CrazySexyCrafty: Mounting with Felt Foam

I wanted to mount my power strip above my work table for easy access. I didn’t want it on the floor anymore because I wanted to store things under the table, and I didn’t want to move everything from under there just to plug something in.  That meant that I would have to mount it on screws. Not too bad.

Except,  how was I going to mark the screw placement accurately?

This is the hardest part for me, because I want to guesstimate, but that doesn’t make for great installation, but does make some great headaches. So I went through a few ideas I had and finally found something that works too well!

Craft Foam! The kind with the adhesive on the back!

I punched holes with leather punches and stuck them where the screws were suppose to go. Then I dabbed some ink from a bingo marker (you can get them at the dollar store), and placed the power strip where I wanted it.

Voila! Perfectly placed marks!

You could also use those felt pads and cut them to the size needed.

If you don’t want to use ink on your white walls (totally understand!), then you can use toothpaste instead.  Just wipe away when done!

I use these now to mark where I want to hang just about anything.


Ever heard of cull lumber?

It’s basically the scrap wood bin at the hardware store. This is where you can get some good wood for really cheap! I got four really big pieces of wood, (big enough to make my own large wall hanging) for only $2! They will even cut it for you! Of course I’ll be going back regularly to check out what’s there! It’s almost like treasure hunting! So fun!


When life gives you a broken shelf…..

…you put it back to work!

My shelf broke on me! I bought it from Target on sale some time ago. It originally looked like this:

Well! It snapped in half! Luckily, the top half of the shelf was still workable, so I removed that part and  put some things back on it.

The bottom half didn’t look so hot. I was going to toss that part, but I wanted to save all the screws. While I was taking the shelf section apart, it occured to me that there was nothing wrong with the pieces of wood themselves. So, I bought some shelf brackets and put them back up on the studs:

I like it better! I can space the shelves anyway and anywhere I want, and I can use the top and botton of the shelf for greater storage.

This project is part of my re-organization of my studio. Lots my re-furb, re-fab and re-use ideas ahead.


Extreme Couponing: I’m about to step my game up!

Joanie Deemer makes couponing look good!

I just cannot get enough of TLC’s show Extreme Couponing! It’s a crazy idea, but hey, I am CRAZY sexy frugal after all.

You know what else is crazy? The savings these people are getting! I have to admit that I am more than a little jealous! Really, it just means that I will have to do more with coupons to get the tips, tricks and strategies down. I’m totally up for the challenges.

One thing I won’t be doing is spending 70 hours a week clipping coupons or dumping plans just to go shopping! I’m not letting the stockpile out into other areas of the house that’s not designated for the stockpile. Time and space are also very valuable especially in our house!

Since I’ve been studying each episode, I have noticed a few things already:

*You won’t save 98% percent of your grocery bill….at first!
Keep in mind the people on the show have refined their techniques over time. It didn’t happen overnight. Just because you won’t get those bottles of lotion for free right away doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t use coupons. Even if you can get 50% off the retail price, that is fantastic!
*You have to take advantage of available resources and opportunities with no shame!
So you don’t have a store savings card? You didn’t use that coupon that printed while you were at checkout? You didn’t realize you could use the coupon that was inside the box? Skilled savers use everything they possibly can to rake in the savings and it pays off. They sign up for free offers, do short surveys, and call companies to ask if they have any coupons. If you’re hesitant to give your personal email, make one just for coupon deals, like yourcouponsavings@(yourhostnamehere).com
*Healthy eaters are NOT exempt!
So you’re not really interested in eating Yakisoba noodles or canned peas? I don’t blame you, but do you use toilet paper, paper towels, aluminum foil, light bulbs, toothbrushes, razors, tissues, hand sanitizer, and washing detergent? Vegetarians have to brush their teeth too, and if you can get toothbrushes for free with a coupon, why would you turn that down? I personally eat gluten free and sugar free, and I’m always on the lookout for healthy coupons. Guess what? They exist! A good place to find some is Whole Foods. Start there!

I’ve added some more links in the blogroll of some very awesome coupon resources like Hip2save.com and thecouponclippers.com Hip2save does the matchup work for you so you don’t have to look for at the sales to link coupons. Coupon clippers is a coupon clipping service that you may hear mentioned on the EC show. It’s way to get multiple coupons for the items that you want.

Save some money and if you see a lady with five carts full of stuff, you might not want to get behind her!


Expert glass cutting on the cheap!

I’ve been looking high and low for tips on cutting glass, and I think I’ve found exactly what I have been looking for! Between these two videos, I think I’ll be in pretty good shape!

How to make your own bottle cutter:

How to make clean cuts every time: