coats, boots, snow pants, gloves, hats, etc… and leave it all on the rug to dry.


Here it is in place. I’d like to thank you for stopping by and checking out our experiment. We had fun giving it a try.


Simple Canvas Art

Hi everyone, Jessica here. I have had another something in mind to add to my collage wall.  It turned out to be so simple. Very quick and easy to do.


I had this blank canvas left over. It was part of a two pack. I also found this fabric as a marked down remnant. I really love the colors and the paisley design. Can you see where I am going with this? Yes I covered the canvas with the fabric. 🙂

First thing, you can see is that the fabric is wrinkled. I had to iron it out and give myself a good beginning product.

Next I got out the fabric scissors, some 505 repositionable fabric spray glue and a pencil. I decided to use the pinking shears because they would keep the fabric from fraying too much.

Next I laid the canvas face down on the fabric in an area where I liked the area of the design that would be showing. I lifted up the edges of the fabric to make sure I would have enough to staple down. Then I marked it with a pencil. Now I know where to set the canvas back down after I lift it up.

I cut around the outside and then cut away some of the fabric at the corners. I didn’t want there to be too much bulk when I fold it over.

I didn’t get a photo of the next part. I sprayed the fabric adhesive in the center of the fabric and laid the canvas back down inside the marks I made. I couldn’t spray carefully and take a picture, sorry. You get the idea. I didn’t use too much. Just enough to keep the fabric down smooth. Next I smoothed it with my hand to make sure they were bonding together.

I got out the trusty stapler and went to town!

Ha! Sorry that the camera strap is in the photo. It’s hard to take a picture one handed while stapling. 🙂 I went around and put one staple in each side and got the fabric secured. Then I went around and did the rest of the staples making sure it was pulled tight around the whole edge. I was a little fussy about the corners. I wanted them to be as tidy and tight as possible. I don’t have any special tips about this. Just take your time and do it carefully. No big rush since this is a super easy project anyway.

Here it is all covered. I was not done though. I still needed to hang it.

I decided to use more of these 3M Velcro strip picture hangers. The canvas is super light, so I would only need to use one set. I noticed that the frame of the canvas was covered up by the fabric though.

I cut some of the fabric away and attached a strip.

I really hemmed and hawed about where to hang it. I have it here for now. I think the pattern is so pretty. It would make a really nice pillow too. I have a little left over, you never know. 😉

Have any of you ever used fabric on the wall as home décor? It is such a cheap alternative if you find it marked down.
Thanks for stopping by.

Quick and Easy: personalized initial mug

Hello everyone!

I decided to do a very quick and easy project this week. I’ve been trying to tie up some loose ends and get a lot done this week, because starting next Monday I will be working full time again (woo hoo!) I decided I wanted to make something to take with me to my new office/cubicle/desk for my first day. I have a picture of Eisley and Dustin that I plan to frame and bring with me, but I also though it might be nice to treat myself to a new coffee mug. I have been drinking a lot of tea these days, especially peppermint and chamomile which seem to help with my morning sickness. After lunch sometimes I need a little pick me up, so green tea usually is my weapon of choice for combating the post-lunch sleepy slump.

This project really couldn’t have been any simpler, and it turned out so well I’m sure I’ll be doing this again for Christmas gifts this year!

Here are my materials:

And here is my technique: I simply made an outline in dots of my letter “M” using sharpie, and then added the surrounding dots. Then I let the ink dry completely and baked it in the oven at 350 for 30min to set the ink.


Literally, that’s it. I know – this is a pretty lame tutorial, but I really did want to share this process because it turned out SO well! After I baked it I let it cool overnight and then I ran it through the dishwasher. It came out looking perfect! You couldn’t even tell that the ink was applied after the initial glazing of the ceramic.

I am looking forward to trying this again soon with metallic sharpies and a black mug – I will report on my results!

Muffin tin breakfasts!

Hi everyone. We have been itching to try some new recipes and share our experiences with you.  Marie suggested we try some that she found on Pinterest where everything is made in a muffin tin.  I thought this sounded great!

School starts tomorrow for my kiddos. I decided to try something breakfasty to have ready in the morning.  I liked the idea of this :

It is simple and yummy. I knew my kids would love it.

I followed the recipe, but omitted the onions and peppers. I am the only one in my family who eats bell peppers. Also, there are onions on the top, do I really need them inside too? Nah.

Here are the ingredients:


I sprayed with some EVOO in a Misto.  More on this later, but basically it wasn’t good enough. I recommend PAM or an equivalent. (Oh, and yes I wear an apron sometimes. I’m a messy cook.)


I poked some ham into each muffin cup.


Next I mixed up the eggs to have them ready.  The recipe said use 1/2 and egg per cup. I needed more. I think it was because I omitted the peppers and onions. In the end I needed 8 eggs for 12 cups.


So here I am with 6 to start. I added a splash of milk next.


After that a little freshly ground pepper. I use enough to help the flavor along, but not make the eggs truly peppery.


About like that. 🙂


Then I whipped them up and got them frothy.

The next step was adding cheese.  I added a healthy pinch to each cup. I used a shredded mix that I get from my favorite warehouse chain.


Next I chopped up the green onion. I used 3 total.


Then I poured in the egg mixture. This is the point where I ran out of egg. I had to stop what I was doing and add a couple more to the bowl and mix them up.


So, here they are before they went into the oven at 350, for 20 mins.


Here they are after- they turned out perfectly!  They were super good.


The official taste tester wanted one right away. She kept saying, “MMMMMMMM!”


Later I took them to my mom’s house and quite a few got eaten. I need to make some more now.

I think this is a great make ahead breakfast for a special occasion, or any time. Maybe they could be a quick, but filling thing to have on hand for the holidays too. They kept overnight in a plastic container and reheated in the microwave beautifully.  I’m so glad I tried this. I love making things ahead and having them ready. I pull them out and have very little effort to put together a meal. I feel like a hero and really, all I did was think ahead and put forth a little effort.

Thanks for hosting the fun cooking sister!! Now for Marie’s yummy treats.



Confession time: I had good intentions to make myself and my mother in law a full size Monkey Bread breakfast treat earlier this summer.  We were both hosting several house guests for a week, and I thought I would help her out by delivering a nice easy breakfast for her to have on hand.  Sadly, I got too busy and I never was able to make them for either of us.  So weeks later I still had the refrigerated biscuits in my refrigerator taking up room and also making me feel guilty every time I looked at them.  My solution?  I decided to make mini Monkey Breads in the muffin tin!

Here are your needed ingredients:


Biscuits, butter, cooking spray, vanilla extract, and cinnamon sugar mixed in a bowl

My first step was to lay out the biscuits in a grid.  This made my next step much much easier – cutting them into quarters with a pizza cutter.


I melted a stick of butter in the microwave until it was completely liquified and then added 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract.


Then I dipped each piece of biscuit in butter…


and in the cinnamon sugar.


I ended up using between 4-7 pieces per cup, but what I found out later was those that had fewer chunks ended up more soft, and those that had more got very hard and crispy.  Maybe because they had less room to expand?  I am not sure.  I would say 4-5 pieces per cup was just about perfect.  Also, if I do this recipe again I would use paper muffin cups, just to contain the mess of hardened sugar in the bottom of my tin.  That was no fun to clean up later.


Here they are, all filled up!


3 cans of biscuits ended up being more than enough for 1 muffin pan.  I would estimate that I could have easily filled 2.  I was in a hurry, though, so I started lining up the small pieces on a baking sheet.  These little nuggets turned out ok, but a bit hard.  I think I could have taken them out of the oven a bit sooner than the Monkey Bread rolls.


Here’s a shot of the finished product!  You can see the layer of sugar on the bottom – that is was leaked to the bottom of the muffin cup during cooking.  Though delicious, it’s probably not the most healthy option to eat a quarter inch of pure sugar.  This recipe also called for icing, but I omitted that  in the interests of both time and my pancreas.  😉


In the end, I would consider this recipe a mild success, but I don’t think I would repeat it again too soon.  I think these are a good treat for once in a while, and they turned out edible and cute, so they would make a good gift or a treat to take to the office!

Thanks for reading!

The beginning of my photo wall…

I thought I would share with you today about how I am creating a photo frame collage on my stairwell. I have been seeing a lot of images on Pinterest for about a year that have really inspired me. I also loved one that is on  a blog that I follow.  Here are some shots that inspired me.

