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Jazzy Snazzy Musical Pizzazz

Are you bored with the plain look of your stringed instrument?  Why not jazz it up and make it your own snazzy piece?  We drew our inspiration from the Mandy Harvey Learn to Play Signature Series Ukulele from Kala brand.  Start this do it yourself project with a nice sounding yet inexpensive ukulele or instrument of your choice and you can create your own personalized version at a fraction of the price. 

One of a Kind Ukulele or Guitar

We cut the adhesive backed vinyl for this project with our Cricut. Click the Cricut banner to get your supplies. Learn how to design and make the Sound Hole Decal


Mitchell MU40C

We used a Mitchell concert sized ukulele for this project. The model number is MU40C. It is easy to play right out of the box. A lot of schools buy Mitchell products to teach kids so you know they have to be durable. It stays in tune and has a nice sound. Check out the sound in this video and note I’d only been playing for a couple of months.

Learn more about selecting a uke

Inspiration

This beautiful Kala Tenor Ukulele – the Mandy Harvey Learn to Play Signature Series – gave us the idea to decorate one of your ukuleles. Certainly if you can afford a Kala uke – Go for it!

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It’s Good to be Tacky!

Make Cricut Mats Sticky Again

Has your cutting mat lost its stickiness and just isn’t tacky enough? Whether it’s a Cricut, Silhouette, other another brand, chances are it is just dirty.  Watch this quick instructional video to learn how to easily rejuvenate those dirty mats with our simple and fast cleaning hack. 

You will save tons of money with this tip as it will extend the life of your cutting mats several times over.

Surprisingly once the cutting mat has been cleaned, the adhesive properties magically reappear.  We are using everyday household products that you have on hand for this process. 

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Pencil in Time to Play Games

Pencil games never go out of style. In our Library you will find three FREE printable pencil games. Each game board in complete with game instructions. Since saving trees and reducing trash is so important for the planet’s environmental health, we thought making these games reusable would be a terrific idea. Check out this video to see how we created the reusable feature with commonly available items.

These games are not only fun to play; they make excellent gifts for the kids and everyone who is young at heart!

The classic trio of games are Tic-Tac-Toe, Triangles, and Boxes (aka Dots)

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Blogger of the Week

We are delighted and honored to be featured as FaveCrafts’ blogger of the week. The timing is a perfect way for us to celebrate our very first anniversary of this website!

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Mask Know How – Science & Tips to get the most benefit

Upset about having to wear a mask? Try thinking about it in this light. Most public places require that you wear a shirt and shoes. Wearing a shirt is just common courtesy. However the requirement to wear shoes because of safety concerns and so is wearing a mask! No one has to say wearing pants (or skirt, shorts, etc.) is required. It is not only common courtesy it is just common sense.

This article will discuss the science behind why wearing a mask it extremely important plus explore considerations for choosing mask materials and getting an effective comfortable fit. Proper reuse is another important factor. By the way when we say masks, we are referring to devices that cover the nose and mouth. Our hope is that imparting knowledge will help you and your love ones stay healthy.

Most public places require you to wear a shirt and shoes. Why should adding a mask to that list be any different?

Why masks work…

Studies show that mask wearing reduces the spread of COVID-19 (and other respiratory diseases). Here’s why. When breathing or talking (and of course sneezing or coughing), you expel tiny respiratory droplets. The droplets start out relatively large. A mask catches these droplets before they have a chance to evaporate into much smaller particles which can linger in the air. Even though a mask drastically reduces the particles from getting through, some may still escape and can travel about 6 feet. Without the barrier that a mask can provide, small particles are able to travel 30 feet or more. Thus infectious particles can travel more than 5 times as far without a mask. Please keep in mind that about 40% of infected people have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19.

Wearing a mask will also reduce the likelihood that you will breathe in infectious particles. It help prevent you from touching your nose and mouth with potentially hidden dirt and germs from your hand.

Learn how to get the most from your mask.

Material considerations…

Don’t think that if you don’t have a 100% effective material that you shouldn’t even bother with a mask! This is like saying I am not going to take my heart medicine because it can’t guarantee that I won’t have a heart attack. It reduces the risk. As discussed in the science section above, masks will catch a lot of the large particles before they become small. Here are our top 3 material tips:

  1. Moisture
  2. Fiber orientation
  3. Breathable

Moisture

First you want the moisture from your breath to be wicked away to prevent skin irritation. Secondly on the outside of your mask you moisture to bead up and not penetrate your mask.

See how the sprayed water beads up on the material on the left and soaks into the material on the right

Fiber Orientation

Woven materials like cotton clothes have distinct holes between the fibers. This is great for breathe-ability and often allows moisture to escape. Moisture wicking material is perfect for the inside of a mask.

Materials with spun fibers have smaller holes at random intervals. Polypropylene is an example of this type of material and is the material used to make the coveted N-95 masks. Many reusable grocery bags are made from polypropylene. Recycling surgical wrap can be another great option for those who have access to this material. We highly recommend polypropylene for the outside of a 2 layer mask or a thin sheet of it in the middle for a 3 layer mask.

Breathable

Let’s face it. You need to be able to breathe when wearing your mask. This is also where moisture wicking properties come into play.


Comfortable and Effective Fit…

A comfortable it is much easier to wear. And you want your masks to be as effective as possible. Take a look at our top 5 tips:

1 – Keep the inside as smooth as possible.

  • For comfort, limit seams that touch the face.
  • Smoothness against the check can create a slight suction seal.

2 – Glasses fogging up? Fogged glasses are caused by a poor fit that lets your breath escape around your nose. Here’s what to do:

  • Add a noise piece – see below.
  • Wear your glasses down over the top of mask to help seal mask against your noise.

3 – An adjustable nose piece will help you get a better fit

  • When constructing a mask, using an straightened paper clip works well. We ended up breaking needles when zig-zaging over the wire. Check out our video to see how to make a simple sleeve to house the wire. We likes plastic coated paperclip. A chenille stem, aka pipe cleaner, also works well.
  • Use duct tape to add a wire to the outside of a premade mask. Remember to make additions to the outside of the mask to reduce chances of skin irritation.

4 – Look for a shaped mask that will fit snugly. Check out our design for FREE.

5 – Keeping your mask on.

  • Ties work fine for wearing a mask over long periods of time. But are not very convenient.
  • Elastic that wraps around the head in 2 places is our preference. It is comfortable and easily adjustable. Check out our video.
  • For short term wear, elastic ear loops are convenient and work well. Your ears may get sore over long periods of usage so we suggest getting an extension. Affiliate disclosurePlease read before purchasing products from links


Cleaning it…

Be sure to follow CDC guidelines for removing a mask and wash you hands afterwords. If a mask is washable, machine wash it with laundry detergent in the hottest water the material can handle. Then completely dry in the dryer.

Have a different mask for every day of the week. This way you can rotate thru your supply. There current information is that the virus can live on surfaces for about 32 hours. Just because the virus can live doesn’t mean it is viable enough to cause infection. Err of the side of caution and give the virus time to die.

When not in use, hang masks in the sunshine and let the sun’s ultraviolet rays help kill the virus. Don’t depend on sunshine alone to kill it. A UV light is another great option. Just be sure to use it safely and protect your pets from it. We typical plugin ours into an Amazon Alexa Echo enabled outlet. After leaving the room (no people or pets) and closing the door, when turn the light on and let in work for a period of time. After turn the light bulb off with Alexa, we unplug and store the bulb in a safe place.

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Gentle Flower Supports for Big Blooms

You’ve got to love those big beautiful flower blossoms! But the plant stems may not. Supporting these beauties is a tough job. Show you flowers some love with this gentle support idea. We support ( ha! ha! – pun intended) this method to keep our lovely peonies standing upright over using wire or string. The tubing we used has a smooth and soft edge and is less likely to cut into your plant especially during a wind storm. Try out these flower supports.

Curious about our drill? We particularly like this cordless drill by DeWalt. It is very well balanced and helps with getting the job done easily plus it helps prevent hand fatigue. The compact size is also great. The magnetic bit is super handy to have as well making one handed operation simple. MainelyDiY.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates.

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Dishwasher Repair – Fix it Yourself & Save Hundreds

Budget Buster Fix plus cool trivia!

Check out how we repaired this dishwasher that had a wash cycle that would not work. Try this low to no cost solution before spending money on a repair man or springing for a new dishwasher. It is very simple and no special tools or skills are required. Definitely worth a try!

Please use safety precautions when working with electrical equipment. Turn off ciruit breaker before starting project.

We highly recommend having WD-40 on hand as part of your home repair tool kit. It literally has thousands of uses. This product was developed for the aircraft industry as a way to repel water or Water Displacement. It took forty attempts to find the right formula hence WD-40. Press the yellow button to see what WD-40 fans use it for.

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Variations on a Theme

5 Budget Busting Ideas

Unlimited Results

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Learn how to get several looks and variations from one design.  This saves you money as you can easily extend the use of a single graphic design giving you more bang for the buck. 

1 Changing the color scheme is the simplest way to create different looks. The variety is simply surprising!

2 Create a twofer with a single cut. For the first option, paste the cutouts onto your card using your favorite glue, (be sure to check out what we like in the product suggestions below.) Pro Tip: Check out the video for this one. The second idea is to fill the holes on the original stock with a background paper.

3 Use the draw feature to create a design to color. You can color it yourself if you like. Better yet send it along uncolored. Treat your card recipient to a little crafting creativity of their own. After all sharing crafting is a tremendous gift in itself!

4 Check out the debossing technique. With a little experimentation, we found a material that created the deboss on one side and the bonus emboss on the back side. A word of caution – make sure the material you chose can withstand machine embossing as otherwise it may tear. We learned this from experience. No debossing tip? Time to get one for your Cricut Maker. Bonus Tip: Try a stylus for those machine which cannot use a debossing tool. See how the stylus worked out on our Your Deserve the Credit post.

5 Use the cutout from your original stock as a stencil. Make the stencil out of a durable material if you plan to reuse it many times. You can use the stencil to trace designs onto various media or use it as a paint or ink stencil.

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Cardboard Box Transformed into a Useful Storage Bin

We love to turn trash to treasure and stay organized!

In this project, we are re-purposing a cardboard packaging box into an attractive and useful storage container. Since you choose the fabric it will coordinate with any décor. There are two separate pieces that are removable for easy cleaning.

We will show you how to figure what size to cut the fabric to fit any box you may have and have a downloadable calculation sheet to aid you in this endeavor. This is a simple sewing project and even the beginner can have success.

Use your new great looking storage box to tame that mess of pet toys (or kids’ toys) that are strewn all over your floor. The uses are only limited by your imagination!

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Fresh Pineapple – Yum!

Do you love fresh pineapple but are put off because preparing it looks well scary? That is exactly how we felt before we found this handy tool. We were apprehensive when we purchased it as we had not had any luck with other tools. To our delight, this one does a bang up job in no time! It cores and cuts a impressive spiral all at the same time.

Pineapples are loaded with vitamin C. Not only are you getting a yummy treat but one that is good for you too! So Soak Up the Sun! Don’t forget the second video!

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Now your pineapple is cut into a pretty spiral! But you are frugal and it looks like there is some sweet pineapple left on the rind. Watch this second video to see how simple it is to filet these tasty tidbits.

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