Embroidery Hoop Orbs

I first saw these spheres on Pinterest from Hill Country Homebody and loved them.  I got so excited when I learned they were made with nothing more than embroidery hoops, thumbtacks and stain, because I HAVE all those things!  Let’s do this!

So easy.  Take two hoops of the same size.  Take them apart, so you have a total of four hoops. Stain. (I used Kona by Rustoleum first, then Sunbleached over that to lighten it up. These are my faaaaaaaavorite stain colors.)
   
 I liked how the bits of hardware from the hoops gave it an industrial feel, and I rubbed the stain all over them for an aged look too.
Ok, now you just put the hoops back together, and keep in place with the thumbtacks!  The wood is light enough to pin through, you don’t need any glue or nothin’! You can stain over the thumbtacks too.


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  1. i like your idea of the smallest paintbrush. great use!

  2. I use them to clean the rubber edges of my flat top stove- just rub them around the edge and the grease and crumbs come right up!

  3. Oh I love spring cleaning! I always find myself using qtips for removing makeup and cleaning the sides of my nails after applying nail polish.

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  4. I love them for makeup! I have a great brush set but the Q-tips are so much more precise!

  5. I love them for makeup! I have a great brush set but the Q-tips are so much more precise!

  6. I have a horrible tenancy to blink right after I put on mascara. But a slightly damp q-tip is the best to clean those black dots off my cheeks!

  7. I use them to get gross stuff out of small spaces ;) My husband’s addicted to cleaning his ears. I think he’s flip out over these.

  8. Smallest paintbrush, cute! I actually keep Q-tips in my DIY apothecary jar in the bathroom…after I put my makeup on I wet the tip and wipe up the mess I’ve made. Works like a charm!!

  9. coolio! i love q-tips. i use them to apply make-up, and clean out my ears.

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  11. I use it sometimes to apply a dab of glue to a project I m working on. Paddy37855@aol.com

  12. removing makeup is a great q-tip use :) love them for cleaning out those small and hard to reach places around the house too.

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  14. I also “liked” Better After on Facebook :)

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  15. I use Q-tips to clean the grooves in between things such as the grooves in the wood on my “80′s” end tables. Also for cleaning between the vents in the forced air registers, etc. Just spray cleaner on the Q-tips and go to it!

  16. I also liked “Better After” on facebook!

  17. Sorry…forgot to leave contact info.

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  18. I love to use Qtips to clean out the crevices on my washing machine.

  19. I just used Q-Tips to clean the EGR Valve on my van — a DIY that saved me $1000. These pointy ones would have been much better for the job. Normally, I use Q-Tips for routine H&B purposes.

  20. I liked Better After on FB for a second entry.

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  22. I use Q-Tips for crafts. I love the hoops – so neat looking!

  23. Dang cute! I use them for makeup removal.

  24. Everybody in my house has their own favorite use for Q-tips. We go through alot of them. Mine is for make-up, painting, and Glueing. I love the points on these new q-tips.

  25. I like Q-tips on facebook.

  26. I like Better after on Facebook

  27. Anonymous says:

    i love Q-tips. they are the only brand i use!

    cathy

  28. i like using them for cleaning tight spaces like aroudn my faucet! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  30. I love the hoop project, I never would have even thought of it!

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  32. Anonymous says:

    i also liked Better After on FB!

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  33. Anonymous says:

    I use them to clean the stove top. I have a glass one and the crease gets yuck and I can’t get it with a rag. Would like to win some to try.

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  34. I love using them for makeup touch-ups. I always smudge my mascara putting it on, and Q-Tips are always there to save the day!

  35. I use Q-tips to clean my keyboard for my computer. A little alcohol on the Q-tip and I can clean up all the grubbiness from my 4 year old right off. :)

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  36. I like Better After on Facebook!

  37. I use them to remove those little gray makeup smudges that appear under my eyes each morning. And yes, I DO remove my mascara before I go to bed!

  38. Removing nail polish around the edges of my nails.

  39. Removing nail polish around the edges of my nails.

  40. I like using q-tips to clean up my makeup when I’m done.

  41. I like to use Qtips to clean my computer keyboard.

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  42. I like QTips on Facebook with my username Mary Happymommy.

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  43. I like Better After on Facebook with my username Mary Happymommy.

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  44. Quips are great to clean the lining of the fridge and freezer doors! It’s amazing how much dirt is caught in there. I also like to use Q-tips to wipe off “mistakes” on any detailed painting, you can quickly wipe anything especially on smooth finished items. I love the hutches featured on your blog, they are just going to strengthen my cl addiction. Karianne42 at yahoo

  45. I know it may be wrong, but I clean my ears out with Q-tips every day!

    thanks so much!

  46. I use Q-tips for many things…they are great for cleaning in hard to reach places like corners of cabinet mouldings, etc. I also use them for painting small projects with hard to reach places. They are great for dotting bleach onto spots on soiled laundry.

  47. Anonymous says:

    q-tips are great for getting the mascara smudges off.

    Tasha
    momofsbandeg@yahoo.com

  48. I like Q-tips on Facebook

  49. Love that idea!!

  50. Love that idea!!

  51. Liked Q-Tip on Facebook!

  52. Liked Better After on Facebook!

  53. Spring cleaning….whats that?

  54. I’d like to say that I use Qtips to clean all the little nooks and crannies I can find – but I am more inclined to clean my ears! Gotta love clean ears!!! Any time of year!

  55. I’d like to say that I use Qtips to clean all the little nooks and crannies I can find – but I am more inclined to clean my ears! Gotta love clean ears!!! Any time of year!

  56. Nicely done, lady! I have to admit, my favorite use for qtips is the much tabooed-yet-original-use-for-the-qtip, inciting an eargasm as I clean out that nasty wax from my ears!

  57. liiiiiked them on FB.

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  59. I’ve used them before as a small paintbrush for edges and these precision ones look even better for that purpose!

  60. Nooks and crannies!

  61. I use them to clean my jewelry!

  62. I use them to paint and apply chalk or ink when I’m making cards. I’d love to win these :)

  63. I used them to touch up my nails (remove the excess polish).

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  64. i live abroad. i have a very short list of things i ask my family to send me. Q-Tip brand q’s are on my list. i cannot stand anything but that brand. completely serious!

  65. Good job on your project! I clean tight spots with qtips.

  66. I like to use qtips for cleaning around things specifically found in the restroom – around the edges of the toilet, the bathroom vanity and cabinets, the ceiling fan (all the places where dust accumulates but is so difficult to get out). I am glad I am not the only OCD person out there when it comes to cleaning!!

  67. I like using qtips to clean the tracks/grooves on our showers. Also for painting polka dots!

  68. Qtip + eye makeup remover to clean up my mascara mistakes!!

    clemsley (at) yahoo (dot) com

  69. I use Q-tips for cleaning the outside of my ears. I also use them to clean nooks and crannies around the house.

  70. I liked Better After on FB

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  71. On my first comment I forgot to leave my email addy so please delete that comment. Here is the one to keep:

    I use Q-tips to clean the outer part of my ears and also use them to clean nooks and crannies around the house. I use them for crafts as well.

    somanyblessingsforyou at gmail dot com

  72. Oh by the way, I had to see an ENT (ear, nose and throat specialist) a year ago and both the nurse and doc commented on how clean my ears were. They couldn’t believe it.

    I told them that all I do is dip a Q-tip in a little baby oil and clean the outer parts of my ears. I try to do this a couple times a week. However, I don’t do it daily because we do need ear wax.

  73. my husband uses them to clean his guns, i use them when i’m painting.

  74. like bettr after on fb

  75. I love using Q-tips for cleaning! I wouldn’t know what to do without them!

  76. The new pointy tips would be great for cleaning up my nailpolish application!

  77. I use Q-tips to clean the tiny cracks on everything!

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  78. I love Q Tips….. Great hoop ball too. I love it.

  79. I “LIKE” Better After on Facebook!

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  80. I “LIKE” Q-Tips on facebook!

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  81. Oh my! Awesome Giveaway! I use Q-tips for everything!! I dampen the edge to wipe off smudges of eyeliner and mascara after applying! I use them to get in little crevices and corners when staining. I use them to get into
    little corners or hard to get at spaces when cleaning. My man has used them in the garage when working on things…oh, the possibilities are endless with Q-tips!!!

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  82. I use qtips to clean mostly, ears, toys, hard to get to places

  83. i use them to clean out my ears!

  84. i like better after on FB

  85. I use them on my ears all the time! Love to dry my ears after showers! Thanks for the giveaway!

  86. I liked Better After on Facebook : )

  87. Great giveaway! I couldn’t live without q-tips. I remember painting a whole mural on my college dorm wall with only q tips because I was poor and couldn’t afford brushes.

  88. Use them in aiding makeup application

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  89. I liked Better After on FB

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  90. I liked Q tip on FB

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  91. My favorite way to use Q-tips is to clean my ears out. Is that boring or what? Haha.

  92. I now like “better after” on facebook!

  93. Well those are super cool!

  94. I use q-tips to just clean my ears, but I think I’ll try them when I do some painting. Thanks!
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  95. I liked Q-tips on Facebook. Thanks!
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  96. I liked Better After on Facebook. Thanks!
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  97. The spheres look great! Good job. :^)
    I would use the precision q-tips for cleaning out the inner corners of my windowsills…SO hard to get the dirt out of them.
    In case I WIN, my email is karenrgreer@yahoo.com. :^)

  98. Love to use qtips to clean electronics, tracietrump@yahoo.com

  99. Like qtips on fb as Michelle Trump, tracietrump@yahoo.com

  100. Like you on fb Michelle Trump, tracietrump@yahoo.com

  101. I use them to get mascara off my eyelids! They are also great for small paint brush ups.

  102. Not very conventional, but. . . I use Q-tips to clean algae off my turtle’s shell! In the tiny ridges between scutes, he often gets a teeny bit of algae, and he LOVES a good Q-tip rub down! LOL!

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  103. Love your project! Thanks for the giveaway!

  104. I use them to clean my ears and to apply eye my shadow.

  105. Liked Better After on Facebook.

  106. Well, since this contest ends on my birthday, I would love to win it. :D

  107. I have liked Better After on fb for quite a while now.

  108. Correcting makeup mistakes!

  109. I use them for cleaning around the edges of mirrors and picture frames; they’re also great for cleaning out the tiny spout on the washing machine where I add fabric softener and it gets gunky.

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  110. I like Q-Tips on Facebook
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  111. I like Better After on Facebook
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  112. I use them to clean out the water in my ears after a shower.
    Also they are the perfect thing to use to clean the nail polish from around my fingers and toes.
    I LOVE Q-Tips :) I can’t wait to try the new shape- so exciting. Keyboard here I come.

  113. I’m your newest fan on FB. :)

  114. Hello, Q-tips! We’re now friends on FB.

  115. I use them to clean corners of picture frames.

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  116. I like Q tips on fb.

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  117. I use Qtips to apply highlighter under the arch of my eyebrows.

  118. I liked Qtips on fb.

  119. I liked Better After on fb.

  120. What a great giveaway!!

  121. On the stove vent thingy. It gets greasy and then the dog hair sticks to it.

  122. Anonymous says:

    I love q-tips for touch-up painting!

  123. I use Q-Tips for cleaning mascara around my eyes & on the rim of the lids. I get the tip a little wet & it cleans it right up.

  124. I liked Q-Tips on FB.

  125. I liked Better After on FB.

  126. I like to use Q-Tips to clean out the vents in my car! It is impossible to get in those little spaces!

  127. This is so awesome!! Great job on the craft!! I use them mostly for make up! These precision tips would be perfect!

  128. I apply eye shadow as if it is eye liner and use my q tip.

  129. Serah Farron says:

    I use it for my ears, of course, and for painting when wanting a blended dotting effect.

  130. Love your idea. I have oodles of hoops as I buy them everytime I see them….cuz I can never find them when I need one.

  131. I liked Better After on FB.

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  132. I liked Q tips on FB.