There are many more in my “Beautiful Interiors” board on Pinterest.  Stop by if you want some more ideas.

I had some old frames hanging up on my stairwell for years. I wanted to incorporate those along with some new ones. The thing I liked the most about the above inspiration photos was that all of the frames were white. I planned to paint the ones that were brown. As I gathered all the other cheap frames over a period of months I also found and acquired some crosses. Two of them are brown, so I decided that it would be OK to have brown and white frames together. I did need to freshen up the old frames though. The old pictures were all faded and the frames needed to be taken apart and cleaned.

Once I had all the frames I needed to get started I devised a plan to hang the ones I had in a uniform way up the stairs. I wanted to be able to add more frames over time, but have the first ones up in a perfect slant up the stairwell so that the others could build off of the initial spacing.

Here is what I did. I measured up from the baseboard 31″. I did this at the bottom of the stairs and at the top. Then I put a piece of tape and strung a string in between. Then I had a straight line to put the corner of the frames against. I eyeballed the spacing in between frames.  Then as I put each frame up I used a small level to make sure I was putting them up straight.

As you can see it was pretty simple after the string was up. I tried these newer hanging things from 3M. They are like Velcro. You put one half against the wall and one half on the frame. Then they snap together. They hold pretty well and are so easy to do. Plus, no hole in the wall? SOLD! I recommend them.

So, I got tired of having all of the frames in a box waiting to go up for a long time. I decided to get them up on the wall even if they are empty. That would be motivation for me to get moving on filling them up and making it look nice. Earlier in the week I filled a couple and today I filled a couple more. Here is my process on making them personalized.

The first one is a simple, vertical frame. It takes 4 X 6″ pictures. I used some that were oriented vertically, instead of horizontally, so I had to cut them down. This was no problem I just used some stamping and patterned papers to jazz it up.

Here is how the back of this frame opens. I like to use a butter knife as my fancy tool to bend up the metal tabs on the back.


I cleaned the frame inside and out thoroughly.


I chose these pictures and knew I would have to cut them down. I prepared some stamped papers and a special one to go into the fourth opening.


I cut them down to fit.


Here is how it will go into the frame. I am happy with how the pictures turned out.


After putting it all in the frame I closed it all back up. I then snapped it into place on the wall. It is so simple.


I’m happy with the fresh and clean new look. The empty space next to it we will discuss at the end.


I have been working on this next one for quite awhile. I had the photos printed and I trimmed them down. Then over time I played with different things in the different openings in the tray.  Here is what I had to start with.


I had the patterned papers and stamps chosen so I laid them out and used them appropriately.  I tried to make it so that there were different papers and colors and that the same ones weren’t touching.  Here is what it looked like as I finished the bottom row.


Here it is with the second row completed.


In the top row I stamped two images and colored them in. Of course I had to add my own flair. 😉


Here is the butterfly completed.


I also stamped this flower and colored it in with a colored pencil that is a match to my ink color. It is very subtle.  I love how it turned out. I need to do this on a card. 🙂


Here is the tray completed. As you can see I added flowers and gems at the end. I wanted it to have some more dimension and sparkle.


Here is a close up of those Velcro strips. They are so nice.


So I snapped it into place. This is the upper part of the stairwell. It wraps around at the same height and continues all the way up.  As you can see there is more to add and change out up at the top too.



I love these trays. They are so fun to decorate and make it easy to use memorabilia, ephemera, and fun dimensional embellishments.


Here are two more trays that I will fill up. The one on the right goes in that empty place on the lower part of the stairwell. The one on the left I still need to figure out where to place. I can’t wait to get started on these. Mostly because I want them off of my craft table to make room for more projects.

I plan on adding to this more over time. I gather frames a little at a time, so it will be awhile before it is done. Maybe it will never be done.  As the kids grow and we take pictures there will always be something to change around. I hope this provides a little inspiration to you. Changing out what is in a frame can feel so fresh. Look around your home, can you incorporate other things to create a wall of special memories?

Please comment or ask any questions!  I’ll share as I finish more frames and trays.

