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The Flop

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I’ve had a makeover in mind for my bedroom for awhile now. On a limited budget and knowledge of volatile organic compounds being hazardous to health, I searched a very long time for an affordable DIY natural paint, for various places in my home. And I took a long time to slowly buy individual supplies once I knew what to do with my bedroom.

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Calcium carbonate and charcoal mix as the colorant – exactly the shade I was hoping for!

I finally found what I hoped would be our bedroom wall paint, flour paint. But, something went very wrong with this mix, despite that during later pregnancy, I stood over a stove for 45 minutes and followed the directions. I had the soothing grey that I wanted from the mix, until I added the iron sulfate. Then, at the top, was a horrid baby-poo-like green. I would mix and it would look okay for all of a moment, when the film formed on top would be the green. When I let it set to cool down, the entire top became that green. Underneath was the grey I wanted, but atop… where it dried, putrid green.

Despite this, when the paint cooled down, I wanted to see it’s coating ability. I did a nice thick and even coating and it was quite transparent – it would probably take about 10 coats to cover the pre-existing paint… nothing like the image of the barn in the link above.

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Those hunks of green only worsened as it cooled.

In an interesting twist, we are in the midst of repairing our roof. A co-worker of Daryl’s is really good at construction and offers good pricing (he owns his own business). He heard I was looking for no-VOC paint and offered to let us buy no-VOC paint through his business at his cost, for a name brand. It’s actually cheaper than making the flour paint, through him (far more if we purchased on our own). It’s not my ideal, but it’s better than toxins leaching into our home/us. I’ve already painted one closet door in a no-VOC paint, as a tester.

One flop allowed me to find a cheaper alternative that I don’t have to make myself, which at this stage in pregnancy, is a real helper.
Now, to get the room painted before this little one comes earthbound!

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Smashed-Eggs-in-a-Nest Dessert

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I had glorious, Pinterest-esque plans of making our own “Cadbury Cream Eggs” for Easter this year. I didn’t want to hunt down hollow chocolate eggs, spend a lot of money, only to find out the ingredients weren’t acceptable to me, so I decided to make our own, following¬†these directions.

Investing a bit of money, Melody, Daryl and I all pitched in to get Leela some eco-friendly Easter eggs. None of us were disappointed! They are rich colors, are biodegradable, and are a decent size for toddlers to spot. That may be a draw-back for some people Рthey are bigger than standard Easter eggs!

I took a couple of these eggs and followed the directions for making hollow eggs. No matter how long I let them rest/cool for, they came apart. I could see a potential window for remaining intact, but I didn’t want to try 3,000 times. So, I used some silicone muffin cups and made a morbid-humor spring-time treat: Smashed Eggs-in-a-Nest. I actually think they are kind of cute and funny, so they’re not a fail to me, but they aren’t the gorgeous display I first imagined!

These were delicious, and far better (in health and in taste) than the name-brand we grew up with, so it was a win no matter how it went. I just wish I had made more.

Have you ever found yourself reclaiming a Pinterest-fail? What was it? Do you have pictures to share?