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  133. Oh, I love your spheres!
    I LOVE my Q-Tips for that taboo thing..swabbing my ears after a shower. Aint nothing like it (other than taking off a day long worn bra, and letting my hair down in the evening) Its #3 on the pleasurable-things-to-do-at-the-end-of-the-day list. :)

  134. Liked Q Tips on FB!

  135. I love them for makeup
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  136. Liked BA on FB!

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  138. Like Better After on Facebook
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  139. Anonymous says:

    They are great for cleaning/detailing the interior of your car!
    Jamie
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  140. Love the new precision tip Q-tips! I can see using them to applying and removing makeup!

  141. I “liked” Better After on FB! Why it took so long I can’t explain since your blog is on my “daily Blog reading list”!

  142. My daughter and I use Q-tips when we craft – with paint, glue, etc.

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  143. Liked Q-tip on Facebook :)

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  144. Liked Better After on Facebook :)

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  145. Wahoo for give aways! And yes, q-tips are great for EVERYTHING. I like using them for nail polish remover.

  146. i use them to clean my cellphone crevices! Thanks for a super giveaway!
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  147. shower runners and ears, of course (despite the warning not to).

  148. Pinned it! I thought for sure that the spheres were metal. I’m sure those q-tips came in handy for complete coverage. I gotta get me some.

  149. I like to use them to fix my eye make-up.

  150. I like Q-tips on Facebook. (Deanna Cali)

  151. I like Better After on Facebook. (Deanna Cali)

  152. I liked Better After on Facebook! :)

  153. My favorite use for Q-Tips is the old fashion thing… Cleaning my ears! :)

  154. These are great for removing makeup & sleep from the inside corners of your eyes.

  155. I love this idea! And the QTips as a paintbrush – excellent. Especially for pesky crevice places?

  156. I use them for getting the smudges after applying eye makeup!

  157. I liked Q-Tips on FB.

  158. I also liked Better After on FB.

  159. I use them to clean up my cuticles after I paint my nails. Usually on my right hand!

  160. I love q-tips! I use them for applying vaseline on my lips, removing makeup mess-ups, and cleaning my ears!

  161. how did we live before Q tips? I wonder who invented them? I clean the corners of windows with them

  162. I use q-tips for lots of jobs. Crafts, cleaning small crevices on furniture/appliances, makeup removal, etc..

  163. I follow Better After on Facebook.

  164. Susan Gosman says:

    I always use those Q-Tips to “wing” out my eyeliner, works like a charm!

  165. I love to use them to clean up mascara smears and nail polish overflows

  166. I use them to clean out my dogs ears. Dont worry, I dont go deep in, just on the outsides!
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  167. I just liked you on Facebook too! Your website is great inspiration!
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  168. Eye make-up touch-up/ removal! Or currently, new nose ring cleaning…ewww!

  169. I use them for make up and crafting

  170. I follow you on FB

  171. I follow Qtips on Facebook

  172. I use them for chalking work on my altered books and scrapbooking projects – regular q tips are great for blending, but the precision tips are the only way to get a neat, sharp line in chalk!

  173. liked BA on FB molliedivine@gmail.com

  174. liked QT on FB! molliedivine@gmail.com

  175. Leaving a comment!! =)

  176. :) I liked better after on facebook, the q-tips to :) and now I am commenting :)

  177. paige baranyai says:

    I love to use them on cleaning around the faucet on the sinks in my house….They are great….

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  178. In my ears!!!

  179. In my ears!!!

  180. I use them to get my eye makeup off!

  181. favorite way? great for cleaning my fingers after nail polish!

  182. I like to let the kids paint with Qtips

  183. I use them to fix makeup mistakes and fingernail polish removal!

  184. I use them to fix makeup mistakes and fingernail polish removal!

  185. Ummm, not to be gross or anything, but my little girl has the waxiest ears ever! I go through so many q-tips, its ridiculous! Would love to try these out!

  186. I like Better After on FB!

  187. Love this easy & cute project! I also love my Qtips! I use them daily for multiple uses! Can’t wait to try these new precision tip ones! What a great idea! Please enter me in your drawing. I can be reached at redhotjagg@yahoo.com. Thanks Qtips! :)

  188. Oh my I have used them for many ideas the latest was detailing the vehicles inside you can get down in those lil crevices and get the gunk out lol

  189. I use Q-tips (the ONLY cotton swab!) for tons of things!! Personal hygiene, for my kitties and puppies eyes & ears, cleaning, crafts….so many things!! Love them!!

