Monday a la Mode: DIY Gift Ideas

MondayalaMode Sept15By M Kimball, ElephantBeads

Are you a talented crafter with a limited budget? There’s no time like the present to begin planning for your DIY holiday season. If you plan now, you can order your supplies in the next few weeks, and begin your knitting, sewing, baking and creating in the autumn months. Plenty of time for the holidays!

There are a wide variety of options to match every skill set, but four clear winners rise to the top when it comes to DIY categories of gifts people love to receive:

1) Knitted or crocheted items have never gone out of style. Here is one of our own most popular (and most Pinned) DIY projects, from our very own AddSomeStitches:

Bath Puff 2

2) Photographs can be crafted into so many different gifts – from jewelry to coasters! This great blog post from Listotic includes a number of great ideas for DIY gifts using photographs, as well as a number of other great ideas:

DIYA

35 DIY Gift Ideas

 

3) DIY soaps, candles, lip balms and other personal “cookery” are always a hit. Below is a lovely idea for DIY candles-in-a-jar, but you’ll find 38 other ideas, including infused oils, in this linked collection by BuzzFeed:

DIY2

No time to create your own gifts for this holiday season? Hop on over to Etsy’s DTeam shops and you can find an endless supply of beautiful, clever handmade items for sale.

Talk to us: What gifts do you plan to DIY this season? Share your ideas and links below!

 

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FotoFuze tutorial – lighten up!

The D-Team enjoys experimenting with new tools that help us promote our shops. Being a frugal bunch, we are especially fond of tools that are free. It’s always a plus if the tools are also user-friendly. Recently, FotoFuze has passed the D-Team test.

For a quick look at how it works, check out the “before and after” photos from ElephantBeads’ shop:

Making these changes only took a few minutes. For Etsy shop owners, the process is especially easy. To enhance the photos in an existing listing, you first have to allow FotoFuze to access your shop listings, which is a simple process. Once this is done, simply follow the steps below:



Have fun with FotoFuze! This post just scratches the surface of its functionality – and this tool is sure to be enhanced as it becomes more popular. Please share any other cool features with us below!

What does May mean to you? … some DTeamers respond…

Here are some colorful responses to the May Treasury challenge, “May Is….”
All challenge entries feature AddSomeStitches, winner of the April Treasury Challenge:

‘May is … Getting Organized’ by lizbethsgarden

May — Winter is over, it’s time to clean house before summer vacation hits!

Knitting Project Bag/Crochet Project Bag (reversible wristlet) in pink, turquoise polka dots - IntrovertCreations Crochet iPad Case with Button Closure in Hot Pink and Flowers - AddSomeStitches Car Seat Organizer - PDF Sewing Pattern - Organize your Commute and Road Trips - FREE shipping - by BlissfulPatterns - BLISSFULpatterns Hanging Felt planter in aquamarine and teal stripes. - fiberpuppy
Ribbon rack organizer  100 spools ribbon organizer - CustomWoodConcepts Turquoise Napkin Holder - NannysRose Rustic Wall Shelf Display Organizer with electric light. Made from Upcycled Wooden Pallets - RustedCreek Drawer Organizers - HennyPennyPrimitives
Home Organizer and Decorating Record Binder Cover - ZingPressPrintables Library Book Pockets Peel n Stick for Scrapbooking Journals and Baby Books Self Adhesive Lot of 30 - VintageCarolina My mini shopping list - 3M Post-It Notes - Set of 3 of 50 pages each - hautecards Fabric Coupon Organizer /Cash Budget Organizer Holder - Attaches to Your Shopping Cart - Kiss Me Love Birds - GrandmasLittleLilly
Light Blue Jewelry Organizer, Jewelry Holder, Jewelry hanger - StrictlyCute 4 Seasons Key Rack, Wall Organizer Hooks, Four Season Oak Tree, Key Hooks, Ceramic Tile, Green Decor, Nature Key Holder, Seasonal - NaturesHeavenlyArt Darling Little Lover's Initials Ring Holder- Perfect Gift For The Bride - loveandwhiskers Make up bag organizer in Blue and Green, Makeup roll, Cosmetics holder, five pockets Makeup bag - LilachOren

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

‘something blue’ by le3sorelle

brides these days have so much choice!

brought you to be the Dteam.