Creating custom kids onesies or T-shirts (Masking with Freezer Paper)

My husband and I recently found out we are expecting our second child, and since I am fully through my first trimester we decided to break the news to the world! We let family know over the phone and by email first, and then we decided to put a little announcement on social media for the benefit of those friends and family who we mainly communicate with in that way. I was inspired by a dear friend to put my daughter in a onesie that said, “Big Sister” but as I looked around in stores and online I didn’t see much that I liked. They were either cheap quality or more than I wanted to spend. Usually both!

I decided instead to make my own. I like simple designs and I knew I could make something quickly, cheaply, and of better quality than what I was finding elsewhere. I had seen a technique online for masking off an area of a t-shirt with freezer paper and then spraying a bleach solution to create a unique design. I had tried this with mixed results, but I thought I could apply the freezer paper technique to this project.

Here are the supplies you will need:
Freezer paper, iron, ironing board, scissors, fabric paint, a paintbrush, and of course whatever you are decorating!

You will notice that the freezer paper has a shiny side
and a parchment side

First you want to trace your design onto the freezer paper. You can do this off a printed image, out of a book, or just free draw it! Just remember, the more intricate the design, the more annoying it will be to cut out and later iron on!

You want the shiny side of the freezer paper down when tracing

I cut out each letter with scissors, but this could be easily accomplished with punches, die cutting machines, etc. My sister has a silhouette that would have taken about 5 min to accomplish what took me about half an hour, but I really wanted to show that simple tools are all that are necessary for this project!

For all the letters that had an internal piece I cut those out more carefully and set them aside so I could cut out the interior pieces later

Once I had all the letters cut out I placed the sheets on my garment to get the right placement.

Then I ironed on the first sheet down. You will notice that the shiny side of the freezer paper is adhering to the fabric. You are essentially melting a very thin layer of wax to your fabric.
Once I had my first sheet adhered, I ironed on the second piece. Make sure if you have two over lapping sheets like this that you have a good seal around the edges of your design since that is what will keep the paint from bleeding through.

Then I cut out the interior of the letters that had small pieces (the B, g, and e). My photos for this step didn’t turn out very well, but I applied direct heat with the tip of my iron to each one to make sure it was creating a good seal.

Once you have your stencil ironed on and the fabric has cooled place a piece of cardboard inside. Then fold over the excess fabric to avoid smears of paint – accidents to happen! (I’m a messy crafter)

Then you can begin brushing on your paint. I like to fill in the centers of the letters first, then do the edges just like a wall. Try to start with your brush on the freezer paper and drag it into the fabric area, rather than toward the edges of the stencil. You will notice that the freezer paper kind of repels the paint a bit. I’m not sure why this happens, but it really helps save paint, as well as avoid bleedy edges.

Once you have applied all your paint, let the garment dry for at least 2 hours.

You will notice that the freezer paper puckers up a little during the drying process. This is normal!

Then the fun part – you get to peel off your stencil!
Don’t forget those little interior pieces!

A proud big sister and a fun project!

Feel free to ask any questions in the comments – this was my first time using this masking technique with the paint and I was really pleasantly surprised at how well it turned out!

My total cost for this project was less than $10! I paid $5 for the onesies, and a dollar each for the pink and purple fabric paint. I already had the freezer paper on hand, otherwise that would have added another $5-$8 to this project. However, I do use it for freezing meats so it’s something I would have purchased either way.

Hope this tutorial is useful to someone out there 🙂

Grow me a garden

Thank you for stopping by to see our new blog. My sister and I love to craft, sew, garden, cook, bake and in general, try new things. We know there are a lot of you out there that love these things too. We will be sharing about the things we already do, and share about some new things we will have fun together trying. We love to get ideas from each other, friends, and Pinterest. (Of course!!)

The summer is edging to a close soon and we wanted to share our gardens. I will start by saying we both live along the front range in Colorado. This is the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains. It’s where the great plains intersect with crazy weather.

Jessica will share her garden first.

Hello everyone. I am Jessica. I am currently a stay at home mom to twin girls who are elementary school aged. I have been trying to garden for years and have been tragically unsuccessful. Because of a new allergy medicine regime I am now able to spend a lot more time outside in the summer time. Last year and this year I have had a lot more success. Here is a picture of the main garden.


