- How to Clean Butcher Block
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Although I’m easily seduced by yarn, glue and paper punches and such, I do live by a few craft-buying money-saving rules. Daphne’s list of ten things to keep in mind when crafting on a budget pretty much sums up my approach.
Know that little packet of additives that come with arranged flower bouquets? Apparently, it's just a little sugar,
That's it. The bleach sounds scary to me too, but I'm imagining the chlorine keeps out the...
Don't just leave it for tomorrow...or for whomever you've suckered into washing the dishes. Just clean it up.
- Cracked Egg Cleanup: I
- Remove Oven Cleaner Residue
- Washing A Dishwasher or Washing Machine
- Refrigerator Cleaning
- Refrigerator Dust Bunnies
Fluffing up mashed potatoes with baking powder? Using baking soda to tenderize meat? Using a funnel to separate eggs?? These are just a few of the ideas included in Tipnut’s list of 50 Quick Kitchen Tips. For the entire breakdown, mosey on over to Tipnut! And, while you’re at it, you might want to check out their ‘quick tips for baking substitutes’ article as well.
Image courtesy of Tipnut.
Wow. The Golden Thimble doesn't mess around with these 527 free craft projects from around cyberspace. And it seems to be updated a couple times a month to incorporate new links, and includes an email listserv notificiation for new links. Sure, the site's design could use some work, but did I mention there were 527 free project links!? Via and photo.
Domino has put together a slide-show of 31 cheap and creative decorating tips. Some are easier than others, but all are inspirational. Two ideas that really appealed to me....
Lavanya put a softboard up inside the chimney of her non-working fireplace. She then wrapped wire around toothpicks that she slipped under the softboard. From the wires, she hung glass balls into which she placed tea lights. Lovely effect!
Sandie wanted to hide her...
The internet has been so integral to the DIY and handmade revolution, its no surprise to find an enourmous collection of how-to websites from around the world. Lifehack.org has assembled a solid eighty, in areas like home decor, crafts, dining, business, and personal finance. Though, there's no Curbly. Write in and make it eighty-one!!!!
Also, check out this collection of fifteen from DumbLittleMan.
Apartment Therapy, Chicago-version, offers this clever take-along floorplan. The goal is to be able to account for all the components of your room, particularly scale, arrangement in color: "You will want to include basic information like the size and layout of your rooms, color choices (fabric swatches are perfect for this!) and sizes of existing pieces of furniture. Other things that might be helpful are window heights (in case you are...
Tip Nut has an excellent list of 20 things you can use before you throw them away. Some of my favorites are refrigerating butter wrappers to use to ‘grease’ baking pans, using tissue boxes as plastic bag dispensers and turning plastic strawberry baskets into totally awesome homemade bubble machines! For the entire list–including links–visit Tip Nut.
When enjoying a few cocktails, be smart, and don't get sick. Here's a few ideas to avoid head and tummy aches.
Drink Water. Everyone who's mature enough to have a drink should be mature enough to drink some agua along with it. Drink a glass of water before and after every drink, and gulp down a few more before bed. If you get way carried away, to the point of vomiting (another source of dehydration), drink a Pedialyte to replenish yourself.
Here's ten excellent ideas to cut down on major house and life-cleaning projects. I especially like the leaving the dishwasher open while cooking, provided it's not a safety hazard.
- Keep the dishwasher open and fill with dirty dishes as you cook. Have a sink full of hot soapy water to hold the hand wash items so they can soak and be easily cleaned.
- Sort the silverware as you fill the dishwasher, each type of utensil getting its own...
I grew up in that house that never had the get-togethers or sleepovers, and I was never able to invite my backyard playmates inside. Why? Our home was enternally cluttered, and it was embarassing. Now that I get to make the rules, I keep a mostly spotless lifestyle, and these ten ideas from TipNut are useful, indeed.
1. Regularly Junk Hunt.
2. Create Necessary Storage Solutions.
3. Choose Effective Storage Solutions.
4. Running Out...
If your last project on the BBQ came out less than appetizing, you might want to check out TipNut’s 12 indispensable grilling tips before your next attempt. Some I hadn’t thought of include wrapping fish, steaks and burgers with bacon before tossing them on the grill (I don’t know many meat eaters who don’t like bacon). And the next time bratwurst are in the queue, they just might get stuffed with onions and peppers! Photo courtesy of TipNut.
From how to restore stale bread with celery to why you should soak your popcorn kernels before you pop them to using mustard to treat a burn, this list includes some crazy kitchen tips I hadn’t heard of before but will definitely keep in mind form now on! For the complete rundown, visit LifeHackery.
'Eat at Mom's' courtesy of themekitchen.
Green decor is everywhere, but this list of twenty five provides actual inspiration for using your recyclables in your decor. Interesting...
- Mixed Glass Centerpiece: Take old glass bottles and jars, fill with leaves and flowers and group the glassware together to make a centerpiece display
- Sweater Seats: Reupholster chairs with old sweaters
- Rustic Candles: Melt down the bits of old burned down candles and pour the wax...
Some aluminum mending plates and a hacksaw and drill are all you need make a home for any (reasonably weighted) tool on your pegboard wall. Check out these ideas from Popular Mechanics to create custom hangers for your specific tools.
- Ball-peen or framing hammers
- A series of screwdrivers
- Long, thin tools
- Myriad pliers, cutters, and snips
A tiny slip in preparation or technique can ruin a whole meal. RealSimple assembled a checklist to ensure that your don't damage your dishes before you dine.
1). Read the recipe all the way through before you begin.
2). Don't overcrowd the pan.
3). Preheat the pan properly.
4). Don't use a tiny pot for rice or pasta.
5). Dry leafy vegetables before sauteeing.
6). Don't overdo it on the dry herbs.
7). Be sure the oil is hot enough for...
Last week we had new carpeting installed in the lower level of the house, and it looks marvelous. The scraps left behind, however, do not.
What to do with these rolls of leftovers? Well, you’ll want to keep some for insurance in case you need to ‘patch’ (God forbid) a spot in the future, but for the rest of it Mrs. Fixit has these suggestions:
“1. Hang a patch of carpeting on the wall in your garage where your car door opens. This way if you...
Lynnae at beingfrugal.net asked her readers ‘how they deal with high prices and what things they do to make their money stretch further.’ They came through in a big way! Lynnae categorized their tips, which include saving money...
- on groceries (e.g. use thegrocerygame)
- on cooking/eating (e.g. become a vegetarian)
- on cars/gas (e.g. stay home)
- on utilities (e.g. insulate your water pipes)
- on medical needs (e.g. ask your doctor to prescribe...