Ring Dish - Something Blue I Do Engagement Gift for the Bride - loveandwhiskers 8" Ivory Bridal Silk Clutch with Ruffled Flower and Freshwater Pearls - SimplyClutch Crochet Mesh Snood Slouchy Hat in Blue and White XSmall / Small - AddSomeStitches Creamy cake slice favor box with gold flowers (1) - wedding, bridal shower, baby shower, birthday - imeondesign
Oatmeal Heart Eco Felt Ornament - Handmade - Valentine's Day - Christmas Tree Ornament - Wedding Favor - Holiday Decoration - SweetPB Lace Garter Wedding Garter Set FREE U.S. SHIPPING Vintage Inspired in Lace and Silk Tiffany and Diamond White Rosettes with Rhinestones - DeesByDesign Pearl leather necklace, sterling silver, LG white pearls - JudysDesigns White Feather I Love You white dove feather romantic sea green shabby chic wedding favors diy wedding decor wedding gifts mint green - TheLonelyHeart
Turquoise Blue  Rhinestone Crystal Beaded Bridal Wedding  Belt - gebridal Wedding Guest Book, Photo Album, White and Ivory Flocked Vintage design, Personalized, MADE TO ORDER - Daisyblu Bride and groom Wedding cake topper A custom pair of love birds on a branch - orlydesign Crystal Button Bouquet,  Wedding, Hollywood Glam, White, Cream - angel9
12 Pearl Starfish Beach Table Number Holder Wedding Favor Decoration - ExpressionsFloral Wedding Invitation Adalyn - arippke Elegant Bridal Ring Bearer Pillow in White Ultrasuede - MoniKdesigns turquoise blue circlet hair wreath - EGGSHELL - flower girl, wedding accessory head piece - thehoneycomb

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

Gift Guides for Dads – rugged simplicity

The May DTeam Treasury Challenge is underway! Our first three submissions focus on Father’s Day gifts. Under the inspiration of Megan Sweet (AddSomeStitches), these treasuries feature rugged simplicity. Enjoy!   ♠♠♠

‘Gifts for Dad inspired by AddSomeStitches’ by GrapeVineCeramicsGft

Great gift ideas for Dad featuring members of the Etsy D Listers and others…

Vintage DAD License Plate Birthday or Father's Day Card - VintageScraps Crochet Mens Beanie Simple Man in Navy Blue Medium / Large - AddSomeStitches Unisex chainmaille bracelet - flattened box weave in bright aluminum - DoBatsEatCats Cougar 1968 Fine Art Print vintage man boy toy race muscle car classic dad fathers day - TraciCottinghamPhoto
Handmade Ceramic Stoneware Pottery Dish Serving Plate Tray Platter Shallow Bowl Trinket Lace Texture Rustic Brown Denim Blue Sapphire Navy - TotallyToTheT PERSONALIZED Picture Blocks For Dad or Mom - Birthday Gifts, Fathers Day Gift, him or her GiftsSET of 3 blocks - cjsworks I love you forever dad cufflinks - Father of the bride keepsake gifts by White Truffle Studio - whitetruffle BEST DAD EVER - Hand Stamped Vintage Coffee Spoon for your Coffee Lovin' Papa this Father's Day (tm) - jessicaNdesigns
Vintage No Boundaries Biker Cycle Tee Shirt 80s Cobra Cross Motorcycle T Unisex Tshirt Flame Snake Graphics - VintageCarolina Camo Green Tassels Zipper Pulls, Phone Charms Three Pack - lizbethsgarden Vintage Fishing Tackle - AuntMegheysCottage Vertical striped textured hat in light and dark aqua - fiberpuppy
Vintage Football Trading Cards-Gifts for Dad-Set of 500-Father's Day Gift-Collectibles - Moonlightdecorator Father's Day Gift For Dad Frame Engraved Rustic Cottage Style Daddy son's first hero daughter's first love 5 x  7 or CUSTOMIZE - PrinceWhitaker Just for him - "THE MAN-sized" Sampler Dudes Boys Guys Nerds Geeks Fellas Combo Pack Box Vegan - SweetVeganDelight Spider-man Can cozy/koozie shipping included - Crystalcat1989