My husband built me the small wooden raised bed just two months ago. It is on the left. As you can see the plants are doing great. He built it for about $15.00. He used some fencing slats and some scrap wood from our garage. He is super handy. We filled it with compost and some Plant Tone pant food. In this bed I am growing a very tall sunflower, jalapenos, green beans, a pumpkin, dill and basil. There are also some small cucumber plants which aren’t dead, but haven’t changed in size in weeks. I am battling a pesky squirrel, and think he has been stunting the growth of these by peeing, defecating, and digging them up. Ugh! I have tried sprinkling a powdered blood product to scare it away. It works sometimes, and sometimes not. 😦

Here is a better view of this bed. We made it a little smaller that the large retaining wall stone bed so that we can make another one just like the stone one next year. The plan is to build up the stones all around this small wooden bed and then lift the wood frame out and fill with more dirt. Then we will have another bed just he same.

My pumpkin is going crazy as you can see. I have two little babies on the plant right now.



In the larger bed which is right next to our shed I am growing 3 types of tomatoes, an orange bell pepper, marigolds, basil, and lots of lettuce.

This is my first time growing so many tomatoes and any lettuce at all. I have more lettuce seeds started indoors so that I can pull up what is in this bed soon. As you might be able to see the plants are getting quite large and on their way to too old.

Here is a view of the tomato plants. I am growing a Roma tomato, an Heirloom tomato, and a Beefsteak tomato. The plants are having a common problem right now. They need more calcium, so the fruit on some of the limbs is getting bottom drop rot. I am combatting this with more Bone Meal and it seems to be helping. I am impressed with how big they have gotten and how much fruit they are producing this year.


Here is a good one off of the Heirloom plant.


I’m excited about all of these jalapenos.


Next to the shed I have a Clematis, some Morning Glories, Black Eyed Susans, Delphinium, and a shocked Salvia.
Not too great, but I plan on improving this area.

Just off of my deck I have a few pots also. I have some Zinia grown from seed, Parsley, one sad little clematis and some cat grass that one of my kids is growing for a Girl Scout patch.



I also try to compost. When I say I try to, I think that is pretty accurate. My husband and I do our best, but really a tumbling bin is ideal. If I could go back in time I would not choose this tall rectangle bin. It is too hard to toss the stuff around inside and get it mixed up. Mostly I leave the lid off so that if we get an afternoon monsoon rain, it will fill it up with a tiny bit of moisture.


I have been learning quite a lot just from doing. I have to say that the internet is a great tool for me as well though. I learned last year the proper way to trim my Basil and it has made a huge difference in how well those plants produce.

Here is a link I found very helpful for my herb growing.

Confession time!! This year I killed a bunch of sunflowers, cilantro, spinach and two tomato plants. The most important thing I learned that I want to share on this post is that you should never give up. NEVER NEVER NEVER! Just keep trying, and you will figure it out. Ask a friend, family member, someone at the garden center, or Google. Google seems to know everything.

Next Marie will share about her garden this year.
Hello everyone! I’m excited about this new blogging adventure with my big sister, and I hope we will learn a lot together and do some fun projects too!

My garden is much smaller than my sister’s this year, I’m afraid. We moved into a new house we are renting this April, about the same time my daughter was celebrating her first birthday. This made for a very busy springtime, and I just didn’t have time to start any seeds this year, or the funds to buy seedlings at the garden center. Next year we have big plans for some raised beds along our fences, and even an herb garden that can be moved from inside to out doors depending on the time of year; but this year we are content with a few small plants in containers on our patio!

I have 3 tomato plants – two smaller ones that I got from my inlaws in June, and a larger one that I got for Mother’s day. I had some problems with bottom drop rot on my larger plant, so I haven’t gotten any useable harvest from it yet, but I have a few ripened tomatoes that I plan to pick this week!



I’m also growing a little Jalapeno plant, which has really been flourishing! My naughty doggy broke off one of the branches while trying to attack my hose one day, but even with that setback it still has produced much more than I expected! I’m planning to save some of the seeds from these peppers for next year since it has given such a good yield – hopefully next year we will have a few plants and I can use the peppers in our homemade salsa!


Since we are renters, we have a little different perspective on gardening – a lot more container planting, and a lot less changes to our landscaping are in our plans. The raised beds we are planning to build next year are freestanding, and can be removed easily. Of course, we will have to get landlord approval for those projects as they come up.

Thanks for taking the time to read our new little blog! We’re looking forward to Making, Learning, and Growing!

-Marie and Jess