  190. I am now friends with Q-tips on Facebook!!

  191. I am now friends with “Better After” on facebook! Now I can share you with my friends very easily!! Thanks for the opportunity to win!!

  192. I love you on facebook

  193. I love you on facebook

  194. I love using Q-tips on “aged/worn” edges of redone furniture.

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  195. I like Q-tips on face book
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  196. Wow, I can’t believe you guys use Q-tips to clean! That’s quite ambitious… now I feel like a slob! My favorite (and most frequent) use for Q-tips is applying antibiotic ointment to my boo-boos… I’m clumsy.

  197. i use them a lot for make up

  198. I use them to clean around my sink drains. The new tip would be fabulous!

  199. I use them to clean around my sink drains. The new tip would be fabulous!

  200. Honestly, we mostly just use them for our ears, but they are also great for manicure touch ups.

  201. I do use them to clean tiny places, too!!

  202. I love your website, please enter me in the give-a-way. I use Q-tips for many things when I am painting and refinishing projects. Also good to remove eye make up.
    Didi

  203. I totally need to be like that when I spring clean! Maybe these Q-tips will inspire me….:)
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  204. Left a comment on Q-Tips FB page (and liked it of course). I use Q-tips every single day to “assist” when putting on my eye make up!

  205. I use q-tips to touch up any eye-makeup that strays

  206. I love looking at a clean home. It is those nook and crannies that tend to drive me a little crazy. I’m going to have to try those q-tips.

  207. Oh and I also left a comment on Better After FB page! :) Hope I win!

  208. I use Q-tips for cleaning out the inevitable dust & crumbs from the tiny crevices in my laptop!

  209. I liked Q-tips on FB!

  210. I liked Better After on FB!

  211. Anonymous says:

    Really ready for spring! We keep getting dustings of snow in the pacific northwest! Thanks for the opportunity. heather (dot) wfdc (at) comcast (dot) net.

  212. I use them for dirty ears! and making my nailpolish prettiful :-)

  213. I love spring cleaning! I love using Qtips for makeup but most of all I LOVE them for cleaning in between the keys on my keyboard! Cause that thing gets NASTY!!

  214. q-tips rule!

  215. I use q-tips in the non-creative sense….ears and eye liner, but you’ve given me some great ideas now for other uses!! I’ll have to start thinking outside the box!

  216. I use q-tips in the non-creative sense….ears and eye liner, but you’ve given me some great ideas now for other uses!! I’ll have to start thinking outside the box!

  217. I “liked” Q-tips on Facebook!
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  218. cleaning the keyboard,as a smudge stick for colored pencils for my artwork,paints dots on different art projects.
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  219. I “liked” Better After on Facebook!
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  220. I love using q-tips to clean my washer, I hate the gunk that gets trapped there. I also used them recently to finish an end table I created!

  221. I use q-tips for just about everything.. cleaning, makeup, ears. They are pretty rad. And I love this new pointy end! I’ll have to go out and get myself some!

    sheilafish@gmail.com

  222. I mainly use the q-tips for personal hygiene (cleaning the ears-feels so good :-) ) or for make-up. Those precision tips look great though-like they are super q-tips. Thanks for the giveaway and your wonderful blog.

  223. For painting…Great idea.

  224. I use em for my Eye liner and for my manicures.

  225. I can’t believe I didn’t like you on facebook until NOW :)

  226. Hey I needed these the other day to fix my eye liner. I love using Q-tips for my make up.

  227. I use them for repeatedly removing nail polish because I’m absolutely terrible at painting my toenails!

  228. I use them for cleaning around the sinks in kitchen and bathrooms. Love the pointiness!

  229. p.s. Liked you on Facebook. And I like you anyway. :)

  230. Great for applying makeup when you’re travelling- no need to worry about makeup sponges making a mess!

  231. We have a sliding shower door and hard water – that buildup is NASTY!~! A little CLR on the end of a Q Tip gets all that gunk from the corners of the door. LOVE!~!

  232. LOVE the rustic hoop project you made, how clever! I love anything rustic looking. :) Thanks for sharing!
    Danielle
    http://www.danielleflanders.blogspot.com

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