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

‘Gift Guide for Dads: Rugged Simplicity’ by ElephantBeads

DTeam Treasury Challenge for May: Fathers Day Gift Guide – featuring AddSomeStitches, winner of the April Challenge!

Come visit the DTeam – most supportive team on Etsy! http://www.etsy.com/teams/5832/the-etsy-d-listers-aka-the-dteam

Crochet Mens Beanie Simple Man in Black Small /  Medium - AddSomeStitches 40 Caliber Bullet Casing Necklace - Champagne Crystal - ShellsNStuff Coffee Mug Cozy - Grey - CrimsonMosquito Footed Cutting Board Rustic Cherry Serving Platter Salvaged Wood Cheese Platter Eco Friendly Gift for Fathers Day - grayworksdesign
MOTHER'S DAY SPECIAL - Rustic Photography - fine art print stairs nature photography Kentucky - 11x14 Photograph "Rustic Barn Staircase" - ABitCreativeAMP Ring Bearer Holder Handmade Ceramic Pottery Dish Small Miniature Doll Size Plate Dish Milk Honey Cream Latte Beige Tan Khaki - TotallyToTheT SLUGS MENS Fleece Rain Boot Liners in Solid Dark Olive Green, Spring Fashion, Outdoors, Fathers Day (Made to Fit) - WithTheRain Black Tassel Zipper Pulls Phone Charms Three Pack - lizbethsgarden
Wolf Silhouette In Bark : Woodland Animal Rustic home, Lodge, Cabin art - Wildlife Photography, Archival  Print - wildpulp Latitude Longitude Key Chain - Brown Leather - Anniversary Gift, Mens Birthday Gift, Fathers Day, New Dad, Graduation Gift - GunmetalGems Big Man's Desert Camouflage BBQ Apron - TheGoodOleDays Wooden Leaf Decorative Shelf distressed green rustic man men fathers day "Leaf me Alone" - TRWpainted
Dad Bookmark Personalized Name Hand Stamped Hammered Copper Metal Father's Day Gift - PearlieGirl No Gluten Pecan Pie Vegan Southern Brown Sugar Bourbon Bite Size Minis - SweetVeganDelight DAD Coasters - Natural Tumbled Marble Coaster Set of Four (4) - Rustic Home Decor, For Him Man Cave, Father's Day Holiday Gift Idea - OneDecember Antler tip bullet shell necklace chain rustic upcycled recycled punk vintage salvaged silver brass men women fathers day deer - decomp

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

‘Father’s Day Made Easy’ by Hoalanebridal

The cheat sheet to buying dad a gift he’ll use & Love!

dry erase board, framed,camoflauge,outdoors, pocket - CrMessagesAndMore Crochet Mens Beanie Simple Man in Black Medium / Large - AddSomeStitches 2 Chickadees on a Branch - whatsingramasdrawers ORIGINAL Two Piece Metallic Abstract Spin-Art Style Retro Paintings 12" x 24" Canvas - TracyHallArt
vintage metal box - File Away industrial box with key - 24KaratOld Star Wars Custom Coaster Beer Mats - MaddMattsCoasters Ring Bearer Holder Handmade Ceramic Pottery Dish Small Miniature Doll Size Plate Dish Milk Honey Cream Latte Beige Tan Khaki - TotallyToTheT Forged Axe keychain - HKnives
Marijuana leaf fitted shirt with stash pocket - MaxedOutMyKarma Black Diamond Bullet Ring - 38 SPL - ShellsNStuff Coffee Glazed Chocolate Pecan Pie Truffles Raw (No Bake) Vegan - SweetVeganDelight BEST DAD EVER - Hand Stamped Vintage Coffee Spoon for your Coffee Lovin' Papa this Father's Day (tm) - jessicaNdesigns
Personalized Leather Toiletry Bag for Dad Fathers Day Gift for Dad Free Personalization Handmade - FelixStreetStudio Engraved Monogrammed Golf Tool Gift for Him Dad Fathers Day - netexchange Mountain Moon Money Clip Wallet - Gifts for Dad - Moneyclip MC-26 - jammerjewelry DAD Coasters - Natural Tumbled Marble Coaster Set of Four (4) - Rustic Home Decor, For Him Man Cave, Father's Day Holiday Gift Idea - OneDecember

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

TotallyToTheT – Inaugural Post

D-Lister team member Tonya McDonel posted her first blog entry, and it’s a great read! Learn more about Tonya, and get a few pointers about how to create an expansive chicken coop. We look forward to reading more of her blogs!

Also don’t miss this opportunity to check out Tonya’s shop on Etsy – TotallyToTheT.

Chickens

Inaugural Post.

Brenny’s DIY: Cloth Baby Wipes and Washcloths

D-Lister team member Ashley Noelle of Brenny’s Bibbies shares how to create your own baby wipes and washcloths in a recent blog. Check it out here – and check out her shop for lots of other wonderful handmade baby supplies!

Koi Pond Beaded Tassel: Creating an Art Tassel

Voila! Finished Tassel

Check out our own LizbethsGarden’s DIY for creating an art tassel! Koi Pond Beaded Tassel: Creating an Art Tassel.

Also – visit her shop to see the incredible variety of tassels she has created. She has tassels for every occasion, ranging from weddings to baby showers!

Sweet DIY: Crocheted Bath Puffs

By Megan Sweet, AddSomeStitches ♥♥♥

Use a cotton yarn of your choice – not bulky! I use Bernat Handicrafter, or Sugar n’ Cream cotton yarn: 4 ply, worsted weight yarn. Both of these work great! If you choose Sugar n’ Cream, buy 3 balls of the 2oz sizes. (I bought 2 balls and found myself about 10 stitches short.)

So, pick your yarn, get your hook ready, and let’s get started!

Abbreviations: 
st = Stitch 
ch = Chain 
sl st = slip stitch 
dc = double crochet 
rnd = round

  1. Select a size G hook (4.25mm)
  2. Ch 4, form a ring by joining the first ch with a sl st
  3. Ch 40 (This will be the loop for hanging the puff- if you’d like it longer/shorter, you can adjust it now) sl st into the center of the ring
  4. Rnd 1: ch 2, dc 40 into center of the ring, join with a sl st (For me, it got REALLY tight trying to fit them all in, but if you don’t, your stitches towards round 4 will be loose and it won’t be a tight ball-like puff.)
  5. Rnd 2: ch 2, 3 dc in each st around, join with sl st
  6. Rnd 3: ch 2, 3 dc in each st around, join with sl st
  7. Rnd 4: ch 2, 3 dc in each st around, join with sl st
  8. Tie off, and weave in ends… then enjoy your new bath puff!

Have fun!

DIY Wedding – Finding a Venue

By Molly Kimball of elephantbeads ♥♥♥
It is never easy to pull all the different components together for one of the most important events in your life – and one of the biggest parties you’ll ever throw! A few weeks ago, Elise, owner of the VintageCarolina shop on Etsy, sent the following message to other members of the DTeam:

My daughter got engaged on Valentine’s Day so now I am looking for a “venue.” I stayed on the internet until 1:30 am last nite… I’m usually sound asleep by 10 pm. Things are so dang expensive. I need an idea. The wedding will be in upstate SC so I am going to try the art museum and the history museum which both are nice and do rent out …a mere few thousand apiece and then you need a caterer…Who is it that has the peacocks? I need to buy feathers.

Being the DTeam, the responses were many – some funny, and many helpful. Here are the highlights, in case they are helpful to others who are facing a similar challenge:

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JudysDesigns says
Elise – I’m the one who has peacocks. What do you need?

Elizabeth C from lizbethsgarden says
Congrats to your daughter, Elise. If your daughter attends or works at a university, sometimes you can rent university venues much more cheaply. I got married in my university chapel (we were students) & they charged only the standard fee for renting a university facility — $25 for a morning. This was not decades ago. 🙂

Lexan from CrimsonMosquito says
Carolina – Congrats to your daughter! Maybe an aquarium (you can rent out the NC aquariums here for events, so fun). I agree that it is so expensive to find a venue, thus the reason we will probably just run off for a weekend and elope : P

Elise says
Lizbeth – good idea on the University venue. I am getting depressed about the costs on the venues. I hate all the dang tv shows on weddings, I am not going into debt for this. All these shows give everyone such unrealistic expectations.

Judys- my daughter is thinking about a peacock theme (why I don’t know) when I got married your only theme was your color..mine was hot pink which was pretty wild in the olden day.

I have a gorgeous cathedral length mantilla I want her to wear. It was mucho expensive…but noooo-o. she wants something different to make her look like a princess I guess. 

JudysDesigns says
Carolina – I still think you can have a gorgeous wedding for less $$. I know my niece is on a budget for hers and the items I’ve seen so far are beautiful. You’d never know; she shopped carefully and watched for bargains. 


I have feathers so let me know what she needs, whether it is for bouquets and need to be long stemmed or attached to head pieces, etc and I’ll count up what I have and send you pics. If it is after June/July, they will drop their current train during this time (about 200 feathers per train). 

fiberpuppy says 
Congrats and good Luck Carolina.

Remember never to say the word “wedding” or the price goes up by 5. Call it a family union ceremony or something.

I was lucky being the only girl. Honestly, I have no idea what my wedding cost. My dad wouldn’t tell me. All I cared about was getting married near the ocean. I would have gone for a BBQ on the beach. My mom fell in love with an Inn on the Northern Cal coast and that was that. I had no choice of caterer etc as it was a package deal. I think I got to pick the napkin color and what kind of beer.

Oh yeah I did get to choose my wedding dress ($60 at the Gunne Sax outlet) and the band (Bluegrass).

But some cost saving ideas. Any friends arrange flowers? I did the flowers for my SIL wedding. And they did look fine if I do say so myself. Daughter may not like it but here they have boutiques for used wedding dresses. Not everyone keeps everything so she may be able to get last year’s latest latest.

For venue, what about your yard? Sounds like you have a gorgeous wraparound porch that’s just itching for company. You’d have to rent tents, but that’s way less than renting a hall/garden/museum. 

Elise says
Judys, she is going to get married in about a year so collect the feathers and save some for me. I think she is going to use them in flowers.

There are lots of ways to save on everything about a wedding, she doesn’t want a wedding cake for one thing. It is the darn venue. I called for a quote on our favorite one today. $9000 for 100 people, add $2000 if we have wine. That is ridiculous. I am definitely in the wrong business! 

fiberpuppy says 

OK Serial posting about Carolina’s daughter’s wedding. Maybe you should go about it another way and set a budget (and perhaps list of must invite relatives) and let daughter decide what’s important. Perhaps she’d rather have the locale be spectacular but the dress be a hand-me-down. Or maybe she wants to do it up but less folks can attend. It’s actually a good learning lesson for starting a family as we all know you have to juggle multiple priorities.

Elizabeth C from lizbethsgarden says
We spent $1000 plus a cake — my mom bought the cake for us. We paid for everything else ourselves — most of the money went on my dress & his suit. And (for reasons besides cost) we had no photographer and friends & family took the pics.

Molly Kimball from ElephantBeads says

Elizabeth – My wedding was like yours, very low budget but fantastic memories! We had a friend make the bouquet; her sister found a great Celtic music group at the University who played for 3 hours for very little; we had another friend take the pics; and we got married in our back yard. My dad and my sister in law were primarily responsible for decorating the back yard, and they did a fabulous job! Most of the money went to the caterer – and I found a very simple $300 dress.

JudysDesigns says
Goodness but the rates seem high for weddings. I hope my daughter waits for me to save $$ or she elopes. LOL. The feathers are pretty in bouquets. My friend used them in a corsage and boutonniere for the kids for prom. I saw the pictures and they were beautiful

Jenny R from BlackMagicStudio says 

I’m still thinking about wedding costs. Luckily, we know so many people that there’s somebody to do just about everything. I have a friend who used to make wedding cakes. She and I have both done floral arrangements. Ryan and both his brothers are photographers, so they’ll take turns in being groomsmen and photographers at each other’s wedding. Ryan’s best friend has also done the music for smaller events, and I would prefer to have him do ours (because I’m not a fan of DJs) but I have a feeling he’ll be busy as the best man. 

Stephanie from SassyBelleWares says

Carolina, is your daughter set on a big wedding? Maybe a destination wedding would work? That is what we did. I never wanted a huge typical wedding. I completely understand that that is the dream of most girls but I always thought it was a huge waste of money. I figured if my parents were paying for something they may as well get a vacation out of it! We got married in Antigua and I have no regrets with our choice! Everyone had a fun time and there was absolutely no stress!

Meghan W from MegsCrochetJewels says

Elise: Congrats on your daughters engagement!! So exciting!! We got married at a State Park…. Richard. B. Russel…. Neighbors with SC. You may look into that if outdoors is an option. Even if it’s not some State Parks or Historical sites have some really awesome buildings. We also considered the Botanical Gardens.

I think we spent about 2000 and that includes D.J., Photographer (family friend) cake (my aunt is a baker) dress, venue, flowers, decor…. everything. But it is funny how as a bride you obsess over every tiny detail and then when it is all over you realize none of that was important. If i could do it again I would do things differently. Probably spend less than 500. One thing I will say is tell her to think about how her dress will look in photos. A lot of those tiny beaded details will never even be noticed in the pics. OH and we didn’t have a caterer… we had potluck sides and the guys grilled chicken 🙂

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Asked a few days ago about the progress she and her daughter have made in their search for a venue, Elise had this to say:

The search for a wedding venue has been surprisingly traumatic with my daughter crying more than once and my tossing and turning in bed. I found a lovely venue in an historic home that is a fab deal but was “not her style”. Then she located a much more expensive venue (think “Tara”) rather inconveniently located. More tears. I am trying to stick to a budget and explained that if the venue is half the budget there will be no money for a dress. The Southern Belle in me refuses to invite folks to a wedding and not serve good food.

Along the way my only daughter reminded me that all her life she has been reasonable and non-demanding about her requests so seems like this once she should get her dream wedding. So true and this adds to my guilt. She was never a teen diva about clothing.

Low and behold we have had a happy ending. She and fiancé have offered to pay the extra amount so they can have their dream venue. I believe they are taking the money from the funds they had saved for their honeymoon. Although they are on a very limited income, I am proud to find that they had already saved this money and hope they will be able to “re-save” it or postpone the spectacular honeymoon they had envisioned.

We are both relieved to get this behind us as it has put a damper on what should have been an exciting time. Now we are both happy and excited to begin moving forward. We are thinking of ways to save money doing things like printing our own invitations, making favors and table decorations. I think this part will be fun!

HOW DO I GET IT OFF?!? Stain Removal Tips

When most of us on the Etsy D-Listers Team joined the team, we assumed we would benefit from the promotional opportunities brought by the team – and we were right. What few of us expected was the amazing support in so many other areas that we would find on this team.

Here is a “real life” example of this helpful support at work, when one of our team members accidentally stained her fridge with a dry-erase marker… Perhaps someone else out there will find some of these stain-removal tips helpful:
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Angee Perry from ABitCreativeAMP:
So, I used dry erase markers on the side of my white fridge – I only needed it there for the 10 min conversation and paper wasn’t handy… The orange rubbed right off… the green is STILL THERE!! I used dish soap, Kaboom, bleach!! HOW DO I GET IT OFF?!?! HELP PLEASE!!

Michelle Weigel from GrapeVineCeramicsGft:
Try Windex – vinegar – rubbing alcohol

Angee:
Windex is a no – I have to run to the store for vinegar and rubbing alcohol 😦 and nail polish remover:( It’s so upsetting… Hubby is going to be SO mad at me!

Elise from VintageCarolina:
Angee – nix the nail polish remover on the enamel paint on the frig. Hairspray works great to remove ballpoint pen so try that. Try toothpaste or baking soda slightly dampened with vinegar. Both are faintly abrasive but won’t harm surface.

Crystal Simpson from Crystalcat1989:
Yes, try baking soda

Angee:
Thanks for all the tips – I’ll try everything! I did find that once I let it dry, I was able to “lighten” some of the areas… worse case scenario I’m going to cover it up with the dry erase board that actually sticks to the fridge… sigh 😉

DoBatsEatCats:
Angee, maybe Soft Scrub with Bleach? It got week-old hair dye stains off my bathtub so maybe it’d work on the markers? The stuff’s nasty but it does the job…

Angee:
DoBats I actually have that stuff!! It’s a lot fainter now…

Judy from JudysDesigns:
Angee – I missed what’s on your frig. It sounds like you’re getting good advice. Goo Be Gone is great and Oops is good for paint and icky things. You need to clean them off with soap/water when you clean the problem spot. I think 409 or soft scrub with bleach for major cleaning of hard to remove items.

I’ve cleaned entire cabinets in a very grungy house once with SimpleGreen. It comes in a spray bottle or concentrated and you mix it with water. It doesn’t smell bad and can take some seriously nasty stuff off from filthy kitchens, etc.

Ashley Noelle from BrennysBibbies (Seconded and Thirded by Lauren from PinkLeopardBowtique and Meghan W from MegsCrochetJewels):
Angee – did you try a magic eraser? Those things take off everything in our house, lol.

Elizabeth C from lizbethsgarden:
Angee — this is my last resort cleaner: you need an old sponge with a scrubby side, baking soda, liquid dish soap (dawn is best but any kind works), and rubbing alcohol.

1. Get the sponge wet.
2. Pour about 1 tablespoon of baking soda in the middle of the scrubby side.
3. Cover in dish soap.
4. Pour rubbing alcohol over the whole thing until the baking soda is saturated.
5. Immediately flip the sponge over and scrub the stain.

You can add more soap and baking soda if necessary.I got permanent marker off wood this way.

Meghan W:
Liz: Would this be safe to do on my dining room table? My cousins little girl wrote with sharpie on it. The finish isn’t in the greatest shape anyway but I wouldn’t want to strip it completely off…. I hope to one day refinish the whole thing.

Elizabeth C:
Megs — I think my stain concoction did scratch the finish a little, but not so you’d notice.

Angee:
Update on the “stain” – It’s extremely faint… hubby didn’t notice. I need to go to the store tomorrow to get the rest of what I need to try… going to start with the Magic Eraser as I remember that being very easy…

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